Este segundo número da fanzine Fénix tem uma selecção bastante curiosa de contos, sendo que os que mPodem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros
Este segundo número da fanzine Fénix tem uma selecção bastante curiosa de contos, sendo que os que mais gostei foram: "A Escuridão" de André Carneiro, "O Estranho Caso do Livro sem Palavras" de A.C. Silva, "Mundos em Mundos de Vitor Frazão e "Pulsação" de Inês Montenegro"....more
Demorei o meu rico tempo a ler a antologia da qual também faz parte um conto meu, mas deixem-me explicar-vos porquê: a antologia é bastante volumosa eDemorei o meu rico tempo a ler a antologia da qual também faz parte um conto meu, mas deixem-me explicar-vos porquê: a antologia é bastante volumosa e eu decidi ler espaçadamente os contos, entre outras leituras. Podia tê-la lido toda de uma vez, mas não quis. E agora finalmente terminei.
Lisboa no Ano 2000 é um reinventar da capital portuguesa, como esta teria sido imaginada pelos autores do final do século XIX (com a monarquia ainda no poder e a electricidade como fonte de energia única). João Barreiros deu as regras e os outros autores exploraram os seus limites.
Fiquei agradavelmente surpreendida com alguns dos contos. Tive a oportunidade de conhecer, pessoalmente, quase todos os escritores (ou mesmo todos, se não estou em erro) e a grande maioria das histórias da antologia estão muito boas. Todas muito imaginativas. Como em quase todas as antologias, existem uns contos que gosto mais que outros; os meus favoritos foram: "Dedos", A.M.P. Rodriguez; "Energia das Almas", João Ventura; "A Rainha", Pedro Vicente Pedroso; "Taxidermia", Guilherme Trindade; "Ex-Machina", Michael Silva; "Chamem-nos Legião", João Barreiros.
Em suma, Lisboa no Ano 2000 é uma antologia surpreendente, cheia de histórias imaginativas. Uns contos agradaram-me mais que outros, como sempre acontece, mas recomendo vivamente. E, claro que, esta opinião é independente da minha participação na mesma....more
A very pleasant surprise, this one. I enjoyed almost everything in this Almanaque and dislike nothing in particular. The articles, the advertisements,A very pleasant surprise, this one. I enjoyed almost everything in this Almanaque and dislike nothing in particular. The articles, the advertisements, the short-stories, the chronicles, were all very much enjoyable and I had a great time reading this. Some weren't really up my alley but, like I said, none was particularly dislikable. Congratulations the team that organized it and to the authors. A final note to the design, which was good but lacked the needed margins. ...more
Altough I have some quotes from this book that I really like, most of the rest is just too ... experimental, too ... literary to be enjoyed.
Duarte, our main character and his father and mother, which were supposed to be the main characters in the novel, ended up being the ones whose life we least new and whose motives we knew nothing about.
So, all in all, I did enjoy some parts of this novel, and it had the potencial to be something good, but it ended up being not so good, and at times boring....more
First point for this book: you can read it isolated without feeling the need to know what happenedPodem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.
First point for this book: you can read it isolated without feeling the need to know what happened in the previous book (although I'm much too curious about Connor's story).
When starting a new paranormal series, I'm always a bit alert. I don't like insta-romances, most alpha-males make me cringe and if the female characters aren't strong, the book rarely ever conquers me. Luckily for me "Changeling Dream" was a pleasant surprised and I loved every bit of it. I always liked werewolfs (and changelings) a bit more than vampires (even though I read more books on our fanged dead friends), so I was really curious on how the author would make the story and the world work. She did it well and she didn't even need to go into many details. Sometimes it’s the little things that count, not a whole chapter on world-building. Even though many questions were left unanswered, they weren’t crucial in the least for this particular story.
What really grabbed me in this book was Jillian. She's a strong, independent woman who knows her value and has self-respect. So much so that she doesn't let others step on her feelings, and James learns that the hard way. Both her and James were amazingly fleshed out during the story and therefore their behavior and the relationship sounded very natural.
I really only have one bad thing to say about this book: (view spoiler)[The pregnancy! Really, it seemed so forced. And worst of all was the talk Jillian and James had about it. It seemed unnatural. As a reader I believe the story would've worked just as well without the pregnancy there. Seriously, it made no difference whether she was pregnant or not, that had no relevance. The only reason I understand why it was there, was as a 'cure' of sorts for James. But was there any need? Not in my opinion. (hide spoiler)]
Well, aside from that I really loved the book and the authors writing kept me reading (even if time was short for reads these last couple of weeks). I'll be reading the first book soon, and hope to pick up the third one after that.
Lastly, I have to thank the author, Dani Harper, and BookChickCity for the contest that allowed me to read this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is probably one of the most cohesive anthologies I've read. Every short story has quality, evePodem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.
This is probably one of the most cohesive anthologies I've read. Every short story has quality, even if some are little less than mediocre, none is bad. Which is something really hard to find in an anthology. Of course, this comes form my own tastes, and maybe other readers will feel differntly.
For me, the best short stories included are "O Retirante" by Baptista Bastos, and "O Carrinho de Mão" by Pedro Martins.
I recommend this one to fans of terror/horror, or simply to people who are curious about the genre and/or the authors included....more
The story is competent although straight-forward. The characters are the book's strong point as the author chose to give everyone equal time 'on stage', presenting the reader with a big array of tridimensional personalities that make it impossible not to want to read the sequel. The writer's prose works well in the acton scenes and in dialogues, but sometimes it uses too much "tell" and too little "show". Also it's impossible not to notice how the author uses both the present tense and past perfect in the same sentence. Speaking of that, the book is filled with mistakes, clearly showing that no editor set eyes on it for a revision.
Aside from that it was an interesting story, with strong characters and great world-building. Looking forward to a sequel (with much more care on the grammar part)....more
Once more João Barreiros proved that he is indeed one of the greatest portuguese writers (not only Podem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.
Once more João Barreiros proved that he is indeed one of the greatest portuguese writers (not only in the science-fiction department).
Even though the story has a few minor flaws, the use he made of the characters, the way the story was told, and the overall writing, was just amazing and I couldn't take my eyes away from the pages....more
The book started with a little cliché, and then evolved into something enthralling and engaging, sh Podem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.
The book started with a little cliché, and then evolved into something enthralling and engaging, showing great world-building and the prospects of a great story. Somehow, along the way (past the middle stage) the book seemed to loose its focus and became generic. The dialogues lost strength, immersing in more clichés. Too many questions were lifted, none was answered.
In terms of characters, both Gabriel and Laura are strong protagonists with their own ideals and acting in accordance to their beliefs, but aside from them, all other characters were just ... bidemensional and forgetful.
The story shows promisse, but the second half of the book was a disappointment. I'll read the next installment hoping it anwers a lot, and the plot doens't loose itself again....more