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review 2020-08-15 15:59
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind - Lucia Graves,Carlos Ruiz Zafón

For me, this story didn't really start for me until almost 40%. This is one of those books that you have to keep reading to get the whole thing. Once the pieces fall in place, it is captivating and rich in literature. There were a couple of moments that I wanted to quit. I couldnt figure out where the story was taking me. It was in so many places, with so many people, it got hard to keep up. I never read a book so slowly, and reread lines so many times in my life. I was absorbing it all. Every word. As I finish the book, I am so happy I stuck with it. You really have no idea what a literal genius someone is till the end. You finish that last page and say holy crap! Daniel is on a mission throughout this story. All the while what he is looking for is right before his eyes. You don't see it either though, that is what's so incredible. I definitely had so many emotions once this book came together. My heart was in turmoil. for Daniel and for Julian. A pretty epic read, have to admit. I definitely want more from this author.

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text 2020-06-16 16:44
Reading progress update: I've read 4%. - already ditched the audiobook version
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This is off to a spectacularly gothic start. Who among us wouldn't have liked to have been taken, at the age of ten, to a secret library in a ruined castle, especially when it's called 'The Cemetry Of Forgotten Books' and you're not allowed to tell anyone about it?


Unfortunately, the narrator of the audiobook, Daniell Philpott, seemed determined to such the life out of the book. He was slow, deaf to the rhythm of the prose and altogether too English for this book. I had wondered why a book of 500 pages was going to take 17 hours and 33 minutes to listen to - that's 90 minutes more that I expected and my guess is that much of it is accounted for by the narrator's pace and inappropriate hesitations.


So, I've claimed my refund for the audiobook and then got a version from Kindle for £0.99 (how does the author or the publisher make any money from that?)



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text 2020-06-12 04:22
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Anime Top: The Wind Rises (2013)

Is a historical animated film released in the summer of 2013 and is the highest-grossing film in Japan that year.

The main character in the movie is Jirō born at the time of the transition between old and new Japan. Jirō has a passion for the air and the sky, so since childhood, he has always wished to fly an airplane across the old Japanese spaces.

But that dream was difficult when he had severe nearsightedness and could not become a pilot. Then his dream to a new page is when he became an aircraft design engineer.

Jirō spent his adolescence, his love of successfully designing the best fighter of World War II. But this aircraft soon became ashes when the Japanese army failed.

Finally he was helpless in regret and loneliness when his love died. The wind is still blowing, we still have to live the message that the film brings

Best Anime Sen and Chihiro in the mysterious world (Spirited Away)

It was a Japanese animated film for teenagers that first premiered in 2001. Up to nearly 20 years have passed but this film is https://gogoanime123.com still the best film of all time.

The plot revolves around the little Chihiro who is always bored with life. Once, when the family moved into a new house, Chihiro got lost in the spirit land and was trapped.

Chihiro's parents were cursed into cattle, Chihiro had to accept a job at the Yubaba Hotel to find a way to save her parents.

Sen meets Haku, a nice guy who always helps her and her face - the god of a river. The adventure of finding his real name and the answer to return to Sen's human world begins.

The spirit land has rained the Japanese film market and the world for many years and until now this film has always impressed the viewers.

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text 2020-04-29 20:47
Reading progress update: I've read 169 out of 304 pages.
The Western Wind - Samantha Harvey

In my thirteen Oakham winters I'd never known such rain, nor seen this place so churned and soaked and listless in its mood and colour. I put my hand out and a dewy vapour settled on the back of it. My own chest and lungs had begun to labour from taking in too much damp and windless fug. For years on end nothing happened in Oakham out of the ordinary cycle of birth, strength, illness, death - there were no particular comings or goings, not things to surprise us. Then in September, Newman went on a pilgrimage to Rome. In November, we finished the bridge. In December, Newman came back from Rome. In January, Sarah Spenser went on a pilgrimage to see a rotten tooth. At the end of January she came back, feverish, and while away I'd been feverish, too. In early February, the bridge fell down. A week later Newman drowned. What curse was this?

Now here we were, besieged by a rural dean who, I'd come slowly to realise, was too intent on saving us wholly to care for the fate of any of us singly.

As much as I have issues with the book, there are some fine passages in this. It's just that this is not historical fiction. I've come to the conclusion that this seems to be contemporary fiction dressed up as a historical mystery (there's even a weird and completely anachronistic reference to Brexit in this). I'm strangely ok with that.


It's still no excuse for all the purple prose, tho.

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text 2020-04-29 15:05
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 304 pages.
The Western Wind - Samantha Harvey

"I was famished, the brief famishment I always had when I woke up. As if, each dawn, my body was petulant about rising again and threw a newborn's rage - feed me! It was a feeling that was always eased quickly with a mouthful or two of bread."

He's hungry for some breakfast. I get it. 


As mentioned earlier, the prose in this is of the purple persuasion. It's testing my patience, even tho it is quite successful in creating a gloomy atmosphere of a plague-ridded village that seems to be obsessed with cheese-making, candle-hoarding, and confessing to crimes they haven't committed.


We still have a character that wants someone to blame for the alleged death of the alleged victim - unless I have missed it, we still have no body, and the only time we "saw" the body was in the middle of a dark and wet night, and even then the person who saw it isn't sure. 


No, all we have still, is a missing man and a green shirt.


This is not going to be a favourite book. At this point, I am mostly interested in seeing what the author is trying to achieve with the symmetric chapters and the inversed timeline.

Oh, have I mentioned, yet, that this story is told backwards? 

We start on Day 4 after, I presume, the main event, and then get to visit the days that preceded Day 4. It's all very experimental.


And to be fair, that part is keeping me reading. I only wish it were executed by an author who is less prone to wordy celebrations of the inane, and who paid more attention to detail when it comes to historical facts and settings. 

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