Livro absolutamente espectacular, Fantasia Urbana europeia no seu melhor. Gostei particularmente do ambiente "Os Vingadores", série que adorei quando Livro absolutamente espectacular, Fantasia Urbana europeia no seu melhor. Gostei particularmente do ambiente "Os Vingadores", série que adorei quando começou a passar no RTP memória. Foi um livro que me obrigou a fechar computador para me dedicar a ler exclusivamente -- não sendo livro de "desliga o cérebro e lê". Recomendado a todos com as mais altas notas. ...more
Acabei de ler o "Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'ubbervilles" de Kim Newman.
E tenho que afirmar que a minha adoração pelo cavalheiro em nada diAcabei de ler o "Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'ubbervilles" de Kim Newman.
E tenho que afirmar que a minha adoração pelo cavalheiro em nada diminuiu, ainda que este livro não fosse fantasia urbana. Desta feita, leva-nos ao mundo do Sherlock Holmes, visto por um espelho reverso - aqui são contadas as aventuras do némesis do Holmes, o Professor Moriarty - pela pena do seu segundo, Sebastian "Basher" Moran, um reflexo negro do fiel Watson.
Imitando os mais famosos livros do Detective, são 7 contos longos cerca de 70 a 100 páginas), com títulos interessantes e conceitos fabulosamente simples (e simplesmente fabulosos) que mostram o ponto forte deste autor (preferi muito mais o Man From the Dyogenes Club, neste formato, que o seu Anno Dracula, no formato de novela completa).
Há que dizer que o Moran não é um herói mas sim um vilão, da mais fina casta, e não se arrepende. Mas, mesmo assim, a escrita não só é de tal forma engraçada como a personagem está tão bem desenvolvida que acabamos por gostar dele, e querer saber mais -- e volta e meia, apresenta certas vulnerabilidades, certos momentos de moral e honra que o torna uma personagem DarthVaderiana. As aventuras da "Firma" de criminosos liderada pelo temível Professor Moriarty, contratados para as coisas mais ignóbeis (de assassinatos a roubos, passando por revoluções) são narradas aqui com muito humor por Moran, que revela tanto de si com a narrativa, como da história em si.
Obviamente, daqueles livros que não posso ler em frente à televisão, e tive que desligar tudo à minha volta para poder prestar atenção ao livro.
Pontos extra por meter a Bianca Castafiorde, e a sua ária favorita "Ah como me rio de me ver tão bela neste espelho", do Tintim, como personagem extra, referenciada como uma (então) jovem e entusiasta cantora de ópera, cuja voz é conhecida por dar dores de cabeça a quem a ouve -- e partir copos.
I would give this a 5 star if only it was a bit longer, and didn't feel so "walking in place". Only two of the "Singles" actually go through4.5 stars
I would give this a 5 star if only it was a bit longer, and didn't feel so "walking in place". Only two of the "Singles" actually go through change, and that is a pity.
Still, it is beautifully crafted as a story, and I love both the mythos of this book, the metaphysical, and the story it tells. Each character has their own individual voice, and the end result is frankly awesome.
I really liked Suburban Glamour, and that was what gave me the courage to try this, but the fact remains that Suburban is a tweenie story compared to this one. I absolutely love it and I so hope they will get Volume 3 out soon!...more
The final book of this trilogy contains some of my favourite sayings and analysis in relation to gaming in general and RP in particular.
I love the endThe final book of this trilogy contains some of my favourite sayings and analysis in relation to gaming in general and RP in particular.
I love the ending (even if it's a tad open ended), I love all of the characters (well, most of them), and I love, again, how this is a love letter written to Rpers. I read it when I was very young and falling in love with RP, and it hit just the right spot, endearing this series for me forever.
In the final book, reality and game not so much as clash, as they start spinning both out of control, darkly reflecting each other, with betrayals, losses, cheating, death and finally the rebirth.
I particularly like the way this "Hero's Journey" was written, how the character and player are one -- and instead of the journey being just experienced by the player, the character is the avatar of the player and goes through certain stages that the player does not In Real Life -- but in the end, they are so tied that it is as if it had been her all along.
I love this series, maybe because it was the only one of its genre, and very well written to boot....more
Acreditem ou não, este livro estava à espera de ser lido à quase 10 anos, comprei-o na altura da minha fase teen de maluqueira de vampiros. E muito meAcreditem ou não, este livro estava à espera de ser lido à quase 10 anos, comprei-o na altura da minha fase teen de maluqueira de vampiros. E muito me arrependo de não o ter lido antes. É ESPECTACULAR. Não há outro termo. 18 contos muito bem escritos, contando contos vampíricos em diferente épocas históricas, começando com Grécia Antiga, Império Romano, Época Arturiana, Idade Média... e por aí fora, vários países (quase sempre Europa) várias épocas até chegar aos 50s. E um dos vampiros é de Chaves, em Portugal! :D A pesquisa está muito bem feita, e recomendo a TODOS, quer aqueles que gostam de vampiros, quer aqueles que estão enojados por eles e querem algo vampírico que não seja gajos emos apaixonados por meninas de fraldas. ...more
Call of Cthulhu meets "The Office" meets "the X-files". Two novelletas in one book, "The Atrocity Archives" and "The Concrete JIt's just a great book.
Call of Cthulhu meets "The Office" meets "the X-files". Two novelletas in one book, "The Atrocity Archives" and "The Concrete Jungle" written with dark humour, very interesting concepts and taught me tons of new stuff on physics and other scientific ideas. LOVED IT.
European urban fantasy at its best -- joining the Masters of European UF Lukyanenko and Kim Newman.
In the second book of the mini series, things get more complicated, especially when the lure of online happiness becomes so strong that the real worldIn the second book of the mini series, things get more complicated, especially when the lure of online happiness becomes so strong that the real world looks like a dreary, unlikeable place by comparison.
This is one of the the lures and dangers of this sort of gaming (and, at the same time) what makes it so compelling -- and that most Rpers face at one time or the other: the game world being far more interesting than the real world, and seeing it as something we need to suffer through to be able to enjoy what we really care.
I can't say how much I loved this series because it came to me in a time where this was exactly the troubles I was facing and the issues I was fighting with -- it felt good to know other people understood it even if just to write a book.
I'm highly biased in regards to this book, but I will have to recommend it to any online RPer. Everyone else -- well, will end up being a matter of taste. ...more
Not much to say in this one other than I started to realize that reading Promethea is a quest on itself -- it staAnd my Promethea marathon continues.
Not much to say in this one other than I started to realize that reading Promethea is a quest on itself -- it starts simple and accessible, easy to begin, but then it become progressively harder. Each sephiroth becomes more complicated to understand, the text and the surrounding bits are a struggle, sometimes it borders the nonsensical...
... and then, you're through. You go through the looking glass, and you can breathe again, and you understand.
The main quest ends here, but it's not entirely done. We return to the normal world, but the path home is a difficult one. I particularly enjoyed the "Higher Planes" section of the book, and Solomon's trial was highly amusing....more
The User series became one of my "Books I cannot live without", maybe if it is somewhat arcane and impenetrable for those not in "the know" of what roThe User series became one of my "Books I cannot live without", maybe if it is somewhat arcane and impenetrable for those not in "the know" of what roleplaying games and online RPing is.
This book came to me in a time when I was very young and very confused and vulnerable, and had just discovered RPing and was starting to dabble in online gaming (I'm surprised it never got reprinted or collected in trade). It was like a breath of fresh air, dealing with the exact same issues I was going through at the time (self-worth\helplessness\finding respect and love online while remaining a nobody in real life\the duality of gaming persona-real self, and even how easily In Character affections can cross into Out of Character territory).
This mini-series is a love letter to gaming (flaws and all), especially roleplaying and online, and easily the most insightful read of the topic I've ever read. I love how it acknowledges how gaming and taking on a different persona often reveals your true self, and that someone who you know in game might be someone of a different age, appearance, or even gender in real life.
The main character is likeable, relateable, flawed and gloriously human. And the ending -- oh, I love the ending and the reveal twist of the other player who comes to meet her, as well as the conversation they have.
The art shifts between two styles (with the amazing John Bolton taking on the art in the "In Game" parts) and I love them both. I particularly like the nod to how the "Real World" bit is drawn in muted browns and greys -- a cold palette, and the "Game World" is in a warm one of luxurious, almost gaudy tones of greens, reds, oranges and yellows.
I reread this series every so often, making me wish there was a compiled version of it. I wish I could recommend it to everyone but I fear most (especially non gamers) will miss most of the subtext and the issues it tackles....more