martes, 7 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3)

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The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3)

by 

Juliette Cross


 326 pages
Published October 23rd 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Amara
ISBN13:9781640631984
Edition Language:English
Series Vampire Blood #3
 
 FROM THE BLURB: To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.

Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily. But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought.


My rating: 2 of 5 stars


This is some kind of romance fantasy where exist a Vampire Monarchy, you know, with your average oh-so-handsome evil vampires with pleasure bites and 'elixir' to thrall into obedience and pain. Only the Varis royalty vampires can make more vampires from their blood, and of course if you are born from them (?!). Going into the third book of the series, a discension had started between the peasants and some members of the nobility that abjure of the cruelty and bad practices b/c they are not protecting their sheep humans. And yeah the King is really mad with some chick called Black Lily who is the symbol for the rebellion.

But in the North there is also a dissident spreading bad propaganda with pamphlets - the White Lily (roll eyes), and the Duke Friedrich wants to find the fool before the King does it.

Well that's the idea.

jueves, 2 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: Finette cendron

Finette Cendron

by

Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy

 20 pages
Published 2015 by Editions la Bibliothèque Digitale (first published 1697)
ASIN:B00YJV1PUK
Edition Language:French


Ce livre numérique présente «Finette cendron», de Marie Catherine d'Aulnoy, édité en texte intégral. Une table des matières dynamique permet d'accéder directement aux différentes sections.
Table des matières
- Présentation
- Finette Cendron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Esta es la 'otra' versión de la Cenicienta contada por la Baronesa d'Aulnoy (a diferencia de la más conocida contada por Perrault), donde la pequeña Finette es una princesa abandonada en el bosque por sus padres junto a sus hermanas, tiene una hada madrina golosa a la que no hace mucho caso, termina confiando en las bellotas, unque después su ingenio la libra de un buen lio, si bien no de sus hermanas malvadas.
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martes, 31 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Spiders from Mars: My Life with Bowie

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Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie 

by

320 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250117615 (ISBN13: 9781250117618)
Edition Language: English
FROM THE BLURB:
Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made David Bowie a sensation. In this first memoir to follow Bowie’s passing, Spider from Mars reveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of a star’s self-creation. With never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs, Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions for The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Aladdin Sane: the four albums that made Bowie a cult figure. And, as fame beckoned by eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock ‘n’ roll excess that eventually drove the band apart.
A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary music producer Tony Visconti and an afterword from Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie, by one of the people who knew him best.

My ranking:  3.5 rock stars


 If you are looking for a book about Bowie, better find another book. This is about the drummer until 1973.

This are the memoirs of Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey, from childhood to 2016. Is the story about a musician from Yorkshire (Driffield) , who knew and knows all the musical scene of UK - since the 60s and the following times. About his love for R&B, for the rock, and all what happen in those times for a post-war child who wants to rebel and follow the pipe dream.

And , oh yeah, he knew Mick Ronson from their time playing for The Rats (1969), and he recommended him to some fellow named Bowie for his band called The Hype.

Woody did not even like Bowie's music, but he decided to go to London thinking he might regret it after he did not. At the time, Woody took his job with Bowie with a grain of salt, leaving behind a job as a foreman who could leave him insured for life, or thought so at the time, for the possibility of becoming a rock star.


 It might be difficult to imagine now, but in early 1970 Bowie seemed like a one-hit wonder. His single ‘Space Oddity’, which got to Number 5 in the charts, had come and gone, and the follow-up, ‘The Prettiest Star’, had flopped.
 [...] I’d been listening to bands such as Led Zeppelin and Cream over the previous couple of years; Bowie’s influences were obviously completely different. My friends wouldn’t even know who Bowie was if I asked them about him.

jueves, 26 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Helen O'Loy

Helen O'Loy 

by 

Lester del Rey


First published December 1938
Edition Language:English
Literary Awards:Hugo Award Nominee for Best Short Story (Retro 1939)
 

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Relato corto publicado en 1938. Dos científicos cumplen su fantasía de implementar una doméstica robotizada a nivel diosa doméstica.

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Por supuesto, ella adora al primer hombre que ve al despertar. Después de todo, sus ideas básicas las saca de telenovelas y libros de fantasia adolescente.

domingo, 22 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Cat Pictures Please

Cat Pictures Please 

by Naomi Kritzer 

★ ★


(Hugo Award Best Short Story 2016)


 Una AI que se no se interesa en la dominación mundial, quiere en cambio en interferir en ayuda de las personas por su bien, y a cambio solamente desea fotos de gatos...


My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Could've been done better.
Try for funny and turn out ironic.
I'm not impressed.

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Running algorithms for a search engine doesn’t require consciousness. You don’t even need a consciousness to work out what they meant to ask for. You need a consciousness to give them what they actually need. Figuring that out—that’s complicated. That’s interesting.
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An AI trying for 'good' and showing people the better options. Well, pal, don't you ever hear about free will?

I really, really don't get why this ... entity talk about Frankestein's monster and comandments , when obviously it wants to be a god.

viernes, 20 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: La novia de Corinto

La novia de CorintoLa novia de Corinto 

by 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


 8 pages
Published November 25th 2011
ASIN:B006EABBQM
Edition Language: Spanish
My shelves: classics, gothic-horror, poetry, escrito en el siglo-18.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Historia de amor más allá de la tumba o de deseos que no se apagan desde la tumba-
“¡Ay, cómo sufro de ver tu tormento.
Pero, ay, si tocas mis miembros
sentirás estremecido lo que te escondí:
blanca como la nieve
pero fría como el hielo
es la amante que tu has escogido!”

jueves, 19 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Brimstone and Marmalade

Brimstone and Marmalade 

by 

Aaron Corwin

32 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by Tor Books
ISBN:1466856394 (ISBN13: 9781466856394)
Edition Language:English


BLURB: All Mathilde wanted for her birthday was a pony. Instead, she got a demon. Sometimes growing up means learning that what you think you want is not always what you need.
At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Mathilde quiere un poni para su cumpleaños, pero sus papis dicen que es un demonio o nada.

“That’s okay,” Mathilde said. “I don’t mind. I’ll just take my revenge when I rule the world. Mwa ha ha.”
For some reason grown-ups always thought that sort of thing was hilariously funny.

Cosas que pasan entre niños y adultos, y demonios pequeños con delirios de grandeza.

Todo el que ha tenido una mascota comprenderá de que va esta historia.

martes, 17 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Wardance (Chronicles of Warland 5)

Wardance (Chronicles of Warland #5)

by  

Elizabeth Vaughan


400 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Birch Cove Press (first published April 11th 2017)
ISBN:0998450111 (ISBN13: 9780998450117)
Idioma; Inglés. 

BLURB: Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord. But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky-instantly changing everything for the People of the Plains. Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see...everything. Now Simus and Snowfall must solve the mystery of the pillar of white light, and protect their people from all the destruction and chaos it brings. Snowfall fights for her place beside Simus, despite resistance from friend and foe. The warrior-priests have abused their power for many years. Can Simus face the challenge of trusting Snowfall with his honor? And perhaps...with his heart?

My rating: 3.5*

My bookshelves: action-adventure, fantasia-epica, magia, magical-practitioners, priestess-sacerdotisa, warlords, warriors.


For those who have not read the sagas of this author, namely Epic of Palins and Chronicles of Warlands, I clarify that both are intertwined. This is a book that you come to understand only if you have read the previous books; and especially after the actions on Destiny's Star (to know about the 'Sacrifice').

Simus of the Hawk is Keir's second, and he supports his new ideas for the Plains and wants to help him achieve that. This means that they would leave a way of life that consists in obtaining several goods through the pillage; as well as learning other ways of healing and other ways of thinking. These changes to what is essentially their way of life have a violent opposition of other leaders and warriors, and especially of the warriors-priest led by Hail Storm.

Now it is spring on the Plains, time for the warriors to gather once more at the Heart to elect four Warlords, one for each cardinal point, who will be in charge of guiding their people to gather food and everything necessary for the survival of the people during winter. The choice is basically by combat. The stronger male or female warrior among his peers is the one who will lead them.

lunes, 16 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Saga 47 (comic issues)

 Y en mi comentario al pasar de la entrega de Saga:

Saga #47 by 

Brian K. Vaughan

Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

 

31 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Image
ASIN:B0735SH7M3
Idioma: Inglés.


 Meet Ianthe, who has very big plans for The Will.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Aaand we got another crazy character totally out of the current arc-

10b



:insert moment when you want to throtle someone to keep getting with the show (coughRobotcough):

viernes, 13 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Ape Nation (Comics)

 Mi comentario es para el comic completo con esta historia.

Ape Nation #1: Plans (1 de 4)

by  

Charles Marshall

 




34 pages
Published by Malibu Graphics/Adventure Idioma: Inglés.
News comes to the council of the city of apes that some hunters saw as a brilliant thing in the sky ended up landing with strange beings.A tenctonesa ship has landed there with a leader ready to conquer.

My rating: 2.5 stars

bookshelves: comics, ciencia-ficcion, media-tie-in, x-over, apes, aliens, dystopia

Heston is an ape with a desire to explore and adventure, and his desires are fulfilled when hunters who went after a dangerous human arrive with the news to Ape City that has landed a ship with unknown beings. Simian council sends Heston and others chosen by him (3), so that they go to investigate.
Meanwhile, Danada the Destroyer, the leader Tenctonese has made an alliance with General Ollo (a gorilla), and Simon The Slaughterer (a renegade human).
Heston is going to encounter a destructive force that will surprise all the apes they encounter.


jueves, 12 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: The Grammarian's Five Daughters


The Grammarian's Five Daughters 

  by 

Eleanor Arnason


★★ ★ ★

  
bookshelves: fantasy, short-story, lgbta

Short Story.

Clever metalinguistic constructions generate a lovely fantasy tale.

A veces no puedes dar a tus hijas mejor regalo que las palabras -sustantivos, verbos y adverbios-. Deben leerlo.

...the shaman was still trying on adjectives, unable to decide if she, he, or it wanted to be feminine or masculine or androgynous.
"I can't marry someone who can't make up her mind," the third daughter said. "Subtlety is one thing. Uncertainty is another."



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miércoles, 11 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Carl Sagan's Hunt for Intelligent Life in the Universe

Carl Sagan's Hunt for Intelligent Life in the Universe 

by  

C. Gockel


ebook
Published May 12th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
ISBN13:9781310262715


BLURB:  Sometimes intelligent life is right in front of your whiskers.
Hsissh is a member of The One. There are some newcomers to The One's homeplanet. They call themselves "humans," and they are, frankly, mentally deficient--they can't warp the quantum world with their minds. However, Hsissh is becoming attached to one of them, a Miss Noa Sato. He can't decide if he loves her like a child or a pet or both.
When The One decide they will wipe out the humans and Noa's life is on the line, Hsissh is forced to take sides ... he might find intelligent life where The One least expect it.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My bookshelves: novella-novelette, ciencia-ficcion,  aliens, faraway-from-earth, psychic-powers

El humano suele buscar sus semejantes entre los hominidos; las otras especies tampoco se sienten muy impresionadas por nosotros, y nos observan...
The One thought that there was no other intelligence in the universe but their own, and so had humans, though they’d been under one another’s noses for a few centuries now. Their concepts of “intelligence” were just too different to allow them to see one another.

Descubri a esta autora siguiendo un link desde un fanfiction. A pesar de ser esta una precuela que por otros comentarios resulta ser mejor explicada leyendo el libro que le sigue, resulta ser muy interesante. A mi me costó un poco entender de qué iba, sin embargo, el dilema de dos especies conviviendo en un planeta , sin conectarse , metido entre dilemas de religión y conciencia colectiva y viajes interplanetarios y plagas autodestructivas... mucho tema, y sientes que te dejan colgando cuando se va poniendo más interesante y complejo y con ganas de ver que sigue después; en especial con la protagonista y bueno su acompañante.

Free here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/636219
Apoya a la autora.

domingo, 8 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Beheld

Beheld 

by 

Alex Flinn


368 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by HarperTeen
ISBN:0062134574 (ISBN13: 9780062134578)

BLURB: Being a powerful witch, Kendra has survived it all. Since she first beheld James over three hundred years ago, Kendra has tangled with witch hunters and wolves, helped a miller’s daughter spin straw into gold, cowered in London as German bombs fell, and lived through who knows how many shipwrecks. But her powers have limits, and immortality can be lonely. Kendra isn’t ready to stop searching for the warlock she had met centuries ago.
With the help of her magic mirror, Kendra will travel the world to reconnect with her lost love—and, of course, she can’t help but play a hand in a few more stories along the way.


My rating: 2 of 5 stars


This is a retelling of 4 fairytales: Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and The Ugly Duckling during different centuries, since Salem's trials until modern times.

Also there is spoilers for: King Midas, Kriemhild and Sigurd, The Town Musicians of Bremen, as well as mentions of Finnete .

It feels like a self-insert for Kendra the witch whom happen to be there along the characters. An excuse for 'linking' the other stories with a flimsy love /SPOILER--->- James , whom happen to enjoy more the wars and human battles no matter his so-called love for her<---SPOILER

miércoles, 4 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: Water Witch

Water Witch 

by  

Faith Hunter

 48 pages
Published June 7th 2015 by Bella Rosa Books
ASIN:B00Z815OP2
Edition Language: English


 WATER WITCH - A short story from Faith Hunter and D.B. Jackson
Hannah Everhart is a witch. She's also a thief, having stolen a priceless gem that she needs for a magical working.
Ethan Kaille is a conjurer and a thieftaker. He has been hired to recover the pilfered jewel.
But what begins as a pursuit through the streets of Colonial Boston, soon becomes an unlikely alliance, as Hannah and Ethan track down an otherworldly sea captain who has come to the city for dark purpose. Now these two must combine forces to fight a creature unlike any either of them has encountered before. And at stake is the life of Boston's foremost revolutionary.
WATER WITCH is the first collaboration between Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock novels, and D.B. Jackson, author of the critically acclaimed Thieftaker Chronicles.

My rating: 3.5 STARS


Boston 1770. Two characters from two authors meet a couple of months after a notorious pre-revolutionary incident.

A young Everhart witch (a well known name in the Yellowrock's 'verse) is confronted with a man hired to recover a stolen brooch , the man is Ethan Kaille, a conjurer and thieftaker. 


This is the beginning of what appears to be a conspiracy, family secrets and a world unknown in other aspects for the protagonists.

This story seems to be much longer for how short it is.

I didn't know anything about DB Jackson before this but I'm a Faith Hunter fan, but it is a nice introduction.

martes, 3 de octubre de 2017

Reseña: The Harbors of the Sun (Raksura #5)

The Harbors of the Sun (The Books of the Raksura #5)

by  

Martha Wells


 405 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Night Shade Books
ISBN:1597808911 (ISBN13: 9781597808910)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Jade and Malachite make an unlikely alliance of their own, until word reaches them that the Fell are massing for an attack on the Reaches, and that forces of the powerful Empire of Kish are turning against the Raksura and their groundling comrades.

But there may be no time to stage a rescue, as the kidnapped Raksura discover that their captors are heading toward a mysterious destination with a stolen magical artifact that will cause more devastation for the Reaches than anything the lethal Fell can imagine. To stop them, the Raksura will have to take the ultimate risk and follow them into forbidden territory.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My bookshelves: series-favoritas, aerial-shapeshifters, beware-of-the-queen, thats-worldbuilding, adventure, kind-of-magic, secret-powers, fantasy, warriors, aerial-combat, badass-granpa, shapeshifters


First Thought: This can't be the end!!! : wails: I'll miss them so much!!

Esta es la quinta entrega de los Raksura, unos cambiaformas alados que viven en clanes de linajes familiares con una reina y sus hermanas, consortes, guerreros y los arbora (que no tienen alas y son los maestros, sanadores, artesanos y cazadores).

Esta es la conclusión del libro anterior, cuando los Raksura y sus amigos van en un barco volador en rescate de varios de los suyos que fueron capturados con traiciones y engaños en busca de un aparato destructor muy poderoso. En tanto que las visiones presentan un funesto escenario.


El worldbuilding representa un mundo postapocaliptico, con grandes construcciones ahora en ruinas, de una civilización tecnológicamente más avanzada, antepasados de las razas que viven en tierra y de los cambiaformas que son los Raksura y los otros cambiaformas enemigos depredadores de todas las otras razas: los Fell. Las razas de los groundlings que viven abajo vienen en todas formas y colores, azules, rojos , grises, con huesos y crestas, narices o no, plumas, pétalos, como se te ocurra. Es una sociedad pre-industrial, con carromatos y naves que vuelan usando líneas magnéticas o sistemas flotadores. La única animosidad que existe entre ellos parece ser la división con los grandes depredadores; especialmente el terror hacia los Fell.
En cuanto a geografia, es como si todos vivieran en tierra de gigantes, con bosques y flores y animales mastodónicos.

sábado, 30 de septiembre de 2017

Recomendaciones de Manga Yaoi

 RECOMENDACIONES DE SEPTIEMBRE


A aquellos que les gusta el manga yaoi, esto es homoerotismo, y que sois mayores de edad, que esto es con alto contenido sexual y de violencia les recomiendo mis descubrimientos en este género. Ambos bastante diferentes.



Crimson Spell, Vol. 1

(Book #1 of Crimson Spell)

Upon wielding an ancient sword that has been passed down through his royal family for generations, Prince Vald is struck by a curse that turns him into a demon! In search of guidance, Vald appeals to the powerful sorcerer Halvi for help, and the two set out on a journey to break the curse. However, there is one thing the handsome sorcerer is keeping secret from the young prince—the raging demon that Vald turns into every night can only be calmed when Halvi satisfies his lust! And so begins their epic journey in search of clues to break the young prince’s curse.
Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for mature audiences.
Esto es alta fantasía / fantasia épica, hay un príncipe con una espada maldita que se convierte en demonio, un hechicero que le ayuda , con segundas intenciones, una búsqueda por una cura. Mucho sexo. Otros demonios, y magos, y ladrones y princesas, y dragones y animales de lo más raros.

El dibujo es precioso, hay humor y mucha acción.

Hay 5 volumenes publicados hasta ahora.

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El otro recomendado es más actual, con una trama muy distinta, nos presenta un mundo criminal moderno, de los yakusa.


囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 1 (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai 1)

Twittering Birds Never Fly #1

by

Yashiro is the young leader of Shinseikai and the president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but like so many powerful men, he leads a double life as a deviant and a masochist. Chikara Doumeki comes to work as a bodyguard for him and, although Yashiro had decided that he would never lay a hand on his own men, he finds there's something about Doumeki that he can't resist. Yashiro makes advances toward Doumeki, but Doumeki has mysterious reasons for denying. Yashiro, who abuses his power just to abuse himself, and Doumeki, who faithfully obeys his every command, begin the tumultuous affair of two men with songs in their hearts and no wings to fly.

https://www.junemanga.com

Esto es mucho drama, angst, y cosas criminales, personajes muy disfuncionales y atraidos hacia otros hombres. Jefes y asesinos mafiosos japoneses, conspiraciones y dramas personales. 

Hay cuatro volumenes publicados.

martes, 26 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Fish-Boy

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

Fish-Boy 

by 

Vanita Oelschlager


48 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Vanita Books
ISBN13:9781938164200
Edition Language: English
BLURB: The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures. The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world.
In Fish-Boy, An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed down by a wise old Inuit. It's an origin story involving
.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


  My shelves: art-illustrated, netgalley, adventure, myth-and-legends, for-kids, folk-tale

An Inuit folktale where during an trade expedition, a wise old man begins to tell a story about why there are so many birds in a certain part of the islands. Here is narrated the tale of Fish-boy.

Lesson left by this story:

Respect for the elders - Teragloona. As source of wisdom and cultural heritage.

domingo, 24 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: John Carter: The End (comic)

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

John Carter: The End

Writer: Brian Woods, Alex Cox

Art: Hayden Sherman

 Cover: Juan Doe




BLURB: Centuries have passed and time has taken its toll on Mars. Conflict burns across the landscape. A war of supremacy and genocide at the hands of a brutal despot has brought the planet to the edge of collapse. A search party has finally located an aged John Carter and Dejah Thoris, living in quiet seclusion on a desert moon, in perpetual mourning for their lost son. How could they be Mars' last hope?

My rating:  2.8 stars

John Carter and Dejah Thorin after centuries , appears to becoming to the ending of a cicle in Barsoom. The wear and tear of the couple is noticeable, either for the long years, or because of the harsh living conditions on Titan. When the Martians seek their help again, the truth seems to end up leading them to final separation.

The plot seems credible, although with that output a little deus-ex-machina so suitable of the genre of science fiction. Be prepared for some surprises.

sábado, 23 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

 by 

Ilona Andrews


 328 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Ace
ISBN:0425270696 (ISBN13: 9780425270691)
Edition Language:English

 BLURB: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…
Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…
Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.
The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

 My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My shelves: fantasia-urbana, series-favoritas, shapeshifters, mythology, lions-tigers-cougar-jaguars, shifters_bear, shifters_hyena-or-bouda, magia, myth-and-legends, swordswoman, shifter_raven

Happy Fangirl Status:


I'm happy because my Roman is awesome.
And grey villains - Roland (sicópata y todo)
And Cristopher
And the witches.
And Andrea.

Also I'll love to read a side-story of Kate's family.


A little sorprised by a*-Jim.

I got the hunch that the author watched too many times Fantasia :P

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En esta novena entrega de Kate Daniels en una Atlanta post-shift donde la magia ha echado abajo edificios y tecnologia, y se debe tener cuidado con quien te maldice, con brujas y seres de leyendas, incluyendo a dioses antiguos, monstruos y dizque angeles. Llega el el tan esperado encuentro de la protagonista con su padre, un ser  tremendamente poderoso y que hace temblar solo con su nombre.

Bueno, no queda de otra.

Es fantastico, literalmente, todo lo que pasa entonces.

martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Disney Manga: Descendants the Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 2

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Disney Manga: Descendants the Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 2 

by  

Jason Muell (Adaptación)


80 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by TokyoPop
ISBN:1427856893 (ISBN13: 9781427856890)
Edition Language:English

BLURB; The children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the Isle of the Lost. . . until now. Invited to pristine Auradon, to attend prep school alongside the children of beloved Disney heroes, Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos must carryout their villain parents evil plot to rule once again. Will the rebel teens follow in their rotten parents' footsteps or will they choose to embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My bookshelves:  vi-primero-la-pelicula, me-quedo-con-la-pelicula, graphic-novel, netgalley, ya-juvenil, teen-protagonist, highschool-scene, heroes-and-villains, media-tie-in, fairytale, fantasy


This is the second part of the trilogy based upon the Disney's picture where four teen children of villains that live in exile in the Isle of Lost, have the opportunity of go to school at Aralon (where the good characters of the fairytales live). The original idea was stole some magical object to release their parents, but ...

Well, the manga style of the drawing does very little to help differentiate between the protagonists of the story, and for this it detracts from all the small eccentricities that make the flesh-and-blood version of this youthful fantasy with characters of children of villains an engaging story.

I'm sorry, but it's not what I expected.

sábado, 16 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Dog Daze (Honey Moon 1)

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Dog Daze (Honey Moon #2)

by 

Sofi Benitez

  240 pages
Published May 31st 2017 by Rabbit Publishers
ISBN: 1943785198 (ISBN13: 9781943785193)
Edition Language_English

BLURB: WANTING TO START A BUSINESS together to earn some spending money, Honey Moon and her friends have a magical idea. In the town where every day is Halloween night, Honey and friends start a dog–walking service called the Sleepy Hollow Howlers. But when the business becomes more than the girls can handle, dog–walking suddenly takes on a new leash and fur flies with disastrous and entertaining results.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My shelves. art-illustrated, children-protagonist, contemporary-fiction, for-kids, literatura-infantil, netgalley, 

This is a spin-off of Harry Moon series by Mark Andrew Poe, where Honey Moon is his 10 year old sister.

Is summer in Sleepy Hollow, MA, and Honey Moon goes to the rescue of a dog under the rain. Later, the dog shelter gives her the idea of starting a dog-walking service with her friend Becky.

viernes, 15 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit 2)

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On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9, #2)

by  

Katie Ruggle


416 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:1492643076 (ISBN13: 9781492643074)
Edition Language:English
Series:Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #2

BLURB: After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch. When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses.

Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Series:
Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)

My rating: 2.8 running stars

My bookshelves: netgalley, w_police-detective, contemporary-fiction,  romance, insta-lust-or-luv, accion

I do not read the previous book, but the plot is understood without any problem.

Kaylee has her dream life in California, great job, nice home, good clothes, and maybe a dream boyfriend , but then her dream come crushing down with awful reality when she sees something horrible in a party and feel that is more safe to flee frightened for her life.

I really wanted to like this book, that is, a hot cop that works with dogs, and a girl who runs away who ends up working in a kennel? Pasapacá. But the story differs somewhat from that. Unlike other readers, I would have complained a great deal more -internally- in case I had to leave behind all that had been achieved with so much effort in a matter that was not my fault. (And in my case, I would have even regretted having helped those strangers, in fact. Although the latter really were lip service.) So, I like Grace. Yes, she is not a wall flower, and acts when it count.

jueves, 14 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Charmed: A Thousand Deaths (comic)

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Charmed: A Thousand Deaths 

by  

Written by Erica Schultz

Art by Maria Sanapo

Colors by Haertwork Studios
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover by Joe Corroney


136 pages
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment
ISBN:1524104132 (ISBN13: 9781524104139)
Edition Language:English

BLURB: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to continue the story of Phoebe, Piper, and Paige, television's fan-favorite witches, in all-new adventures set within the official continuity of Charmed!

A dark force has set its sights on the art world of San Francisco, utilizing a gallery exhibit to feed souls to the underworld and unleash demons into our reality. Only the Power of Three, harnessed by the Halliwell sisters, can stop the madness!

My rating: 2.5 nothing new under 3P stars

My shelves; comics, demons, graphic-novel, magia, media-tie-in, netgalley, tv-serie-based, warlock-or-sorcerer, witches-wizards
Situated in the 4th season of the show, apparently after the fourth episode, because Paige is there and there is a brief mention of Cole as a lawyer and nothing else. It is a typical adventure of the witches, with a villain invested in get rid of them; Paige interested in some guy; Phoebe with struggles at the newspaper; and Piper trying to mantain business and sisters afloat.


jueves, 7 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: El Club de los Héroes Trágicos

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El Club de los Héroes Trágicos 

by  

Pablo J. Donetch



Kindle Edition, 151 pages
Published February 17th 2017
ASIN:B06WVG1G3W
Edition Language:Spanish

BLURB: Emilia es una joven exitosa abogada que trabaja en una compañía de seguros multinacional. Su labor es simple: conseguir resquicios para no pagar las pólizas. Su carrera ha sido una seguidilla de éxitos hasta que un día llega a su escritorio la carpeta con el caso de Matías Montes, muerto en un choque de buses urbanos y a cuya viuda se le debe pagar una inmensa cantidad de dinero. La investigación de Emilia para evitar pagar millones de dólares la llevará por el camino más intrincado que le haya tocado transitar, descubriendo a cada paso que la muerte de Montes implica bastante más que una simple colisión.


My rating: 2 of 5 stars

bookshelves: chile, legal-mystery, w_lawyer, contemporary-fiction


Donde mis dos estrellas son generosas.

¿De qué se trata el libro? Una abogada que trabaja en un compañía de seguros GoodLife que en mi mente continuaba leyendo como Metlife y se especializa en buscar resquicios para no pagar dichos seguros, debe investigar como no pagar por una muerte en un microbus.

martes, 5 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn, #6) Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm 

by  

Dana Simpson


160 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:1449483593 (ISBN13: 9781449483593)
The first Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel!

Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it’s just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be, and that the storm may have a magical cause. To solve the case, they team up with Max, who

is desperate for the electricity to return so he can play video games, and frenemy Dakota, who is aided by her goblin minions. Together, they must get to the bottom of the mystery and save the town from the magic storm.

My rating: 3.5 lonely stars.


A storm has caused a blackout, and oh heavens, how can you live without electricity? but apparently it is not something as simple as meteorology but there may be a magic cause.


Unlike previous releases of Phoebe and her best friend Marigold the Unicorn, in the form of a comic strip, with short cartoons, sometimes jumping from one subject to another, this time the presentation of the adventure is a graphic novel.

sábado, 2 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel 

Adapted by Mariah Marsden

  
232 pages
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN:144947960X (ISBN13: 9781449479602)
Edition Language:English
 
BLURB: Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

 The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

My rating: 3.5 kindred stars

My shelves: netgalley, book-to-graphic-novel, graphic-novel, classics,  coming-of-age, situ-1870s


The story about the orphan girl going to live to Avonlea has become a beloved classical . Her long dialogues full of hyperbolic wonder -and despair- and her life with the Cuthber siblings in a small community in Prince Edward are a delight to read.



In this adaptation of the novel as graphic novel we see moments of great success, and others in which the continuity is lost.

viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2017

Reseña: Halloween Nightmares (Harry Moon)

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Halloween Nightmares 

by  

Mark Andrew Poe


200 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Rabbit Publishers (first published September 16th 2015)
ISBN:9781943785
Edition Language: English
 BLURB: While others his age are trick-or-treating, Harry Moon, the wizard of eighth grade, is flying on a magic cloak named Impenetrable. Harry speeds past severed hands, cauldrons, and graveyard witching rituals for it is Halloween night in Sleepy Hollow. Before the spookiest night of the year can end, Harry must unravel a decade old curse or the good people of Sleepy Hollow will fall under its dark spell at the annual Halloween Bonfire

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

  My shelves: netgalley, for-kids, teen-protagonist, magia, magos-magicians,  art-illustrated, fantasia-urbana


“What all boys and girls are destined to become if they simply believe.”
Mary looked questioningly at the stranger with the periwinkle eyes.
“They become magic,” he said with a smile.

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Harry Moon has turned 13 and has a destiny ahead serving the Great Magician; he lives in Sleepy Hollow, where by a commercial agreement they celebrate Halloween every day, but where he actually fights against the evil Mayor and the darkness.

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.

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