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Review: The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Angel's Game
David Martín is a writer of penny dreadfuls who is offered a huge sum of money to write a book for a French publisher. He can't find any evidence that the publisher actually exists though, and violent things start happening to David's friends and colleagues.

I was rocking through the first half of the book, loving Ruiz Zafón's writing, and then I just stopped caring a little over halfway through. I'm not entirely sure what happened. I think I got sick of having absolutely no freaking idea what was going on. Yeah, I knew who the publisher was, but I didn't know how that was going to tie into everything else. I read this using this really cool post-it-flag bookmark my husband gave me, because I knew that I would probably have tons of quotes I loved in here. The last one is at page 324 out of 531 pages. There's no big event that I can find there, I think that's just where I ran out of patience.

I loved Ruiz Zafón's previous book, The Shadow of the Wind, and I have a feeling that a re-read would bump that one up to five stars. I missed having a Fermín. There wasn't really anyone to give any lightness or grace to the story. It was all darkness and despair. The relationship between David and Isabella gave a few lighter moments, but he ended up hurting her feelings more often than not, so those were pretty limited. This is sort of a companion to Shadow, and I had a hard time figuring out how and when they fit together. I was confused about how Daniel was consistently described as being shy and sort of boring, when that wasn't the Daniel that I knew from Shadow. I don't think this is a

*****SPOILER*****, but


this Daniel is the father in Shadow.


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I have to say, my hat is off to the translator, Lucia Graves. She did one heckuva job translating this. The story might have lost me a little, but the writing is still lyrical, and that has to be as much to her credit as to the author's.

Maybe I should have put this aside and tried it again later when I realized that I had started to lose interest. I don't think that would have made a difference though. It's still a dark, Gothic novel that fans of that genre will still probably love. I just preferred The Shadow of the Wind much, much more.

Alison's Book Marks gave it 5 stars.

The author has composed a soundtrack for the book, which you can check out on his website.






Jennifer G.

4 comments:

  1. I also loved The Shadow of the Wind and had high hope's for Angel's Game. I'm sorry to hear that it may fall short of Zafon's previous novel.

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  2. When I saw that you wrote a review of one of my favorite books of the year (so far) I had to come by and check out what you had to say. What a nice surprise that you linked to my review!

    I don't give out stars lightly, but I definitely agree with you that Angel's Game was not the breathtakingly beautiful novel that Shadow of The Wind was. Still, I loved it.

    Great review - always great to read another reviewer's point of view!

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  3. Okay, I take that comment from you What are you reading post back, I won't die if I don't read this. Thanks for the review!

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  4. It was still beautiful, so you guys might like it. You should check out Alison's review to see what someone who loved it has to say.

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