Penning My Thoughts On the Angel’s Game

angels-gameI’ve been talking a lot about writing lately, so I feel like I’ve neglected the reading side of my blog lately- it’s high time I did a review! And since it’s still November… why not talk about a book about writing? (Did you actually think I wasn’t going to have some kind of spin there?)

“The only way you can truly get to know an author is through the trail of ink he leaves behind him.”

Because where the Shadow of the Wind was a book about reading, this one was about writing. It is all about the crazy intensity and difficulties and frustrations and sheer joy of writing (ok maybe I put that last one in). Nevertheless- the book was tinged with doubt, despair and most importantly madness.

“We spend a good part of our lives dreaming, especially when we’re awake.” 

Though it is slow to start, it is through the meandering prose that one gets to know the character of the author- an oddly relatable figure that is more relevant in what he represents than who he is. Much of this book is devoted to his journey into the wish fulfilment of his dreams. The strange religiosity in tone and subject matter allows the reader to explore the devotion art can inspire.

“Do you know the best thing about broken hearts? They can only really break once the rest is just scratches.”

But the part that really captured my heart was the dash of romance. Strangely enough, the book only gives you a taste, never quite satiating the character’s (or reader’s) appetite- and yet this was so exquisitely placed that I was almost satisfied.

Almost. Because while this book was an excellent read, it was not the sheer perfection of the first. Still, I can wholeheartedly award it:

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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Either way- I am definitely looking forward to the third in the series! How about you? Have you read any of Zafon’s books? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “Penning My Thoughts On the Angel’s Game

    1. Ahh thank you so much- of you do want to check it out, I really recommend giving shadow of the wind a try first, because that book is truly sublime and it’s about reading!! (And also technically it’s the first book in this loose series 🙂 )

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  1. Omg awesome review! This book looks very interesting def adding this in my ENDLESS pile of TBR 😂😂 cauz I never really read a book about writing I’m curious to see how that’ll turn out -Trang

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    1. Thank you so much!! Haha I’m glad I made you add to your tbr- and if I can be so bold, is encourage you to read the first one in this loose series too, shadow of the wind, cos it’s about reading and it’s awesome!!!

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  2. Lovely review! This one sounds like a must pick up now that you’ve described it so perfectly! I haven’t heard of it before but it sounds infinitely interesting and I’m always for that teasing PLEASEGIVEMEMORE romance! HAHA, also, I haven’t read a book about writing yet I think? I feel like this one is PERFECT (especially because I am BEHINDDDDD on NanoWriMo!) Really great review again! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much!! It really is a phenomenal book by someone that is quickly becoming a new favourite author of mine! Yes it’s really well done and so bitter sweet!! I’m a sucker for that sometimes!! Haha it’s really awesome for that then- he had done awesome quotes about procrastination that I couldn’t quite fit into the review, but were so so relevant to anyone that’s ever tried to do anything creative!! Thank you!

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      1. That’s such a great thing to hear! – I haven’t read anything by this author, what do you recommend to read first? Awww that’s so great to hear and I’m already so in love with this book! YESS to the quotes of procrastination HAHA! You’re welcome! 🙂

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  3. You picked awesome quotes! Once again, here comes a series I don’t know about but MUST add to my wish list! Dashes of romance are just what I like. Whenever an author’s heavy hand puts too much pink and love in their book, I run away!

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