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The Library of Shadows

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,978 ratings  ·  472 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
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Paperback, 430 pages
Published June 4th 2009 by Black Swan (first published 2007)
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Stephen Hayes It's in a similar genre, which one could call the lost library/second-hand bookshop genre, several of which seem to have "shadow" in their titles.

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Mark Zieg
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Shomeret
Sep 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, my-reviews
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
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Susana
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dinamarqueses
(review in English below)

Uma história onde os livros são o ponto fulcral da narrativa e tudo gira à volta do acto da leitura? Era impossível resistir...

Gostei da leitura mas acho que o autor se entusiasmou demasiado, acabando por exagerar e deixando que a história perdesse, pelo menos para mim, alguma da magia que tinha criado com os pressupostos iniciais. Ao mesmo tempo, a narrativa ganha um ritmo que torna a leitura viciante.

Não vou elaborar sobre alguns aspectos, embora me apetecesse, porque
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⚔️Kelanth⚔️
Dec 23, 2010 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
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Alatea
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay-book, but I expected more from it. The cover was SO promising - Is it possible to die for reading? As a total book nerd I wanted to scream "yes!", grab this book and read it at once.

Okay, it might be exactly what I did. And though I enjoyed the idea (seriously, The Library of Shadows? Existing next to us for more than 2400 years? What could be more exciting?!), the book felt very flat. All of the characters felt flat and kinda one-sided and I couldn't associate myself with them. A
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Truly
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LIBRI di LUCA
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
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Kirstine
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
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Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Oh my god I adored this book. How it only has an average of three stars is beyond me. 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 away from and got annoyed when I was interrupted.

I simply loved it from start to finish, the characters were real, de
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Uci
Jan 07, 2010 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
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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
Nurul
Dec 28, 2009 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
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Night
Jun 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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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.....
an
Mar 19, 2010 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
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Arwen56
May 19, 2012 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
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Kathy
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Vianessa Peña
Jan 30, 2015 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.
Linda
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love books about books!
Ângela
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This book was a good surprise.

What I like the most was his original idea, although it also have great and interesting characters, good descriptions and fast paced action.
Laraemilie
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-fiction
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
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ade_reads
Ini adalah untuk kedua kalinya saya membaca buku ini. Jadi, kemarin membaca tulisan yang membahas tentang buku-buku yang setting waktunya di bulan Oktober. Salah satu buku yang ada di daftar tersebut adalah buku ini, Libri di Luca. Eh Libri di Luca? saya udah baca nih, eh tapi ceritanya seperti apa ya? Kok lupa... Sekilas aja, ingat sih... tapi konflik tentang pengungkapan siapa pembunuh sang Lector, Luca Campelli itu gimana ya? Ya akhirnya baca ulang deh, kemarin itu... hehehe... Membacanya lum ...more
Petuli
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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Liviu

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
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Angela Simo
Aug 08, 2015 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: http://bbibliophile.blogspot.ro/2015/...
Iliana
Χωρις καποιον ειδικο ενδιαφερον ή εμβαθυνση, με κρατησε για μερικες μερες πιο πολυ λογω της ελπιδας οτι η πρωτη εντυπωση μου θα αλλαζε προς το καλυτερο οσο προχωρουσε η ιστορια. Δεν μπορω να πω οτι εγινε. Πιο πολυ μου εδωσε την εντυπωση οτι αυτο το βιβλιο ειναι γραμμενο-σκηνοθετημενο: σα να βλεπεις μια χολυγουντιανη ταινια, που σε κραταει με τα εφε της αλλα οχι με την ιστορια της.
Wendy Payano
Feb 01, 2015 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.
Lisa
Mar 09, 2016 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.
Dian Achdiani
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review menyusul!
Ewelina
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Tajemnice, spiski, tajne organizacje i... książki. Dzieje się!
htanzil
Masih ingatkah kita akan pengalaman masa kecil ketika kita sedang dibacakan cerita oleh orang tua kita ? Tentunya sangat mengasikan karena biasanya kita akan terpukau oleh ceritanya sehingga kita seolah-olah berada dalam kisah yang sedang kita dengar itu.

Namun pernahkah terpikirkan oleh kita bahwa sebuah buku yang dibacakan akan memberi pengaruh yang lebih dahsyat lagi? Bukan hanya sekedar memukau pendengarnya dan menjadikan apa yang ada dalam buku terasa begitu nyata melainkan dapat mempengaruh
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Mikkel Birkegaard is a Danish author of fantasy fiction. He lives in Copenhagen.