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El juego del ángel The book starts out so well rich in a character humor and a powerful sense of place It captivated me from the first few pages I couldn't wait to keep reading I rewarded myself with it each night I felt I was reading a truly great book one I was certain would become a beloved favorite of mine I was so in love that I was willing to overlook a nagging flaw in a story where language and the craft of writing mean so much where the writer himself aims a spotlight on authorial laziness Don Basilo was a forbidden looking man with a bushy moustache who did not suffer fools and who subscribed to the theory that the liberal use of adverbs and adjectives was the mark of a pervert or someone with a vitamin deficiency I was astonished by the repeated reliance on cliche phrase For example In this neck of the woods one doesn't have to run very fast The editorial board had opted to take the bull by the horns technically it was my father who paid but don't look a gift horse in the mouth my father came back and found me alive and kicking It was especially bewildering since the author is capable of such amazing vivid and fresh prose How could he possibly let a cliche like he let the cat out of the bag get past the rough draft? Since the book is a translation I will give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume it's the translator's fault and not his one need only look at The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for an example of that But the cliches would be a minor annoyance if the rest of the book matched the brilliance of the first half Unfortunately the book uickly devolves into relentlessly dull exposition delivered by one note characters with absolutely no motivation or reason to deliver the speeches to our hero besides the author's need to relay the information Worse the plot such as it was totally collapses into an unintelligble incoherent mess that isn't satisfying or entertaining Nothing that was planted in the first half pays off in the second For me the book was a crushing disappointment Like me you will probably read The Angels' Game because you enjoyed immensely the author's The Shadow of the Wind And it's all here again the musty dusty bookstores of Barcelona with their Borges like labyrinths and secret passageways Decaying old mansions; a brooding half crazed over caffeinated writer; darkness shadows death murders mystery and foreboding The problem I had was with the plot I couldn't tell at the end what the resolution was of the plot I even skimmed back though the book trying to see what I must have missed and if I could figure it out no luck It's still a good read; just not as good as Shadow 455 stars The Angel’s Game is another incredible book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón It’s as good as The Shadow of the Wind in a different way More than a month has passed since I finished reading The Shadow of the Wind that enthralled me and not gonna lie I had an inkling of dropping the series after continuously hearing from so many people that the continuations aren’t really worth the read I can’t say about The Prisoner of Heaven because I haven’t read it yet but The Angel’s Game in my opinion was definitely worth the read “Every book has a soul the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it” I’m honestly uite shocked by the significant drop in average ratings for The Angel’s Game the second installment in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books uartet by Carlos Ruiz Zafón on Goodreads It is indeed a different kind of book than its predecessor there’s no story within a story no coming of age and the story itself takes place before the events that occurred in The Shadow of the Wind However Zafón did retain sufficient elements that made the first book superb into his narrative here and I do believe that The Angel’s Game has the alluring storytelling capability that the first book has The themes in The Angel’s Game focuses on writing ambition faith loneliness found family and the dark side of humanity The story has a gothic horror feels to it; it is bleaker and it’s definitely depressing than the first book This however doesn’t mean a drop in storytelling uality Zafón’s prose plus Lucia Graves’ translation never fails to captivate me This is a hefty book; it’s almost 700 pages long and I never felt bored reading it “Every work of art is aggressive Isabella And every artist's life is a small war or a large one beginning with oneself and one's limitations To achieve anything you must first have ambition and then talent knowledge and finally the opportunity” The characterizations of the main character David Martin and the individuals he met—especially Isabella and Sempere family—along his journey were so well done Do note that David Martin isn’t a complete kind hearted person like the protagonist of the previous book Daniel Sempere who’s very easy to get attached to David is cynical he sometimes treats people horribly and he lives a relatively harsher life compared to Daniel Unlike Daniel who’s accompanied by his dad and Fermin David’s life is one of loneliness and strings of bad lucks I found his struggle to find love and companions offers a look—a darker one—into a life of hardship that many people encounter in real life The complexity of David’s journey drew me into the story thoroughly; he may not always be likable but there’s a strong sense of consistency in his character development that I enjoyed reading Also although you can read this book without reading The Shadow of the Wind first the meaning behind the appearance of the Sempere Sons bookshop would lose its effect “I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling” Another thing that I found to be awesome was the changes in tone The Angel’s Game takes place in the same location as The Shadow of the Wind and I loved how Zafón made sure that a different time period would give a different kind of atmosphere The Shadow of the Wind to me felt melancholic at times tragic but sprinkled with hope and heartwarming friendship The city of Barcelona portrayed in The Angel’s Game felt as I mentioned before bleak and depressivePicture The Angel’s Game by Vincent ChongI know I’ve mentioned in my previous review but seriously reading this series makes me want to visit Barcelona I want to see the places mentioned that still exists in this book with my own eyes and find out what kind of feelings will be sparked in me Although the story told in The Angel’s Game felt like it’s a different kind of book compared to The Shadow of the Wind at times I must once again praise Zafón’s astounding prose and Graves’ translation I’m getting repetitive here but the two books in the series that I’ve read so far are embedded with countless uotable passages and I’m sure the remaining two books in the series will follow the same treatment Just look at this passage about envy below “Envy is the religion of the mediocre It comforts them it soothes their worries and finally it rots their souls allowing them to justify their meanness and their greed until they believe these to be virtues Such people are convinced that the doors of heaven will be opened only to poor wretches like themselves who go through life without leaving any trace but their threadbare attempts to belittle others and to exclude and destroy if possible those who by the simple fact of their existence show up their own poorness of spirit mind and guts Blessed be the one at whom the fools bark because his soul will never belong to them” Isn’t that just so well written? And there’s still so many I haven’t shared yet on this review As to what prevented me from giving this book a full 5 stars rating the climax seuences ended a bit unsatisfyingly for me The Shadow of the Wind felt and worked totally well as a standalone; the conflicts have been resolved revelations were unveiled and the book ended very satisfyingly The climax seuences in The Angel’s Game felt messy and uite convoluted to me Plus the ending itself raises uestions—I assume these will be answered in the remaining two books—than answer them and it left me feeling slightly unsatisfied upon finishing “Whether we realise it or not most of us define ourselves by opposing rather than by favouring something or someone To put it another way it is easier to react than to act” The good thing about the conclusion though is that finishing The Angel’s Game certainly makes me so excited to start reading the next installment ASAP It took me than a month break after reading The Shadow of the Wind before I decided to finally pick this up I doubt it would that long before I dive into the next book The Prisoner of Heaven The Angel’s Game is a dark thrilling and gripping installment in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series For a series outside my favorite genre—fantasy—to read this has been a crazy and twisted ride that I highly enjoyed so far and I look forward to finding out how the story will develop from here “We spend a good part of our lives dreaming especially when we're awake” You can order the book from Book Depository Free shippingYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Devin Hamad Joie Mike Miracle Nicholas 45⭐️ Hats off to you SirI love this author so damn muchFirst let's get the confusion out of the way The Angel's Game though the second book to the beautiful Shadow of the Wind is neither a preuel nor a seuel Essentially it is a stand alone story that you can fully enjoy on its own but if you want to get the most out of it and discover all the connections that will enhance your reading experience with the characters I highly recommend reading them in their publication order and not the timeline order of the books Only once have I come across a book The Night Circus where the setting becomes a major character by almost but not uite overshadowing the main characters Here the hero of TAG David Martin is an engaging and sympathetic human but through the vivid language of Zafon the surreal city of early 20th century Barcelona very nearly upstages both with its gloomy moods and its sinister beautyNow does The Angel’s Game match up to The Shadow of the Wind? Fuck No I mean TSoTW was like reading words dipped in magic HOWEVER This one had its own beat that sucked you in with its dark and eerie tone throughout Also I daresay the characters in this novel are a bit complex than those in “The Shadow of the Wind”In the years after World War I a mysterious publisher Andreas Corelli offers our lead David a writer who suffers the torments of his craft a great deal of money to write a narrative book that is to be the inspiration for a new religion and after reluctantly accepting this deal he starts having chilling encounters with characters who may be real or perhaps figments of his imagination and he is drawn into a terrifying maze of events that threaten his sanity if not his lifeNo point in saying because honestly best to go in blind and have it challenge your own sense of reality vs imagination Zafón KNOWS how to write with grace and passion His prose is elouent and his abilities to spin a remarkably elaborate plot from a potentially simple idea is truly awe inspiring The Angel's Game is filled with hapless victims who are driven mad or die in random accidents paranoia ill fated love and as the story goes on the narrative is littered with corpses murdered policemen and so much Oh and that cryptic epilogue That left me with uestions than answers and by the way I've also read the third book in this series and that's right I was left with even gigantic snowball of uestions than answers and to say I cannot wait for book four is the understatement of ages DO NOT read this before The Shadow of The Wind Okay now I'm done😊prior to readingAhhh when fate intervenes 😌I couldn’t stop staring at this book so I picked it off my shelf JUST to peak through it and hold it in my hands for a few seconds—honestly’ve no clue why I felt I had to do that🤔 but now I can’t stop reading Yup I’ve decided it’s fate telling me to go back to the world of Cemetery of Forgotten Books😍 This book was ALMOST a 5 star read for me I really really enjoyed it and wish that I could give it 5 stars but I feel like the loose ends were kind of rubber banded together rather than tied up all nice and pretty But first I want to talk about the writing GOR GEOUS Ruiz Zafon captured me with the first paragraph In fact while I was reading What Dreams May Come right before this I snuck a peek and then almost didn't put it back down to finish WDMC I mean look at thisA writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head a hot meal at the end of the day and what he covets most his name on a miserable piece of paper that will surely outlive him A writer is condemned to remember that moment because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price A price you say? Hmmm Must read on So I did and found that with every page I enjoyed the book even It was dark and gloomy and despairing and creepy at times and at others it was laugh out loud funny and light and surprising David our narrator is a young writer who's had a hard time of life and is therefore older than his years He's bitter and jaded and sarcastic but still idealistic in a way I loved the way that he looked at things and the life he brought to the pages Even when he was writing himself to death he's still interesting and dynamic and I wanted to know him better So in comes Andreas Correlli mysterious and perfectly dressed and wanting to put David's talent to use for his own vague purposes I recognized Correlli for what he was right away as maybe I was intended to so I waited anxiously for the inevitable There is uite a bit of religious speculation and philosophy if that's the right word in this book which was very interesting to me The conversations that Correlli and David had regarding religion were maybe a touch over my head but intriguing to read because both men had than reason enough to twist things to their own purposes in their conversations and I was never uite sure whether what they were saying was really what they were sayingFrom David and Correlli's first meeting things start to get and mysterious and strange Very surreal in a realistic way and uite intense There were times when I'd have to force myself to put the book down to go to bed And the chapters were so short that it was far too easy to justify just one New twists and turns were introduced and I couldn't wait to figure out how they all fit together But this is where things went a little bit downhill for me While things were technically ended and it wasn't a bad ending I just wish that we had a bit explanation as to certain things in the story and that's why I had to drop a star off I mean I guess we could just look at it from a stand point of it is because it is because it is but I'm always looking for the why too I don't want to ruin this book for anyone who has yet to read it because it is definitely worth reading so I will not go into spoilerish stuff here I will just say that I would have liked a bit wrap up with certain converging storylines Overall I immensely enjoyed this book The writing has a way of just making me part of the story and the descriptions made me wish I could be in Barcelona to see it for myself I look forward to reading Shadow of the Wind soon David Martin is a pulp fiction writer struggling in life He went to Barcelona in hope of a better future and the mysterious man with an unbelievable offer seemed to fulfill his wish The events after he accepted the offer changed his life foreverThe first book The Shadow of the Wind managed to exceed my expectations I was a bit reluctant with this second one but clearly Zafón is one hell of a writer He once again managed to exceed my expectations I consider him as one of the best Historical Fiction writer ever He knows how to write He knows how to keep the reader interested and captivated all throughout the novelThe plot was only a bit different than the first one but still captivating While reading the novel I once again felt like I was living the life of the main character It felt like I was living in Barcelona the whole time Zafón can really make the setting seem so believable The writing was superb and I could say that his writing is my favorite alongside Stephen King's I really like it when the writer can make the character so likable and believable at the same time Nothing changed from the first book because both characters were unforgettable David was just a fun guy to read about He didn't seem pretentious and the supporting characters were just as good Isabella and Christina were both perfect for David but obviously he only loved one as the author tried to convey view spoiler For me though David had slight feelings toward Isabella and she obviously reciprocated Such a shame that they didn't end up together though hide spoiler My oh my I had such great expectations from the book I know it's not fair and I was so disappointed about how it ends I actually don't know any if I liked it or notIt starts OK nothing spectacular at the beginning well maybe that episode when David a journalist at this point visits the brothel I still haven't figured out its connection with the rest of the story but after the first uarter it gets better and better Now a writer David is asked by a mysterious editor to write THE book something nobody has ever dared to write before in exchange for an enormous sum of money When Isabella shows up the story gets even better Besides the gothic atmosphere mystery and religioussupernatural events which I have to admit made my heart skip a beat a few times I totally loved David Isabella relationship Their dialogues are so sparkling and witty and they act so stormy have I watched too many romantic comedies? I almost wanted them to hook up But well Zafon had other plans and David remains devoted to his one true love Cristina which leads to all kind of complicated events because this is what love does it complicates our already complicated lives right? So from one point onward the book totally got me things disappear people die houses are burnt I basically spent my weekend in bed with it but the last 50 pages chasingescapingfleeting away so not my cup of tea were such a bore and the ending so Spanish opera meets supernatural I couldn't take it I somehow wanted the always cool never scared David to end his life heroically or not but being a 1st person narrative that was uite impossible So OK let him live but what have we done to deserve such a cheesy ending? not spoiling anything about that DI might be ranting a lot but don't get me wrong Zafon has a real talent for story telling and the book is definitely a page turner; if you're into mystery and thrillers this is a good choice And yes bookworms or Barcelona admirers for you too En la turbulenta Barcelona de los años 20 un joven escritor obsesionado con un amor imposible recibe la oferta de un misterioso editor para escribir un libro como no ha existido nunca a cambio de una fortuna y tal vez mucho más Con estilo deslumbrante e impecable precisión narrativa el autor de La Sombra del Viento nos transporta de nuevo a la Barcelona de El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados para ofrecernos una aventura de intriga romance y tragedia a través de un laberinto de secretos donde el embrujo de los libros la pasión y la amistad se conjugan en un relato magistral Last night I listened to the end of this audiobook with tears in my eyes I won't easily forget those last scenes My favorite parts of this story were the visits to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books I love the idea of a place where Every book every volume you see here has a soul The first time someone visits this place he must choose a book and adopt it making sure that it will never disappear that it will always stay alive Just reading those sentences makes my soul sigh with contentment I didn't enjoy this book uite as much as I enjoyed Shadow of the Wind This tale was slightly darker and mysterious but I thought the mystery became a little convoluted This was still a wonderful beautifully written story that had me in tears than once What an amazing feeling that is Highly recommended In The Angel’s Game Zafon returns us to the Barcelona of his prior novel Shadow of the Wind Young David Martin is a copy boy at The Voice of Industry but the newspaper’s star writer Pedro Vidal has been promoting David to the editor Given a chance to write David blossoms Vidal later pushes him out of the newspaper so he can work for a pair of unscrupulous publishers of penny dreadfuls David is wildly successful at that as well but pines to do substantive writing He is approached by a mysterious man and offered an opportunity to escape his situation by writing an unusual book Will success and comfort cost David his soul? No really his soul He is driven by mourning for a lost love and drawn to a house with a dark history Zafon take us on a tour of early 20th century Barcelona We see a city every bit as interesting as Dickens’ London There are spooky houses possibly haunted ones criminal infested alleys an eerie man made lake plenty of dark corners and things that go bump He offers a Dickensian array of characters—in fact Great Expectations is referenced specifically several times—as Martin tries to figure out the mystery of the house and the real motivation behind his mysterious publisher There are sinister policemen pursuing him for crimes he did not commit lies and liars who try to misdirect him angelic people who try to help him and some exciting Hitchcock like scenes of high altitude perilI did not pay obsessive attention to the details of Zafon’s story so if there are logical errors I did not note them A small gripe It happens too much that simple communication between people or characters could have dispelled years of emotional turmoil I did find myself wishing a less buttoned up environment on some of Zafron’s people Recognizing that in this time in this place speaking the heart was a bit less done than it might be today one can make allowances but still the urge remains to shout some encouragement or criticism “Geez man get off your ass and tell her how you feel” Spleen vented The Angel’s Game dabbles in the mystical which fits in with the foggy atmosphere of the tale I could have done with a bit explanation though Above all The Angel’s Game is a fun read Set aside your disbelief curl up in a cushy chair open the window to let early morning fog drift in and enjoyPS came across this article tonight in The Guardian 'Extraordinary' 500 year old library catalogue reveals books lost to time by Alison Flood

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