sábado, 30 de septiembre de 2017

Recomendaciones de Manga Yaoi

 RECOMENDACIONES DE SEPTIEMBRE


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.

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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

by

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.

https://www.junemanga.com

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

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Fish-Boy 

by 

Vanita Oelschlager


48 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Vanita Books
ISBN13:9781938164200
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
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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)

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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)

 by 

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

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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.

martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Disney Manga: Descendants the Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 2

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Disney Manga: Descendants the Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 2 

by  

Jason Muell (Adaptación)


80 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by TokyoPop
ISBN:1427856893 (ISBN13: 9781427856890)
Edition Language:English

BLURB; The children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the Isle of the Lost. . . until now. Invited to pristine Auradon, to attend prep school alongside the children of beloved Disney heroes, Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos must carryout their villain parents evil plot to rule once again. Will the rebel teens follow in their rotten parents' footsteps or will they choose to embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My bookshelves:  vi-primero-la-pelicula, me-quedo-con-la-pelicula, graphic-novel, netgalley, ya-juvenil, teen-protagonist, highschool-scene, heroes-and-villains, media-tie-in, fairytale, fantasy


This is the second part of the trilogy based upon the Disney's picture where four teen children of villains that live in exile in the Isle of Lost, have the opportunity of go to school at Aralon (where the good characters of the fairytales live). The original idea was stole some magical object to release their parents, but ...

Well, the manga style of the drawing does very little to help differentiate between the protagonists of the story, and for this it detracts from all the small eccentricities that make the flesh-and-blood version of this youthful fantasy with characters of children of villains an engaging story.

I'm sorry, but it's not what I expected.

sábado, 16 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Dog Daze (Honey Moon 1)

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Dog Daze (Honey Moon #2)

by 

Sofi Benitez

  240 pages
Published May 31st 2017 by Rabbit Publishers
ISBN: 1943785198 (ISBN13: 9781943785193)
Edition Language_English

BLURB: WANTING TO START A BUSINESS together to earn some spending money, Honey Moon and her friends have a magical idea. In the town where every day is Halloween night, Honey and friends start a dog–walking service called the Sleepy Hollow Howlers. But when the business becomes more than the girls can handle, dog–walking suddenly takes on a new leash and fur flies with disastrous and entertaining results.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My shelves. art-illustrated, children-protagonist, contemporary-fiction, for-kids, literatura-infantil, netgalley, 

This is a spin-off of Harry Moon series by Mark Andrew Poe, where Honey Moon is his 10 year old sister.

Is summer in Sleepy Hollow, MA, and Honey Moon goes to the rescue of a dog under the rain. Later, the dog shelter gives her the idea of starting a dog-walking service with her friend Becky.

viernes, 15 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit 2)

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On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9, #2)

by  

Katie Ruggle


416 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:1492643076 (ISBN13: 9781492643074)
Edition Language:English
Series:Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #2

BLURB: After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch. When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses.

Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Series:
Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)

My rating: 2.8 running stars

My bookshelves: netgalley, w_police-detective, contemporary-fiction,  romance, insta-lust-or-luv, accion

I do not read the previous book, but the plot is understood without any problem.

Kaylee has her dream life in California, great job, nice home, good clothes, and maybe a dream boyfriend , but then her dream come crushing down with awful reality when she sees something horrible in a party and feel that is more safe to flee frightened for her life.

I really wanted to like this book, that is, a hot cop that works with dogs, and a girl who runs away who ends up working in a kennel? Pasapacá. But the story differs somewhat from that. Unlike other readers, I would have complained a great deal more -internally- in case I had to leave behind all that had been achieved with so much effort in a matter that was not my fault. (And in my case, I would have even regretted having helped those strangers, in fact. Although the latter really were lip service.) So, I like Grace. Yes, she is not a wall flower, and acts when it count.

jueves, 14 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Charmed: A Thousand Deaths (comic)

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Charmed: A Thousand Deaths 

by  

Written by Erica Schultz

Art by Maria Sanapo

Colors by Haertwork Studios
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover by Joe Corroney


136 pages
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment
ISBN:1524104132 (ISBN13: 9781524104139)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to continue the story of Phoebe, Piper, and Paige, television's fan-favorite witches, in all-new adventures set within the official continuity of Charmed!

A dark force has set its sights on the art world of San Francisco, utilizing a gallery exhibit to feed souls to the underworld and unleash demons into our reality. Only the Power of Three, harnessed by the Halliwell sisters, can stop the madness!

My rating: 2.5 nothing new under 3P stars

My shelves; comics, demons, graphic-novel, magia, media-tie-in, netgalley, tv-serie-based, warlock-or-sorcerer, witches-wizards
Situated in the 4th season of the show, apparently after the fourth episode, because Paige is there and there is a brief mention of Cole as a lawyer and nothing else. It is a typical adventure of the witches, with a villain invested in get rid of them; Paige interested in some guy; Phoebe with struggles at the newspaper; and Piper trying to mantain business and sisters afloat.


jueves, 7 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: El Club de los Héroes Trágicos

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El Club de los Héroes Trágicos 

by  

Pablo J. Donetch



Kindle Edition, 151 pages
Published February 17th 2017
ASIN:B06WVG1G3W
Edition Language:Spanish

BLURB: Emilia es una joven exitosa abogada que trabaja en una compañía de seguros multinacional. Su labor es simple: conseguir resquicios para no pagar las pólizas. Su carrera ha sido una seguidilla de éxitos hasta que un día llega a su escritorio la carpeta con el caso de Matías Montes, muerto en un choque de buses urbanos y a cuya viuda se le debe pagar una inmensa cantidad de dinero. La investigación de Emilia para evitar pagar millones de dólares la llevará por el camino más intrincado que le haya tocado transitar, descubriendo a cada paso que la muerte de Montes implica bastante más que una simple colisión.


My rating: 2 of 5 stars

bookshelves: chile, legal-mystery, w_lawyer, contemporary-fiction


Donde mis dos estrellas son generosas.

¿De qué se trata el libro? Una abogada que trabaja en un compañía de seguros GoodLife que en mi mente continuaba leyendo como Metlife y se especializa en buscar resquicios para no pagar dichos seguros, debe investigar como no pagar por una muerte en un microbus.

martes, 5 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn, #6) Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm 

by  

Dana Simpson


160 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:1449483593 (ISBN13: 9781449483593)
The first Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel!

Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it’s just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be, and that the storm may have a magical cause. To solve the case, they team up with Max, who

is desperate for the electricity to return so he can play video games, and frenemy Dakota, who is aided by her goblin minions. Together, they must get to the bottom of the mystery and save the town from the magic storm.

My rating: 3.5 lonely stars.


A storm has caused a blackout, and oh heavens, how can you live without electricity? but apparently it is not something as simple as meteorology but there may be a magic cause.


Unlike previous releases of Phoebe and her best friend Marigold the Unicorn, in the form of a comic strip, with short cartoons, sometimes jumping from one subject to another, this time the presentation of the adventure is a graphic novel.

sábado, 2 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel 

Adapted by Mariah Marsden

  
232 pages
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:144947960X (ISBN13: 9781449479602)
Edition Language:English
 
BLURB: Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

 The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

My rating: 3.5 kindred stars

My shelves: netgalley, book-to-graphic-novel, graphic-novel, classics,  coming-of-age, situ-1870s


The story about the orphan girl going to live to Avonlea has become a beloved classical . Her long dialogues full of hyperbolic wonder -and despair- and her life with the Cuthber siblings in a small community in Prince Edward are a delight to read.



In this adaptation of the novel as graphic novel we see moments of great success, and others in which the continuity is lost.

viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Halloween Nightmares (Harry Moon)

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Halloween Nightmares 

by  

Mark Andrew Poe


200 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Rabbit Publishers (first published September 16th 2015)
ISBN:9781943785
Edition Language: English
 BLURB: While others his age are trick-or-treating, Harry Moon, the wizard of eighth grade, is flying on a magic cloak named Impenetrable. Harry speeds past severed hands, cauldrons, and graveyard witching rituals for it is Halloween night in Sleepy Hollow. Before the spookiest night of the year can end, Harry must unravel a decade old curse or the good people of Sleepy Hollow will fall under its dark spell at the annual Halloween Bonfire

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

  My shelves: netgalley, for-kids, teen-protagonist, magia, magos-magicians,  art-illustrated, fantasia-urbana


“What all boys and girls are destined to become if they simply believe.”
Mary looked questioningly at the stranger with the periwinkle eyes.
“They become magic,” he said with a smile.

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Harry Moon has turned 13 and has a destiny ahead serving the Great Magician; he lives in Sleepy Hollow, where by a commercial agreement they celebrate Halloween every day, but where he actually fights against the evil Mayor and the darkness.

lunes, 21 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

by

 Ilona Andrews


332 pages
Published December 21st 2016 
ISBN:1540857212 (ISBN13: 9781540857217)
Edition Language:English

BLURB; Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

My rating: 3.5 vortex stars


The reception of a new guest in Gertrude Hunt , the interstellar inn, bring another set of big problems and pain to Dina Demille, her loved ones, and maybe even more.

Even though this is not my favorite AI series, I ended up reading this book in a day. And I found myself chuckling more than once for silly things.

This time the story seemed to me much more settled in the field of science fiction, with all those trips from here to there, and the inn being more than ever a protagonist.

But one thing I guessed right away was the cause for the irrational hatred the Draziri feel for the Hiru.

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Si mezclamos una bruja er una posadera que usa escoba como várita y una posada que es una entidad con consciencia , vampiros guerreros que usan naves espaciales , pero se comportan en forma medieval, un mercado a la StarWars con mercenarios incluidos, hombres lobo con pstd, y reglas de tratados interestales que me dejan siempre pensando en Estación de tránsito (porque duh) , y huespedes de tierras más que mucho muy lejanas, que tienen piezas a a la medida, aqui tienen a esta serie.

domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: Sueño del Fevre

Sueño del Fevre 

by  

George R.R. Martin


354 pages
(first published September 1982)
Original Title:Fevre Dream
ISBN13:9788496208759
Edition Language:Spanish

BLURB: En 1857, la cuenca del Misisipi bulle de actividad: los vapores señorean sus aguas en feroz competencia. Cuando Joshua York le ofrece sacar a flote su naviera a cambio de unas pocas condiciones, sencillas aunque misteriosas, el capitán Marsh ve realizado su sueño: ser el patrón del vapor más rápido del río. Pero los sueños de ambos se verán infiltrados por una pesadilla que anegará de sangre los fondeaderos.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

El capitán Abner Marsh es un hombre de rio que se encuentra en problemas financieros por una mala racha que ha afectado a sus barcos, cuando un hombre misterioso Joshua York le hace la propuesta de darle todo el dinero que quiera para construir el mejor barco del rio, enorme, rápido y con todos los lujos posibles. Bueno, ya sabes eso que dicen de que "cuando algo es demasiado bueno para ser verdad..."



La publicidad la compara con un "Bram Stoker cruzado con M.Twin", bueno yo no lo creo. Lo que sí que tiene mucho , en cambio, es de Anne Rice, versión fluvial.

martes, 15 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: Taproot

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Taproot 

by 

Keezy Young

127 pages
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Lion Forge
ISBN: 1941302467 (ISBN13: 9781941302460)
Edition Language:English
 
BLURB: Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means... leaving him.

My rating: 2.5 gardening stars


This is fluffy and cute romance. A florist/gardener who can see ghost, and is following by them. Blue , the ghost, resigned in hopeless love. But some creepy darkness is stalking, menacing their peaceful existence.

I have some problems following the jumps of the story, and would be appreciated more details about the life and background of Hamal (is a nickname? ). And Blue.

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lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth,#1)

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth,#1)

 by 

N.K. Jemisin


468 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Orbit
Original Title
The Fifth Season
ISBN:0316229296 (ISBN13: 9780316229296)
Edition Language:English


 This is the way the world ends...for the last time.

A season of endings has begun. 
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. 
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. 
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. 
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

 My rating: 4 of 5 stars


*Premio Hugo 2016*

My shelves:fantasy-and-sci-fi, hugo-nebula-award, hugo-nebula-nominee, its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-knew, multiple-awards-nominee,


There are griefs too deep to be borne, and yet you have borne them again and again.

Broken-_Earth-_Face

I hate books without HEA, so I almost didn't finish this book. Too much drama is not my thing, but it was slowly capturing my interest, trying to proving my theories and understanding the worldbuilding. It's harsh and not forgiving.

In short: Tough protagonist. Strange powers. Earth shakes. Mysterious aliens objects. Diversity. And second person POV.
And maybe some XFiles-thingie

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Me costó meterme al principio en la historia, y me confundió por momentos esto de estar escrito en segunda persona (Essum), más aún cuando en el segundo capítulo te mete dentro del POV de una segunda protagonista (Damaya). Y luego nos encontramos con un tercero (Syenite). De este modo nos presentan la historia de una Tierra despedazada por cataclismos , cuya historia ha pasada a estar dividida en estas 'Estaciones' apocalipticas: hambrunas, guerras, plagas, ya saben. 

viernes, 11 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: Cat Zero

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Cat Zero 

by 

Jennifer L. Rohn


Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Biting Duck Press
ISBN13:9781938463662
Edition Language:English
 
 BLURB: Artie Marshall is a scientist. She is perpetually underfunded, relegated to a damp basement, and besieged on all sides by sexist colleagues. Added to that she is immersed in a messy divorce. But she’s never been happier: she recently landed her own lab, based in an eclectic think-tank housed in the leafy suburbs of North London.Artie spends her days studying an obscure cat virus that nobody else in the world seems to have heard of – or cares about. But her arcane little research problem suddenly becomes worryingly relevant as local cats start dropping dead overnight. Matters get worse when people start getting infected too.Working with her right-hand man Mark, her vet friends and her street-smart technician, Artie races to get to the bottom of the ballooning epidemic. Unexpected assistance arrives in the form of two basement-dwelling mathematicians – a sociopathic recluse and his scary, otherworldly savant mentor. When their mathematical models suggest that the cat plague might actually be more sinister than it first appears, Artie gets drawn into a web of secrets and lies that threatens to blow apart her lab family, undermine her sanity – and endanger her own life.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My shelves: contemporary-fiction, mystery-thriller, netgalley,  w_scientist-or-researcher
Artemis Marshall is a promising young scientist working with viruses. If talking about VSN RNA , feline leukemia (FeLV), lentivirus, genome , and lab testing is not your thing , don't bother with this book.

Decent writting. However, the book suffers from a common flaw: try to cover too many issues at once and then rush to solving the end.

viernes, 4 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: Monstress #12 (issue)

Monstress #12 (individual issue)

by 

Marjorie M. Liu

Sana Takeda (Art)

31 pages
Published May 17th 2017 by Image
ASIN:B01NCZAO4L
Language: English

END OF STORY ARC The final issue of the second arc! Will Maika return with her soul intact?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: bloody-and-gory, dark-fantasy, graphic-novel, here-be-monsters,  series-favoritas
...survival is not gentle...
mercy is for the weak...

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jueves, 3 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: Monstress #11 (issue)

Monstress #11 (individual issue)

by 

Marjorie M. Liu

Sana Takeda (Art)

29 pages
Published April 19th 2017 by Image Comics (first published March 17th 2017)
ASIN:B01MRZIYJD
Edition Language:English

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Living for millenia is not easy, poor not so little mass murderer monsters...

There are some insight in the times of Old, and more details about the War , not this nor the preceding but an ancient one, you see. Oh, the island. In fandom we learn that are always reasons for not remember.

Surviving of the most powerful, shoot, that's not really new.
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/SPOILER-->La revelación de que la isla de huesos es un dios, un Monstrum, no me resultó muy 'sorprendente' , y ya se veia venir. Que el monstrum dentro de Maiko fuera el responsable eso sí fue nuevo. Es extraño que éste se sienta contaminado y horrorizado por el recuerdo de su fraternicidio.

Y ahora nos encontramos con esta chica en medio de una profecia apocaliptica.
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This was full of drama and action. And horrendous revelations. /SPOILER--->still wondering of the level of ambition of momy dearest. And why never I think in Maika's dad?, and the blue eyes of her?
Bueno, ya sé que se viene en el otro arco: Searching for papa
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miércoles, 2 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: Monstress #10 (issue)

Monstress #10 (individual issue)

by 

Marjorie M. Liu

Sana Takeda (Art)

  
32 pages
Published February 22nd 2017 by Image Comics
ASIN:B01MQQ7507
Edition Language:English


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


To the Isle of Bones in search of... answers ... a cure ... something , goes Maiko Halfwolf, Kippa and Master Ren. Despite the pirate company, and the deadly sirens, this is no neverland but rather imagine some obscure Verne's fantasy with some Inu imagery.

After all, do not tell me that using a ferryman to a place like these is not ominous.

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Nope. Not at all.

Specially when everybody tells you tales of doom and gloom of the place. Nice of you of bringing back a necromancer, and a clever little cute fox.

But maybe that will be not enough.

martes, 1 de agosto de 2017

Reseña: Britannia Volume 2: We Who Are About to Die

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


Britannia Volume 2: We Who Are About to Die 

by 

Peter Milligan

 112 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Valiant Entertainment, LLC
ISBN:1682152138 (ISBN13: 9781682152133)
Edition Language:English
Series:Britannia #2
Collecting BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1-4.

BLURB: Valiant's critically acclaimed, 10-time sold-out magnum opus returns with a brand-new journey into myth and mystery, from comics master Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (Britannia!) 
Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a Gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds - one lone warrior against five of Rome's greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown.

The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well. On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome's elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking thecity...visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifi xion unless the deadly curse that's fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome's only detective, for help. She offers only one clue...the gladiator Achillia.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In Emperor Nero's times, we encounter the first 'detectioner' - Antonius Axia. This is my first view of this series, but is easy follow where this come from, as opposed to the messy current plot. The investigator is searching for some missing young noblemen , the rumor in the streets talk about the ire of the gods and blame the Vestals for their fail to protect them.

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Between murders, suspected magical means, death threats, the raising of a son, feminist aspirations ... something is rotten in dear old Rome.

jueves, 20 de julio de 2017

Reseña: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 The Ocean at the End of the Lane 

by 

Neil Gaiman

181 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by William Morrow Books
ISBN:0062255657 (ISBN13: 9780062255655)
Edition Language:English


Literary Awards: Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2014), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2014), Specsavers National Book Award for Book of the Year (2013) Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy (2013)
 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My shelves: bookshelves: horror, children-protagonist, not-sure-but-not-human, locus-award, fantasia-urbana, nominee-award-nebula, multiple-awards-nominee, magia,
*Premio Locus 2014.

¿Por qué no habia leido esto antes?

Gaiman es el único que logra hacerme sentir que mi mundo es el pocket-universe.


Children, as I have said, use back ways and hidden tracks, while adults take roads and official paths.

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Este libro tiene mucho aire a una historia de King; un hombre que regresa a la zona donde vivió cuando niño para un funeral, y los recuerdos semi olvidados le llevan por un camino campestre hasta el final del camino donde empieza a recordar algo que ocurrió hace cuarenta años atrás. de este modo se juega con el concepto de memorias suprimidas y en este caso con el horror y la fantasía.

martes, 18 de julio de 2017

Reseña: Her Majesty: An Illustrated Guide to the Women who Ruled the World

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

Her Majesty: An Illustrated Guide to the Women who Ruled the World 

by  

Lisa Graves

32 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Xist Publishing
ASIN:B00SN5LLA2
Edition Language:English
BLURB: This illustrated guide to famous (and infamous) queens tells us that power isn't everything. Each of the extraordinary women featured in this book have impacted world history. Featuring the bold and beautiful style of Lisa Graves' Women in History series, this book is sure to become a classroom, library and household favorite for parents and educators who want to show that being a princess or a queen means much more than fancy dresses and fairy tale eendings.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


My shelvers: art-illustrated, beware-of-the-queen, history, netgalley, non-fiction, todas-ibamos-a-ser-reinas
This is a look at the biography of some queens throughout world history, some quite well-known as Queen Elizabeth, and others not so much as Lakṣmībāī.

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lunes, 17 de julio de 2017

Reseña: The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (short story)

The Heart’s Filthy Lesson 

by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My shelves: adventure, ciencia-ficcion, faraway-from-earth, short-story, w_archeologist-lady

Esta historia corta fue publicada originalmente en Old Venus.


For a moment, Dharthi considered such medieval horrors as dentistry without anesthetic, binary gender, and being stuck forever in the body you were born in, locked in and struggling against what your genes dictated. The trap of biology appalled her; she found it impossible to comprehend how people in the olden days had gotten anything done, with their painfully short lives and their limited access to resources, education, and technology.
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Lo más interesante es la exploración del planeta Venus en un exoesqueleto autosuficiente que devuelve las cosas al ambiente en forma inicua. La parte de las relaciones -poco saludables- de la prota con su pareja y rival academica no so lo son, cuando menos para mi. Por un momento pensé que seria algo parecido a Call Me Joe de Paul Anderson, pero después paso a convertirse en otra cosa y perdió el impulso en eso de la mujer queriendo demostrar ser mejor que los otros.

Aqui: 

domingo, 16 de julio de 2017

Reseña: Bunnicula

Bunnicula 

by 

Deborah Howe,

Paperback, 98 pages
(first published 1979)
Original Title:Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
ISBN:0380510944 (ISBN13: 9780380510948)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: It looked like an ordinary bunny to Harold. But Harold was a dog by profession, so his judgement wasn't reliable-as he was the first to admit. But Chester, Harold's good friend and house-mate, was a very well-read cat and he knew there was something strange about Bunnicula. For one thing, he seemed to have fangs. And the odd markings on his back looked a little like a cape.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Shelves; dogs-and-cats, for-kids, literatura-infantil, rabbits,  

Charming and Funny.

The Monroes' kids didn't know what special rabbit they brought home.
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Necesitaba con urgencia algo livianito con todas las tragedias pasando en The Fifht Season y esto fue justo lo que necesitaba. A pesar del titulo, no crean que es un intento de insertar horror gótico entre los niños (según dice, esta pensado para 8 años para arriba ;P), sino que es más bien jocoso y escrito con mucho ingenio.

domingo, 2 de julio de 2017

Reseña: Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11)

Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11)

by 

Faith Hunter


350 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Ace
ISBN:1101991402 (ISBN13: 9781101991404)
Edition Language: English
Series:Jane Yellowrock #11

BLURB: Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.
 But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
My shelves: fantasia-urbana, magia, series-favoritas, shapeshifters, shifter_puma, vamp-hunter, vampiros, witches

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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There are few, very few, books that let me at 'squeeee level'. Well, cough, this is one of them.

In Jane Yellowrock's New Orleans, the European Vamps have finally arrived. (well, funny factor here - Anita Blake old times nostalgia aside- they really arrived). As you can expect, bad-bad things occur almost simultaneously. There is a ton of action-packed scenes.

I'm really impresed when authors can show they thought their books way ahead; and the argumental arcs converged to leave you impressed.

1) Cherokee rituals.

2) Magiks, and angels, and scheming vampires, onorios, primos, emperors, and witches, and dragons, and Beast, and storms and rain.

3) And Alex and Eli:
I looked out into the living room. “I was thinking you could find and replace the fireplaces with gas ones.”
“No. Wood,” Alex said. “That way, when the zombie apocalypse comes we can have wood fire for heating and cooking.”
“When the apocalypse comes,” Eli corrected, “we’ll grab gobags and head for the hills. Some little holler Janie tells us about.”
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Also

3) Jane hit RickyBo.

4) Jane defends her love.

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