Nominated Novels – 2008 Preliminary Nebula Award® Ballot (1)

A lista já se encontra disponível há algum tempo, e aqui fica novamente:

  • Abraham, Daniel: A Betrayal in Winter
  • Barzak, Chris: One for Sorrow
  • Bull, Emma: Territory
  • Doctorow, Cory: Little Brother
  • Goonan, Kathleen Ann: In War Times
  • Le Guin, Ursula K.: Powers
  • McDevitt, Jack: Cauldron
  • McDonald, Ian: Brasyl
  • Pratchett, Terry: Making Money
  • Rothfuss, Patrick: The Name of the Wind

Mas que livros são estes?

The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss), Brasyl (Ian McDonald) e Little Brother (Cory Doctorow) encontram-se entre os mais falados livros de 2008.

The Name of the Wind é o primeiro de uma trilogia, Kingkiller Chronicle, e também o primeiro livro de Patrick Rothfuss, sobre o qual podem encontrar informação detalhada no site oficial. Com uma sinopse que diria até repulsiva, por me parecer um misto de David Copperfield e Harry Potter, sob uma capa que nada me atrai (a mais conhecida), foi com surpresa que vi as várias referências ao livro ao longo dos vários posts de Best of 2008 e a nomeação. Quem sabe, um livro para pegar quando passada a repulsa inicial?

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Brasyl, nomeado para melhor novela em British Science Fiction Association e para o prémio Hugo, parece possuir algumas semelhanças com River of Gods (2004), o livro anterior de Ian McDonald – várias histórias que se entrelaçam, em que a soma das partes constitui uma maior visão do todo, num país cujas discrepâncias sociais são gritantes.

Com capa de Martiniere, Brasyl será, segundo várias opiniões, melhor ainda que River of Gods. Se tal é possível.

A sinopse parece confirmar a parecença com River of Gods:

Think Bladerunner in the tropics… Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world’s greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling. Three separate stories follow three main characters: Edson is a self-made talent impressario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked? Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul. Father Luis is a Jesuit missionary sent into the maelstrom of 18th-century Brazil to locate and punish a rogue priest who has strayed beyond the articles of his faith and set up a vast empire in the hinterland. In the company of a French geographer and spy, what he finds in the backwaters of the Amazon tries both his faith and the nature of reality itself to the breaking point. Three characters, three stories, three Brazils, all linked together across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.

Little Brother, de Cory Doctorow, possui algumas particularidades interessantes: o título é uma referência ao famoso Big Brother de 1984 (George Orwell), assim como o nome da personagem principal, w1n5t0n (Winston, escrito com números, como escrevem muitos dos jovens actualmente).

Ainda, cada capítulo é dedicado a uma livraria diferente, mas acima de tudo, o livro encontra-se disponível para download, nos mais diversos formatos.

Sem ler, diria que o livro é direccionado para um público mais jovem:

Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works – and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Ursula le Guin e Terry Pratchett são dois dos nomes muito conhecidos no meio, mas cujos livros nomeados não tinha visto grandes referências: Powers e Making Money.

Chronicles of the Western Shore, é uma série iniciada com Gifts, cujas histórias, ainda que decorram no mesmo mundo imaginário, são independentes em personagens e cenário. Powers é o terceiro volume. De realçar que existem duas versões da mesma capa…

Aqui fica a sinopse:

Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes “remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home.

Making Money é o último livro da série Discworld, cujo mundo plano é carregado por quatro elefantes que, por sua vez, se equilibram no topo de uma tartaruga gigante. Esta é uma série que mistura mitologia, folclore e contos de fadas na maioria das vezes para constituir sátiras à cultura, à ciência ou à religião:

It’s an offer you can’t refuse. Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork’s Royal Mint and the bank next door? It’s a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long. The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There’s something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), it turns out that the Royal Mintruns at a loss. A 300 year old wizard is after his girlfriend, he’s about to be exposed as a fraud, but the Assassins Guild might get him first. In fact lot of people want him dead Oh. And every day he has to take the Chairman for walkies. Everywhere he looks he’s making enemies. What he should be doing is …Making Money!

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