Born in Trieste, Italy, in September 1955, I have a high school degree and a degree in law, but I started studying and using English at the age of 6, and chose to work with the two things I love most: books and the English language. Therefore, I’ve been working as a translator and editor for the past 33 years. On and off I’ve been writing too. I won a couple of non-professional awards and I’m beginning to publish a few things. My dream is to become a fulltime writer. I have a few projects in my drawer, but little time to work on them.
My first book, “Cats: Instruction for Use” – How to Survive being Owned by a Cat has been published in the US by Inknbeans Press and is available at Amazon.com.
Divorced, with two grown up daughters, I now live in the hills od Oltrepò Pavese (Northern Italy), with my 34 cats and my Belgian Shepherd, Shine.
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Smashwords book reviews by Annarita Guarnieri
- Land of Nod, The Artifact
on July 01, 2011
Reviewd by Annarita Guarnieri
I’ve just finished reading Land of Nod, and I must say it left me with the same feeling most good readings do… a sense of regret that here wasn’t more to read, and a wish for the sequel to come out soon.
It’s been a long time since I read a sci-fi book that appealed so much to me… light enough on the scientific side not to get boring for somebody who, like me, doesn’t like techology and science very much, and yet really powerful on the adventure side and with a very good, enthralling plot. I only wish the psychology of some character had been further explored, but since most of them are seen mostly through Jeff’s eyes, I realize that would have been rather difficult.
All considered, The Land of Nod makes a very good and pleasant reading.
- Kiwi in Cat City
on July 07, 2011
Reviewed by Annarita Guarnieri
I must confess that I approached this book with a few misgivings, because I had not read anything meant for children in ages.
But after just a few pages I had already forgotten it was a book for children, or at least I found out that I did not mind it at all. While simple enough that children can understand and enjoy it, the narration is flowing and the style elegant, clean and amusing.
And the plot hooks you from the very start. The idea of children turning into cats and following their own (supposedly) domestic cat to a strange land and toward adventure is quite original in its own right, and the whole story develops with a steady rhythm, in the best mystery style, with a few surprises here and there.
It was a very enjoyable reading, so much so that I’m now looking forward to reading the next volume of Kiwi’s adventures (a few threads are left hanging in the end, but the story is self-conclusive).
- Wheezer And the Painted Frog
on Sep. 15, 2011
Review by Annarita Guarnieri
I approached this book with happy trepidation, because it was carrying me back to a genre I had loved as a child and as a teenager, the one I had grown up with and then I had been forced to leave behind because there weren’t any good western books to read any more.
And it did not fail me.
I realize, however, that defining it just a “western” is highly reductive, for “Wheezer” is much more than that, and can be read on different levels, by people with different interest.
It is, first and foremost, a historical book, looking into one of the most sorrowful pages of the Native Americans’ history, the “Trail where They Cried”, the forced migration of the Cherokee tribe from their native land to the arid Territory of Oklahoma. Kitty Sutton has manage to paint the odissey, the agony of a people with just a few words here and there, never getting boring (as historical books could be) and always touching the heart of the reader.
Then there is Wheezer himself… any reader who loves animals in general and dogs in particular cannot help but being captivated by this small, extremely clever dog, who’s a sort of “deus ex machina” throughout the novel. He’s so cute, so brave, so clever, you’ll never have enough of him, you’ll wish to read more about him.
And the other characters, from Jackson Halley to the little, brave Cherokee girl Sasa, to all the other minor characters, are unforgettable too. Kitty has a way of making them come to life with her words so that the reader can actually “see” them and share their emotions, their despair, their pride, their happiness.
And then there is the “western atmosphere” proper, the landscape, the wide spaces, the forest and the arid plains, all brought to life in such way the reader cannot help but feel transported in another land and in another time.
As I said at the beginning, this book brought me back to the love of my childhood and youth, and I must say that reading Wheezer’s story, the Cherokee people story, Sasa’s story, captivated me as much as the best novels by Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour managed to do so many years ago.
I definitely recommend reading this book. You’ll feel the richer for it
- Forsaking the Garden
on Feb. 05, 2012
Even if I love Susan Wells Bennett’s more humoristic novels (such as her really delicious Monkey series), I like even better her other works, such as Thief of Todays and Tomorrows and Forsaking the Garden. They have a depth, a richness that never ceases to amaze me and that unerringly manages to make a captive audience out of me till the last page.
When I started reading “Forsaking the Garden” I did not know exactly what to expect, and the more I got into the story, the more it intrigued me. As usual, I won’t go into details about the plot, because I think this story, like many others, is a little gem each of us has to discover by him or herself… no spoiling, then!
What I feel I can safely say, however, is that this is a book with a very original plot, masterly written as one could expect from Susan, and which affords many different layers of reading and many opportunities for some reflection.
Is it better to live a life totally severed from the real, modern world, or to go into this world of ours and embrace it with all the good and the evil it has to offer?
And, once we have “forsaken the garden”, so to speak, is it possible to get back and find the lost innocence again?
Forsaking the Garden offers not only an intriguing, hooking plot which will not allow the reader to put the book down till the last page, but also allows us to look through virgin, totally unknowing eyes (those of Irene, the fourteen year old main character) at the world we live in, at our beliefs and at all the contradictions we take so much for granted, but that would smack of hypocrisy to those virgin eyes.
A book to be read, devoured, cherished and that will give the reader a lot of very good food for thought.
Definitely, a five star reading!
- Tales From the Deed Box of John H. Watson MD
on Feb. 20, 2013
For a good long many years now I’ve been eagerly reading/watching anything I could put my hands on that was about the greatest detective of all times, Sherlock Holmes. Of course, I have the original collection of all Conan Doyle’s stories, but reading and re-reading the same stories ends up taking some of the flavor off them.
So I was extremely delighted when I started reading “Tales”, because from the very beginning I could find the same flavor, the same atmosphere, the same… magic that characterized the original stories.
Not only all the characters, from Holmes and Watson to Lestrade and all the minor characters appearing in the stories, are masterfully rendered in a way that is both faithful to the original and at the same time subtly innovative, but also the language has the full resonance of the one in use at Conan Doyle’s times… a language, in my opinion, far richer than the one we use nowadays.
And, to make the book perfect, the plots themselves have the subtle intricacy (which appears so simple once Sir Sherlock Holmes deigns to explain it to us poor mortals) which made Conan Doyle’s work so captivating.
What else can I say? That I’m glad I have two more books from the Deed Box to read, otherwise I’d feel bereft again!
This book and the other two are definitely a must, not only for all Sherlock Holmes buffs but also for the readers who love a rich, well written book, whatever its subject.
- Secrets From the Deed Box of John H Watson, MD
on March 05, 2013
After reading “Tales from the Deed Box”, I felt I wanted to read more… yes, I’m a Sherlock Holmes addict… so I started reading “Secrets” expecting another good book, and there I got a surprise, because I think that in this second book Hugh Ashton exceeded his “master” Conan Doyle.
Not only the book has all the good qualities I found in the previous one, but it goes deeper into the psychology of the characters and has darker shades here and there in the plot that make it a more captivating reading.
When reading the original stories by Conan Doyle, at times I used to find myself, if not exactly bored, at least not extremely interested in some stories which involved simple thefts, with no murders or deeper intrigues in them. Reading the first two stories in this collection was a very pleasant surprise, because both “The Conk-Singleton Forgery Case” and “The Enfield Rope” fall in that category, but the plot and the characters were handled so well that I practically devoured both of them. The third story “The Strange Case of James Phillimore”, is much darker and in a way it reminded me of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, by Edgar Allan Poe, most of all in the initial description, the tension it creates, the horror of the bloodshed.
All this, coupled with the usual, impeccable writing style and a faithful rendition of London’s atmosphere and society of the times, makes “Secrets from the Deed Box” a book not to be missed by any Sherlock Holmes buff.