Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #3: The Pheasant Killers

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we can show the books we are eagerly awaiting released.

Book (english title)The Pheasant Killers
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Series: Serie Q #2

Expected publication (Spain): September 2011

Sypnosis: In 1987, a brother and sister are found brutally murdered in a summer house in the north of Denmark. The police investigation suggests that the killer is to be found within a group of young boarding-school pupils coming from some of the wealthiest families in the country. But the evidence is not strong enough and the case is shelved.

However; several years later the case and its files turn up on the desk of Carl Mørck, the deputy detective superintendent who is in charge of Department Q - the department for "cases of special focus". At first, Carl Mørck is convinced that it is there by mistake, but soon he realizes that something is very, very wrong.
Along with his assistant Assad he takes on an investigation that brings them all the way through the hierarchy of society. From the most miserable homeless person living at Central Station to the most powerful men at the top. The hunt is on.

I love this writer and the series mystery books "Serie Q", the problem is the writer is from Copenhagen and his books are not translated yet to english (only the first one) so September will be a date to buy the second book on the series in Spain due I do not know when it will be release in english but the spanish publisher Maeva will release it in this month.

I cannot wait for read it because I love thrillers and this is kind special to me!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: Break out by Nina Croft

Title: "Break out"
Author: Nina Croft
Series: Blood hunter #1
Published: July 2011.
Publisher: Entangled publishing
Amazon link: Amazon Break out
ISBN: 978-1-937044-04-6.
Genre: sci-fi, romance, vampires.
Price (Amazon): 3.44$.
Price (Booksonboard): 0.94$.

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

A sexy, good-looking, adventurous vampire called Ricardo is the main character of this amazing book that makes your imagination works quickly and with pleasure to be a part of the crew of the space cruiser, "El cazador", in which Ricardo is a pilot.

I love the writen style of Nina Croft, this is the first book that I read from her and I was amazed at the letters. I could read without problems and it was a pleasure to fell in her created universe.

She present our characters with a clear and precise description and there are not so many of them so know everyone is a easy task and not a confused thing.

On the one hand we have Tannis, the captain of El cazador that was genetically modified, and her crew Ricardo, Al, Daisy, Janey and Trog.
On the other hand it shows us Skylar a beautiful woman with some secrets that wants to contract the crew to break a prisoner from a maximum security prison.

Despite the lack of action the novel is full of feelings and sexual thoughts and acts that will make you want to know more about the characters.Also you can have fun with some situations.

I would like to know more about the Collective and the church. How will finish the struggle for the immortality?How many missions will have our womanizer?

Folklore has it that the fourth finger of the left hand has a vein leading directly to the heart.The ring was supposed to symbolize eternal love.


Thanks netGalley for this ebook!
Love this taste of Nina Croft’s fabulous new Blood Hunter series? Book 2 releases January 2012! 
I am looking forward to it!

Comic-review: Falling skies by Paul Tobin

Title: "Falling Skies"
Writer: Paul Tobin
ArtistJuan Ferreyra
RotuladoNate Piekos
ColoristAndrew Dalhouse
Cover artistSteve Morris
Publication: 15 June 2011
Publisher: Dark horse
ISBN: 1-59582-737-4
Pages: 104
Genre: sci-fi, action and adventures.
Price: 9,99$
In the heart of Boston, following the devastating events of an alien invasion, history professor Tom Mason and his sons meet up with the 2nd Mass, a militia group determined to wipe out the aliens. But with the militia's supplies running low, Tom must locate an old friend to equip him and his team in order to ensure the survival of the human race!

Some actors
Today I will talk a bit about the comic "Falling skies" base on the summer tv series with the same name in which you can see a world where the aliens have come to the earth and not in peace.

When I saw that you could ask on NetGalley to read the eComic I did not hesitate it because  at that moment I had been metally captured for the first three episodes of the Tv series where Tom, a resident of Boston, has to struggle to survive and protect his three sons.

The comic is a prequel to the Tv series and shows how some of the characters that are part of the militia have come to this.

I wish they had explained how the aliens came to earth and began to kill people as well as why they abduct young children. I guess I will not be displayed at any time how it all started but I hope at least to find out why the skitters and mechs (two aliens species) put on the spine of children a kind of nasty bug-alien.

Tom and Anne
About the characterization I have to say I love how the artist has captured the real actors in the frames. They are very similiar to real life! and I think this is an amazing work!

In short, a comic that despited the lack of explanations for the arrival of the aliens, deservers to be read. A simple writing and bearable plus the story told from the viewpoint of our hero Tom will make you want to know if they will survive and reach their goals or die trying...

It reminds me a little to the comic "Walking dead" but without so much blood through though with dead bodies....


Monday, July 4, 2011

NetGalley Month with prizes

I have joined netGalley recently and ask for some books and suddenly I discover today that is the the NetGalley month @ Red House Books so I decided to participate!



Post on your blog (preferable), your Facebook wall, on Tumblr -- somewhere on the interwebs -- and link back to this post. Basically, tell your followers and friends about NetGalley July and comment below with your link
Tweet about the event using the hashtag #NetGalleyMonth
The only real criteria is to have a link back to this post somewhere in your declaration and you must comment below :)

As many NetGalley books as you can in July -- make sure you keep track of them because this time, in order to be eligible for a prize you must report your reads to me. Another post, an email, a comment on the wrap up post in August - doesn't matter - I just want to know what you read :)

2 people will win $15 worth of books from The Book Depository!

So, now that I've DECLARED MYSELF -- how about you?

Here I will add the list of books that I've read from netGalley this month:
  • Falling skies by Paul Tobin - my review
  • Break out by Nina Croft - my review
  • Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

Review: Mercy - Jussi Adler-Olsen

UK Title: "Mercy"
US Title: "The keeper of lost causes"
Original title: "Kvinden i buret"
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen.
Series: Serie Q #1
Publication UK: 28 April 2011.
Publication US: 23 August 2011.
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780141399966.
Pages: 512
Price (UK): 6,99 pounds.

At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first.

Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck’s been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she’s dead. Everyone says it’s a waste of time. He thinks they’re right.

The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner’s torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times:

WHY is this happening?

A new recommendation for those who likes thrillers has fallen into my hands. This book is written by the Danish Jussi Adler-Olsen and with it you will not be aware about the pass of the time because is an amazing novel.

A gripping thriller which tells on the one hand the perspective of the victim, Merete Lynggaard, who disappeared four years ago. On the other hand we have the point of view of the person in charge of the investigation, Carl Mork.
Along with two other small plots that revolve around the simple cases they do know a little more to this great detective, Carl. The novel is loaded with intrigue, mystery and anxiety and free from love.

And then came the fear, slipping quietly, like an infection.

In the beginning we can see on the one hand a broken detective who lost a partner and saw another seriously injured, Hardy, on a mission.
On the other hand we have a successfully woman taking advantage of her free time to combine her love life with the care of her brother Uffe until one day when she vanished without a trace.

A great and clear writing that make reading a pleasure and a constant enjoyment of words that his writer has created for us to see how distressing it can be to be kidnapped as well as the time passes and running out to arrive on time to save a life...or a corpse...

To solve this case, the police have created a special department called "Department Q" in which Carl will be in charge and will deal with the case with his faithfull, unknown and puzzling assistant Assad that gradually make us wonder who he is and what role will play in the outcome!

The best: The denouement in wich the pieces fit together. 
The worst: a small detail that has led me to find the bad people of story early but this not suppose a problem because there are more questions to answer..

In My Mailbox #1 (June 2011)

In My Mailbox is and idea from The Story Siren.

IMM is a meme in which I post the books and/or swag I won, received, for review, bought, borrowed, or etc.

June is over and I'm late with the IMM but here I am. My camera is not working well so instead of taking pictures of the covers of the books I take the covers online.

I will divide the post into two parts, the first of it I will show you all the books in Spanish and the second all the books in English.

All books showed have been received from the respective publishers (except two that have been received from a contest and a meeting) so thanks to each for shipping.

Spanish books:

Summary: titles, genre and publisher:
  1. Almas gemelas by Elizabeth Chandler (YA- publisher Planeta)
  2. La mujer que arañaba las paredes - Departamento Q by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Thriller - publisher Maeva)
  3. La casa del Torreón by Isabel del Río (YA - publisher La Galera)
  4. Lágrimas oscuras - Trilogía amazonas #1 by Arthur de Jeuffosse ( a gift from other bloggers)
  5. El nombre del viento - Patrick Rothfuss (won in a contest on the blog moi@mi vida sin libros)
  6. La caza del nigromante - Antonio Martín Morales (fantasy - publisher everest)
  7. Lo que nunca te conté by J.M. Aguilar (thriller - publisher Suma de letras)
  8. Los ladrones de sombras - Las crónicas de cronos #1 (YA - publisher Everest)
  9. Muerto en familia - Sookie Stackhouse #10 by Charlaine Harris (paranormal-vampires - publisher Suma de letras)
  10. Oksa Pollock y el descubrimiento de Edefia #1 by Anne Plichota & Cendrine Wolf (YA-fantasy- publisher planeta)
  11. Retrum 1 by Francesc Miralles (YA- publisher la galera)
  12. Pedacitos de muerte by Eduardo Fánegas de la Fuente (death - publisher anubis)

english e-books:

Summary: titles, genre and publisher:
  1. A line in the ice by Jamie Craig (fiction - Carina Press)
  2. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (YA adventures - Egmont USA)
  3. Break out by Nina Croft (Sci-fi romance vamps - Entangled publishing)
  4. Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon (Fantasy - Cedar Fort)
  5. Cold Vengeance by Preston and Child (thriller - Grand central publishing)
  6. Deviant by Adrian McKinty ( YA mystery - Abrams)
  7. Falling Skies by Paul Tobin (Comic - Dark Horse Comics)
  8. The craigslist murders by Brenda Cullerton (Crime - Melville House Publishing)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The book cover market #2: A game of thrones - George R.R. Martin

New cover delivery!

Here you can find some diferent books covers from US, UK and Spain to talk about which one is the best!.

I will try to do one enter per week so the selected day will be sundays!

I had to do a new post with one of my favorite books so I am here showing you the book covers of "A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin".
This book is the first in the book series "A song of ice and fire" and though its first edition went out on the market long time ago (1996) it is now when it has been an awesome success.

My rating is 5! but I cannot show you the review because I read it long time ago.

Now it is time to start with the covers...

Spain 2
Spain 1
Spanish covers

Luxury edition
UK covers
Cover UK 1(Original)

Cover UK 2

Cover UK 3

Cover UK 4

US covers
Cover US 1(original)

Cover US 2

Cover US 3

Cover US TV

I could talk so much about these covers because they are so much but I am going ruling out some of them as the original cover from US. It doesn't call me anything, I know that it shows the throne but everything tells me that this is a history book not a fantasy book unlike the original UK cover that it is fine for this fist edition with this red colors and the knight.

On the other hand we have one of the last covers on the market, the TV series cover. Though we can see Ned on the throne and the story is around he and his family, it does not call me enough. I do not know how I should explain this but it is the same with de vampire diaries books or true blood books, at the moment they published the tv series book with the actors on the covers I feel strange because I prefer the other covers.

The best covers for me are the luxury edition from Spain, the UK 2 with the dragon and the US 2 with the lion. In my opinion these three show important pictures about the book and their covers encourage more to buy the book to be read.

¿What do you think?