poetry collection was originally written in Portuguese and then ‘translated’
into English. Instead of a direct translation, however, the poet used similar
rhyme, rhythm and symbolism to recreate the atmosphere and emotion of the
original. Both language versions are presented beautifully alongside one
of vocabulary, structure and rhythm in the collection are beautiful. The author
has a stunning grasp of language and description, and each page is beautifully
illustrated with gorgeous hand-drawn pictures. What makes this collection of
poetry great is that each work is an extended metaphor of love and human
connection as a dance. This gives the book a cohesive structure, even though
each poem is self-contained.
personal favourite poem from the collection is entitled ‘Hermaphrodite’. The
use of rhyme and rhythm is exquisite and the language choices paint a lovely
I only have
two criticisms. There are a few spelling errors in the translator notes which
is unfortunate, considering how well translated the rest of the book is. The
other criticism is that some of the poems have lovely use of language but it is
difficult to see the meaning behind the words. The beauty of the language
occasionally masks the intention, when the words should merely be a conduit for
the meaning. This is merely my own opinion, however, and I am sure that every
reader will take meaning from the poems in their own way.
Dancing-you is a passionate tale written in the shape of poems. Each poem is a moment of a story swaying through metaphors and literals of dance, myths, and philosophic thoughts. Bringing in mythological tales and gods, pagan beliefs, romance, spirituality, and mysticism. The fusion of two bodies as a puzzle. The merging of two souls as one. The merging of oneself with the own essence of life. A magical book, exquisitely crafted and illustrated in watercolor paintings and simultaneously displayed in two languages, Portuguese and English
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A run-of-the-mill fantasy story with some interesting ideas
The Teralin Sword was an interesting story with some great plot points. I was particularly gripped by the concept of the mineral Teralin itself. The author developed a really cool concept with the nature of this metal and its ability to be forged into fascinating weapons. I also enjoyed the dark monks and their evil ways – they lent a brutal gravitas to the book and gave the protagonist a believable and sympathetic motive for his part in the story.
Continue reading “Review of Soldier Son: The Terralin Sword by D.K. Holmberg”
As this blog focuses on world-building, I want to share with you my review of a great urban fantasy book I read recently that has excellent world-building – Nite Fire: Flash Point by C.L. Schneider – Enjoy!
A dark, gritty urban fantasy that is reminiscent of Jessica Jones
This book took me a long time to finish, not because I wasn’t enjoying it but because every inch of the world is so rich and loaded with fantastic details which all come together to build an image of this heavy, dark city plagued by crime and a nasty underworld of creature attacks. I was strongly reminded of the Jessica Jones TV show. This book has the same film-noir feel to it – sour, embittered detectives and dark underworld goings-on. The protagonist, Dahlia Nite is also very Jessica Jones – strong, independent and won’t take any nonsense from anybody!
As with all of C.L. Schneider’s work, the plot is complex and well-developed, the characters grey and layered. Nothing is as it seems, and there is always layer upon layer of mystery, intrigue, snappy comebacks and downright brutal violence. Schneider is one of few authors I read who can make my jaw physically drop. She is a master of the epic reveal!
A cracking read – I can’t wait for the next in the series!
More from C.L. Schneider:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I simply couldn’t believe the sheer amount of ‘wow’ moments in this book! I read it in the space of 20 hours (which is quite impressive for a slow reader like myself!). From page one I was obsessed and thoroughly engrossed in the plot and the characters. It has the familiar old feeling of Harry Potter but with new characters in the forefront. It was amazing to see old characters back and to learn where they have gone and what they have done with their lives. Some of their stories brought a huge smile to my lips, while others made me gasp with disbelief or even wallow in pity and sadness.
This book made me feel a lot of things and at times I was fearful of turning the page in case something horrible happened to the new characters I have fallen in love with, or the old ones I’ve now fallen in love with all over again. The book is very cleverly written and allows readers to witness some old moments from the original books again, while turning others on their heads and giving alternative possibilities for if events had turned out differently. Brilliantly put together and an absolute pleasure to read. I am whole-heartedly back into obsessive Harry Potter fandom, and I have two new favourite characters. Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy have stolen my heart.
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Rise of the Elohim – The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This fun, action-packed middle grade fantasy was a wonderful adventure. Crammed full of goblins, magic and sword fights, I was gripped from start to finish. The characters are wonderfully imagined (I particularly loved Izal and Zach) and the plot is simple enough to be followed by children, but involved enough to entertain adults as well. Another great piece of work by Rocky Rochford!
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