"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Monday, May 03, 2010

Spreading the Awesome: The Shadow of the Wind Review and Giveaway


Today, throughout the blogosphere, several hmm...bloggers are hmm... blogging about their favorite books (you thought I was going to say Blogs, right?) Check out Elana's blog for a complete list of awesomeness. There are several amazing contests going on.

Ever since I learned to read, I've devoured the written word. From Heidi to the dictionary, I read everything I could get my hands on. Once in a while, a book would hit me right in the heart, become part of me, marking me with its words forever. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, is such a book.
The story starts in Barcelona. A father tells his son Daniel he can't tell anyone about the place they're about to visit, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

"Not even mom?" the boy asks.
"You can tell mom. We don't keep anything from her," says the father.

The boy chooses a book from the Cemetery, or the book chooses him. And since that moment, the story of Daniel and Julián Carax, the mysterious author of the book, intertwine over the following years, until they become one.

The Shadow of the Wind, a Gothic portrait of post Franco Barcelona, weaves romance, mystery, and suspense in a tapestry of plain beauty. I've read Eco, Borges, Marques, authors whom people compare to Zafón. Don't let these comparisons deter you from reading this wonderful book. Zafón is nothing like them. The characters are real, the dialog is superb, the descriptions are evocative. It's no wonder this book is an international best-seller.
I don't have a signed copy, but if you follow my blog and leave a comment today, tomorrow I'll draw a winner of a copy of The Shadow of the Wind or The Angel's Game, its companion book.
Last, but not least, Amy Holder has a wonderful review and contest in her blog too. Click on the links, they will connect all the blogs, or just go to Elana's main recommended reads page (the same link as above). Have fun!

Wow you guys! I'm going to have to do contest more often. Welcome wonderful new friends! I hope you'll stop by and visit after the contest too. 
My Gorgeous Boy won second place on his futbol tournament, and I told him he can draw the name of the lucky winner of a copy of Shadow of the Wind. We won't be home until after 5 today (Tuesday) so there are still a few hours to enter the contest. Spread the word and spread the awesomeness!

31 comments:

  1. Wow, this book sounds amazing! I've never heard of it until now but your description has me intrigued. ; )

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  2. You drew me in with your eloquence describing this book. Thanks for the opportunity! (Hugs)Indigo

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  3. Sign me up! I've been staring at that cover for months, but haven't had the chance to pick it up :(

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  4. Is it really that good? I'm totally picking it up. =)

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  5. I love, love, love, love, love this book and gave my copy away. A replacement would be great!!

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  6. Hi, Yamille!
    Interesting book. Soon, yours will be on a blog tour like this one :)

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  7. I've been wanting to read this one!

    - Rebecca

    rebeccaswells(at)gmail.com

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  8. This sounds amazing! Great review!

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  9. It looks wonderful! I would love to read it. Thanks!

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  10. Sounds wonderful, count me in! :)

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  11. suena interesante! Ojala tenga suerte, gracias y saludos

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  12. I've heard so much about this author, and plan on reading his YA, The Prince of Mist, when it comes out. Thanks for the review! I'm definitely checking his books out! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  13. Sounds fantastic. I'm going to have to add this one to my to-be-read list.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    Nichole

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  14. I'm loving this blog round-robin! I've found not only a bunch of cool books but cool blogs as well (including yours).

    This sounds like a great book and has so many elements I love in a story. Thanks for sharing, I'm off to read more about it!

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful book. Enter me please!

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  16. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Wow, what a concept. Thanks for posting about a book that sounds amazing.

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  17. This book sounds fabulous! Enter me please! :)

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  18. That book sounds really great. Your review was very compelling and I'd love to get a copy of this book.

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  19. Dusti Street2:44 PM

    Your review made me want to go and pick up this book. I am always looking for good books to read. Thanks for sharing your blog with me. I will have to visit it often. Thanks again.

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  20. Wow, this books sounds good too.

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  21. This book is on my shelf! My sister-in-law read it and loved it! I'm going to move it to the top of the pile right now!

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  22. This book looks great, and I love the cover art! I'm following your blog, too!
    Please enter me:
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. I´ll add this book to my list of books to be read during the summer. Suerte con el sorteo!

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  24. AND....another awesome book to read. My TBR list is OUT of Control now. Thanks for spreading the word. :)

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  25. I think these books look intiguing. Thanks for introducing them to me!

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  26. I'm so intrigued! Will definitely search out this book. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Looking forward to following your beautiful blog!

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  27. I loved Shadow of the Wind. You're right - it's a very unique read. I would absolutely LOVE to win The Angel's Game. Count me in! :-)

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  28. So many great books to add to my list. Great review!

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  29. Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!

    seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

    And I am a follower!

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  30. I loved Shadow of the Wind, yet I never realized there was a companion book. Great review!

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