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review 2018-08-02 02:17
Roof Octopus - Lucy Branam, Rogério Coelho  
Roof Octopus - Rogério Coelho,Lucy Branam

The art is amazing, and the story is a clever surprise. It's so pretty, and it would make a fabulous and challenging colouring book. I don't believe that thought has ever occurred to me before.


Library copy


So I pulled up the book by the ISBN, but the picture didn't come with, and since my review is mostly "cool art" it seemed like adding the cover image was a good and helpful thing, right? But it's been too long since I last did this and/or I'm tired and stupid, because instead of uploading the cover image, I uploaded a picture of one of my cats. Sorry everyone. And thanks to the librarian who will fix this, in advance.

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review 2017-12-23 01:44
Black Bolt - Marvel Legacy Primer Pages (Black Bolt (2017-)) - Robbie Thompson,Jorge Coelho

Like no expiation of where the Terrigen bomb came from, just boom, it was there.   What the what?


Yeah, not close to the best of these, and I really disliked the art.   Still, it went right up to the Black Bolt series and I appreciate how it covered the start of that!

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review 2017-11-18 06:24
The Alchemist
The Alchemist - Alan R. Clarke,Paulo Coelho

I bought this book while in Amsterdam for a couple of reasons:  The title first caught my attention, and the friend I was with said he'd read it and thought it was... ok.  But mostly because of the title. 


Since buying it I've read a lot of reviews that say it's... ok.  Which is why it sat on my TBR for so long.


Now that I've read it, I understand why a lot of people might think it's just ok.  Reading it, I'm left with comparisons that include fairy tales and Pilgrim's Progress; allegory plays a big part in this tale, although the message isn't all that hidden.  And the author doesn't even try to hide his, or his characters', faiths or spirituality; it's not preachy, but God and Allah are at the root of the plot.


Still, it's beautifully written, and well translated.  The allegorical nature of the story and the third person POV kept me from really being invested in what happened to anyone, but I did appreciate the truly omnipotent and omnipresent role the author gave to God.  He never tried to restrict the deity's role to just a traditional Christian or a traditional Islamic one; when he claims God is everywhere, he doesn't go about contradicting himself.  My appreciation for this refreshing lack of hypocrisy went a long way to overcoming my ambivalence about the fate of the characters, and elevated my appreciation of the book to a notch above 'ok'.  


If you prefer your spiritualism to be deity free, you're not going to like this book.  If that's less important to you and you're intrigued by the question of "why are we here?", this might be worth a look.



Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue),

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review 2017-07-22 00:00
Aleph - Paulo Coelho Extraordinary book! Full of wisdom. It changed my view on many things regarding life and love!
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-21 16:09
Excellent book
L'alchimiste - Paulo Coelho

I love this book test

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