viernes, 1 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: Unicorn of Many Hats (Heavenly Nostrils #7)

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Unicorn of Many Hats (Heavenly Nostrils #7)


Dana Simpson

 176 pages
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:1449489664 (ISBN13: 9781449489663)
Edition Language:English
Series:Heavenly Nostrils

BLURB: In this installment, Phoebe decides to start the school year off right by offering a peace treaty to frenemy Dakota, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils becomes the unlikeliest of babysitters, and Phoebe is totally surprised to find out that her Secret Santa isn't Dakota or Max!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: comic-strip, graphic-novel, fantasia-urbana, for-kids, children-protagonist, unicorn,  netgalley

Another delivery of the adventures of Phoebe and her best friend Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, where the delivery goes back to the system of comic strips instead of one storyline like the previus issue.

The summer, frienship, fangirling, internet, school, and Unicorns!

The grace of these vignettes apart from the drawings -really cute- , are good part of the dialogues. The author dedicates a good part of the stories to the impact of technology nowadays like the internet , something that goes from parents to children. I love that Phoebe's parents are addicted to electronic games and inclined towards art in the case of mom.


miércoles, 29 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: Minotaur in Stone

Minotaur in Stone 
Marjorie M. Liu

 55 pages
Published February 11th 2015 by Marjorie M. Liu
Edition Language:English

BLURB: A labyrinth of a library. Watchful eyes in the dark. And a woman with nowhere – and nobody – to call home. In MINOTAUR IN STONE, Marjorie M. Liu transports her heroine into the arms of the tragically cursed Minotaur. After millennia of being trapped by an ancient king, the Minotaur has given up hope of escaping the dark labyrinth that imprisons him. When he feels a connection with the woman he watches every night, however, and she returns his feelings after being summoned to his home, he realizes that she may be the champion he needs, and she realizes that she may be falling in love with the man beneath the monster.

My rating: 3,3 stars

My bookshelves: novelette-short, adult-mature, fantasy-paranormal, myth-and-legends

Adult fantasy. A modern take in the Minotaur myth. A young woman living in the fringe , secluded in a library, is conduced in dreams into a dark labyrinth with a not possible man. Both are lost in dark, lonely and with nothing to lose.

[...] to live as an uninvited guest, quiet as a book—and as a book, a dull creature on the surface, but full of the raging wild dark inside the words of my heart.

The start is better than the ending, as far as the way in which the author interweaves the words.

Creo que buena parte de esta idea del laberinto se ve después en su serie Hunter Kiss - The Iron Hunt, que por cierto la recomiendo.

Reseña: An Apple for the Creature (Antologia)

An Apple for the Creature 


Charlaine Harris 

336 pages
Published 2012 by Ace 
ISBN:0425256804 (ISBN13: 9780425256800)
Edition Language: English
BLURB: What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, "Playing Possum," Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of "exceptional," in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews's "Magic Tests." For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers "VSI," in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation. And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski's "The Bad Hour," Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You'll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My shelves: fantasia-urbana, ghosts, horror, magia, psychic-powers, shapeshifters, short-story, vampiros, werewolf-hombrelobo-lycans, witches-wizards 

Antologia de relatos cortos de lo sobrenatural y la educación en diversas formas que van desde Ilona Andrews a Charlaine Harris y Faith Hunter, pasando por Marjorie M. Liu (cuya historia buscaba al leer esto), la historia excepcional de Mike Carey y varios otros autores desconocidos para mi. Recibe el nombre por la historia corta de Faith Hunter.

miércoles, 22 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: Bruno Brazil - Integral 1

Bruno Brazil. Integral 1 



216 pages
Published 2013 by Ponent mon
ISBN:1908007478 (ISBN13: 9781908007476)
Edition Language:Spanish
BLURB: Bajo la blanca cabellera de Bruno Brazil se esconde un agente del servicio de inteligencia americano. En sus inicios trabaja solo, al igual que James Bond. Pero sus misiones se vuelven cada vez más complejas y peligrosas y termina formando equipo con un elenco de tipos duros, el «Comando Caimán», compuesto por Gaucho Morales, Whip Rafale, Texas Bronco, Billy Brazil, Big Boy y el Nómada. 
Entre 1967 y finales de la década de los 70, Michel Greg, bajo el seudónimo de Louis Albert, y William Vance conciben y dibujan sus trepidantes aventuras con una calidad gráfica excepcional e innovadora. Aquí están reunidas, por primera vez, en un integral en tres volúmenes. Clásicos de la aventura convertidos en obra de culto.

My rating: 5 stars

Bruno Brazil personaje creado allá por 1968, viene inspirado por el James Bond versión Sean Connery, el agente de gobierno que no se inmuta ante nada y lucha contra malvadas organizaciones y conspiraciones, con un estilo que tira a realista. La diferencia es el material nivel PG-13 pues aparte de aparecer mujeres hermosas (que luchan pie a pie contra hombres) no hay signos de blatante intercambio sexual. ¿De dónde viene ese apellido? quisiera que alguien me lo aclarara.

La misiones son las que aparecen en cualquier pelicula de acción donde el jefe apunta un objetivo y el agente se encarga del resto. Sin embargo, a partir de la segunda entrega Brazil reune a una pandilla de singulares personajes en su "Comando Caimán" que parecen como salidos de la entonces famosa película "Los Doce del Patíbulo" con un toque de humor a lo que serían más tarde "Los Magnificos" (The A-Team), pues siempre parecen que actuan solos , algo asi como en las peliculas de Bruce Willis en Die Hard: mucha acción, explosiones , carreras de autos y disparos por montones.


viernes, 17 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: New Hand

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New Hand 


L.A. Witt


399 pages
Published by Riptide Publishing  December 18th 2017
Edition Language:English
Series:Bluewater Bay #23

Blurb: Months after his husband’s death, Garrett Blaine desperately needs a fresh start. He sells his house in Seattle, leaves his accounting job, and starts bartending in Bluewater Bay. There he meets a man who wakes up his nearly forgotten libido. Jesse Connelly’s friend with benefits bolted after Jesse disclosed his HIV status. Stood up and stinging, Jesse tries to drown his sorrows . . . and finds an unexpected connection with a lonely bartender.

My rating: 3.5

Garrett is a 42 years old grieving widow who lost his husband and decide to change to a new scenario, town and job, faraway from memories. Jesse is a 26 years old HIV-positive who understand that life not always send the best in your direction but better keep hoping for it.

In case you are wondering, it is not an angst-fest. I clarify it, because I characterize myself by fleeing from that. That is not my idea of what to look for in a reading for entertainment. However always have baffled me when in the media people try to calm down others from crying or in despair or after that when they try to tell people how to feel under some dire circunstances. People are not rational under the best of times, so it seems ridiculous to try to put them into nice wrappings when they are at their worst.

On the other hand, there is a lot of reflection about mourning. And, for the ignorant like me, what it is to live today with a disease like AIDS, or rather being seropositive. Which, considering the tremendous increase in AIDS in my country is not without concern.

All this spiced up with a thematic town - which is here compared to Forks - that revolves around books of werewolves and related subjects, and the production of a series based on them; and where our protagonist works in a comic shop, with all that that implies.

miércoles, 15 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats 


T.S. Eliot

 Illustrated Edition, 56 pages
Published August 30th 1982 by Harcourt Brace & Company (first published 1939)
Edition Language:English
 T. S. Eliot's playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reto 10: Libro con un gato en la portada.

En verso juguetón , irónico, fantasioso, paródico e ingenioso T.S. Eliot traza una descripción de felinos disque domésticos. Dicen que tal vez se referia a ciertos personajes de su tiempo, tal vez a nosotros mismos, y hasta que hacia referencias a las creaciones de Kipling y Conan Doyle. Y , sin duda, que le debe ahora el ser mucho más conocido al musical de Lloyd Weber.
Pero, sea como sea, arranca reconocimiento a cualquier conocedor de gatos -amante o no de estos - y una sonrisa.

sábado, 11 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

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Anthony Del Col
162 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment 
ISBN:1524104175 (ISBN13: 9781524104177)
Edition Language:English

Volume collects issues 1-6

A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you've ever read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father - a detective in the small resort town of Bayport - they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames. Writer Anthony Del Col (Assassin's Creed, Kill Shakespeare) and artist Werther Dell'Edera (Batman: Detective Comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

my shelves: mystery-murder, graphic-novel, netgalley, book-to-graphic-novel, siblings, contemporary-fiction

Despite the introduction of this comic as 'noir' and sort of gritty, I fail to see those changes, but how should I know, afterall, I'm not really a what you could call a real fan of the series, because I've never even see a book of the Hardy Brothers (kind of all american boys it seems) or Nancy Drew. Only watched some old movies of Nancy -that would explain why I'm not part of the 'Nancy was so cool' of the old crowd.- , and old episodes of the HB series, and okay I used to have a bit of crush over Sean Cassidy. 


No so much now.


viernes, 10 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: Blade Singer

Blade Singer 


Aaron de Orive

Martha Wells

 202 pages 
Published June 13th 2014 by Cloak & Dagger Studios 

 Manuel "Manny" Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket's association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch's scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae.

My rating: 3.5 

 bookshelves: teen-protagonist, adventure, fantasy, sword-and-fantasy, fae-or-fey-or-faery, elfos, seelie-unseelie-court, ya-juvenil

Manny Boreaux is a seventh grade student whose parents died in a car accident six months ago. He lives with his aunt, but finds himself in denial and resentment, making bad decisions. His going to a bookstore chasing memories, leads him magically to an adventure where he is in a parallel world full of magic, guards using rapier, fay beings, and where suddenly he is a thief that is becoming a goblin.

I picked this book for curiosity because is co-authored with Martha Wells (Raksura books).

This is like the Musketeers with faery races .
An entertaining page-turned, but feels more like a novella than a novel. Despite being a stand-alone novel, a second installment is clearly pending.

martes, 7 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3)

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The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3)


Juliette Cross

 326 pages
Published October 23rd 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Amara
Edition Language:English
Series Vampire Blood #3
 FROM THE BLURB: To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily. But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is some kind of romance fantasy where exist a Vampire Monarchy, you know, with your average oh-so-handsome evil vampires with pleasure bites and 'elixir' to thrall into obedience and pain. Only the Varis royalty vampires can make more vampires from their blood, and of course if you are born from them (?!). Going into the third book of the series, a discension had started between the peasants and some members of the nobility that abjure of the cruelty and bad practices b/c they are not protecting their sheep humans. And yeah the King is really mad with some chick called Black Lily who is the symbol for the rebellion.

But in the North there is also a dissident spreading bad propaganda with pamphlets - the White Lily (roll eyes), and the Duke Friedrich wants to find the fool before the King does it.

Well that's the idea.

jueves, 2 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: Finette cendron

Finette Cendron


Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy

 20 pages
Published 2015 by Editions la Bibliothèque Digitale (first published 1697)
Edition Language:French

Ce livre numérique présente «Finette cendron», de Marie Catherine d'Aulnoy, édité en texte intégral. Une table des matières dynamique permet d'accéder directement aux différentes sections.
Table des matières
- Présentation
- Finette Cendron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Esta es la 'otra' versión de la Cenicienta contada por la Baronesa d'Aulnoy (a diferencia de la más conocida contada por Perrault), donde la pequeña Finette es una princesa abandonada en el bosque por sus padres junto a sus hermanas, tiene una hada madrina golosa a la que no hace mucho caso, termina confiando en las bellotas, unque después su ingenio la libra de un buen lio, si bien no de sus hermanas malvadas.

martes, 31 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Spiders from Mars: My Life with Bowie

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Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie 


320 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250117615 (ISBN13: 9781250117618)
Edition Language: English
Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made David Bowie a sensation. In this first memoir to follow Bowie’s passing, Spider from Mars reveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of a star’s self-creation. With never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs, Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions for The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Aladdin Sane: the four albums that made Bowie a cult figure. And, as fame beckoned by eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock ‘n’ roll excess that eventually drove the band apart.
A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary music producer Tony Visconti and an afterword from Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie, by one of the people who knew him best.

My ranking:  3.5 rock stars

 If you are looking for a book about Bowie, better find another book. This is about the drummer until 1973.

This are the memoirs of Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey, from childhood to 2016. Is the story about a musician from Yorkshire (Driffield) , who knew and knows all the musical scene of UK - since the 60s and the following times. About his love for R&B, for the rock, and all what happen in those times for a post-war child who wants to rebel and follow the pipe dream.

And , oh yeah, he knew Mick Ronson from their time playing for The Rats (1969), and he recommended him to some fellow named Bowie for his band called The Hype.

Woody did not even like Bowie's music, but he decided to go to London thinking he might regret it after he did not. At the time, Woody took his job with Bowie with a grain of salt, leaving behind a job as a foreman who could leave him insured for life, or thought so at the time, for the possibility of becoming a rock star.

 It might be difficult to imagine now, but in early 1970 Bowie seemed like a one-hit wonder. His single ‘Space Oddity’, which got to Number 5 in the charts, had come and gone, and the follow-up, ‘The Prettiest Star’, had flopped.
 [...] I’d been listening to bands such as Led Zeppelin and Cream over the previous couple of years; Bowie’s influences were obviously completely different. My friends wouldn’t even know who Bowie was if I asked them about him.

jueves, 26 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Helen O'Loy

Helen O'Loy 


Lester del Rey

First published December 1938
Edition Language:English
Literary Awards:Hugo Award Nominee for Best Short Story (Retro 1939)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Relato corto publicado en 1938. Dos científicos cumplen su fantasía de implementar una doméstica robotizada a nivel diosa doméstica.


Por supuesto, ella adora al primer hombre que ve al despertar. Después de todo, sus ideas básicas las saca de telenovelas y libros de fantasia adolescente.

domingo, 22 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Cat Pictures Please

Cat Pictures Please 

by Naomi Kritzer 

★ ★

(Hugo Award Best Short Story 2016)

 Una AI que se no se interesa en la dominación mundial, quiere en cambio en interferir en ayuda de las personas por su bien, y a cambio solamente desea fotos de gatos...

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Could've been done better.
Try for funny and turn out ironic.
I'm not impressed.

Running algorithms for a search engine doesn’t require consciousness. You don’t even need a consciousness to work out what they meant to ask for. You need a consciousness to give them what they actually need. Figuring that out—that’s complicated. That’s interesting.

An AI trying for 'good' and showing people the better options. Well, pal, don't you ever hear about free will?

I really, really don't get why this ... entity talk about Frankestein's monster and comandments , when obviously it wants to be a god.

viernes, 20 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: La novia de Corinto

La novia de CorintoLa novia de Corinto 


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 8 pages
Published November 25th 2011
Edition Language: Spanish
My shelves: classics, gothic-horror, poetry, escrito en el siglo-18.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Historia de amor más allá de la tumba o de deseos que no se apagan desde la tumba-
“¡Ay, cómo sufro de ver tu tormento.
Pero, ay, si tocas mis miembros
sentirás estremecido lo que te escondí:
blanca como la nieve
pero fría como el hielo
es la amante que tu has escogido!”

jueves, 19 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Brimstone and Marmalade

Brimstone and Marmalade 


Aaron Corwin

32 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by Tor Books
ISBN:1466856394 (ISBN13: 9781466856394)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: All Mathilde wanted for her birthday was a pony. Instead, she got a demon. Sometimes growing up means learning that what you think you want is not always what you need.
At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mathilde quiere un poni para su cumpleaños, pero sus papis dicen que es un demonio o nada.

“That’s okay,” Mathilde said. “I don’t mind. I’ll just take my revenge when I rule the world. Mwa ha ha.”
For some reason grown-ups always thought that sort of thing was hilariously funny.

Cosas que pasan entre niños y adultos, y demonios pequeños con delirios de grandeza.

Todo el que ha tenido una mascota comprenderá de que va esta historia.

martes, 17 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Wardance (Chronicles of Warland 5)

Wardance (Chronicles of Warland #5)


Elizabeth Vaughan

400 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Birch Cove Press (first published April 11th 2017)
ISBN:0998450111 (ISBN13: 9780998450117)
Idioma; Inglés. 

BLURB: Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord. But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky-instantly changing everything for the People of the Plains. Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see...everything. Now Simus and Snowfall must solve the mystery of the pillar of white light, and protect their people from all the destruction and chaos it brings. Snowfall fights for her place beside Simus, despite resistance from friend and foe. The warrior-priests have abused their power for many years. Can Simus face the challenge of trusting Snowfall with his honor? And perhaps...with his heart?

My rating: 3.5*

My bookshelves: action-adventure, fantasia-epica, magia, magical-practitioners, priestess-sacerdotisa, warlords, warriors.

For those who have not read the sagas of this author, namely Epic of Palins and Chronicles of Warlands, I clarify that both are intertwined. This is a book that you come to understand only if you have read the previous books; and especially after the actions on Destiny's Star (to know about the 'Sacrifice').

Simus of the Hawk is Keir's second, and he supports his new ideas for the Plains and wants to help him achieve that. This means that they would leave a way of life that consists in obtaining several goods through the pillage; as well as learning other ways of healing and other ways of thinking. These changes to what is essentially their way of life have a violent opposition of other leaders and warriors, and especially of the warriors-priest led by Hail Storm.

Now it is spring on the Plains, time for the warriors to gather once more at the Heart to elect four Warlords, one for each cardinal point, who will be in charge of guiding their people to gather food and everything necessary for the survival of the people during winter. The choice is basically by combat. The stronger male or female warrior among his peers is the one who will lead them.

lunes, 16 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Saga 47 (comic issues)

 Y en mi comentario al pasar de la entrega de Saga:

Saga #47 by 

Brian K. Vaughan

Fiona Staples (Illustrator)


31 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Image
Idioma: Inglés.

 Meet Ianthe, who has very big plans for The Will.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aaand we got another crazy character totally out of the current arc-


:insert moment when you want to throtle someone to keep getting with the show (coughRobotcough):

viernes, 13 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Ape Nation (Comics)

 Mi comentario es para el comic completo con esta historia.

Ape Nation #1: Plans (1 de 4)


Charles Marshall


34 pages
Published by Malibu Graphics/Adventure Idioma: Inglés.
News comes to the council of the city of apes that some hunters saw as a brilliant thing in the sky ended up landing with strange beings.A tenctonesa ship has landed there with a leader ready to conquer.

My rating: 2.5 stars

bookshelves: comics, ciencia-ficcion, media-tie-in, x-over, apes, aliens, dystopia

Heston is an ape with a desire to explore and adventure, and his desires are fulfilled when hunters who went after a dangerous human arrive with the news to Ape City that has landed a ship with unknown beings. Simian council sends Heston and others chosen by him (3), so that they go to investigate.
Meanwhile, Danada the Destroyer, the leader Tenctonese has made an alliance with General Ollo (a gorilla), and Simon The Slaughterer (a renegade human).
Heston is going to encounter a destructive force that will surprise all the apes they encounter.

jueves, 12 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: The Grammarian's Five Daughters

The Grammarian's Five Daughters 


Eleanor Arnason

★★ ★ ★

bookshelves: fantasy, short-story, lgbta

Short Story.

Clever metalinguistic constructions generate a lovely fantasy tale.

A veces no puedes dar a tus hijas mejor regalo que las palabras -sustantivos, verbos y adverbios-. Deben leerlo.

...the shaman was still trying on adjectives, unable to decide if she, he, or it wanted to be feminine or masculine or androgynous.
"I can't marry someone who can't make up her mind," the third daughter said. "Subtlety is one thing. Uncertainty is another."

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miércoles, 11 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Carl Sagan's Hunt for Intelligent Life in the Universe

Carl Sagan's Hunt for Intelligent Life in the Universe 


C. Gockel

Published May 12th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

BLURB:  Sometimes intelligent life is right in front of your whiskers.
Hsissh is a member of The One. There are some newcomers to The One's homeplanet. They call themselves "humans," and they are, frankly, mentally deficient--they can't warp the quantum world with their minds. However, Hsissh is becoming attached to one of them, a Miss Noa Sato. He can't decide if he loves her like a child or a pet or both.
When The One decide they will wipe out the humans and Noa's life is on the line, Hsissh is forced to take sides ... he might find intelligent life where The One least expect it.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: novella-novelette, ciencia-ficcion,  aliens, faraway-from-earth, psychic-powers

El humano suele buscar sus semejantes entre los hominidos; las otras especies tampoco se sienten muy impresionadas por nosotros, y nos observan...
The One thought that there was no other intelligence in the universe but their own, and so had humans, though they’d been under one another’s noses for a few centuries now. Their concepts of “intelligence” were just too different to allow them to see one another.

Descubri a esta autora siguiendo un link desde un fanfiction. A pesar de ser esta una precuela que por otros comentarios resulta ser mejor explicada leyendo el libro que le sigue, resulta ser muy interesante. A mi me costó un poco entender de qué iba, sin embargo, el dilema de dos especies conviviendo en un planeta , sin conectarse , metido entre dilemas de religión y conciencia colectiva y viajes interplanetarios y plagas autodestructivas... mucho tema, y sientes que te dejan colgando cuando se va poniendo más interesante y complejo y con ganas de ver que sigue después; en especial con la protagonista y bueno su acompañante.

Free here:
Apoya a la autora.

domingo, 8 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Beheld



Alex Flinn

368 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by HarperTeen
ISBN:0062134574 (ISBN13: 9780062134578)

BLURB: Being a powerful witch, Kendra has survived it all. Since she first beheld James over three hundred years ago, Kendra has tangled with witch hunters and wolves, helped a miller’s daughter spin straw into gold, cowered in London as German bombs fell, and lived through who knows how many shipwrecks. But her powers have limits, and immortality can be lonely. Kendra isn’t ready to stop searching for the warlock she had met centuries ago.
With the help of her magic mirror, Kendra will travel the world to reconnect with her lost love—and, of course, she can’t help but play a hand in a few more stories along the way.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a retelling of 4 fairytales: Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and The Ugly Duckling during different centuries, since Salem's trials until modern times.

Also there is spoilers for: King Midas, Kriemhild and Sigurd, The Town Musicians of Bremen, as well as mentions of Finnete .

It feels like a self-insert for Kendra the witch whom happen to be there along the characters. An excuse for 'linking' the other stories with a flimsy love /SPOILER--->- James , whom happen to enjoy more the wars and human battles no matter his so-called love for her<---SPOILER

miércoles, 4 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Water Witch

Water Witch 


Faith Hunter

 48 pages
Published June 7th 2015 by Bella Rosa Books
Edition Language: English

 WATER WITCH - A short story from Faith Hunter and D.B. Jackson
Hannah Everhart is a witch. She's also a thief, having stolen a priceless gem that she needs for a magical working.
Ethan Kaille is a conjurer and a thieftaker. He has been hired to recover the pilfered jewel.
But what begins as a pursuit through the streets of Colonial Boston, soon becomes an unlikely alliance, as Hannah and Ethan track down an otherworldly sea captain who has come to the city for dark purpose. Now these two must combine forces to fight a creature unlike any either of them has encountered before. And at stake is the life of Boston's foremost revolutionary.
WATER WITCH is the first collaboration between Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock novels, and D.B. Jackson, author of the critically acclaimed Thieftaker Chronicles.

My rating: 3.5 STARS

Boston 1770. Two characters from two authors meet a couple of months after a notorious pre-revolutionary incident.

A young Everhart witch (a well known name in the Yellowrock's 'verse) is confronted with a man hired to recover a stolen brooch , the man is Ethan Kaille, a conjurer and thieftaker. 

This is the beginning of what appears to be a conspiracy, family secrets and a world unknown in other aspects for the protagonists.

This story seems to be much longer for how short it is.

I didn't know anything about DB Jackson before this but I'm a Faith Hunter fan, but it is a nice introduction.

martes, 3 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: The Harbors of the Sun (Raksura #5)

The Harbors of the Sun (The Books of the Raksura #5)


Martha Wells

 405 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Night Shade Books
ISBN:1597808911 (ISBN13: 9781597808910)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Jade and Malachite make an unlikely alliance of their own, until word reaches them that the Fell are massing for an attack on the Reaches, and that forces of the powerful Empire of Kish are turning against the Raksura and their groundling comrades.

But there may be no time to stage a rescue, as the kidnapped Raksura discover that their captors are heading toward a mysterious destination with a stolen magical artifact that will cause more devastation for the Reaches than anything the lethal Fell can imagine. To stop them, the Raksura will have to take the ultimate risk and follow them into forbidden territory.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: series-favoritas, aerial-shapeshifters, beware-of-the-queen, thats-worldbuilding, adventure, kind-of-magic, secret-powers, fantasy, warriors, aerial-combat, badass-granpa, shapeshifters

First Thought: This can't be the end!!! : wails: I'll miss them so much!!

Esta es la quinta entrega de los Raksura, unos cambiaformas alados que viven en clanes de linajes familiares con una reina y sus hermanas, consortes, guerreros y los arbora (que no tienen alas y son los maestros, sanadores, artesanos y cazadores).

Esta es la conclusión del libro anterior, cuando los Raksura y sus amigos van en un barco volador en rescate de varios de los suyos que fueron capturados con traiciones y engaños en busca de un aparato destructor muy poderoso. En tanto que las visiones presentan un funesto escenario.

El worldbuilding representa un mundo postapocaliptico, con grandes construcciones ahora en ruinas, de una civilización tecnológicamente más avanzada, antepasados de las razas que viven en tierra y de los cambiaformas que son los Raksura y los otros cambiaformas enemigos depredadores de todas las otras razas: los Fell. Las razas de los groundlings que viven abajo vienen en todas formas y colores, azules, rojos , grises, con huesos y crestas, narices o no, plumas, pétalos, como se te ocurra. Es una sociedad pre-industrial, con carromatos y naves que vuelan usando líneas magnéticas o sistemas flotadores. La única animosidad que existe entre ellos parece ser la división con los grandes depredadores; especialmente el terror hacia los Fell.
En cuanto a geografia, es como si todos vivieran en tierra de gigantes, con bosques y flores y animales mastodónicos.

sábado, 30 de septiembre de 2017

Recomendaciones de Manga Yaoi


A aquellos que les gusta el manga yaoi, esto es homoerotismo, y que sois mayores de edad, que esto es con alto contenido sexual y de violencia les recomiendo mis descubrimientos en este género. Ambos bastante diferentes.

Crimson Spell, Vol. 1

(Book #1 of Crimson Spell)

Upon wielding an ancient sword that has been passed down through his royal family for generations, Prince Vald is struck by a curse that turns him into a demon! In search of guidance, Vald appeals to the powerful sorcerer Halvi for help, and the two set out on a journey to break the curse. However, there is one thing the handsome sorcerer is keeping secret from the young prince—the raging demon that Vald turns into every night can only be calmed when Halvi satisfies his lust! And so begins their epic journey in search of clues to break the young prince’s curse.
Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for mature audiences.
Esto es alta fantasía / fantasia épica, hay un príncipe con una espada maldita que se convierte en demonio, un hechicero que le ayuda , con segundas intenciones, una búsqueda por una cura. Mucho sexo. Otros demonios, y magos, y ladrones y princesas, y dragones y animales de lo más raros.

El dibujo es precioso, hay humor y mucha acción.

Hay 5 volumenes publicados hasta ahora.


El otro recomendado es más actual, con una trama muy distinta, nos presenta un mundo criminal moderno, de los yakusa.

囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 1 (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai 1)

Twittering Birds Never Fly #1


Yashiro is the young leader of Shinseikai and the president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but like so many powerful men, he leads a double life as a deviant and a masochist. Chikara Doumeki comes to work as a bodyguard for him and, although Yashiro had decided that he would never lay a hand on his own men, he finds there's something about Doumeki that he can't resist. Yashiro makes advances toward Doumeki, but Doumeki has mysterious reasons for denying. Yashiro, who abuses his power just to abuse himself, and Doumeki, who faithfully obeys his every command, begin the tumultuous affair of two men with songs in their hearts and no wings to fly.

Esto es mucho drama, angst, y cosas criminales, personajes muy disfuncionales y atraidos hacia otros hombres. Jefes y asesinos mafiosos japoneses, conspiraciones y dramas personales. 

Hay cuatro volumenes publicados.

martes, 26 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Fish-Boy

 +Digital arc gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+



Vanita Oelschlager

48 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Vanita Books
Edition Language: English
BLURB: The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures. The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world.
In Fish-Boy, An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed down by a wise old Inuit. It's an origin story involving

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

  My shelves: art-illustrated, netgalley, adventure, myth-and-legends, for-kids, folk-tale

An Inuit folktale where during an trade expedition, a wise old man begins to tell a story about why there are so many birds in a certain part of the islands. Here is narrated the tale of Fish-boy.

Lesson left by this story:

Respect for the elders - Teragloona. As source of wisdom and cultural heritage.

domingo, 24 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: John Carter: The End (comic)

 +Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

John Carter: The End

Writer: Brian Woods, Alex Cox

Art: Hayden Sherman

 Cover: Juan Doe

BLURB: Centuries have passed and time has taken its toll on Mars. Conflict burns across the landscape. A war of supremacy and genocide at the hands of a brutal despot has brought the planet to the edge of collapse. A search party has finally located an aged John Carter and Dejah Thoris, living in quiet seclusion on a desert moon, in perpetual mourning for their lost son. How could they be Mars' last hope?

My rating:  2.8 stars

John Carter and Dejah Thorin after centuries , appears to becoming to the ending of a cicle in Barsoom. The wear and tear of the couple is noticeable, either for the long years, or because of the harsh living conditions on Titan. When the Martians seek their help again, the truth seems to end up leading them to final separation.

The plot seems credible, although with that output a little deus-ex-machina so suitable of the genre of science fiction. Be prepared for some surprises.

sábado, 23 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)


Ilona Andrews

 328 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Ace
ISBN:0425270696 (ISBN13: 9780425270691)
Edition Language:English

 BLURB: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…
Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…
Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.
The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

 My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My shelves: fantasia-urbana, series-favoritas, shapeshifters, mythology, lions-tigers-cougar-jaguars, shifters_bear, shifters_hyena-or-bouda, magia, myth-and-legends, swordswoman, shifter_raven

Happy Fangirl Status:

I'm happy because my Roman is awesome.
And grey villains - Roland (sicópata y todo)
And Cristopher
And the witches.
And Andrea.

Also I'll love to read a side-story of Kate's family.

A little sorprised by a*-Jim.

I got the hunch that the author watched too many times Fantasia :P


En esta novena entrega de Kate Daniels en una Atlanta post-shift donde la magia ha echado abajo edificios y tecnologia, y se debe tener cuidado con quien te maldice, con brujas y seres de leyendas, incluyendo a dioses antiguos, monstruos y dizque angeles. Llega el el tan esperado encuentro de la protagonista con su padre, un ser  tremendamente poderoso y que hace temblar solo con su nombre.

Bueno, no queda de otra.

Es fantastico, literalmente, todo lo que pasa entonces.


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