martes, 10 de abril de 2018

Reseña: All Systems Red

All Systems Red 


Martha Wells

 144 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by
ISBN: 0765397528 (ISBN13: 9780765397522)
Edition Language: English
BLURB: In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.
But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.
On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Largo: novella-

Human clients usually like to pretend I’m a robot and that’s much easier in the armor. I let my eyes unfocus and pretended I was running a diagnostic on something.

Un SecUnit, androide de seguridad provisto por la Compañia, vigila sus humanos mientras realizan labores de mustreo y catálogo en un planeta, se mantiene al margen de toda la interaccion descargando y mirando horas de videos y libros de entretenimiento. Pero cuando hay problemas en el planeta, con gran renuencia se ve obligado a hacer algo más de lo necesario.

Lo curioso del caso es que Wells conjura un personaje no-humano con el que gran mayoria de sus lectores pueden identificarse. Tan sólo quieren que le dejen en paz.

domingo, 8 de abril de 2018

Reseña: In the House of the Seven Librarians


 3 stars

Encantadora historia corta.

A fantasy whimsical tale about Librarians world, a girl, and dewey system.

Sin duda, existe todo un mundo dentro de un libro, ¿y entonces que ocurre con una biblioteca vieja? Cuando Carnegie es cerrada dando paso a una nueva biblioteca más moderna, las bibliotecarias cierran las puertas quedándose adentro. El paso a cuento de hadas ocurre cuando un bebé es depositado en las devoluciones junto con un viejo libro, a modo de multa.
Su crianza entre libros, sin duda deleitará a más de un bibliofilo.

By the time she was four, or thereabouts, she could sound out the letters for simple words—CUP and LAMP and STAIRS. And that’s how she came to name herself.

Olive had fallen asleep over Make Way for Ducklings, and all the other librarians were busy somewhere else. The child was bored. She tiptoed out of the Children’s Room, hugging the shadows of the walls and shelves, crawling by the base of the Circulation Desk so that Marian wouldn’t see her, and made her way to the alcove that held the Card Catalog. The heart of the library. Her favorite, most forbidden place to play.

Reseña: Dr. Polingyouma's Machine


 4 stars

Si más gente fuera responsable e hiciera su trabajo a conciencia, mejor serian las cosas en este mundo. Y tal vez hasta en otros, quien sabe.

First lines: Dr. Polingyouma’s machine is still running, that’s what they tell me. Just what that machine does depends on whom you ask. And they’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not being paid to ask questions. Since I’m being paid so well, I don’t push it.

The well paid job, every 24-28 days, is janitorial. And Harris does it with her best of abilities, because among other things best left alone, her life is at stake.

sábado, 7 de abril de 2018

Reseña: A Woman of the Iron People

A Woman of the Iron People 


Eleanor Arnason

 424 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by (first published 1991)
ISBN: 0759224161 (ISBN13: 9780759224162)
Edition Language: English
BLURB: Lixia and the members of her human crew are determined not to disturb the life on the planet circling the Star Sigma Draconis which they have begun exploring. But the factions on the mother ship hovering above the planet may create an unintended chaos for both the life on the planet and the humans exploring it. As the anger increases on the ship, the ground crew becomes more and more affected by the conflict and begins to rely on their instincts to keep the project moving forward. Unexpected danger plagues the mission as Lixia is determined to expand her knowledge.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reto Popsugar 27: Un libro ambientado en otro planeta.

This is a First Contact story. With furry hominid aliens.

The alien society portrayed here is of the matriarchal variety. Pre-industrial. The females live generally in nomadic villages , they grew vegetables, take care of the children, tan skins, cure, knit, and are the shamaness and smiths. The males are encouraged and expected to leave after puberty, where they live in the wild , hunting alone, herding animals, guarding territories if strong , and waiting spring to mate.

The males are think as ill tempered and intolerant of other males or people in general; are solitary. The weak males are pushed far , and the old are tolerated in the fringe of villages until their dead or going crazy running into the wild.

There are no wars, no homicide, no crime.
They exchange gifts , crafted jewelry, knives, embroidered clothes (the males do that craft btw), or food. Or stories.

The myths of the world are narrated in the book, interesting tales of creation, spirits, demons and cautionary tales.

jueves, 29 de marzo de 2018

Reseña: Year One

Year One 


Nora Roberts

 419 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN 1250122953 (ISBN13: 9781250122957)
Edition Language English
 It began on New Year’s Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Este fue mi primer encuentro con la famosa y por cierto prolífica escritora Nora Roberts, y no fue el mejor, por el contrario fue muy decepcionante.

Es el fin de mundo versión Tuatha da Danan con un altar , sangre, cuervos, y oscuras profecias. Un virus recorre el mundo via aviones y aeropuertos, y en 48 horas la persona muere. Los que sobreviven siguen siendo humanos, o bien, se encuentran con poderes increibles, desde hadas, a elfos/driades, brujas y brujos, y los malos de la mismas especies antes mencionadas.Malvados humanos que disfrutan del caos matando y vandalizando, y malvados seres mágicos que cazan a los suyos y a otros humanos. Es una guerra.

Pero , los protagonistas, con varios puntos de vista, siendo el mayor Lana y su pareja Max Fawllon un escritor , ambos brujos. Y luego esta Jonah el paramédico que ve muertos. Y Arlys , la reportera que sigue transmitiendo desde Nueva York, y que sale como todos cuando se  cuenta que una vacuna no es viable y la situación cada vez esta peor.

Lo que no me cala, es que estas personas ven lo peor de todo, y luego siguen queriendo jugar a la casita, sin preocuparse de hacer cercas, centinelas o un fuerte y de protegerse sobre todo de todos los malvados que hay.

No me cabe . Lo encuentro ABSURDO , y , ¿en serio? hadas con glitter junto a videntes y hechiceros maleficos? alguien vio demasiado Once Upon a Time y True Blood.

No. No me gustó. La escritura es desconexa además.

miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2018

Reseña: Atar Gull (novela gráfica)

 +Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley and publishers for an honest review+

Atar Gull 


Fabien Nury

94 pgs.
Published January 2016 by Europe Comics (first published October 6th 2011)
Original Title: Atar Gull ou le destin d'un esclave modèle
ISBN13: 9791032800423
Edition Language:English

BLURB; Africa, 1830. Atar Gull, a strapping young slave, finds himself on a certain Captain Benoît’s ship, on his way to the West Indies to be sold. This is no ordinary slave. He is the son of one of the great tribal kings, an athlete, a warrior. He will come at a high price, and not just in terms of money. After a long, unimaginably tough trip, Atar Gull winds up in Jamaica in the service of a plantation owner. It is with this plantation owner that his tragic destiny is entwined.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Humanity at its worst. Adapted from a XIX century novel, while slaves were loaded from Africa to the markets. Brutal tale of greed and hypocrisy, with a harsh irony narrate the journey, the men in the traffic, and the deaths. Later, continue with the crude life in a plantation. And with Atar Gull, the slave, displaying all his vengeance without any commiseration.


lunes, 26 de marzo de 2018

Reseña: Lydie

 +Digital ARC gently provided by Netgalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review+




70 pages
Published March 21st 2018 by Europe Comics (first published 2010)
ISBN13: 9791032805374
Edition Language: English
Literary Awards

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Age rating 17+

Its said that an old african proverb says that 'It takes a village to raise a child', however in some place in France in 1932 an old neighborhood get together to open their heart to a grieving young mother and her father. And to a very special baby.

When Camille, described as simple-minded and only daughter of a widower train conductor, has a stillborn baby, the comments are diverse; but when she 2 months later run calling a miracle that little Lydie came back from Heaven , is a sorpresive for Papa ChooChoo that all the neighbors play along.

“After all, why bring somebody pain when it's so easy to bring joy instead?”

martes, 20 de marzo de 2018

Reseña: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vol. 1

+Digital ARC gently provided via Netgalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review+

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Vol. 1 



157 pages
Published December 19th 2017 by Kodansha Comics (first published December 2nd 2016)
Original Title:カードキャプターさくら クリアカード編 1
ISBN:1632365375 (ISBN13: 9781632365378)
Edition Language: English

Volume contain issues 1 - 4

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the sequel to Sakura Card Captor, when Sakura Kinomoto start junior high scholl. She is excited about the new school, Dad Fujitaka is clueless, big brother Toya enjoy teasing her, and Tomoyo is her best friend. Uh, and Kero wants sweets. So, no changes in that front.

Well, Syoran is back .

domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018

Reseña: I, Frankenstein: Genesis #1

I, Frankenstein: Genesis #1 


Kevin Grevioux

Art by Ryan Benjamin-David Carrasco-Roberto Castro-J.J. Kirby-Edu Menna

84 pages
Published December 11th 2013 by Darkstorm Comics
Edition Language: English

BLURB: Prequel to the upcoming movie "I, Frankenstein," released by Lionsgate. See it in 2D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on January 24, 2014. Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.

My rating: 2.5 stars

2** art
3 *** no-esta-mal story.

Por si acaso, la portada (que apunta a la pelicula) no tiene nada que ver con los dibujos de este comic.

Precuela en comics de la pelicula I, Frankestein. Contiene 3 arcos, o historias distintas dando contexto a las 2 facciones: demonios encabezados por Naberius su persecución de la inmortalidad para derrotar a las gárgolas; y su obsesión con el secreto de la inmortalidad de Frankestein. Y las gárgolas, en una historia de la reina Leonore, curiosamente narrada por el grupo Crescente, mientras a su vez siguen a la 'Creatura', quien se denomina Adam.


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