jwhite412

I love the concept of a Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and the possibility that every single book in every stack of every row of the labyrinth could have a tale and a history as rich and wondrous as that of the one book Daniel randomly picks off the shelf on his 10th birthday… The Shadow of the Wind. Well written – I saw some of it coming, but not a mile away, and I was still surprised by a few of the twists. The Doppelganger couples of Julian/Penelope and Daniel/Bea seemed a little too banal at first, but wove Julian back into the physical plotline toward the end. I enjoyed the touch of Haunted House Mystery, the touch of Love Story, the Heaping Helping of Literary Mystery (Ala Name of the Rose, Rule of Four), and the FABULOUS characters: especially Daniel, Daniel’s Father (even though he is a minor character) and Fermin Romero de Torres - a homeless man of incorrigible enthusiasm and goodness, who becomes selflessly devoted to Daniel. The book is so well written, in such an interesting style that reveals Julian’s story a little at a time through different sources and narrative voices, that even after being TOLD by Daniel that he will “be dead by the end of the week”, I had gotten sucked back into the narrative and was taken by surprise when the crisis arrived! (Don’t fret, that actually wasn’t a spoiler…)

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