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The Book of Air and Shadows

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:15 pm
by Vermonter17032
Hi, all,

I just finished reading Michael Gruber's engaging novel, The Book of Air and Shadows, about the hunt for a lost Shakespearean manuscript. It is a compelling thriller with a unique narrative structure. It is also a rumination on the impact of narrative archetypes on the way we act. I enjoyed it very much.

Steve

Re: The Book of Air and Shadows

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:01 am
by Lauram
It is very good. He also has a brand new book out, The Forgery of Venus, which has to do with a lost Velasquez. A lot of these historical thrillers have less actual history in them than you'd find in an encyclopedia entry, but Gruber really knows his stuff.

Re: The Book of Air and Shadows

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:46 pm
by michaelbcn
I loved the book too. However I do think the earlier series was much better in particular, Valley of Bones, which shows a depth of understanding of the traumatized and a wit which makes the book so much fun as well as tragic. Highly recommended.