The Book of Air and Shadows

The Book of Air and Shadows

Book - 2007
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Jake Mishkin, an intellectual property lawyer, becomes involved in a deadly conspiracy after a fire in an antiquarian bookstore reveals coded letters that seem to indicate the existence of a previously unknown Shakespeare play.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060874469
0060874465
9780061456572
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRU
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 24 cm

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Brontina66
Apr 27, 2018

Recently I have decided to focus on books about lost manuscripts and antique books, so this story was read just after "A Bookman's Tale" and "The School of Night." Well, it is certainly a good novel: interesting and twist-full plot, funny characters, fast pace, some psychological insights, and to top it all a Shakespeare lost play written by the Bard himself!
You are kept guessing - well, more or less - until the end and there is also a welcome happy ending for most of the characters.
I liked the story line, especially the Bracegirdle letters - that lead to the discovery of the play - because they were overall believable and, above all, because I do wish there were some info about Shakespeare and his life, to shut up the Oxfordians if nothing else.
In conclusion, if you decide to read this book, be ready for a narrative on two levels (first and third person), lots of humor, some unusual family history, lots of gangsters, a love story, and a grand finale. I am not saying anything else, because to do so would be a spoiler.

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Nov 21, 2017

A lightweight, sometimes entertaining, farce - okay for wasting time on a long flight. The plot gets increasingly silly as the story proceeds, so if you don't like the first hundred pages you may want to stop while you are ahead.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 10, 2017

This is a review of the first 56 pages only; that's because I only managed to slog my way through that many. Phooey on this book. Another author who is paid by the word, not the idea or story telling abilities. Way too many digressions (even the narrator admits to that), and the old manuscript in olde English was a trial as well.

Life's too short to spend on books like this.

Shakespeare buffs take note! This wonderfully written novel of intrigue and suspense is sure to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. The story revolves around characters both past and present that become, either by design or by circumstance, deeply involved in discovering the location of a lost Shakespeare manuscript. Russian gangsters, English spies, and high profile lawyers all come to life in this smart and articulate novel by a local northwest author.

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Sharontyler
Mar 14, 2011

What started out as an intriguing topic, disintegrated into a contrived ramble.

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AliRead
Dec 20, 2010

I'm confused. I think I need to read this one again.

I really enjoyed it...BUT...found the 3 different authors confusing and literally lost the plot at the end.

While I didn't want to put it down I fell asleep reading it 4 nights in a row..very unusual

so while I really enjoyed it, not sure I can recommend it!

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