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The Angel's Game [Kindle Edition]

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)

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The Angel's Game weaves the conventions of Wilkie Collins and Dickens into something original and surprisingly moving. (Stephanie Merritt OBSERVER)

'Beyond plentiful shocks and thrills, Zafon niftily treads the fine line between a story of paranormal events and one of psychological delusion.' (Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT)

This is a gothic, page-turning, supernatural thriller...there is plenty here to keep Zafon fans happy. (PRESS ASSOCIATION)

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The Angel's Game weaves the conventions of Wilkie Collins and Dickens into something original and surprisingly moving. (Stephanie Merritt OBSERVER )

'Beyond plentiful shocks and thrills, Zafon niftily treads the fine line between a story of paranormal events and one of psychological delusion.' (Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT )

This is a gothic, page-turning, supernatural thriller...there is plenty here to keep Zafon fans happy. (PRESS ASSOCIATION )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753826496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826492
  • ASIN: B002VBV1J0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of six novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, the first two books in a series of novels set in literary universe of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. His work has been published in more than forty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards. He divides his time between Barcelona, Spain, and Los Angeles, California.

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book about books 6 Sep 2009
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Once more author Carlos Ruiz Zafon has produced a magically brilliant book about books with `The Angel's Game' being a supernatural saga, an action-packed thriller, a detective novel and a love story. - and perhaps even a philosophical or religious treatise. It tells a dark and gripping tale with narrative moving at a cracking pace and introducing something new on almost every page. Though a stand-alone novel `The Angel's Game' (about writers) follows from Zafon's first book `The Shadow Of The Wind' (about readers), but for me it is not quite as good. This is partly because, in spite of its compelling nature, it reads as though at least two translators were employed with varied language that is generally elegant and stylish yet sometimes colloquial and abrupt. However the main drawback is the book's proliferation of sub-plots (of which some are left unexplained) and their complicated inter-relations. This complexity undermines any possible plausible solution and for me it leaves the ending somewhat weak. I suspect author Zafon is deliberately provoking readers to use their imaginations and to arrive at their own conclusions. I discussed this with my wife and we had both interpreted things differently - so read it yourself - you won't be disappointed.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 10 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
Having recently read Shadow of the Wind I was hungry for more. I was overjoyed to find The Angels Game. There are plots within plots, within plots that leave you dizzy. The story is a dark, Gothic and supernatural thriller that unfolds within the grotesque architecture of old Barcelona, worthy of the surrealism of Mervyn Peake.
I found it difficult to put down and the characters even invaded my dreams. It is laced with nightmare scenarios and impossible situations.
I loved and loathed the hero at different times but wanted him to win against all the odds. Zafon's characters leap off the page and the humour is sharp and often crops up when you least expect it.
The ending left many unanswered questions hanging in the air but was none the less satisfying. Zafon has two more books he is writing in this series. I personally feel that he will revisit the open ends in this book later on and bring them to a satisfactory conclusion; I certainly hope so and look forward to them.
Read, open your mind and let your imagine roam the dark and mysterious world of The Angels Game. You will not be disappointed.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing but horribly unfulfilling. 15 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Cor, I'm mad. I feel like writing to the author or publisher, not only for my money back, but for the 3 hours I spent, obsessively reading the last half of this book (unwashed children, hungry cats, unanswered phone) only to find that nothing is answered.

From the moment I started to read The Angel's Game, I realised that we were in the hands of a master - I have since discovered that it is a translation and enormous kudos must go to the translator - from a nuts and bolts writing point of view, this is superb.

However - the plot twists and turns, frequently making one unable to suspend disbelief and ending in a woolly, completely unsatisfactory manner. Perhaps the author and publisher felt that the fame Zafor realized for his earlier book (which I have not read) excused sloppy and ill-conceived structure?

I'm afraid to say that The Angel's Game is a meandering story that whilst both gripping and visually fascinating will leave most readers at the end, gritting their teeth with irritation and feeling both confused and short-changed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to have to read this again. 16 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
Shadow of the wind is now one of my favourite books so when I saw 'The Angel's Game' in a Granada book shop last year I couldn't wait for the English translation to come out. The Angel's Game drew me in intially, although I was disappointed with the lack of interesting characters - it lacks a Fermin-, but half way through I felt let down. It was almost as if the author had lost interest in his own story and was struggling to keep it going.
I shall have to read this again to see if I 'lost the plot' but it definitely disappointed after 'Shadow of the Wind'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What the heck actually happened? 17 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I can't decide, am I: a) thick b) being shown it's a mistake to read 'out of my genre' or c) at the mercy of a monstrously talented writer who has - literally - lost the plot(s)?!

As an hispanophile author I was drawn to this novel about writing novels, set in Barcelona; although supernatural happenings and body counts aren't my thing, I thought I'd cope. But I soon found myself saying 'yeah, yeah' every time something spooky happened or we were going down yet another over-described gloomy street or corridor 'knowing we were not alone'. Near the end of the novel we were doing practically nothing else, and I became increasingly confused as to who had done what. But I hung on in there as I cared about the characters and had a naive trust that all would be revealed. It wasn't - or not to me anyway.

It's maddening, there's an amazing story in here, some beautiful writing, interesting ideas. It amused me and moved me. Like all good novels, it's stayed with me and I'm not yet ready to start another. But for heavens' sake, what the heck actually happened?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A maelstrom of murderous twists 4 May 2010
Format:Paperback
If ever a book left me feeling I could never make it as an author then Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Angel's Game is it. Set in pre-civil war Barcelona Zafón's tale of intrigue and murder twists and turns at relentless speed.

The Angel's Game features writer David Martìn, son of a drunken father and a disinterested, absent mother. Martìn is thrown into the somewhat seedy realm of journalism after his father is murdered in the street and the young David is taken under the wing of Señor Vidal, one of the city's wealthy sons. Taking pity on the lad Vidal finds David a job at the offices of a newspaper he has connections with, and quickly becomes David's mentor, friend and benefactor.

As David Martìn moves up, down and sideways through the world of writing his own life becomes as strange as the penny dreadfuls he pens. Taking up residence in the mysterious, derelict Tower House the young author writes day and night until he can barely breathe. He rarely eats, he never sleeps. His volatile existence is fuelled by cigarettes, coffee and alcohol.

Even with the constants of Vidal's support and friendship, the all-seeing eye of bookseller Señor Sempere and the unrequited love of the beautiful and unobtainable Cristina, a barrage of events dart at Martìn from every direction. Violence hangs around every corner. Ghosts from the past come unbidden into the here and now. The Tower House reveals itself. We are left in no doubt that all is not as it seems.

David Martìn's Barcelona is a surreal place of twisting alleys and sprawling mansions, steamy docklands and towering mountains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 days ago by G W
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Loved it.
Published 18 days ago by Peter Schaad
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great from the Spanish master
Carl Ruiz Zafón is one of the best thriller writters -
Published 20 days ago by T Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Brilliant.Unputdownable
Published 25 days ago by alan browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
I loved Prisoner of Heaven so could not wait to read this and it did not disappoint. Another book that was hard to put down.
Published 1 month ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing compelling
i really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. zafon is fast becoming a favoured writer, after shadow of the wind i just had to read more. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Soulsurfer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Much easier to follow than Shadow of the Winds. Strong characters, with unexpected twists. Will go back and read Shadow again now before moving on to the third part of the trilogy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. A. Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in the same league as 'Shadow of the Wind'.
Having read Shadow of the wind by the same author I was a little disappointed by this book which drags along rather tediously unlike its startlingly imaginative and thrilling... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maurellius
4.0 out of 5 stars Great author
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a great writer, and I bought this book after reading 'The Shadow Of The Wind'. I can recommend both!
Published 5 months ago by L.BobbyG.-S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read
A book that keeps you gripped from beginning to end.
It has everything. Full of romance and a thriller that keeps you riveted till the last page.
Published 5 months ago by Gillyanne
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