Na sequência do excelente trabalho que o grupo Fantasy & Co tem vindo a fazer, resulta mais uma antologia, que reúne contos de vários autores resiNa sequência do excelente trabalho que o grupo Fantasy & Co tem vindo a fazer, resulta mais uma antologia, que reúne contos de vários autores residentes do projecto. Como é habitual em colectâneas, alguns contos são melhores que outros, mas no geral posso dizer que gostei e que, definitivamente, há romance nestas páginas, e algum erotismo também, se bem que não muito.
Ficam então as apreciações individuais e no fim revelo os favoritos.
"A Presa e o Caçador", de Inês Montenegro
Neste conto a autora parece sair um pouco da sua zona de conforto. A ideia em si é bastante boa e a reviravolta final foi muito bem conseguida, no entanto a escrita romântica/erótica mostra-se crua e insípida, sem qualquer laivo de emoção, já para não falar que a mitologia envolvida não foi bem conseguida. Não fui capaz de me ligar com as personagens, ou de apreciar o que elas sentiam e os que as motivava.
"Rumo a Casa", de Sara Farinha
Uma história emotiva e com um final que marca, que consegue explorar uma das personagens sem necessidade de grandes artefactos. Contudo negligenciou a personagem feminina, o que se fez sentir no texto e deixou uma lacuna indesejável. No geral gostei mas queria algo mais.
"Carta para os Cosmos", de Carlos Silva
Bom conceito, apesar de não ser original, mas com diálogos um pouco fracos e algo lamechas, que peca por um final algo fácil, se bem que adequado. Não é que tenha desgostado, mas não é um trabalho que me fique na memória.
"Amor-Perfeito", de Vitor Frazão
Excelente texto, com bons diálogos, personagens que se gravam na memória do leitor e uma escrita muito coerente. O autor consegue sempre criar personagens marcantes e este conto não é excepção. Só não gostei particularmente da parte final, em que os diálogos tomaram demasiado protagonismo e houve uma lacuna temporal que eu senti que deveria ter sido preenchida. Fora isso, mais um excelente conto do Vitor Frazão.
"A Primavera", de Pedro Cipriano
Para esta história tenho uma opinião dividida. Se por um lado acho que o autor conseguiu retratar bem as personagens e as suas vidas, por outro acho que a ideia já está muito batida e não fiquei fã de algumas transições de acção. Por outro lado não entendo como o autor pode dizer que esta história se passa depois de 2019, quando na verdade em nada difere de um relato que se poderia ter passado na 1ª ou 2ª Guerra Mundial, num conto em que nada indica que estamos no futuro. Bem pelo contrário! E aí também reside uma incoerência, pois este é o único conto da antologia que não tem nada de ficção científica ou fantasia. Pelo menos não que eu tenha percebido.
Fora isso, como já disse, gostei de como está escrito e explorado, mas não trouxe nada de novo.
"Sementes de Fada", de Carina Portugal
Belíssimo conto, com muito boas personagens, uma mitologia bem explorada e cenas muito convincentes. Adorei esta pequena história, embora o fim não me tenha convencido completamente. A escrita da autora está excelente e conseguiu dar vida ás personagens, que acabaram por ser o melhor do conto.
E os meus contos favoritos são: "Amor-Perfeito" do Vitor Frazão, e "Sementes de Fada", da Carina Portugal....more
A book that I started reading with enthusiasm but that let me down close to the end.Podem ler a opinião completa, em português, no Floresta de Livros.
A book that I started reading with enthusiasm but that let me down close to the end. This book could be divided in three parts, but the problem is these three parts are not in equilibrium. The first part is slower, more expository, and yet it was the one that hooked me. The second part (in Italy and Portugal) just happened way too fast, and the third part was so full of revelations, plot twists and paranormal mistery that it drowned itself.
The characters were, on the most part, believable. Exception made for Isabel (Amanda's sister) who was a cardboard character and nothing else. My favourite was Haari, and all the others I couldn't relate to.
The author's writing is acessible and likeble, but nothing stands out from it. Still, it's easy to loose oneself in the writing.
All in all this book has a good premisse, some good characters and a 'mythology' that's very interesting, but the passing of the story isn't good and the ending is way too rushed and way too convinient....more
Although the mythology was used with great care and interest, mostly everything else about this book Podem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livro.
Although the mythology was used with great care and interest, mostly everything else about this book was too convenient in terms of plot. We have some good characters and even an interesting premisse (as well as the mythology), but from then on it's just too much. Everything happens too fast, without any reasonable logic. Isaiah is weak, then strong, then weak again, strong, weak, weak, strong, weak, and so forth. it makes no sense and the only reason for this it's because it's conveninent for the story (sorry I keep repeating myself).
I really wanted to like this (I love mythology!), but I just couldn't like the story. Also the prose was a bit too YA for my taste. I'm sure youngsters will love it but for a more mature/adult adience, the writing just doesn't cut it.
I'd still like to thank "Sea Lion Comics" and "E.J. Dabel" for the opportunity to read this....more
One thing I understand now. I should've read "Pulse of Power" before reading "The Pendulum". It's not mandatory, but I'm sure it would've made this a little more enjoyable.
The art was good almost all the time, except during the action scenes (which weren't many). At those times the gorgeous drawings just didn't live up to the expectations, while being too static.
In terms of story, besides feeling a bit lost (we're told things from the past issue in a vague form, and that's alright, but still a bit frustrating), I felt this story was way too rushed. Looking at it from a broad perspective, everyhting is there, the problem is this comic is too literary. There's text explaining things that should be visual. Scenes jump around without a proper link, way too many times. Actually, this was mostly what kept me from loving this comic. The scene changes. One moment she was on Earth, the next she was on an alien planet, being knocked unsconcious only to awake at a completly different place. Way too quick, without connection.
Aside from that, I liked the characters, the setting and the story, besides the good art going around, but the comic shoul have less text, more images to "show" the text, and definetly more focus on the real action scenes, which were all pretty rushed.
Still, it was an enjoyable comic, and I'll read the previous one, and if a next one is done, possibly that as well....more
My first impression was that the book made no assumptions and I was a little disappointed by that. But after the beggining, I actually enjoyed the fact that they didn't assume anyhting, and instead gave us a look into what a lot of people seem to talk about in regards to alien life-forms.
The illustrations are very good (from all the artists), and Pat's commentaries are a major plus. My only problem with this sample was the information on the races themselves. I'm not sure if it was because this was a sample or if the whole book is like that, but while we had a lot of text on what the artist wanted to convey in the images, we get so little in terms of factual (be it fiction or not) information about the species, that I felt a bit disappointed in that matter.
Aside from that, I'm guessing anyone curious about alien species will want to take a look at this. Others might also enjoy it. I look forward to seeing the rest of this project....more
The art continues to amaze me and the story gets more complex and unpredictable in this issue. ThePodem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.
The art continues to amaze me and the story gets more complex and unpredictable in this issue. The ending caught me by susprise and I'm curious to know how the Vitros will get out of that situation....more
This series surprised me yet again. Maudsley was an amusing character, even if it feels like he should be given yet more depth (there's lots already, but it's lacking a sort of meaning, and I'm hoping to see more ofg him in future issues). The prospect of what he may do, is great for the story and the idea of a island for the Vitros is a great premisse. I'm really curious to know where this is going. As usual, the art was superb. The style is really in synchro with the story.
I have to thank Sea Lion Books for the opportunity to read this. ...more
Even though I was surprised to see that this issue featured another character, I really liked how it was presented. Answers were given, but even more questions arose. The art stunned me even more, this time around. I reall do like the style.
I have to thank Sea Lion Books for the opportunity to read this....more
This is book has a story that could actually happen. It's not the kind of suspenseful story that is so over the top yoPodem ler opinião completa AQUI.
This is book has a story that could actually happen. It's not the kind of suspenseful story that is so over the top you like but think "this could never happen". In that way it's a good book, but it is also because of that that it isn't as enjoyable as I'd expect. The suspense is there, but it could've been handled better. I could predict mostly every turn in this story, but well, that usually happens with every book (my head works in ways even I can't comprehend). I did enjoy David's personality, and almost loved him. He's the bad boy, actually, a very bad boy, which I could get over until the last few chapters and that scene with the kid. I get where the author wanted to go, but there went my love for the character David. Down the drain! Helen, on the other hand, was one of the most hateful protagonists ever! I wanted to slap her so bad. She's a rich dumb girl who seems smart but does the stupidiest mistakes EVER! And worst, she thinks she owns the world. This could be bad or good, depending on the view. I personally don't dislike hating a characetr, because it means it got to me, and that has to be good in a story. I could not feel the love between these two either, at least on Helen's part. David seemed genuine enough, but she just seemed like the plump girl looking for some danger in the form of a sexy and murderous guy.
All in all, it wasn't a bad read, but I was hoping for a little more, especially on the suspenseful part and the misteries involved....more
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Issue #1 I was surprised at how much I likedThis review will be divided by issues.
Podem ler a minha opinião no blog Floresta de Livros: Cáp. 1, Cáp. 2,
Issue #1 I was surprised at how much I liked this first issue. The story is really engaging, the dialogues are really good and the art is very good. Not even the more political side of the story was boring. Really, I enjoyed this a lot, and can't wait to read more. It seems that many great things will come after this (already we see great changes taking place).
Issue #2 If I had enjoyed issue 1, then issue 2 made my expections grow even more. Amazing blend of good text and fantastic art. Great setting, interesting characters and mind-blowing scenes and premisse. Can't wait to see where this is going....more