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SFF Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born in Barcelona in 1964. His work has been published in more than forty languages, and honored with numerous international awards, including the Edebé Award, Spain’s most prestigious prize for young adult fiction. Before his death in June 2020, he divided his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles, where he worked as a scriptwriter. Here’s Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s website.



The Angel’s Game: Held me in thrall for a week

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I had intended to simply glance at the first page of The Angel’s Game and then set it aside to finish other books I was reading, but the first paragraph ensnared me:

A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood, and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting anyone discover his lack of talent,

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The Midnight Palace: Addresses serious issues in an authentic way

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Twins are separated at birth, neither one knowing about the other. They are pursued by a villain who seems almost supernatural. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The Midnight Palace, written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, who wrote The Angel’s Game, embraces the twins-in-danger story and still delivers surprises.

The Midnight Palace is marketed as young adult. Zafón respects his audience, addressing serious issues in an authentic way. Real world problems are not solved at the end with a homily about everyone getting along.

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Marina: A gorgeous story for teens and adults

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Marina once told me that we only remember what never really happened. It would take me a lifetime to understand what those words meant. But I suppose I’d better start at the beginning, which in this case is the end.”

Oscar Drai is an apathetic student at a boarding school in Barcelona in 1980. While he isn’t too excited about his studies, he is enamored with the old quarter of Barcelona where his school resides, and he escapes to explore the city every chance that he gets.

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