The Book of Air and Shadows

The Book of Air and Shadows

eBook - 2007
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A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death ... A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries ... An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth ... Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this little screen, and who will read them I hardly know. I could be dead by the time anyone actually gets to read them, as dead as, say, Tolstoy. Or Shakespeare. Does it matter, when you read, if the person who wrote still lives? These are the words of Jake Mishkin, whose seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare ...
Topical Term: Lost literature
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Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061289910
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
PS3607.R68 B66 2007eb


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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.

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.

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.

Mar 14, 2011

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

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!

Sep 07, 2009

This book consumed me, to the point of dreaming I was one of the characters, and I went through book depression when it was done. Michael Gruber is a force to be reckoned with in the historical fiction category!


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