jueves, 23 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: Siberia 56 (Vol. 1 a 3)

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Siberia 56 (Vol. 1 a 3)

by 

Christophe Bec

156 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Insight Comics
ISBN:1608878619 (ISBN13: 9781608878611)
Edition Language:English
Series:Siberia 56 #1-3
BLURB: Trapped on a planet millions of light years away from Earth, five scientists must survive sub-zero temperatures and horrific alien creatures as they make their way across the dead, frozen landscape to their base in this action-packed graphic novel. It is the age of space exploration, and five scientists travel 80 million light years from home to study the planet of Siberia, the location of Earth’s 56th colony. Completely covered with dense snow and steep mountains, Siberia’s poles reach temperatures of -300° F with icy winds of close to 200 mph.
After their shuttle crashes, the surviving scientists must walk across hundreds of miles of frozen wasteland to find the terrain basecamp. Between the biting cold, devastating snow storms, and horrific alien creatures, their chances of survival are close to absolute zero. In Siberia 56, author Christophe Bc imagines a hostile and fascinating world that harkens to the very best of the science fiction and horror genres. Superbly illustrated by Alexis Sentenac, this stunning work offers a chilling tale of survival in the vast recesses of a dying planet.

My rating: 2.75 frozen hopeless stars

Siberia 56 is the name of the 58th colony of Earth, or maybe I have to say hope-to-be colony. For many years expeditions have struggle against a very hostil ambient trying to setle there. The story start with the last crew -the number 13- in the first volume, the replacement after eight years.

Do you remember those science fiction/horror films where they send an expeditionary group to colonize or exploit a planet that is tremendously inhospitable and there are very dangeorus creatures?

The idea is not very original.

miércoles, 22 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: Unicorn Crossing (Heavenly Nostrils #5)


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Unicorn Crossing (Heavenly Nostrils #5)

by 

Dana Simpson

176 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:1449483577 (ISBN13: 9781449483579)
Series:Heavenly Nostrils #5

BLURB: Time flies in this fifth volume of Dana Simpson's Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Follow the lovable duo as they experience somewhat-spooky Halloween parties, ecstatic snow days, and looming summer reading assignments. Although the journey of growing up can sometimes be difficult, along the way Phoebe and Marigold discover something more enduring than goblin fads, unicorn spa vacations, and even a Spell of Forgetting—their one of a kind friendship.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is Halloween time in Phoebe and Marigold world, costumes and candy, and awkward parties.

I like this strip because Unicorn!, hehe, actually because there are BOOKS

readings and re-readings,

domingo, 19 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: El diente roto (Cuento)

El diente roto 

by 

Pedro Emilio Coll

Año de Publicación: 1890

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Cuento cortísimo acerca de Juan Peña, cuya vida cambia por un evento casual o debo decir tal vez crucial: unos rufianes le rompen un diente.

Ironia y mordacidad para narrar en un par de páginas como la sociedad ve lo que quiere ver.

La gracia de este breve relato es que se considera por muchos el gérmen -por no decir otra cosa- de la famosa novela y luego pelicula: "Desde el jardín" (Being There) de Jerzy Kosinski



sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)


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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

by  

Neal Shusterman


 435 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN:1442472421 (ISBN13: 9781442472426)
Edition Language:English


BLURB. Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

 My bookshelves: ciencia-ficcion, dystopia, teen-protagonist, nanotech,

My rating: 3.3 inmortality is overrated stars

o cuando hacer de ayudante de la muerte es un trabajo indeseable





Spoilers menores , quedan advertidos.

Nos encontramos en algún punto del futuro después de 2045, y tatatá todo el mundo es INMORTAL . . . no, no es broma. La nanotecnologia permite que los seres humanos reviertan cualquier daño, incluida la muerte, y vuelves a quedar como nuevo.
--
Mortals fantasized that love was eternal and its loss unimaginable. Now we know that neither is true. Love remained mortal, while we became eternal.
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A nadie le falta nada, ni trabajo, ni comida, ni hogar, si vives un poco al garete es porque asi lo quieres. No saben lo que es la enfermedad.

La cosa es, estimados, que no me lo puedo tragar. ¿Un planeta manejado por una supermegaentidad cibernética (eso lo hemos visto a cada rato en series csi-fi) que puede lograr un crecimiento poblacional constante por ya trescientos años? Santa-mega-catastrofe-ecologica en espera. Es por eso que hemos crecido sabiendo , en teoria, eso de que existe un límite de edad para mantener una población, o se limitan por fuerza de ley los nacimientos, eso sí tiene sentido. Que las abuelas con apariencia de veinteañeras sigan teniendo bebes... no. No me lo puedo creer, en las condiciones que sigue el planeta que se plantea aqui, sin enfermedad ni contaminación.

domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Underworld Evolution (Novela Gráfica)

Underworld: Evolution 

by  

Kris Oprisko

53 pages
Published 2005 by IDW
Original Title_Underworld Evolution TB
ISBN:1933239867 (ISBN13: 9781933239866)
Edition Language:English

BLURB:  The first Underworld film introduced the world to the sexy, dangerous vampire Selene and Michael, a Lycan/Vampire Hybrid. Now their adventures continue in this adaptation of the sequel Underworld Evolution. Adapted from the original script by Kris Oprisko and featuring artwork by Antonio Vazquez. This trade paperback tells the tale of Selene's consequences after disrupting her coven.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


My bookshelves: just-skip-on-this, graphic-novel, fantasia-urbana, vampiros, vi-primero-la-pelicula, media-tie-in,
Opinion: 

Dispensable.

Follows the movie with more or less fidelity, enphasis in the less part.

The drawings are nothing special.

Underworld Evolution - 06

Underworld Evolution - 17

So, don't bother unless you are really, really, curious. (Like the friend I borrowed this issue from :P)

viernes, 24 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Saga, Volume Seven (Novela Grafica)

Saga, Vol. 7 

by 

Brian K. Vaughan

Fiona Staples (Art)

 52 pages
52 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Image Comics
Original Title: Saga, Volume Seven
ISBN:1534300600 (ISBN13: 9781534300606)
Edition Language:English
Collecting: Saga 37-42

BLURB: From the worldwide bestselling team of Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained Saga event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience.


My rating: 2.5 family involved in space politics and war stars

So Alana, Marko an Hazel ends with a ride on a comet -Phang -, site of war conflict over fuel.... mmmm.

A few years back, the powers that be would always outsource whatever wetwork needed doing...
...but these days, both sides are more than happy to get their own hands dirty.
I mean, the average schmuch on the street doesn't care what nightmares his leaders are green-lightning anymore, right? All he's thinking about is his next vacation
(-Saga 39)

They met some religious driven mammals -pacific type mind you-, and spend some months there until some shit happen.

#37 ☆ ☆ ☆
#38 ☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
#39 ☆ ☆ ☆
#40 ☆ ☆
#41 ☆ ☆
#42

Overall boring, almost no plot, and oh shocking oh - wars are bad.
Nope.

The covers are neat, though.

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Considerando todo la trama de este volumen, me encuentro muy decepcionada por lo ocurrido. Mucha cosa por efecto de conmocionar a la audiencia, y escaso, realmente escaso, avance en la trama.
No sé si seguiré leyendo esta serie.

Reseña: Saga #42 (single issue) Novela Gráfica

Saga #42Saga #42  (single issue)

by 

Brian K. Vaughan

 


28 pages
Published January 25th 2017
Edition Language English
 

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Shelves  ciencia-ficcion, graphic-novel, married-couple, space-opera

Mi opinión de la última entrega del arco argumental War of Phang


You could be all moping and ooh-ing, but I'm done with this s**

martes, 14 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde

El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde 

by 

Robert Louis Stevenson

 138 pages
First published January 5th 1886
Original Title:The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Edition Language:Spanish

El Extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde (a veces abreviado simplemente a El Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde) es una novela escrita por Robert Louis Stevenson, publicada por primera vez en inglés en 1886, cuyo título original es The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Trata acerca de un abogado, Gabriel John Utterson, que investiga la extraña relación entre su viejo amigo, el Dr. Henry Jekyll, y el misántropo Edward Hyde.
 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My bookshelves: bookshelves: classics, victorian, gothic-horror,  vi-primero-la-pelicula, vi-primero-la-tv-serie

Este es uno de esos clásicos de horror gótico que ha terminado convertido en referente de miles, conocido, interpretado en peliculas y series, reconozco no haber leido hasta ahora el original. Y que a diferencia de otros libros clásicos no ha sido tan desvinculado de su contenido.

Siendo bastante corto, pues en realidad son menos de cien páginas, contiene muchas ideas interesantes acerca del caracter del ser humano.

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 La narración del Londres de niebla y oscuros callejones, desde el punto de vista de un notario que intenta ayudar a un amigo es fascinante.

SPOILERS _SPOILERS_SPOILERS_SPOILERS_SPOILERS_SPOILERS

Reseña: La saga Vorkosigan - Volume 1: L'Apprentissage du Guerrier (Novela Grafica)

La saga Vorkosigan - Volume 1: L'Apprentissage du Guerrier 

by  

Dominique Latil

Beroy


48 pages
Published January 2010 by Soleil
ISBN:2302006763 (ISBN13: 9782302006768)
Edition Language:French
Series:La Saga Vorkosigan #1

BLURB  L'ADAPTATION DE L'ŒUVRE DE LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD
" Je n'avais aucunement l'intention de transformer un voyage touristique en expédition militaire, ça s'est juste trouvé compte ça... Et pendant un court moment, je me suis autorisé à croire que finalement, tout allait bien se passer... "

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My shelves: adventure, book-to-graphic-novel, ciencia-ficcion, graphic-novel, space-opera, stupid-cliffhanger
Basado en la novela homónima de Bujold, el Aprendiz de Guerrero, esta novela gráfica recrea a un Miles Vorkosigan recien expulsado de la Academia y haciendo su propio destino yendo a Beta con Helena y Bothari :insertar prolongado suspiro:

El dibujo logra capturar ese desparpajo característico de Miles, pero , claro, deja atrás muchos detalles e información. Por ello dudo mucho que alguien que no haya leido cuando menos esta novela entienda algo de lo que esta sucediendo. Como que este tipo que ha sido despreciado por su condición física toda su vida es capaz de conseguir lo imposible.


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 Hace demasiados años que no he vuelto a leer esta serie, asi que algunas cosas se me escapan, aunque el atuendo transparente de Helena no esta entre ellos, aunque siendo este un formato comic no es como si llamara demasiado la atención.

Y esta el asunto de que los personajes no son los que has conjurado en tu imaginacion. Sobre todo, en este caso, Aral y Cordelia. Y hasta Bothari. Helena tiene cierto parecido aqui a Eon Flux :P


¿Que si lo deben leer? Tan sólo para lo grandes fans de Miles, y como curiosidad. Lástima que la serie fue cancelada después de la primera entrega y deja todo colgando en un gran cliffhanger.

viernes, 10 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Home (Binti #2)

Home 

by 

Nnedi Okorafor

176 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Tor.com
Original Title:Binti: Home
ISBN:0765393107 (ISBN13: 9780765393104)
Edition Language:English
 
 BLURB: It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she left her family to pursue her dream.
And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.
But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The flow of death like water I’d fallen into that in some twisted way gave me a new life.

Home is the aftermath of Binti going to Oomza Uni. Many changes in so little time, and she feels then is time to go home, to her pilgrimage.

There is so many themes here that I hesitate for where start. There is sci-fi that appeals to different ways of thinking , and made us aware of a future with other eyes and ethics. And there is sci-fi that made us think about our idiosincracy. This is old school sci-fi asking: we have to let go of ourselves to get live in another worlds? how much is too much or enough?

The quandary of the girl with her family, and what is expected of her is universal.

In another hand, we get trapped once more in the story for the strange culture, not the alien culture in case you're wondering, but for the Himba culture. I don't know how much is veridic or a piece of fantasy, but it's fascinating.






miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park 

by 

Jane Austen


563 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by DeBolsillo (first published May 1814)
ISBN:8484505081 (ISBN13: 9788484505082)
Edition Language:Spanish

 

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A los 10 años Fanny Price llega a vivir a casa de sus pudientes tios en Mansfield Park. Sir Thomas Bertram es un baronet, que se casó con su tia y tienen cuatro hijos mayores que ella. Ella es la sobrina pobretona a quien han aceptado por caridad, y su tia Norris, la otra hermana de su madre, nunca permite que ella olvide su mala situación. Sometida, se refugia en los libros y en la amistad de su primo Edmund.

Fanny Price a primera vista parece la protagonistas más ñoña de Austen. Es más fácil en tiempos modernos sentir mayor admiración por Elizabeth de OyP , fuerte y rebelde, que por esta chica docil y con una timidez patológica, temerosa de expresar hasta sus objeciones y observaciones morales por no parecer 'poco agradecida' y por no ser 'su lugar'. Sin embargo, es esta misma muchacha quien /SPOILER/ ----->le dice que no a la generosa propuesta de Henry Crawford, si bien hacia el final se estaba ablandando cuando Henry hablaba de llevar su negocios, enfrentandose a su administrador mañoso, lejos de las tentaciones de Londres y sus fiestas. <----SPOILER>

La parte rescatable de la historia es la forma de escribir de Austen, pues se pasea largamente por saloncitos, cotilleos y tias abrumadoras, y parques con bosques y pastos (hasta el cansancio -ay que oda bucolica) para realizar una critica social en su forma irónica de la sociedad de lugartenientes y gente acomodada de la Inglaterra de 1800s.


martes, 7 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Denver (The Enchanter 1)

Denver (the Enchanter 1)

by 

Flynn Eire

 

140 pages
Published December 18th 2014 by Supernatural Script Inc. (first published December 16th 2014)
ISBN13:9781940036397
Edition Language:English

BLURB: What daft wanker stepped in it now? That’s the first thing that goes through Dorian Devil’s mind when his phone rings, and he puts his own life on hold to fix someone else’s screw-ups. One call, that’s all anyone ever gets from this enchanter, and Dorian neither makes exceptions nor believes in enabling people not to protect themselves. In order to repair the situation, he must erase the client’s existence from everything. Friends, family, employment… Lovers. Heaven forbid any part of their life is complicated—Dorian doesn’t do complications. 
Fledgling vampire, Seth Kohler, on the run in Denver, makes his one call to Dorian, unsure of what will happen to him once he raises the paranormal 9-1-1. Turning everything over to Dorian, Seth has to trust in the powers of the Enchanter.

2.5 charming stars

Mis etiquetas: adult-mature, fantasia-urbana, m-m, mxm-erotica-romance-paranormal, vampiros
This book ends at 75% aprox, so I skip the rest of excerpts and publicity.

Not what I think it could be. So if you are looking for some PR... is not your book.

Vampires and weres exist in this world as a hidden society, but some police and hunters are after them. So, you get only one ticket to start over and avoid them. Enter the Enchanter, also known this days as Dorian Devil. A vampire ..sorcerer? able to erase your former life to give you another chance. Just only one.

Dorian has the personality of a charming bastard, powerful, a bit jaded for events of his past. His client, Seth, is young, insecure and naive.Dorian just wants to work and pass to the next.

This has a good start and premise, but became a bit repetitive with the issues , and insecurities, of both men. Different fears, and centuries of different experiences.

Not your usual end.


lunes, 6 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence#1)

Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1)

by 

Max Gladstone


336 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN:0765333104 (ISBN13: 9780765333100)
Edition Language:English
BLURB: A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.
Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mis etiquetas: alternate-reality, deidades-y-dioses, fantasy, gargolas, magical-practitioners, multiple-pov, necromancy, vampiros

{bilingual review}

What we did, what was done to us, was not war. The sky opened and the earth rose. Water burned and fire flowed. The dead became weapons. The weapons came alive.

En este mundo, los dioses existen y estuvieron a punto de destruir todo con sus guerras. Como poderosas entidades, se encuentran atados a contratos, subsisten con sacrificios y adoradores. Un balance obtenido con almas, sangre y donde el poder se transa todos los dias con reyes inmortales, sacerdotes, jueces y abogados magicos contractuales.

Theologians centuries back had developed a faster method. One god gave of his power to another, or to a group of worshipers, on a promise of repayment in kind, and of more soulstuff than had been initially lent. Gods grew knit to gods, pantheons to pantheons, expecting, and indeed requiring, their services to be returned. Power flowed, and divine might increased beyond measure. There were risks, though.

Tara es una Craftwoman, recien graduada y expulsada en medio de problemas de la Escuela Escondida (de magia), nigromante y experta en contratos y hechizos del oficio , se siente sorprendida al ser llamada por una prominente Ms. Kevarian para atender a un cliente en la ciudad de Alt Coulumb.

Lo más sorpresivo podria parecer es que en medio de tanta deidad y tautologia taumaturgia, estan los ingenieros, los maquinistas que encuentran un modo de usar el poder divino o en su defecto la magia con sus enormes reglas terrorificas para hacer funcionar cosas tan pedestres como luces, trenes, calderas y mover cosas.

jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Dragon Spawn (World of the Lupi #13)


Dragon Spawn (World of the Lupi #13)

by  

Eileen Wilks


 313 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley
ISBN:0451488032 (ISBN13: 9780451488039)
Edition Language:English


BLURB: Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt. 

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mis etiquetas: demons, fantasia-urbana, gnomes, hic-sunt-dracones, magia, magical-practitioners, married-couple, shapeshifters, stupid-cliffhanger, werewolf-hombrelobo-lycans

Primero que nada: El libro termina en CLIFFHANGER, sólo para que lo sepan.

Perdí la mitad de mis notas al borrarlas por error, pero recuerdo perfectamente esto: PRIMERA ESCENA - CULLEN SEABORN EN ZUNGA.

Cullen siendo fantabuloso en zunga.

Wow.

Yo quiero video en camara lenta de eso.

"The woman in front of him let out a loud laugh. “If you’re tired of women climbing all over you, why you wearing that little Speedo? Man as pretty as you don’t need to show off what he’s got.”
“What, you think I’m asking for it? Isn’t that what some people say if a woman wears anything more revealing than a burka?”
“I like you,” she announced. “What’s your name?”
“Cullen.

Bueno, después de eso ¿a que más podria aspirar una obra? XD

sábado, 28 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Lioness of Morocco

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 The Lioness of Morocco 

by  

Julia Drosten


448 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2017 by AmazonCrossing (first published January 3rd 2013)
Original Title: Die Löwin von Mogador
ISBN:1503941922 (ISBN13: 9781503941922)
Edition Language:English
 
 BLURB: Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father’s house.When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father’s trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin’s rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals…and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman.But Benjamin’s lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he’s arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla’s family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she’ll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Reto 2017 - #11:autor que use seudonimo

Sybilla es la hija de una familia de un comerciante acaudalado en Inglaterra de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Le gusta leer, y tiene ideas bastantes definidas que no incluyen asentarse sin ver el mundo como el resto de sus pares. Pero pronto ve que como soltera nunca dejará de ser tratada como una niña que nunca es escuchada en casa de su padre. ¿Su solución? Se casa con un empleado de su padre que ve claramente no será muy dificil , y arregla que sean enviados a Marruecos, especificamente al puerto de Mogador donde se efectua todo el comercio.

Como comentaba esto me recuerda esas miniseries de los 80s, con la historia de una familia, viajes exoticos, aderezado con un toque de romance y algo de peligro.

Entretiene. Las descripciones son interesantes., pero nunca llega a demostrar más allá de la superficie. Conflictos de la época entre gobernantes y gobiernos europeos por el control de la zona apenas son mencionados como hechos escuetos.

Remember: the worst man is he who accepts no apology, forgives no sin, and excuses no mistake.”

Reseña: Elves, Vol. 1 (Elfes, #1-2)

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 Elves, Vol. 1 (Elfes #1-2)

by 

Jean-Luc Istin

 


177 pages
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Insight Comics (first published 2013)
ISBN:1608878775 (ISBN13: 9781608878772)
Edition Language:English
Series:Elfes #1-2



3.5 nature stars.

Más estilo Salvatore que Tolkien. Buen arte.

Set in a fantasy world, with humans, elves (blue - dark - sylvan), orcs, dwarves, and... creatures, lacks the apropiate background to undestand a couple of things, it feel like we are presented with the second tome rather than the first.

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Reseña: Disney Graphic Novels #4: Great Parodies: Mickey's Inferno

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Disney Graphic Novels #4: Great Parodies: Mickey's Inferno 

by 

Walt Disney Company

88 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Papercutz
ISBN;1629915920 (ISBN13: 9781629915920)
 English.
 BLURB: Imagine if you will, a satirical retelling of Dante Aligheri s Inferno starring Mickey Mouse. This is the very first of the world-famouse, er, famous Great Parodies featuring classic Disney stars in outrageous spoofs of the world s greatest stories."
 
My rating: 1 of 5 stars



Sorry but no. I didn't like it.

Este es un comic realizado originalmente por Guido Martina en 1949, ilustrado por Angelo Bioletti, ahora reimpreso con un script de Stefan Petrucha. Un 'clásico'.

I was curious about this, but it turned out to be much rarer than expected. Maybe there iare a special circle in inferno for bad parodies after all.

martes, 24 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Sheikh's Christmas Baby (Shadid Sheikhs Series #3)

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The Sheikh's Christmas Baby 

by  

Leslie North

126 pages
Published December 19th 2016
ASIN:B01NCO0BDN
Edition Language:English
 
  BLURB: Their passionate affair ended in heartbreak when he left without warning. When he returns unexpectedly, can their heat melt away the hurt of the past?Kashif Shadid has always craved adventure. With one last chance to win the Iditarod dog sled race before assuming his role as Sheikh, he’s returned to the Alaskan wilderness to train at a legendary sled dog farm. But returning means coming face to face with Kristy Cohen, the woman who captured his attention years ago. He’s thrilled once again by her icy beauty, but her farm is facing financial ruin. Kashif’s eager to take control, however, getting her to agree with his plans may be a challenge. Kristy Cohen works hard to keep her sled dog farm afloat while raising her young daughter. Faced with declining revenues and a changing climate, Kristy’s struggling, but she’s not willing to turn her back on her business model. When Kashif Shadid shows up out of the blue pushing her to make changes, Kristy’s response is as cold as the Alaskan snow. She fell for tall, handsome Kashif once before. After four years without a word from him, she won’t be making that mistake again.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, romance, netgalley,  w_dog-trainer, adult-mature



In a nutshell: She wanted nothing more than to cling to him while he had four years of hurt and loneliness, but she could not.

This is what happens when you take books on impulse. I liked the cover of the book -I must admit-; and there was some nostalgia for old magazines like Bianca; But the plot is incredibly trite. And had some rare language turns: He's always been his country and his family first. (?) It even sounds strange to me.

There are several phrases that cut the impulse, it lacks fluency to the story. And ... well, I did not feel connected to the characters. It's all tremendously predictable, the two are good, there are reasons and blahblah.

Not even the dog-slege could save this.

-The salvageable: various comments about climate change in Alaska, the lack of cold in the winters and disappearance of snow, which is representing a short-term change of life.

lunes, 23 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Edge of Worlds (The Books of Raksura #4)

The Edge of Worlds (The Books of Raksura #4)

by 

Martha Wells 

 388 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Night Shade Books
ISBN:1597808431 (ISBN13: 9781597808439)
Series The Books of the Raksura #4
 
 
BLURB: An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura, shape-shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups. The groundlings have found a sealed ancient city at the edge of the shallow seas, near the deeps of the impassable Ocean. They believe it to be the last home of their ancestors and ask for help getting inside. But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors, the Forerunners, and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison for an unstoppable evil.
Prior to the groundlings’ arrival, the Indigo Cloud court had been plagued by visions of a disaster that could destroy all the courts in the Reaches. Now, the court’s mentors believe the ancient city is connected to the foretold danger. A small group of warriors, including consort Moon, an orphan new to the colony and the Raksura’s idea of family, and sister queen Jade, agree to go with the groundling expedition to investigate. But the predatory Fell have found the city too, and in the race to keep the danger contained, the Raksura may be the ones who inadvertently release it.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, aerial-shapeshifters,  warriors, kind-of-magic, beware-of-the-queen

Donde tenemos al pobre Moon que estaba tan tranquilito en lo de IndigoyCloud , recién asentándose y echando raices , aunque creo que han pasado como 2 años desde el inicio de serie y todavia le queda algo de emo esperando que todo se le escape entre las zarpas, y paf que una tremenda pesadilla sacude a todo el mundo y se ven en el dilema de esperar a que los problemas lleguen o ir a cortarlos de raiz, o ... ¿será que el viajecito será el detonante a lo que no quieren que pase?

Me acabo de dar cuenta de algo... me aburren mucho los barcos. Incluso los barcos voladores.

(aunque lo bueno es que a diferencia del steampunk, todos estos funcionan con musguitos y pedazos de piedra, no pregunten como porque ni idea.; asi que son no-contaminantes). El que todo sea comestible en más de un punto de la historia -incluyendo protagonistas y antagonistas- tambien te hace sentir bastante eco-amistoso , jaja.

(de ahi la bajada de estrellita,; además de que el misterio es bastante predecible)

sábado, 21 de enero de 2017

Reseña: For want of a nail (relato corto)

For Want of a Nail 

by  

Mary Robinette Kowal

19 pages
Published 2011
ASIN:B004Z1MXBO
Edition Language:English
 
Literary Awards:Hugo Award for Best Short Story (2011)

BLURB: "For Want of a Nail" is the 2011 Hugo-nominated story by award-winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal. This science-fiction short story explores the complex choices that an AI and her wrangler must make to solve a seemingly simple technical problem.
Also in this edition, is bonus material that includes author's notes as well as a look at the writing process. The original and unedited first draft of this story has a completely different plot. Read it and the brainstorming notes to get a peek into the creative process. 
 

My rating: 2.5 shortcircuit stars


Un par de hermanos buscando reparar una A.I. que graba toda la vida de una familia a bordo de una espacial brinda una breve mirada sobre esa vida y la forma pragmática de la sobrevivencia.
No consiguió encantarme.

miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud

Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud 

by

 Martha Wells

206 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Night Shade Books (first published September 1st 2014)
Original Title:Stories of the Raksura, Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud
ISBN:1597805351 (ISBN13: 9781597805353)
Edition Language:English
Series:The Books of the Raksura 0.1; 0.2; 0.4; 3.6, Stories of the Raksura #1
BLURB:  In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has travelled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult. 
The Tale of Indigo and Cloud explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon came to Court. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could ruin everything.
Stories of Moon and the shape changers of Raksura have delighted readers for years. This world is a dangerous place full of strange mysteries, where the future can never be taken for granted, and must always be fought for with wits and ingenuity, and often tooth and claw. With two brand-new novellas, Martha Wells shows that the world of Raksura has many more stories to tell...

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
bookshelves: fantasy, aerial-shapeshifters, adventure, beware-of-the-queen, kind-of-magic, warriors, anthology

Two novellas about the Raksura verse, and 2 short stories.

Reseña: Saga #41 (single issue)

Saga #41 (single issue)

by 

Brian K. Vaughan

  32 pages
Published December 28th 2016 by Image Comics
ASIN:B01LY010TZ
Edition Language:English

“THE WAR FOR PHANG,” Part Five. Alana and Marko get their war on. - See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/saga-41#sthash.setxI3Te.dpuf


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
bookshelves:  graphic-novel, space-opera, married-couple, married-plus-baby, ciencia-ficcion

...violence seems to have so much in common with an untreatable venereal disease. It burrows deep inside of everyone it touches, flaring up again and again to hurt others...
...until the day it finally consumes its host.


mmm, still not convinced. to me now it appeal to gore images just for shock effect.

some few new things, the 'return' not very successfull
(view spoiler)
 Saga 041 (2017) (digital)-016

Reseña: Saga #40 (single issue)

Saga #40 (single issue)

by  

Brian K. Vaughan

 31 pages

Published November 30th 2016 by Image
ASIN:B01LXHZGD6
Edition Language:English
Series:Saga (Single Issues) #40


"THE WAR FOR PHANG," Part Four
It's all fun and games until...

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
bookshelves:  graphic-novel, ciencia-ficcion, married-couple, married-plus-baby, space-opera

I'm starting to wonder where is this story going.

Wen still driven by revenge. 
vendiendo sus convicciones...


Marko and guns issues.
Hazel being annoying as always.

The last issues were better.

-the art still ok/weird
ss

viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Un embrujo de cinco siglos

Un embrujo de cinco siglos 

by  

Ana María Güiraldes

 152 pages

Published June 28th 1998 by Andres Bello (first published March 1st 1991)
ISBN:9561309254 (ISBN13: 9789561309258)
Edition Language:Spanish

 

BLURB: Etelvina de 17 años de edad, vivía en España en el siglo XV donde era una princesa bruja muy soñadora igual que su padre , el Rey Morrón, quien murió cuando a tenía 5 años. Este era muy bromista y no le gustaba la magia y murió simplemente por hacerse el gracioso y chocar con un arbol mientras cabalgaba con los ojos cerrados sobre un dragón enano. Su madre la Reina Bruja Arevalo junto con el Señor Grande entre los Enormes castigan a Etelvina para que viaje en el tiempo al Siglo XX a nuestro país Chile. El otro castigo que había pensado el Señor Brujo era mandarla de viaje con un loco llamado Cristóbal Colón a descubrir América, pero prefirió el castigo de los 5 siglos.
My rating: 3,5 azuladas estrellas.
bookshelves:  for-kids, chile, literatura-infantil, magia, witches-wizards, princess-and-or-prince

La princesa bruja Etelvina es castigada por osar enamorarse de un mortal, y es enviada al Chile del siglo XX, donde conoce a una familia normal, mamá, papá y pareja de hermanos más guagua.

Me descubri preguntandome si esto con romance seria del gusto de niños , un poco como el niño que tiene dudas de leer la Princesa Prometida con el abuelo en la pelicula homonima. Pero es entretenida, y te encuentras dando vueltas a las páginas entre notas de dulzura, mezclada con insensateces y algo de fantasia, en lo que se siente más como un cuento extendido que una novela corta. Aunque, claro, debo recordarme que esta pensada después de todo para niños.

Entretiene.

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Estaba mirando los comentarios del grupo popsugar 2017, acerca de sus lecturas más entrañables en la infancia y me encontré con este libro. Me resulta extraño haberme saltado la generación de los que leyeron y leen a Ana María Güiraldes.

miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Witch of Duva (Grisha 0.5)

 Relato corto
Free: En Tor
http://www.tor.com/2012/06/06/the-witch-of-duva-a-ravkan-folk-tale/
 

The Witch of Duva (The Grisha #0.5)

by  

Leigh Bardugo

43 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Tor
Original Title:The Witch of Duva: A Ravkan Folk Tale
ISBN:1466820756 (ISBN13: 9781466820753)
Edition Language:English
 
 
My rating:3,5 starving stars

Winter... Famine.

Intriguing , with elements of traditional fairy tale, the old woman in the woods, the girl, the sweets, the aisolation. The family.... And the tweaks that made a good story.
Bardugo should writte the Grisha book itself like this; instead, I never could pass the first pages.

Puedo imaginar perfectamente como el estar aislados en medio de la nieve y el hielo, aislados y sin nada que comer puede hacer , pero sólo eso. Imaginarlo. Pero parece que todos los cuentos invernales entrañan esa sensación de que muchas cosas pueden suceder en ese miedo, animales, y horrores inarralables. 

Lo peor es saber que eso sucede/sucedió/sucederá cuando no se tiene nada más que perder.
Tan innegable como que la nieve seguirá cayendo cada vez más y más en los años subsiguientes.

Reseña: Rat Queens #16 (single issue)

Rat Queens #16 (single issue)

by  

Kurtis J. Wiebe

31 pages
Published May 4th 2016 by Image
ASIN:B01CUZ3LJO
Edition Language:English
WHEN BEARDS COLLIDE" Part One
BLURB: The Rat Queens return to Palisade to find that the world has moved on without them. The tavern is infested with would be heroes, drinking all the ale and getting in all the fights. What's a warrior girl to do?


My rating: 1.7 wtf stars

My bookshelves:  graphic-novel, adventure, adult-mature, mercenary-adventurer, dark-fantasy

I don't know why I bother with this serie anymore. The art is awful; they look really weird in some panels.

Only Dee, Betty and Vi back to Palisade, but (view spoiler) people are different and are doppelgangers it seems? and the people are strangely good looking at the bar <---SPOILER

The cliffhanger was evil.

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