Review Evening Painting Richard James
Book reviews , Fiction / June 12, 2020

Evening Painting is a stunning homage to Venice. The work is really unique and original for several reasons. The first one is the subtitle, which is in Italian, namely: L’Amore di Vissini per Fionanora. Vissini and Fionanora are the names of the main characters of the book written by Richard James. Evening Painting is not a non – fiction or a travel book about the wonders of Venice, but a compelling and unconventional novel set in the most romantic place of Italy. I remained pleasantly surprised by this fiction book and I am still incapable to classify it. It is a love-story? Maybe it is, but I think it is much more than it. Evening Painting is a mesmerizing tale about the love of a Venetian writer, called Vissini, for his city and for an American artist called Fionanora. The latter is a beautiful painter, arrived in Venice along with a group of inattentive and uncaring artists. They are all superficially eager to visit this marvelous destination. Vissini, instead, is a very sensitive writer, like the most of writers. He is also very poor, like the most of writers. But it is his personal perspective about Venice, Italy and the…

Recensione L’Amore ai Tempi del Coronavirus di Shirin, Sarah e Stephanie Snyder
Review IT / June 8, 2020

L’Amore ai Tempi del Coronavirus è un racconto breve dedicato all’Italia. Non quella di oggi, ma quella immersa nel tremendo inizio della pandemia. A dir la verità, centinaia di opere e romanzi sono stati scritti durante i terribili giorni del lockdown. Erano saggi, dissertazioni e romanzi, più o meno lunghi, ma questo libro no: è diverso. E’ una novella, quindi un racconto breve che fa parte di una serie internazionale chiamata “ Le Cronache del Corona”. A scriverlo, tre donne, madre e figlie, ovvero Shirin, Sarah e Stephanie Snyder. Loro, il libro, lo hanno scritto in inglese, mentre Maria Antonietta Rossi ed Elena Nagele lo hanno tradotto in italiano. Ed ecco perché, oggi, trovate la mia recensione. Cosa penso dell’Amore ai Tempi del Coronavirus? Beh, prima di rivelarvi la mia opinione, mi soffermerei, un pochino, sulla trama. Siamo a Pisa, nei primi giorni di marzo 2020, Victoria, una travel blogger americana, resta bloccata in un albergo assieme a un altro americano. Non si conoscono, ma sono costretti a condividere la stessa camera, perché le altre sono già occupate da turisti rimasti in Italia durante i caotici primi giorni del lockdown. Da questa convivenza forzata nascerà qualcosa di inaspettato che indurrà…

Recensione Tokyo Traffic Michael Pronko
Review IT / June 1, 2020

Un avvincente giallo sugli inquietanti legami tra criptovalute e traffico di esseri umani. Possiamo definire così Tokio Traffic, terza parte di una saga che ha per protagonista il detective nipponico Hiroshi Shimizu. Nel romanzo, l’eclettica e scintillante capitale giapponese fa da sfondo a un brutale triplice omicidio avvenuto in uno studio cinematografico di film porno. Tra le vittime, anche una minorenne. Partendo da questa scioccante vicenda, il detective scoprirà un agghiacciante traffico di ragazzine, rapite nei loro paesi d’origine, drogate e portate a Tokyo per girare film a luci rosse, un’industria molto fiorente in Giappone, supportata da influenti politici e da leggi compiacenti. I sordidi traffici e rapimenti sono rigorosamente pagati con criptovalute, in modo da non lasciare alcuna traccia riconducibile ad attività illegali. Ciò che invece collega le valute digitali con il traffico di ragazzine è la scia di sangue che il detective giapponese si troverà ad affrontare lungo il suo cammino… Dal talento e dalla penna di Michael Pronko, professore americano che insegna proprio a Tokyo, nasce un personaggio indimenticabile, che, per perspicacia e intelligenza, somiglia al noto commissario Montalbano. Anzi, possiamo ben dire che Hiroshi Shimizu è la versione nipponica di Salvo Montalbano, e il suo autore,…

Review Tokyo Traffic Michael Pronko
Book reviews , Fiction / May 25, 2020

This could be defined a book about cryptocurrency, or rather, a fiction book on cryptocurrrency. While illegal digital currency exchanges are the leading thread of this mystery novel, the author unravels the dark side of Tokyo elite, with all of its perverse industries and the related depravity, where a crime is never a surprise, but an unexpected rule! I am discussing about Tokyo Traffic, the Book3 of the acclaimed mystery series by Michael Pronko. And this is my review about this gripping and unconventional novel. Let’s start from a few clues about the plot. The story is set in the multiethnic city of Tokyo, where aspiring entrepreneurs are more and more involved in borderline businesses that aim only to make money. Yes, money, but what t a type of money? That is not the usual currency, but crypto currency, namely a digital currency exchanged only through online platforms that are impossible to be tracked. This digital currency is used for an awful human traffic where underage girls are kidnapped and brought to Tokyo by boat. The girls are drugged to be turned into porn actresses under the lascivious gaze of the so called bystanders. These are wealthy and powerful persons…

Review The Seed of Rosewood Massimo Rozzoni
Book reviews , Fiction / April 27, 2020

This time I am very proud to review a novel about pirates written by Massimo Rozzoni, a talented Italian novelist who is preparing to be the new heir of Ken Follett. The book title is The Seed of Rosewood. That is the English translation of Il Seme del Palissandro, a volume of 500 pages set in Scotland, the Caribbeans and London, in 1715. The main character is Patrick Douglas, a 15 year old who has still to discover all of the dark contradictions of life. In the century of Patrick, seas were haunted by pirate ships. These cruel sailors devoted their life to looting, rapes and kidnappings to sell their prisoners as slaves. It is just during a looting that Patrick is kidnapped and brought aboard of a pirate vessel which has to reach the legendary Carribbean Sea. I read the English edition of the novel and felt many counteracting emotions: sorrow, joy, rage, hope. I never read an historical fiction book about pirates, I watched movies about this topic and read only historical novels set in different centuries. However, even though I don’t have any recent comparison with another historical novel about the deeds of corsairs, I can absolutely…

Review To Find: The Search For Meaning In Life On The Gringo Trail J.R. Klein
Biography , Book reviews / March 25, 2020

That is a book about a travel experience which turns into a spiritual journey. If I would have read this literary work in a different time, I would have recommended it to travel lovers, but today, in these hard days and after diving into the wonderful remembrances of the author, I can absolutely say that this book is for everybody, especially for those who are struggling with fear, panic and grief. The story is about the quest for a new way of living. And that is my review about the book titled: To Find: The Search For Meaning In Life On The Gringo Trail. The work is a heartfelt memoir written by J.R. Klein about his travel through Mexico and Central America in 1980. The writing style is poetical, such as a fiction book, even though is true like the experience the author narrated. At the beginning of the story, the author, who chooses to be called Alex, is a science student in the United States. He has a girlfriend, but he does not feel fulfilled. We are in the 1980s; Alex feels emptiness in his life and, to get rid by his inner suffering, decides to start an adventurous…

Review To the Survivors Robert Uttaro
Book reviews , Non-Fiction / March 4, 2020

To the Survivors is the touching memoir written by Robert Uttaro. The book arrived in my hands at the proper time and just some days after learning about the upcoming conviction of Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer accused of sexual harassment and sexual violence against some now popular actresses. To the Survivors is the journey of a 30 year American guy, Robert Uttaro, who serves as a voluntary counselor at a healing center for sexual trauma survivors in the United States. Indeed, the complete title of the book is To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence. The work is a light of hope in the black hole of loneliness of women, men and even children who have been victims of sexual violence. Anyway, the work is not a debate about sexual violence, it is a way to give a voice to those who were raped by their best friends, their partners, their husband, their employer, by the priest in their parish. Behold: true stories, true life, not a Television show such as the one about the aforementioned Weinstein. These stories tell about sexual violence by the depths of the soul…

Best modern Italian novels translated into English
Book list , Italian books / February 18, 2020

Where to buy the best modern Italian novels translated into English? You can buy them in this post. As an Italian book lover, in fact, I selected, the best fiction books written by Italian novelists and translated into English from 2015 to now. In this list of the best modern Italian books translated into English, you won’t find the usual modern Italian novels you already bought and read, but new and contemporary Italian fiction books, recently released, translated into English and that you haven’t read, yet! Explore the list, read the description, click the links and then push the button to buy these rare pearls of the modern Italian literature. If you are a lover of Italian books and culture, I guarantee that these books are really unmissable for you, because they are the English editions from recent and contemporary novels written by Italian authors. I am also sure they will become the best modern books of this latest decade. The first best modern Italian novel translated into English is What Hell is Not, by Italian novelist Alessandro D’Avenia. What Hell is Not is the English translation from Ciò che Inferno non è. It has been released in 2019 and…

Best books 2019
Advicesbooks Prize / January 13, 2020

What are the best books of 2019? Rather, what are the best books I read and reviewed last year? Read this post to discover it, because you are just landed on the article of Advicesbooks Prize.  The prize relates to the best books I read and reviewed in the previous year. I read tons of books every year, but this year, I am absolutely sure about the best books I read in 2019. They are two: one written by a traditionally published author and another one written by a self-published author. Well, the best books I read in 2019 are: The Painted Bridge, by Wendy Wallace and The Certain Hope by E. C. Jackson.  Those are two fiction books written by women and with unforgettable female characters. The Painted Bridge is the poignant story of a woman who tempted to save sailors from a shipwreck and who is interned by her husband in an asylum during the kingdom of Queen Victoria, an age where women were denied every human right. The detail which made this novel poignant and internationally translated is the fact that the husband is a vindictive and malevolent priest! The staying in the asylum will be for…