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Jonathan Stroud

Author of The Amulet of Samarkand

32+ Works 29,461 Members 850 Reviews 73 Favorited

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud, best selling fantasy fiction author, was born in Bedford, England on October 27, 1970. While growing up he experimented with different kinds of writing. He went on to read English Literature at York University. After graduation he worked in editing at Walker Books, in London and show more continued there for several years. His first novel, When Buried Fire, was published in 1999. In 2001 he began writing full-time. He is the author of the wildly popular Bartimaeus Sequence and Lockwood and Co, series. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand (2003) 9,067 copies
The Golem's Eye (2004) 5,986 copies
Ptolemy's Gate (2005) 5,241 copies
The Screaming Staircase (2013) 2,119 copies
The Ring of Solomon (2010) 1,542 copies
The Whispering Skull (2014) — Author — 960 copies
Heroes of the Valley (2009) 897 copies
The Hollow Boy (2015) — Author — 713 copies
The Creeping Shadow (2016) — Author — 564 copies
The Empty Grave (2017) 480 copies
The Bartimaeus Trilogy (2003) 463 copies
Buried Fire (1999) 407 copies
The Last Siege (2003) 195 copies

Associated Works

Midnight Feast (2007) — Contributor — 11 copies


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Common Knowledge



Bartimaeus series advice qvestion in The Green Dragon (February 2012)


The book that started me on long and enthralling love affair with horror. Stroud is remarkable and has built characters that you utterly fall in love with and paints such amazing scenarios. I will never forget wrecking myself staying up so late before school to finish this because of the utter heart-in-mouth, blood chilling grip the last few hundred pages had over me.
Might just be reminiscent but this book always holds a special place in my heart and is one of the books I will reread for fun when I want the pick me up.… (more)
3cats1dog1idiot | 102 other reviews | Apr 26, 2024 |
I wanted to give this book a try after seeing the Netflix series. It was a disappointment to hear that it was cancelled, so I thought reading the books might be nice! I'm all for giving an understanding rating to juvenile books even as an older reader, but this one was unfortunate. While I loved the characters in the Netflix series, getting inside the head of Lucy Carlyle was no walk in the park, and the characterization of the boys also left something to be desired.

I almost wonder if Jonathan Stroud shouldn't have made Lucy a boy instead. She's so against every other female character she interacts with even briefly, including the ghost, describing them in rather unflattering terms (and I won't even go into how she talks about George, it's gross). Her "connection" to Annie is more one of curiosity than a genuine wish to get the girl some justice. And while there are some nice spooky elements to this story and fun interactions between the main characters, overall the main trio are flatter than pancakes, even by juvenile standards.… (more)
staygoldsunshine | 102 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
Diese Geschichte ist leider zu kurz. Das ist aber auch schon das einzige, was ich zu bemängeln habe... Gefühlt besteht das halbe Ebook aus Vorgeschichte und Glossar. Dank der Vorgeschichte war ich allerdings direkt wieder mittendrin in der Welt von Lockwood & Co. Und diese Welt ist gespenstisch gefährlich. Tolle Kurzgeschichte mit einem tollen Team!
Katzenkindliest | 2 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
Verrückt und rasant und genau richtig!
Katzenkindliest | 3 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |



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