This year a novel by Michael Scott entitled The Alchemyst: The Story of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel was published by Doubleday.
I must admit I found it incredibly tedious and gave up on it very quickly. It draws vaguely on the life of the supposed alchemist Nicholas Flamel and the later stories of him living for hundreds of years. Some people might find it an amusing read.
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"A Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton's involvement with alchemy — the culmination of her lifelong obsession with the seventeenth century — remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother's book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth's house — a studio in an orchard where the light moves restlessly across the walls. Soon Lydia discovers that the shadow of violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge, which escalates to a series of murders, may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth's research has unearthed. As Lydia becomes ensnared in a dangerous conspiracy that reawakens ghosts of the past, the seventeenth century slowly seeps into the twenty-first, with the city of Cambridge the bridge between them."
"The Alchemyst" is a young adult book, and thus does not follow the normal conventions of the kind of book you would usually read. A friend of mine has it on her shelf, but I had a look at the first page and decided I wouldn't enjoy it at all.
And why the silly spelling?
As for "Ghostwalk", has the author really uncovered something interesting, or is that just flannel? Plus, anyone who apparently manages to mix modern physics and the supernatural is clearly making things up...
Some of my friends in the writers group I am a member of keep suggesting I write a story involving Alchemy. But I have not done so, partly because I don't know enough to do a good job of it.