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Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: Ben Quiere a Anna


Ben Quiere a Anna
Ben Quiere a Anna by Peter Härtling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Obviamente lo escogí por que el personaje principal tiene mi nombre, sin siquiera saber de que trataba el libro. Fue una grata sorpresa, un libro infantil, ligero y ameno, que retrata el primer amor de Ben quien pertenece a otra cultura y nivel o al menos así le dicen los adultos.



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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Missy Tonight


Missy Tonight
Missy Tonight by Tom Lichtenberg

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I don't really know how I got this book, but what caught my attention was the atheist and sceptic tv show, because I really enjoy watching debates about creation vs evolution, life after death, theism vs atheism, etcetera.
Unfortunately this was addressed very little, instead somehow it became an absurd plot about two guys who want to work on TV and half way this pursuit meet an alien, wich was in my opinion unnecesary and irrelevant.



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Review: The Catcher in the Rye


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



To use one of the countless phrases repeated over and over again in the book. "It killed me, it really did", of boredom and exasperation that is. Boredom because the story goes nowhere and exasperation not only because of Holden's attitude but the way it is written (the teenage like writting).
I really can't see why people like this book, it is so repetitive and with such a flat story, that even the ending is weak. I get that it is probably a very accurate description of the mind of a sociopath and a cynical teenager, but that doesn't make it any more interesting, at least not for me.



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Atheism: A Very Short Introduction


Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



It is indeed a very short book so I wasn't expecting any new thought or argument, but I do think that the author presents the arguments really well and to the point.
I specially liked the chapter about morality and I have to admit I didn't knew all those theories he talks about. I think is great that the author guides the reader at the end of the book to some other references, books and authors with much more to say on atheism.



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Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Morirás lejos


Morirás lejos
Morirás lejos by José Emilio Pacheco

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



No pude resistir el morbo de leer a un autor que recientemente falleció y del cual únicamente había leído Batallas en el desierto,el cual me encantó.

La narrativa de este libro es muy interesante, presentando 2 historias de inicio inconexas, pero que como va avanzando el libro van tomando sentido, al menos hasta cierto punto.

Una de las historias es mucho más rara que la otra, "Salónica" cuenta la historia de dos personajes misteriosos que viven en la ciudad de méxico en los años 60's (para el momento en que fue escrita la novela, era la actualidad). "Eme" y "Alguién" son los nombres que Pacheco decide ponerle a estos personajes. Pacheco invita al lector a juegar a adivinar los motivos, situaciones, personalidades de estos misteriosos personajes y hace partícipe de su proceso creativo y desarrollo de la historia.

La otra historia habla sobre el pueblo judío y sus conflictos con otros pueblos, desde los romanos y culminando con el holocausto de la segunda guerra mundial.

Es realmente un libro "raro" pero sin duda muy interesante.



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