miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2016

Reseña: This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

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This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection 


Carol Burnett

288 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Crown Archetype (first published 2010)
ISBN: 0307461203 (ISBN13: 9780307461209)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another – reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell. 

My rating: 3 nostalgicas estrellas

I was lucky. I had the opportunity to watch old reruns of Carol Burnett 's show on tv. I don't remeber a particular thing about it, but my mom and I used to watch her, and have fond memories of her. I very much doubt that the new generations know her though. Pity. I still marvel how incredible talented were the old artists. They could act, sing, dance... amazing. To make people laugh is incredible hard. A lot of my friends are artists - musicians, dancers, but comedian? that's hard.

If you are looking for sob stories or juicy details personals details, this is not your book. It's more anecdotal than biographical. She talks about her early years, since Broadway to tv, movies, and many, many, artists, comedians, and singers, writters, and colleagues. And her friends, and some litle bits about her family and daughters.

For example, asking help from Eddie Foy Jr, dripping wet , wearing different galoshes.

jueves, 24 de noviembre de 2016

Reseña: The Monarch of the Glen (American Gods #1.5)

The Monarch of the Glen (American Gods #1.5)


Neil Gaiman

62 pages
Published (first published 2006)
Original Title:The Monarch of the Glen, an American Gods Novella
Edition Language:English
Series:American Gods #1.5, 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bookshelves,fantasia-urbana, here-be-monsters, myth-and-legends, novella

"I’m not a monster,” said Shadow.
“Aye, that’s what monsters always say,” said the little man.

Set about two years after American Gods.
Shadow is just traveling backpacking, knowing places, drifting I say. And in this story ends in the north coast of Scotland when some guy offer him a job as a bouncer for the weekend in some private party.

Well, I'm aware that Gaiman is hit or miss for many. This story , to me, despite the no so big surprises in the run, is really good. Manage to evoke that sensation of timelessness, to blur , relax , the bounds between realities. I mean, when you step in some old places is easy to wonder, to imagine, to awe.
You want to believe him.

He [...] imagined time as something that pooled and puddled, wondered if there were places where time hung heavy, places where it was heaped and held—cities, he thought, must be filled with time: all the places where people congregated, where they came and brought time with them.
And if that were true, Shadow mused, then there could be other places, where the people were thin on the ground, and the land waited, bitter and granite, and a thousand years was an eyeblink to the hills—a scudding of clouds, a wavering of rushes, and nothing more, in the places where time was as thin on the ground as the people . . .

martes, 15 de noviembre de 2016

Reseña: Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2)

Curse on the Land 


Faith Hunter

328 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Roc
ISBN:0451473329 (ISBN13: 9780451473325)
Edition Language: English
Series: Soulwood 

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own...
After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more..
My rating: mmm... 3,5 ?

...though the church and I had parted ways, some things stay with a woman, like accent, hospitality, and a steady hand on the trigger.

Esta es la segunda entrega de una nueva serie, resultante de un spin-off de Jane Yellowrock. Nell Ingram es ex-miembro de un culto religioso de poligamia (God's Cloud), de donde 'escapó' a los doce años para casarse con un hombre con una mujer enferma. 

Una de las cosas interesantes de este personaje es su lucha por sacarse de encima muchos prejuicios y su lucha por 'modernizarse', aunque francamente espero que no sea demasiado. Pero, aparte de eso, Nell es reclutada por el servicio PsyLed, una agencia de seguridad nacional que investiga casos que involucran paranormales (vampiros, brujas, etc), debido a su don especial: ella puede 'comulgar' con la tierra y tiene una conexión muy especial con Soulwood el bosque donde su ubica su propiedad. Ni siquiera Nell sabe lo que es ella, y esta todavia conociendo sus limites y explorando sus poderes.

En este libro, Nell llega de regreso a Knoxville después del entrenamiento básico, como agente. Espera resolver un 'pequeño' problema en su tierra, algo que ocurrió en el libro anterior, pero se ve metida de lleno en una investigación en que debe emplear todo lo aprendido cuando un suceso paranormal en un estanque con gansos posiblemente radioctivos [estoy mirando a Jessica aqui, alzando las cejas], que resulta en algo tremendamente destructivo con consecuencias.

Reseña: Saga, Volumen 6 (issues 31-36)

Saga, Volume 6 (collected issues 31 a 36)


Brian K. Vaughan

152 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Image Comics (first published June 29th 2016)
ISBN: 163215711X (ISBN13: 9781632157119)
Edition Language:English
Series: Saga
SINOPSIS; After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

My rating: 2.75 soap-opera stars

Boring in parts, hope it improve the next volumen.

I've found that cultures offen clash for the same reasons that people do.
It's not because we're so different from each other...
...it's because we're all so goddamn alike.

Saga 034-002--a

viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2016

Reseña: The Year of the Garden (Anna Wang 0,5)

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The Year of the Garden (Anna Wang 0,5)


Andrea Cheng


128 pages
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers 
ISBN: 0544664442 (ISBN13: 9780544664449)
Edition Language:English
Series:Anna Wang 0.5

Interest level: 2nd–6th grade
When Anna is gifted a copy of The Secret Garden, it inspires her to follow her dreams—maybe she can plant ivy and purple crocuses and the birds will come.  Or maybe what grows from her dream of a garden is even better: friendship. And friendship, like a garden, often has a mind of its own.     
 In this prequel to Year of the Book, join Anna in a year of discovery, new beginnings, friendships, and growth. 

My rating: 3.5 seed stars
 My bookshelves children-protagonist, art-illustrated, for-kids

Note: Spoilers for The Secret Garden, and other minor spoilers for Sarah, Plain and Tall

Anna Wang is 8 y.o. and she moved with her family to other house.
New starts. New friendship. New things.
And the painful need to 'fit-in'.

For book-lovers and garden-lovers

miércoles, 2 de noviembre de 2016

Reseña: Extracted (The Lost Imperials #1)

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Extracted (The Lost Imperials #1)


Sherry D. Ficklin &

323 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing (first published November 12th 2013)
Edition Language:English


The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.
The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My bookshelves: adventure, netgalley, steam-punk, teen-protagonist, time-jumpers, time-travel, time-war

Even though I love the steampunk-art style, to tell the truth, I am not a big fan of steampunk novels. But, the 'time-travel' thing get my attention in this case.

“The time stream is a very unique organism. Every time that exists in the past, present, and future, and every event in it, has a unique frequency.”

This book contain many action scenes, between two groups. The goal? Ah, that's the problem: I have no clue. Basically, is a war between the Tesla Institute and the Hollows. A time war.

Through the eyes of two protagonist from either side: Ember (from Tesla), and Lex (from the Hollows), and their POVs, we follow this strange race between the groups.

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