Princess Anatopsis Solomon is a prodigy. She has exceptional abilities including, levitation and teleportation. Ana wants to be a knight-errant, like her father. But, her mother, Queen Solomon, has other ideas and wants Ana to become chairwoman of Amalgamated Witchcraft Corporation.
She even hired a new tutor, Mr. Pound, to train Ana into her wishes. Barnaby is a slight and scatterbrained boy. Unfortunately, his father treats him as a disgrace. Princess Anatopsis is catapulted into an unlikely quest where a threatening prophecy is on the line, along with Prince Barnaby, a rebel army, and the very last dog in the Universe. They must fight in order to save their dying worlds. Aug 09, Angela Oliver rated it it was ok Shelves: It fell flat due to character development - which could have been better, jumping erratically between the two protagonists, rushing the final development and drawing to a somewhat downbeat conclusion.
The villain, likewise, was pencil thin in the personality stakes and overall it left me feeling distinctly disatisfied. A promising idea and plot, but rather poorly executed. Jan 23, Melissa rated it did not like it. While I don't necessarily believe that novels for kids should be all hope, sweetness, and light, I really hated the cold, cynical, despairing world of Anatopsis. Practically omnipotent characters callously exercising their powers and only coming to a partial understanding of the suffering of others after pages of careless mayhem have no appeal for me.
Also, this suffered from shoddy world-building. May 10, Asenath rated it really liked it Shelves: An interesting fantasy that is comical, but has a good amount of depth as well. The story involves a prince and princess from dueling kingdoms that are taught together and form a shaky friendship. I think it takes place on earth, but a ruined, magical one. Sep 18, Katherine rated it really liked it. Read this out loud, in chapters, at night. Found it to be a great story, if a little darker than I would have initially anticipated. Particularly liked the dog character. Aug 03, Karen rated it it was amazing.
Jul 02, Sarah rated it really liked it. May 08, SBC rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A highly unusual story. In some ways it reminded me a bit of Diana Wynne Jones at her most abstruse.
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The tone felt a little comical at the start with some of the OTT representations of magic, and as it progressed and we learned more about the history of the world it felt like there were some weird combinations of fantasy and science fiction with the interplanetary travel. The mythology link was interesting. I found the representation of the casual cruelty towards the mortals quite disturbing A highly unusual story. I found the representation of the casual cruelty towards the mortals quite disturbing - it was a very banal evil though and the story skated over the surface of the horror of it.
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In many ways, the mortal characters were flat caricatures. The scene that brought that home to me the most was near the end when Mr Pound was slicing open mortals left right and centre in front of Anatopsis and the writing was all about how she felt. There were no descriptions of how the mortals felt or what they were doing fleeing?
The best part of the story, for me, was the friendship between the three main middle grade characters and their dog but that was also disappointing because it felt like Clarissa's character was destroyed, first metaphorically and then literally. While she was never one of the MCs, as the story was told by Anatopsis and Bartie, she was as important as them to the plot and her death felt unnecessary. And then the conclusion felt a little preachy and abstract, trying to encompass the meaning of life. An interesting read, but ultimately it didn't really work for me. Aug 05, Dulcinea rated it it was ok.
When I read the synopsis of this story, I thought I was in for a light, yet engrossing read, and for the first 75 pages or so I was. Then I realized a number of things. And 3 Am I the only one who finds two chapter mo When I read the synopsis of this story, I thought I was in for a light, yet engrossing read, and for the first 75 pages or so I was. And 3 Am I the only one who finds two chapter monologues about Joe Schmoes hair color slightly annoying?!?!?
Character-wise, they were all, as a whole, fatally under-developed and barely any of them ever had the chance to shine, in between the author monologues about the scenery. Ironically, I didn't see enough of the main character Anatopsis, to really love and support her. We honestly didn't see enough of the Queen or Mr. Pound to really hate them, they were only in the book about four brief times in the flesh and yet they're described as this set of horrifically evil people. What is so important about her father, or that mouse named Charles, or that dwarf dude?
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Now, don't get me wrong, I really wanted to like this book, and I think with a couple minor meaning major changes, I would've loved this story. For instance, if the story had been in the first-person, not only would it have been easier to keep track of the plot, but we might've been able to learn more about these characters personalities, histories etc. Which would have definitely made the story a great deal better.
Another option would've been for the author to hold in his urge to poetically monologue away from the plot, thus abandoning the reader helplessly in bland-story limbo. This whole universe that he created seemed honestly, quite amazing. Yet the author never dove into this fantasy-land of wizards and the Greek gods, where people re-created planets, and where dogs were near-extinct etc. But evidently, he was perfectly content describing Mr. Pounds eye-color or the exact shade of Clarissa's copper hair for the 8,th time!!!! That was the first definite thing that really disenchanted me from this book, was the fact that this writer had the chance to make a good and suspenseful SERIES of books revolved around this amazing alternate-reality and original plot and go to town creating this amazing thought-provoking story, and instead the majority of this novel revolved around the physical appearances of his regretfully cookie-cutter characters.
It's a crying shame in my opinion, that so little of this universe was taken advantage of. So in the end, those two stars seen above this review represent an amazing universe that was sadly, never given the chance to shine I have an air for the dramatic if you haven't noticed: Jul 26, Lydia rated it did not like it.
I randomly picked this book off the library shelf a couple of weeks ago when we were rushing to leave but I needed another book.
So when I read it today, I got what I expected. Anatopsis by Chris Bouzeid odd mixture of science fiction, fantasy, with mytholog I randomly picked this book off the library shelf a couple of weeks ago when we were rushing to leave but I needed another book. Anatopsis by Chris Bouzeid odd mixture of science fiction, fantasy, with mythological elements.
The story is set in the future, where Earth and several other planets are now a bunch of ruins and toxic waste because of all the dross that magic creates.
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Okay, so there are Immortals and mortals, and there's a definite tension between the two. The Immortals look down on the Mortals with contempt, since they don't have magic and the mortals are dying out and despise the Immortals. Princess Anatopsis lives on one of the very few planets left that still can have inhabitants, and is preparing to take the Bacchanalian Exams wow, that name is a mouthful. She and Prince Barnaby have to study together under a cold, strange, and slightly menacing demigod, named Mr.
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That's all that Ana thought she was getting into. She never expected that an ancient old prophecy, years of animosity between the magical and the nonmagical ones, and the whole fate of the universe would be thrust into her hands too. The hardest thing about getting through this book was actually trying to get into the book. I found the world and setting difficult and sometimes downright perplexing to grasp. There were classical Greek prophecies and gods tied in with a dying universe with modern companies and such.
It's like, our world sort of, except run on magic. So instead of nowadays fuel and electricity, it would be magic. Instead of todays racial and other discrimination, there's the Immortals that live in luxury and the mortals that live in poverty. This book has odd parallels between our real world and some other fantastical one.
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The one word I would use to describe this book is, eccentric. I didn't love this book, I didn't hate this book. I don't really feel any emotion for this book, except maybe ambivalence. After the first pages, I was sucked in, but then after another pages, I was confused and just trying to rush through again. Honestly, it was okay. May 24, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anatopsis is a young readers fantasy novel unlike any you have ever read.
It is engaging, intelligent, dazzling and unpredictable. A long reign of magic wielding immortals has left the world tired, fraying at the edges and a very unpleasant place to be a mortal. Solomon Castle and its surroundings is a colorful and exquisitely imagined, even if foreboding, place.
The story's protagonist, Anatopsis, is just your typical immortal teenage girl. In her daily routine she must face a threatening teach Anatopsis is a young readers fantasy novel unlike any you have ever read. In her daily routine she must face a threatening teacher who harbors a dark secret, a caustic and belittling mother, a kind but often absent father, and a host of others. Barnaby, an immortal teenage boy, and his talking dog Uno arrive at the castle to study for the Bacchanalian exams and as soon as they do unexplained events, accompanied by hidden secrets, begin to emerge from behind every dark corner.
Anatopsis abounds with metaphors and, although the kingdom is like none other you have ever visited, you will recognize the questions--so important to teenagers--about life, growing up and friendship. In the end the book leaves us with the wisdom that being a "mere mortal" is not such a bad thing.
In a story that reaches from the after dinner "breaking of the wishbone" ritual all the way to the fallen gods of Mt. Olympus, Chris Abouzeid has created a novel which deserves a place atop the pantheon of young readers fiction. Now that the Harry Potter series has been completed, take fantasy to an even higher level with Anatopsis. Jul 12, Frida Caro rated it really liked it. I feel that Anatopsis verges on being a bit too complicated for children to fully understand when they first read it. I feel like I had a lot more to gain by rereading it now as an adult.
Though I definitely enjoyed it as a kid and I'm glad I was exposed to those themes back then I'm doubly glad I reread it now and got to fully appreciate the novel. I really liked the political aspects of the story. Anatopsis exposes children to the issues of people with privilege in a world of social and politi I feel that Anatopsis verges on being a bit too complicated for children to fully understand when they first read it. Anatopsis exposes children to the issues of people with privilege in a world of social and political injustice.
While the novel doesn't vilify the immortals as explicitly as they'd need to be in order for readers to realize that the perils of the mortals are the direct fault of the immortals and could quickly be resolved by them, I think Abouzeid still did a good job in describing why theirs was a broken system. What I'm still really hung up on, though, is the last page. It seemed a really strange way to end a story, I feel like there was little to no conclusion since there was no closure for Anatopsis. It ended with her remaining in a state of flux and tortured ambivalence between hope and despondency.
Again, strange for a children's book, but all in all I think it was a good choice. There was no neat solution at the end of the novel, as it would have been ill-fitting with the complexity of the rest of it. Idk I'm just rambling, I liked the ending because of significance I extracted from it, but I disliked it because I am a foolish plebe that yearns for closure and decidedness. Nov 12, Books Kids Like rated it really liked it Shelves: As dictated by an age-old tradition, Anatopsis and Barnaby find themselves thrust together as they study for the Bacchanalian exams under the tutelage of Dr.
Anatopsis does not want to take over her mother's business. She wants to follow in her father's footst Princess Anatopsis is the daughter of Queen Abigail Solomon, the president of Amalgamated Witches Corporation. She wants to follow in her father's footsteps and become a knight-errant. Barnaby, who possesses no real magical power, wants to be left alone to build things. Reluctant companions, Anatopsis and Barnaby soon discover Dr. He isn't training the next generation of witches and warlocks.
He's searching for the Os Divinitas which he will use to destroy the world. Anatopsis and Barnaby join forces to save the world from Dr. Pound's evil plans, but how can two children hope to fight such powerful magic? Jan 26, Laura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book was totally awesome and once I had 2 return it to the library, i checked it out again and kept on reading it. I was totally awesome!!! Even though this book is a really easy read for me now, i still bought the book.
I had to buy this book cause it was a really good book. THe book never gets boring and when everything is finally over, you'll be like "wow! The book is all about Anatopsis Ana , her mortal friend Clarissa, Bar This book was totally awesome and once I had 2 return it to the library, i checked it out again and kept on reading it. Ana is the princess of Solomon castle. Barnaby is the Prince of Georges castle. Both of them are immortal and can do magic. The four of them have to figure out who's splitting the prisoners in the dungeons in half.
They have a huge adventure, mostly staying in Solomon's castle, while figuring out who's doing it and why. While they are doing this, Ana and Barnaby are studing and training for their huge magical exams. May 04, Sandra Strange rated it it was ok Shelves: This fantasy features fun protagonists and characters and adds a touch of mythology. The bad guy is a transformed Greek demigod. Fantasy fans will enjoy the adventure and suspense that picks up pace through the book to its action climax.
However, that said, the climax isn't as revealing as it ought to be. A shocking and powerful gift will catapult the Princess into an unlikely quest through the rich worlds of Anatopsis, inhabited by magic immortals, a rebel army, and the last dog in the Universe. About Anatopsis Princess Anatopsis Solomon wants to be a knight-errant. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Beyond the Bright Sea. The Evil Wizard Smallbone. Delia Sherman and Delia Sherman.
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