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text 2019-02-27 14:44
The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

     Hallelujah, February is almost gone.

 

                                         

 

Not only has it been a stupidly cold month where I live but I had to complete a series of recertification exams for work. I spent the entire month reading nothing but excessively boring textbooks while gazing longingly at my TBR pile. 

 

So to celebrate I picked up this 800+ page stonker, the final instalment in one of my all time favourite series. Ah, Fermín....I've missed you.

 

  

 

 

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text 2018-12-17 13:34
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Das Labyrinth von London: Roman (Alex Verus 1) - Benedict Jacka,Michelle Reid

Es war ein ruhiger Tag, also saß ich am Tresen, las in einem Buch und blickte in die Zukunft.

 

Nur zwei Kunden waren im Laden. Einer war ein Student mit wirren Haaren, der sich immer wieder nervös umsah. Er stand am Regal mit den Kräutern und Pulvern und hatte die Entscheidung, was er kaufen wollte, bereits vor zehn Minuten getroffen. Allerdings musste er noch den Mut aufbringen, mich danach zu fragen. Der andere Kunde war ein Junge in einem Linkin-Park-Shirt, der sich eine Kristallkugel ausgesucht hatte, die er erst dann zur Kasse tragen wollte, wenn der andere Typ gegangen war.

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text 2018-11-29 19:33
November 2018 wrap up
Daisy Jones & the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyday Enchantments - Maria DeBlassie
Dark Voyage - Helen Susan Swift
Dissolution - C.J. Sansom
The Dreamers - Karen Thompson Walker
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix
Foundryside - Robert Jackson Bennett
The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Kate Morton
The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

9 books finished off, all of them Netgalley reads. Some of them were unfinished from Bingo.

 

I had some rock and roll between We Sold Our Souls and Daisy Jones and some decent Fantasy from Foundryside as well as a passable ghost story in Dark Voyage and even some Historical Fiction. A pretty decent month of variety.

 

I also started reading samples again. I'm thinking of devoting some time to clearing them again after I finish off my Netgalley obligations. Now if I can just stop requesting! 

 

I have 8 books in progress, mostly Netgalley, and 3 more I haven't started. Hopefully I'll be close to clearing them by the end of December! Some of them are pretty far along so maybe.

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review 2018-11-04 14:40
The Labyrinth of the Spirits
The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

 

This is part of The Cemetery Of Forgotten Books universe, along with Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. They are stand alone stories but are connected through a common setting in Barcelona and some characters that appear in all of the stories. They are Literary, Gothic, Mystical Mystery stories that have helped define the Magical Realism category of fiction.

 

The book description tells us, "As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books an extraordinary novel that would change the course of his life. Now a young man in the Barcelona of the late 1950s, Daniel runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop and enjoys a seemingly fulfilling life with his loving wife and son. Yet the mystery surrounding the death of his mother continues to plague his soul despite the moving efforts of his wife Bea and his faithful friend Fermín to save him."

 

They say you can read this series in any order and this was my first Zafón. I found it very slow in the beginning and with the characters changing in different segments, found it very difficult to find a linear plot line to follow. The second half was much easier as the various elements start coming together. The writing itself was undeniably good and there were definitely some exciting passages, but I think I might have to read it again with more familiarity with the characters and how they relate to each other. Hopefully the other books in the series will be easier as a result.

 

I think I would advise first time readers to start with Shadow of the Wind first.

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review 2018-10-07 14:59
Wow! A hell of a read! Excellent novel, beautifully written.
The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

 

 

This long volume brings to a close the series started in The Shadow of the Wind. I read The Shadow in the Wind a long time ago and enjoyed it but haven’t read the two books that followed it. This latest novel takes place mainly during the Franco regime and revolves around Alicia Gris, agent for the Government, embarking on the case of a Minister who has mysteriously disappeared. The book also still involves the Sempere family but Alicia is the main character and catalyst. The plot involves all the worst aspects of living under a Fascist regime including betrayal, murder, torture amongst others.

The style is literary and witty and makes the experience well worthwhile, resulting in a wonderful novel, highly recommended.

 

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