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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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review 2020-06-03 12:16
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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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 2018-12-30 08:32
Clean Sweep for 2019
Daughters of the Lake - Wendy Webb
The Lingering - SJI Holliday
The House of the Seven Gables (Oxford World's Classics) - Michael Davitt Bell,Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World - Catherine Nixey
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The People in the Trees - Hanya Yanagihara
Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy that Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court - Nicola Tallis

For the New Year I have decided to make a clean sweep of all the books that I am currently 'reading'. It has been such a long time since I picked any of them up that I would have to start them again. So here goes, with Operation Cleansweep!

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