Carlos Ruiz Zafon has captured magic with The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series. The three books that comprise the series transport their readers to a haunted and love lorn, but heartfelt and comedic Barcelona full of rich and tragic characters. With The Cemetery of Forgotten Books – a labyrinth like library – at its core, the series can be read in any order as Zafon points out in a foreward included at the beginning of the third installment, The Prisoner of Heaven.
The Prisoner of Heaven itself acts almost as an appendix to the first two novels, but doesn’t lack for excitement. Lovers of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game will also love what Zafon has described as a Christmas tale that mostly follows Daniel Sempere and Fermin Romero de Torres as they prepare Fermin for his walk down the matrimonial aisle. The appendix nature of the novel evolves out of Fermin finally providing his backstory to Daniel in chilling and minute detail which also happens to connect The Shadow of the Wind with The Angel’s Game and provide Daniel with some more insight into the life of his mother. Amazing stuff.
This series should and will captivate any reader that loves not only great stories that touch multiple genres (romance, horror, historical etc.) but also great storytelling. Carlos Ruiz Zafon can spin a yarn and he can spin it well.
I think I have a problem.
“Maggie Cassidy” by Jack Kerouac; “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky; “Notes From The Underground” by Fyodor Dostoevsky; “Post Office” by Charles Bukowski; “Love In The Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; “Then We Came To The End” by Joshua Ferris; “The Unnamed” by Joshua Ferris; “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen; “The Winner Stands Alone” by Paulo Coelho; “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway; “Everyone In Silico” by Jim Munroe; “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera; “Chronic City” by Jonathan Lethem; “Lamb” by Christopher Moore; “Super, Sad, True, Love Story” by Gary Shteyngart
The preceding is a list of books I have started but not finished reading over the last year and a half. That’s not to say I haven’t completed the devouring of other books during that time but these books in particular sit on my bookshelf with their conclusions still undiscovered. I can’t help but ask myself, “why?” Continue reading
NaNoWriMo is here! Well, day 2 of it at least. Has everyone started? If you’re not participating what are you writing instead? I’m using this years NaNoWriMo to help me get in my daily word count for my new manuscript. It’s looking to be longer than 50,000 words at this point, which means I’ll be plugging away passed the November 30th deadline. That’s the beauty of events like NaNoWriMo, it provides writers with the motivation and inspiration to continue writing knowing that thousands worldwide are doing it along with them. Good luck, good times, good writing!