Have any of you read the Bartimeaus trilogy,by Jonathan Stroud:
The Amulet of Samarkand
The Golem's Eye
It is a truly wonderful piece of work,at least for me,where the rise of a young talented magician is traced by the point of view of the demon[djinni] whom he employs...and the analogies are superb...
The demon is able to flip through the seven planes for observation,think on thousands of things simultaneously,and gives charming insights[most of them in numerous witty footnotes] on the nature of the Other World,where there is no form...
"...what do you mean DO?In the other world,it is not about doing,it is about BEING..."
"Strictly speaking,time doesn't exist in the Other Place,or even if it does it exists in a circular,looped sort of way...look,it is all very complicated,and I would dearly like to tell you,but remind me later,ok?"
A very entertaining read,and I am surprised at the number of young writers taking up concepts similar to mind-melding so often...Christopher Paolini is also on the same lines,though not quite as funny!
Discussion of Science Fiction motifs, symbols and allegory.
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