Sunday, January 24, 2010

DNF: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas FlamelHere is another book to add to my "did not finish" list. I have to say, I wanted to give up pretty early on. First chapter in fact, but I pushed through a bit further before saying "no more".  

The writing was fine, the premise interesting but the research done...terrible. Michael Scott begins his story in San Francisco during the summer. The characters think it is weird that two men are wearing long wool coats. This isn't weird. Have you ever been in SF during the summer? It is cold. It doesn't get above the 60s very often. So, that got me thinking, Has Mr. Scott been in San Francisco during the summer?  

The next thing that bothered me would probably go unnoticed by most people. The main characters' parents supposedly moved them to San Francisco because they got jobs as professors of Archeaology at UCSF. Well, that is impossible. UCSF is a graduate school for Health Services-Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy. Yup, no archaeology. 

So, really, I don't have much to say about the actual story. I just couldn't get passed these two things for some reason.  

Those of you who have read it, was it good?


1 comment:

  1. I haven't read it yet, but I do have this and the sequel in my pile. I don't think those two things would bother me too much, although I've experienced the brutal cold wind of San Fran's summers more than once! I think it is hilar how well the sweatshirt shops do :)


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