martes, 23 de septiembre de 2014

Ebook en oferta: The Rithmatist, de Brandon Sanderson

Además de El aliento de los dioses, se puede adquirir hoy otro ebook de Brandon Sanderson a precio reducido. Se trata de la novela juvenil The Rithmatist, que en Amazon España tiene en estos momentos un precio promocional de 1,78€ (cuidado, porque hay dos ediciones distintas y sólo una de ellas está rebajada). Reseñé este novela el año pasado (y no me entusiasmó demasiado).  

Ésta es la sinopsis del libro:
This is a fast-paced adventure for readers of all ages by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, master of fantasy fiction. Here, in a school for the magically gifted, your talent could cost you your life . . . 
Young student Joel is fascinated by the magic of Rithmatics, but few have the gift and he is not one of them. Undaunted, Joel persuades Professor Fitch to teach him about this geometric magic. For although Joel can't infuse his protective lines and circles with power, or bring his chalk-drawn creatures to life, he can really understand how it works. However, a daunting test lies ahead, when someone starts kidnapping top Rithmatic students at his school, Armedius Academy. 
Since he's not a magic user, Joel appears to be safe and he's desperate to investigate and prove himself. Then people start dying - but can Joel really stop a killer alone? He'll need the help of Rithmatist apprentice Melody, as even more students disappear. Together, they must race to find clues before the killer notices them – and takes them out too. 
The Rithmatist is a New York Times bestseller and will be enjoyed by adult and young adult readers alike. The book features illustrations by Ben McSweeney, which depict the magical elements of the novel with great elegance and insight.

Ebook en oferta: El aliento de los dioses, de Brandon Sanderson

El Kindle Flash del día de hoy en Amazon España es El aliento de los dioses, de Brandon Sanderson, que se puede adquirir en formato digital por 1,42€ (podéis leer aquí mi reseña de la novela). 

Ésta es la sinopsis del libro:
Hace años, el monarca de Idris firmó un tratado con el reino de Hallandren según el cual el rey Dedelin enviaría a su hija mayor, Vivenna, para casarse con Susebron, el rey-dios de Hallandren. Vivenna ha sido adiestrada durante toda su vida para ser una novia adecuada para Susebron y así cumplir con su deber y ayudar a forjar una paz estable entre los dos reinos. Ése era el plan hasta que el monarca de Idris envía a su hija Siri, desobediente e independiente, en lugar de Vivenna.Mientras intenta encontrar su lugar en la corte de Susebron, Siri descubre la verdad oculta sobre el rey-dios. En Idris, su hermana Vivenna se siente preocupada y teme que Siri no esté preparada para esa nueva vida, por lo que decide viajar a Hallandren. Allí se reúne con la gente de Idris que trabaja en la capital, T'Telir, y comienza una nueva vida de espionaje y sabotaje. El plan de Vivenna es rescatar a Siri, aunque tal vez ni necesite ni desee ser salvada.

Novedad: Upgraded, una antología de Neil Clarke

Ya está a la venta Upgraded, una antología coordinada por Neil Clarke que incluye relatos de cienciaficción en torno a la temática de los cyborgs de autores como Elizabeth Bear, Greg Egan, Ken Liu, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Peter Watts o Robert Reed

Estos son los contenidos completos del libro:
  • Introduction, Neil Clarke
  • Come From Away, Madeline Ashby
  • No Place to Dream, but a Place to Die, Elizabeth Bear
  • Married, Helena Bell
  • A Cold Heart, Tobias S. Buckell
  • Honeycomb Girls, Erin Cashier
  • What I’ve Seen With Your Eyes, Jason K. Chapman
  • Wizard, Cabalist, Ascendant, Seth Dickinson
  • Seventh Sight, Greg Egan
  • Negative Space, Amanda Forrest
  • Mercury in Retrograde, Erin Hoffman
  • Tongtong’s Summer, Xia Jia
  • God Decay, Rich Larson
  • Always the Harvest, Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Regular, Ken Liu
  • Coastlines of the Stars, Alex Dally MacFarlane
  • Fusion, Greg Mellor
  • Memories and Wire, Mari Ness
  • Oil of Angles, Chen Qiufan
  • The Sarcophagus, Robert Reed
  • Synecdoche Oracles, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • Tender, Rachel Swirsky
  • The Cumulative Effects of Light Over Time, E. Catherine Tobler
  • Small Medicine, Genevieve Valentine
  • Collateral, Peter Watts
  • Taking the Ghost, A.C. Wise
  • Musée de l’Âme Seule, E. Lily Yu

lunes, 22 de septiembre de 2014

We Are All Completely Fine, de Daryl Gregory

Review Soundtrack: Sugiero leer esta reseña escuchando Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), de David Bowie (Spotify, Youtube). 

Me convertí en un gran fan de Daryl Gregory desde el momento en que leí Raising Stony Mayhall, una de mis novelas favoritas de lo que va de siglo. También soy un gran fan de las novelas cortas, así que no tuve que pensar ni un segundo la decisión de leer (y reseñar) We Are All Completely Fine, especialmente viniendo de una editorial tan maravillosa como Tachyon Publications

Además, la sinopsis del libro era realmente intrigante. Unos cuantos supervivientes de diferentes sucesos traumáticos (uno de ellos fue casi devorado por caníbales, otro escapó de un asesino en serie, y así sucesivamente) se juntan para formar un grupo terapéutico que les ayude a superar sus secuelas psicológicas. Obviamente, esto conducirá a descubrir algunos hechos sorprendentes (y perturbadores).

Una de las cosas que destaca al leer We Are All Completely Fine es la inusual elección de Gregory para el narrador de la historia. La novela está contada en primera persona del plural (algo a lo que se apunta incluso desde el propio título del libro). Es una decisión arriesgada, pero que encaja perfectamente con los temas tratados y, además, el autor se las arregla magistralmente para hacer que todo funcione perfectamente, especialmente tras cierto giro en la trama que sucede cerca del final del libro.

También es maravilloso el nivel metaliterario que alcanza el libro. Hay muchas referencias a cierto famosísimo escritor de terror; pero es no es todo, ni mucho menos. Uno de los personajes se parece sospechosamente al protagonista de una serie de libros muy populares en el mundo de We Are All Completely Fine, algo que podría ser casual (o no tanto). Pero, ¿sabéis qué? Daryl Gregory va a publicar uno de esos libros, con el título de Harrison Squared, en primavera del próximo año. ¿Mola o no? Simplemente, no se puede ser más metaliterario que eso. 

A pesar de mi profunda admiración por el modo en que We Are All Completely Fine está escrito, confieso que tuve algunos problemas con la historia en sí. Por ejemplo, el principio del libro me parece demasiado lento en algunas partes y la trama no arranca verdaderamente hasta aproximadamente la mitad de la narración. Pero mi principal pega son los personajes. Son tan excéntricos y fríos (un efecto buscado, sin duda) que me resultó imposible empatizar con ninguno de ellos. Curiosamente, Stony Mayhall, el adorable zombie, es mucho más humano que todos ellos juntos.

En cualquier caso, We Are All Completely Fine es una muy interesante novela corta y recomiendo leerla. El mundo metaliterario que Gregory ha creado está lleno de posibilidades y espero impaciente más de sus historias. Y muy especialmente, por supuesto, ese Harrison Squared.    

(You can also read this review in English/También puedes leer esta reseña en inglés)     

We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory

(Disclaimer: English is my second language, so I want to apologize in advance for there may be mistakes in the text below. If you find any, please let me know so that I can correct it. I'd really appreciate itThanks.)

Review Soundtrack: I suggest reading this review while listening to Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), by David Bowie (Spotify, YouTube). 

I am a huge fan of Daryl Gregory since I read Raising Stony Mayhall, one of my favorite novels of the 21st Century. I am also a huge fan of novellas, so deciding to read (and review) We Are All Completely Fine was a no-brainer, especially coming from such an awesome publisher as Tachyon Publications

In addition, the synopsis of the book was really intriguing. A number of survivors of different traumatic events (one of them was almost eaten by cannibals, another one escaped a serial killer, and so on) get together in a therapy group, in order to overcome their psychological sequels. Obviously, this will lead to discovering some surprising (and disturbing) facts.    

One of the things that stands out when reading We Are All Completely Fine is Gregory's unusual choice for the narrator. The novella is told in the first person of the plural (something hinted at even in the title of the book). This is a bold decision, but it completely suits the theme of the story and the author masterfully manages to make it work seamlessly, especially after some plot twist near the end of the book.

It is also amazing how metaliterary this book is. There are many references to the work of a certain, extremely famous horror author, but that is not all. One of the characters is suspiciously similar to the protagonist of a series of books which are very popular in the world of We Are All Completely Fine, something that might be just a coincidence (or not). But, you know what? Daryl Gregory is publishing one of those books, under the title of Harrison Squared, in spring next year. How cool is that? You simply don't get more metaliterary than that.

Despite my deep admiration for the way We Are All Completely Fine is written, I confess that I had some problems with the story. For instance, I found the beginning of the book a bit lagging in some places, with the actual plot only starting when you are almost halfway through. But my main issue was with the characters. They are so eccentric and cold (an intended effect, doubtless) that it was impossible for me to empathize with them. Oddly enough, none of them is as human as Stony Mayhall, the lovely zombie.  

Anyway, We Are All Completely Fine is a very interesting novella and I recommend reading it. The metaliterary world that Gregory has created is full of possibilities and I am eagerly awaiting for more of his stories. And, of course, especially for Harrison Squared.    

(You can also read this review in Spanish/También puedes leer esta reseña en español)     

domingo, 21 de septiembre de 2014

Novedad: They Do the Same Things Different Here, de Robert Shearman

Esta semana Chizine ha publicada la nueva colección de relatos de Robert Shearman, que lleva por título They Do the Same Things Different Here. Ésta es su sinopsis:
Robert Shearman visits worlds that are unsettling and strange. Sometimes they are just like ours—except landlocked countries may disappear overnight, marriages to camels are the norm, and the dead turn into musical instruments. Sometimes they are quite alien—where children carve their own tongues from trees, and magic shows are performed to amuse the troops in the war between demons and angels. There is horror, and dreams fulfilled and squandered, of true love. They do the same things different there. 
Robert Shearman has written four previous collections of short stories, and they have collectively won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and three British Fantasy Awards. He is probably best known as a writer on the BBC TV series Doctor Who, and his work on the show gave him a Hugo Award nomination. His last book,Remember Why You Fear Me, is also published by ChiZine Publications.

sábado, 20 de septiembre de 2014

Novedad: City of Stairs, de Robert Jackson Bennett

La semana pasada se puso a la venta City of Stairs, la nueva novela de Robert Jackson Bennett. Ésta es su sinopsis:
An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from one of America's most acclaimed young fantasy writers. 
The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.


Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.