Saturday, 2 July 2011

June Ins and Outs

June has come and gone, and I have bought a LOT of books this month. Most were on Porto's Book Fair, but I still bought others on the side. On the plus side, I also read quite a bit.

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (LT|GR)
I already read this one in Portuguese, a long time ago. I am now re-starting my collection in English, because there is only so much a translator can do with a book (and a series) full of puns. There were quite a lot of translator's notes trying to explain the jokes lost in translation, but I think that by book 5 or 6 he started to get tired of it and let some of them pass. (So much that only years later I understood the pun of Bad Ass in Mort.)

A game of thrones by George R. R. Martin (LT|GR)
I've been meaning to read this one for ages! Ages! Since I first started on Fantasy. But it was so big and daunting and I never bought the books. Now with the series and everyone singing its praises, I figured I would have to do it.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (LT|GR)
Second book on the Thief series, because I loved The Thief so much. Enough said.

Bought on the book fair (just the list, for comments on the books here is the post about it):
  • The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
  • Escritos dos Ancestrais by Rodrigo McSilva
  • Minotauro: A Batalha do Labirinto by Gabriel García de Oro
  • Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott
  • Temeraire by Naomi Novik
  • Bibbi Bokkens Magic Library by Jostein Gaarder
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald
  • The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • A verdadeira invasão dos marcianos by João Barreiros
  • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  • The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
  • Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson
  • Os Ossos do Arco-Íris by David Soares
  • O Décimo Terceiro Poder by Madalena Santos
  • The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven
  • The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein

La hormiga que quiso ser astronauta by Félix J. Palma

The thief bt Megan Whalen Turner

Three men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome (LT|GR)
This one I read in ebook, and it took quite a while.

It was ok, a very episodic recounting of the a adventures of three very silly and idiotic and lazy men, and their dog, as they go upriver for holiday.

It was amusing at first, but just nothing that would overwhelm me in any way.

(3 out of 5)

Os Ossos do Arco-Íris by David Soares (LT|GR)
I have another book by this author on my wishlist, but after this first encounter I am not in a rush to get it.

It was a strange book, horrific and gory, dark and disturbing. But that was not what bothered me more. It was actually the writing that I didn't exactly like, the use of certain words that completely broke the flow of my reading.

As I said, I am not writing this author off (yet), but it might be sometime before I buy that other book.

(3 out of 5)

Snow white, blood red by Ellen Datlow
Review to come. A collection of retellings of fairtales, with a bit of horror added in.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

TBR Variation: +14 (From 191 to 205)


  1. I’m on book five on the Ice and Fire series now! By the time you’ve finished Game of Thrones you’ll be hooked forever!

    Equal Rites was a pretty good one.

  2. Well, I'm not even half through it and I'm already hooked :D

  3. Must be an enjoyable read Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.