martes, 7 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3)

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The White Lily (Vampire Blood #3)


Juliette Cross

 326 pages
Published October 23rd 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Amara
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


Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy

 20 pages
Published 2015 by Editions la Bibliothèque Digitale (first published 1697)
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.

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 


320 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250117615 (ISBN13: 9781250117618)
Edition Language: English
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 


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.


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.

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.

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 


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 8 pages
Published November 25th 2011
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 


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.


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