[Recensione] Animal Farm – George Orwell

Titolo: Animal Farm

Autore: George Orwell

Editore: Penguin Books (Mondadori in Italia)

ISBN: 9780141036137

Lingua: inglese


Sinossi ita: Gli animali della fattoria Manor decidono di ribellarsi al padrone e di instaurare una loro democrazia. I maiali Napoleon e Snowball capeggiano la rivoluzione che però ben presto degenera. Infatti Napoleon, dopo aver bandito Snowball, introduce una nuova costituzione: “Tutti gli animali sono uguali, ma alcuni sono più uguali degli altri”. La dittatura e la repressione fanno riappacificare gli animali con gli uomini che ormai non appaiono più agli exrivoluzionari molto diversi da loro.

Sinossi: eng: Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges.

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DinoP0rn, la nuova frontiera del sesso

Ne hanno parlato in millemila persone in questi giorni, tutti con lo stesso terribile tono scandalizzato nella voce.

 Io, quando ho visto il profilo su Amazon di Christie Sims, sono scoppiata a ridere in maniera convulsa. Perché l’idea di donne umane che si fanno gangbangare da dinosauri è qualcosa che va ben oltre la mia idea di fantascienza. I motivi sono banali: le dimensioni di un dinosauro (di qualunque tipo sia) vs. le dimensioni di una donna. Siamo oltre persino a Cicciolina.

Non voglio puntare il dito sul perodo storico, dopotutto non siamo palesemente di fronte a qualcosa di realistico e, da quel che ho letto dalle trame dei numerosissimi lavori della Sims, trattasi di un alternate universe dove gli esseri umani allo stato semi primitivo coesistono insieme ai grandi rettili.
In ogni caso si tratta di racconti dalle 15 alle 30 pagine e stupiscono i commenti estremamente positivi da parte degli acquirenti, che indicano i testi come ben scritti e coinvolgenti.

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The Future Of Storytelling

The Future Of Storytelling è un corso di storytelling online completamente gratuito organizzato dall’Iversity.
Inutile dire che mi sono iscritta. Tra le altre cose è in inglese e sarà difficilissimo per me, ma è ora di smettere di nascondermi dietro un dito (o affogare in un centimetro d’acqua, sarebbe il caso di dire) e iniziare a capirci qualcosa con questa maledetta lingua d’Albione. Quindi quale maniera migliore di farlo se non con un’argomento a me affine?

[English review] Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo

Title: Heaven is for real.
Autore: Todd Burpo
Editore: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 0849946158
Fomato: hardcover
Lingua: English
Numero pagine: 163
Prezzo: $9.78
Genere: Preaching

Plot: Colton Burpo is four years old. And he has a  burst appendix. During surgery he visits Heaven, and Todd Burpo (his father) is now ready to tell us all about his son’s extraordinary journey.

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Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Princess” book trailer

Aug. 23 can’t come soon enough. That’s the day The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits the big screen. And since the sixth and final book in the series doesn’t come out until 2014, we’re jonesing for some Shadowhunter goodness.

Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Princess, the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, hits shelves March 19.

Princess will be just the cure for Cassie Clare book addiction, something we over at Shelf Life happen to suffer from. March 19 is only 10 days away. But the great people over at Simon & Schuster offered up this wonderful morsel in the meantime.

After the jump, check out the exclusive trailer reveal for Clockwork Princess.


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[Recensione] Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Title: Ender’s Game

Autore: Orson Scott Card

Editore: TOR Books

ISBN: 0-312-93208-1

Fomato: ebook

Lingua: English

Numero pagine: N/A

Prezzo: $6.99

Genere: Sci-fi


Plot: Ender Wiggin is six years old, and a genius. And the last hope for humanity. Selected by the Army to be the new Commander in Chief of the International Fleet (IF), Ender is pushed through the roughest training, to have him ready as soon as possible: the Third Invasion of the Buggers is about to come, and only a true, unmatchable leader could stop them. First at the Battle school, then at the Command school, Ender struggles to learn and to dominate the merciless Game used to train him. But the pressure is almost unbearable: could the six-year-old save his human soul, in order to save the whole human race?

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[Recensione] One Shot by Lee Child

Title: One Shot
Autore: Lee Child
Editore: Dell
ISBN: 978-0-345-53819-2
Fomato: paperback
Lingua: English
Numero pagine: 496
Prezzo: $9.99
Genere: Action


Plot: Five deaths. A random shooter (an ex-military madman sniper) kills five pedestrians with six shots. And he is promptly caught by the Indiana police. Jack Reacher has come to town to nail him down for good: he knows the madman, he knows what he could do. The amount of evidence is overwhelming, and the outrage of the public is immense: the case seems bulletproof. And yet, why can’t Reacher let it go? Something is not right, and the long strings of a puppeteer seem to be all over the case. What if everybody got it wrong?

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In America la prima libreria completamente digitale


Sembrerà un Apple Store.

Così The Verge definisce la prima libreria/biblioteca pubblica che aprirà nell’autunno del 2013 in Texas.

Migliaia di libri disponibili esclusivamente in versione digitale, un progetto costato 250mila dollari, ma che promette di essere il primo di molti altri passi verso la digitalizzazione dei testi.

Una cosa del genere in Italia non la vedremo probabilmente mai, visto che la cosa sa molto di “fantascienza”. Io non smetto di sperarci, comunque.


Bexar County, Texas says that it will open the first 100 percent digital public library system in the country, unveiling plans for its first location this past week. The plan has been in the works for a while, headed up by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who says he was inspired to create a digitally native library while reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.

“If you want to get an idea what it looks like, go into an Apple store,” Wolff told the San Antonio Express News. Called BiblioTech, the library system plans for several locations, starting with a first one in the fall of 2013 on the south side of the county. Wolff says this system won’t be a replacement for the County’s City library system, but an enhancement to it. They plan to save money by using buildings which are already owned by Bexar County, and have estimated that beginning costs are around $250,000 to secure the first 10,000 titles for the library.

Academic libraries have been moving toward digital systems for years now, but public libraries, which depend on public funding, have struggled to keep up with changing technologies. Several other cities have announced — and then aborted — plans to go fully digital. Still, the potential cost-savings for digital-only libraries in the long run should see more cities following suit in the future.

History of Vanity Press

A vanity press or vanity publisher is a term describing a publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published. Publisher Johnathon Clifford claims to have coined the term in 1959. However, the term appears in mainstream U.S. publications as early as 1941.

In contrast, mainstream publishers, whether major companies or small presses, derive their profit from sales of the book to persons other than the author. Publishers must therefore be cautious and deliberate in choosing to publish works that will sell, particularly as they must recoup their investment in the book (such as an advance payment and royalties to the author, editorial guidance, promotion, marketing, or advertising). In order to sell books, commercial publishers may also be selective in order to cultivate a reputation for high-quality work, or to specialize in a particular genre.

Because vanity presses are not selective, publication by a vanity press is typically not seen as conferring the same recognition or prestige as commercial publication.[citation needed] Vanity presses do offer more independence for the author than does the mainstream publishing industry; however, their fees can be higher than the fees normally charged for similar printing services, and sometimes restrictive contracts are required.

While a commercial publisher’s intended market is the general public, a vanity publisher’s intended market is the author.

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A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian. Examples of dystopias are characterized in books such as Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Other examples include The Iron Heel, described by Erich Fromm as “the earliest of the modern Dystopian”, and the religious dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of active and passive coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanity’s spiritual evolution. Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.

The word derives from Greek: δυσ-, “bad, hard”, and Greek: τόπος, “place, landscape”. It can alternatively be called cacotopia, or anti-utopia.

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Guidelines for translation and proofreading (English – Italian)

Ernesto Pavan ha creato una breve guida in inglese per aiutare i traduttori dall’inglese all’italiano a gestire meglio la grammatica all’interno dei testi. Abbiamo potuto appurare con la nostra esperienza con Dreamspinner Press come i traduttori spesso e volentieri ignorino regole di base come la traduzione della punteggiatura.

Questo post (presto tradotto in italiano) vuole essere un punto di riferimento per tutti i traduttori che sentano la necessità di dare una rispolverata alle regoline e volere più bene ai loro correttori di bozze.

E’ utile anche agli stessi correttori di bozze, in modo che possano correggere i manoscritti nella maniera più completa.

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Hello everyone, I’m your favorite Ewan and I’m back after a while with a new fantasy book review. High fantasy, actually, one of those books with knights, damsels, wizards and warriors. A book that comes directly from the UK and I have read in its original language because, even if it was written in 2006, nobody translated it in Italian yet, nor this is going to happen anytime soon.

Actually, let me tell you something before I get started. Something about the Post Fantasy Series Conclusion Disorder. It’s really hard to say goodbye to a fantasy series, but it happens. Books are not soap operas (at least not all of them) and they come to a conclusion, sooner or later. It can be an everlasting goodbye, an everlasting-but-wait-I-may-write-a-spin-off-novel goodbye, or even a see-you-to-the-next-novel-I-am-going-to-publish-in-2017 kind of goodbye. Yes, I’m talking about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, my latest literary fetish that recently came to a ‘conclusion’ with A Dance with Dragons, much to my despair.

The same happened to me in the past with Harry Potter, but this time I’ve learned from my mistakes.

So, what do you do when you read the last book of your favorite series? You read something similar.

What I needed to overcome the loss of Martin’s series was a fantasy novel with realistic elements and a very epic story, with grey and ambiguous morality and imperfect heroes. Oh, yes, and violent as shit. You don’t find something like that in Italy so easily, believe me.

After some research I discovered Joe Abercrombie, a British writer whose first novel, The Blade Itself, book number one of The First Law Trilogy, looked very much like what I was looking for.

Let’s see then if The Blade Itself was a good replacement for Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, or turned out to be a disappointment.

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Cosa significa pubblicare a pagamento?

Dovrebbe essere un argomento ormai ampiamente discusso, qualcosa contro cui qualunque scrittore o aspirante tale dovrebbe sapere, ma che nella realtà dei fatti non è per niente così.

Abbiamo potuto appurare che il tasso di pubblicazioni a pagamento (che a questo punto non si possono nemmeno chiamare pubblicazioni, non essendo altro che documenti di word dati sotto a una tipografia) è aumentato vertiginosamente da quando non c’è più una campagna veramente efficace contro di di esse. Sono sempre di più gli autori infatti che si rivolgono a queste “tipografie” nonostante negli anni passati siano stati tanti i siti web che hanno condotto campagne di sensibilizzazione nei confronti di questa piaga. Il punto è questo però: dove sono finite queste campagne?

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#Librinnovando – App per bambini e uso dei device nell’infanzia

Eccoci al primo post di approfondimento dopo il primo su #Librinnovando.

In questo articolo discuteremo della creazione di prodotti digitali dedicati prettamente all’infanzia. Come avevamo già detto: “Ci è stata data una dimostrazione della nuova app di Pinocchio (Elastico App) e di come quello che prima era un semplice testo può diventare un’avventura interattiva.”

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Kobo diventa editore

La KoboBooks diventa editore.

La notizia è di qualche giorno fa, quando l’amministratore delegato della società Michael Serbinis ha annunciato ufficialmente il passo verso il reale di Kobo: non soltanto eBook ma anche libri cartacei e un rapporto diretto e privilegiato con gli autori, senza alcun intermediario.

L’unica soluzione per contrastare Amazon è sfidarla su ogni terreno sul quale decida di giocare.

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