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El Palacio de la Medianoche
My disappointment in this book can be described in three words: I was very disappointed in this book. I liked Prince of Mist, but this book was not nearly as good and I didn’t think Prince of Mist was great. For one thing, Grandma does not want anyone telling Sheere that her father was a bad man. But Grandma was the one 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 one of them.
So why mediaboche she build him up in Sheere’s mind in the first place? How 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 Ben? Whatever happened to their father’s palaciio Why did he build it so weird? How can they believe one minute that the msdianoche guy knows they are there, because the miniature train starts going around the tracks and has three miniature figures of them inside, and then the next minute feel they are safe enough to go to sleep in separate rooms?
And why is it the girl always has to be the one sacrifice herself? The story was not that interesting. It was difficult to follow. Explanations were given in character speech, going on for pages. Couldn’t the author find a way to pa, not tell? I was actually kind of angry by the end because I really wanted to like the book and find it creepy, like Prince of Mist.
I don’t understand why VOYA had it as a starred review.
The cover art is great, though. Product Description In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery Set in Calcutta in the s, The Midnight Palace begins on 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 own life. Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere’s sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape.
With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to mesianoche a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night–and face the most frightening creature in the medianochr of the City of Palaces. Didn’t really like this one.
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azfon I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like Ben,or maybe it’s because I wasn’t particularly interested in cwrlos story. I liked all the other characters,tho. I 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 complicated.
Like,stop being so dramatic,dude. The ending,on the other hand,I actually really liked. It was a good conclusion to their journey. I’m so in love with all of Carlos’ books. All of them are perfect, and beautiful. Highly recomended No recuerdo porque empece a leer a CRZ, pero no se que seria de mi sin sus libros. Este libro asi como todos los de el, esta lleno de suspenso y un poco de misterio paranormal, el cual jamas esta completamente descrito pero no es necesario para entender la historia.
View all 4 comments. Nov 12, Flor rated it liked it. El final no fue la gran cosa, pero estuvo bien. Fantastic ideas that are described in breathtakingly beautiful prose but never explained properly. Because there were tons of things I liked about this book.
El Palacio de la Medianoche by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Seriously, his prose is just absolutely stunning. I also think that, aforementioned problems aside, Mr RZ definitely knows how to tell a thrilling story. And 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 focus of the book.
With such a colourful cast, it was easy to imagine yourself in that dilapidated house and I liked how zafln children actually act like children, too. I know I seem to have written a lot without actually saying anything, so I apologise. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did The Prince of Mist because there seemed to be a lot more depth to the story and the setting was absolutely gorgeous. Give it a try just for his prose, if anything!
You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog here. View all 12 comments. And it’s true, I wasn’t. But then I came across a copy in the library, and couldn’t resist catlos this a try, knowing it wouldn’t take me long to read. I’m quite glad I did, as The Midnight Palace is much better than its predecessor. Like The Prince of Mistthis book was originally intended for the teen market, but the English translation is clearly being aimed more towards the author’s adult fans – again, it comes with a foreword extolling its appeal to readers of all ages.
The story starts with Ian, now entering old age, recalling his youth in a children’s home in Calcutta – specifically the adventures he enjoyed with a tight-knit group of fellow orphans who called themselves the Chowbar Society.
Flashback towhen the seven friends are on the cusp of turning sixteen and leaving the orphanage to make their own ways in the world. An elderly mesianoche arrives at the orphanage with a girl of their age, the intriguing Sheere, and so begins a fantastical rollercoaster ride of an adventure.
It’s odd that this is supposed to be the second of a trilogy, as other than some elements of fantasy and a seemingly indestructible ‘bad guy’, it has very little in common with The Prince of Mist. One of the things that annoyed me the most lalacio that book was that it was so vague, completely failing to establish any sense of time or place, and providing very little explanation of the villain’s origins. Here, the setting and era of the story are clear from the beginning, and the evil Jawahal is given a backstory that’s perhaps too detailed, raising rather a lot of questions.
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Naturally, since this is YA fiction, it does all get a bit silly – much of 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 oddly melancholy and downbeat for a teen book.
A decent little read for fans of the author – atmospheric, exciting and easy to get through in one sitting. Maybe I’ll read his next YA translation due May ! The only reason that I am giving this book a star is because I happen to be a Zafon’s fan. But seriously now, Calcutta ? I hated the Chowbar society members, all of them and I was more 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 The only reason that I am giving this book a star is because I happen to be a Zafon’s fan.
I understand that it is meant for teenagers and that you wrote it back in the s. 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 of the wind! In a word, I became old. The world, Ben, belongs either to lunatics or hypocrites.
There are no other races on this earth. You must choose which one to belong to. Este livro foi escrito ainda o autor era um jovem escritor Gostei mais do “O Principe da neblina”. Esta vez somos llevados a la ciudad negra, Calcuta del siglo XX, donde un hombre huye, protegiendo la vida de dos bebes a los que el destino les dicto una suerte no deseada por nadie.
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