sábado, 6 de mayo de 2017

Reseña: Prophets of the Ghost Ants (Antasy #1)

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BILINGUAL REVIEW/Reseña Bilingue

by 

Clark Thomas Carlton

608 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Harper Voyager Impulse (first published June 17th 2011)
ISBN:0062429752 (ISBN13: 9780062429759)
Languaje: English

BLURB: Both familiar and fantastic, Clark T. Carlton’s Prophets of the Ghost Ants explores a world in which food, weapons, clothing, art—even religious beliefs—are derived from Humankind’s profound intertwining with the insect world. 
In a savage landscape where humans have evolved to the size of insects, they cannot hope to dominate. Ceaselessly, humans are stalked by night wasps, lair spiders, and marauder fleas. And just as sinister, men are still men. Corrupt elites ruthlessly enforce a rigid caste system. Duplicitous clergymen and power-mongering royalty wage pointless wars for their own glory. Fantasies of a better life and a better world serve only to torment those who dare to dream. 

One so tormented is a half-breed slave named Anand, a dung-collector who has known nothing but squalor and abuse. Anand wants to lead his people against a genocidal army who fight atop fearsome, translucent Ghost Ants. But to his horror, Anand learns this merciless enemy is led by someone from his own family: a religious zealot bent on the conversion of all non-believers . . . or their extermination.
 

A mix of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt, Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, and Phillip Pullman’s Golden Compass, this is a powerful new addition to the genre.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


{Note: If you are squeamish about bugs and eating bugs, this is so not your book ;P}


Este es uno de esos libros que resulta algo dificil de encasillar dentro de un sólo género, parte diciendo que un meteorito cayó en la tierra y desaparecio la civilización, dejando sólo bichos gigantes y los humanos se achicaron. No. No es broma. Ahora si dejamos de lado la parte en que hay que creer que todos los mamiferos desaparecieron dejando solamente seres humanos ... es bastante entretenido. Por eso es que a algunas personas les parece que esto tal vez tendria mayor sentido si fuera en un planeta ajeno a la tierra. Y claro, después en lo que avanza la historia nos encontramos con una fantasía heroica en la que sólo esta ausente la magia.

Bueno, los diminutos humanos han sobrevivido atando sus vidas a los grandes insectos organizados. Relación simbiótica, domesticación, parasitismo todo ello cabe aqui.

Los humanos han establecido todo un panteon de dioses: hormiga, abeja, cucaracha, mantis, langosta, termita, etc. Su cultura esta entrelazada y basado en sus vidas, y una estratificación social rígida con reinas , sacerdotes, soldados y esclavos. No hay tecnologia, y la sociedad es una suerte de despotismo/hierocracia . La casta alta son de piel 'clara y amarilla'.

Anand , el protagonista, es un muchacho de la casta más baja dentro de los Slopeites, y es fácil identificarlo con la casta de los intocables que continua cargando excrementos hoy en dia. Esta 'contaminado' y , horror, su piel es oscura. Su cultura adora a la Reina Hormiga de los cortadores de hojas.

miércoles, 3 de mayo de 2017

Reseña: Battlestar Galactica: Folly of the Gods (Novela Grafica)

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Battlestar Galactica: Folly of the Gods 

by  

Cullen Bunn


Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment
ISBN: 1524103144 (ISBN13: 9781524103149)
Edition Language: English

My rating: 2,5 deep space stars.

Shelves ciencia-ficcion, comics, graphic-novel, media-tie-in, netgalley, space-opera, tv-serie-based
This is a 'Classical Battlestar Galactica' adventure (1978), where the Galactica is thrown into a spatial divergence -and can we say spatial cliche here- a black hole. The bumpy travel of the starship have cost some problems, and Adama is unsconcious.
Apollo, Starbuck and Sheba goes to explore some planet with a ring of debris were found a few surprises. Not the pleasant kind.

sábado, 29 de abril de 2017

Reseña: Armed & Dangerous (Cut & Run, #5)

Armed & Dangerous 

by 

Abigail Roux

330 pages 
Published May 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN:1613725124 (ISBN13: 9781613725122)
Edition Language:English
Series:Cut & Run #5

BLURB:
With Cross and his innocuous boyfriend, Cameron Jacobs, in tow, Ty and Zane must navigate the obstacles of a cross-country trek, including TSA pat-downs, blizzards, their uncooperative prisoners, CIA kill teams, a desperate lack of sleep or caffeine, and each other. Ty and Zane are determined to get Julian Cross to DC in one piece, but it’s starting to look like it might be the last thing they do.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, m-m, w_police-detective, adult-mature, adventure, thriller-policial,, lgbt

Cut&Run es una serie acerca de dos agentes del FBI: Ty y Zane. Al principio de la serie ambos se detestaban, pero eso terminó siendo UST, y después mucho más. Ambos son de esos machos con un pasado entrampado llenos de asuntos clasificados en sus actividades militares o como agentes encubiertos.

En Armados y Peligrosos (sorry, pero la serie no ha sido traducida al castellano), mientras se encuentran en un estado molesto como pareja por el final del último libro, son enviados en la misión de recuperar a un testigo bajo protección. El 'testigo' en cuestion es Julian Cross del libro Warrior's Cross , quien de muy mala gana se deja arrastrar por el par de agentes junto a su pareja Cameron a lo que esta seguro es su muerte (o en el mejor de los casos ser reincorporado sin alternativa a la CIA).

Júntese 2 parejas muy diferentes. Julian y Ty cayéndose mal desde el principio. Un largo viaje por carretera con mal tiempo. Un testigo que es un hitman determinado a escapar. Y diálogo lleno de pullas. Más algo de consejos sentimentales no-solicitados por parte de Cameron. Ah, y sexo, mucho sexo. 

Sin olvidar agentes de ambas agencias en persecución de nuestros héroes con un objetivo no muy claro, y el lector preuntándose quiénes son los buenos y quienes son los malos.

lunes, 24 de abril de 2017

Reseña: El huésped de Drácula

El huésped de Drácula 

by  

Bram Stoker


 28 pages
first published 1914
ISBN:1514848554 (ISBN13: 9781514848555)
Edition Language:Spanish

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

bookshelves: gothic-horror, short-story, situ-1890s

Munich, es Walpurgis Nacht, un turista sale a dar una vuelta con un cochero y decide explorar por su cuenta pese a las advertencias de mal tiempo y otras cosas.

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Supe de esta historia corta por Lau, y aunque no menciona nombres sino a un 'viajero inglés' y el hecho de provenir de la historia original "Drácula" -el primer capítulo cortado por un editor-, esto nos lleva a pensar en su protagonista: Harker.

Por otra parte, es como una historia aleccionaria contra turistas aventureros ... o un precursor de "Hostal" ;P Es el tipo porfiado que 'knows best' y va derechito donde nadie lo invitó.

«Es inglés, y por consiguiente aventurero. A menudo hay peligro con la nieve y los lobos y la noche.»

miércoles, 19 de abril de 2017

Reseña: Singing in Mount Abora


Singing of Mount Abora 

by 

Theodora Goss

Published July 2012 by Lightspeed Magazine (first published 2007)
Edition LanguageEnglish
 Originally published in Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories,
 
BLURB; A hundred years ago, the blind instrument-maker known as Alem Das, or Alem the Master, made a dulcimer whose sound was sweeter, more passionate, and more filled with longing than any instrument that had ever been made.
MY RATING: 4.5 stars

bookshelves: short-story, fantasy,  metafiction


En Boston, Sabra, una estudiante universitaria nacida en Etiopia , nos narra acerca de su madre abrumadora, conocer a un muchacho, escribir algo para sus estudios, el poeta Coleridge, y termina entrelazándonos en el poema de Kubla Khan de dicho autor mediante un relato fantástico lleno de imagenes orientales.

viernes, 14 de abril de 2017

Reseña: Los cuentos de Beedle el Bardo

{Leido para el desafio "Todos lo han leido menos yo" }

Los cuentos de Beedle el Bardo 

by 

J.K. Rowling

118 pages
Published December 2008 by Salamandra (first published 2007)
Original Title_The Tales of Beedle the Bard
ISBN:8498381967 (ISBN13: 9788498381962)
Edition Language:Spanish
Series:Hogwarts Library
setting:United Kingdom
BLURB: Los cuentos de Beedle el Bardo contienen cinco cuentos de hadas muy diferentes, cada uno con su propio carácter mágico, que deleitarán al lector con su humor y la emoción del peligro de muerte.
Muggles y magos por igual disfrutarán de los comentarios añadidos al final de cada relato, escritos por el profesor Albus Dumbledore, que cavila en ellos sobre las enseñanzas que nos dejan los cuentos, revelando al mismo tiempo pizcas de información sobre la vida en Hogwarts.
Con ilustraciones realizadas por su autora, J.K. Rowling, este libro único y mágico perdurará como un pequeño tesoro en los años venideros.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Contiene 5 historias :
1)El mago y el cazo saltarín.

2)La fuente de la buena fortuna.
{donde, curiosamente tenemos una intervención del Quijote de Cervantes : «Y Amata se enganchó en la armadura de un caballero de semblante triste que estaba allí montado en un flaco rocín.»}

jueves, 13 de abril de 2017

Reseña: Shipyard Girls at War ( Shipyard Girls #2)

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Shipyard Girls at War (Shipyard Girls #2)

by

Nancy Revell


464 pages
Published March 23rd 2017 by Arrow
ISBN:1784754641 (ISBN13: 9781784754648)
Edition Language:English
Series:Shipyard Girls #2
BLURB: 1941: It takes strength to work on the docks, but the war demands all hands on deck and the women are doing their best to fill the gap.
Rosie is flourishing in her role as head-welder while still keeping her double life a secret. But a dashing detective is forcing Rosie to choose between love and her duty.
Gloria is hiding her own little secret – one that if found out, could not only threaten her job, but her life.
And the shipyards are proving tougher than Polly ever imagined, while she waits for her man to return home safely.
Join the shipyard girls as they journey through the hardships of life, love and war.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Shelves cute-cover, historical-fiction, melodrama, netgalley, rromance, situ-1940s, w_welder, world-war-2


Sunderland, UK, shipbuilding is vital during WW2 and the shipyard have a team of female welders. Seven very different women have constructed a very close friendship. Rosie is the boss, tough, and scarred from her past in more than one way, she is trying to balance a double life. Gloria is older , hoping to be free at last from an abusive husband but now is pregnant. Polly , have really bad news at home, and hope to see again her fiance. Dorothy and Angie are friends, love to go to flicks and have fun, and maybe forget everyday horrors. Martha is a big and shy woman, and just started to have more confidence. Hannah is Czech, fragile and small didn't seem to have really what is needed for this job. All their lives tangled among bombings, overwork, and living in pins and needles waiting for news of their love ones.

imagen by Cecil Beaton

jueves, 30 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: The Good Earth (Novela Grafica)

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[Please note that my rating refers only to this edition.]

by 

Pearl S. Buck

 144 pages

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Simon Schuster
ISBN:1501132768 (ISBN13: 9781501132766)
Edition Language:English

 

BLURB: Pearl Buck’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize–winning classic about the rise and fall of Chinese villagers before World War I comes to life in this graphic novel by Nick Bertozzi.

In The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. This story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is must reading to fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the last century.
 


 Shelves book-to-graphic-novel, classics, graphic-novel, literary-fiction, netgalley, situ-1920s

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

[Please note that my rating refers only to this edition.]

Wang Lung is a poor peasant in China between wars, the story begins with his marriage to a poor slave of a rich house - O-Lan -, and continues through three generations in his fight against poverty, hunger, droughts and plagues , meanwhile a revolution is mentioned in the background. O-Lan and Wang Lung work very hard on their lands, and their efforts bear fruit although he never values his wife much in spite of being essentially a fairly good and honest man, which is seen especially at the end.

I had read this novel many years ago, it was among the books in my house and I remembered it with some nostalgia, so I required this book out of curiosity. I do not know where this fashion came from introducing great classics as graphic novels, but in this case the format frankly does not do justice to this tremendous classic.

miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: The Hollow Kingdom (Hollow Kingdom 1)

The Hollow Kingdom 

by  

Clare B. Dunkle


240 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (first published October 1st 2003)
ISBN:0805081089 (ISBN13: 9780805081084)
Edition Language:English
Series The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #1
blurb: In nineteenth-century England, a powerful sorcerer and King of the Goblins chooses Kate, the elder of two orphan girls recently arrived at their ancestral home, Hallow Hill, to become his bride and queen...

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shelves dwarves, fairytale, fantasy, goblins, king-and-queen, magia, magical-practitioners, 
Kate y Emily Winslow llegan a Hollow Hill tras la muerte de su padre, la tierra les pertenece como legado materno, pero pronto ni sus ancianas tias ni su guardian legal parecen poder protegerlas de peligros que las acosan.

Situado en lo que parece ser una Inglaterra del siglo 19, y en medio de un plot de semi-horror gótico te ves envuelto en un mundo sobrenatural.

“If that’s what you think my kingdom is like, I certainly know not to ask you to come.”
Hope swept through her. “You won’t?” she gasped.
Marak opened his eyes again and frowned at her eager expression. “Of course not.” He shrugged. “I’ll just take you there. No sense in asking.”

martes, 28 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: The Last of the Minotaur Wives

The Last of the Minotaur WivesThe Last of the Minotaur Wives 

by  

Brooke Bolander

Tor.com Online Fiction, 5 pages
Published March 8th 2017 by Tor.com
Edition Language English
When the first of the Minotaur Brides was set to be a concubine in darkness, she was warned never to try escape. She was given an explanation: you are a monster, and below the earth you & your kind shall stay.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Escrito para el Dia Internacional de la Mujer 2017 inspirados por la frase "Nevertheless, she persisted”, este es literalmente un arquetipo clásico de la resistencia femenina. Y de esperanza.

Me agradó mucho el estilo de escritura.
http://www.tor.com/2017/03/08/the-las...

lunes, 27 de marzo de 2017

Reseña: A Gentleman's Position (Society of Gentlemen #3


A Gentleman's Position (Society of Gentlemen #3)

by  

K.J. Charles

246 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Loveswept
ISBN:1101886072 (ISBN13: 9781101886076)
Series:Society of Gentlemen #3


Such an easy thing, to be liked. All you had to do was make sure people didn’t know you

right in the feels.

El fiel valet y el caballero inglés.

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.
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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

 +Digitalcopy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

 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.”

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