martes, 1 de agosto de 2017

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

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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.

martes, 18 de julio de 2017

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

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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.

viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

Reseña: Probably Still the Chosen One

 

Probably Still the Chosen One 

by  

Kelly Barnhill

 February 2017
Edition LanguageEnglish
 Ilustrated by Alan Bao.

Blurb: “You must wait here,” the Highest of the High Priests told her. “We will return and bring you back to the Land of Nibiru once we have found the circlet to place upon your head.” The very mention of the circlet made the High Priest tremble with joy. Though the journey through the portal had been brief, the Land of Nibiru was many universes away from where Corrina now stood—in her own small kitchen, in her own small house.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was reading some fic today, in there the so called 'wise man' choose some person to be 'the special'. The thing is, that person believes him, but then too believe him in what can do o *not* can do. Well, people, is better that you listen more to yourself.

Even when those dreams get . . . deferred somehow.

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“Where did you learn this stuff?” her father said.
Corrina shrugged. “Books,” she said. [...] She didn’t tell him about the thrill she felt when she first held a sword in her hand, first felt that honed edge slice the air in front of her. She didn’t tell him how good—how very, very good—it felt to be *dangerous*.
“Books, eh?” Her father chuckled. “Well, that’s something. I had no idea books were so dangerous.”
The word thrilled her to the core.

martes, 27 de junio de 2017

Reseña: The Litany of Earth (Innsmouth 0)

The Litany of Earth (The Innsmouth Legacy 0)

by  

Ruthanna Emrys

32 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Tor Books
ISBN:1466868945 (ISBN13: 9781466868946)
Edition Language:English

 BLURB: The state took Aphra away from Innsmouth. They took her history, her home, her family, her god. They tried to take the sea. Now, years later, when she is just beginning to rebuild a life, an agent of that government intrudes on her life again, with an offer she wishes she could refuse. "The Litany of Earth" is a dark fantasy story inspired by the Lovecraft mythos.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


My shelves: dark-urban-fantasy, short-story, novelette-short, situ-1940s
Recommended for: Cthulhu fans

The people of the water are born in shadow on the land, but what they make beneath the waves will live in glory till the dying sun burns away their last shelter.

Aphra Marsh is a survivor of interment camp. Her old town was Innsmouth.

For you, o not versed, Innsmouth is a fictional place of Lovecraftian horror. ( The Shadow Over Innsmouth )

More than a short story this is a sneek peak into the book of this author - Winter Tide . Takes place in the 1940s, after the war. Emrys (really??) narrate with Aphra, the other side of the people persecuted and stripped of family, legacy and religion. She is an Old Deep hybrid, with head down she lives following lost threads when able. Her tranquility is once more shattered when one man, Spector, ask her help with ... other people. Now, she is bitter, but then curious.

I'm not really sure how I feel about the comparation between the religion persecuted and culture persecuted and ... I don't know ...satanist? aliens pagans with human sacrifices? Actually, I do mind. But it's interesting.

The ending of this story -see here -is a bit weak. But I'm curious enough to look for the book.


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lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

Reseña: Monstress #9 (singular issue)

Monstress #9 (singular issue)

by 

Marjorie M. Liu

Art by Sana Takeda 

28 pages
Published December 28th 2016 by Image
ASIN.B01M1KUSNM
Edition Language:English
BLURB: A terrible force rises from the heart of the sea, intent on consuming Maika-and the monster inside her.
 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Almost forget how oustanding is the art in the series. Almost.


What a wolf teach her pups but teeth and hunger?



And I didn't get before the 'relatives'. Let me say: Wow, and 'poor Maiko' /SPOILER--->mommies issues doesn't cover all<---SPOILER/
 
How many monsters are in this serie anyway?

And the journey continues...

martes, 13 de junio de 2017

Reseña: An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2)

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An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2)

by  

K.J. Charles

250 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Loveswept
ISBN13: 9780399593970
Edition Language:English
BLURB: In the sordid streets of Victorian London, unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies brought together by a deadly secret.
Crusading journalist Nathaniel Roy is determined to expose spiritualists who exploit the grief of bereaved and vulnerable people. First on his list is the so-called Seer of London, Justin Lazarus. Nathaniel expects him to be a cheap, heartless fr fraud. He doesn’t expect to meet a man with a sinful smile and the eyes of a fallen angel—or that a shameless swindler will spark his desires for the first time in years.
Justin feels no remorse for the lies he spins during his séances. His gullible clients simply bore him. Hostile, disbelieving, utterly irresistible Nathaniel is a fascinating challenge. And as their battle of wills and wits heats up, Justin finds he can’t stop thinking about the man who’s determined to ruin him.But Justin and Nathaniel are linked by more than their fast-growing obsession with one another. They are both caught up in an aristocratic family’s secrets, and Justin holds information that could be lethal. As killers, fanatics, and fog close in, Nathaniel is the only man Justin can trust—and, perhaps, the only man he could love.

My rating:2.5 the spiritual-guide was out the building stars

My bookshelves: historical-fiction, m-m, mxm-historical-romance, netgalley, situ-1870s, w_con-man-or-grifter, w_journalist
Not as I was expecting. Seriously tempted to put just 2 stars to this book.

Journalist seeks to unmask a medium in Victorian London, the plot is complicated in a tangle of questioning for an inheritance.

Strangely, during the narration of the séance, I keep thinking in Houdini and his own obsession with spiritualism.

My problem with this book is that Nathaniel Roy -the journalist and former lawyer- is an uncharitable character, from a priveleged upbringing , he has never suffered hunger or despair to do everything to survive, but he feels with the right to judge others. In another hand, Justin Lazarus, the subject that deceives those who 'want to be deceived', is a character of gray morality, much more understandable; and I could sympathize with him.

The vision of London wrapped in a tangible fog where Justin manages to navigate is not very subtle, but convincing. I think they are not the type of couple that you expect to stay together for a long time, not with the way Nathaniel thinks.

sábado, 10 de junio de 2017

Reseña: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (poesia)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 

by 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

22 pages
(first published 1798)
BLURB: The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner is a hauntingly beautiful work, acclaimed both for the lyrical quality of its language and for the ghostly atmosphere it evokes. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's masterpiece related the tale of a sailor who shoots a lucky albatross and is condemned to wander the sea in search of redemption, burdened with guilt over his deed and the resulting deaths of his shipmates.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


An orphan's curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high;
But oh! more horrible than that
Is the curse in a dead man's eye!


La balada del viejo marinero es un clásico poema con una métrica que cuesta un tanto seguir. En esta época los viajes largos por barco era cuestión de suerte si llegabas o no a casa, y si no te encontrabas con mal tiempo, sin brisa y detenido , y plagas y canibalismo iban a la orden del día. Muchos horrores que no resultan demasiado inventados , pero que son explicados de forma imaginativa y supersticiosa por los protagonistas.

Es un clásico, asi que supongo que en algún momento habria que leerlo.

Reseña: Christabel (poesia)

Christabel 

by 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 
5 pages
(first published 1816)
BLURB:  Christabel is a long narrative poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in two parts.

The story of Christabel concerns a central female character of the same name and her encounter with a stranger called Geraldine, who claims to have been abducted from her home by a band of rough men. Christabel pities her and takes her home with her; supernatural signs seem to indicate that not all is well.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Donde Christabel encuentra en el bosque después de medianoche a una extraña mujer, y no encuentra nada mejor que invitarla a su lecho.

And Christabel awoke and spied
The same who lay down by her side—
O rather say, the same whom she
Raised up beneath the old oak tree!
Nay, fairer yet! and yet more fair!
For she belike hath drunken deep
Of all the blessedness of sleep!


Con conatos de vampirismo lésbico o meramente de un espiritu maléfico y donde se entrecruzan elementos de cuento de hada y cuento admonitorio buscando redimir la virtud , el final es especulativo porque el Sr. Coleridge nunca llegó a concluirlo. Hay menciones de espiritus en pena, de traspaso de un umbral de hierro (¿contra las hadas?) aunque puede concluirse como eso de que los vampiros no pueden entrar solos a un hogar. Un amor perdido, y una mujer/espiritu/demonio seductor. Cosas compelidas a no decirse y ojos de serpiente.

Interesante.
Y anterior a Carmilla pues fue escrito en 1797.

(Me recuerda un poco a lo que hace Gaiman en "Nieve, cristal y manzanas".)

domingo, 28 de mayo de 2017

Reseña: Pyromantic (Firebug 2)

Pyromantic 

by  

Lish McBride

 336 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN:0805098631 (ISBN13: 9780805098631)
Edition Language:English
Series:Firebug #2


BLURB: Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free—she’s still part of the magical mafia called the Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way—the Coterie life changes people. And since Ava’s currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks. And that’s not even taking into account the feelings she might have for him.

But when a mysterious illness starts to affect magical beings, it’s up to Ava and her team to stop its spread…or else one of them might be next.

My rating: 2.75 melting stars


Realmente queria que este libro me gustara mucho más, pero Ava, la prota, lo intenta demasiado. Trata demasiado de ser graciosa, de no caer en sentimentalismos, pero igual termina interactuando de modo forzado. 

La trama es interesante, y se lee bastante rápido.

viernes, 19 de mayo de 2017

Reseña: Army of Darkness / Xena, Warrior Princess: Forever and a Day (comic)

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Army of Darkness / Xena, Warrior Princess: Forever and a Day 

by  

Scott Lobdell

146 pages
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment
ISBN:1524103519 (ISBN13: 9781524103514)
Edition Language:English
 

My rating: 3.3 loopy stars


bookshelves: netgalley, fantasy, graphic-novel, media-tie-in, adventure, necromancy, tv-serie-based,  x-over, from-movie-to-graphic-novel


Follows the weird and silly fashion of some episodes of Xena. This is an adventure starting with a major event -Gabrielle and Xena in big trouble- and asking the help of Ash Williams (from Army of Darkness).

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miércoles, 10 de mayo de 2017

Reseña: Maneki Neko

by  

Bruce Sterling


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When freeware network seems to put people really nervous.

Tsuyoshi Shimizu is living content with his pregnant wife and small business , when a errand takes a twist .

Tsuyoshi blinked. “I’m just living my life.”
“Well, your network gift economy is undermining the lawful, government approved, regulated economy!”
“Well,” Tsuyoshi said gently, “maybe my economy is better than your economy.”
“Says who?” she scoffed. “Why would anyone think that?”
“It’s better because we’re happier than you are. What’s wrong with acts of kindness? Everyone likes gifts.

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Relato corto que terminó sorprendiéndome de manera agradable.

No soy nada de fan de los famosos 'gatitos de la suerte' (que dan nombre a esta historia) y que empezaron a proliferar hace unos años, desplazando al elefante, asi que esto me dio cierto resquemor. Pero la imagen es sólo una forma de aunar todo un movimiento que actua en una suerte de cadena de favores.

Primer cyberpunk que leo que no contiene el pesimismo y truculencia que caracteriza en gran parte el género, asi que hasta vacilo en calificarlo como tal.
Lo pueden leer aqui


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)

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

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)

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


[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)

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

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)


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

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,

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