martes, 1 de agosto de 2017

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

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


Britannia Volume 2: We Who Are About to Die 

by 

Peter Milligan

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

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

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


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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

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

martes, 18 de julio de 2017

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

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

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

by  

Lisa Graves

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

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


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

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lunes, 17 de julio de 2017

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

The Heart’s Filthy Lesson 

by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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

Esta historia corta fue publicada originalmente en Old Venus.


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

Aqui: 

domingo, 16 de julio de 2017

Reseña: Bunnicula

Bunnicula 

by 

Deborah Howe,

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

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Charming and Funny.

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

domingo, 2 de julio de 2017

Reseña: Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11)

Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11)

by 

Faith Hunter


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

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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

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

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

1) Cherokee rituals.

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

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

3) Jane hit RickyBo.

4) Jane defends her love.

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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