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The Angel's Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 2)
The Angel's Game - Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 2
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translator)
"The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that, when I opened those windows, its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets I could capture on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen..." — In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living b...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780767931113
ISBN-10: 0767931114
Publication Date: 6/1/2010
Pages: 544
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Angel's Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 2) on + 101 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I was a little disappointed in this book, mainly because I liked shadow of the wind so much. This one didn't hold together as well. I got the message about how religions are used, but it just seemed a little heavy handed.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the best book I've read all year -- I enjoyed it even more than "Shadow of the Wind". There are some similarities -- we revisit the Cemetery of Forgotten Books once more -- and the story is again designed to appeal to those who love books. The characters are well drawn, Barcelona is so well-described you almost feel like you've been there, and the plot keeps you guessing right up until the final "ah-ha!" moment on the last page. Very highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 2
A wonderful read with the atmospheric, compelling, mysterious feel of "The Shadow of the Wind". Connections to the characters and places of the first book are here, but the story is a different journey altogether. It is a perplexing, supernatural page-turner. It is a very enjoyable read, but I was somewhat disappointed and left pondering the ending.
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This is Book 2 in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, even though its events occur in the timeline prior to The Shadow of the Wind.

Let me begin by saying that The Shadow of the Wind is one of my all-time favorite books. I was hesitant to read The Angel's Game because I heard mixed reviews about it and because I knew that nothing could match the haunting beauty of its predecessor. I didn't want to be disappointed. Unfortunately (or perhaps predictably) I was.

Don't get me wrong: most of this book was very, very good. But in the last 50 pages or so, the plot totally collapsed under its own weight. I was left in the dark on so many important points and found myself with far too many unanswered questions. And I'm not talking about the philosophically unanswered questions that leave you pondering the meaning of things (those I am ok with). I am talking about the "Wait...that's IT? What on earth just HAPPENED?!?" kind of unanswered questions that make you think your copy must have been missing more than a few very important pages.

In the end, I think Zafon just tried to do too much. He seemed to have lost his grip on the threads of his own story and everything unraveled as a result. The ending was also needlessly complex, and even Zafon himself seems to have gotten lost in the convoluted maze of this messy plot. There were too many twists and turns, too many dead bodies, too many shifting identities, and too many key plot points that were completely unexplained. It's a shame, really. Zafon had something really great and it ended in absolute and unresolved confusion. I'm still not sure what actually happened, or what it was supposed to mean. Read this book and savor it until the last few chapters, but don't hold out any hope for a satisfying ending. That way, you might not feel quite so disappointed, and I won't have to say "I told you so."
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Shadow of the Wind is one of my favorite books, so I could not wait to pick up Zafon's newest. As in SotW, the writing is gorgeous. Zafon's writing is so beautiful and fluid, and the translation was perfection. The story is about David Martin, a young writer who has become increasingly jaded and cynical about the publishing industry. He rents an old house with some of his earnings, and he slowly becomes tangled in the house's past. He is commissioned to write a book by a mysterious boss. He begins to find parallels between the previous house owner and the strange things that are happening to him. And then the death toll begins to rise...

My only qualm with the book was the last part, where it got a little confusing and seemed almost out of place. However, since I so enjoy Zafon's storytelling, I still couldn't put it down. Not quite as good as SotW, but still an enjoyable read, and I look forward to Zafon's next installment.
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reviewed The Angel's Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Bk 2) on + 16 more book reviews
Although this is book #2 in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books trilogy, it's really a prequel to the fabulous Shadow of the Wind. It is as beautifully written as the first book with thought provoking views of love, literature and revenge set in Barcelona in the first half of the 20th century. Barcelona itself is as much a character in the books as any of the protagonists. Both these books are a pleasure to read and I look forward to reading the last book as well.
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Fave! I had to stop twice on the first page alone to quote to my husband. This is one of those rare books that I needed to get out a highlighter and mark passages. The text is so beautiful, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Very "Lovecraftian." I very much enjoyed Zafon's Shadow of the Wind, but this takes the cake! Love!
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A piece of literary fiction that takes the reader into the streets of Barcelona and behind the scenes of underground publishing and the newspaper industry. With Daniel Martin as our guide, the author takes the reader along to see Martin grow up and find his true calling as a writer. There are definitely some interesting characters along the way, a few that I fell in love with and wanted more from - Isabella captured my attention!

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