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review 2015-08-08 11:52
Just a summer reading / Uma leitura de verão
O Atentado - Maria João Lourenço,David Baldacci

This book was literally picked by impulse: during my last visit to the library, this "The Hit" was on the shelf of the featured books. On the cover, the marketing messages "# 1 New York Times" and "The thriller of the year - The Times" fulfilled their mission and captured my attention. After reading the synopsis, I thought "Well, I have nothing to lose, and a thriller is usually a nice summer reading. Let's have it!"

This is a book of easy reading, that quickly catches the reader's attention. However, the story becomes somewhat less interesting as we move throughout the book. At first, it begins with quite pace, but the author seems to have some difficulties in keeping the rhythm as the pages pile up, with a story that almost crumbles on itself and which becomes quite predictable at the end.

Honestly, the initial good impression on the book got blurred over time. Yet, this is still a - let's say it - a nice summer book: to read, to have a good time with it and to let it go.

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review 2015-08-03 14:05
Não esperem demasiado deste livro
Inferno - Dan Brown

Já la vai algum tempo desde a última vez que li um livro de Dan Brown mas, ao começar a ler este "Inferno", rapidamente são identificados os ingredientes com os quais o autor nos tem habituado: uma morte no início da história, um mistério enigmático que vai parar às mãos de Robert Langdon, o qual terá que ser desvendado o mais rapidamente possível com recurso as seus conhecimentos de simbolismo, arte e história (sem esquecer a sua memória fotográfica), e uma escrita cinematográfica, dividida ao longo de uma centena de capítulos que prendem o leitor com alguma facilidade.

A diferença, não muito substancial, em relação às história anteriores de Langdon é que, desta vez, no início do livro, a personagem já se encontra no meio dos acontecimentos, pelo que nos deparamos com uma narrativa recheada de 'flashbacks' q.b., para além da já habitual grande quantidade de informação resultante da pesquisa realizada para a produção deste thriller (no entanto, no que diz respeito a isto, este livro me pareceu mais comedido, mas isto pode ser uma impressão minha. Como disse, já lá vai algum tempo desde que li o último livro de Dan Brown). Acresce a tudo isto, toda uma cortina de fumo e jogos de espelhos que procuram ludibriar o leitor, induzindo-o em erro, até o 'plot twist' final, em que percebemos como tínhamos até então sido enganados.

Se o desenrolar da história se mostrou interessante, o final foi algo decepcionante. "Que conveniente" foi aquilo que me ficou quando revelada toda a trama Só por aqui, dificilmente consigo ir para além das 3 estrelas (em cinco). E mais não digo, para evitar spoilers...

Para quem gosta do género, enquanto descansa ao som das ondas do mar, é um livro que recomendo, mas mão esperem demasiado dele.

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review 2014-02-22 21:29
Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb
Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy, #3) - Robin Hobb

Fantasy trifft auf Archäologie:

 

Wenn die Magie eigentlich nicht aus stirbt aber durch Evolution und lange Menschheitsgeschichte verwässert und sich verändert, dann muss man sich auf eine lange Reise begeben um sie wieder zu entdecken und manch einer mag sich denken, dass dies ein sinnlosen Unterfangen sein könnte.

 

Der letzte Band der Weitseher-Trilogie wirft in manchen Punkten mehr Fragen auf als er beantwortet und doch habe ich selten ein befriedigenderes Ende eine Reihe gelesen. Um ehrlich zu sein, ich habe dieses Buch, glatte im englischen 838, im Deutschen sogar 860 Seiten stark beim ersten Mal in einer einzigen Sitzung gelesen. Vom frühen Morgen bis zum Morgengrauen am nächsten Tag, fiebrig,  nicht innehalten könnend und froh darum dass nichts und niemand versucht hat mich zu unterbrechen.

Vielleicht hat es mich deswegen auch nie gestört, das der lange Reiseweg auf dieser Quest sich etwas zieht.

 

Zum Schluss flossen Ströme aus Tränen. Nicht aufgrund von Übermüdung sondern aus Trauer, Wunder und Freude. Aus jedem Grund, der ein Buch oder eine Bücherreihe so wunderbar machen kann, dann wenn sich die aufgekochten Emotionen in einem Leser einfach nicht mehr stoppen lassen. Tragik und Glückseligkeit stehen Hand in Hand auf den letzten Seiten dieses Buches.

 

Einige Zeit später, als sich dieses Bücher in meinem Herzen schon einen festen Platz erobert hatten, gab Mr. Gecko meinen manchmal redseligen manchmal stummen Bitten nach und begab sich selbst auf eine Reise in die Six Dutchies. Als es aus dem Nebenzimmer plötzlich wild schluchzte, begleitet von leisen gezischten Flüchen, musste ich nicht lange nachdenken, warum oder wieso... er war an der gleichen Stelle im Buch angekommen, und ihn dabei zu beobachten wie er darum kämpfte die Fassung zu halten war fast genau so befriedigend, wie es war es selbst zum ersten Mal zu lesen.

 

Ich gestehe, habe eine fast schon perverse Schwäche für große Emotionen.

 

Fantasy meets Archeology:

 

What if Magic didn't simply died out but was watered down through evolution and and a long history of humankind, you would have to take a long journey to findit and bring it back into the world, and some people would think this a silly and useless undertaking.

 

The last part of the Farseer-Trilogy did in some ways ask more questions than it did answer, but never the less I've seldom read a more satisfying end to a book series. By the first time I read it, I couldn't put it away, I took all 836 pages in one sitting. From dawn till dawn the next day, with reading fever, not one moment spent with anything else and happy that nothing came between me and this book. Maybe because of that it didn't bother me one bit, that the long journey drags a bit in the middle.

 

Reaching the end, there was a stream of tears. Not because my eyes got so tiered but because of sorrow, wonder and bliss. For every reason that can make a book or a book series such a piece of wonder, when nothing can hold the big pot of emotions, that got constantly stirred.

Tragedy and felicity walk hand in hand over the last pages of this book.

 

Sometimes later, while this books already got a big place in my heart, Mr. Gecko surrendered to my sometimes wordy, sometimes really quiet pleading and ventured himself alongside Fitz Chivalry through the Six Dutchies and beyond.

As snivels and sobbing reached my ears from the room next door I didn't have to wonder where he was or what he was reading about. He reached the same place in the story and nothing could be done to hold it in. Watching him silently battling those emotions was in it self nearly as wonderful as it was reading it for the first time.

 

I have to confess, I've a slightly perverse gusto for big emotions.

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text 2014-02-12 22:09
Reading progress update: I've read 209 out of 490 pages.
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway

I have to take a break with this one. What an annoying writing style, I'm sure I read nothing more repetitive as this, ever. And what's up with all those thous and thees? Coming my self from a country which uses a formally form to address people, I would never translate it with something from a Shakespeare play ;)

Maybe my younger self was completely justified for hating Hemingway after reading "The Old Man and the Sea" at sixteen.

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text 2014-02-09 06:40
Reading progress update: I've read 425 out of 425 pages.
City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles #3) - Robin Hobb

Just: "Wow!"

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