Recipearium by Costi GurguRecipearium by Costi Gurgu


byCosti GurguEditorCharles P. ZaglanisIllustratorScott Wilson

Paperback | April 16, 2017

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In the Green Kingdom, stimulation through the sense of taste has become a powerful and complex art form that rules the lives of the males—the phrils. Not only does it bring pleasure, it can change a phril’s destiny, even guiding him into death and beyond if he can afford the services of the artists called Recipears.

Without a Recipear, a phril will live and die with no chance of an afterlife. Carrying the soul of his Recipearium master, within him, Morminiu comes to the Green Court in the city within the huge body of a monstrous beast, the Royal Carami. His two objectives—to exact revenge on his master’s enemies, and to win for himself the most desired and treacherous position in the realm: Master Recipear of the Kingdom. Yet he doesn’t know that his master’s enemies are so many and so powerful, and the compromises he has to make for his ambition.

Title:RecipeariumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:April 16, 2017Publisher:White Cat Publications, LLC.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0692879455

ISBN - 13:9780692879450

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it if you want to try something different! Costi's imagination when it comes to food delicacies has no boundaries. The writing has an unique flowing that give your taste buds a tingle. Nevertheless, it should come with a disclaimer 'Please don't try this at home!' Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You should not miss out on RecipeArium revolution. I read RecipeArium in its three versions across the two decades span since Costi’s first version. And I have a lot to say about these experiences… 1.The first version in 1994 that brought him the Nemira Award for best unpublished novel of the year, was shorter and flamboyant. Costi wanted to see if he can write a novel happening in an alien world, with only alien characters and no human perspective, as no one has done before. And as you’ll see later, this is an unwritten rule of the Science Fiction genre that Costi successfully breaks with RecipeArium. It was a huge success as Grand Masters of the Romanian Science Fiction praised it and awarded it. It was also a huge failure as Nemira Publishing House didn’t honor their award and never published RecipeArium, thus missing the opportunity of being the first in the world to publish a new weird novel. 2.The second version came shortly after we returned from England in 1999 and Costi had his first literary agent. Agent that encouraged Costi to re-write RecipeArium using his English experience. The second version was longer, reaching the 90,000 words threshold and it somehow felt more mature. Costi sold it in 2004 to Michael Haulica, the first editor to brave the system. He published it in 2006 at Tritonic. 3. By 2008, Costi thought that it will get easier, because the new weird market was already established and RecipeArium has proved a success after two more awards, good sale numbers and a lot of excellent reviews. So, he started on the third version, the English one. He got some expert advise from late David G. Hartwell and the help of an amazingly talented editor, Marg Gilks. It wasn’t easier for Costi, because as Dr. Hartwell explained to him, the rule RecipeArium breaks scares all editors and publishers and there will be none brave enough to risk it. Until 2015, when a courageous and visionary editor, Charles P. Zaglanis, bought RecipeArium for White Cat Publications, taking on the Science Fiction establishment and thus bringing to the American public the next generation of speculative fiction. The rule breaker and creator of worlds, RecipeArium. You should not miss out on this revolution.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One recipe to rule them all Costi Gurgu creates an alien universe that is inherently human in it’s resolve. Like with all his writing (I read a few of his short stories in various collections) he manages a condensed complex creation of characters with rich environment. Besides the really good story I’ve read with pleasure, I liked the courage, rarely shown by nowadays writers, to approach in a direct manner the gender differences and find a method to transcend them as well as making his characters choose the right path to immortality. Imagine a world were only music matters and the singers are the real rulers beyond any official form of power, government or kings. Now imagine an alien world were chefs are influencing and shaping the world they live in through their recipes. You did? Good. Start reading Recipearium next.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books in Romanian literature, now in English I have read the Romanian version - a compelling, unsettling tale of bizarre art, Neogothic love, grotesque scheming and justified revenge, placed in an exotic, strange, pseudomedieval setting, with complex characters and shocking motivations, disturbing ideas and scenes, everything very well written. A must for „Game of Thrones” fans. One of the best books in Romanian literature, I am glad the English version is now available and I hope the translation succeeded in keeping most of Gurgu`s beautiful, carefully crafted writing style.
Date published: 2017-05-08