sábado, 28 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Lioness of Morocco

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 The Lioness of Morocco 


Julia Drosten

448 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2017 by AmazonCrossing (first published January 3rd 2013)
Original Title: Die Löwin von Mogador
ISBN:1503941922 (ISBN13: 9781503941922)
Edition Language:English
 BLURB: Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father’s house.When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father’s trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin’s rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals…and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman.But Benjamin’s lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he’s arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla’s family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she’ll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reto 2017 - #11:autor que use seudonimo

Sybilla es la hija de una familia de un comerciante acaudalado en Inglaterra de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Le gusta leer, y tiene ideas bastantes definidas que no incluyen asentarse sin ver el mundo como el resto de sus pares. Pero pronto ve que como soltera nunca dejará de ser tratada como una niña que nunca es escuchada en casa de su padre. ¿Su solución? Se casa con un empleado de su padre que ve claramente no será muy dificil , y arregla que sean enviados a Marruecos, especificamente al puerto de Mogador donde se efectua todo el comercio.

Como comentaba esto me recuerda esas miniseries de los 80s, con la historia de una familia, viajes exoticos, aderezado con un toque de romance y algo de peligro.

Entretiene. Las descripciones son interesantes., pero nunca llega a demostrar más allá de la superficie. Conflictos de la época entre gobernantes y gobiernos europeos por el control de la zona apenas son mencionados como hechos escuetos.

Remember: the worst man is he who accepts no apology, forgives no sin, and excuses no mistake.”

Reseña: Elves, Vol. 1 (Elfes, #1-2)

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 Elves, Vol. 1 (Elfes #1-2)


Jean-Luc Istin


177 pages
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Insight Comics (first published 2013)
ISBN:1608878775 (ISBN13: 9781608878772)
Edition Language:English
Series:Elfes #1-2

3.5 nature stars.

Más estilo Salvatore que Tolkien. Buen arte.

Set in a fantasy world, with humans, elves (blue - dark - sylvan), orcs, dwarves, and... creatures, lacks the apropiate background to undestand a couple of things, it feel like we are presented with the second tome rather than the first.


Reseña: Disney Graphic Novels #4: Great Parodies: Mickey's Inferno

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Disney Graphic Novels #4: Great Parodies: Mickey's Inferno 


Walt Disney Company

88 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Papercutz
ISBN;1629915920 (ISBN13: 9781629915920)
 BLURB: Imagine if you will, a satirical retelling of Dante Aligheri s Inferno starring Mickey Mouse. This is the very first of the world-famouse, er, famous Great Parodies featuring classic Disney stars in outrageous spoofs of the world s greatest stories."
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Sorry but no. I didn't like it.

Este es un comic realizado originalmente por Guido Martina en 1949, ilustrado por Angelo Bioletti, ahora reimpreso con un script de Stefan Petrucha. Un 'clásico'.

I was curious about this, but it turned out to be much rarer than expected. Maybe there iare a special circle in inferno for bad parodies after all.

martes, 24 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Sheikh's Christmas Baby (Shadid Sheikhs Series #3)

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The Sheikh's Christmas Baby 


Leslie North

126 pages
Published December 19th 2016
Edition Language:English
  BLURB: Their passionate affair ended in heartbreak when he left without warning. When he returns unexpectedly, can their heat melt away the hurt of the past?Kashif Shadid has always craved adventure. With one last chance to win the Iditarod dog sled race before assuming his role as Sheikh, he’s returned to the Alaskan wilderness to train at a legendary sled dog farm. But returning means coming face to face with Kristy Cohen, the woman who captured his attention years ago. He’s thrilled once again by her icy beauty, but her farm is facing financial ruin. Kashif’s eager to take control, however, getting her to agree with his plans may be a challenge. Kristy Cohen works hard to keep her sled dog farm afloat while raising her young daughter. Faced with declining revenues and a changing climate, Kristy’s struggling, but she’s not willing to turn her back on her business model. When Kashif Shadid shows up out of the blue pushing her to make changes, Kristy’s response is as cold as the Alaskan snow. She fell for tall, handsome Kashif once before. After four years without a word from him, she won’t be making that mistake again.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, romance, netgalley,  w_dog-trainer, adult-mature

In a nutshell: She wanted nothing more than to cling to him while he had four years of hurt and loneliness, but she could not.

This is what happens when you take books on impulse. I liked the cover of the book -I must admit-; and there was some nostalgia for old magazines like Bianca; But the plot is incredibly trite. And had some rare language turns: He's always been his country and his family first. (?) It even sounds strange to me.

There are several phrases that cut the impulse, it lacks fluency to the story. And ... well, I did not feel connected to the characters. It's all tremendously predictable, the two are good, there are reasons and blahblah.

Not even the dog-slege could save this.

-The salvageable: various comments about climate change in Alaska, the lack of cold in the winters and disappearance of snow, which is representing a short-term change of life.

lunes, 23 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Edge of Worlds (The Books of Raksura #4)

The Edge of Worlds (The Books of Raksura #4)


Martha Wells 

 388 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Night Shade Books
ISBN:1597808431 (ISBN13: 9781597808439)
Series The Books of the Raksura #4
BLURB: An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura, shape-shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups. The groundlings have found a sealed ancient city at the edge of the shallow seas, near the deeps of the impassable Ocean. They believe it to be the last home of their ancestors and ask for help getting inside. But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors, the Forerunners, and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison for an unstoppable evil.
Prior to the groundlings’ arrival, the Indigo Cloud court had been plagued by visions of a disaster that could destroy all the courts in the Reaches. Now, the court’s mentors believe the ancient city is connected to the foretold danger. A small group of warriors, including consort Moon, an orphan new to the colony and the Raksura’s idea of family, and sister queen Jade, agree to go with the groundling expedition to investigate. But the predatory Fell have found the city too, and in the race to keep the danger contained, the Raksura may be the ones who inadvertently release it.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, aerial-shapeshifters,  warriors, kind-of-magic, beware-of-the-queen

Donde tenemos al pobre Moon que estaba tan tranquilito en lo de IndigoyCloud , recién asentándose y echando raices , aunque creo que han pasado como 2 años desde el inicio de serie y todavia le queda algo de emo esperando que todo se le escape entre las zarpas, y paf que una tremenda pesadilla sacude a todo el mundo y se ven en el dilema de esperar a que los problemas lleguen o ir a cortarlos de raiz, o ... ¿será que el viajecito será el detonante a lo que no quieren que pase?

Me acabo de dar cuenta de algo... me aburren mucho los barcos. Incluso los barcos voladores.

(aunque lo bueno es que a diferencia del steampunk, todos estos funcionan con musguitos y pedazos de piedra, no pregunten como porque ni idea.; asi que son no-contaminantes). El que todo sea comestible en más de un punto de la historia -incluyendo protagonistas y antagonistas- tambien te hace sentir bastante eco-amistoso , jaja.

(de ahi la bajada de estrellita,; además de que el misterio es bastante predecible)

sábado, 21 de enero de 2017

Reseña: For want of a nail (relato corto)

For Want of a Nail 


Mary Robinette Kowal

19 pages
Published 2011
Edition Language:English
Literary Awards:Hugo Award for Best Short Story (2011)

BLURB: "For Want of a Nail" is the 2011 Hugo-nominated story by award-winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal. This science-fiction short story explores the complex choices that an AI and her wrangler must make to solve a seemingly simple technical problem.
Also in this edition, is bonus material that includes author's notes as well as a look at the writing process. The original and unedited first draft of this story has a completely different plot. Read it and the brainstorming notes to get a peek into the creative process. 

My rating: 2.5 shortcircuit stars

Un par de hermanos buscando reparar una A.I. que graba toda la vida de una familia a bordo de una espacial brinda una breve mirada sobre esa vida y la forma pragmática de la sobrevivencia.
No consiguió encantarme.

miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud

Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud 


 Martha Wells

206 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Night Shade Books (first published September 1st 2014)
Original Title:Stories of the Raksura, Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud
ISBN:1597805351 (ISBN13: 9781597805353)
Edition Language:English
Series:The Books of the Raksura 0.1; 0.2; 0.4; 3.6, Stories of the Raksura #1
BLURB:  In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has travelled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult. 
The Tale of Indigo and Cloud explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon came to Court. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could ruin everything.
Stories of Moon and the shape changers of Raksura have delighted readers for years. This world is a dangerous place full of strange mysteries, where the future can never be taken for granted, and must always be fought for with wits and ingenuity, and often tooth and claw. With two brand-new novellas, Martha Wells shows that the world of Raksura has many more stories to tell...

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
bookshelves: fantasy, aerial-shapeshifters, adventure, beware-of-the-queen, kind-of-magic, warriors, anthology

Two novellas about the Raksura verse, and 2 short stories.

Reseña: Saga #41 (single issue)

Saga #41 (single issue)


Brian K. Vaughan

  32 pages
Published December 28th 2016 by Image Comics
Edition Language:English

“THE WAR FOR PHANG,” Part Five. Alana and Marko get their war on. - See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/saga-41#sthash.setxI3Te.dpuf

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
bookshelves:  graphic-novel, space-opera, married-couple, married-plus-baby, ciencia-ficcion

...violence seems to have so much in common with an untreatable venereal disease. It burrows deep inside of everyone it touches, flaring up again and again to hurt others...
...until the day it finally consumes its host.

mmm, still not convinced. to me now it appeal to gore images just for shock effect.

some few new things, the 'return' not very successfull
(view spoiler)
 Saga 041 (2017) (digital)-016

Reseña: Saga #40 (single issue)

Saga #40 (single issue)


Brian K. Vaughan

 31 pages

Published November 30th 2016 by Image
Edition Language:English
Series:Saga (Single Issues) #40

It's all fun and games until...

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
bookshelves:  graphic-novel, ciencia-ficcion, married-couple, married-plus-baby, space-opera

I'm starting to wonder where is this story going.

Wen still driven by revenge. 
vendiendo sus convicciones...

Marko and guns issues.
Hazel being annoying as always.

The last issues were better.

-the art still ok/weird

viernes, 13 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Un embrujo de cinco siglos

Un embrujo de cinco siglos 


Ana María Güiraldes

 152 pages

Published June 28th 1998 by Andres Bello (first published March 1st 1991)
ISBN:9561309254 (ISBN13: 9789561309258)
Edition Language:Spanish


BLURB: Etelvina de 17 años de edad, vivía en España en el siglo XV donde era una princesa bruja muy soñadora igual que su padre , el Rey Morrón, quien murió cuando a tenía 5 años. Este era muy bromista y no le gustaba la magia y murió simplemente por hacerse el gracioso y chocar con un arbol mientras cabalgaba con los ojos cerrados sobre un dragón enano. Su madre la Reina Bruja Arevalo junto con el Señor Grande entre los Enormes castigan a Etelvina para que viaje en el tiempo al Siglo XX a nuestro país Chile. El otro castigo que había pensado el Señor Brujo era mandarla de viaje con un loco llamado Cristóbal Colón a descubrir América, pero prefirió el castigo de los 5 siglos.
My rating: 3,5 azuladas estrellas.
bookshelves:  for-kids, chile, literatura-infantil, magia, witches-wizards, princess-and-or-prince

La princesa bruja Etelvina es castigada por osar enamorarse de un mortal, y es enviada al Chile del siglo XX, donde conoce a una familia normal, mamá, papá y pareja de hermanos más guagua.

Me descubri preguntandome si esto con romance seria del gusto de niños , un poco como el niño que tiene dudas de leer la Princesa Prometida con el abuelo en la pelicula homonima. Pero es entretenida, y te encuentras dando vueltas a las páginas entre notas de dulzura, mezclada con insensateces y algo de fantasia, en lo que se siente más como un cuento extendido que una novela corta. Aunque, claro, debo recordarme que esta pensada después de todo para niños.


Estaba mirando los comentarios del grupo popsugar 2017, acerca de sus lecturas más entrañables en la infancia y me encontré con este libro. Me resulta extraño haberme saltado la generación de los que leyeron y leen a Ana María Güiraldes.

miércoles, 11 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Witch of Duva (Grisha 0.5)

 Relato corto
Free: En Tor

The Witch of Duva (The Grisha #0.5)


Leigh Bardugo

43 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Tor
Original Title:The Witch of Duva: A Ravkan Folk Tale
ISBN:1466820756 (ISBN13: 9781466820753)
Edition Language:English
My rating:3,5 starving stars

Winter... Famine.

Intriguing , with elements of traditional fairy tale, the old woman in the woods, the girl, the sweets, the aisolation. The family.... And the tweaks that made a good story.
Bardugo should writte the Grisha book itself like this; instead, I never could pass the first pages.

Puedo imaginar perfectamente como el estar aislados en medio de la nieve y el hielo, aislados y sin nada que comer puede hacer , pero sólo eso. Imaginarlo. Pero parece que todos los cuentos invernales entrañan esa sensación de que muchas cosas pueden suceder en ese miedo, animales, y horrores inarralables. 

Lo peor es saber que eso sucede/sucedió/sucederá cuando no se tiene nada más que perder.
Tan innegable como que la nieve seguirá cayendo cada vez más y más en los años subsiguientes.

Reseña: Rat Queens #16 (single issue)

Rat Queens #16 (single issue)


Kurtis J. Wiebe

31 pages
Published May 4th 2016 by Image
Edition Language:English
BLURB: The Rat Queens return to Palisade to find that the world has moved on without them. The tavern is infested with would be heroes, drinking all the ale and getting in all the fights. What's a warrior girl to do?

My rating: 1.7 wtf stars

My bookshelves:  graphic-novel, adventure, adult-mature, mercenary-adventurer, dark-fantasy

I don't know why I bother with this serie anymore. The art is awful; they look really weird in some panels.

Only Dee, Betty and Vi back to Palisade, but (view spoiler) people are different and are doppelgangers it seems? and the people are strangely good looking at the bar <---SPOILER

The cliffhanger was evil.

martes, 10 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Monstress #8 (single issues)

 Monstress #8 (single issues)


Marjorie M. Liu

 32 pages
Published by Image Comics (first published November 30th 2016)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: The hunt for answers takes Maika and her friends out to sea, along with a fearsome crew provided by the Arcanic pirates-turned-smugglers who are Maika’s mother’s old friend

My rating: 5 stars

I'm rounding to 5 stars, because this story is every time better . The art as outstanding as always. And the story is working to add more background to Maika, the past war, and besides... awesome shark-arcanic!.

Maika and co. are aboard a pirate vessel following Moriko steps, the Tryrian crew look like rejects from David Jones's in Pirates of Caribbean, and are not very friendly with Arcanics who look like humans (the war legacy it seems).

This is no new:

lunes, 9 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Monstress #7 (single issues)

Monstress #7 (single issues)


Marjorie M. Liu

 32 pages
Published October 12th 2016 by Image Comics
Edition Language: English
Series: Monstress
BLURB: Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past... and discover a new, terrible, threat.

My rating: 5 stars

Bookshelves dark-fantasy, graphic-novel, here-be-monsters, series-favoritas

I confess I have to re-read the last issue to remember where we are with all the action and new revelations and wow. What a rollercoaster. After the interest of the Dusk Court of adquire a weapon, and the Head-Witch surprise. Now have even more questions. The dimensions of gods/demons is very oriental and on top Cthulhu-ish relatable.

Now Maika Halfwolf is back to her roots, searching for the secrets of her mother (and maybe discover how to stop what is happening to her)


sábado, 7 de enero de 2017

Reseña: The Cloud Roads (Books of Raksura #1)

The Cloud Roads 


Martha Wells

278 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Night Shade Books (first published March 1st 2011)
ISBN 1597802166 (ISBN13: 9781597802161)
Edition Language English
Series The Books of the Raksura 
 BLURB: Moon has spent his life hiding what he is — a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community. What this stranger doesn't tell Moon is that his presence will tip the balance of power... that his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony's survival... and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell! Now Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save and himself... and his newfound kin.
My rating: 5 stars
BOOKSHELVES: adventure, aerial-shapeshifters, fantasy, high-fantasy, shapeshifters, todas-ibamos-a-ser-reinas
“Three realms: sea, earth, and sky. Everyone remembers the sea realms, but they’ve forgotten the sky realms. It’s been so many generations since the island peoples fought among themselves. They’re mostly gone now, with no one left to tell the stories.”
Moon wondered if he had been right about the sky-islands all along. “Is that where we’re from?”
His gaze distant, Stone said, “No. We’ve always come from the earth.”

La historia comienza con Moon, viviendo en una comunidad de cazadores/recolectores. Él siempre ha vivido con el miedo a ser descubierto -tiene 35 años- y expulsado por todas las comunidades donde ha pasado desde que era apenas un niño. Es diferente. Se transforma en una especie alada y nunca ha visto a nadie más como él desde que perdió a su familia. Sus temores se ven confirmados, pero esta vez parece que la conclusion será muy diferente, porque Moon por fin a re-descubierto a los de su propia raza, ¿o no?

La soledad tremenda de Moon marca todo el libro, y su miedo al rechazo.
He had never lived with anyone long enough to truly trust them, to tell them what he was. But living alone, even with the freedom to shift whenever he felt like it or needed to, wore on him. It seemed pointless and, worst of all, it was lonely.

People like him. It was wonderful and terrifying.
And seeing it let him articulate the thought that had been plaguing him since Stone had asked him to come to a shifter settlement: If you can’t fit in here, it’s not them; it’s you.

Todo esto en medio de un mundo fantástico lleno de selvas y rios, en lo que parece ser despues de una era mucho más formal, con carreteras y ruinas de ciudades inmensas, torres y bibliotecas destruidas... ¿por una guerra, una catastrofe, epidemia, todo lo anterior? Nunca se habla de esto en toda la historia.
Lo que sí hay es peligro a cada paso, los depredadores de este mundo son voladores, zapadores y escaladores; voraces y hasta canibalisticos.
La raza de Moon, los raksura son una especie de lagartos alados, omnivoros, aunque los encuentro más parecidos a una gárgola como el clan de Goliath (sin la parte de convertirse en piedra)

El recorrido de Moon por saber quien es, como es su raza, y su lugar en ella, la hacemos con él.

La Corte de Indigo y Cloud tiene sus propios problemas. Enemigos.

Desconfianzas, y algo de intriga como en toda corte.

jueves, 5 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Adaptation (Books of Raksura 0.4)

Adaptation by Martha Wells
 How Chime became a warrior.

This is another prequel to The Cloud Roads, set in the Indigo Cloud court at the eastern colony.

Can be also found in: Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud.

ebook, Free online edition, 4 pages
Published February 15th 2012
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series The Books of the Raksura 0.4
Characters Jade, Pearl, Stone, Chime, Flower

My rating: 4 stars

Not all the changes are good. Specially when the subject is not happy about it.

A glimpse in the everyday life of arborean people, their division of class, and great changes to come.

Too short.

Reseña: The Forest Boy (Books of Raksura 0.2)

Les dejo mi descubrimiento de este año, gracias a una lectora de Goodreads, Athena, gracias a quien conoci esta magnifica serie fantástica que les recomiendo a todos. De rápida lectura, y muchas aventuras.

Los libros de Raksura

Historias cotradas que todavia pueden encontrarse online:

The Forest Boy by Martha Wells 
A prequel to The Cloud Roads, set many turns ago when Moon was still a fledgling.

Can be also found in: Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud.

ebook, Free online edition, 4 pages
Published July 10th 2009
Edition Language English
Series The Books of the Raksura 0.2
Characters  Moon (Raksura)

My rating: 4  stars

Poor Moon.

Two kids found another wounded boy while searching among debris. The boy is accepted, but Tren start to feel...

Setting in a world with people using cargo animals, hunting and fishing, and people of different colors: green, gray, etc. Discrimation and prejudice still run though. And predator danger.

martes, 3 de enero de 2017

Reseña: Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half-Savage

Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half-Savage 


Alix E. Harrow

32 pages
Published December 14th 2016 by Tor Books
ISBN0765392313 (ISBN13: 9780765392312)
Edition LanguageEnglish

bookshelves:  novelette-short, short-story, alternate-reality, fantasy

3.5 living land stars.

Oona es una mestiza marcada desde su nacimiento a ser un 'mapmaker' que en su idioma es igual a 'traidora'. La Cia necesita mapas para 'afianzar' la tierra, someterla y edificar sobre ella su propia civilizacion. El concepto no es realmente nuevo, recuerdo claramente la historia de las tierras vivas en una antologia que lei hace un montón de años atrás. La forma en que describe el conflicto sí lo es. Es un autor interesante a seguir que saldrá más tarde.

I was the expedition’s mapmaker, the men’s safety and sanity, but none of them could bring themselves to trust a half-savage. Except Clayton. Although perhaps trust is the wrong word—when a person ties a noose around your heart and holds the end of the rope in their palm, do they really need to trust you?

El viejo conflicto entre la gente del este y la forma en que se apodera y trastorna la forma de vida de los 'salvajes' tampoco es muy nuevo. Pero como digo, hay algo fuerte en como se expresa.

Free to read in Tor:
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