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The author s adult fans again it comes with a foreword extolling its appeal to readers f all ages The story starts with Ian now entering ld age recalling his youth in a children s home in Calcutta specifically the adventures he enjoyed with a tight knit group f fellow A Killing Tide orphans who called themselves the Chowbar Society Flashback to 1932 when the seven friends aren the cusp Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard of turning sixteen and leaving therphanage to make their L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations own ways in the world An elderly woman arrives at therphanage with a girl Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! of their age the intriguing Sheere and so begins a fantastical rollercoaster ridef an adventure It s Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles odd that this is supposed to be the secondf a trilogy as The Royal Joust other than some elementsf fantasy and a seemingly indestructible bad guy it has very little in common with The Prince American Maharajah of Mist Onef the things that annoyed me the most about that book was that it was so vague completely failing to establish any sense f time r place and providing very little explanation f the villain s rigins Here the setting and era Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan of the story are clear from the beginning and the evil Jawahal is given a backstory that s perhaps too detailed raising rather a lotf uestions Naturally since this is YA fiction it does all get a bit silly much f the climactic action is really daft but I didn t exactly expect shining literary brilliance so that was fine But I did genuinely like the ending which seemed ddly melancholy and downbeat for a teen bookA decent little read for fans The Quarterback's Crush of the author atmospheric exciting and easy to get through inne sitting Maybe I ll read his next YA translation due May 2013 after all The nly reason that I am giving this book a star is because I happen to be a Zafon s fan But seriously now Calcutta 1930 no disrespect at all I hated the Chowbar society members all f them and I was sympethtic to Jawahel villain but Zafon my man this thing sounded like a movie from Bollywood I mean a necklace that is split in two twins names written backwards I was waiting for the time when they all sang and the book went musical I understand that it is meant for teenagers and that you wrote it back in the 1990s But some things are better left in the past there is no reason to bring it back again when you have written the angels game and shadow f the wind nevertheless any book that is written by Zafon has to have uotes that are epic like and the nes that have appealed to me are there was a time was when i too was young and did all the things young people are expected to do marry have children get into deptbecome disappointed and give up the dreams and principles you have always sworn to uphold In a word I became Achtung! Cthulhu oldtactics are the collectionf small steps you take to reach a position strategy the steps you take when there s nowhere left to go in the book f life it is perhaps best not to turn back pagesthere are two things in life you cannot chooseThe first your enemies the second your family sometimes the difference between them is hard to see but in the end time will show you that the cards you have been dealt could always have been worst life dear son is like that first game f chess by the time you begin to understand how the pieces move you ve already lost Those places where sadness and misery abound are favoured settings for stories General P.T.G. Beauregard of ghosts and apparitions I think I can sum up my disappointment in this book in a sentence Fantastic ideas that are described in breathtakingly beautiful prose but never explained properlyThis isn t going to be a long review because I had the same problems with this book as I did with The Princef MistThere was just not enough explanation and it might just be me but I couldn t get My Wishful Thinking over that I m trying so hard not to delve into spoilers but so many crazy things happened throughout which would have been brilliant and were certainly uniue had I just been given a reason as to why they were happening Without this I just couldn t believe it and I wasn t sure that I understood the majorityf it I don t mind suspending my disbelief and I love magical realism it s my favourite kind The Boy and the Blue Moon of realism butnly when what s happening makes senseAnd to me anyway parts f this story didn tBut anyway enough f the negative stuff let s move The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 on to the positivesBecause there were tonsf things I liked about this bookFirst up I ve said it before and I ve said it again I love love looooove how Mr RZ constructs a sentence Seriously his prose is just absolutely stunningI ve never been to Calcutta and I don t know what the streets look like Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest or how the mist rollsff the Hooghly River but with passages like this The further he went the the station made f glass and steel seemed to melt into the city a jungle f marble mausoleums blackened by decades f neglect naked walls nce coated in chre blu. L principioEn la víspera de cumplir dieciséis años Ben Sheere y sus amigos de la Chowbar Society deberán enfrentarse al más terrible enigma de la historia de la ciud.
As in all books by Zafon I loved this ne It had its little uirky um where d that come from moments but I loved it nonetheless The synopsis at Waterstonescom reads as follows 1916 Calcutta A man pauses for breath utside the ruins f Jheeter s Gate station knowing he has Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) only hours to live Pursued by assassins he must ensure the safetyf two newborn twins before disappearing into the night to meet his fate 1932 Ben and his friends are due to leave the rphanage which has been their home for sixteen years Tonight will be the final meeting f their secret club in the Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks old ruin they christened The Midnight Palace Then Ben discovers he has a sister and together they learn the tragic storyf their past as a shadowy figures lures them to a terrifying showdown in the ruins Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman of Jheeter s Gate station Note I am not sure if this is a spoiler though I don t think it really is but I m giving you a fair warning anyway as it has a lot to do with the foundationf the storyThe first part Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of this book was a bit shaky I will have to admit How many times have we heardf the story Heaven Next Stop of a newborn childr children r babyies whose parents were murdered in cold blood by an evil personbeing but which child by some fortunate twist f fate is rescued by a benevolent character who may r may not end up dying anyway and who leaves such child somewhere at the doorstep f another benevolent character maybe where the child grows up shielded from the past and clueless that upon reaching a certain age heshe and the evil murderer Bases Loaded of hisher parents will resurface I m thinking Neil Gaiman s The Graveyard Book andf course the most Have A Good Night, Volume 1 obvious example JK Rowling s Harry Potter Almost always a token something will be left in the possessionf such child that will help in the discovery f his past Well Go figure Okay it s safe to continue reading the rest f the review nowThe little showdown and game towards the end too was a bit tacky If you ve been dealing with an apparently invincible enemy with demonic powers and super strengths the game would not be something that you d expect Notwithstanding the somewhat predictable foundation f the plot and the tacky little parts scattered in the storyline I enjoyed this book immensely I ve read all f Zafon s previous works and always the part which I look forward to the best thing about his novels for me is the suspense The mystery The eerie atmosphere that prevails throughout the story The creepiness When You Lose Your Job of the narrative that makes the hair at the backf my neck stand up n end Yes I m a scaredy cat but still In my yearlong course to read everything f Carlos Ruiz Zafon I am now into his recent YA novels each that have a similar theme to them I loved the uartetuintent Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of novels that comprise the Shadowf the WindCemetery Fantastic Post Office 03 of Forgotten Books Series I also loved Marina There are fourf these novels left the first is the Prince Tim Crouch of Mist This secondne called the Midnight Palace is also named Niebla 2 But I have no idea who Niebla is nor how the books might be connected Even though they are extremely similar in nature and style There is a Niebla 3The Midnight Palace does divert from the usual style as it is set in Calcutta not Spain But all the rest f the ther elements are there Children in danger due to a dark spirit from the past usually that falls into a familial generation line Drawing the Human Head of past wrongs and misdeeds mixed with mental illness There are haunted mansions fire a childr children sought for death There are dark tunnels mixed with Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics old legends It was a dark misty poorly constructed kindf a mess It was hard to follow and I didn t uite like it My guess is that the last two novels will resemble DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of the same But I guess we will see I don t think that I enjoyed this book as much as I did the firstne from the trilogy However if I read this when I was younger I would have absolutely adored this book Who are the lunatics asked Jawahal The nes who see horror in the heart f their fellow humans and search for peace at any price Or the nes who pretend they don t see what s going n around them The world Ben belongs either to lunatics Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, or hypocrites There are nother races n this earth You must choose which ne to belong to Obsessive followers f my reviews come n I know there s loads Pontius Pilate of youut there may have noted that back when I reviewed Carlos Ruiz Zaf n s previous YA novel The Prince Livin de Life of Mist I said I wasn t going to bother reading this And it s true I wasn t But then I came across a copy in the library and couldn t resist giving this a try knowing it wouldn t take me long to read I m uite glad I did as The Midnight Palace is much better than its predecessorLike The Princef Mist this book was riginally intended for the teen market but the English translation is clearly being aimed towards. 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E and gold their colours peeled away by the fury f the monsoon leaving them blurred and faded like watercolours dissolving in a pond I am instantly transported there Just gorgeous I also think that aforementioned problems aside Mr RZ definitely knows how to tell a thrilling story Even though I didn t understand a few bits the ending was so gripping I ve said before that I love authors who aren t afraid to put their characters and readers for that matter through the ringer and Mr RZ is definitely not afraid to do this I was afraid however because I m sure he has a list Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of all my worst nightmares and just throws them all in to spite meAnd then there are his characters Even though I did get a bit annoyed by the fact that the adults are conveniently absent throughout this whole story I loved that the children are the focusf the book With such a colourful cast it was easy to imagine yourself in that dilapidated house and I liked how his children actually act like children too Too Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives often in MGYA books the children are impossibly mature but in bothf the books I ve read by Mr RZ his characters are still children in the best sense full Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of wonder fullf imagination and members The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of secret clubs that reuire a password andnly permit special girls to joinMy favourite character was Ben with his love for complex puns and his love for writing plays that are described as a phantasmal piece Limey Gumshoe of gibberish in which everyone died including the stagehands HaI know I seem to have written a lot without actually saying anything so I apologise I enjoyed this book a lot than I did The Princef Mist because there seemed to be a lot depth to the story and the setting was absolutely gorgeous I d definitely recommend this book to people who don t need to know every single thing and who can just sit back and enjoy the book for what it isJust because I m not Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate onef those people doesn t mean that you won t be Give it a try just for his prose if anythingYou can read this review and lots f ther exciting things Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen on my blog here Didn t really like thisneI m not really sure whyMaybe it s because I didn t like Benor maybe it s because I wasn t particularly interested in the storyI liked all the Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade other charactersthoI have to admit that I ve skimmed through the last 40 pages I just don t understand why Jawahal had to make everything so freaking complicatedLikestop being so dramaticdudeThe endingon thether handI actually really likedIt was a good conclusion to their journey SPOILER ALERTI was very disappointed in this book I liked Prince Harcourt School Publishers Collections of Mist but this book was not nearly as good and I didn t think Princef Mist was greatFor From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure one thing Grandma does not want anyone telling Sheere that her father was a bad man But Grandma was thene who for her whole life has been telling Sheere that her father is a good man But she knew his spirit was hunting his children to kill On Toby's Terms onef them So why did she build him up in Sheere s mind in the first placeHow can Ben and Sheere have a mystical connection because they were twins separated at birth Why did Dad kidnap Ben s friends and tie them up Why didn t he just kill them all and then kill BenWhatever happened to their father s home Why did he build it so weird How can they believe ne minute that the bad guy knows they are there because the miniature train starts going around the tracks and has three miniature figures f them inside and then the next minute feel they are safe enough to go to sleep in separate roomsAnd why is it the girl always has to be the Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land one sacrifice herself The story was not that interesting It was difficult to follow Explanations were given in character speech goingn for pages Couldn t the author find a way to show not tell I was actually kind f angry by the end because I really wanted to like the book and find it creepy like Prince f Mist I don t understand why VOYA had it as a starred review The cover art is great thoughProduct DescriptionIn the heart Indiscretion of Calcutta lurks a dark mysterySet in Calcutta in the 1930s The Midnight Palace beginsn a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat Despite monsoon force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety but not without losing his Indiscretion own life Years latern the eve f Ben and Sheere s sixteenth birthday the mysterious threat reenters their lives This time it may be impossible to escape With the help f their brave friends the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows Soul Dust of the night and face the most frightening creature in the historyf the City The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales of Palaces My disappointment in this book can be described in three words Insufficiently explained superpower. 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Carlos Ruiz Zafón was a Spanish novelist Born in Barcelona in 1964 he lived in Los Ángeles United States since 1994 and worked as a scriptwriter aside from writing novelsHis first novel El príncipe de la niebla The Prince of Mist 1993 earned the Edebé literary prize for young adult fiction He is also the author of three young adult novels El palacio de la medianoche 1994 Las l