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The Library of Shadows
Mikkel Birkegaard
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The Library of Shadows

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,190 Ratings  ·  385 Reviews
Imagine that some people have the power to affect your thoughts and feelings when you read, or they read a book to you. They can seduce you with amazing stories, conjure up vividly imagined worlds, but also manipulate you into thinking exactly what they want you to.

When Luca Campelli dies a sudden and violent death, his son Jon inherits his second-hand bookshop, Libri di L
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 3rd 2009 by Doubleday (first published 2007)
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Mark Zieg
Aug 23, 2009 Mark Zieg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12yr-olds, to prep them for better books
Recommended to Mark by: award nominee
When evaluating a book, or indeed any sort of artistic expression, the first and often unconscious step is establishing the thresholds or criteria against which it should be fairly judged. Not all plays ought be held against the standard of Shakespeare, nor all novels Dostoevsky. From the moment you first pick up a book, thoughtfully heft its weight in your hand, absorb the cover art and typeface, and casually skim the publisher blurbs and reviewer call-quotes, you begin a process of shaping exp ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Kelanth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Certo che è così facile rimanere delusi da un libro dalle alte aspettative, pompato dall'editore come un nuovo trascendentale talento contemporaneo!

Che accozzaglia di nefandezze, gente! Credo che la cosa che mi rimarrà impressa di questo libro (?) sia solo "[Il Protagonista] unisce le mani con uno scrocchio", ripetuto credo qualche decina di volte qua e là per il libro. Probabilmente in Danimarca hanno problemi di artrite molto seri, sarà il freddo.

Fatto sta che a me ad ogni scrocchio mi aumenta
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The concept is so original and I am a great lover of books. I believe that books do have power for their readers. Making this more than metaphor within a fantasy context is ingenious.

I loved the way the paranormal reading experience is described. We get into the minds of the characters as they are exercising their abilities. I would have liked more engagement with the specific texts. I wanted to know more about how the particular books played th
Nov 25, 2009 Truly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Membaca Bisa Membahayakan Jiwa Seseorang

Saat menghadiri prosesi pemakaman ayahnya, Luca Campelli, Jon melihat banyak orang yang tidak dikenalnya juga hadir mengikuti prosesi tersebut. Hasrat Luca Campelli untuk meninggal disekelilingi oleh buku-buku kesayangannya terwujud. Bahkan pidato perpisahannya pun dikutip dari berbagai buku

Sepeninggal ibunya, hubungan Jon dengan ayahnya tidak harmonis. Jon benar-benar tidak mengira, jika ia mendapat warisan sebuah toko buku antik, Libri di Lu
What a great book! I got it for Christmas and I'm not even sure what I thought it was about, but I was very wrong.

It's well-written, although the language isn't perhaps always the most interesting, but the characters are believable and there are some fantastic descriptions. What really sells the whole thing is that it's about BOOKS!

Let me put it like this:
What if reading was a superpower? What if by reading out loud you could change people's experience of a story, enhance their emotions and ev
Jan 12, 2010 Uci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mungkin saya termasuk salah satu orang yang tidak bisa lepas dari buku. Buku adalah penghibur, pembuka jendela ilmu, penuntun khayalan yang tak berbatas, sampai yang sederhana: sebagai pengisi waktu saat harus menunggu atau mengantri.

Tapi bagaimana jika kegiatan membaca buku ternyata tidak sekadar menikmati sebuah cerita? Bagaimana jika buku yang kaubaca keras-keras bisa memengaruhi orang yang mendengarnya hingga mau menuruti keinginanmu? Sebaliknya, bagaimana jika kau, sebagai pendengar, bisa m
Jan 03, 2010 Nurul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Buku memang mempunyai kekuatan yang dapat menjadi dahsyat. Buku dapat membawa kita bahagia, marah, sedih, hingga tergugu bercucuran air mata. Buku bahkan dapat membawa kita melompat menjadi bagian dari plot cerita sebagai pelaku. Buku tertentu pun dapat membuat kita serasa ingin cepat-cepat mengetahui akhir cerita sekaligus berlambat-lambat menahan diri karena tak ingin segera berpisah.

Pertama mulai membaca buku ini hingga ke pertengahan, saya membayangkan GRI menjadi suatu perkumpulan pemancar
Jun 14, 2009 Night rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To my surprise, this book turned out to be a fantasy! The plot is about a fight between two groups of readers with superpower or Lectors.

The protagonist is a lawyer with no interest in book business until his father, a well-respected shopowner, died (murdered). He inherits the shop and discovers a new secret world, in which reading has the power to alter people's mind. Lectors were divided into 2 groups after an incident in his family. And now, when they were close to unite again, violent actio
Aug 10, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god I adored this book. How it only has an average of three stars is beyond me. I do not think I have ever read a crime/thriller book before (I'm not really counting The Da Vinci Code in this). This was gripping, it was suspenseful and it draws you in like no other. Given the content of the book it was amazing that it had a hold over me. It would be a disappointment if a book of this nature, about this kind of thing was uninteresting and could be put down, but this I had to drag myself awa ...more
Dayannys Pérez
Muy bueno! Lo recomiendo. Me gustaría ver este libro llevado al cine. Las imágenes que se describen y los efectos especiales que conllevarian.....
Mar 24, 2010 an rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
awal na 4 bintang

buku yang berbeda dari buku yang ada selama ini, buku yang bercerita tentang buku. dan buku yang seakan ditulis olah seorang pembaca, bukan seorang penulis seperti yang kita temukan pada buku-buku kebanyakan.

mengapa buku ini ditulis oleh seorang pembaca? karena pencerita mampu 'menggenggam' pembaca dan mempertahankan na untuk tetap mengikuti bacaan yang ada di hadapan na. seakan memahami sungguh dimana titik bosan atau titik lelah pembaca dan ketika pembaca siap untuk menutup bu
Sep 01, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
This story was absolutely AMAZING! Also fascinating, spell-binding and heart-poundingly gripping. This is Mr. Birkegaard's first novel and I sincerely hope that we will be treated to another book very soon. It's an outstanding story in which I found myself avidly involved and the postulations are not that far-fetched. By that I mean when I read a book ~ especially one that's got my undivided attention ~ it very much plays like a movie. But that's all I'll say.

Originally published (and of course
Cristina Frîncu
magia cărților? hai să-ți zic io despre magia cărților. magia cărților e atunci când cumperi o carte despre care tot bunul tău simț plus coperta a patra zice că e un bullshit cu pretenții. pentru că e la mintea cocoșului că dacă Danish Literary Magazine spune că Biblioteca umbrelor e o cloceală de Harry Potter, Indiana Jones și Codul lui DaVinci, atunci Biblioteca umbrelor nu poate fi altceva decât un bullshit cu pretenții. dar pentru că este o carte despre CĂRȚI și PUTEREA CĂRȚILOR și a CELOR C ...more
Vianessa Peña
Jul 28, 2015 Vianessa Peña rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó el suspenso en cada término e inicio de los capítulos. Uno de los libros que te atrapa y sorprende desde principio a fin con tremendo concepto.
Aug 11, 2012 Laraemilie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Toute personne passionnée par les livres s’est sans aucun doute posé, un jour, la question du pouvoir de la lecture. Et si elle était capable d’emporter les gens bien plus loin qu’ils ne le pensent ? Et de créer des évènements aussi terribles qu’inexplicables.
Dans la libraire des ombres, Mikkel Birkegaard nous emmène dans un monde fascinant, où certains personnages ont des capacités qui leur permettent d’influencer la perception des autres lorsqu’ils lisent, un pouvoir tout simplement exceptionn
Harun Harahap
Jan 08, 2010 Harun Harahap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya, fiksi, terjemahan
Mengisahkan tentang sebuah perkumpulan rahasia 'pecinta buku' yang didalamnya terdapat Pemancar dan Penerima. Pemancar adalah orang yang tidak sekedar dapat membaca keras-keras tapi juga dapat mempengaruhi para pendengarnya. Sedangkan penerima adalah pendengar para pembaca yang dapat menuntun para Penerima untuk menikmati bacaannya.

Terdengar seru dan menarik ya???Tapi ketika anda membaca buku ini, anda akan menemukan kebalikannya.'Kelebihan' yang mereka punya disalahgunakan hingga menyebabkan k
Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Questo romanzo è una cretinata a trecentosessanta gradi. Nonostante il tema affrontato sia assai diverso, probabilmente per il tipo di scrittura Birkegaard si è ispirato a Dan Brown o a Faletti. O meglio, a Dan Brown o a Faletti quando andavano in prima elementare, ammesso e non concesso che l’abbiano mai frequentata. Personalmente, dati i successivi risultati letterari, propendo per il no. Figuratevi dunque cosa può essere lo stile.

Anche a voler tentare un minimo di commento, almeno sui contenu
Angela Simo
Aug 08, 2015 Angela Simo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Imprevizibilă. Da, acesta e cuvântul potrivit. Suspans, mult, mult suspans, răsturnări de situații, personaje pe care îți vine să le strângi de gât câteodată. O lectură ușoară, dar superbă. Citind, nu mai eram eu și cartea, era doar textul care mi se revărsa prin toată ființa, eram doar litere, cuvinte, fraze.”

Întreaga recenzie pe blog:
Mar 16, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bei dem Rating hab ich echt Schlimmeres erwartet :D
Das Buch hat Spaß gemacht! Ja, es gab einige Stellen, die nicht ganz schlüssig waren, aber trotzdem.

Very entertaining thriller about books as magic. Set mostly in today's Copenhagen and featuring Lectors who really transform books and reading into magic, the novel is a page turner with very endearing characters and a very clean and readable style.

Fairly predictable in plot and with without too many nuances, heroes being heroic and villains being villainous so to speak, the novel succeeds because of its "book worship" setting and the endearing characters.

Highly recommended for any book lover a
Feb 04, 2015 Ewelina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Tajemnice, spiski, tajne organizacje i... książki. Dzieje się!
Ein Buch über Bücher, genauer gesagt über die Gefühle & Emotionen welche sie beim Leser auslösen können. Und was wäre nun, wenn es Menschen gäbe, die diese Empfindungen noch verstärken könnten und so auch andere Menschen damit beeinflussen? Genau darum geht es in "Die Bibliothek der Schatten". Der Anwalt Jon gerät nach dem Tod seines Vaters unverhofft in die Welt der Lettori, jenen Menschen mit der Gabe die geheime Macht der Bücher zu entfesseln.
Was mich etwas störte, war das die Geschichte
Magda Pais
Jan 18, 2016 Magda Pais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own, 2016
Caramba! uma pessoa lê a sinopse dum livro que com 50% de desconto, consulta o Goodreads para ver a classificação e a opinião das outras pessoas, repara que, dos seus amigos nenhum leu o livro e acaba por arriscar. E depois, em vez de despachar as coisas que tem para fazer num determinado domingo, fica no sofá umas horas seguidas a acabar de ler o livro simplesmente porque não o consegue largar. Sim, isto foi o que me aconteceu com este livro.
Vamos primeiro à história.
Quando Luca regressa a casa
Nov 23, 2014 Iina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't quite know what I expected from this book; but whatever it was, after finishing I felt my expectations hadn't quite been met. Birkegaard's book has an intriguing setting, but somehow it feels as though the book never quite reaches the level of greatness it perhaps could have potential for.

The prose felt a bit clumsy to me, but as I read a translated work I can never judge if it's the author's or the translator's gawky language I detected. The plot, as good as it seems during the first f
Feb 20, 2016 Petuli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read2016
Wow! It took me a long time to get though this book!

Well, The Library of Shadows has such an interesting premise. The main character's father Luca mysteriously dies. He was an owner of a second-hand bookshop that our main character Jon inherits (oh, isn't that the dream of every bookworm?). But John is a quite succesful lawyer who hadn't seen his father in years and thus has no interest in the bookshop. Soon he finds out that there is much more to books than he ever expected.

In the society ther
Wendy Payano
Oct 13, 2015 Wendy Payano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atrapante. Ver la lectura como un arma tan poderosa.
Me parece que podria haber una segunda parte de este libro.
Sep 01, 2015 Dian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review menyusul!
Carlos Miguel Zapata
Ésta novela nos presenta, con algunas pinceladas de ficcion y efectos especiales, lo que ya es sabido por todos los bibliofilos: el poder de los libros. Como todos sabemos, siempre se ha prohibido su lectura, se han ocultado y hasta quemados ' todo esto por el temor sabido del poder que tienen los libros sobre quienes los leen.

En la novela se hace incapié en el podroso influjo de las letras impresas han tenido y tienen; se habla de sociedades secretas ancestralses, capaces de modificar la histor
Jan 01, 2010 Jeane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: denmark
The summary on the backcover mentioned murder, bookshop, secret, ....and there was a beautiful cover. But this didn't prepare me to be sucked into a book that I wish I was still living in.

In Copenhagen, Denmark Libri di Luca is the oldest antiquarian bookshop in Denmark. First there was Lucca's father, now there is Lucca and ... that is till Lucca one day dies. Everything shows a natural cause but the transmittes and receivers know there is more behind.
Jon is the son of Lucca. He is a well known
Esperava mais, mas o autor criou uma teoria muito interessante, nunca antes vista. Dou-lhe pontos pela originalidade. (

A Biblioteca das Sombras sempre foi um livro, que desde o seu lançamento, me suscitou muito interesse. Como uma verdadeira bibliófila, um livro que fale sobre livros exerce um grande fascínio sobre mim. Embora sejam poucas as obras com esta temática, que já tenha lido, é certo também que nunca consigo resistir aos mesmos.
Por isso mesmo,
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Mikkel Birkegaard is a Danish author of fantasy fiction. He lives in Copenhagen.
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