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The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
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Jan 15, 08

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Take DaVinci Code, swap Catholicism for Shakespeare, improve the prose by a degree (but *only* a degree) and voila! The Book of Air and Shadows. Man, what a terrible title- hints at something much more grand and mysterious than what's offered here. There's nothing more sinister here than Russian gangsters.

As it went on, I couldn't be bothered with the old letters, impressive as they might be. A.S. Byatt did this sort of thing in Possession and while it was much more vital there, it's just too much work for what should be a breezy lark for the reader.

Still, the plot is pleasantly convoluted enough. Would make a good basis for National Treasure 3.
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