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

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

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.

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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

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

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.
<SPOILER/

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
<---SPOILER/

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

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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.

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