[ARC] Artemis by Andy Weir

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Andy Weir is the author of The Martian, a book that I liked a lot, where the author displayed his ability in the hard sci-fi genre, that is the science fiction deeply based on scientific and technical details.

Having the chance to ask as advanced reading his new novel I was very happy, but in the end I did not find it so engaging and fast paced as the The Martian.

The story is set on Artemis, the only city on the Moon; the main character, Jazz Bashara, alternates legal jobs (the porter) to less legal ones (smuggling forbidden goods from Earth); despite this she is not able to gain enough money to have a normal – non poor – life. One day a contact of hers proposes a criminal activity extremely dangerous but also extremely well paid, and Jazz accepts. Unfortunately, Jazz will be involved in a conspiracy about the future of the colony.

The novel is quite engaging – it contains a thread of thriller / action – but some elements did not convince me: Jazz is extremely skilled in everything (she is smart, brave and technically capable) but she is totally unable to use them in a useful way. The criminal plot is extremely naive in its development, and the conclusion is the top of naiveté (no further details to avoid spoilers). Concerning style and narration, overall I found excessive the infodump that continuously stop the narration, and stylistically weak the letters exchanged with the friend on Earth, and I did not like the jokes between the characters and toward the reader (sex jokes mostly).

I did expect more from this novel; it is nice but very much inferior to The Martian.

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


* Artemis by Andy Weir ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english

Dead moon by Luis Royo

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Più che una graphic novel questa è una storia illustrata (stile fiaba): le immagini sono belle.

La storia ricorda i racconti – leggenda orientali con però una buona dose di harmony (tanto da farmi pensare a Leonora Forneris), nel complesso la trama è banalotta: due famiglie opposte che combattono da secoli e i due principi (lei, Luna, lui, Marte) che sono attratti da una sconvolgente passione (poi nelle quarte possono parlare quanto vogliono di Romeo e Giulietta, ma sminuiscono Shakespeare).

Vale sicuramente più la pena per le immagini.

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This is not a graphic novel, but an illustrated story (like children fairy tales): the images are beautiful.

The story is similar to the oriental tales – legends with a consistent dose of harmony, and overall is quite banal: two enemy families and the two ruling (she, Moon, he, Mars) who are attracted for a great passion (and in the summary they talk about Romeo and Juliet, but they are diminishing Shakespeare work).

It’s good only for the images.

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Dead moon by Luis Royo ★★☆☆☆½

[ARC] Mr. Squirrel & the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

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Una forma di formaggio cade dal carretto e parte in velocità fino ad atterrare su un ramo dell’albero in cui dimora Mr. Squirrel.

Alla vista di questa luna gialla lo scoiattolo è preso dal panico: l’accuseranno di averla rubata, come risolvere? La soluzione si rivela in realtà una complicazione, perchè la luna rimarrà incastrata in corna e spine di svariati animali fino alla soluzione finale.

Mr. Squirrel & the Moon è un libretto dai disegni bellissimi: quella luna gialla che spicca nei grigi dei disegni a matita (dettagliati e ben realizzati), gli stupendi – e simpaticissimi – intermezzi nella prigione, il panico degli animaletti del bosco.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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A cheese wheel falls from the cart and takes speed till it lands on the tree branch where Mr. Squirrel lives.

At the sight of this big, yellow Moon the squirrel panics: he will be accused of having stole the Moon, how to solve this? The solution appears to be in fact a complication, since the Moon will soon be stuck on the horns or on the quills of various animals, till the final event.

Mr. Squirrel & the Moon is a beautiful book: the yellow Moon that comes from the grey surroundings of pencil drawings (nice and well detailed), the wonderful – and so funny – images of the prison, the panic of the forest animals.

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

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Mr. Squirrel & the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser ★★★★

[ARC] Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard

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The Adventure of the Thimblewitch è un romanzo illustrato per bambini che ha come protagonista Maddy, una bambina molto intraprendente decisa a salvare i propri genitori trasformati in ratti-canguri dalla strega Thimblewitch.

Maddy dovrà affrontare un lungo viaggio in cui non mancheranno difficoltà di varia natura, ma grazie al quale avrà la possibilità di incontrare nuovi amici disposti ad aiutarla.

Il racconto è molto grazioso come le illustrazioni che lo compongono, una lettura piacevole.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per scrivere questa recensione.


* Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard ★★★☆☆

*Ho letto questo libro in inglese

[ARC] Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard

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The Adventure of the Thimblewitch is a graphic novel for children; its main character is Maddy, a resourceful young girl willing to save her parents turned into kangaroo rats by Thimblewitch.

Maddy has to face a long travel and various hard times, but she will find some new friends willing to help her.

It’s a nice book, and the images are nice as well, overall a pleasant read.

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


* Maddy Kettle. The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english

Fairyland #1-3 by Catherynne M. Valente

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Regarding this series, now at the third volume (that I recently finished reading), I decided to trash the single review I made for the former two books in order to prefer a more general opinion about the series and the author.

Above there is one of the illustrations that introduce each chapter, splendid black and white drawings made by Ana Juan Continue reading