domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Underworld Evolution (Novela Gráfica)

Underworld: Evolution 

by  

Kris Oprisko

53 pages
Published 2005 by IDW
Original Title_Underworld Evolution TB
ISBN:1933239867 (ISBN13: 9781933239866)
Edition Language:English

BLURB:  The first Underworld film introduced the world to the sexy, dangerous vampire Selene and Michael, a Lycan/Vampire Hybrid. Now their adventures continue in this adaptation of the sequel Underworld Evolution. Adapted from the original script by Kris Oprisko and featuring artwork by Antonio Vazquez. This trade paperback tells the tale of Selene's consequences after disrupting her coven.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


My bookshelves: just-skip-on-this, graphic-novel, fantasia-urbana, vampiros, vi-primero-la-pelicula, media-tie-in,
Opinion: 

Dispensable.

Follows the movie with more or less fidelity, enphasis in the less part.

The drawings are nothing special.

Underworld Evolution - 06

Underworld Evolution - 17

So, don't bother unless you are really, really, curious. (Like the friend I borrowed this issue from :P)

viernes, 24 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Saga, Volume Seven (Novela Grafica)

Saga, Vol. 7 

by 

Brian K. Vaughan

Fiona Staples (Art)

 52 pages
52 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Image Comics
Original Title: Saga, Volume Seven
ISBN:1534300600 (ISBN13: 9781534300606)
Edition Language:English
Collecting: Saga 37-42

BLURB: From the worldwide bestselling team of Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained Saga event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience.


My rating: 2.5 family involved in space politics and war stars

So Alana, Marko an Hazel ends with a ride on a comet -Phang -, site of war conflict over fuel.... mmmm.

A few years back, the powers that be would always outsource whatever wetwork needed doing...
...but these days, both sides are more than happy to get their own hands dirty.
I mean, the average schmuch on the street doesn't care what nightmares his leaders are green-lightning anymore, right? All he's thinking about is his next vacation
(-Saga 39)

They met some religious driven mammals -pacific type mind you-, and spend some months there until some shit happen.

#37 ☆ ☆ ☆
#38 ☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
#39 ☆ ☆ ☆
#40 ☆ ☆
#41 ☆ ☆
#42

Overall boring, almost no plot, and oh shocking oh - wars are bad.
Nope.

The covers are neat, though.

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Considerando todo la trama de este volumen, me encuentro muy decepcionada por lo ocurrido. Mucha cosa por efecto de conmocionar a la audiencia, y escaso, realmente escaso, avance en la trama.
No sé si seguiré leyendo esta serie.

Reseña: Saga #42 (single issue) Novela Gráfica

Saga #42Saga #42  (single issue)

by 

Brian K. Vaughan

 


28 pages
Published January 25th 2017
Edition Language English
 

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Shelves  ciencia-ficcion, graphic-novel, married-couple, space-opera

Mi opinión de la última entrega del arco argumental War of Phang


You could be all moping and ooh-ing, but I'm done with this s**

martes, 14 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde

El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde 

by 

Robert Louis Stevenson

 138 pages
First published January 5th 1886
Original Title:The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Edition Language:Spanish

El Extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde (a veces abreviado simplemente a El Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde) es una novela escrita por Robert Louis Stevenson, publicada por primera vez en inglés en 1886, cuyo título original es The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Trata acerca de un abogado, Gabriel John Utterson, que investiga la extraña relación entre su viejo amigo, el Dr. Henry Jekyll, y el misántropo Edward Hyde.
 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My bookshelves: bookshelves: classics, victorian, gothic-horror,  vi-primero-la-pelicula, vi-primero-la-tv-serie

Este es uno de esos clásicos de horror gótico que ha terminado convertido en referente de miles, conocido, interpretado en peliculas y series, reconozco no haber leido hasta ahora el original. Y que a diferencia de otros libros clásicos no ha sido tan desvinculado de su contenido.

Siendo bastante corto, pues en realidad son menos de cien páginas, contiene muchas ideas interesantes acerca del caracter del ser humano.

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 La narración del Londres de niebla y oscuros callejones, desde el punto de vista de un notario que intenta ayudar a un amigo es fascinante.

SPOILERS _SPOILERS_SPOILERS_SPOILERS_SPOILERS_SPOILERS

Reseña: La saga Vorkosigan - Volume 1: L'Apprentissage du Guerrier (Novela Grafica)

La saga Vorkosigan - Volume 1: L'Apprentissage du Guerrier 

by  

Dominique Latil

Beroy


48 pages
Published January 2010 by Soleil
ISBN:2302006763 (ISBN13: 9782302006768)
Edition Language:French
Series:La Saga Vorkosigan #1

BLURB  L'ADAPTATION DE L'ŒUVRE DE LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD
" Je n'avais aucunement l'intention de transformer un voyage touristique en expédition militaire, ça s'est juste trouvé compte ça... Et pendant un court moment, je me suis autorisé à croire que finalement, tout allait bien se passer... "

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My shelves: adventure, book-to-graphic-novel, ciencia-ficcion, graphic-novel, space-opera, stupid-cliffhanger
Basado en la novela homónima de Bujold, el Aprendiz de Guerrero, esta novela gráfica recrea a un Miles Vorkosigan recien expulsado de la Academia y haciendo su propio destino yendo a Beta con Helena y Bothari :insertar prolongado suspiro:

El dibujo logra capturar ese desparpajo característico de Miles, pero , claro, deja atrás muchos detalles e información. Por ello dudo mucho que alguien que no haya leido cuando menos esta novela entienda algo de lo que esta sucediendo. Como que este tipo que ha sido despreciado por su condición física toda su vida es capaz de conseguir lo imposible.


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 Hace demasiados años que no he vuelto a leer esta serie, asi que algunas cosas se me escapan, aunque el atuendo transparente de Helena no esta entre ellos, aunque siendo este un formato comic no es como si llamara demasiado la atención.

Y esta el asunto de que los personajes no son los que has conjurado en tu imaginacion. Sobre todo, en este caso, Aral y Cordelia. Y hasta Bothari. Helena tiene cierto parecido aqui a Eon Flux :P


¿Que si lo deben leer? Tan sólo para lo grandes fans de Miles, y como curiosidad. Lástima que la serie fue cancelada después de la primera entrega y deja todo colgando en un gran cliffhanger.

viernes, 10 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Home (Binti #2)

Home 

by 

Nnedi Okorafor

176 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Tor.com
Original Title:Binti: Home
ISBN:0765393107 (ISBN13: 9780765393104)
Edition Language:English
 
 BLURB: It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she left her family to pursue her dream.
And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.
But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The flow of death like water I’d fallen into that in some twisted way gave me a new life.

Home is the aftermath of Binti going to Oomza Uni. Many changes in so little time, and she feels then is time to go home, to her pilgrimage.

There is so many themes here that I hesitate for where start. There is sci-fi that appeals to different ways of thinking , and made us aware of a future with other eyes and ethics. And there is sci-fi that made us think about our idiosincracy. This is old school sci-fi asking: we have to let go of ourselves to get live in another worlds? how much is too much or enough?

The quandary of the girl with her family, and what is expected of her is universal.

In another hand, we get trapped once more in the story for the strange culture, not the alien culture in case you're wondering, but for the Himba culture. I don't know how much is veridic or a piece of fantasy, but it's fascinating.






miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park 

by 

Jane Austen


563 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by DeBolsillo (first published May 1814)
ISBN:8484505081 (ISBN13: 9788484505082)
Edition Language:Spanish

 

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A los 10 años Fanny Price llega a vivir a casa de sus pudientes tios en Mansfield Park. Sir Thomas Bertram es un baronet, que se casó con su tia y tienen cuatro hijos mayores que ella. Ella es la sobrina pobretona a quien han aceptado por caridad, y su tia Norris, la otra hermana de su madre, nunca permite que ella olvide su mala situación. Sometida, se refugia en los libros y en la amistad de su primo Edmund.

Fanny Price a primera vista parece la protagonistas más ñoña de Austen. Es más fácil en tiempos modernos sentir mayor admiración por Elizabeth de OyP , fuerte y rebelde, que por esta chica docil y con una timidez patológica, temerosa de expresar hasta sus objeciones y observaciones morales por no parecer 'poco agradecida' y por no ser 'su lugar'. Sin embargo, es esta misma muchacha quien /SPOILER/ ----->le dice que no a la generosa propuesta de Henry Crawford, si bien hacia el final se estaba ablandando cuando Henry hablaba de llevar su negocios, enfrentandose a su administrador mañoso, lejos de las tentaciones de Londres y sus fiestas. <----SPOILER>

La parte rescatable de la historia es la forma de escribir de Austen, pues se pasea largamente por saloncitos, cotilleos y tias abrumadoras, y parques con bosques y pastos (hasta el cansancio -ay que oda bucolica) para realizar una critica social en su forma irónica de la sociedad de lugartenientes y gente acomodada de la Inglaterra de 1800s.


martes, 7 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Denver (The Enchanter 1)

Denver (the Enchanter 1)

by 

Flynn Eire

 

140 pages
Published December 18th 2014 by Supernatural Script Inc. (first published December 16th 2014)
ISBN13:9781940036397
Edition Language:English

BLURB: What daft wanker stepped in it now? That’s the first thing that goes through Dorian Devil’s mind when his phone rings, and he puts his own life on hold to fix someone else’s screw-ups. One call, that’s all anyone ever gets from this enchanter, and Dorian neither makes exceptions nor believes in enabling people not to protect themselves. In order to repair the situation, he must erase the client’s existence from everything. Friends, family, employment… Lovers. Heaven forbid any part of their life is complicated—Dorian doesn’t do complications. 
Fledgling vampire, Seth Kohler, on the run in Denver, makes his one call to Dorian, unsure of what will happen to him once he raises the paranormal 9-1-1. Turning everything over to Dorian, Seth has to trust in the powers of the Enchanter.

2.5 charming stars

Mis etiquetas: adult-mature, fantasia-urbana, m-m, mxm-erotica-romance-paranormal, vampiros
This book ends at 75% aprox, so I skip the rest of excerpts and publicity.

Not what I think it could be. So if you are looking for some PR... is not your book.

Vampires and weres exist in this world as a hidden society, but some police and hunters are after them. So, you get only one ticket to start over and avoid them. Enter the Enchanter, also known this days as Dorian Devil. A vampire ..sorcerer? able to erase your former life to give you another chance. Just only one.

Dorian has the personality of a charming bastard, powerful, a bit jaded for events of his past. His client, Seth, is young, insecure and naive.Dorian just wants to work and pass to the next.

This has a good start and premise, but became a bit repetitive with the issues , and insecurities, of both men. Different fears, and centuries of different experiences.

Not your usual end.


lunes, 6 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence#1)

Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1)

by 

Max Gladstone


336 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN:0765333104 (ISBN13: 9780765333100)
Edition Language:English
BLURB: A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.
Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mis etiquetas: alternate-reality, deidades-y-dioses, fantasy, gargolas, magical-practitioners, multiple-pov, necromancy, vampiros

{bilingual review}

What we did, what was done to us, was not war. The sky opened and the earth rose. Water burned and fire flowed. The dead became weapons. The weapons came alive.

En este mundo, los dioses existen y estuvieron a punto de destruir todo con sus guerras. Como poderosas entidades, se encuentran atados a contratos, subsisten con sacrificios y adoradores. Un balance obtenido con almas, sangre y donde el poder se transa todos los dias con reyes inmortales, sacerdotes, jueces y abogados magicos contractuales.

Theologians centuries back had developed a faster method. One god gave of his power to another, or to a group of worshipers, on a promise of repayment in kind, and of more soulstuff than had been initially lent. Gods grew knit to gods, pantheons to pantheons, expecting, and indeed requiring, their services to be returned. Power flowed, and divine might increased beyond measure. There were risks, though.

Tara es una Craftwoman, recien graduada y expulsada en medio de problemas de la Escuela Escondida (de magia), nigromante y experta en contratos y hechizos del oficio , se siente sorprendida al ser llamada por una prominente Ms. Kevarian para atender a un cliente en la ciudad de Alt Coulumb.

Lo más sorpresivo podria parecer es que en medio de tanta deidad y tautologia taumaturgia, estan los ingenieros, los maquinistas que encuentran un modo de usar el poder divino o en su defecto la magia con sus enormes reglas terrorificas para hacer funcionar cosas tan pedestres como luces, trenes, calderas y mover cosas.

jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017

Reseña: Dragon Spawn (World of the Lupi #13)


Dragon Spawn (World of the Lupi #13)

by  

Eileen Wilks


 313 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley
ISBN:0451488032 (ISBN13: 9780451488039)
Edition Language:English


BLURB: Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt. 

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mis etiquetas: demons, fantasia-urbana, gnomes, hic-sunt-dracones, magia, magical-practitioners, married-couple, shapeshifters, stupid-cliffhanger, werewolf-hombrelobo-lycans

Primero que nada: El libro termina en CLIFFHANGER, sólo para que lo sepan.

Perdí la mitad de mis notas al borrarlas por error, pero recuerdo perfectamente esto: PRIMERA ESCENA - CULLEN SEABORN EN ZUNGA.

Cullen siendo fantabuloso en zunga.

Wow.

Yo quiero video en camara lenta de eso.

"The woman in front of him let out a loud laugh. “If you’re tired of women climbing all over you, why you wearing that little Speedo? Man as pretty as you don’t need to show off what he’s got.”
“What, you think I’m asking for it? Isn’t that what some people say if a woman wears anything more revealing than a burka?”
“I like you,” she announced. “What’s your name?”
“Cullen.

Bueno, después de eso ¿a que más podria aspirar una obra? XD

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