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Artífices del azar

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,199 ratings  ·  480 reviews
¿Y si la bebida que acabas de tirar, el tren que acabas de perder o el boleto de lotería que acabas de encontrar no fuera un suceso fortuito? ¿Y si este suceso formara parte de un plan mayor? ¿Y si no existiesen los encuentros casuales? ¿Y si unos desconocidos decidieran nuestro destino? ¿Y si estuvieran planeando incluso el destino del mundo?

Dan, Emily y Eric son artífice
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Alianza editorial (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
All the stars! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Behind the scenes of our lives, pulling the strings for the benefit of humanity, are the people assigned as “coincidence makers,” arranging the events that need to happen in people’s lives, both on a personal and larger scale. It may be making a particular love connection by arranging that two people meet at the right time, or taking steps to help an accountant find his true work in being a poet, or ensuring that an assassin is poin
“There’s always a broader picture. There’s always something beyond the system you’re concentrating on. Never forget that. There are no clear boundaries. Life doesn’t stop at the boundaries of the table. And there are always more than six pockets you can fall into. There is always something beyond. Always, always, always.”

3.5 Stars. Behind the scenes, imaginary friends, dream weavers, luck distributors, and other types of "reality-backstage workers" are pulling the strings. Much of what happens
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: The Coincidence Makers is a fantasy written by Yoav Blum. It will be published on 3/6/2018 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 304 pages. The genres are fantasy and fiction. This book is the author’s debut.

My Experience: I started reading The Coincidence Makers on 2/4/18 and finished it on 2/15/18. This book is an excellent read! I love this whole idea of coincidences. I love the coincidence at the start of the book! I love the coincidence in action with
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).

This was what I expected and yet not.. which had me laughing a bit on the latter. Bit like where a magician shows you one thing but we all know something else is going on behind the scenes, even if we don't spot it.

An interesting concept, this world where there are people behind the scenes making things happen. Imagine if that winning lotto ticket or that dream job you landed was all part
Jacob Proffitt
This is extremely well-written and has an interesting story and characters that are well-depicted and fully dimensional. And yet it didn't connect with me in some fundamental ways.

I think the biggest disconnect is that, while there are relationships that (will probably) grow into love, this isn't in any way, shape, or form, a romance. I mean, we see the conflicts and yearning and desire and even the connection. But in both love relationships shown, narration ends at the start of something that h
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever and inventive concept that made me think differently about coincidences and how a carefully orchestrated series of events can make a difference in situational outcomes. One simple tweak or a more elaborate plan makes no matter, these highly skilled confidence makers will ensure their tasks are done. What a cool but stressful job making each piece fit together! In one instance, a simple rearranging of a teacup at the edge of a table snowballs into something so much bigger. An engaging re ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israeli-fiction
An excellent debut!
The writing was simple but in a good way and was very enjoyable and fluent. The story itself was absolutely lovely and original and Blum did a fantastic work especially when at the end he connected all the dots, though some were kinda obvious (well, the book is about coincidence makers).
Jan 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a rule for every book I read.
I won’t put it down for good until I have finished my rule of three.
* Read the first 3 chapters
* Read at least 30 pages
* Make 3 attempts to get interested in the story

On page 45 I was so bored I stopped reading to watch cartoons with my kids. I even caught myself watching commercials with singing boxes instead of reading.

Needless to say I probably missed a lot but I cannot say I care to pick the book back up again and read. It’s been three days and I am m
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I won a copy of The Coincidence Makers in a Goodreads Giveaway.


The concept of The Coincidence Makers is intriguing: what if we really don’t have any control over our fate. What if there are people out there somewhere pulling the strings, causing certain events to happen - or not happen - in order to create the future you are supposed to have? What if things do not happen by coincidence but are orchestrated by people called The Coincidence Makers?

The book revolves around three such coincidence
Lolly K Dandeneau
via my blog:
'I wish I could love you, but I can’t. This seat is taken.'

It took a while for me to really get into the story but once I did, what a unique tale. All those coincidences in life, small and large, often pivotal are orchestrated here by the Coincident Makers. Sometimes they are given personas by humans (children, teens, and adults in need) as they call to imaginary friends and always serving them, so much that one in particular begins to feel used
Cristina Smith
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
“For every beginning, there is a beginning that proceeded it.” Intrigued by this book’s description, I contacted the author to ask for a review copy while sitting in the very small private library of an organization. He said they weren’t available unless through his publisher. As I got up to leave, a book came flying off the top shelf of the bookcase. I caught it and laughed out loud. It was an Advance Reader copy of The Coincidence Makers. True story.

I knew then that this book has its own spec
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, fiction
Somewhat surreal, The Coincidence Makers is a fictional fantasy where what seems to be happening by chance is actually carefully planned. Protagonists Guy and Emily have gone through training together and work as coincidence makers who receive special projects that they must enact. Whether making a piano fall from a window unto a passerby or sparking the urge in an accountant to write poetry, the coincidences they create are often life altering. A romantic undercurrent helps drive the novel forw ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This has been a delightful read. I don't think I've ever read a book with a plot so different and new. It was a refreshing change.

When I first started this it was a little confusing and didn't know where this was going however as I went further ahead I was just amazed by the thought that has gone into this. Every little detail made sense. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. Great work by Yoav Blum!!
Happy reading!!
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really hard book to review without giving away too much too, but I am going to do my best. The concept behind The Coincidence Makers is an intriguing one for sure, the idea of having people who we don’t know. Only see someone in passing, might even say hello to, having such an impact in out lives. Setting events in motion to get a specific outcome, whether a blooming romance or set on a course for success. Or something completely different. It all kinda makes you think.

The story center
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some say this is similar to Adjustment Bureau but as I'm unfamiliar with that book (movie?), The Coincidence Makers was incredibly unique and satisfying to me. This blew me away and I absolutely loved every page of it. The three characters at the heart of this story are responsible for making "coincidences" in this world. These can range from the mundane and meet-cute to extremely far-reaching and important. A coincidence today to affect something that needs to happen in 60 years. I loved the di ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS follows coincidence makers as they set up events and people to alter their fates. How they know what to do isn’t evident at first but through flash backs we get the whole concept. This story is really about Guy, a coincidence makers as he laments the loss of his one true love.

Guy trains with two other coincidence makers named Emily and Eric. Their work brings to mind so many questions about what really qualifies
Kim Pet
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Every now has a before.." Do you think there's such a thing as a coincidence? Think again. Blum offers a different perspective, that of people who make coincidences occur in order to create a wanted outcome. This is also a story of love; loving what's real and not imaginary, and accepting yourself.
Blum's writing is masterful and he weaves a unique tale. This is definitely a different kind of story, but it captured me from the beginning and didn't let go until the end.

*I received an arc from t
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
4.5 stars

This book was so much fun to read! It was the reason I looked forward to my lunch break each day this week, never mind the need to actually eat.

The story starts out a bit slow, but by the time you realize things are starting to happen, they start happening more quickly as you see all the threads start to come together. By the end, I was smiling at all the unexpected turns.

One of my favorite parts was finding out what happened to The Man with the Hamster. :)
Joseph Carano
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic piece of science fiction that I fell in love with. The story follows 3 people who are beginners in a craft that try to arrange things to make a persons fate happen, such as meet and fall in love with your perfect mate .Great plot, characters ,pacing and dialogue. Very little to not enjoy here, even if you are not a fan of science fiction. The ending alone is worth a five star rating.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book because of the premise but it just fell flat for me. Perhaps because the author spent a lot of time explain how to do coincidences instead of doing them. I want enough background to understand but then I want more of the story.

I did enjoy the trio of Emily, Guy and Eric but knew that no good would come out of the meddling in their own lives.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading this book I couldn't take my hands off it. A really nice story, written exceptionally well and so easy to read :)
Debbie Robson
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As my blog, says I am a firm believer in synchronicity, so of course when I came across The Coincidence Makers in a local bookshop I couldn’t resist it. In Yoav Blum’s intriguing novel we firstly meet Guy, a coincidence maker. He could also be a guardian, an agent, sentinel or perhaps a spirit, angel or demon. He is conducting a coincidence which causes a waitress to lose her job. But as we soon learn, every coincidence has a ripple effect and is not just about the one thing ...more
I won a copy of The Coincidence Makers from a Goodreads Giveaway.

** Minor spoilers ahead! **

The premise is so original and I was really looking forward to reading it.

In an unnamed location, we are introduced to the three main characters; flat, dull as dishwasher Guy, the equally forgettable Emily and Eric, the so-called rogue, whose jobs are to create coincidences, forge love affairs, encourage creativity and what-not with their clients.

Readers are given a taste of what a coincidence maker doe
Up All Night With Books
***ARC provided by author in exchange for review***

“How beautiful it was to sit opposite a tree swaying in the wind, with a cup of coffee and croissant in hand, with a past, and with a future, and with a present.”

There are times when you come across something so particularly amazing and gripping that you wonder how is it not possible that this actually exists?

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum is one of these rare gems.

We meet quite an array of different characters from the first chapter but
Kasa Cotugno
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, genre-fantasy
Fantasy is not one of my go-tos, and I am still puzzled why I chose this book to read for review. But I am so glad I did. It held me from page 1 with its juxtaposition of reality vs impossible, and its premise that there are no accidents of fortune, but everything that guides lives is the work of entities behind the scenes who have constructed elaborate scenarios with an end in mind for the "client." Shapeshifters who direct the course of seemingly random events that upend the lives of targeted ...more
Angie Boyter
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to say what the genre of this book is. Most of the reviews say "quirky", and that fits but isn't adequate. It is original and enjoyable but definitely requires a tolerance for the fantastic. Do not be misled by the reference in the publisher's description to a "mysterious killer"; this is not a thriller. Probably the most accurate review I read was : "A cheerful adventure book, full of imagination and invention, romantic and moving, with an excellent twist." (Ran Ben-nun, Yediot (More ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This was a totally unique story, unlike any I have read, that makes you re-think what you believe about fate, destiny and coincidence. The beginning was a bit muddled and I almost gave it up at about 25%, but I am glad I kept going. The story keeps you guessing and winds up being a great story about love. I read an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press and have provided my honest opinion in return.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yoav Blum’s The Coincidence Makers is a fabulously unique novel about the truth about chance. It is a charming story of master puppetry with the best of intentions.

I jumped into this book with both feet so to speak. I was intrigued by the premise, and I truly enjoyed the characters. The details were rich and meaningful. Once I got the gist of the coincidence makers’ job, I started paying more attention to the subtle detail in the story. I felt like the author was telling me to be more observant
Douglas Lord
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cheery, funny, fantasy-romance mashup centered on Guy, a rank-and-file Coincidence Maker. He is one of an unseen cadre operating in this world, folks like dream weavers and luck distributors, whom you can’t see but do helpful jobs. CMs initiate events through small efforts (sometimes multiple efforts, and sometimes the cascading effects of many small coincidences). For example, this story begins as Guy is trying—for the 250th time, mind you—to influence a meeting by positioning his cof ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~ Gonna make an English review for everyone interested ~

I've read this book as part of my school book club since it's our September-October pick (it's 2 months so everyone can truly read and have time with this book since we all will be meeting the author next month! I'm beyond excited!).
This book was hard to get into. I didn't understand the world and the characters until about the last 150 pages. The writing was unique and beautiful, two events collided - which was hard at the beginning - but
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Yoav Blum (born 1978) in a blogger and a writer from Israel.

He is an international bestselling author and software developer.
His first three books became instant Israeli bestsellers. The Coincidence Makers, his debut, will be translated into more than ten languages.

He currently lives in Israel with his wife and two daughters.
When he is not writing (literature or code) he contemplates what he’ll
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