The Picture of Dorian Gray- Book Review

5297Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Classic

254 pages

Synopsis: Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

Source: Borrowed in Portuguese

This book tells the story of a man who exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

The premise definitely made me pick this book up, however, I probably shouldn’t have.

The story is really interesting, however, its pace is really slow, important things seldom happen.

The writing’s too flowery and borderline obnoxious. It featured dialogues that felt like monologues stitched together.

The characters are interesting, they don’t feel real, and aren’t supposed to feel so. However, we’re still supposed to at least care about what’ll happen to them, which wasn’t the case for me.

However, the main problem I have with this book is the fact that the characters spend too much time saying that Dorian’s really handsome (okay, we get it, he’s cute, can we move on, please?) and the fact that they also tell us everything we could have analysed in such a way that a thorough symbolic analysis is useless.

Rating: 3 stars

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White Seed (Seed World #1) – Book Review

24267417Author: Kenneth Marshall

248 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: The White Seed Brings Life to Worlds

Three thousand years ago, the seeds arrived from Earth on hundreds of worlds. The developed ones formed the Network, connected only by radio and laser. Since the time of the seeds, nothing but information has traveled between the stars. Now a starship, The Child of Ambition, is changing that. Her first mission: to explore the dark worlds, the ones that failed.

Kali Hakoian, pilot-astronaut and war hero, thought landing on the super-Earth of Keto would be routine. The emptiest seed world—its global ocean matted with algae and crawling with hurricanes—hides the oldest human ruins. Her crew of scientists: a dreamer, a believer, and a retired assassin. Their hypothesis—self-termination of the seed base.

But when an act of sabotage strands her in the path of a superstorm, she’s forced to escape with the man she trusts the least. They may never find out what happened to the settlers—unless it happens to them. Can she trust her crew enough to find a way out of the darkness?

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of a team whose mission is to explore a ‘lifeless’ planet (there were humans, they died, now there’s algae and lichen).

The writing’s effective, however, I noticed at least two spelling mistakes. Also, there’s a chapter in which the reader is bombarded with too much information – I wasn’t able to absorb any of it.

Story wise, there’s a lot to talk about. First off, Kali has a weird sense of vengeance – she wants to avenge her friend who got hurt but, if she had been more cautious, no one would have gotten hurt to begin with. Also, the first 20% of this book is a bloody mess – there’s name throwing, things happening, and I wasn’t able to tell characters apart. So, basically, the reader feels like this: c4jt321.png

However, it gets better! As the story progresses and as the characters stop being so trope-ish, it somehow saves itself and becomes interesting.

I still feel sad that this was the first non graphic novel I’ve read in this genre, however, I know for a fact that I’ll read more of it soon enough.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Saga Vol. 1 – Book Review

15704307Writer: Brain K. Vaughan

Artist: Fiona Staples

160 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Synopsis: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

Source: Borrowed (in Portuguese)

This book tells the story of two soldiers from opposing sides of a war that ‘leave’ the battlefield and fall in love. They also have a daughter who will probably change everything.

The story’s really interesting. It isn’t mind-blowingly amazing but I see some potential.

The characters themselves are really complicated there are no ‘good’ guys nor ‘bad’.

The art itself is unique and I absolutely loved it.

Rating: 4 stars

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Pride of Baghdad- Book Review

105703Author: Brian K. Vaughan

Illustrator: Niko Henrichon

136 pages

Genre: War Graphic Novel

Synopsis: In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation – can it be given or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

Source: Library (in Portuguese)

This book tells the story of four lions that escape their zoo during a bombardment.

This book’s art is absolutely amazing – the colours and the animals’ facial expressions are phenomenal.

The characters themselves are unique and their backstories absolute tear-jerkers.

The story’s amazing, heart warming sometimes and mostly heart breaking. The concept itself is very interesting, I rarely see books like this.

Another aspect I’d like to point out is the gore: the book shows us that animals commit atrocities to each other and so do humans.

Rating: 5 stars

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The Little Red Wolf- Book Review

35905318Author: Amélie Fléchais

80 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Synopsis: Lose yourself in the dark forests of Amelie Flechais’ spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him… but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling.

The art’s really beautiful, every page mesmerized me.

The story is really short and sweet, it’s a perfect bed time read.

The characters are lovely, they’re just like the original story’s.

Honestly, I think that, if you have to take care of small children, you should read them this story. Its moral is wonderful and its drawings really pretty.

Rating: 5 stars

Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection – Book Review

34536961Author: The Awkward Yeti, Nick Seluk

144 pages

Genre: Humor Comic Book

Sinopsis: Heart and Brain: Body Language continues the adventures of the loveably conflicted sentimental Heart and rational Brain, as well as other bodily inhabitants like Gallbladder, Muscle, and Tongue.

Warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny, these comics bring our inner struggles to vibrant, humorous life.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book features short strips with interactions between organs.

The art’s cute and simple.

The stories are short and funny.

The characters are lovable, specially gallbladder and gut.

This book is great and, if you don’t want to spend too much money, you can always check the artist’s social media.

Rating: 4 stars

 

 

Brigada- Book Review

32807204Author: Enrique Fernández

112 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Sinopsis: BRIGADA tells the story of Ivro, the captain of a legendary brigade of cold-hearted, cut-throat Dwarven convicts who answer only to him. On the eve of a great battle, Ivro and his brigade are overtaken by the mist, which separates them into small groups, and throws them all into different, strange and alien lands. Now, Ivro and the remaining members of his brigade must wage a new and different war, for their own survival. But where did this mist come from, and what terrible secret lies at its heart? Will Ivro be able to reunite his brigade and lead them to safety while this strange land grows ever stranger…

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of a brigade of dwarves that only seem to not want to kill each other when Ivro, their leader, is around.

This book’s art is amazing, the drawing style is different from everything else I’ve read and the colours are vividly wonderful.

The cast of characters is as interesting as their design.

The plot itself is unique; I’ve never read anything like that.

Rating: 5 stars