January 21st, 2010


"The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Earlier today, I posted the following on my Facebook feed:

"The Angel's Game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, translated by Lucia Graves. You must read this novel. Yes, you. I will say no more because I don't want to spoil it.

I don't want to post an actual review, because I really don't want to spoil it for any of you. But I will say this: I was captivated by Zafón's lush writing. The book is fantastic (in both senses) and for a while I was wondering how long he'd be able to stay balanced on the knife's edge of plausible impossibility -- or is it implausible possibility? In any case, the answer is... well, read the book.

Really. Reserve it at Minuteman right now. Because I want to discuss it with everyone, and I can't until you've read it!


Other books I've read lately

The Scarlet Pimpernel. Never read it before. I found it surprisingly readable and enjoyable, even when it was being predictable. And I was on tenterhooks wondering how it would end.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Started off promisingly, reminding me of Eric's Winston Breen books. But after the first third, it got bogged down, formulaic, and ridiculous. I plodded through to the end, but it wasn't worth doing so.