The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

67%

14 Critic Reviews

The disappointing result is just a bloated beach-read about hassles in Spain.
-The Telegraph

Synopsis

From the author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes a riveting new masterpiece about love, literature, and betrayal.
 
In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated. Thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes that there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own. Once again, Ruiz Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a breathtaking tale of intrigue, romance, and tragedy


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About Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón es uno de los autores más leídos y reconocidos en todo el mundo. Inicia su carrera literaria en 1993 con El Príncipe de la Niebla, a la que siguen El Palacio de la Medianoche, Las Luces de Septiembre (reunidos en el volumen La Trilogía de la Niebla) y Marina. En 2001 se publica su primera novela para adultos, La Sombra del Viento, que pronto se transforma en un fenómeno literario internacional. Con El Juego del Ángel vuelve al universo del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados, que sigue creciendo con El Prisionero del Cielo. Sus obras han sido traducidas a más de cincuenta lenguas y han conquistado numerosos premios y millones de lectores en los cinco continentes.
 
Published June 13, 2009 by Anchor. 673 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 5

Guardian

Above average
on Jun 13 2009

Many will fall for his vigorous and exhaustingly relentless story-telling.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on May 14 2010

The problem with The Angel's Game is that for all his supposed talents as a writer, David Martin's narrative is not always very compelling.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jan 17 2010

Zafon's latest narrative is thoughtful, mysterious and impossibly fun — if it doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of The Shadow of The Wind, it's only because some summits can only be scaled once.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Aug 15 2009

If you love books and reading, I believe you won't be disappointed.

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LA Times

Above average
on Jun 29 2009

He offers not only plenty of plot intricacies and mystery but also a lyrical, melancholic style of writing.

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The Washington Post

Above average
on Jun 23 2009

In the end, we are best advised to treat "The Angel's Game" as a dream from which it would be imprudent to awake. But it's nice while it lasts.

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The Telegraph

Above average
on Jun 09 2009

While much of this novel is highly enjoyable, at some latter point the tongue withdraws from the cheek.

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The Telegraph

Below average
on Jun 07 2009

The disappointing result is just a bloated beach-read about hassles in Spain.

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The Bookbag

Above average
on Oct 24 2009

For me the combination of supernatural horror, detective story and romance was a genre too far. That, I suspect, is my loss.

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Oregon Live

Above average
on Jun 19 2009

Certainly he keeps the twists coming, right down to the last page.

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About.com

Above average

Readers of The Angel's Game will delight in the plot, with its twists and turns as exciting and terrifying as an old wooden roller coaster.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Good
on Jun 15 2009

Ruiz Zafon’s gift for remarkable storytelling shines.

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BookRack

Good
on Dec 07 2010

A story of deep secrets, intrigue and romance, with that ghostly influence I at times found disturbing.

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Red Room

Good
on Jul 18 2009

Zafón specializes in literary puzzles and mazes, and The Angel's Game is an exceptional one.

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