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Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby HighCharity » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:49 am UTC

I finished the first book and I thought it was pretty great. Has anybody else read any of these books? If so, what'd you think?
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Zak » Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:37 am UTC

I've read all of them, the last one in the seris has a really powerful ending.

The second book is the worst in my opinion.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Snoof » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:59 am UTC

Decent kids' books/young adult literature in a subversive, slightly anti-Harry Potter sort of way. I personally enjoyed all three books, although yes, the second was the weakest. I own all three, and if you're a fan of fantasy they're certainly worth a read. The worldbuilding is great, too, which is something I look for in fantasy novels.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby HighCharity » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:29 pm UTC

Okay, good, I thought it was really bad too, I was hoping it was just the second one, I really enjoyed the first.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Durandal » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:50 pm UTC

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby HighCharity » Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:28 pm UTC

Durandal wrote:I too have read (and own) all three. The first is my favorite, the second kind of slows down, and the third is interesting, although the ending could have been written better, in my opinion - I don't have a problem with the events, just the way it was written.

Also, I wish they went more into what exactly separates magicians from regular people. Is it just a matter of social class? It would seem anyone would be able to draw a pentagon and summon a demon.

I know. It would seem as though some have the gift to summon them, and some don't. I guess it's not so much they CAN'T as they don't.
By the way, I have 2 copies of the last one. I think one may be signed, I'll have to check.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Mikagon » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:15 pm UTC

For some reason I hated the Bartimaeus Trilogoy and I can't pin point exactly why. I've read all three books but when I finished there was no gratification.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby HighCharity » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:25 pm UTC

That's weird, I loved the first book and I'm about halfway through the second one.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby une see » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:54 pm UTC

I don't even remember most things about this trilogy. But I'm pretty sure I loved the first book, disliked the second, and thought the third was...okay (although now that I think about it, I didn't like the ending very much).

I would fucking love to have Bartimaeus as my demon. He would probably find some way to screw me over, but his purely awesome cheekiness would make up for it. Hopefully. And plus...demon!

It was better than Eragon, for sure.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby HighCharity » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:57 pm UTC

une see wrote:I don't even remember most things about this trilogy. But I'm pretty sure I loved the first book, disliked the second, and thought the third was...okay (although now that I think about it, I didn't like the ending very much).

I would fucking love to have Bartimaeus as my demon. He would probably find some way to screw me over, but his purely awesome cheekiness would make up for it. Hopefully. And plus...demon!

It was better than Eragon, for sure.

Yeah, Eragon was retarded. I swallowed my pride and read the first one. I couldn't make it through the second one. That pile of cat shit was so much worse than the first book.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Rodan » Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:41 pm UTC

I loved all three. I thought they got better with each passing book.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby HighCharity » Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:42 pm UTC

I've been working on finishing the second one, it's getting better as I work through it.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:50 am UTC

Durandal wrote:Also, I wish they went more into what exactly separates magicians from regular people. Is it just a matter of social class? It would seem anyone would be able to draw a pentagon and summon a demon.


I've always assumed that it was like being a mathematician IRL...in that it takes a certain kind of person.

I've read first and second books, they were pretty good. Need to finish them.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby HighCharity » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:52 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:
Durandal wrote:Also, I wish they went more into what exactly separates magicians from regular people. Is it just a matter of social class? It would seem anyone would be able to draw a pentagon and summon a demon.


I've always assumed that it was like being a mathematician IRL...in that it takes a certain kind of person.

I've read first and second books, they were pretty good. Need to finish them.

They're really awesome. The first part of the second book sucked, but I'm liking the rest of it.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby pollywog » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:32 am UTC

I liked it. It had a non-conventional ending, interesting social commentary, and (in my experience) an original world.

The ending:

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I liked it how the guy didn't "get" the girl at the end. Instead, he sacrificed himself. This is something I really really liked about the book.


Also, the little footnotes reminded me of Terry Pratchett, and the tone of the writing when Bartimaeus was was narrating was pretty cool.

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I liked how the populace gradually evolves a resistance to magic. It just fits somehow.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Megums » Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:03 pm UTC

Oh, yay. This was probably my favorite series before I read Ender's Game. :O
The first and third are the best. I thought the second was kind of slow.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Rek » Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:51 pm UTC

This is one of my favorite book series. In fact, my name Rek is short for Rekhyt, which is from the series. :D I'm gonna agree that the second wasn't too great though. Third and First were amazing though.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Nautilus » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:02 am UTC

I read it a while ago. I thought it was really good:
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The ending was good. I liked the way the demon realm was described, and how the ending wasn't perfect... Also, Bartimaeus is pure awesomeness. Period.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Ulc » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:30 pm UTC

After having read about it here, I went and got my hands on the series

Book 1 was really nice, book two less so, but book three was wonderful.

Though I was a bit surprised at the ending, for a series marketed towards 'young adults', it was surprisingly dark.

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I mean, the world is breaking down, the heroine are severely handicapped and the main person that really went through the good old redemption thing didn't even get the girl, but sacrificed himself. Quite surprised me, I had expected it to be a more lighthearted ending.

I like it though.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Menacing Spike » Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:19 pm UTC

Excellent child fantasy book.
Liked it, it has far more depth than Harry Potter, or god forbid, Eragon.
On my quality scale it's slightly above Artemis Fowl.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby jahwn lemonjello » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:29 am UTC

I really thought that it was quite original. I liked the narrator shifting so as to show all points of view.
I really liked the message
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like how the magicians had largely become abusive of their poser and some of the civilians became immune and rose up.

I also loved the ending
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when he sacrificed himself and the girl went to the Other Place (I loved its description)
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby glitterbug12 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:52 am UTC

I remember liking them, although the plot is pretty fuzzy now so I'll have to reread them all. I love the footnotes and Bartimaeus's cheekiness, though.
By the way, how do you pronounce Bartimaeus?

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby johnny_7713 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:17 pm UTC

glitterbug12 wrote:I remember liking them, although the plot is pretty fuzzy now so I'll have to reread them all. I love the footnotes and Bartimaeus's cheekiness, though.
By the way, how do you pronounce Bartimaeus?


ae - is pronounced as eye, the u is pronounced as the oo in 'ook' or 'hoo-man' (as in the Ferengi degrogatory term for human, assuming you've seen an applicable Star Trek episode). At least that's what in learned in my Latin classes in Holland. I believe the English pronunciation of Latin is different to the Dutch pronunciation (if that makes sense), so YMMV.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Thurid » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:15 am UTC

I think that its a really, really good series. Interested me a lot.
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby MTK » Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:52 pm UTC

Horrible, horrible prose, but very engaging story in all 3.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Jesse » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:40 pm UTC

In English, we pronounce the ae as ai in rain.

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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby jano » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:50 pm UTC

I liked the trilogy.
Anyone has read the prequel "The Ring of Solomon"?
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Re: Bartimaeus Trilogy

Postby Babam » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:16 am UTC

jano wrote:I liked the trilogy.
Anyone has read the prequel "The Ring of Solomon"?

I haven't, and now I must.
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