Death with Interruptions – The Immortality of José Saramago

Posted by Adriana on September 21, 2016 in Authors, Fiction, Reading |

Death with Interruptions – The Immortality of José Saramago by Adriana Gomes José Saramago writes with intent. Nothing is laid on the page that doesn’t have a purpose and a meaning, being it social or political. He’s a critic of the way we live, interact, communicate, love, work, make decisions, and die. He doesn’t come […]

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Dragon’s Child – The King Arthur’s Trilogy

Posted by Adriana on October 22, 2013 in Fiction, Historical |

 By M. K. Hume   I fell in love with Arthurian tales when I first read The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I was a teenager then and the magical spells that poured from the pages enveloped me. Back in Brazil British history isn’t a big part of the academic curriculum, much less […]

The Lavender Garden

Posted by Adriana on August 17, 2013 in Romance |

A Novel by Lucinda Riley 1998 – Emilie de La Martinières grew up alone. A poor rich girl ignored by her socialite mother all her life. Having lost her beloved father when she was only fourteen, Emilie feels distant from her family’s history and her inheritance. 1944 – Constance Carruthers is a strong smart woman […]

The Spies by Luis Fernando Verissimo

Posted by Adriana on December 16, 2012 in Fiction, Mystery |

Review by Flavio Luiz Gomes     In “The Spies” by Luiz Fernando Verissimo, an editor receives a manuscript that intrigues him to the point of becoming an obsession. He shares the story with his friends, and little by little the obsession is generalized and a mismatched group of “spies” is formed with the purpose […]

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A Discovery of Witches

Posted by Adriana on November 20, 2012 in Fantasy, Fiction |

A novel by Deborah Harkness – first installment on the “All Souls Trilogy” 579 pages Published by Penguin Group I’m not a big reader of Vampire novels. As far as literary metaphors go, I prefer mine a little less bloody. The more recent creations aren’t even literary. And for the sake of entertainment, I enjoy […]

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Defiance

Posted by Adriana on November 2, 2012 in Fantasy, YA |

YA fantasy by C. J. Redwine – 403 pages   Rachel Adams’s father didn’t return from the Wasteland where the Cursed One roams. It’s been sixty days and according to the Commander’s law he must be declared dead. Rachel though, is sure he’s alive. Why doesn’t the Commander send men after him? Thankfully Oliver, her […]

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The Club of Angels

Posted by Adriana on October 29, 2012 in Brazilian Writers, Fiction, Mystery |

Review by Flavio Luiz Gomes Some of the best Brazilian authors were invited to write stories with the seven capital sins as background; Luiz Fernando Verissimo, my favorite writer, tackled gluttony. Luis Fernando Verissimo (b. 1936) is best known for his chronicles and texts of humor, more precisely satire of manners, published daily in several […]

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The Map of the Sky

Posted by Adriana on September 12, 2012 in Fantasy, Fiction |

It’s sci-fi, it’s romance, it’s historical, and it’s intriguing. Sci-fi – H. G. Wells sees his work The War of The Worlds coming to reality as aliens invade London and quickly take over the planet. Romance – spoiler alert – Gilliam Murray, the super villain from The Map of Time has a makeover and returns […]

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The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo

Posted by Adriana on August 19, 2012 in Fiction, Historical |

A Novel by F. H. Haghenbeck Atria Books 352 pages Publication Date: September 25, 2012 There was a little black book amongst Frida’s personal objects discovered in “La Casa Azul,” the blue house where she lived and died. A wedding present from her dear friend, lover, and soul mate Tina Modotti, the Italian photographer and communist […]

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Imperfect Bliss

Posted by Adriana on August 12, 2012 in Fiction, Romance |

Hardcover, 304 pages Published July 3rd 2012 by Atria Books Summary from Goodreads Reality TV— Jane Austen Style Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle-class, middle age, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia, has four eminently marriageable daughters—or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that […]

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