As usual, I’m living la vida seasonal, which means I may drop everything and head out and about without warning should an interesting opportunity arise. One such opportunity arose just as I returned from a planned expedition to a writing conference, and last Thursday, I unpacked, repacked, watered the garden, and headed back out. Whew!
Thanks goodness Kat’s taking over in July. Is everyone reading Ender’s Game?
All right. Back to The Alchemyst. Was there anything you disliked about the story? Here’s something that drove me nuts: Nicholas and Perenelle need the codex to create the potion or spell or whatever it is they need to remain immortal. When John Dee steals the codex, Nicholas and Perenelle are in grave danger of aging and dying if they don’t perform the monthly spell.
Uhh…they’ve been doing this for hundreds of years, wouldn’t you think they’d have the process memorized by now? Or wouldn’t you think they’d made copies of the instructions if it was un-memorizable?
This hole can be filled easily enough, and I happen to know it is done in the next book, but it drove me nuts throughout Book 1. Did anyone else have a problem with this?
If you prefer to stay more positive (remember, I only rag on books that are successful or have a level of quality that I deem high enough to endure a little criticism), since we all seem to like the connection this book makes with characters from history and mythology, what person or character would you like to see fictionalized in a similar way?
Oh! This brings to mind The Smile, by Donna Jo Napoli, who I just met at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. This story brings Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa to life. It’s my favorite Napoli book so far. Love it, love it, love it!
What are some other novels with real people or characters from mythology?