Não bastava ser um livro de Neil Gaiman, ainda por cima centra-se num dos assuntos que mais me interessam: mitologias.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Digam lá que não há algo de incoerente misterioso na conjugação dos conceitos de utopia e de pirata? Com introdução de Warren Ellis, o novo livro do autor de The Difference Engine e Schismatrix promete algo no mínimo estranho:
Long live Futurism!
At the end of a World War I that might have been, the tiny Regency of Carnaro is hell-bent on world domination. Perched near the pinnacle of Italy’s boot, Carnaro is gripped in fanatical Futurism. Pirates, propagandists, Utopians, and libertines have banded together to create a brave new world. No one will rest until they crush the communists, capitalists, and even fascists (to whom they are not entirely unsympathetic).
The Soldier-Citizens of Carnaro are, in point of fact, not completely sane. Their leaders, including the infamous Pirate Engineer, the dashing Ace of Hearts, and the mystical Art Witch, chaotically pursue the Utopian ideal. Poetry, military might, free love, and subterfuge rule the day. Allied with rogues, politicians, and the sinister American traitors Houdini and H. P. Lovecraft, can the Futurists ascend to international glory?
Adoro ficção apocalíptica. Adoro distopias. Que melhor combinação para uma antologia que histórias sobre sociedades em colapso seja por desastres ecológicos, seja pela forma como os seres humanos se organizam em sociedade? Para além da combinação dos nomes apresentados, a sinopse indica alguns conteúdos que me parecem interessantes:
“This is a book of stories intended to describe that hand of mortal destruction in 16 utterly different, yet all apocalyptically stunning ways!”—Harlan Ellison, from the Introduction.
These compelling visions of post-apocalyptic societies and dystopian worlds include short stories by some of the most acclaimed authors of our time. Among the noteworthy contributors and their works are Stephen King’s “The End of the Whole Mess,” “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke’s “No Morning After.”
The first-ever apocalyptic fantasy about global warming, “The End of the World,” appears here, in translation from Eugene Mouton’s 1872 French-language original. “The Pretence,” by Ramsey Campbell, questions the nature and structure of everyday life in the aftermath of a doomsday prediction. In addition, thought-provoking stories by Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Greg Bear, Erica L. Satifka, and others offer an end-of-the-world extravaganza for fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.
And now for something completeley different All our wrong days de Elan Mastai:
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.
Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.
But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.