Pedro Barrento


Pedro was born in Mozambique in 1961, attended English schools in Lisbon and pursued his education until finishing a degree in Law. When he was around 33, Pedro decided there’s more to life than being a lawyer and tried his hand at various business activities, the most interesting of which was a company that produced and managed rock bands. In 2012 he decided to pick up again a long-forgotten hobby of his: writing. He started with a blog, mainly dedicated to political satire. Encouraged by the feedback from the blog Pedro then decided to try his hand at a whole book, an effort which resulted in the creation of “The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale”. A second book “Marlene & Sofia – A Double Love Story” was released in 2014 and his third book “The Algorithm of Power” saw the light of day in 2018.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us a little something about yourself as both a person and an author:
I’m a maverick, a loner and someone who loves to think about problems too complicated to ever have a solution. I also have very peculiar beliefs, as I do not believe in the existence of God but I believe in the existence of spiritual dimensions. It’s a very uncomfortable position to be in, because religious people consider me an atheist and atheists just consider me incoherent.
What made you decide to be a writer?
I always wrote short pieces, mainly about political satire, and I have a blog dedicated to that (mostly in Portuguese, though).
One of my satirical pieces, “The Euro Crisis Explained to Grannies”, has now been viewed almost 14.000 times, so I guess at least some people must like it.
I then started having ideas for longer and more complicated stories.
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Smashwords book reviews by Pedro Barrento

  • Cupcake Dreamy #1 on Jan. 04, 2014

    This is a short comic strip with a very European / bande dessinée feel to it (although written by an American). It's too short to have a real plot, so, in my opinion, it's more of a snapshot of a mood / state of mind. Although "no future" is a slogan usually associated with late 70's punk, one gets the feeling that today's early 20's are the really "no future" generation. This strip is one of the many pieces of art out there that reflect the nihilistic feeling of what risks becoming a lost generation.
  • Excuse of the Day on Aug. 10, 2015

    "Excuse of the Day" is a very short piece of dialogue that should serve as an introduction to Tabitha Ormiston-Smith's style of writing. As everything else that I've read from this author it is well written, funny and imaginative but it is no more than a tiny bite-sized piece of literature. If you like this er... how should I call it... sample... what you should really be reading is "Gift of Continence" by the same author. That is a full book and it made me laugh out loud on every other page.
  • Operation Tomcat on March 13, 2016

    Having read previous books by Tabitha, I can tell her writing is maturing and getting more sophisticated as the years go by. Just like a good wine indeed. Operation Tomcat, her latest work, is a shortish mystery story that entertains and amuses in equal parts. It doesn't provoke roars of laughter, like "Gift of Continence" did (nor does it intend to) but it does elicit regular smiles from the reader. The ending is a bit lacking though. A more complex ending would be the cherry on top of the cake.
  • Operation Camilla on Sep. 30, 2016

    OPERATION CAMILLA is entertaining, humurous and a fast read. Tabitha seems to be setting on a style that is increasingly recognisable as her own and on which she is extremely competent. She also writes well.
  • NeoSocapismo on Oct. 07, 2021

    "La idea es crear zonas dentro de un país donde sea exclusivamente y por completo capitalistas, otras comunistas y otras mezcladas" - This is exactly the same idea that is behind the plot of my book "The Algorithm of Power", except that in my story the world is managed by an operating system that has replaced politicians, and allows each citizen to move freely between a variety of economic systems. Pedro Barrento