The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel

The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel

by Michael Gruber
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The Book of Air and Shadows 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Kevin Lenaghan More than 1 year ago
Great premise but extremely shallow protagonist and ultimately a MOST BORING read. Gave up about halfway through. Don't bother.
book-a-holick More than 1 year ago
The characters were unlikable. The writing style was a jumble and confusing. There was nothing whatsoever redeeming about this book. I read over half of the 466 pages since I paid for the book, and I was irritated, not entertained. I finally decided to throw the book away, but then I thought I'd read the last couple of dozen pages, and I'm glad I did not bother slogging through the whole book. The author had a great plot idea, but it was executed very poorly. I will certainly never read anything else by this author.
DC_Love_the_Book More than 1 year ago
Ok - so I haven't finished this book - I am plowing through it and it is rough tilling. I have a rule - once you start a book, finish it but I keep waiting for the book to get started. It seems weighed down in a bit of over explaination I am typically a "start and read to the finish" type person - have picked up and finished 4 other books at this point. I don't go back to this book out of interest - just trying to get my money out of it and the hopes it will start to "run along."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a summer book read for me and it fulfilled all of my expectations. It provides a thrilling plot stretched over three narrators. Good characters, I learned something, and was happy to be along for the ride. I've since bought and finished another by this author about art and time travel and found it just as satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Gruber is one of my favorite authors, unfortunatly this is his only book ~I've read them all,Karp novels included~ I didn't enjoy. I've loved every one of the rest of his books, can't put my finger on why I didn't enjoy this one. I found the long letters teadious & maybe the topic wasn't of much interest to me. Michael Gruber is still an author of outstanding talent & depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I finished this novel...I went back to the book store and bought all of Michael Grubers novels...RADAR...07-13-2013...
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I read a different book by this author (The Forgery of Venus) and it was unexpected but quite fun to read. This one is a bit confusing so far (a lot of different names to keep track of), but I think it should also be fun & interesting.
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Never made it through chapter one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually one to give up on a book, but I had to let thus one go. There were long excerpts from letters, which I'm sure were ultimately importsnt to the plot, that really did not hold my attention. The redt of the plot was a bit slow for my persinal taste as well. The characters wwre interedtung and well developed.
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I had great hopes for this book. The premise was interesting. Who would not relish another gift from the Bard! The author is very intelligent and speaks with clarity on many subjects and his wit is superb. However, the character development, especially that of Jake was based on his sexual prowess and everything else in his character was shadowed by his sexual escapades that always took precedence. I felt he was so shallow and one dimensional when given all the experiences, I would have expected more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story resembles the Dan Brown books but this one is much more literary. I'm wanting to read his other books.