SHORTER

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Frank Zappa once rightly said, “so many books, so little time.” In this busy life, it helps to keep things short, simple, and sweet. The 3 ‘S’ Theory!

“Shorter” is an anthology of some of my short stories and poems, weaving together unique narratives and multiple thoughts into one absorbing collection. It is playful, evocative, and emotionally complex at times. Exploring the grand absurdity of life, it will make you question logic and the real essence of it! Each story or poem is different with the common thread being my style and expression!

“Barretto has mastered multiple forms of poetry, but her talent of expression is what impressed me the most.” – Susan Violante

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Review of my book – “Must Love Poetry”

Chriselda Barretto
Independently Published (2019)
ISBN 9789463881104
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views

“Must Love Poetry,” by Chriselda Barretto is an eclectic collection of topics expressed in well written poetry. Topics range from Nature, Spirituality, the Universe…you name it and it is within these pages in some shape, or form. When I first saw that this poetry collection was 290 pages, I hesitated a little as this collection had only one author and other poetry books I have read of this size were always multi-author anthologies. I decided to read it like I read the anthologies…in different sittings without paying attention to the table of contents. I found that although I could identify the author’s voice in all the poems, each poem felt totally different than the next one. Each one was well written – some free style, some rhyme more than others, all spoke of different topics, and each expressed a distinct feel. Some of my favorites, to name a few, (although I loved the entire repertoire) are: ‘Soar,’ ‘From Mother to Son,’ ‘The Statue and The Tower,’ ‘Mind Me,’ and the one that really stayed with me, ‘Dark Pearl.’

Barretto has mastered multiple forms of poetry, but her talent of expression is what impressed me the most. To be able to share feelings and provoke thoughts about such a range of topics in one collection is remarkable. I liked the fact that she presented her work in no apparent sequence. This always kept me curious, wondering what the next one would be about, and how it would affect my mind and heart. Would it linger in my thoughts? Would it touch a moment within my life? Would it be about something I haven’t even thought about? Below is a short example to show how the author’s work is not only mind and heart stimulating…but also visually.

‘Dishonest

Living in an age

of dishonesty

Surviving a rage

of pre-occupational hazardry

Collect your thoughts

and reinforce your mental imagery

For this world is the biggest asset

of evolution for humanity!’

I loved “Must Love Poetry” by Chriselda Barretto and consider it a five-star book of poetry for this era. Definitely a must-read for all poetry lovers!

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Book Reviews – She Said!

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Grady Harp

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief phrases and thoughts to enlighten our lives

November 29, 2018

Format: Paperback  

Belgian author Chriselda Barretto has mixed roots Anglo-Indian and Goan-Portuguese. In addition to writing she is an Inflight Safety Training Instructor in the Aviation Industry. She is also a professional modern jazz dancer.

In this well designed book – a combination of colorful geometric shapes placed well with the many quotations Chriselda offers – we are privileged to musings by an obviously thoughtful and caring person. The quotes are directed toward helping the reader find a more satisfying life and gain self-confidence.

Profound in their simplicity, these little quotes spark the imagination and support the growth of the human spirit. Some examples follow:
Strive to make today better than yesterday!

Cold war doesn’t only exist among countries
It also exists among people

You can afford to lose everything
But your mind and common sense!

Life is a never-ending growth curve

In the end the only person you will have to answer to
Is yourself!

We all need a bit of solitude to reflect and reinforce

Resilience only builds after pain

Don’t underestimate you
We all have a purpose here
Find it and fulfill it!

This is a fine little bedside book to re-energize thoughts and perceptions before resting for the night.

Grady Harp, November 18

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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Gemma

5.0 out of 5 stars / A lesson for every day

October 29, 2018

Format: Paperback

A little bit of inspiration and motivation for every day.

“You can afford to lose everything, but your mind and common sense!”
“Love hurts, but experiencing it is such a huge buzz!”

Chriselda Barretto has experienced a lot in her life, and she has used each one of her experiences to learn a lesson. She has collected these lessons and her musings on life and expressed them as inspirational and thought-provoking quotes in ‘She Said’. Through reading these quotes, I was encouraged to learn new things about myself by looking inward and asking myself questions. This is definitely one of those books that can sit on your bookshelf for years, that you can keep coming back to when you need a boost, or want to start your day off in the right way.    

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DG Penny

4.0 out of 5 stars / Another good read by Barretto  

November 12, 2018 Format: Paperback  

Another good read by Barretto but think I preferred The Creep more. This is still an enjoyable read and if it had been my first by the author I may have awarded 5 stars.

There is a lot in here based on the journey Barretto has enjoyed and endured in her life, and I think that absolutely fills her writing with authenticity and feeling. I found myself going back and rereading a few pages that I found to be particularly profound. She is an author I’ll be following from here to see what else is released in the future.

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Grymm

3.0 out of 5 stars / Very creative original quotes

October 15, 2018

Format: Paperback

This is my second time diving into the imagination of Chriselda Barretto. This is a very different kind of book than the other I’ve read (The Creep, for what it’s worth). This is a book of original quotes by Barretto. There is a bit of design on some of the pages, but I’m not entirely sure what the theme is (it feels like they were thrown in there just to take up space, but this is possibly a formatting thing). The quotes: there are some good gems in here, some are creative re-inventions of quotes and sayings that are out there, and some of them are quite creative. Overall, it wasn’t bad. The quotes were mostly inspirational, with the rest really calling for the reader to look inward. The formatting and length could be adjusted, though, considering the large number of pages in relation to actual content. Again, I have to say this author is very creative. I’ll be checking out another book by her.

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Palfrend

3.0 out of 5 stars / Reworded Quotes Offering Inspiration and Guidance

November 3, 2018

Format: Paperback

Honestly, I feel like this book is made up of recycled but reworded quotes that offer its readers inspiration and guidance as they struggle to survive in this difficult modern world we live in. This is the second book by Barretto that I have read and its contents are a refreshing and replenishing plethora of counsel that I feel gives hope and comfort to the soul that is on the verge of a breakdown. I am here to report that the positives of this book is the author’s skill at rewording the same advice that other sources of inspiration e.g. the Holy Bible has been touting for a long time. There are quotes here that examine the self for instance like this one:
“Confidence should be measured by your power of patience, resilience and persistence.”
Then there are quotes that condemn the opinion of others:
“Asking someone for advice means you get what would suit them and not necessarily you or your needs!”
And then there are quotes that instruct you on how to better your life (which this example says but is often an overused one now):
“Strive to make today better than yesterday!”
And of course there are quotes that tells us the readers what Barretto has learned herself:
“Experience has taught me not to judge a book by its cover…” which is a quote that is overused as well.
Like I said, those of us readers who have read a lot of inspirational books and seen a bunch of inspirational movies over our years on this earth have already by now learned of these quotes but the brilliance in them is that the author has redesigned their wording so as to make them her own.
She Said!: A Book of Quotes here is a great read for the millennials in my honest opinion especially for those who are not spiritual or religious. It may very well be inspiring and helpful to them as I have delineated above that these quotes are great counsel that provides a soothing backbone to those who feel like the world is against them and are seeking a way to snap out of it and get back on the right path in life. I wish Barretto much success and more happiness to her and her book here as someone who grew up amongst theological books and religious media therefore having learned of these quotes beforehand.
Still I guess it’s wonderful to own a book of quotes that are spread in good nature and is a book centered on goodness and a peace of mind. It may very well rejuvenate the sad life of someone who has not discovered the wisdom in these quotes after all. Good luck and God bless.

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V.E.

4.0 out of 5 stars / Great Collection of Inspiring Quotes

October 11, 2018

Format: Paperback

She Said!: The Book of Quotes by Chriselda Barretto is a vast collection of inspirational quotes written by the author. Conveyed in an abstract and whimsical format, these quotes may be just what you need to get your day started. Barretto has lived thus far an interesting life, working for the past couple decades as an In flight Training Instructor, and also being a professional jazz dancer. Her passion for writing and being creative however, shines in this collection of uplifting quotes. As she says, Complacency is a dangerous trait; you will find no complacency here, just imaginative and fun quotes that you can read again and again to reinvigorate yourself and inspire yourself to be your best self from one day to the next. A fun collection from a very interesting and enthusiastic author. Highly recommend, and look forward to more from Barretto.


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Book Reviews – The Creep

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Oct 11, 2018

Valery ****

The Creep: A first of its kind narrative poetry in the thriller genre by Chriselda Barretto is such a unique book, it’s kind of hard to pin it down to just one thing. A collection of poems that highlight the most evil things and happenings, the author writes in an almost wistful way, capturing some of Edgar Allen Poe’s essence, in that the poems are grisly while getting under your skin in a subtle way. There seems to be a running theme of horrible things happening to ordinary people, from The Secret Amulet to Deepak, the Full Moon and more. The Creep is a presence that pervades people’s lives, takes over and exerts an extreme evil influence. This is an interesting take on putting together a collection of poetry, highly unique and innovative. You will enjoy this evil and creepy collection of scary poetry. Looking forward to more from this author. Highly recommend.

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Nov 14, 2018

Novel Addiction ***** It was amazing


Narrative poetry in the thriller genre, I have to admit I wasn’t sure at all what to expect, but I am keen to explore different avenues of literature that I previously haven’t tried. I’m a fan of horror movies and horror books, although mainly the ones from years ago, and I have to say I thought this was pretty exceptional.

With anything unfamiliar it’s difficult to quantify so took me a while to gather my thoughts, but after consideration, and that the lines resonated with me long after, I have to give this a solid 5 stars. Applaudable vision and ambition to even attempt this, a big favorite with me.

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Nov 06, 2018

Nose In A Book ***** It was amazing


Fans of the thriller genre of fiction, looking for something different, should definitely check out ‘Creep’ by Chriselda Barretto. It is a complete story, but told in narrative poetry, which gives an ethereal feel and almost a sinister rhythm, which was really enthralling and will draw you into its darkness. The poems read like chapters that tell the unsettling, disturbing, and sometimes grisly tales or people affected by ‘The Creep’, a malevolent force that invades the lives of its unsuspecting victims, bringing with it evil and malice. This is poetry that will keep you up at night, keep your doors locked, and sleep with the light on. ‘The Creep’ may just have an impact of your lives after reading this unique piece of thriller fiction.

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Nov 27, 2018 

Laila Viking *** 

This was very different from what I use to read and review. It is a unique telling written in poems.
It is about a Monster which is named The Creep. Only one person can save the world from this Creep and that is a young boy. 
I like that the poem follows a pattern. That made it more calming. It has a nice rhythm in it. In spite of this is a poem it often feels real. The book is short but still giving the reader a sort of adventure.
I can only recommend it to lovers of the poetry and poems.

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Nov 22, 2018

Cracked Spine ***

 The Creep by Chriselda Barretto is an interesting and original idea of its kind epic poem featuring a horrific monster dubbed by Barretto as the “Creep” that resembles the Greek monster, Medusa that comes to people through their dreams. It does not have a given name just that it is a creepy demon that only a certain little boy is destined to send back to wherever diabolical place it originated from. This is a new form of poetry book that is labeled as a thriller on Amazon’s website. It is similar to the Greek greats The Odyssey and The Iliad in that it tells a story through a narrator and this book is inspired by the Christian story of the villainous satan that was banished from heaven and is said to be on earth to wreak havoc only to be destroyed by the Lord Almighty’s son Jesus Christ. So I guess it’s safe to say that this book has a universal appeal to all those who are aware of Christ and His enemy satan.

This book is short and concise, the poetic lines are not lengthy but are rightfully brief and simple. It is written in a sort of way by Barretto to probably let each line rhyme and go smoothly with each other as a whole in order to be read poetically by avid readers of poetry books. I found no faults within this book except that to the amateur poetry reader, he or she may find the rhythm to be off-putting but as a poet myself, I can say that it is for the words’ syllables and consonants to flow rhythmically. I finished this book in two days but could have been shorter if I wasn’t too tired from the Halloween craze of two days ago.

I suggest this book to those die-hard fans of poetry who may love a new poetic theme, in this case, the horror genre because in all my years on this earth the only horrific kind of poetry book I’ve read was Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and Other Poems and that’s about it. Barretto has sparked an interest in me for scary-themed poems and for epic poetry as well. Good luck to the author and her writing career and to everyone reading this book, try it out and see if it fancies you. I think a collector of poetry books should add this rare gem to his or her library. I think Barretto’s work here has made me feel like I should search for more book-length epic poems with all sorts of themes ranging from horror to suspense to romance of course to entertain me during this upcoming magical season of winter. God bless!

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Oct 30, 2018

8th Day Reads ****

This is a unique piece as in it tells a story, but it’s a narrative poem. It is broken up into chapters, and typically follows a rhyme pattern (though not always–there are some points where creative slant rhyming plays a part). The piece starts off describing the “creep”, and progresses throughout each chapter. Though each chapter can be a piece on its own, it all follows the general theme surrounding the creep and the characters impacted by it.

The story behind the poetry is pretty interesting. I could see it, the writing was visual. The characters throughout were neat, and fleshed out well as far as poetry goes. The writing had a few errors, and the rhyme seemed forced at a few points, but overall the author did a good job. I’d definitely read more from this author, she is very creative and can weave a good story!

Just keep in mind before buying that this is a poetic narrative and not a novel. It does tell a complete story, though!

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