"Poetry is written with tears, fiction is written in blood, and history in invisible ink."
The Angel’s Game is the prequel to Zafón’s The Shadow of the"Poetry is written with tears, fiction is written in blood, and history in invisible ink."
The Angel’s Game is the prequel to Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind. The novel is set in Barcelona in the 1920′s. It follows a fiction writer, David Martin, as he struggles to stay afloat in writing world. He moves into an abandoned mansion with it’s own set of ghosts where he types out his stories and becomes consistently desperate and frustrated. When he’s approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems too good to be true, David jumps at the opportunity. As he beings his work and visits the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes there are bigger mysteries afoot.
Zafón’s new character in this novel is David Martin is a much different character than Daniel Sempere from The Shadow of the Wind. David’s history was much more involved in this story, which I really enjoyed. David follows the trend of Zafón’s protagonists by loving words and literature. However, David seems to differ greatly in his mental stability. Throughout the novel, David’s honesty and sanity is tested and dissected. I immensely enjoyed that. It made David’s experiences with the police and even the mysterious publisher to feel more realistic to me.
In this novel, Zafón branches out from the themes he had created in The Shadow of the Wind. There is more talk of religion than of civil war. Granted, this novel is set twenty years prior than The Shadow of the Wind. Religion and the government themes were ignored in it’s end. I felt like these would have been really wonderful themes to flesh out and discet, but they were merely mentioned and thrown aside.
Zafón’s writing does not disappoint. He keeps a thrilling narrative while not leaving out details. His writing expertly describes the emotions of the characters to the curtains hung at the windows. However, in this novel I felt like the story dragged on. I feel like the story got caught up on the many sub plots. The novel had a lot to bring from Martin’s story to add to the series, but it felt like too much. The character arcs and plots continually were in the way of the story itself. In the end, it left me more confused than pleased.
I’d recommend picking up this novel if you read and enjoyed The Shadow of the Wind and the series for anyone who loves historical mysteries or historical fiction.
In Three Weeks in December, two stories over a decade apart occur in the heart of Africa. In 1899, Jeremy leaves his home in Maine to construct a railIn Three Weeks in December, two stories over a decade apart occur in the heart of Africa. In 1899, Jeremy leaves his home in Maine to construct a railroad across British East Africa. He is thrown in charge of hundreds of Indian laborers with malaria, two man eating lions, and a secret. In 2000, Max, an American ethnobotonist, journeys to Rwanda in hopes to find an obscure vine that could become a life saving drug. She’s shadows a family of gorillas, protect the mountain from rebel forces and local poachers, and handles her own condition.
This novel was so wonderful! It very masterfully explain these two stories in alternating chapters. The writing of these narratives is expertly done. It felt very easy to switch from Jeremy to Max and not be confused by their varying story lines. The writing also describes the area, persons, and emotions for each narration so eloquently. Honestly, I’m still in awe of Schulman’s writing style.
The novel also provides a gripping story for both narrations. I think I was more drawn to Max’s story. I’d highly blame that on Schulman’s accurate and excellent portrayal of child soldiers, mountain gorillas, scientific terminology and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wasn’t attached to Jeremy’s story line until the very end and that has a lot to do with his big secret.
This is such a wonderful book. It’s easily amongst my favorites!...more
"Deep down we've never been who think we once were, and we only remember what never happened."
The Prisoner of Heaven opens up on Daniel Sempere and Fe"Deep down we've never been who think we once were, and we only remember what never happened."
The Prisoner of Heaven opens up on Daniel Sempere and Fermín Romero de Torres in Barcelona in 1957 working in Sempere & Sons. It’s Christmas time and with the birth of Bea and Daniel’s son, Julian, everyone is celebrating. When a stranger visits the bookshop to threaten to bring up the past, Fermín and Daniel are thrown back into another dangerous adventure into the city’s dark history. The frightening past lead them on a journey riddled with peril. Their findings may forever change their lives.
This novel brings back Daniel and Fermín from The Shadow of the Wind. Much of the novel takes place in a cafe where Fermín explaining his past to Daniel. Zafón delves deeper into Fermín’s history. I was very excited to get to read more about Fermín. He entered The Shadow of the Wind so wildly and without any real explanation. Throughout Fermín’s story, we’re even reintroduced to David Martin from The Angel’s Game. Fermín’s history is very much a connector between the first two books.
This novel relies heavily on a story being told, that of Fermín to Daniel. The story is wrapped up in the prisons of a dictator in 1940′s. I loved the idea of telling stories with in a novel, making it the frame. It seems to carry a heavy weight within Zafón’s novels. However, the story seemed much more dulled down than it’s predecessors. The story wasn’t over complicated as it was in The Angel’s Game, but it also wasn’t nearly as compelling as it was in The Shadow of the Wind.
This novel pieces together missing parts of the series, but it is not as compelling as it’s previous books. I’d recommend this read if you enjoyed the rest of the series. ...more
Maddie Kern is destined to be a world renowned violinist. Her audition to play at Juliard is coming up, but her thoughts aren't all on the audition. SMaddie Kern is destined to be a world renowned violinist. Her audition to play at Juliard is coming up, but her thoughts aren't all on the audition. She's more concerned about her secret relationship with Lane Moritomo, her brother's best friend. Lane also happens to be the son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie is prepared for their families disapproval of the relationship, but everything falls apart when they elope on the same day Pearl Harbor is bombed. Lane and his family are forced to move to an interment camp far away from the coast and far from Maddie. Maddie's brother joins the ranks, and Maddie is left alone.
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It happens to be one of my favorite parts of history. It's not my favorite because of what happened, but I have always had this strange obsession with internment of the Japanese Americans during WWII. The historical content was really well done. I know I'm not an expert in the field, but I really thought she did a great job of getting it right.
It is heavy on the romance between Maddie and Lane, which I normally don't like, but I couldn't help it. I wanted more than anything for Maddie to be with Lane. I also loved TJ's point of view in all this. I wasn't prepared to have this multiple points of view. I thought it was going to just be about Maddie and her experience, but the author broadens the sense of the time with these multiple experiences.
I thought her writing style was excellent. She had beautiful and detailed explanations. I didn't get confused about their situations or the location the characters were in. I felt like I was in the same room as the Maddie and Lane.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves WWII historical fiction and a bit of romance....more
Seeing monsters isn't a surprising for Conor, but the one that visits him on this night is different. It's not the same one from his nightmares, but iSeeing monsters isn't a surprising for Conor, but the one that visits him on this night is different. It's not the same one from his nightmares, but it's just as terrifying. It keeps asking him one question. The most dangerous question anyone could ask. It wants to know the truth.
Shades of Grey is not about BDSM and it was actually published a year before 50 Shades of Grey. It is about Chromatacia, a society where everyone hasShades of Grey is not about BDSM and it was actually published a year before 50 Shades of Grey. It is about Chromatacia, a society where everyone has a color and every color has a place. The placement and treatment of a certain color is organized by the prism. All Eddie Russets wants is to move up. He hopes that he can use his red perception to marry into a powerful family. The plan quickly dissipates as he relocated to a new position. Eddie soon discovers there is more to this society than he’s been told.
Eddie is a ‘Red’. He’s just barely a Red really. He’s worked very hard to earn certain badges and become more than a Grey. He helps his father with prefect duties before being sent to East Carmine to do a census. He’s all about getting his work done and getting out of East Carmine so he can be married and upgraded. As he slowly learns of the true goings on in Chromatacia, his whole perception changes. I really liked that Eddie wasn’t just oblivious to the obvious issues in the country. He’s really torn between wanting to know the truth and trying to escape the reality of the situation, which made him very real to me.
The idea of this dystopian society is marvelous. It’s astounding the amount of detail that has gone into forming it. However, I did not enjoy this book. For me, it was very caught in the details. The first section of the book is just riddling off explanations and regulations of the society. It took me a very long time to get through them to understand what the issues in the society were. I felt like the writing lacked something more connecting for me in that. I normally don’t give up on books, but I actually gave up on this one for a week.
The society is intricate, but was too complex for me to really enjoy. I’d recommend this novel for anyone to try, especially lovers of dystopian societies....more