Paula Hawkins – Into The Water – Thoughts

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I always try not to have too high expectations after reading another book by an author I enjoyed reading the first time.
It is, I think, useless to compare The Girl On The Train with Into The Water, as they are completely different stories, completely different atmospheres.
I enjoyed reading Into The Water, but I wasn’t fascinated by the story as it happened with The Girl On The Train. I have several issues with it.
The first one being the massive presence of characters. There are just too many. Sometimes, it’s a bit confusing, remembering that A is the wife of B, who’s a friend of C, who is connected with D, who’s the mother of E. Moreover, none of these characters is fully explored. We just get a glimpse into their life, but not enough, in my opinion. I think it would have been nice to get a deeper focus on Jules and her relationship with her sister. There were traces of it, but merely hints, not enough to really care about the sisters. Same problem with the other characters, you can’t really care about them, because you’re not given material enough to actually care.
There’s not a pivotal moment of revelation, and the end felt quite toned-down, it didn’t leave me satisfied.

Graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

 

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Source: penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

This is such a wonderful news! Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” is one of my favorite books, and I think a graphic novel of this story will give an incredible touch.

 

William Heinemann Publisher Jason Arthur has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for a graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird from Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

The graphic novel adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird will be published by William Heinemann on 1 November 2018.

You can read more at: penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

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“Who had invented the light bulb?”
Take three men with uncommon minds. Three geniuses: Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, George Westinghouse. Take a young lawyer named Paul Cravath. Put him in the New York of 1888. Give him the hard task to figure that out.
“The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore is a novel based on true events. All the characters portrayed really existed, almost all the events described really did occur.
This is by far one of the most fascinating books I have ever read.
A novel based on true occurrences, with personages who really existed and who made history, yet it looks like a story only a very gifted novelist could have imagined, given the amazing facts that happened.
You will be completely absorbed by this story, you will root for Paul and Tesla, and you will hate and then be surprised by Edison.

“Refraction, he called it. The way the light is broken up into component colors when it passes through a prism. I felt like a refraction of a person. So many different shades that layer to create the illusion of a solid thing. I was only what was reflected back in others.”

“Who had invented the light bulb?”.
You will be surprised…

Turin International Book Fair

IMG_20170521_111711Yesterday I lost myself once again among books, a lot of them!
This was my fourth year visiting the Turin International Book Fair. Four pavilions, many events to attend, a lot of books that are waiting to be discovered.
The events and meetings I attended talked about reviewing books, the books in the digital era, and a lecture on translations.

I came back home with a bag full of books, and my heart full of joy.
Book fairs are to me a way to recharge batteries. I wish I could visit more of them, but this fair is something I look forward to every year, and since it always happens a few days before my birthday, I consider it a gift that I give to myself, a day among some of the best friends you could ever wish to have: books.

Here are some photos I took yesterday:

Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey – Thoughts

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Northanger Abbey is such a delightful read.
Jane Austen introduces us her heroine, a young, innocent, and humble girl named Catherine.
Our so called heroine is the protagonist of a story which is made of light-hearted tales, humor, frivolity, ingenuity.
Catherine is on her own adventure when she is introduced to the world of parties, meeting young men and women. Her love for Gothic novels will lead her to pursue her own investigations when she is invited to spend some time at Northanger Abbey, where she is convinced that something mysteriously frightening has happened.
This novel is a very joyous one: it entertains, and it leaves you with a positive and bright end.

Amazing Art based on Books

I have stumbled on this amazing artist called Jungho Lee, who has done some amazing books-related illustrations.
They are a perfect representation of what reading means to me, and I am sure to all books lovers.
Books are a light amid the mist, they a peaceful refuge from whatever it’s wrong in life. They are a consolation and an enrichment. I have never seen a more beautiful depiction of what an extraordinary gift it is, the love for reading.

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Find all Lee’s Illustrations here: leejungho.com 

Ruth Ware – The Woman in Cabin 10 – Thoughts

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“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware will take you away and won’t let you go until the very last page, and it will leave you with a sense of satisfaction.
I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a surely fast read, the “classic” page-turner.
In a very Agatha Christie way, a group of people is isolated in a confined space, in this case on an exclusive cruise liner. One of them thinks a crime has been committed, but no one seems to believe her. But our protagonist won’t let go without a fight. She starts her own investigation, that will ultimately lead her to a true nightmare.
What I loved about this book is how well Ware was able to build that oppressive sense of claustrophobia. The small spaces, the sea surrounding the boat, giving no way to escape those spaces.
I could feel the protagonist’s fear of those enclosed spaces, her anxiety gripping, her fear but at the same time her strength.
I had read Ware’s previous book, “In a Dark, Dark Wood” and loved it, but “The Woman in Cabin 10” will absolutely capture your attention and you’ll find yourself cheering and fighting with her protagonist until the very end.

Pietro de Angelis – Il Mistero di Paradise Road – Riflessioni

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Ho letto questo romanzo tutto d’un fiato, si può dire. “Il Mistero di Paradise Road” è ambientato nella Londra di fine 800. Avendo letto alcuni romanzi di Wilkie Collins, ho potuto notare simili toni e sfumature, che mi sono piaciute molto.
La storia è avvincente, coinvolge alzando il velo sui misteri un poco alla volta, lasciando che il lettore arrivi alle proprie conclusioni.
Ciò che ho molto apprezzato è il contrasto tra il protagonista maschile e femminile di questa storia. Due figure che non potrebbero essere più agli antipodi per visione della vita, per sentimenti e passioni.
Essere donna nella società di fine 800, e per di più una donna con passioni che non si potevano condividere. Essere un uomo concentrato sul lavoro, sulla rispettabilità. Incontrarsi ma mai capirsi.
La scrittura è molto ben congeniata, scorre veloce ed elegante. Alcune citazioni sono veramente bellissime:

“Piove da una settimana; una pioggia regolare e insistente, che stacca i pensieri dai loro ormeggi e li porta pian piano alla deriva.”

“Essere soli in mezzo alla folla, sentirsi soli anche se circondati da migliaia di persone, e aspettare con ansia qualcuno; una persona qualsiasi, che mostri di sapere, che riesca a indovinare…”

“Ricopiare versi mi calma. Mi sembra di mettere dei naufraghi in salvo.”

“Leggere è come scoprire che qualcun altro ha fatto il nostro stesso sogno.”

“E’ solo la mia anima che va a fondo, mentre il copro continua a galleggiare…”

 

Daphne du Maurier – Don’t Look Now – Thoughts

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“Don’t Look Now” is a collection of short tales by Daphne du Maurier.
Having read “Rebecca” already, I was curious to discover this collection.
I enjoyed reading these stories that vary in theme and atmosphere, and which are all based on human desire, a desire to know more, to know what seems impossible, or to believe in something that seems impossible; stories that stress human insecurities, failures.
The first tale, “Don’t Look Now”, is certainly the most gripping and captivating; the last story, titled “The Breakthrough”, is probably the most introspective, with human beings striving to understand and prove something that’s beyond our grasp.
I also liked “The Way of the Cross”, with a cunning depiction of human fragilities and peculiarities.

 

Greg Cox – The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase – Thoughts

30139665“You can take the bookworm out of the twentieth century, but you can’t take the twentieth century out of the bookworm.”

This must be my favorite quote of “The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase”.
Having loved the first Greg Cox’s book inspired by the tv series The Librarians, I knew I was in for a great ride with this new one. And I was right.
This second book is a fast and fun read. We follow another adventure of the three Librarians and their Guardian as they try to save the world from yet another magical threat.
Reading this book, as it happened for the first one “The Librarians and the Lost Lamp”, is so much fun to me because while reading the story I can see in front of my eyes the faces and the voices of the actors who play these roles in the tv series. The books capture so well each character’s peculiarities, as they are depicted in the tv series.
I highly recommend the two books, they will take you away for a while on an entertaining adventure.
I am so glad to read in the author’s acknowledgments that there is a plan for a third book!