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Books to make time for - Part 5

Part 5 of the Books to make time for series is here! And this time I'm championing The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (a.k.a Genius... to me, anyways...)

I have been a massive fan of Carlos Ruiz Zafon for years (Starting immediately the moment I opened the first page of his most renowned book "The Shadow Of The Wind") - I find his writing style beautiful and his stories completely immersing. It's horrible to have to wait so long for his books to be translated from his native Spanish in order to be able to read them though!

What is it about?

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Then David receives the offer of a lifetime: he is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home...

Why should you make time for it?

The way Carlos Ruiz Zafon writes his characters is just amazing. Every book I've read of his has such believable, fully rounded characters so well written it's like you know them personally. They have habits, idioms, flaws, talents and humanity. He also introduces you to a very different, gothic Barcelona - where darkness, mystery and romance prevail. The Angel's Game is a book about writers for writers, by a writer's writer. It's flippin' ace.

You might like this if you like...

Gothic horror, paranormal/supernatural elements, psychological thrillers, Spain, Stephen King

This book is similar to:

Shadow of the Wind, The Dark Half

Where can you get it?

Find it at Amazon or on Kindle


4 comments

  1. I. Want. To. Read. This. Now.

    But I can't just yet... I'm reading The Wasp Factory, which isn't proving fruitful.

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    1. Ohhh you should! This whole series is just amazing. I would recommend you start with Shadow Of The Wind though, then move on to this :) I think it will make a bit more sense when put in Shadow...'s context. (And then The Prisoner of Heaven which weaves the two books masterfully!)

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  2. I loved this book, but not as much as I loved The Shadow of the Wind. I am a huge fan of Zafon!

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  3. He's definitely one of my most favourite authors. SO glad to find another fan!

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