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"Author Michael Gruber and his publisher have to be thrilled by the comparisons being drawn between 'The Book of Air and Shadows' and 'The Da Vinci Code,' but . . the real treasure for the readers is the players themselves. . . Shakespeare might have called them 'poor players who strut and fret their hour upon the stage,' but as they leave the stage at the end of this exhilarating run, you hope you hear from them – and Gruber – again soon.
New York Daily News.
'Bookshelves across the country are cracking under the weight of thrillers… But few will surpass The Book of Air and Shadows when it comes to energetic writing, compellingly flawed characters, literary scholarship, mathematical conundrums and that oh-so-necessary dose of comic relief…
(We never had this much fun reading The Da Vinci Code.) Gruber…has raised the stakes in the thriller genre.'
"If all the world's a play, and we are merely players, where do we get our scripts? That's the underlying question in Michael Gruber's smart new thriller, 'The Book of Air and Shadows.' . . . If 'The Book of Air and Shadows,' a contemporary Elizabethan reference to the missing play, sounds overly refined, think again. Gruber's themes may be lofty, but his people – notably his narrators – are fully fleshed and often funny, with arch senses of humour and irony. . . Only rarely does pop culture, from any century, fail these players. When it does, even that is telling. . . Because ultimately even the wily misfits of 'The Book of Air and Shadows' realize we are all simply unaccommodated man, the thing itself, looking for the right words to make sense out of our worlds."
Michael Gruber has a Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and is currently at work on another novel.
This is a good strong story, which keeps up the pace through to the climax. Although it's a thriller Gruber avoids prolonged graphic violence, for which I was grateful. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Helen Bennett
I have never written a negative review before, but I bitterly regret having spent the money on this one. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by Shelby K
didn't expect to enjoy this novel as much as I actually did! I'm not familiar with Gruber's work, but I have been reading a few 'conspiracy' thrillers lately. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2009 by J. Turner
It was the beautiful green front cover that drew me to this book, so I bought it and read it on holiday - it looked that type of book. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2007 by Mr. John Frank Herbert
I bought this book in Tesco for £3.50 and enjoyed it so much I felt I'd cheated the author by not paying the full price. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2007 by I. B. Pitbladdo