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Honors, Interviews, and Reviews

Last update: April 17, 2014

Honors, Interviews, and Reviews (fiction)


- Nebula Award finalist for Best Novelette, 2010
- Amigo do Livro, 2013 for the Odyssey of Fantastic Literature an "iniciative promoting reading in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
- Winner, 2010 Realms of Fantasy Readers' Choice Award for Best Fiction
- Vasco Prado Trophy for being an invited author at the National Literature Journey of Passo Fundo and for creating a work of "special distinction in the formation of young readers"
    (6a Jornadinha Nacional de Literatura / 14a Jornada Nacional de Literatura)
- Invited guest, International Literary Festival of Paracatu
    (Festival Literário Internacional de Paracatu)
- Tangent Online recommended reading list
- Viable Paradise XI graduate

Selected interviews and press reports

"Wednesday Writer - Christopher Kastensmidt" - Rick Novy
  Entropy Central, April 3, 2013
"The Next Big Thing from Christopher Kastensmidt" - Cathernie Schaff-Stump
  Writer Tamago, October 15, 2012
"A Journey to Remember" - Christopher Kastensmidt
  Locus Online, October 17, 2011
"Nebula Awards 2010 Interview: Christopher Kastensmidt" - by Marshall Payne
   Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. June 22, 2011
"Workshop interview with Christopher Kastensmidt" - by Mike Zipser
    Fast Forward. May 20, 2011
"Interview with Christopher Kastensmidt" - by M. G. Ellington
    Apex Publications. July 6, 2010
"Interview with Christopher Kastensmidt" - by Jordan Lapp
    Every Day Fiction. October 15, 2007

In Portuguese:

"O negro e a representatividade na literatura fantástica nacional" - Marcelo Rafael
  Saraiva Conteúdo, 23 de abril de 2013
"7 coisas que aprendi – por Christopher Kastensmidt" - T.K. Pereira
  Escriba Encapuzado, 25 de março de 2013
"O fantástico mundo das histórias"
  O Nacional, 09 de novembro de 2012
"A Criação - Christopher Kastensmidt" - Tiago Castro
  Universo Insônia, 06 de novembro de 2012
"Vampiros, sacis e fadas: a literatura fantástica cresce cada vez mais" - Marcelo Rafael
  Saraiva Conteúdo, 19 de outubro de 2012 (vídeo)
"Christopher Kastensmidt e a fantasia heroica" - Pablo Gonzalez
  PodLer, 25 de setembro de 2012 (vídeo)
"Christopher Kastensmidt" - Cesar Freitas
  HQ & Cia (AllTV), 15 de setembto de 2012 (vídeo)
"Criando Mundos" - por Rafael Gloria
  Segundo Controle, 27 de julho de 2012
"Entrevista com Christopher Kastensmidt"
  Jovem Pan (Jovem Pan FM), 14 de outubro de 2011 (áudio)
"A Literatura fantástica ganha espaço no Brasil" - por Carolina Borba
  Fliporto, Festa Literária Internacional de Pernambuco, 6 de setembro de 2011
"No Brasil, literatura fantástica troca ‘capa e espada’ por índios e tacapes" - por Guss de Luca
  Último Segundo, iG, 4 de setembro de 2011
"Brasil Fantástico!"
   Nerdice, 12 de julho de 2011
"Mudando de profissão: o momento de dar uma guinada na carreira"
   Carreira Fashion, 11 de julho 2011
"Livro sobre folclore brasileiro concorre a prêmio internacional"
   Leitura Dinâmica (RedeTV!), 20 de maio 2011 (vídeo)
"10 Perguntas e Meia para Christopher Kastensmidt" - by Taize Odelli
   Meia Palavra (UOL), 28 de março de 2011
Entrevista (part 1) (part 2)
    Autores e Livros (TV Assembleia), 21 de março de 2011 (vídeo)
{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}   Camarote (TV COM), 11 de março de 2011 (vídeo)
{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}"Americano residente em Porto Alegre é indicado a prêmio de literatura fantástica", - por Carlos André Moreira
{C}{C}{C}{C}   Zero Hora (RBS), March 08, 2011 (vídeo)
"Uma nova fantasia" - por Roberto Sousa de Causo
   Terra Magazine (Terra), 26 de fevereiro de 2011
"The Elephant and Macaw Banner"
   Leitura Dinâmica (RedeTV!), 2 de setembro de 2010 (vídeo)


Reviews of "A Parlous Battle Against the Capelobo"

Reviews in Portuguese:

“The tense moments are tense, the relaxed moments are relaxed, the funny moments are funny.  The battle itself against the Capelobo really takes your breath away."
 - Review by Daniel Borba, Além das Estrelas

“(The series) skillfully continues its intention to renew fantasy in Brazilian literature…Christopher Kastensmidt and Roberto de Sousa Causo know how to handle the cultural exchange, the miscegenation which characterizes the country and which Brazil has to offer to create excellent stories full of magic and adventure.”
- Review by Taize Odelli, r.izze.enhas

"The narrative is fun, alternating tense moments, battles full of danger and action, with the use of irony and humor."
- Review by Tânia Souza, À LitFan

"They are old school heroes, without internal conflicts or self-interests beyond love for adventure, following the traditional model of young adult novels in exotic locales."
- Review by Antonio Luiz M. C. Costa, Carta Capital

Reviews of "As They Appear..."

Reviews in Portuguese:

"Christopher Kastensmidt's story is a knockout.  The best in the series till now."
- Cesar Silva, Mensagens do Hiperespaço

"The first novelette by Christopher Kastensmidt is by far my favorite in the book. It wasn't an accident he was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2011."
- Review by Tatinda Testes, Leitora Viciada

"With a surprising ending, this is one of the best stories in the book."
- Review by Kate Willians, Drunk Culture

"The story is very well-written and captivates from start to finish."
- Review by Valeria, Nem um Pouco Épico

"It's hard not to take a side while reading and root for them until the end, which will obviously be dramatic."
- Review by Ana Carolina Silveira, Leitura Escrita

"The story 'As They Appear...' by Christopher Kastensmidt explains why the author was nominated for the Nebula Awards."
- Review by Nikelen Witter, Sapatinhos Vermelhos

Reviews of "Dragon Dreams on Cardboard Wings and Tiny Scraps of Yellow"

“Every so often, an author does draw me into a short-short story, and I can only marvel at his or her skill in pulling it off. Remarkably, Christopher Kastensmidt's "Dragon Dreams on Cardboard Wings and Tiny Scraps of Yellow" tells an absorbing story in under 400 words."
- Review by Aaron Huges, Fantastic Reviews

"It’s short. It’s lovely. It brightened my day, and had a real poetic quality."
- Review by Steve Feldon, Moonlitworld

Reviews of "The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara"

“I expect Christopher Kastensmidt’s dynamic S&S duo of Gerard Van Oost and Oludara to do wonderful things in the future.”
- Douglas Cohen, Editor of Realms of Fantasy

“Kastensmidt captures adventure in the spirit of New World explorers with vigor. [He] skillfully weaves history, fantasy, adventure, and strong characterization into a compelling introduction.”
- Review by Catherine Schaff-Stump, Host at Writer Tamago

“An entertaining mix of adventure and folklore in a fantastic world where monsters roam the forests of Brazil and Africa.”
- Review by Lois Tilton, Locus Online

“I also enjoyed Christopher Kastensmidt’s 'The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard Van Oost and Oludara'.  This is a sort of origin story, and so we get to see each hero perform one heroic (and clever) feat, setting up further adventures for the pair.”
- Rich Horton, April 2010 issue of Locus Magazine

“This was definitely my favorite piece in the issue, a strong and fun retake on epic fantasy.”
- Review by Rachel Swirsky, That which degranges the senses

Reviews in Portuguese:

“The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara is delicious. When I found I'd reached the last page I thought: what a shame it's over.  Figures from our folklore and an unexpected pair of very sympathetic heroes promise many other advenutres. It left me wanting to read much more.“
- Review by Tânia Souza, À LitFan

“All my expectations were met gloriously by this novelette…It's an adventure that takes the breath away, that reminds me of my days as a child reader of the Firefly Collection which stormed the school libraray.”
- Review by Ana Carolina Silveira, Leitura Escrita

“Christopher demonstrates passion and interest for Brazilian fantasy.  His story not only speaks of bandeirantes, but also takes a look at the Afro-Brazilian world...He offers us the chance to think of Brazilian-style heroes.”
- Review by Simone Saueressig, Porteira da Fantasia

"It isn't force but intelligence which saves the protagonists and helps them resolve their problems...A story told in a light fashion that makes Brazil seem truly magical."
- Review by Taize Odelli, Meia Palavra (UOL)

"It's a full plate for those who enjoy adventure and fantasy, presenting America and Africa as magical and mysterious continents inhabited by magical beings and guarding legendary treasures. The two protagonists are charismatic and have an interesting dynamic, harkening to some of the great duos of sword & sorcery stories like Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser from the Lankhmar Chronicles."
- Review by Bruno Schlatter, Rodapé do Horizonte

“’Fortuitous Meeting’ is a delicious read, with charismatic, intelligent characters. Gerard and Oludara form a duo with potential for unlimited adventures.”
- Review by Daniel Borba, Além das Estrelas

Reviews of "Even Dragons Dance"

"What he finds, amid sparkling descriptions and well rounded scenes, is a new meaning to life."
- Review by Donna Watkins, Tangent Online

"It’s a pleasant and heart-warming story to open the collection."
- Review by Gareth D. Jones, SciFi UK

"Anyone who can read this and not smile needs to have his heart examined."
- Review by Marshall Payne, Tangent Online

Reviews of "Daddy's Little Boy"

"Well-written and amusing, in an odd, twisted way."
- Review by Keesa Renee DuPre, Tangent Online

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