Few nights ago, Mr. Gaiman - @neilhimself posted on his twitter about a project he's doing with blackberry. He was asking his followers 12 question re...moreFew nights ago, Mr. Gaiman - @neilhimself posted on his twitter about a project he's doing with blackberry. He was asking his followers 12 question related with months in a year and one of each answers would be the inspiration of his calendar of tales. I was ended up reading until late night (and the day after) for these answers. Some were funny, some were heart breaking, some were heart warming, some were even bizzare - in every good ways. Surely I wasn't the only one that got hook by these. One of the comment said that "it was an anthology of human lives." I couldn't agree more.
So I was fascinating for answers he'd choosed and can't wait to see what tales they would became. It wasn't take long before the tales were available to be downloaded. And here's the link...
I think Neil was very mischievous with those twitts, he's turned them into peculiars-unexpected-enchanting-nice little stories that (like always been) made me rolling my eyes and say 'what?' @_@
Love them all!! They were all sooo Neil (meaning: it was how I like my stories should be). But January Tale was caught me off guard (salute for all the years that have gone by), April Tale made me laugh so hard (it served you well! Go Ducky!!), and October... well October... I wish I had... no, actually October made me realise how blessed I am.
Waaaaah.... endingnya dahsyat!!! Tidak biasa, apalagi sebenarnya saya sedikiiit mengira akan mendapat kisah hepi en (some sort)... ataupun jika saja t...moreWaaaaah.... endingnya dahsyat!!! Tidak biasa, apalagi sebenarnya saya sedikiiit mengira akan mendapat kisah hepi en (some sort)... ataupun jika saja tragedi ya, tragedi ala eropa yang banjir air mata, ternyata oh ternyata.....
Kalau di jaman modern sekarang ini, kisah wanita baik-baik dan patuh yang mabuk kepayang kepada pria miskin ala bad boy dan kemudian keduanya terjerumus dalam kegiatan kriminal, sudah sering kita lihat/dengar ceritanya. Tapi novel ini pertama kali dipublikasikan tahun 1867. Jadi, jangan-jangan semua cerita CSI ato Criminal Minds ato yg lain yang mengangkat tema standar seperti itu asalnya dari di Mme. Therese Raquin dan si Laurent ini ya....
Denger nama Laurent, kok jadinya kepikiran Vampir ya? <--- apaan sih, gak penting banget!(less)
Kalau menurut Neil Gaiman, cerita pendek itu dapatlah digambarkan sebagai “tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are j...moreKalau menurut Neil Gaiman, cerita pendek itu dapatlah digambarkan sebagai “tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner”
Teringat masa-masa ngekos di daerah Rawasari, Ramawangun dulu itu, kalo pulang kantor, biasanya udah agak malam, berjalan di gang yang lumayan sempit, bisa sambil melongok di jendela-jendela tetangga yang terbuka karena penghuninya kepanasan gak pake ase. Hanya selintas sehitungan langkah dari satu rumah ke rumah yang lain, tapi sering menguping mendapat kisah-kisah tak dinyana. Dari hasil ulangan yang jeblok *dimarahin nyak sampe mingsek-mingsek*, punya honda baru *kayak punya mandra*, maling ketangkep *digebukin pasti*, air pam mati lagi *biasa*, sampai si engkong yang mo punya bini muda *giliran si nyak yang mingsek-mingsek* #eh ...hehehe....
Nah, saat membaca kumpulan flash fiction Di Lap Tanah Merah ini, kesan seperti itulah yang terasakan. Berbagai tema kisah teramu jadi satu, singkat, padat dan tanpa benang merah apapun, selain bahwa ini adalah kisah kehidupan. Ada beberapa yang berkesan, ada yang hanya lewat. Yang agak terlupakan biasanya karena tidak ada greget ataupun twist yang 'cetar membahana' di akhir cerita. Tapi ada juga beberapa yang jadi kisah fav-ku:
1. Lap. Tanah Merah: kisah anak jalanan yang sangat nyata dan sedikit memilukan. Gembira itu sesederhana memandang bulan di angkasa.
2. Perempuan Tua di Sudut Kamar: kalo yang ini, tema ceritanya gak berhubungan sama endingnya. Cerita utamanya bagus, tapi bagian endingnya itu lo, bikin aku sempet baca kisahnya sampe 3x hanya untuk meyakinkan ;)
3. Hati yang Sempurna: temanya read it somewhere before. Yang gak biasa itu tentang metaforanya mengembalikan potongan hati seseorang yang telah patah dan pecah. Suka sekali bagian yang itu!
8. Menjadi Dua dalam Satu Atap: kisah yang sangat sederhana, kalo kata bapak saya sih, 'kembali modal' dari berdua jadi berdua lagi.
9. "Here I'am..."<--bukan salah daku menulis, judulnya memang begitu : Yah, saya memang selalu mudah suka sama cerita-cerita orang gila ~_~
16. Kita dan Semesta: Walopun sedikit kurang jelas 'kenapa' dan 'bagaimana'-nya, tapi kisah ini punya ending yang sedikit tak terduga. Oke deh. #masihdalamsemangatvalentin
17. Rumah Nomor Sembilan: Kisah KDRT yang lumayan seru, cuma saja aku bakal lebih suka kalo endingnya dibikin sedikit twisted, gak datar seperti ini.
20. Definisi "Kita": Ini jadi ff terfavoritku dari seluruh kisah yang ada. Dituliskan sepenuhnya naratif tanpa percakapan, bukan membuatnya jadi membosankan, malah jadi mencuri perhatian dan sebenarnya jadi ikut bertanya-tanya, mau lo apa sih?
Note: Thx buat Biondy atas kiriman bukunya ya. ^_^
Buku anak-anak yang sebenarnya bagus ceritanya, tapi sedikit membosankan penceritaannya. Kita diceritakan bahwa ketiga anak ini - Bobbie, Peter dan Ph...moreBuku anak-anak yang sebenarnya bagus ceritanya, tapi sedikit membosankan penceritaannya. Kita diceritakan bahwa ketiga anak ini - Bobbie, Peter dan Phillys- sedang bersenang-senang, tapi tidak terbaca bahwa mereka sedang bermain gembira. Atau bahwa mereka sedang sedih, tapi tidak menyentuh hati. Apalagi dengan POV orang ketiga, yang kadang-kadang menyelipkan 'pesan sponsor' untuk jadi anak baik, tabah, dst, dst, yah, jadinya... sedikit tanggung. Padahal latar belakang kisahnya cukup menjanjikan.
In my personal opinion, these installments (this one and the previous one - The Sorcerer in the North) are the best of the series. I mean, it's very p...moreIn my personal opinion, these installments (this one and the previous one - The Sorcerer in the North) are the best of the series. I mean, it's very pleasant to watch Will -and Horace- in their mature life. Will always had his determination, but from time to time, its overshadowed by Halt's authority. Now he's like blossoming out of his master's silk. That thing he's done with the Skandian in the shore of his fief, that's epic. I can totally imagine him calmly -but deathly- threatening Gundar, "It's hard thing to do with only ten men!" *applaud* And in the end of the previous book, when he said he'd rescued Alyss even if it means to tore Macindaw Castle brick by brick, I truly believed that he would. *more applaud* *encore... encore* More than that, I think it also very adult thing to admit that he needed plans, he needed help and he needed more time to do all that. He knew there was other things in stake here, and... he also trusted Alyss that she could take care herself for the time being. He did not do a reckless and sudden moved that -I believe- he would do if the setting were two or three years before (like in Skandia, where he just jumped and tried to save Evanlyn from the Temujais). No. He'd still had his head cool even though we know how his heart in rage. One more thing, when he decided to leave Shadow with Trubar, just because Trubar needed her more that he did, that's really made my heart melt. Oohhh...... *standing ova*
Well...well... looks like Will &co. were loooong way from home in this 7th book... Get trapped on sand storm, lost direction and half dead on vast...moreWell...well... looks like Will &co. were loooong way from home in this 7th book... Get trapped on sand storm, lost direction and half dead on vast dessert, wagering Tug on Bedullin tribe's race and Halt nearly beheaded? What went wrong here? Wait a minute, where were they actually? (By the way, story wise it was between 4th and 5th book, so I read this before the 5th, but it was the 7th book of the installment)
(view spoiler)[Taken time some years after the peace treaty had signed between Araluen and Skandian, Svengal took a liberty to crashed at Halt and Pauline's wedding party, brought the news of Oberjarl Erak's hostage situation by the Arridis. Arrida is a dry land far south of Araluen, where the mainland's dessert still unknown to most outsiders. Considering Erak's position as leader of a nation, another monarch should attended this matter as the mediator, but as King Duncan was really occupied by something-something, Princess Cassandra volunteering on his behalf. So along with her, the King assigned Halt as her advisor, Will tagged along as her trusted companion and Horace was appointed as her personnal body guard. Gilan, who accidentally caught King's eyes along his cloak and sword, also dragged into. So all five of them, nine if we count the horses, -The Fellowship of The Rangers- accompanied Svegal back to Arrida to pay Erak's Ransom.
In Arrida, Cassandra successfully arranged the ransom with Selethen, the Wakir, or Lord, of the teritory. But when they went to Mararoc to get Erak, everything crushed and crumbling down. Selethen's men slayed and Erak's gone. Latter, Halt and the others were captured by Tualaghi, who they called The Blue Veiled Ones, while Will, seperated from the rest, embarked on his own journey, a solo mission to find Tug, and to verify his own readiness of being a full flagged Ranger. (hide spoiler)]
What I like of this series was -beside the truely entertaining tales- how it really emphasized of the 'growing up' process all the way of the story. Will was maturing in front our eyes. In the first book, we saw that little dubious boy, uncertain of his own feet and eyes. Then he change into a worthy ranger apprentice. In second book we saw him so groggy in front of his first real combat. Latter we saw his unwavering will to burn a bridge, not even blinking his eye in the face of ample enemies. So was in the forth book, where he change again from a mere apprentice into a prominent leader of one extraordinary courageous troop. Now as he's about to enter his adultness, he was questioning his own ability to coupe with life. Something that I thought, one time of another, we question ourselves too. And in the end, life did came whether he's ready or not. But with his band of friends and mentors cheering and pretty ladies in both arms, being adult was not so bad after all. *or so you said, wait until these ladies had a cat fight, and then you wished you just a simple boy running away after stealing food from mr. chubbs* :D