A dark carnival that holds many secrets, an Illustrated Man, a carousel, two boys on the brink of adolescence. Youth versus old age, summer versus autA dark carnival that holds many secrets, an Illustrated Man, a carousel, two boys on the brink of adolescence. Youth versus old age, summer versus autumn, good versus evil.
This is the second book I've read from Ray Bradbury (the first being Fahrenheit 451). It was a good read, but again I felt there was something in his writing that just didn't click with me. The way he used words struck me as beautiful at times, and completely ridiculous and over the top at others. I can't quite put my finger on why, but there you have it.
All in all, this was an interesting book, but in the end I just didn't love it. ...more
Amados Gatos, or "Beloved Cats", is book of short stories inspired by the cats of various famous people, mainly writers. The stPosted on my book blog.
Amados Gatos, or "Beloved Cats", is book of short stories inspired by the cats of various famous people, mainly writers. The stories portray a deeply intimate, symbiotic relationship that I suspect people who don't have and love cats will have trouble understanding. I adore cats and have felt exactly what it means to have them as companions, so while I enjoyed reading this book, I do wish the author had balanced the nostalgic, sometimes tragic tales with a little bit of the happiness he would sometimes mention, but which remained largely unexplored.
For those that are interested in the relationship between writers and their cats, I recommend this website: "Writers and Kitties", which is sort of like this book in pictorial form, while also showing that look of pride and love most people have when they're with their cats....more
After reading this I realized one thing. It is much easier to write a review about a book you didn't like than about one that dPosted on my book blog.
After reading this I realized one thing. It is much easier to write a review about a book you didn't like than about one that deeply touched you.
For once I'm not going to describe the plot, since I can't think of a way to do it without over simplifying it. Suffice to say that "Life of Pi" may not be for everyone - it's not, after all, just a simple story, and at times it's closer to philosophy than fiction - but in the right state of mind, it can be breathtaking. It certainly was for me.
This book is about transformation, faith, humanity, survival. The writing is beautiful, equal parts crude and delicate. I honestly can't think of anything else to say other than "read with an open mind". Highly recommended....more
I'm going to let you in on a secret, little friend. It's easy to become anything you wish... So long as you're willing to forfeit your soul.
A beautifully drawn fable-like book about accepting who you are. Has a slower pace than a lot of other graphic novels, but it suits the story, and there are little moments of humor that keep everything interesting. Well worth the read....more
Background: This was an impulse buy based entirely on the book's title. I knew nothing about it and had never read anything byPosted on my book blog.
Background: This was an impulse buy based entirely on the book's title. I knew nothing about it and had never read anything by this author (a well-known Portuguese musician / composer / director). This book is only available in Portuguese (so far).
Review: This is a collection of short stories that, according to the blurb in the cover, pertain to readers, reading, philosophers and poets (loosely translating). However, this description only applies to the first (and longest) story. Incidentally, this was the story that I liked best - it was a bit long-winded and confusing, but it's easy to see that's the author's style of writing, and there are a few moments of brilliance that make up for it, if you can make it through to the end. That being said, the rest of the book fell short for me. It's not that it's badly written, it just wasn't to my taste.
In short, there were some things that I really liked and managed to surprise me, but I can't say that I liked it. It's an ok book, just not my cup of tea....more
You may be wondering why anyone would spend money on a book that teaches you how to survive a zombie outbreak. Maybe, on the coPosted on my book blog.
You may be wondering why anyone would spend money on a book that teaches you how to survive a zombie outbreak. Maybe, on the contrary, this makes all the sense in the world to you, and if so, feel free to skip my little paragraph on background. To the former, I assure you I am not crazy. Do read on.
I have spent many nights in my life suffering from insomnia. I've tried everything from medication to self-relaxation techniques, but when it hits you hard, there's little you can do but wait until sleep arrives. As I'm usually too tired to read or watch videos, I resort to leaving my mind free to wander to whatever it feels like at the moment. As it turns out, zombies are often the subject of my late night musings. I've spent countless hours wondering what I would do in the case of a zombie outbreak: where I would go to, how I would get there, what kind of supplies I would need to survive, etc. I'm not even sure why - I don't particularly care for zombie fiction or even actually believe in them - but there you have it. Finally, I did what I always do with my obsessions: find books written on the subject. And that's how I came across this one.
This is a small, but comprehensive guide against the living dead, that covers everything from symptoms (and how to recognize an outbreak), to weapons, to types of terrain, to starting over in the case of a complete zombie domination. It is by no means a detailed guide, since most topics only get a superficial treatment, and I doubt it would be enough in the case of an actual outbreak but it's a start.
A little piece of advice. If, like me, you're thinking about getting this book in order to feel a bit more prepared and less obsessed with zombie attacks... Don't pick it up. Really. I actually had nightmares with zombies while reading this book (talk about being suggestible!) and I couldn't stop obsessing at how ill-prepared I was for dealing with an undead attack. In the end, my advice would be to live life to the fullest until the zombies come out... Because chances are you won't be able to survive....more
I decided to read this book not only because the author is a dear friend of mine, but also because this series has been causingPosted on my book blog.
I decided to read this book not only because the author is a dear friend of mine, but also because this series has been causing quite a buzz among the younger readers in my country. So far, this book is only available in Portuguese.
Neferlöen is the teenage adoptive daughter of the King of Levionda, one of the twelve (bordering on thirteen) kingdoms that make up the Lands of Corza. The book follows her life as she challenges her place in society and, through a series of special events, ascends to a post of power usually only reserved to men. This is not without its difficulties, however, since she is still very young and must fight against prejudice and those who are jealous of her considerable gifts. Her country is involved in a bloody war against a mysterious opponent, and she swears to dedicate her life to ending the conflict.
The characters were easily the strongest point in this novel. Even when they were acting in ways that would be unthinkable, they made sense within the stories' parameters and society. The plot was also good, albeit a bit predictable at times. However, this book was written when Madalena was fifteen years-old, and it shows. Even if she demonstrated, even at that age, a good ability to weave a plot and develop characters and settings, her writing betrays her young age. It gets better as the story progresses, which makes me think the other books in the series will probably be better, though. Still, it made getting into the story a bit difficult, at first.
Also, I have to mention one thing that has nothing to do with book per se: the blurb in the back cover is terrible (at least on the edition I read). It actually says how the book will end! Why someone would do this is beyond me.
This is still a great book and I enjoyed reading it. I don't exactly agree with the fact that everyone classifies this as Fantasy, since there aren't any elements usually associated with it - it's more like Historical Fiction, set in a different world. I recommend it to people who are usually afraid of reading Portuguese books from young authors. :)...more
This book is a collection of short stories Woody Allen wrote for several magazines (mostly The New Yorker and Playboy). Some are hilarious, others areThis book is a collection of short stories Woody Allen wrote for several magazines (mostly The New Yorker and Playboy). Some are hilarious, others are more on the nonsense side, but in all of them you see the kind of humor that made Allen famous.
If you like his movies, you will love this book. You will come out of it wondering about the meaninglessness of life and absurdity of everything, but it will be worth it....more
I started reading this for a book club, but I couldn't help finishing it earlier than we were supposed to. I was surprised at hPosted on my book blog.
I started reading this for a book club, but I couldn't help finishing it earlier than we were supposed to. I was surprised at how engrossed I was with Jane Eyre's story - I expected a decent, but unsurprising romance, and instead found a compelling tale that kept me interested to the end.
Charlotte Brontë's writing is very limpid and clear, and her storytelling is simple and effective. The story itself benefited from the characters, which were well explored and mostly realistic - I particularly like Mr. Rochester. All in all, I liked this book, but didn't love it. I can appreciate it as a classic and see why it's become one, though.
It took me a long time to finish this book, and now that I have, I find myself torn at it. But first, how I came across it.
My mother bought this bookIt took me a long time to finish this book, and now that I have, I find myself torn at it. But first, how I came across it.
My mother bought this book and gave it to me because she had heard great things about it and knows about my book addiction. I have to admit that, at first, I wasn't very keen on reading this. I mean, giving a book a title that says "The Story of Some Fictional Character I have Never Heard of Before" does little to pique my interest. But I always read every book that is given to me, and decided to give it a try.
As an aside, I should say that, contrary to what I usually do, I didn't read this book in the original language - I read the Portuguese translation (by Patrícia Xavier). It was probably the first time in my life I've ever read such a great, nearly flawless translation.
Well, it's certainly very well written, without being difficult to read. I could feel myself in the places described, and the characters were believable enough. But I just couldn't find any empathy with them. I know that all human beings are flawed, and I'm not complaining about that (in fact, my favourite characters are always the flawed ones). No, it's just that I couldn't relate to or understand what they were doing, the decisions they made. I ended up not feeling either empathy nor, towards the end, any sympathy. The exception to this were the dogs. The dogs were great and I found myself really caring about what happened to them. But the humans? Not so much, and the only reason I can think of for this is because, like I said, I didn't understand what they did (and I'm usually a terribly empathic person with characters in books).
**Slight SPOILER Alert**
Also, the story had some pretty weird moments. I was a bit taken aback the first time something "supernatural" happened, although I understood its place in the story afterward. But most of it, specially the drama, was rather predictable. I mean, I kept expecting everyone to die. And sure enough, lots did, and even in the order I thought they would.
The ending... Well, without wanting to give away too much, it left me thinking, "The what was the point to all this?". Maybe I just need more time to digest it. Maybe the book is supposed to be an enigma that never gets solved. Or maybe there really wasn't a point to it after all....more