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The Angel's Game

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Angel's Game
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    Jun 2009, 544 pages
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    May 2010, 544 pages

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A prequel to the 2002 blockbuster The Shadow of the Wind

Fifteen BookBrowse members reviewed this book, with thirteen rating it 4 or 5 out of 5 stars. This is what they say ....
Have you ever begun to read a book and after a few pages realized that what is in your hands is a work of genius? That is what I felt while reading this book (Daniel A). The Angel's Game includes many elements of a Gothic horror story: old houses, hidden rooms, secrets, decay and mysterious characters (Carolyn G-G); his use of language is wonderful and he has a way of making you actually see and feel the surroundings (Brenda d'A).

Although there are plenty of holes and loose ends in the plot, the narrative is surprisingly compelling, and kept me turning the pages. There are enough scenes in dark towers, cemeteries and dank bookstores to keep even the jaded horror fan interested. I think the author succeeds less in his depiction of historical place and ...

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There was no special fanfare when Spanish publisher, Planeta, published Carlos Ruiz Zafón's fifth book (but his first for adults) The Shadow of the Wind in 2002; but the book took off, spending more than 60 weeks on the bestseller lists in Spain, and has been translated into at least 20 languages.  As for his earlier books, Ruiz Zafón says that writing novels for young adults was 'never my natural genre', even though his first, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned him the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction (it appears that none of his YA books are available in English).

Ruiz Zafón, who was born in Barcelona in 1964 but has lived in Los Angeles since 1993, still has a house in Barcelona.  He describes his home town as a place with a palpable sense of history, saying "the ...

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