Passatempo: O Título, de Thomas J. Bogg

Boa noite Encruzilhados!!

Há muito tempo que não vos trazíamos um passatempo e portanto decidimos voltar com novidades. O autor Thomas J. Bogg contactou-nos recentemente para nos dar conta do seu livro prestes a ser editado pela Chiado Editora. É um género diferente dos livros que tivemos até então aqui em oferta, pelo que aproveitem a novidade. Para participar, basta preencherem as informações solicitadas no formulário e torcer para serem o feliz contemplado ou a feliz contemplada. Boa sorte!

 



«O Título ainda não é um livro. É uma colecção de escritos à procura da sua leitura possível e, consequentemente, à espera deste leitor pronto a realizá-la. Talvez nunca virá a ser um livro, pois, talvez, na sua forma presente, esteja a reconhecer, e a chamar por, o futuro errado. De qualquer modo, se pela concentração da nova verdade, ou por uma demonstração do erro contínuo de certo pensamento humano, está na intenção desta obra fazer parte do trabalho de trabalhar o próximo. Ainda que seja, para já, um princípio partido.»

Regras do passatempo
1) O passatempo decorre até às 23h59 do dia 10 de abril de 2016.
2) Todos os dados solicitados (incluindo Nick de Seguidor/a) devem ser devidamente preenchidos e completos.
3) Só serão aceites uma participação por pessoa e morada,
 4) O/A vencedor/a será sorteado/a de forma aleatória (random.org), sendo o resultado anunciado na página do blog e o contacto efectuado por email.
5) O Encruzilhadas Literárias e/ou o autor não se responsabilizam pelo extravio ou danos causados pelos CTT nas encomendas enviadas.


Opinião: Nós os Dois, de Andy Jones



Nós os Dois
de Andy Jones
 
Edição/reimpressão: 2016
Páginas: 368
Editor: Suma de Letras Portugal
  


Resumo: 
Fisher e Ivy vivem uma relação idílica durante dezanove dias, durante a qual são inseparáveis. Os dois sentem intimamente que estão destinados a ficar ligados para sempre. E o facto de saberem tão pouco um sobre o outro é apenas um pormenor. Nos doze meses seguintes, período em que as suas vidas mudam radicalmente, Fisher e Ivy vão perceber que apaixonar-se é uma coisa, mas manter uma relação é outra completamente diferente.
Nós os Dois é um romance muito honesto e transparente sobre a vida, o amor e a importância de não se tomar nada nem ninguém por garantido.

Rating: 2,5/5

Comentário: A premissa de "Nós os Dois" é sem dúvida pertinente e interessante. Muitas vezes dei por mim a pensar no depois, das séries, dos filmes, das estórias pelas quais nos fazemos acompanhar de forma ininterrupta até que nos deparamos com o fatídico fim. Os obstáculos, os momentos atribulados de superação, a pesquisa e procura de alternativas para a tão almejada felicidade são os elementos essenciais de qualquer enredo que envolva um casal como protagonista. Por isso mesmo, a ideia de poder desvendar o véu e ver para além do cenário idílico de conquista foi um chamativo para mim. Contudo, a relação de dezanove dias anunciada já na sinopse acaba de alguma forma por diferir da construção mental das minhas divagações.
O relacionamento de Fisher e Ivy é uma lua de mel finalizada à qual não temos bem acesso nem ganhamos a percepção do afecto, intimidade ou do extâse de um amor recém-descoberto. A ausência de pequenos indícios não só descritos mas também percepcionados por parte do leitor são preponderantes para que exista uma certa dificuldade em que o leitor se reveja ou aproxime destas personagens de uma forma imediata. A ideia de que este casal se percepciona a ficar junto de forma duradoura é lançada mas não realmente presenciado por quem os acompanha e cria alguma estranheza.
Ainda assim, a reviravolta que cria as expectativas de desenvolvimento do enredo principal é alimentada de uma forma cuidada, sensível e bem articulada que perpetua uma situação em que vários casais já se terão encontrado, abrindo caminho para uma série de hipóteses ramificadas em consonância com o nível de compromisso e objectivos do mesmo. As abordagens de Fisher e a sua perspectiva dos acontecimentos (sobre a qual o livro é contado) demonstram uma série de tendências que nos levam a pensar no desfecho que poderá estar a construir-se, ainda que sem muita certeza. Esta personagem ganha ainda maior relevo porque, mesmo deparando-se com um cenário pouco expectável, demonstra mais sentido, angústia, determinação e vontade do que outros em casos semelhantes. Acompanhar de perto este homem, em detrimento de Ivy conferiu um toque de frecura, embora tornasse esta personagem muito inalcansável. Posso até afirmar que só a meio do livro senti algum apego a ambos, embora não o suficiente para realmente me preocupar com o destino de cada um.
A um outro nível, este livro tem uma abordagem realista, natural e pouco encantada aos desafios do quotidiano e da construção de uma vida a dois, com espaço para o desencanto e a descoberta do conforto e da cumplicidade existente entre um casal, sem esquecer as frustrações, as dúvidas, as obsolescências de uma comunicação ineficaz que podem destruir uma relação.
É também rico e diverso, demonstrando várias relações, vários tipos de amor, de compromisso, de cumplicidade e desafios, mantendo a abordagem crua mas sincera, com um ligeiro toque de delicadeza quando é necessário. Estes ajudaram a compor um quadro mais completo do dito mundo real, sem cair nos clichés habituais. São acima de tudo abordagens sensíveis ao romance na vida adulta, sem floreados mas sem um cinismo ou crítica que poderiam ser esperados.
Ainda assim, a ausência de elementos de conectividade com os leitores, o ruído constante de histórias paralelas que criaram distanciamento entre as personagens principais (ainda que propositado) tornaram os momentos felizes um pouco ocos e sem um grande impacto, pelo que ainda que curiosa com o desfecho (o qual não fui capaz de adivinhar) não senti grande ligação com o enredo, causando-me um certo aborrecimento e cansaço pelo esforço de os acompanhar.

 
Cláudia
Sobre a autora:
 
Maratonista de bibliotecas, a Cláudia lê nos transportes públicos enquanto observa o Mundo pelo canto do olho. Defensora da sustentabilidade e do voluntariado, é tão fácil encontrá-la envolvida num novo projeto como a tagarelar sobre tudo e mais alguma coisa. É uma sonhadora e gosta de boas histórias, procurando-as em cada experiência que vive.

Review: Not If I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom


Not If I See You First
by

Edition: 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books




Summary: The Rules: Don't deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.
Don't help me unless I ask. Otherwise you're just getting in my way or bothering me. Don't be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I'm just like you only smarter.

Parker Grant doesn't need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there's only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that's right, her eyes don't work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened--both with Scott, and her dad--the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

Rating: 3,5/5

Review: 
I will start this review by saying that I received an online copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange of a honest review.

A couple of years ago, one of my favorite TV Shows was Switched at Birth. One of the biggest attractions of the series was the fact that one of the girls was deaf. All the small implications that it had (or not) in her life were explored and we had the chance to put ourselves in her shoes and to try to look at all the struggles she had to do to deal with non deaf colleagues at school, or how to communicate with the new members of her family who were not prepared for the difference when they met her.
Why am I telling you all of this? I am not going to lie and for sure, my interest in Not If I See You First relied on Parker being blind. I thought it would be a very interesting experience to face the world by her perspective on a book told in the first person. Nowadays it's becoming more difficult to surprise the readers on YA, which is not a bad thing unless you are willing to read something completely different from what you have read until now. Eric Lindstrom was able to make me think about small aspects of the interaction between someone who is blind and someone who isn't. Regardless that aspect, I wasn't focused on her refusing people to help her or in the discomfort they felt in result. I found myself thinking about other small things from daily life that unless we are facing something like this we would never think about. Like: would you  switch off a light in a room where a blind person would be (probably not, you would think it was rude)? And how difficult would be for a blind person to keep up with all the regular classes (and how do they learn how to calculate functions resulting from graphs)? I believe that the majority of us are sensitive people who applaud and look for more inclusive initiatives and narratives. That we are really willing to not create the difference when it appears, but also not ignoring it when is needed in order to create a better justice for all. But in the end our good actions or our tentatives of making fluid sometimes doesn't work as we wanted to.
In this book we will learn a little bit from all of this approaches that can out ourselves thinking on what would we do. I believe there is much more to be explored but we can't forget that this is an YA. In a high school. Which means we couldn't not have a romance and some friends present there.
Parker doesn't stop to be a teenager, what only means that she is sometimes selfish and self centered, that she create dramas where they could be easily resolved, but also that she is a caring and lovely girl, who is afraid of suffering, who looks for barriers to defend herself from the world and who is, sometimes, really hurt.
On Not If I See You First you will also find out that sometimes we don't need bigger enemies than ourselves. This book was about the ability of forgiveness - for others and for us, about being in love (with life, with friends and with our special person) and about surviving, under different and traumatic circumstances.
The writing style is extremely easy to keep up and it gives us some pleasure moments when reading it. On a final note, I just wished the writer didn't pushed the romance so much. As for me, the last 20 pages were easily cut out because it started to be a little pushed and it took out the good register from the rest of the book. I still enjoyed the result from it but it could have been conducted in a different way.



Cláudia
About the author:
 
Addicted to the library Claudia loves to read on the move and we can usualy find her sitting in a train or bus reading while commuting to and from work. But don't be fooled she is also keeping an eye on the landscape and all around her. She is an avid defender of sustainability and volunteering and it's as easy to find her starting a new project as it is to find her chatting with her friends. She is a dreamer and loves good stories so she keeps looking for them in her personal life.

Review: The Lost Souls Dating Agency, by Suneeti Rekhari


The Lost Souls Dating Agency, by Suneeti Rekhari
by

Edition: 2015
Publisher: Escape Publishing





Summary:  She started out as just an ordinary university student, but the sudden and unexpected inheritance of an unused warehouse on the industrial side of town throws Shalini’s life plan askew.

Drawing from her strengths, she decides to set up a matchmaking business, helping the lonely to find a soulmate. But something unusual happens, something unexpected—her first client doesn’t fit the regular profile. Victor is dark, handsome, emotionally available...and a vampire.

Suddenly Shalini’s already disrupted world becomes a place where rules no longer apply. She must learn to adapt to her new occupation of finding The One for a prospective clientele of vampires, shape-shifters, and other beings more likely to bite first and ask questions later. And there are those out there who are less than happy with her entrepreneurial spirit.

But just as Shalini begins to think she can cope with anything, she discovers that she has bitten off more than she can chew, and played with powerful forces that have the potential to not only destroy the Lost Souls Dating Agency—but Shalini herself.

Rating: 2/5

Review: 
I will start this review by saying that I received an online copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange of a honest review.

The Lost Souls Dating Agency sounded like a cute and silly little book to read when I looked for something easy to distract myself and relax. It promised to be a New Adult book - a category I don't read much - but  I thought that with the right dosage of fun, fantasy and romance it would be nice.
It started quite well with a small mystery that got my attention. It also helped that the action was taking place in countries that I don't know much about, creating curiosity and some exoticism to the plot. Between Dubai and Australia, countries so far away from mine (one more similar than another but still with evident cultural differences), I was expecting a little bit of context about the life of Shalini on them.
Unfortunately not only I didn't get that and also didn't get much context about the main character, which is odd. Don't get me wrong, Shalini was there during the whole book,but we didn't had the chance to hear her voice on the majority of the plot. Because of that she started being a strange character for me. The process that results in the creating of the Dating Agency didn't make sense at all. For me, it felt like desiring to be a millionaire and waking up the next day to find out you are one. I think that a little more explanation was need from her, as well as more information about the idea behind the creation of this agency but specially the reason why she wanted it in first place.
The characters that interacted with her were funny and created some colorful moments that kept me reading the book. In fact, they were the saviors of this book and created funny interactions and entertainment. Even so, that bonus wasn't enough to explain, for instance, how everything worked so easily for her and not even the moments supposed to create tension had that effect in the reader.
When I was in the middle of the book, I found myself trying to guess how she would resolve all the untied knots until the end of the book, since when I searched online I didn't find any information that contradicted the book was a stand alone. Turns out it ends with a cliffhanger and it can only means there are supposed to be more. Even if I enjoyed some of the characters and was curious to know what will happen to then, if more books follow I will pass the opportunity of reading them. Really thinking about it, the problem is that this book is more similar to fanfiction or a small novella than to a "real" book and I probably created too many expectations for it. I can't say I didn't have fun reading it, but I also can't deny it was a senseless and crazy narrative.

Cláudia
About the author:
 
Addicted to the library Claudia loves to read on the move and we can usualy find her sitting in a train or bus reading while commuting to and from work. But don't be fooled she is also keeping an eye on the landscape and all around her. She is an avid defender of sustainability and volunteering and it's as easy to find her starting a new project as it is to find her chatting with her friends. She is a dreamer and loves good stories so she keeps looking for them in her personal life.