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The Book of Air and Shadows (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Michael Gruber

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Title:The Book of Air and Shadows
Authors:Michael Gruber
Info:William Morrow (2007), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 480 pages
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The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber (2007)

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For me it is difficult to give an opinion on this book. In the sense that I find it hard to find the right words to explain why I didn't particularly like this book.

I expected more of a thriller, less chaos. The person(s) talking were not clear to me all the time, the interruptions of the plot by the old text was okay in the beginning, but as the book went on, they beat me off the track of the book itself and I had a hard time figuring out who was who and who did what.
Combine that with flash forwards from time to time and here are the reasons why I was disappointed and why I didn't like it very much.

It has resided on my shelf for many years. I picked it up several times but never actually started reading untill now. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 16, 2018 |
Could not finish this one, despite an interesting premise; characters not resonant with me and three parallel POVs/plots diminished any engagement I had with the book. ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
One of the worst books I've ever read in my entire life! Premise is ok, but its squandered with unlikable and oversexed characters and a style of writing that is obsessed with its own meta textual pop-culture hipness. ( )
  Humberto.Ferre | Sep 28, 2016 |
A tale of deceit, fraud, love and infidelity as a motley crew of characters chase what may be undiscovered play of Shakespeare.

The audiobook is well narrated. Stephen Hoye adds just a slight variation to each character to help you tell them apart. ( )
  dougcornelius | Aug 31, 2016 |
really did not like this,found the characters completely unlikable.didn't care if they lived or died ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Our Revels now are ended: These our actors
(As I foretold you) were all Spirits, and
Are melted into Ayre, into thin Ayre,
And like the baselesse fabricke of this vision
The Cloud-capt Towres, the gorgeous Pallaces,
The solmne Temples, the great Globe it selfe,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And like this insubstantial Pageant faded
Leave not a racke behinde: we are such stuffe
As dreames are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleepe ,,,


- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
The Tempest, act IV, scene i
The First Folio, 1623
Dedication
For E.W.N.
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Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this little screen, and who will read them I hardly know.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061456578, Paperback)

A fire destroys a New York City rare bookstore—and reveals clues to a treasure worth killing for. . . . A disgraced scholar is found tortured to death. . . . And those pursuing the most valuable literary find in history are about to cross from the harmless mundane into inescapable nightmare.

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Tropic of Night comes a breathtaking thriller that twists, shocks, and surprises at every turn as it crisscrosses centuries, from the glaring violence of today into the dark shadows of truth and lies surrounding the greatest writer the world has ever known.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:02 -0400)

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A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death ... A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries ... An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth ... Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this little screen, and who will read them I hardly know. I could be dead by the time anyone actually gets to read them, as dead as, say, Tolstoy. Or Shakespeare. Does it matter, when you read, if the person who wrote still lives? These are the words of Jake Mishkin, whose seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare ...… (more)

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