Uno spaccato di una famiglia palermitana, di una madre e dei suoi cinque figli, e delle assenze che minano i loro rapporti - in primis l'assenza del pUno spaccato di una famiglia palermitana, di una madre e dei suoi cinque figli, e delle assenze che minano i loro rapporti - in primis l'assenza del padre, sparito vent'anni prima. Ma Basilicò è anche un giallo, e un libro di cucina, e un salto nella memoria, il tutto legato appunto dal basilico di Maria Morreale, la figura che nel bene e nel male permea tutto questo volume.
Non si può dire molto altro di questo volume senza svelarne la trama, se non che è un'altra ottima prova del bravissimo Giulio, nonché un'evidente lettera aperta alla città della sua infanzia....more
A nice regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer. It doesn't really stand out in the genre, but it's a fun, good read - or good listening, in thA nice regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer. It doesn't really stand out in the genre, but it's a fun, good read - or good listening, in this case, since I got the Audible version.
I really loved Heath Miller's characterization of the various characters, but I'll admit I still got lost a couple times with who was who, as the narration swaps several times from first names to surnames even inside the same paragraph. (On the other hand, I listened to most of the book while driving, so it's probable I was just distracted at the time.)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the audiobook as part of a giveaway....more
Will I ever stop adoring everything Ursula writes? Probably not. This is a portal fantasy with a girl who is wise beyond her years but still gets scarWill I ever stop adoring everything Ursula writes? Probably not. This is a portal fantasy with a girl who is wise beyond her years but still gets scared and doesn't know how to fight and has to rely on her friends and the goodwill of others for most things. This is a story where the bad guy razes villages to the ground but also wants the time to read some more books before the end. This is a story with a frog tree and antelope women and phoenix hedgehogs and a glorious wolf who turns into a house at night. This is a story that must be read....more
A suspenseful, atmospheric horror set in the Himalayas in the 1930s. The story follows Doctor Stephen Pearce, a last minute replacement on an expeditiA suspenseful, atmospheric horror set in the Himalayas in the 1930s. The story follows Doctor Stephen Pearce, a last minute replacement on an expedition to climb Kangchenjunga, back then believed to be the highest peak in the world.
A malaise seems to follow Stephen, in the beginning seemingly only due to the bad weather, his love/hate relationship with his brother Kits, and troubles he left behind in London. But as the story progresses and the group climbs higher, to where the air is rarefied and the mind starts playing tricks, the doubt starts creeping that something else seems to be following the expedition - something dark, and malevolent, and tied to the fateful expedition that preceded them.
Michelle Paver spins another wonderful tale of natural and supernatural horror, where the hardship of climbing an indifferent, dangerous mountain is interspersed with the horror of a mind that starts doubting itself.
My only niggle is that, due to the time, setting, and first-person narrative, the cast list ends up being a bit of a "Boy's own adventure"/white dude fest: the only named female character of significance is a memory, and the Indian and Nepalese natives are treated by the "sahibs" as little more than superstitious children, despite that they do most of the actual work. The text name checks the deeds of female Alpinists and mountaineers, and Stephen himself takes baby steps towards understanding his own racism, but Paver herself acknowledges this historical limitation in the afterword. ...more
The art is gorgeous, but when Rebecca Sugar said she wanted to expand on the story as told in the cartoon, I must admit that I expected something moreThe art is gorgeous, but when Rebecca Sugar said she wanted to expand on the story as told in the cartoon, I must admit that I expected something more. Rather than looking at the same story from a different angle and/or with a different pace from TV, this just seems to be a retelling of the same thing but with less details. ...more
Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy protect the forest with the power of, well, lasers, and unending optimism. Alas, they're likely to cause as much trouble asLaser Moose and Rabbit Boy protect the forest with the power of, well, lasers, and unending optimism. Alas, they're likely to cause as much trouble as they prevent.
The book contains three stories and a short adventure, full of improbable happenings and a mix of dark and goofy humour. It's a very short read for adults, and I think kids will find it funny as well.
If you like this book you might want to follow Doug Savage's online comic, Savage Chickens, which sports much of the same humour, albeit over 1 or 2 panels drawn on post-it notes. ...more
Meravigliosi i disegni di Turconi, ma devo ammettere che le prime due trame (il libro include tre storie) non mi hanno preso molto. Sarà un po' che "bMeravigliosi i disegni di Turconi, ma devo ammettere che le prime due trame (il libro include tre storie) non mi hanno preso molto. Sarà un po' che "bambino incontra personaggio famoso e gli cambia la vita" è un tropo che ho visto fino allo sfinimento, o che il circo ha decine di personaggi di cui alla fine ne sono sviluppati solo tre, o la non sottile vena di esoticismo e stereotipo che pervade il tutto, o che il libro intero sembra una selezione presa da un racconto più grande... Non so. Non mi hanno convinto del tutto. La storia finale, dove si lascia l'inserzione storica per narrare una storia più intima e personale, è quella forse riuscita meglio....more
**spoiler alert** Copypasting a review I wrote elsewhere:
I finished reading it yesterday and it's... a thing? That exists? I adored Scorpius, but foun**spoiler alert** Copypasting a review I wrote elsewhere:
I finished reading it yesterday and it's... a thing? That exists? I adored Scorpius, but found Albus pretty meh. James and Rose exist only because they were right there on the train in the Epilogue, or I'm sure the authors would have made them quietly disappear like they did with Teddy. And I'm not really sold on the adult version of anyone except McGonagall. I liked moments of it, for sure, but the general structure of the story is a bit of a mess, and there's plot holes big enough to drive freight trains through.
I don't mind Snape's return as a more selfless figure because of that thing he said, that he didn't believe in heroics before, but it started rubbing on him during the resistance. 22 years is a lot of time for someone to change, even a grandiose asshole like Severus.
The queerbaiting bwteen Albus and Scorpius was kind of infuriating. Boyhood friendship with great sentiment and adventure is an old trope, especially in English literature, but I thought we'd already deconstructed that in Philosopher's Stone with the creation of the trio? I get it, they wanted to make us believe there was a new trio in Albus, Scorpius, and Delphi, but when she turns out to be the bad guy that means there's not a single young woman protagonist in four acts of the play.
One way that this reads as bad fanfiction is because the worldbuilding is nonexistent. It relies on people already knowing everything about Hogwarts, the wizarding world, and so on. Which is OK in book 8 of a linear saga, not so much in a theatrical play which, supposedly, will be seen by people who've never read Harry Potter before. It relies on so much knowledge and emotional punches that it didn't bother re-introducing for a new audience. And as usual, everything else goes in background. Was there even a mention of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff? Did Hogwarts change any in these 22 years? Is Hogwarts actually relevant at all to the story, except as a set?
I will go see it in theatre if I get the chance, because a script is certainly so much drier than the real thing (classic example: I adore live Shakespeare, but can't get through the written versions), but it's really not the best thing to come out under the name of JKR. ...more