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Las Puertas Templarias / the Templar Gates by Javier Sierra
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.2" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2006
ISBN 8427031025 ISBN13 9788427031029
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More About Javier Sierra
Javier Sierra, whose works have been translated into thirty-five languages, is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling novel "The Secret Supper". A native of Teruel, Spain, he currently lives in Malaga.
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Not Sierra's best book Feb 11, 2008
This is the third Javier Sierra's book I've read. The first one was "La Dama Azul", and before that, I'd never even heard of Sierra; that would be self explained latter when I found out he moves on the "esoteric" realm of writing (not my favorite), and not so much in the general fiction genre.
La Dama Azul caught my attention while passing by a bookstore in Barcelona, I got it, read it and found it a good reading: entertaining, illustrating and thought-provocative at the same time; however, it didn't had what it takes to be on my "favorite books" list. I even suggested something to the author, who very kindly answered me, taking good care of my suggestion.
About 18 months later, on another walk --this time on Market st, SFO--, a very flashy display in some bookstore near Stockton (I can't remember the name of the store) caught my attention once again. Besides realizing I've a thing for books with nice and pretty covers, I also noticed that the author of "The secret supper" had a spanish speaking name, and somehow it sounded familiar (didn't remember him then). So, I decided to wait till I got home so I could read the book on its original language (I like to read Borges, García Márquez, Quiroga, and Ruiz Zafón in spanish, while I prefer to read Poe, Kostova, Noah Gordon in english and Druon, Hugo and Gautier in french).
When I finally got my hands on "La cena secreta" (BTW, it was a gift), I found it more enjoyable than la dama azul. It actually almost made it to my top 10 list, by keeping me hooked till I finished it, but without the full amount of passion that a few good books have waked on me (The physician, La morte amoureuse, The historian, Les miserables, La sombra del viento, Cien años de soledad, Chaman, El Aleph). I really enjoyed the plot, the well intertwined "esoteric" content, and the writing skills of Sierra. I still keep "The secret supper" in high esteem.
So, when I walked by "Las puertas templarias", I bought it immediately. Three days later, I finished the book in disappointment. This book seems the work of a less mature writer, having a less pristine prose, one that leaves you confused in several points, besides of almost doing without a plot, and focusing on the esoteric/syncretistic/new-age stuff heavily. If I had to subjectively quantify the ratio of plain-esoteric/good-plot of the books I've read of Sierra, it would be something like this:
Las puertas templarias: 73/27 La dama azul: 45/55 La cena secreta: 30/70.
It's maybe because I wasn't expecting such a strong leaning away from the "simple" fiction that I didn't like this book that much (have you ever tasted something you are not expecting, for example, yoghurt instead of milk, by mistake?, I have); none the less, it is also true that this is not one of the best examples of Sierra's writing, it is, IMHO, lackluster.
I understand why Penny, the other reviewer gave "the author" 5 stars, given the fact that she had only read "The secret supper" and not "Las puertas templarias". However, I'm pretty sure this book does not deserve those 5 stars, because I DID read it.
Next time I find a book by Sierra, I'll be more cautious before buying it, I'll have to check a good review first, or wait till it hits the discount drawer.
In English please!!!! 5 stars for the author. Sep 10, 2007
I read The Secret Supper and absolutely loved it. Of all of the books I read in this genre,I loved this one the most.
Publisher, please translate Las Puertas Templarias in English.
Javier Sierra's books should be available in English.
Las Puertas Templarias Jul 29, 2007
Amazing, Javier Sierra shows why he is one of the top writers of religious intrigue of his generation.His books always leave the reader wanting more.
Really good Mar 10, 2007
I love the way this writter handle the time, the personajes, de suspence