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The Angel's Game (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  72,617 Ratings  ·  6,965 Reviews
From master storyteller Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes The Angel’s Game—a dazzling new page-turner about the perilous nature of obsession, in literature and in love.

“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, secr
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Published June 16th 2009 by Random House Audio (first published 2008)
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Karla No, you do not have to read the Shadow of the Wind first, however The Shadow of the Wind is a much better book than The Angel's game, and makes it…moreNo, you do not have to read the Shadow of the Wind first, however The Shadow of the Wind is a much better book than The Angel's game, and makes it more interesting to read to learn the development of a few characters.
There are two completely different stories that have a few returning characters and even though both stories have their own ending, I would recommend to read first the Shadow of the Wind.(less)
Kandie Sweeney The Angels Game is technically NOT a prequel. The books can, and are meant to be. read independent of each other so can be read in any order. They…moreThe Angels Game is technically NOT a prequel. The books can, and are meant to be. read independent of each other so can be read in any order. They have characters that cross over each story. I got this straight from the author's web site. I have read two of the 3 books, and am excited to get to the last one. He is an amazing author. If you skip some of this book, it isn't going to have much effect when you read the last one I wouldn't think. I'd try and hang with the book though. It is craziness at its best.(less)
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
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 wa
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Lee Goldberg
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 ("
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Will M.
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 forever.

The 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 Histori
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Nikoleta
Feb 28, 2015 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, book-lovers
Όταν έπιασα στα χέρια μου «το παιχνίδι του αγγέλου» νόμιζα ότι θα διαβάσω άλλη μια «σκιά του ανέμου» – το οποίο είναι το αγαπημένο μου βιβλίο- οπότε δυστυχώς έπεσα σε συγκρίσεις κ δυστυχώς το αδίκησα μέσα στο μυαλό μου. «Το παιχνίδι του αγγέλου» έχει περισσότερη δράση, ποιο πολύπλοκο μυστήριο, σκοτεινή ατμόσφαιρα κ απρόσμενα γεγονότα, επίσης ναι, σοκάρει τον αναγνώστη. Αλλά δυστυχώς δεν συμπάθησα τους ήρωες, ο Νταβίδ δεν είναι δυνατόν να φτάσει τον Ντανιέλ και η Χριστίνα ούτε καν πλησιάζει την Μ ...more
Becky
Dec 09, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gothic mystery lovers
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 this:
"A writer n
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Mohammed Arabey
لعبة الملاك..أم لعبة الشيطان؟
لعبة الملاك هي الحكاية الثانية من مقبرة الكتب المنسية
حكاية عن الخديعة، ستظل طوال الوقت تسأل نفسك أين الحقيقة
خديعة المؤلفين، القصاصين، الناشرين، النقاد
"الكاتب لا ينسي أول مرة يقبل بعض العملات أو كلمة مديح في مقابل قصة. لن ينسي أبدا الشغف الجميل للخيلاء في دماءه، وتصديق، إن نجح في ألا يجعل أحدهم أكتشاف نقص موهبته، أن حلم الأدب سيمنحه سقفا، وجبة ساخنة بنهاية اليوم، وأكثر ما يتمناه: أن أسمه يُطبع علي قطعة ورق بائسة ستُعمّر أكثر منه
الكاتب مُدان ليتذكر تلك اللحظة، لأنه من
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Lavinia
Nov 26, 2009 Lavinia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
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 anymore if I liked it or not.

It 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 quarter it gets better and better. Now a writer, David is asked by a mysterious editor to writ
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Antonio


Corelli se inclinó hacia adelante y me clavó los ojos.
—Martín, quiero que cree una religión para mí.

David Martin es un escritor desesperado en busca de reconocimiento, tras varias luchas infructuosas en el mundo de la literatura conoce al Señor Corelli, un caballero cuyo símbolo es un ángel, este le propone un trato del cual Martin no podrá negarse. Cosas extrañas comenzaran a suceder en la vida de Martin que lo llevaran a preguntarse si el símbolo del patrón debería ser un ángel o un demonio.
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K
Jul 11, 2009 K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldntfinish
When I'm reading something good, or even decent, I'll find myself reading just a few more pages when I should be doing housework or some other exciting chore. When I find myself finding all sorts of creative ways to waste time without even thinking of picking up my book, I know it's time to give up on it.

Too bad -- I really liked The Shadow of the Wind. But unfortunately, like the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, I think the author was trying too hard to recreate his own success at the expens
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Maxwell
May 21, 2015 Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015, translated
More like a 4.5 stars but still really, really good. I couldn't get enough of this book. It has the delightfully gothic elements that Ruiz Zafón does so well: mysterious figures, creepy mansions, blood and mist, and the eerie atmosphere of Barcelona at night. And of course, the importance of books in the story makes it quite an enjoyable read.

The story follows David Martin, a writer for a newspaper and penny dreadfuls who gets sucked into a creepy plot with a figure called "the boss" who employs
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Overall a well-told story with a clever and original plot. David Martin is a struggling author living in poverty in the seedy depths of Barcelona. He receives an irresistible offer of 100,000 francs to write a book for a creepy man he begins referring to as "the boss." After accepting the offer Martin starts research on the designated topic, triggering a series of strange happenings. He knows he is being "played" and used, but he doesn't know why or by whom. Things just get more and more siniste ...more
Elton
Jan 06, 2009 Elton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Angel's Game actually takes place in the same area of Barcelona as SOTW. Set in the period just before the civil war that leads up to SOTW. The main character is David Martin, who at the beginning of book is working at a newspaper & gets his chance to be a writer. Soon with the help of of his friend & mentor, Perdo Vidal, he is able to lift himself out of poverty & start writing for a living.

He soon leaves the newspaper & starts writing pulp fiction under a pseudonym for a le
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Carmo
Aug 10, 2013 Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanha, bib-p
4.5*

Foi o segundo livro que li de C.R.Záfon e começo a reconhecer-lhe o estilo gótico e misterioso, com alguns apontamentos de sobrenatural que imprime aos seus romances. Parece ser uma receita vencedora já que os livros vendem-se como pãezinhos quentes. E com razão, em mais de 500 páginas não encontrei uma que fosse aborrecida ou me desse vontade de pousar o livro. Pelo contrário; cozinhei com ele na mão, comi com ele na mão, ignorei a malta à minha volta e só não li e dormi ao mesmo tempo porq
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Carmen
Aug 10, 2009 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yzobelle
Once more, Zafon takes his readers to a thrilling ride into a web of stories. And any ride with Zafon is guaranteed to be breathtaking.

In the Angel's Game, Zafon has again exhibited his specialty in leading his readers into a series of intricate stories. He makes sure his readers enter that labyrinth of events so engrossed that they would hardly feel that they have been sucked into it. But great Zafon makes sure that his readers come out of it safe. He really has that talent of giving little une
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Kim

I am a patient reader. I can cope with ambiguity and digression. I enjoy ornate prose and the occasional serving of melodrama. I don't need each and every element of a plot spelled out for me. This means that I loved (almost) every over-the-top melodramatic moment of the first in Carlos Ruiz Zafon's "Cemetery of Lost Books" series, The Shadow of the Wind. Reading that novel, I was carried away to Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and thoroughly enjoyed Ruiz Zafon's magical prose.

My overwhe
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Char
Jul 13, 2014 Char rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
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 contentm
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Susana
(review in English below)

Releitura (abril 2017):

Até ao final do Segundo Acto (pág. 413), convenci-me de que esta segunda leitura ia ter um resultado diferente da primeira; até aí, a classificação estava numas sólidas 4 estrelas.

Mas depois vem O Jogo do Anjo propriamente dito (o Terceiro Acto) e acontecem várias coisas: o humor, que até aí emprestava um tom mais animado à história, praticamente desapareceu; a história transformou-se numa espécie de policial com um número exagerado de mortes; come
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Jill
Apr 02, 2009 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved The Shadow of the Wind and expected this book to be my favorite book of the year. Perhaps my expectations were too high to give it a fair chance. I didn't care for the story. I rarely felt like picking the book up after taking a break but continued to think that there would be some redeeming aspect as I read and was closer to the end. I would not recommend this book- it was terrible. I lent it to a friend and she didn't even bother finishing it (she reads a couple hundred book ...more
Beatrix
Everything is a tale, Martin. What we believe, what we know, what we remember, even what we dream. Everything is a story, a narrative, a sequence of events with characters communicating an emotional content. We only accept as true what can be narrated.

Zafón’s books are pure magic. And while I loved The Shadow of the Wind because of the story, I enjoyed The Angel’s Game primarily because of its protagonist, David Martin.

I really can’t properly describe why I love Zafón as a writer; you trul
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TL
Sep 21, 2012 TL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading, favorites
“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.”
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“We spend a good part of our lives dreaming, especially when we're awake.”

" A 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 r
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Vaso
Jan 16, 2013 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Όσοι θέλουν να λένε ότι γνωρίζουν από λογοτεχνία γιατί απλά διαβάζουν πολλά, πλανώνται πλάνην οικτρά. Ο ΘΑΦΟΝ είναι μεγάλος λογοτέχνης, απ’ αυτούς που δύσκολα συναντάς πια. Δεν είναι μόνο οι περιγραφές του αλλά και ότι σε βάζει να σκεφτείς αυτά που κρύβονται πίσω από τις λέξεις. Ένα εξαιρετικό βιβλίο!
Melissa
Aug 01, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Will Byrnes
Jun 17, 2009 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more substantive writing. He is approached ...more
Nancy (NE)
May 11, 2013 Nancy (NE) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Angel's Game is the second in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series which began with The Shadow Of The Wind. Each book is an independent entity and yet the stories are interwoven. They can be read in any order. Much darker than the first, this is an entirely different mystery. The question for me was, "At what price, does the artist sell his soul for the sake of his art?" And does the giving up of the soul involve a bargain with Lucifer, or losing touch with reality and self in a combinatio ...more
Carlos
Sep 18, 2016 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did not understood this book, I don't know how it connects to the first one (or maybe it's been many months since I read the first book in the series that I have forgotten certain aspects of the books). The ending is very weird and it doesn't satisfy all plots within the book, the book deals with the occult, love, friendship, betrayals and the search for redemption. I'm giving it 4 stars because the story in itself is good , just not a good sequel to the first one . I did love the conve ...more
Jamie
Jun 23, 2009 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've waited two years for this book. Though unemployed, I paid full price and bought it the very first day it came out. To date, I have reread it's predecessor (though this book was the prequel) three times and given away four copies and named a cat that sat in the front window of an art gallery I passed every day on Market Street Nuria, as homage to Ruiz Zafon's first book.
And, before I go on, I will say I had a busy month--I got a job and so I didn't have the sort of dedication I might have b
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Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
"Un escritor nunca olvida la primera vez que acepta unas monedas o un elogio a cambio de una historia. Nunca olvida la primera vez que siente el dulce veneno de la vanidad en la sangre y cree que, si consigue que nadie descubra su falta de talento, el sueño de la literatura será capaz de poner techo sobre su cabeza, un plato caliente al final del día y lo que más anhela: su nombre impreso en un miserable pedazo de papel que seguramente vivirá más que él. Un escritor está condenado a recordar ese ...more
Miguel
Aug 29, 2015 Miguel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cheguei a O Jogo do Anjo por osmose literária. As impressões de A Sombra do Vento ainda ardiam.

A escrita pericial de Carlos Ruiz Zafón guia-nos para uma história angulosa frequentada por personagens cuja disparidade e pluralidade psicológicas são evolutivas, isto é, a autenticidade do seu carácter firma-se à medida que a leitura progride.

David, um homem circunspecto, casuístico, escritor com obras publicadas, lança-se para o abismo de um livro críptico que irá dinamitar as suas relações.
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Jessica
Oct 26, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing installment in this series. While perhaps not QUITE as captivating as the first, the quality of the story itself was just as good. This one just moved a bit slower. It also had a much darker theme, which I enjoyed. I don't think all of my questions may have been answered, but I think we are meant to assume certain things just were sure to be related.
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Spanish novelist. Born in Barcelona in 1964, he has lived in Los Ángeles, United States, since 1994, and works as a scriptwriter aside from writing novels.

His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young-adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las
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El cementerio de los libros olvidados (6 books)
  • The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
  • The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
  • El laberinto de los espíritus (El cementerio de los libros olvidados, #4)
  • La Trilogie du Cimetière des Livres oubliés
  • Tetralogía El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados (pack)

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