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4.61  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Inca de la inceputul lecturii iti dai seama ca tii in mâna un volum ce debordeaza de imaginatie si prospetime, zaharul literar ascuns printre paginile cartii dezvaluinduni-se in portii bine cantarite, ornamentate cu elemente fantastice dar si de hi-tech, spre deliciul nostru, al cititorilor. Reţetele prezentate surprind si socheaza uneori, mai ales atunci cind insotesc anu ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published 2006 by Tritonic
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Oliviu Craznic
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the Romanian version - a compelling, unsettling tale of bizarre art, Neogothic love, grotesque scheming and justified revenge, placed in an exotic, strange, pseudomedieval setting, with complex characters and shocking motivations, disturbing ideas and scenes, everything very well written.
A must for „Game of Thrones” fans.
One of the best books in Romanian literature, I am glad the English version is now available and I hope the translation succeeded in keeping most of Gurgu`s beautif
Probabil, primele ginduri care ii vor trece prin minte unui viitor cititor al cartii Reţetarium cind o va avea in mâna si dupa ce va studia backcoverul vor fi, undeva intre mirare – cum de a reusit sa stranga atatea aprecieri din partea unor lucratori de prima mina pe "ogorul" sci-fi-ului romanesc si anume, Voicu Bugariu, Mihai Dan Pavelescu, Michael Haulica cu o postfata semnata de Dan-Silviu Boerescu - si vesnicul semn de intrebare, oare sigur nu este tot o carte din vesnicul tipar scrisa de m ...more
Vali Gurgu
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read RecipeArium in its three versions across the two decades span since Costi’s first version. And I have a lot to say about these experiences…
1.The first version in 1994 that brought him the Nemira Award for best unpublished novel of the year, was shorter and flamboyant. Costi wanted to see if he can write a novel happening in an alien world, with only alien characters and no human perspective, as no one has done before. And as you’ll see later, this is an unwritten rule of the Science Fict
Let`s face it!!!

Being at a second reading i must admit that I was still impressed.


And that`s because the book has one of the most original ideea in fantasy that i`ve stumble upon, until now.

The characters are well made and the only complaint that i could made now, at a second reading, after some years, is that i wanted that others characters from this play to be developed a little bit more. Especially the bad ones. There are some chapters with them, true, but there aren`t enoug
Emanuel Grigoras
One recipe to rule them all

Costi Gurgu creates an alien universe that is inherently human in it’s resolve. Like with all his writing (I read a few of his short stories in various collections) he manages a condensed complex creation of characters with rich environment.
Besides the really good story I’ve read with pleasure, I liked the courage, rarely shown by nowadays writers, to approach in a direct manner the gender differences and find a method to transcend them as well as making his character
"RecipeArium" is uniquely captivating, intriguing, and compelling. Costi Gurgu engages all the senses, tears the envelope to ribbons, and triggers the deepest erogenous crevices of the mind. The story lingers, long after you finish the book, enticing you to question the existential boundaries of hunger. Costi Gurgu accomplishes what all great science fiction authors aim to do--look at something commonplace (eating a meal) in a primal and ultramodern way. "RecipeArium" drops nouveau cuisine and l ...more
Andrei Duduman
O carte bine scrisa, cu un univers extraordinar. Pacat ca naratiunea a cotit-o spre o poveste de dragoste iar finalul este dezamagitor. PS: capitolul bonus de la sfarsitul romanului mi s-a parut chiar inutil
George Cornila
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intense and synestesic page-turner from the twisted and brilliantly imaginative mind of Costi Gurgu. “RecipeArium” is surely unlike anything you’ve read before. It is a New Weird work of art for all the sense, fast-paced and wickedly delicious. Vivid and disturbing, it will take you out of your comfort zone. Bizarre, yet seductive, it will grab hold of you and won’t let go. It made me think of a mix between the “Barsoom” stories, “EXistenZ” and “Finnegans Wake”.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You have never read a novel like this one. Never. In any case I hadn't till now.

I hardly know how to begin to do it justice but let me try.

If I were to “taxonomise” Recipearium I'd have to devise a new term. It's sf; it's written from a totally alien point of view and it's definitely weird. But not “new weird”; it's weirder than that. So what to call it? “Alien weird” perhaps?

Costi Gurgu has written the near impossible: a novel-length story set on an alien planet with no reference to anything
Claudiu Murgan
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Costi's imagination when it comes to food delicacies has no boundaries. The writing has an unique flowing that give your taste buds a tingle. Nevertheless, it should come with a disclaimer 'Please don't try this at home!' Highly recommended.
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
E într-atît de bine scrisă încît la unele descrieri de situații și feluri de mîncare riști să te ia cu greața, mai ales dacă ai o imaginație vizuală foarte activă.

O recomand tuturor celor interesați să citească un sf / fantasy bizar și plin de originalitate. Merită.
Michaela Dia
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read RecipeArium not knowing what to expect. In a way, you think you know from its description what to expect and yet, you have to read it to actually know, to actually glimpse into its world of wonders.
For me it wasn’t a page turner, because I wanted to savor everything. The world (and especially the recipes) seemed genius to me. And the characters walked me through the décor. It was like one of those virtual realities in which you immerse yourself and when it is over and you’re back into
Michael Haulică
Art in the monster city, the Royal Carami of the Green Kingdom, consists mainly in the art of preparing Recipes, the art of tasting. Because “…tasting involves a Course with its story. A Course’s story involves its preparation.” And the most offensive thing for the phrils, the inhabitants of the Royal Carami, is for the Recipe to be cooked and not prepared.
RecipeArium is a book in which you do not necessarily follow what is happening (and it is happening a lot), but the details, the writing. Th
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Speculative fiction writer with three books and over forty short stories published in USA, Canada, England, Denmark, Romania, Poland, and Hungary.
Twenty-four times awarded for his fiction, including the prestigious "Alexandru Odobescu" award for debut book, two times the "Vladimir Colin" award for novel and short story collection, and the "Romanian National Convention Award" for the Best Story of
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