Small Reviews (3): Several Books
The literary descendent of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court', de Camp lets Padway grapple with raw issues. I found these areas the story's most interesting sections: how to make a living, having arrived with only modern currency in hand... how to avoid the authorities, given their proclivity to brand any new technology 'witchcraft'... how to assemble allies, fend off enemies and stay healthy in an environment not conducive to outsiders.
Because it was written in 1939, there is a level of 'political incorrectness' that is entertainingly fresh. Italian women, Muslims, the French and others are insulted with broad brush-strokes. Nonetheless, it is historically informative, important from a literary standpoint and makes for interesting reading. Despite its age, it is a fluid, fast read. de Camp had a lot of interesting things to say... and said them well.
Other uniteresting books were O cidadão da Grécia Antiga (the citzen of ancient greece), Os grandes livros misteriosos (the great mysterious books) or Os Grandes Enigmas da Arqueologia (The Greastest enigmas of Archeology), Nos Confins do Mundo (In the ends of the world (something like that), A Ciencia Perante o Desconhecido (Science before the Unknown). This five books were good at a time but now they are undated and pretty much useless. I would think they would be better even today but in my perspective they were not that good because I would search the internet and found something better written and researched. But it was a good start. Believe me.
Mutants Chronicles. Another book that I didn't enjoy. Seeing the movie and enjoying it I try buying the book novelization. What a dissapointement. It gave very little for ones who were trying to know more. I remember reading a couple of articles in the net with only a couple of pages that was better than this novel. 6.5/10