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Keepsakes

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A wonderful and intense short sci-fi novel. A great plot, with quirky and fascinating characters. A touching story you will not forget.

"They came like a plague, blown on the galactic winds.
No one knew where they came from, no one knew where they were going, no one even knew for sure if they were human. One day they would appear and offer their services, and sometime later
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Published 2011 by 40k (first published August 2004)
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La.Silbia
Suggestivo racconto di fantascienza con un'ambientazione molto prototipica e fredda. Da una parte i presunti protagonisti, uomini di legge di un universo futuro ordinato, che proseguono instancabilmente nel loro percorso impostato raramente ponendosi domande, a difesa della popolazione offesa. Dall'altra i presunti acerrimi nemici criminali, esseri apparentemente freddi calcolatori spietati.
Ma in realtà non ci sono gli estremi. Il confine tra buoni e cattivi, tra i giusti e i non giusti ad un c
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Giulia
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leggendolo ho pensato: strepitoso. Fresco, divertente, con un ritmo perfetto.
Resnick ci porta in giro per la galassia a caccia degli zingari delle stelle, una banda di ladri molto particolare.
Sono vent'anni che il detective Gabe li insegue senza sosta e senza risultati. La sua ossessione mi ha ricordato quella di Zenigata per Lupin (ognuno ha i riferimenti culturali che si merita). Ma Lupin era simpatico mentre gli zingari delle stelle apparentemente sono davvero malvagi. O forse no. La motiva
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Emanuela
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, fantasy, 40kbooks
Ma quanto è bravo Resnick a raccontare le fiabe? Anche questa si rivela di un candore fanciullesco e il tema dell'atarassia degli Zingari delle Stelle si snoda senza traumi sconvolgenti o colpi di mano eroici ma con soluzioni civili, coerenti con ottimistiche proiezioni del futuro.
L'accanimento dei due detective un po'ci infastidisce perchè in fondo in fondo facciamo il tifo per una equidistribuzione emozionale e il finale ci darà un po' di ragione.
Helmy Kusuma
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kind of story that hooks you and makes you think...
Even with an open ending, well especially with open ending, you are forced to use your imagination...
perhaps a sequel on the way?
Edmondo
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un racconto veramente bello, con una cornice fantascientifica dal gusto retrò che non fa altro che esaltare l'essenza del racconto ossia i sentimenti.
Ecapris
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read science fiction in awhile. Why not? Let's just say it was becoming progressively more difficult to suspend my disbelief as I aged. But hey! Comfort inhibits growth, so I reached back out to the genre.

Well-played.

Sure, I had a little difficulty mentally swallowing fictional planet and species names, but that's symptomatic of bein away from science fiction. If you're a sci-fi lover, this won't concern you at all. If, like me, you're new or returning to the genre, don't worry: your b
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Melissa
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine finding yourself in a desperate situation—perhaps even a matter of life or death—but you have no way to resolve the problem. Suddenly, as if sent from heaven, a Good Samaritan appears and says that he and his friends can help. All they require from you is a small monetary payment and a single object, a “keepsake,” from your home. Would you refuse?

But once the job is completed, how would you react if the one object they take is the thing you treasure above all others—a family heirloom, y
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Letizia Sechi
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"[...] sometimes even you yourself don’t know what your most valued possession is."

It's not clear whether they are or not an enemy. We do not know why do they act the way they do, helping people and claiming keepsakes as payment, leaving them in dispair. But we may discover that things we love most are the ones we forget to care about. But they don't. They're Star Gypsies, and you're not going to know when you'll suppose to meet 'em.

So sweet and so bitter at the same time, Resnick's becoming one
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Letizia Sechi
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"[...] a volte neppure noi stessi sappiamo quale sia il nostro bene più prezioso."

Non è chiaro se siano o no un nemico. Non sappiamo perché si comportino in questo modo, perché aiutino le persone e vogliano indietro dei ricordi come pagamento, lasciandole nella disperazione. Ma potremmo scoprire che le cose che amiamo di più sono quelle di cui ci dimentichiamo. Loro non lo fanno. Loro sono gli Zingari delle Stelle, e non avete modo di sapere quando li incontrerete.

Malinconia allo stato puro, Res
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Livia Blackburne
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the science fiction novella, to law enforcement officials tracked down mysterious "Space Gypsies," who travel between the galaxies tricking people into giving them their most treasured possessions. Who are these people, and why are they doing this? An addictive story that raises questions about morality and human nature.
Giuseppe
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ricordi è un romanzo breve (abbastanza più lungo dei 40k normali, infatti è il primo 40k Cube). Ed è forse un esempio più classico del talento di Resnick.
L'ambientazione, il setting e l'atmosfera generale sono tipici della fantascienza classica: un futuro lontano, navi spaziali, viaggi tra pianeti, alieni e razze improbabili con tutta la loro biologia speculativa.
Ma la storia -come moltissime delle storie che racconta Mike- è molto letteraria, umana, costruita su una dimensione narrativa che n
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Kim Stewart
Please see my review here.
Librisulibri
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
In un universo in cui gli umani hanno colonizzato altri pianeti, spesso soggiogandone gli abitanti, facciamo la conoscenza di Gabriel Mola, un poliziotto che da decenni ha una sola ragione di vita: fermare gli Zingari delle Stelle.

http://librisulibri.it/2011/04/19/ric...
Luca Conti
idea di base interessante, sviluppo appassionante, ma dalla seconda parte diventa un po' prevedibile e il finale un po' sottotono, ma resta un ebook piacevole e divertente
Christopher Murphy
A quick read - although I was hoping for a bit more in the ending. Certainly worth more than the dollar I paid for it.
Bailey
Bazinga! This little read almost makes me wish I could pick favorites without having to qualify it as something like "one of the best novellas..." Oh.

Well, this has me inspired to look up more of Resnick's work, and this is a story I'll definitely remember.

(Read under the title "Keepsakes" on Kindle — I won't editorialize beyond saying I wish it'd just been published with the Italian title.)
Agato
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una semplice ma buona lettura. Un pò troppo breve per i miei gusti, ti lascia con un senso di 'voglio saperne di più'.
Eric
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Wasn't too happy about the ending, but otherwise a great read.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed ...more
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