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Ustedes brillan en lo oscuro by Liliana Colanzi

raru's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

admorobo's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

lqueijo's review

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4.0

Vencedora do prémio “Ribera del Duero” (vale o que vale), Liliana Colanzi deixa-nos uns quantos contos duma crueza extrema. Pessoas que vivem em lugares inóspitos e desolados, crianças e movessem afectos e cujas condições de vida não auspiciam futuros risonhos (e grande parte das vezes, nem futuros) e, inclusivamente, uma caverna fazem parte dos personagens principais de contos que se debruçam sobre a vida nas margens de sociedades de consumo onde quem não tem recursos e instrução são “atropelados” nos seus direitos fundamentais e, completamente, ostracizados.
Ainda que muitos dos contos terminem de forma abrupta e fiquem “em suspenso” (o que vai sendo moda nos dias que correm e que me faça, cada vez mais, ver este género literário como “relato” e não “conto” ou “história curta”), o que detesto, as descrições e construção de personagens são bastante boas fazendo dele (ainda que desconheça os restantes) um bom candidato a vencedor de qualquer prémio nesta categoria.
A ler, definitivamente.

kalin_grace's review against another edition

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challenging emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

livlamentloathe's review against another edition

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dark reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

Some stories, like the eponymous ‘You Glow in the Dark,’ were deeply haunting. But others, I didn’t feel like I had a full grasp on. I think in part, it was due to m lack of context within the ethnography of the stories. Like there were pieces of the story dependent on me knowing something about this culture but it went right over my head. I lack a deep understanding of Latin America. 

Overall, it was good! Otherworldly stories that walk the line of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and realistic/historical fiction.

blaze_o_glory's review against another edition

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challenging dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
You Glow in the Dark is collection of stories that have great eerie, anti capitalist vibes… And not a whole lot else.

lilianaj's review against another edition

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fast-paced

5.0

kegilman's review against another edition

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dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

rayofmcfreakinsunshine's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

medievaljuliana's review against another edition

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Filing this under "I should've read more about it before jumping in to adjust my expectations" and "it intrigues me but I'm not sure how much it moves me." Colanzi is much more of a speculative fiction than a horror author (at least here), which is something I would have realized if I had perused a little bit more. Or perhaps I just should not have jumped in with expectations? I hardly ever do, so I'm not sure why I did it here. And maybe it's because I don't have a mental catalogue of speculative fiction to consult as easily, but the collection left me wanting more, in general. My favorite moments were the creepiest and strangest, even if it didn't exactly veer into the supernatural or preternatural.

I would highly suggest for fans of Fever Dream (https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/73446116-a1b2-4628-915d-6d8875336940).

Highlights: The Cave, The Debt, The Greenest Eyes.