brown is the new black by david rix

Brown is the New Black by David Rix is a much fresher approach to a theme that has become repetitive.
While there is an ever-present desolation it is fascinating how the silence intensely comforts the characters and the reader.

A rather invigorating novel.

sangria in the sangraal by rhys hughes

Esta nova – ampliada – edição, publicada pela Eibonvale Press, tem mais 2 histórias do que a edição da Ex Occidente Press e continua a ser um mimo.
É sempre um prazer (re)descobrir Rhys Hughes.

double over by alphonse allais

It’s not for you – sorry.

from the matchless Black Scat Books (Double Over by Alphonse Allais; translated by Doug Skinner) – burn baby… burn!

defeated dogs by quentin s. crisp

Estou a ler (reler) este livro, Defeated Dogs, extraordinário de Quentin S. Crisp. Uma leitura, como gosto de dizer, sumarenta.

Um verdadeiro festim para a mente, where imagination triumphs over reason and logic or vice versa – outstanding!

Another memorable book published by Eibonvale Press.

apoidea by douglas thompson

When the bees were wiped out, famine and war threatened, mankind faced the abyss. But then came salvation, in the form of the cyber bee. Fully functional, fully capable of replacing its extinct predecessor. Humanity would survive. But suddenly, the bees are not behaving the way they should. Something is wrong…

The Exaggerated Press

Saying this book is good would be an understatement – immensely entertaining!
Douglas Thompson never cease to amaze me.

the planet suite by allen ashley

1st note
There isn’t a book published by Eibonvale Press that is not a challenge to the senses; all of them gave me a punch in the head – books that transcend themselves: quite an achievement.

2nd note
The Planet Suite by Allen Ashley… beyond fantastic. Very good words at disturbing our borderline between real/dream/imagination. The Planet Suite, a box of sensations – an experience we never forget.

And as Leonard Hofstadter says: Hi. I’m Leonard. You are beautiful. You pop, sparkle and buzz e-lec-tric. I’m going to pick you up at eight, show you a night you will nev-er for-get.

3rd note
A strange and yet entrancing book.

histórias de vigaristas e canalhas

Esta antologia foi comprada depois de ler à bué de tempo o aviso de edição no blog Rascunhos; estava no cesto de compras em modo pausa.

Antologia da responsabilidade de George R. R. Martin e Gardner Dozois.

red nightmare by sissy pantelis and danilo antoniucci

This opinion will not have an order, rather an orderly disorder.

Let’s see …

It’s not easy to make an acceptable “society” using animals that behave like humans. But the society of anthropomorphized animals created in Red Nightmare, by the perfect choice of species is an excellent “mirror” society. I can identify, in the facial expressions of animals/characters, the savagery, love, hatred, fatigue, perfidy, wisdom, fear, courage, revolt… The detail of the hyenas, the rabbit ghetto – perfect.

Danilo Antoniucci with a sturdy and musical trace created credible characters who transpired the good and the bad of humanity. If I have to choose a favorite character I point the finger at Night Wanderer: it’s the touch of humor in the story, the element that breaks the tension; the character that we envy for the freedom with which he flies for adventure.

Visually, Red Nightmare is a crazy, fun, colorful – wonderful trip.

The pages where the transition from the real world(?) to the dream world(?) occurs, are very well achieved – excellent color work.

The initial page is delicious: a towering castle, guards with an evil grin, a mother that wards off a child and the soliloquy of an anonymous actor deepens the text of the caption and so… the magic begins.

First, flip through the pages and see the images …
Second, read the text and see the images …
Third, read the pictures and see the text …
Reverse this order and mix everything up …

The text begins, from the very start, by embracing the images and soon on the fifth page we have the words ‘I can only help you see the future through me’ which will make the story take a magical leap into another more magical world – magic within magic, story within story; rabbit inside the magician’s hat. Text, image, special effects – kaboom!

Another kaboom and pause. Shock, surprise. Wow, what now?

And the words of Sissy Pantelis go along with the images and the images go along with the words without competition, in union. And the two elements well combined, oiled, offer the reader astonishment, pain, suspense, confusion …

‘CRI CRI CRI’ is fear to one and a surprise to the reader. ‘That’s … not good!’ is said – but it’s good, it’s, very good.

We have pages without text in which Sissy Pantelis boldly lets Danilo Antoniucci write with images; a wonderful writer who writes words in the silence of expressions, in the silence of moments. The reader is invited to think for himself, is gently pushed there, there, beyond.

And the story hurries, runs very fast and even flies (new inclusion of a story in the story – a bit of homage to another story, perhaps Peter, maybe Pan – I do not know!)

And when the artist and the writer finish without the consent of the reader, but with meaning, the story, I say:

You have got to be joking – it’s over?! How? And I begin to leaf through the book until, without any other solution, I place it there beside me on the shelf.

gustave’s pocket dictionary by richard kostelanetz

Gustave’s Pocket Dictionary by Richard Kostelanetz.
Edition by the infamous Black Scat Books.

pocket dictionary

pocket dictionary

Um livro para uma leitura divertida. Excelente.

The troube with the dead, Triumvir Ilia Volyova thought, was that they had no real idea when to shut up.

from Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds.