I read almost the entirety of The Angel’s Game on an overseas plane journey. It made decent plane reading, but I was not overly captivated by it. I actually had some trouble getting into it at first (but the fact that I didn’t really have anything else to do certainly helped), but gradually became more interested in the plot. However, after awhile, certain parts of what was going on become obvious and my interest started dwindling again.
I think part of the issue is that the supernatural/magical realism aspects of the novel were not believable to me. Sometimes when I read such things I can suspend disbelief and be drawn into the story, but in this case that didn’t really happen. Additionally, none of the characters were all that interesting, and weren’t especially multi-dimensional; most of them felt more like sketches than characters with full depth. However, the descriptions were certainly effective and established an atmosphere of gloomy underworld Barcelona.
Overall it is a very dark story with little redeeming glimpses of light, and this is probably another reason why I feel at best lukewarm about it.