jueves, 20 de julio de 2017

Reseña: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 The Ocean at the End of the Lane 

by 

Neil Gaiman

181 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by William Morrow Books
ISBN:0062255657 (ISBN13: 9780062255655)
Edition Language:English


Literary Awards: Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2014), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2014), Specsavers National Book Award for Book of the Year (2013) Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy (2013)
 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


My shelves: bookshelves: horror, children-protagonist, not-sure-but-not-human, locus-award, fantasia-urbana, nominee-award-nebula, multiple-awards-nominee, magia,
*Premio Locus 2014.

¿Por qué no habia leido esto antes?

Gaiman es el único que logra hacerme sentir que mi mundo es el pocket-universe.


Children, as I have said, use back ways and hidden tracks, while adults take roads and official paths.

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Este libro tiene mucho aire a una historia de King; un hombre que regresa a la zona donde vivió cuando niño para un funeral, y los recuerdos semi olvidados le llevan por un camino campestre hasta el final del camino donde empieza a recordar algo que ocurrió hace cuarenta años atrás. de este modo se juega con el concepto de memorias suprimidas y en este caso con el horror y la fantasía.

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.

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