[ARC] Poems about Cats by Yasmine Surovec

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This nice book collects different poems by various authors that have in common the presence of cats.

Each poem is illustrated by Yasmine Surovec, author of http://www.catversushuman.com/. I The illustrations are both serious and comical, either way they suit perfectly the specific poetry. A very nice book, perfectly suited for cat lover – but not exclusively.

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

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* Poems about Cats by Yasmine Surovec ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English

[ARC] Lovecraft’s Monsters by Ellen Datlow

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This stories collection by different authors – some of them quite famous – is based, as the title itself says, upon the monsters from the Lovecraft’s imaginary.

The book suffers the common issue of the collections: the stories are not all at the same level, so there will be some more or less interesting.
Maybe also the idea to create a book that takes inspiration from Lovecraft does not help: who knows the author could be disappointed from some stories derived from his pantheon of monsters (the same way Neonomicon disappointed me).

The book is however very well finished and well-built: short and longer stories are alternated and separated by some interesting and evocative illustrations.
Overall I liked also the two poems, a new way to talk about monsters and horrors; I liked also the ending part where are listed – with history and characteristics – all the Lovecraft’s monster taken into account in the whole book.

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

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* Lovecraft’s Monsters by Ellen Datlow ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English

The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente

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TOC – Table of contents

  • The melancholy of mechagirl
  • Ink, water, milk
  • Fifteen panels depicting the sadness of the baku and the jotai
  • Ghosts of Gunkanjima
  • Thirteen ways of looking at space/time
  • One breath, one stroke
  • Story no. 6
  • Fade to white
  • The emperor of Tsukayama park
  • Killswitch
  • Memoirs of a girl who failed to be born from a peach
  • The girl with two skins
  • Silently and very fast

The second short stories group reading – after “At the mouth of the river of bees” – was based on the collection of poems and stories about Japan by Catherynne M. Valente, “The Melancholy of Mechagirl”.

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Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

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Katie says, “You can’t choose the time and place
the when and where
and with whom
you fall in love.”

[…]
I guess,
I worry that I won’t do it right.
That it’ll be the wrong time,
the wrong place,
the wrong person.

The novel starts with the separation of Marcie’s parents, her mother decides to go away in New Hampshire to put some distance to the problem bringing Marcie with her.

Marcie is then far away from her friends and her boyfriend while adapting to the new life. The themes dealt with in the novel are not particularly innovative, on one side there is the separation theme – that on the second part appears to be in the background – on the other one  Marcie’s relationship with her old and new friends and the issues caused by a long distance relationship.

Taking in consideration these aspects the novel would not appear particularly interesting, instead it is peculiar in the writing style chosen. Everything is told by Marcie through her poems. There aren’t dialogues or long descriptions: all is told using a few words: not every poem is meaningful, however this read is certainly different.

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* Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English