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Het spel van de engel / druk 1

Het spel van de engel (Het Kerkhof der Vergeten Boeken, #2) - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Nelleke Geel AuthorCarlos Ruiz Zafón (born Barcelona, 25 September 1964) is a Spanish novelist who has lived in Los Angeles since 1993, where he spent a few years writing scripts whilst developing his career as a writer.[2]His first novel, El príncipe de la niebla (The Prince of Mist, 1993), earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction. He is also the author of three more young adult novels, El palacio de la medianoche (1994), Las luces de septiembre (1995) and Marina (1999).In 2001 he published the novel La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind), his first "adult" novel, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and more than a million copies in the UK alone. Since its publication, La sombra del viento has garnered critical acclaim around the world and has won many international awards. Ruiz Zafón's works have been published in 45 countries and have been translated into more than 30 languages. According to these figures, Ruiz Zafón is the most successful contemporary Spanish writer, along with Javier Sierra, whose works have been published in forty-two countries, and Juan Gómez-Jurado, whose works have been published in forty-one countries. For more information on the author and his books http://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/ReviewThough I still really really like this book I do find that it is not as good as Shadow of the Wind. Main reason is the explanations that are not always given. The Angel's game is a very mysterious and dark book. A lot of depression, dead and self mutilation. This atmosphere can be experienced as very intense at moments and it is not an emotion I always enjoy. Due to all the questions in the story I felt less connected to the characters. I was not always sure if I was cheering for David. His motives where not always clear and why he made certain choices was not always obvious to me. The only character in the story that was easy to connect to was Isabelle who was clearly placed to spread some light on the whole darkness. Still the story slowly enters your brains not to let go and you want to continue unraveling the mystery. You need to know what is really going on cause it will not let you go. You need to be awake too when reading this book. Sometimes you get the feeling there is a flaw in the book but it turns out to be a hint towards the solution. If you are very sensitive to things like that though it might disturb your reading experience of this book.Favorite quotes:“I don't suppose you have many friends. Neither do I. I don't trust people who say they have a lot of friends. It's a sure sign that they don't really know anyone.” “I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling.”“I can't die yet, doctor. Not yet. I have things to do. Afterwards I'll have a whole lifetime in which to die.”Teaser:"‘That house is jinxed. I visited the place when I went along with the notary to seal it up and I can assure you that the oldest part of Montjuïc Cemetery is more cheerful. It’s been empty since then. That place has bad memories. Nobody wants it.’"