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Sergey Dyachenko (1945–2022)

Autor(a) de Vita Nostra

34 Works 1,196 Membros 45 Reviews

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Séries

Obras de Sergey Dyachenko

Vita Nostra (2007) — Autor; Autor — 795 cópias
The Scar (2012) 171 cópias
Daughter from the Dark (2020) — Autor; Autor — 102 cópias
The Burned Tower (1999) — Autor; Autor — 52 cópias
Ritual (1996) 8 cópias
Das Jahrhundert der Hexen: Roman (1997) — Autor — 7 cópias
Dzika energia (2007) 7 cópias
Miedziany król (2009) 5 cópias
Magam mozhno vse (2004) 5 cópias
Dolina Sumienia (2002) 4 cópias
Pandem (2003) 3 cópias
Armaged-dom (2004) 3 cópias
Kaźń (2006) 2 cópias
Привратник (2019) 2 cópias
Ziemia Vesnarów 2 cópias
Odźwierny (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Стократ 1 exemplar(es)
Andrej és a Föld zarándokai (2014) 1 exemplar(es)
Arszen és a játék hatalma (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Скитальцы (2003) 1 exemplar(es)
The Scar 1 exemplar(es)
Одержимая 1 exemplar(es)
Następca (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Awanturnik (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
U zla net vlasti (in Russian) (2008) — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Dyachenko, Serhiy Serhiyovych
Data de nascimento
1945
Data de falecimento
2022-03-05
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
Ukraine
Local de nascimento
Kyiv, Ukraine SSR
Locais de residência
Moscow, Russia
Marina del Rey, California, USA
Ocupação
novelist
screenwriter
Relacionamentos
Dyachenko, Marina (spouse)

Membros

Resenhas

È stato faticoso leggerlo, ho dovuto intervallare con altri libri per alleggerirlo, è stato un viaggio in una torbida melassa. Non so se l'ho capito appieno o se c'è una mancanza di fondo, ma... bello, a modo suo.
 
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ravendubh | outras 31 resenhas | Dec 21, 2023 |
A reread for my book club

I loved the book the first time I read it, a long time ago. I was overwhelmed, as in ”what is this???” and ”this is the weirdest book I’ve ever read!” But you never reread the same book, because you are not the same reader. So, I am not overwhelmed now, yet the book is brilliant and I see things I hadn't seen before and my thoughts on the reread were not the same.

Your regular ordinary world is slowly turning into a strange, nightmare one. I loved how it was done in the first pages.

This novel is an ode to the power of language and symbols, the gorgeousness and the horror of it. It is about finding meaning in chaos and darkness, through language.

The horrible things done to the students and the manipulation hit me very hard this time. I wonder if only someone who has lived through oppression and experienced a totalitarian society in all its ghastliness and absurdity could have imagined this world. I kept thinking about all the beautiful young things burning so bright, and those who would step on them and twist, twist, twist, until people are remade to suit somebody else.

Towards the end of the book, I started wondering about those text fragments that coalesced out of chaos (this is the power of the reread!). So I googled one of them and found Aristotle ☺ It warmed my heart, of course.

I must confess that I did not understand the ending on the first read. That’s because I swallowed the book whole, dived into it, and then came up gasping for air, wondering what just happened. This time: the oppressors of any kind would have you believe that Love = Fear. The ending is Sasha’s answer to that, and it is full of courage and brilliance.

That quote at the end is from the Gospels. Oh.
… (mais)
 
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Alexandra_book_life | outras 31 resenhas | Dec 15, 2023 |
I read reviews that call this book the greatest fantasy novel ever, and, while I don't personally agree with that, there is definitely a lot to like ---the gradual reveal about the Institute for Special Technologies, Sasha's emotional and physical development and the other "changes" she goes through, the deeply drawn and interesting characters that were her teachers and classmates, her connection and disconnection to and from her family, and the connection to the systems of language --- all added up to an intriguing and enjoyable book. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was excellent.… (mais)
 
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Bebe_Ryalls | outras 31 resenhas | Oct 20, 2023 |
This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday. The verdict: ???!

Audio Narration
The narrator is Jessica Ball. I thought her narration worked really well for this story, although it might have grated on me in a different story if she’d used the same tone. She spoke in a light, almost overly cheerful type of tone that somehow enhanced the darkness of the story.

I think the only complaint I had with the audio format had nothing to do with the narrator, but probably with the editing. There needed to be longer pauses between section breaks. It was jarring at times the way the story flowed from one section to another. Sometimes the only way I knew there had been a section break was because the story unexpectedly shifted in time.

Story
I can’t explain much about this story without revealing too much and spoiling the fun of discovery. Things are happening to the main character that she doesn’t understand and we learn more about what’s going on along with her. The story is told from the perspective of Sasha, a girl in her mid to late teens at the start of the book. It starts off with her on vacation with her mother at a beach. She encounters a creepy man who seems to be stalking her. When she fails to evade him, he demands that she accomplish a strange and seemingly pointless task. If she refuses to comply, Sasha knows something terrible will happen. Things get stranger from there.

In some ways this story was really very repetitive. It’s most obvious at the beginning, when Sasha is completing tasks, yet I didn’t get bored with it because I was very curious to see where things were going. Later, at the school, it also got quite repetitive in the sense that Sasha tended to follow the same patterns in the way she dealt with what was going on. That started to wear on me a little. But overall the story held my interest well and kept me curious to learn more.

Things fell apart for me toward the end. A big premise of the story is that it’s impossible for the people who know what’s going on to explain anything of substance to the people like Sasha who are still in the dark. This of course frees the authors to not have to explain anything substantial to the reader if they so choose, and I felt like this was what happened here. It was all quite nebulous and metaphorical, which is something I tend not to have a lot of patience with. I like more solid plots, whether intricate or simple, and I like all the puzzle pieces to fit together by the end and form a clear picture in my head, regardless of whether the author explains to me what the picture is supposed to be or leaves me to infer it on my own. I was particularly unsatisfied by the abrupt and ambiguous ending.

Maybe reading this in print would add greater clarity than what I got by listening to an audiobook, but I suspect in this case I would have had a similar reaction in print. There is another related book published, so maybe that answers some questions. This was originally published in Russian. The original series has four books, but only the first and fourth have been translated into English. However, if I understand correctly, I believe the second and third aren’t directly related to Sasha’s story and the fourth book, which is translated, continues it.

I’m somewhat undecided on continuing this series in print someday, but I’m leaning toward no. It was interesting and held my interest, but it was ultimately unsatisfying. I suspect this is more a factor of the authors’ writing style than it is a matter of the story simply not being complete yet. I’m rating it at 3.5 stars and rounding down to 3 on Goodreads.

I was somewhat amused when I tried to listen to part of the audiobook during a road trip. I don’t do great with audiobooks while driving, so I only listened for maybe 30 minutes before I’d had enough and tried to switch back to music. And suddenly I felt as trapped as Sasha in my situation, because I could not get out of the audiobook. The car’s screen would claim I’d switched to FM, or whatever else I tried to switch to, and then the audiobook would keep playing. And playing. And playing. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the phone. It kept playing. And playing. And playing. I ultimately had to disconnect my phone from the car and let it sit for over a minute before I could reassert my own will about what I listened to in my car.
… (mais)
½
 
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YouKneeK | outras 31 resenhas | Jul 21, 2023 |

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Obras
34
Membros
1,196
Popularidade
#21,487
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Resenhas
45
ISBNs
72
Idiomas
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