The Book of Air and Shadows

by Michael Gruber

HarperCollins | March 17, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Book of Air and Shadows is rated 2.8571 out of 5 by 7.

A fire destroys a New York City rare bookstore—and reveals clues to a treasure worth killing for. . . . A disgraced scholar is found tortured to death. . . . And those pursuing the most valuable literary find in history are about to cross from the harmless mundane into inescapable nightmare.

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Tropic of Night comes a breathtaking thriller that twists, shocks, and surprises at every turn as it crisscrosses centuries, from the glaring violence of today into the dark shadows of truth and lies surrounding the greatest writer the world has ever known.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061739537

ISBN - 13: 9780061739538

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from not the book for me A rare bookshop has a fire and in trying to salvage one of the rare books two of the employees find some pages written by Bracegirdle. Bracegirdle was an employee of Shakespeare. He alludes to a lost play. Jake Mishkin is an Intellectual Property lawyer. When one of the employees sells part of the find to a professor, the professor seeks out Mishkin to keep the manuscript safe. What follows is classic thriller. Bad guys, treasure, kidnapping, ciphers, killing and some dashing around. This is a thriller I should love to read but I didn't. I can't seem to put my finger on it. It might have been the hard to read Old English Bracegirdle letters. It might have been the confusing what is happening now plot. Maybe the plot was just a bit too complex or maybe this book's pace is too slow. Not the book for me.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow and smart! This was a great, intriguing, smart read. It's a slow book, but worth it in the end. Michael Gruber is able to keep the readers interested in the story line, while delivering great tidbits of information about Richard Bracegirdle and his secret letters from the time of Shakespeare. A lot of great information about Shakespeare is thrown into the mix as well. Great book!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but slightly disappointing So I bought this book online after reading the reviews of it, and loving the mix of historic and modern fiction in books. I came to find when reading this book that I didn't care about any of the characters. The Bracegirdle letters were annoying to read and I was tempted to skip over them. I love reading and am an avid reader, usually finishing books in two-three days. I am sad to say that it took me over two weeks to finish this book because I kept finding reasons to put it down. However, towards the end of the book everything started to come together, and the story really picked up, there were the twists and turns that the revealing of the villains that really turned the book around for me. So even though it sounded like I hated the book, the ending was worth the buy for me. Michael Gruber is however, a talented writer, using sarcasm, irony and the changes of narration beautifully.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from neverending While the characters were interesting and well developed, and the story wasn't bad, the book dragged on and on, and on.....I had to put it down after every 20 pages to regain my energy. I enjoyed the flawed characters - but there was a lot of useles information that distracted from the plot.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Me too... This story had promise but then it began to drag and never got going again. I tried my best but gave up about 2/3 of the way through and moved onto "Shogun*" and my life was so much the better for it! *These books have absolutely nothing in common - Shogun just happened to be in my reading pile. It was one of those books that's been around 'forever' but I had never read so I gave it a try and really enjoyed it - would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ... I had such high hope before I started reading. The title, the design, the story, the promised intrigue were all excellent baits to tempt me in. The language is beautiful, artful, but the narratives dragged on too long with distracting details. I have read up to the second quarter, and am actually a bit sad to feel that I would have to put this novel down for a while. Maybe one day I will revisit and find the hidden gems that are yet reachable in the second part of the book.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated out of 5 by from Book of Air & Shadows I was enthralled with the first 3/4 of this book with its complex plot about an International Property lawyer who becomes entrusted with letters from a historical figure who supposedly spied on Shakespeare...and a film geek working in a bookstore who 'by chance' finds the original documents but who ends up being conned out of some of them. The bits of historical elements, (letters, puzzles and Shakespeare) kept me interested but the last 100 pages seemed just too fantastical. There were a lot of intricate plot lines in the book and I enjoyed the story, just was not keen on how the book wrapped up.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from take it or leave it I was dissapointed, the author is long winded and goes on about a great deal of things that have no relevance to the story. I was not a fan.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intelligent read This was a fun book: literate, suspenseful, with interesting (but not necessarily sympathetic) characters and shifting points of view. More sophisticated than the average thriller.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Modern Literature! The Book of Air and Shadows was absolutely thrilling to read! Gruber takes you captive on the very first page providing you with a hint of the end of the book. Some 400 pages later, I found myself still eagerly turning the pages to reveal the end of the story! The balance between the story of Mishkin and Crosetti is masterful – it makes it very hard to find a spot to stop reading! The thread of the encrypted Bracegirdle letters runs a parallel story throughout the novel. While not difficult to read, it is substantive in language and rich in detail. I enjoyed the detail in this book and I wanted to savor each page and each twist and turn. The characters are complete and complex – even peripheral characters have enough detail that they are all real to the reader. I will be searching out every book by this author. Toss away the light, unmemorable novel and grab this worthy piece of modern literature!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shove over, Dan Brown. A compelling tale of cyphers and hidden manuscripts, more literate than "The Da Vinci Code", wittier than Zafon's "Shadow of the Wind" and easily sexier than either. Thumbs up, Michael Gruber.
Date published: 2013-10-28

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The Book of Air and Shadows

by Michael Gruber

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061739537

ISBN - 13: 9780061739538

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A fire destroys a New York City rare bookstore—and reveals clues to a treasure worth killing for. . . . A disgraced scholar is found tortured to death. . . . And those pursuing the most valuable literary find in history are about to cross from the harmless mundane into inescapable nightmare.

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Tropic of Night comes a breathtaking thriller that twists, shocks, and surprises at every turn as it crisscrosses centuries, from the glaring violence of today into the dark shadows of truth and lies surrounding the greatest writer the world has ever known.

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