A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson

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A glove shop in Vienna & other stories is a collection of 19 tales by Eva Ibbotson.

Eva Ibbotson’s stories are romantic and positive, a true panacea when I’m sad or dejected. I did not like all the tales the same, but every collection has its highs and lows.

The best tales are the ones a friend defines “concentrated novels”, where the protagonists meet, are separated and then get together again in the most romantic ending; in this category belong the following:  A rose in Amazonia, Sidi, Theatre Street. Other tales have some funny elements, or near-paradox situations, A little disagreement where an old lady uses to act frequently the day of her death, The great carp Ferdinand where the main dish of the Christmas Eve dinner refuses to die, or The Magi of Markham Street and The Little Countess where respectively we have a Christmas play with unexpected ending and a governess is exhausted by the customs of the Russian family she attends to.

Other tales I liked are: Vicky and the Christmas Angel, Osmandine, A Glove shop in Vienna.

The tales have beautiful plot, but the narrative style should be mentioned, too: Ibbotson’s style is beautiful, using few words a scene becomes alive, and the background is full of characters reflecting culture and life style of the period.


* A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

Dash & Lily’s book of dares by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

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Dash in the bookstore discovers a red Moleskine, inside he finds some hints to obtain a message, at the end he decides to not give back the notebook to Lily, the owner, but to dare her to take it back following other hints.

It starts like this the exchange of messages and dares between the two protagonists by means of the red molkesine.They talk about Christmas – felt differently by the two – and about their hopes and feelings.

Thanks to the exchange of the notebook the reader gets to know their lifestyle: the snarling Dash and his divorced parents and Lily with her numerous, meddler and loving family.

The chapter where Dash speaks are written by Levithan, Lily’s by Cohn, this way of writing allowed the creation of two very different characters, each believable in the his/her context; it’s a pleasing read distant from some genre stereotypes.

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* Dash & Lily’s book of dares by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English

[ARC] The last Christmas by Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn

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After wars, mutations, exterminations and living dead Christmas is in peril: the living children that belive in Santa Claus are less and less.

Even Santa’s village is attacked by mutants and marauders: after Santa’s wife death he understands that he can not die – despite the various suicide attempts – until there is at last one children believing in him. Leaving with an elf and booze Santa is willing to kill the last boy and then die in peace, he will change his mind and fight against mutants.

Book that who loves the shining, full of goodness Christmas must avoid: here there is not scraping on blood, rough stuff and spectacular deaths, the protagonist himself is not a model to anyone.

The graphic novel, maybe somewhat excessive, can make the reader smile in the most splatter scenes, but the plot it’s too much predictable.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* The last Christmas by Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn ★★☆☆☆½

*I read this book in English