Archive for June, 2008

Zostawcie Wałęsę!

2008/06/22, Sunday

Taki to polski zwyczaj, że siedzimy sobie razem solidarnie w bida-grajdole, narzekając, jak to nam ciężko, ale jak który z tego grajdoła wyskoczy i coś pozytywnego zrobi, to zaczynamy go opluwać. (more…)

Tramwajem jadę na wojnę

2008/06/19, Thursday

Lao Che Jak mówić o Powstaniu Warszawskim bez niepotrzebnego patosu, bez politycznych podtekstów, bez innonarodowej nienawiści? To trudny język. Gdyby naukę historii zostawić w rękach stetryczałych historyków, sięgalibyśmy pamięcią wstecz co najwyżej do ostatniej promocji w hipermarkecie, resztę systematycznie spuszczając w klozecie po egzaminie semestralnym. Gdyby tę naukę zostawić w rękach pieniaczy, historia powtórzyłaby się. Popkultura, w której żyjemy, ma swoje prawa. Popkultura trzyma przy życiu demokrację. Popkultura współzniszczyła komunizm. Popkultura będzie nas prowadzić co najmniej przez następne pięćdziesiąt lat. To kultura najwyższa – najwyższa nakładem, fakt, ale to najważniejsze. Cóż ze szczytnych idei, jeśli znają je nieliczni? (more…)

Felix, Net & Nika and the Trap of the Immortality

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Felix, Net & Nika and the Trap of the Immortality - cover The three Warsaw junior high students come back to take on another difficult mission, this time against their will. During Halloween school party a mysterious Grim Reaper appears, beginning his perilous game of appointing the children to tackle one task after another. Although they try to ignore the Reaper at first the tangle of events affects their families and farces them to take the challenge.

During course of events the students set on a trip to find a dwelling under the city monster thought to be Basilisk, visit abandoned house of a certain constructor, set out to find legendary treasure. Other challenges await the children during school competitions. In this part of the book our heroes have to meet family problems-Felix with grandma Lusia’s illness, Net with his brother or sister being born. Nika one more time has to hide from the world her secret.

The book has been awarded the prize of the Little Dong by the Literary Competition IBBY Polish Section.

Felix, Net & Nika and the Palace of Dreams

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Felix, Net & Nika and the Palace of Dreams - cover Felix, Net and Nika solve a mystery of nightmares epidemic haunting Warsaw inhabitants. As the children find out it was triggered on purpose… but to discover who caused it they have to go inside the dreams and search for answers there.
Felix’s inventions, Nika’s exceptional intuition, Net’s talent for maths and Manfred, an AI system help them get out of numerous troubles.
While the children try to save the tormented inhabitants, a campaign before school self-government elections is taking place and Felix is one of the candidates… against his will.

The book was nominated for the Prize of the Book of the Year 2007 by the Literary Competition IBBY Polish Section.

Vertical

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Vertical - cover The world doesn’t look the way it should but if you have spent your whole life in it, you probably don’t notice it.

In “Vertical” cities attached to steel ropes are inhabited by people searching their vague Goal. They are unaware of the past, have no interest in the future. Only one man tries to figure out the nature of this world as his intuition tells him that surrounding vast Sky is not the best place to live. In order to solve this puzzle he decides to risk everything he has, including his life and find those who constructed the cities. It is a journey full of unexpected discoveries, a trip towards death and new life.

In 2006 The book was nominated for The Janusz A. Zajdel Award (Nagroda imienia Janusza A. Zajdla). It is the annual award given by the Polish science fiction & fantasy fandom for the best stories published during the previous year.

In 2006 the book has gained Nautilus Award Polish science fiction and fantasy award created by Robert J. Szmidt of the Science Fiction magazine. Each year, five novels and short stories are recognized.

Felix, Net & Nika and Theoretically Possible Catastrophe

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Felix, Net & Nika and Theoretically Possible Catastrophe - cover “Felix, Net & Nika and Theoretically Possible Catastrophe” is a full of humour adventure novel for young readers. Its heroes - junior high students are dragged into a string of mysterious events. They come across big carnivorous plant, accidentally turn on some strange machine for years hidden under the ground, try to prevent air crash and go on tour on flying sailing ship… and that’s just the beginning. At the same time they have to solve difficult puzzle that would allow them to come back home. It is not en easy task as they are chased by mysterious ghosts and even more mysterious MIB.

Felix’s inventions, Nika’s intuition, Net’s mathematical skills and Manfred - AI system - let them safely get away from troubles.
The book is written with young language, the plot submerged in Polish everyday reality. One adventure chases another and the book is to be read in one go.

This book has also been awarded the Prize of the Book of the Year 2005 by the Literary Competition IBBY Polish Section.

Felix, Net & Nika and Gang of Invisible People

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Felix, Net & Nika and Gang of Invisible People - cover The novel should not be seen as another Harry Potter like work, although it is addressed to similar reader group. Heroes are not wizards with magic powers, they are high school students. What makes them exceptional is their personalities, skills and troubles they get into (and of course the way they get out of these troubles). (more…)

Mars

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Mars - cover Settlers for centuries arriving in Mars have built cities, established civilisation. They emigrated from the overpopulated Earth in search for a new, better world, space and work.
We can see the Red Planet through eyes of a few heroes who take part in events crucial for the new civilisation. (more…)

Rafał Kosik - about me

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Rafał Kosik It is said that I was born on 8 October 1971 in Warsaw.
I am incomplete architect. After third year I gave up studies at Technical University of Warsaw to set up my own company – an advertising agency Powergraph. In 2004 I started to transform the company into publishing house and nowadays most of the commercials we create are the ones of books published by us. (more…)

Euro 2008

2008/06/17, Tuesday

Euro 2008

Wręczenie Małego Donga

2008/06/05, Thursday

Mały DongJury dziecięce (choć wypadałoby powiedzieć młodzieżowe) w składzie: Krystyna Berkan, Szymon Dominik, Dorian Geisler, Wiktoria Mirowska, Emilian Nagiel, Katarzyna Wróblewska oraz Maria Wróblewska uznało, że książka „Felix, Net i Nika oraz Pułapka Nieśmiertelności” jest najlepsza spośród 142 zgłoszonych do konkursu. W imieniu wydawnictwa Powergraph i swoim serdecznie dziękuję.

Wyróżnienia otrzymali: „Dżok” Barbary Gawryluk, „Iqubal” Francesco d’Adama i „M jak Dżem” Agnieszki Tyszki.
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Komunikacja miejska

2008/06/03, Tuesday

Mieszkam na Starych Bielanach, gdzie jest sporo wąskich uliczek. Niedawno kilka z nich kompletnie wyremontowano, ale zrobiono to „po polsku”, czyli prawo sobie, a praktyka sobie. Poszerzono chodniki kosztem ulicy, żeby ludziom wygodniej się chodziło. Na papierze wszystko się zgadza i kolejni urzędnicy mogli z czystym sumieniem walnąć pod nim parafki. Chodnik szeroki, ulica wąska – czyli pozornie jest OK. W praktyce jest więcej niż nie-OK. Ulica nie jest w środku lasu, tylko w mieście i wokoło są domy, w których mieszkają właściciele samochodów. Jezdnia jest teraz na tyle wąska, że gdyby ktokolwiek na niej zaparkował, to by ją zablokował. Tak więc wszyscy parkują dwoma kołami na chodniku, a piesi chodzą po jezdni. Ale na papierze projekt wygląda wporzo. (more…)

Dzień Dziecka

2008/06/02, Monday

Felix Net i Nika oraz Ściema Smoczysława - okładka Wszystkim, którzy w jakimś stopniu czują się dziećmi, składam spóźnione, choć serdeczne życzenia. Mam tez mały prezent – PDF z opowiadaniem Felix, Net i Nika oraz Ściema Smoczysława. Miłej lektoory;)