I finished Part 1 of the Bartimaeus trilogy and I take back what I said about it being turned into a movie.
Don't get me wrong. It was good and I liked it a lot. But if right-wing mothers get their panties in a knot about Harry Potter, there is no way Bartimaeus is going to hit the theaters anytime soon. Bartimeaus makes Harry Potter look like Sunday school reading material.
Let me give you a rundown of the heretic things found in this book:
Magicians - These are not the kind that pull rabbits out of a hat, although this type is mentioned in passing. These are more like wizards, kind of like Harry Potter.
Demons - But instead of manipulating potions and spells, these wizards manipulate demons. DEMONS! But in this book they are called "djinni". That made my eyes cross until I figured out it's pronounced "genie". Yup. I thought that was pretty interesting, with lots of parallels like being able to trap them into objects and have them obey your every command. At any rate, the magicians use demons to do their bidding. Do you see the panties twisting yet?
Pentacles - The demons are summoned and controlled by drawing pentacles on the floor. Pentacles, my dear reader, are commonly associated with witches and satanism. Yup, go to google and type "define: pentacle" for the blasphemy.
Besides pentacles, other 'evil tools' these magicians use are incense, colored candles, incantations, and all sorts of things that would make those panties unrecognizable.
But it was a good book.
It was an imaginative and highly entertaining book about a boy and his djinni. Intrigue, adventure, murder, mystery, mixed with some very dry humor in the form of footnotes made this an enjoyable read. I'm definately going to read the next one and pre-ordering number 3. (On a side note, I like the Harry Potter series more. His world had more depth.)
It reminds me of another fabulous trilogy entitled His Dark Materials. Let me take a fruity moment and proclaim again that this series is FAB-U-LOUS. But boy, heretic to the core. I will take another time to run down why it's so heretic but I stand firm in saying that it's brilliant.
Anyway, as long as there's people out there whose faith can be shaken by a child's book, Bartimeaus will never darken theaters. Which is a shame. Isn't the essence of faith something that can withstand tests?
Dammit, I just figured out that heretic is a noun and I've been using it wrong for this entire entry but I'm too lazy to fix it. So in your head, please replace all instances of "heretic" with "e-e-e-e-evil ooooooo".