domingo, 29 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: I am Malala

I am Malala 

by  

Malala Yousafzai

276 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by W & N Non Fiction (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (first published November 1st 2012)
Original Title I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
ISBN 0297870920 (ISBN13: 9780297870920)
Edition Language English
 
 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



‘Why don’t they want girls to go to school?’ I asked my father.
‘They are scared of the pen,’ he replied.


Malala Yousafzai got worldwide attention when she was shot. Isn't that sad? I didn't know about her before that. Despite been insert in a well know conflict -the conflict, not the whys- , there is a lot of things we don't understand about that war. In this context, the book achieves its goal to learn at least some facts and key players. Recent history like bin Laden and Benazir Bhutto. And Afghanistan.

Written in a unadorned style, this is not a novelization of her life.

jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: When your child strays from God


Relato corto nominado al premio nebula 2015. Lo pueden encontrar aqui



When Your Child Strays From God 

by  

Sam J. Miller




Para mi: 3.5 spider-y stars


Beth en una búsqueda desesperada por hallar a su hijo Tim, y salvarlo de malas decisiones, emprende un viaje sicodélico usando una droga que te permite acceder al mismo estado alucinatorio (spiderwebbing) que la otra persona que la usa. O sea, Tim.

En su monólogo repasa padres religiosos -ellos-, novias sueltas, madres ausentes, mientras llora por el pequeño que fue, cosas de las que huye admitir hasta a si misma , y combate sus propios temores que pueden terminar con ella y su hijo. Las claves estan siempre alli, y es la última en admitirlo.

Le gustará a muchos padres, creo.

miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: Waters of Versailles

Novella nominada al premio Nebula 2016. La pueden encontrar por aqui





Waters of Versailles 

 by  

Kelly Robson


My rating:  3 estrellas de 5

Género: Fantasía Histórica

Sylvane es un soldado a quien se le ocurre una idea brillante para hacer fortuna: colocar agua corriente en Versalles. Pero sus juegos cortesanos ocultan un pequeño secreto, una criatura acuática que esta detrás de los 'tronos' que se disputan las damas como símbolo de estatus.

Intrigada por este hecho una rapida excursion en la red señala que existian en realidad bastantes pocos inodoros en el afamado palacio (y la anécdota del gato existe) ;)


Me costó algo meterme en la historia, además que Sylvane no es en sí un personaje muy agradable la mayor parte, y de ahi el puntaje, pero sí el final.


lunes, 23 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: The New Mother

Novella nominada al Premio Nebula 2015 , pueden leerla aqui


The New Mother 

 by  

Eugene Fischer


My rating: 4  stars



“Feminism isn’t merely a threat to male privilege anymore. Now a woman’s right to biological self-determination is viewed as targeting not just the patriarchy, but the very existence of men.”

Tess Mendoza es una periodista que debe escribir un articulo que abrirá el debate acerca de una enfermedad de transmision sexual (y sanguinea) -Gamete Diploidy Syndrome, o GDS- que empieza a afectar a la población, y que probablemente terminará cambiando el futuro demográfico. ¿ Los efectos? Un modo de partenogenesis, en que básicamente las mujeres producen sus propios mini-me clones (SPOILER---> la idea de que esto las vuelve "no-humanas" es bastante fuerte.<----SPOILER ¿Es en realidad el inicio de una nueva especie?

Nunca se pudo hablar mejor en este caso de Ficción especulativa, pues siguiendo el proceso de entrevistas a diversos personajes, se ven los aspectos politicos y sociales. Muchos posibles debates; pero lamentablemente no hay resolución final ni siquiera en el tema que inicia esto: con el caso de Candace Montross y sus hijas.

Muchos temas se perfilan aqui: Feminismo. Aborto. Maternidad.

Interesante.

Reseña: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers

Relato corto ganador del Premio Nebula 2016 que pueden encontrar aqui.


Hungry Daughters of Starving MothersHungry Daughters of Starving Mothers 

by  

Alyssa Wong


My rating: 4 estrellas de 5.

Genero: Horror. Fantasía oscura.

Dark and disturbing. Where 'we are what we eat' take a new meaning.

Fantasía oscura, atrapante. Una mujer se alimenta de los pensamientos más oscuros de la gente, hasta que un día una cita resulta tal vez demasiado , perturbando un modo de vida ya precariamente balanceado.





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sábado, 21 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: Warrior's Cross

Warrior's Cross 

by

 Madeleine Urban

316 pages
Published 2009 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 1615810307 (ISBN13: 9781615810307)
Edition Language: English
Blurb:  
Cameron Jacobs is an open book. He considers himself a common waiter with normal friends, boring hobbies, harmless dogs, and nothing even resembling a secret... except a crush on a tall, dark, devastatingly handsome man who dines alone at his restaurant on Tuesday nights. All it takes is one passionate night with Julian Cross to turn Cameron’s world on its head.
Julian's
love and devotion are all Cameron could have hoped for and more. But when his ordinary life meets and clashes with Julian's extraordinary lifestyle, Cameron discovers that trust and fear can go hand in hand, and love is just a step away from danger



My rating: 4 estrellas de 5.

Género: Romance Contemporaneo M/M.


Cheesy and fluffy. I love it.

“I’ve found that having someone to watch your back helps you face down the terror,” he said softly.
“Yeah,” Cameron whispered. He closed his eyes and turned his head to press his ear against Julian’s chest so he could hear the thumping heartbeat.
“Preferably with a sniper rifle,” Julian couldn’t help but add under his breath.
Cameron siente una gran atracción por un cliente que llega todos los martes al restaurante donde trabaja como camarero jefe. Él siempre es quien lo atiende y por meses no intercambian más que unas palabras , pero él sueña con ese moreno misterioso . Hasta que un día el le dirige la palabra directamente y su relación empieza a cambiar.

Pero el moreno misterioso esconde secretos muy, muy peligrosos.

jueves, 12 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: 4:50 from Paddington


*Leido para el reto Popsugar: #27. Un misterio que involucre un asesinato*



4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple #8)4:50 from Paddington 

by 

Agatha Christie

288 pages
(first published November 1957) 
 
Original Title 4:50 from Paddington
ISBN 0062073664 (ISBN13: 9780062073662)
Edition Language English
 
 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Providence had willed that she, Elspeth McGillicuddy, should be a witness of the crime.



Es vispera de navidad, y mientras dos trenes convergen en forma paralela, una anciana que va sola es testigo de un hombre ahorcando a una mujer en el otro tren. Nadie parece creerle, excepto, claro esta, su amiga Miss Marple.


martes, 10 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: Pacha Pulai

(Reto Popsugar 2016: #04. No leído desde la secundaria)


Pacha Pulai 

by  

Hugo Silva


221 pages

Published by Zig Zag (first published 1945)

Original Title: Pacha Pulai, la ciudad de los césares

Edition Language:Spanish

 
My rating: 4 estrellas

My bookshelves: re-lectura, adventure, literary-fiction, memory-lane-here-i-go




teniente bello en sanchez besa
¿Alguien podria creer que se puede volar en eso? Son los aviones pioneros de la aviación -un Sanchez Besa- en los primeros decenios del siglo XX.

Basado en la historia real de la desaparición del tristemente célebre en mi país Teniente Alejandro Bello Silva en 1914, Hugo Silva imagina toda una aventura que enlaza con otro gran mito del continente sudamericano: la ciudad de los césares.

La última vez que lei este librito tenia 13 años y me daba algo de miedo leerlo, ya que le guardaba buenos recuerdos, a más del pegado estribillo : nono de nona nono o algo así.

Bueno, envejece bien, aunque en otro libro tiene unos detalles que me molestarian, como historia de aventuras es algo muy en la onda de un Edgar Rice Burrough, o semejante.

sábado, 7 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: Rat Queens: Demons . Vol. 3 (collected #11-15)


https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/rat-queens-3



Rat Queens (Collected Editions #11-15)

by


Collects RAT QUEENS #11-15
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 13th 2016 by Image Comics
ISBN:1632157357 (ISBN13: 9781632157355)
Edition Language: English
 Having survived the end of the world, the Queens follow Hannah back to where it all began: Mage University. A long perilous journey awaits the Rat Queens as they attempt to find out what happened to Hannah's father while battling their own demons.



2.5 stars

My bookshelves: Bloody and gory, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Mercenaries and aventurers.

martes, 3 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: Orphan Black: Helsinki (collected issues)

**e-arc gently provided by Netgalley**

 120 pages
 Expected publication: July 14th 2016 by IDW Publishing

Orphan Black: Helsinki 

by 

Graeme Manson,

Helsinki
Spoken in hushed tones, the word means almost certain death for the clones of Project Leda. Learn the dark secrets of this codename in this special event miniseries by co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My Bookshelves  biopunk, clones, genetics-manip, graphic-novel, netgalley, thriller, tv-serie-based


Thought, this volumen seemingly contains the issues 1-5, my digital pdf copy ends at 79% (page 82), so I didn't get a conclussion. There is no covers nor transitions between them.

In season 3 of Orphan Black is mentioned: "abort Helsinki". That incident is described in this comic. When 17 year old Veera Suominem discover been secretely filmed by her 'uncle', before run away she dig the names of 2 other girls from his computer and start a searching without realizing this is more complicated and dangerous than she thought. /SPOILER---->As described before by Ferdinand and Rachel: six Leda clones terminated in Helsinki within 24 hours with 32 as collateral damage. <-----SPOILER.

Reseña: Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin #1)

**Digital edition courtesy of Netgalley**

Ink MageInk Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin #1)

by 

Victor Gischler

388 pages

Published 2013 by 47North 

 The city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city’s mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat.

But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.
My rating: 2.75 inky

 My bookshelves:  nobility, wizardry, magia, fantasia-epica, netgalley

Strange how honors and burdens are so often confused.

Rina is the would-be duchess in Klaar, when the supposed inexpugnable city is conquered by the Perranese a loyal help her to flee the city.

Let me get strait that this is not a YA book. There is a lot of sex and violence. The tone following the vicissitudes of Tosh -the deserter soldier and one of the others POV- in the city is really diferent, crude and more realistic, than the adventures following Rina traipsing in the wild searching for the wizards with no plan in her head.

lunes, 2 de mayo de 2016

Reseña: The Crown of Ptolemy (Percy Jackson & Kane Chronicles Crossover #3)

The Crown of Ptolemy (Percy Jackson & Kane Chronicles Crossover #3)

by 

Rick Riordan

 

ebook, 63 pages

Published May 12th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion 


ISBN:148470987X (ISBN13: 9781484709870)
Edition Language:English

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My Bookshelves dioses-y-semidioses, fantasia-urbana, myth-and-legends, novelette-short, teen-protagonist, ya-juvenil


Maybe is for really young kids, but that kind of humor it feel cartoon-ish to me.

I enjoy Percy Jackson books, but not the brothers Kane ones (specially Sadie, who keeps making fun of her brother for liking research and books in her eyes been boring).

Anyway, Setne wants to be a god. Not good. So they joined forces against him. Apart for some ideas -dispise really juvenile jokes- is not a good story.

A pity.



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