Thursday, 3 June 2010

The Prince of Mist - a first novel of the author of The Shadow of the Wind

AS SOON I FINISHED READING the second bookseller of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Angel's Game (which I previously posted an initial review), I decided to buy his English translated first Spanish novel, The Prince of Mist which is available at Tesco (UK) for half price ( hardcover, 6.49 pounds).

Just for a matter of two consecutive nights, I discovered why this Zafon's earlier writing was loved by "those who are young and those who are not so young." With 202 pages, the story begun when Max Carver's family decided to move from the city to the countryside along the beach. As soon as they occupied the wooden house, Max (13 yrs old boy) started to experience strange things - including the discovery of a walled garden, diving in a sunken ship called Orpheus, including the newly found friendship with Roland. Revealing the secrecy behind the life of Roland and his grandfather, Mr. Kay (the lighthouse keeper) leads to unexpected life-and-death encounters of the Prince of Mist, Mr. Cain.

When a debt is not settled, it gathers interest but that does not cancel the original debts.

The style of Zafon's storytelling reminded me of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Unlike the two current novels (The Angel's Game and The Shadow of the Wind,) The Prince of Mist does not contain much of Zafon's poetic lines, but it does capture our imagination - a tale of adventure, magic and mystery which also embodied in the children books written by Lewis. Indeed a recommended summer read!

The Spanish version was released in 1993 and translated to English in 2010 by Lucia Graves.

Book Catcher 2010 Series 3

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Pick-e-book corner: Spencer Johnson

THIS IS ONLY A TRIAL Google document sharing thru my ebooks collection. If you are interested to have a copy, please leave a message in the comment box with your proper contact details. I want to share my collection to legitimate individuals who have the same passion in reading.

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Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Briefly, the book is about our reactions towards "change" in our life and work. It is about the four characters - two mice: Sniff and Scurry, and two little humans: Hem and Haw are looking for the cheese (represents happiness and success) in a maze, Very inspirational/motivational story! Excerpt of the book could be found HERE.

Can you embrace change in your life as well as in your professional work?

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