I have one (1) issue with Loki

Loki is a 2021 Disney+ series starring the ever charming Tom Hiddleston as our favorite trickster and god of mischief, Loki Laufeyson. The series consists of six episodes and, as of writing this, five have aired and, although I can say that I’m liking the series overall, there is one issue that I have with it that won’t let me fully enjoy it.

*Spoilers for Loki and pretty much the entire MCU ahead.*

Because it’s never fun to start with the bad, let me list the things I like about it:

The characters are fun

Owen Wilson is very charming as Mobius and I’m invested in his character. Sophia Di Martino plays a wonderful Sylvie. I want to see more of her because she’s great. And I always, always love seeing Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Put her in every movie all the time, give her all the roles. I have loved her for years and I will love her forever. My favorite one, however, is Richard E. Grant as Classic Loki. I love him and I wish we’d had more time with his character.

The story is weird

It could be weirder, to be honest, but it’s weird enough to set it apart from other Marvel properties, and it has just enough wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff to keep me coming back.

The music is amazing

Composed by Natalie Holt, the music score for Loki has been one of the highlights of the series. I love listening to the opening sequence, and how it compliments the series. I especially appreciated that Holt incorporated a theremin in some scenes and I thought that Classic Loki theme that incorporated Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries was fantastic.

Tom Hiddleston

Yeah, he’s been playing this character for so long that he can probably do it in his sleep now. His portrayal of Loki is fun, emotional and has a depth to it that always has me feeling all the feels.

In short. I am liking this show. Maybe not as much as WandaVision, but I am liking it.

And yet.

There is this one aspect that keeps nagging at the back of my head, and it’s that Loki is not behaving like the Loki he should be.

The series starts just after Loki from the Avengers (2012) takes the Tesseract and escapes and is taken in by the Time Variance Authority (TVA). He is captured and he’s led to a room where Mobius, a TVA Analyst, is determined to understand him and even “break him” a little in order to recruit him.

It is there that Loki (2012) sees his life on a screen: how he returns to Asgard as a prisoner and inadvertently sends a monster to kill his mother, how he and Thor avenge her and fight side by side against the Dark Elves, how he sacrifices himself for his brother, only to come back and betray his trust… again (Thor: The Dark World (2013)).

Loki also sees how Thor finds out and takes him to Earth to look for Odin. He watches Odin, their father, tell them both that he loves them, he hears his father call him son. He watches how he and Thor bicker and fight and betray each other, and finally learn to trust each other again, but only after Loki decides to do the honorable thing and return to Asgard to save his people (Thor: Ragnarok (2017)).

Lastly, Loki sees himself falling back into his old ways and being unable to resist the Tesseract, which leads Thanos’ ship to theirs. But this time, he is brave enough to make one last stand, his final sacrifice to save his brother, and he dies (Avengers: Infinity War (2018)).

The last thing that Loki (2012) sees on that screen is his brother crying over his dead body. And so, Loki (2012), after crying and lamenting how his life turns out, decides to cooperate with the TVA. But he has an ulterior motive: he wants to overthrow the Time-Keepers to… rule?

I’m not sure. He’s not sure, either, which seems to be a theme of the series: Loki doesn’t really know anymore what he wants or why he wants it.

Despite having betrayed Mobius, he does form a bond with him, but it is only when he meets Sylvie and hears her story that he truly lets his previous plans go and joins her cause. After a rough start, they learn to work together, to listen to each other, and become allies. Loki (2012) is so distressed when he thinks Sylvie is dead that even Mobius calls him out on it and says that Loki is falling for her. Even though Loki (2012) has little patience for Mobius’ mocking and games and torture, he is willing to show him the truth, fight with him, and call him a friend. When Mobius is pruned by the TVA, Loki (2012) is visibly upset. Once he sees him again in the Void, he embraces him and works with him.

You’ll notice that I have been writing “Loki (2012)” all the time, and that is because this show is expecting me to believe that this enormous transformation, this huge change in Loki’s perspective and attitude, is just from watching the movies and talking to this woman for a couple of hours. And I don’t buy it.

I understand that from a story-perspective, we need Loki to be where he was at the end of Ragnarok (2017)/the start of Infinity War (2018), because he’s a much richer, well-rounded character with complex emotions. He’s risen and fallen and risen and fallen, and he’s learned his lessons and has finally chosen to do the right thing. He’s not good, but he’s not bad either. He’s still flawed and can’t resist the power of the Tesseract, and that’s what kills him. If he hadn’t taken the Tesseract from the Asgardian vault, if he had let Surtur destroy it with the rest of the planet, Thanos wouldn’t have found him and killed the Asgardians and him. In his last moments, Loki (2018) chooses to fight and to deliver a hopeful message to his brother. Loki (2018) is amazing.

But that Loki is not the Loki we get at the beginning of this series. The one we have is the one who just invaded earth with the Chitauri army, the one who killed 80 people in two days. This Loki is the one who was compared to Hitler in that one cheesy scene where the old German man stands up to him in Munich. This is the Loki that we get at the beginning of the series, and the series expects me to accept that the same transformation that took him years of pain and loss can happen in a matter of hours, just because he watched the movies. And I can’t.

Whenever I see this Loki running around helping Sylvie or trying to save Mobius and having this big emotional journey where he’s basically always willing to take a hit for the team, I can’t help but think that this is the same Loki that stabbed Phil Coulson and took someone’s eye out at the opera the week before.

It doesn’t help that, in Episode 5, while talking to the other Lokis, he even mentions the short time that has passed since he left New York. I just don’t buy his transformation.

And that’s my big issue with Loki and the main reason why I cannot completely relax and enjoy the series. I do bump into other little issues here and there with some plot points and character motivations, but I don’t really mind those. They don’t bother me nearly as much as the fact that 2021 Loki is behaving like a 2018 Loki and seems to have made the same emotional journey (I’d argue that it’s an even bigger one) just because he watched the movies.

Having said all of that, I have been enjoying the series so far and I’m looking forward to seeing the final episode.

Before you go!

If you love all things Loki, head over to FilmBlog 1305, where my friend Kim is doing a weekly recap and commentary of each episode. Reading her recaps has become part of my weekly Loki experience, so head over there and check out her blog.

Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy: Good Books, Bad Sequels

“Good Books, Bad Sequels” was the first post I ever wrote about books. It was the way in which I expressed my disappointment upon reading the second book of Ken Follett’s trilogy The Century, Winter of the World. Having read my previous thoughts, I can assure you that my opinion hasn’t changed that much.

Fall of Giants (The Century, #1)

This books narrates the first quarter of the Twentieth Century. Since there are many protagonists, every historical event is told from a different point of view.

Follett has a lot of good characters, and he really manages to sum up some of the most important movements of the time in an interesting, entertaining way. It’s not a history book, it’s a well-written story about a group of people from all over the world who struggle to survive in difficult times.

All characters are somehow connected, and they all meet one another at some point during their lives. Follett also includes some real-life people -like King George V, president Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, etc.- in a very subtle, fun way.

I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to all those who enjoy historical novels and to those who want to be entertained for quite a while; this book is, after all, over a thousand pages long.

Winter of the World (The Century, #2)

Winter of the World is the second part of his Century Trilogy. This time, the kids of the last book’s protagonists are the central characters. The main conflict: World War Two.

The formula is the same: a bunch of characters in a bunch of different countries have to overcome the odds of wartime and do their best to leave their mark in history.

One may think that something as huge as the Second World War would be enough to fill a thousand-pages-book without anyone forcing the plot. Well, one may be wrong.

This time, war, woman’s rights, racial discrimination and political games are not enough for the author’s taste, so he brings in one thing that we were not missing: love issues. A love triangle, a forbidden love due to racial differences, a forbidden love due to ideology differences, a difficult love due to misunderstandings, a tragic love due to death of a character, and the list goes on and on. It felt as if I had thrown my historical novel out of the window, to read all works of Nicholas Sparks cramped into one large book instead.

Also, for an unknown reason, the author decided it would be a good idea to kill a character every hundred pages. He started ‘relocating’ his characters just to kill them off. I mean, I know it’s wartime, but do we really need to move the characters to locations that don’t even make sense, just to give them something to do and ultimately kill them? They were already in key zones, such as Berlin, London, Moscow and Washington DC. By the third time he moved a family to another place for no reason at all, I already knew who was going to die and how.

I guess nothing shakes up a novel like multiple clandestine sexual encounters and a bunch of random deaths.

It was definitely not as good as Fall of Giants. I would only recommend it to fans of Follett, and to those who are more into romantic novels.

Edge of Eternity (The Century, #3)

Of this book I only read the Amazon preview, which consists of four chapters. This time, a love triangle was teased in less than fifteen pages. ‘I’ll pretend that I enjoy love triangles and I’ll keep reading’, I said to myself, and so I did. It felt like something I had already read, but it wasn’t too bad, actually, and I thought maybe I’d give it a try.

That is, until I read the reviews from other readers. Even readers who love Follett and loved the first two books of the trilogy agreed on the same things:

  1. It has a good start, with good characters, but as the book progresses, the plot begins to weaken.
  2. Follett’s personal political opinion is so transparent throughout this novel, that it almost feels like propaganda.
  3. Many beloved characters from previous books disappear almost completely and the new ones aren’t as interesting or well-developed, some even feel cartoonish.
  4. There are too many unnecessary sex scenes that feel rather clumsy. They don’t add anything to the plot, and it is kind of annoying that every single character cheats on their special someone at one point or another.
  5. The book in general feels as if it had been written by someone else.

Maybe this year I’ll give it a try and read it. If I do, you can count on my review. By the way, I read the first two in German, and the translation is very, very good.

Review: The House of Hades

So, a few years ago I read the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” saga, by Rick Riordan, and I absolutely loved it. The main character is fun, the story is interesting, quick and easy (it’s for children and teenagers), and I never got bored. You won’t find a post on it, though, because I read it way before I even thought of having a blog, but maybe someday I’ll re-read it and comment on it.

Some time later, Riordan published a second saga called “The Heroes of Olympus”, which I started reading two years ago. Sadly, it’s not nearly as good as the original one, and after reading the third book (there are five), I decided to take a break that was ultimately longer than I had expected. Anyway, last month, a very good friend of mine lent me the fourth book, called The House of Hades. I finished it about a week ago.

The House of Hades

The story picks up a few days after the events of the finale in The Mark of Athena and continues with the adventures and misadventures of the seven protagonists, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Annabeth and Percy. Let me tell you one thing: it is way more interesting and entertaining than the last book. The House of Hades is fast-paced, has better characters and a lot of humor.

My main problem with this book is that there are so many protagonists, that it sometimes feels like Riordan puts them in a certain situation just to give them something to do. There’s a scene in particular that sort of came out of nowhere, as if it had been a last-minute decision. However, I did enjoy the novel and I hope to read the next one soon.

  My edition:  Paperback, published in 2013 by Disney Hyperion Books
My edition: Paperback, published in 2013 by Disney Hyperion Books.

Reseña: La casa de Hades

Hace algunos años leí la saga completa de Percy Jackson y los dioses del Olimpo, de Rick Riordan, y ¡cómo la disfruté! El personaje principal es divertido, la lectura es rápida y la historia nunca aburre. No van a encontrar el post en el blog porque leí esos libros mucho antes de siquiera pensar en abrir un blog, pero tal vez algún día los relea y los comente.

Tiempo después, Riordan publicó una segunda saga llamada Los héroes del Olimpo. Hace dos años que la empecé y todavía no acabo, ya que lamentablemente no es tan entretenida como la primera. Después de leer el tercero (son cinco) decidí dejarlo por un tiempo y concentrarme en otros autores. Hace un mes, una muy buena amiga, que también es fan de Percy Jackson, me prestó el cuarto libro, La casa de Hades.

La casa de Hades, de Rick Riordan

La historia comienza a los pocos días de los sucesos al final de La marca de Atenea y continúa con las aventuras y desventuras de los siete protagonistas, Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank, Annabeth y Percy. Mucho más entretenida e interesante que la novela anterior, La casa de Hades fluye bien, tiene mejores personajes y mucho sentido del humor.

El problema principal con este libro es que son tantos protagonistas, que a veces pareciera ser que Riordan los pone en alguna determinada situación solamente para darles algo que hacer. No obstante, disfruté la lectura y espero leer el siguiente pronto.

  Mi edición:  Paperback, publicado en el 2013 por Disney Hyperion Books.
Mi edición: Paperback, publicado en el 2013 por Disney Hyperion Books.

Libros de febrero (2014)

La marca de Atenea

Rick Riordan regresa a la lista con La Marca de Atenea, el tercer libro en la serie “Los Héroes del Olimpo”.

No les voy a mentir, no me gustó. Se me hizo aburrido, predecible y algunos personajes rayaban en lo molesto. Al menos se puede decir que las últimas páginas levantaron y el final deja a uno en suspenso y con ganas de saber qué va a pasar después.

Aun así, voy a darme un tiempo de descanso y voy a leer otras cosas. Ya les contaré cuando lea “La casa de Hades”.

Mi vida querida

A veces me gusta pasar a la librería mientras espero el bus para matar un poco de tiempo y ver qué libros me llaman la atención. La última vez que fui, me encontré con un par de repisas llenas (en serio llenas) de Alice Munro.

Alice Munro es una autora canadiense que se dedica a escribir relatos cortos. Tres veces ganadora del Premio Literario Governor General’s, en el 2009 ganó el Premio Internacional Man Booker, y en el 2013 le dieron el Nobel de Literatura. Por lo general, sus personajes principales son mujeres canadienses que luchan con relaciones difíciles y otros problemas cotidianos.

Después de pasar unos quince minutos leyendo la contraportada de todos los libros que tenían, decidí comprar Mi vida querida. Curiosamente mi papá ya lo había comprado en español y después de comparar ciertas cosas, les aviso: ¡Léanlo en inglés!

No cabe duda de que la mujer sabe escribir, entiendo perfecto por qué le han dado tantos premios. Las historias son breves, sencillas de leer, y están bien escritas. A veces cambia tan rápido las situaciones que uno tiene que leer esas partes más de una vez. Se la recomiendo a todos los que disfrutan relatos cortos y tramas simples.

Aun así tengo que confesar, no me gustó tanto. No porque esté aburrido ni nada, pero a mí me gusta sumergirme en la historia completamente. Me gusta sonreír cuando los personajes están contentos, preocuparme cuando están en peligro, sentir pena ajena cuando les pasa algo vergonzoso y sentirme triste cuando ellos están tristes. Aquí sentí que estaba leyendo las anécdotas de gente que sólo describe lo que pasó sin sentir realmente nada por ellos.

Books of February (2014)

The Mark of Athena

Rick Riordan again (I warned you): “The Mark of Athena”, the third book in “The Heroes of Olympus” series.

I’ll be honest, it was kind of boring. I finished it because I really want to know how Riordan is planning to end this series, but I did not enjoy it as much as the others. The adventures were predictable, the characters became sort of annoying (not Percy, of course), but at least Riordan had the decency of leaving the ending in cliffhanger.

Dear Life

So I went to the book store in hopes of finding a new book to read when I stumbled across a shelf full of Alice Munro’s works.

Alice Munro is a Canadian author. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 and is known as “master of the contemporary short story” (she only writes short stories). She writes mostly about Canadian women battling difficult relationships and other ordinary problems. She’s won a lot of literary prizes like the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and the Canada’s Governor General’s Award for fiction (three times). So I spent around fifteen minutes reading the back cover of each book and decided to buy Dear Life.

Her stories are simple, well-written and easy to read. She changes the situations so quickly that I had to read some parts more than once just to make sure. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys brief stories and simple plots.

I must admit I didn’t like it that much. Not because it was boring or anything, it’s just that I like to dive into the pages and lose myself in the story. I like to smile when the character is happy, to be afraid when they are in danger, to be embarrassed when they’re an awkward situation and to be sad when they’re sad. Here I just kept reading someone’s anecdotes without feeling much for them.

Books of January (2014)

The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan is the second young adult adventure novel from “The Heroes of Olympus”. I must warn you guys, you’ll be seeing a lot of Riordan here, since I’m going to read the whole series. Ok, maybe a lot is exaggerated, just three more books.

It picks up after the events of the Lost Hero, just not with Jason, but with Percy Jackson, Frank Zhang and Hazel Levesque as the main characters.

If you like Riordan’s work, you’re going to enjoy this one as well. I think it was better than the last one (probably because Percy Jackson is back). It is fun, full of adventure and mythology. It’s easy, quick to read, and well-written. In short: it has everything we love about a good Percy Jackson book.

From Russia with Love

The second choice for January was spy novel classic From Russia With Love, by famous English writer Ian Fleming. It’s the fifth book in his James Bond’s series, published in 1957.

The story tells Bond’s secret mission to pick up a Russian Agent (a cute girl, of course) in Istanbul and take her to London. What he doesn’t know is that everything is part of a plan devised by SMERSH (soviet intelligence) to kill him.

If you’re thinking “man! James Bond’s book? It must be full of cool action scenes!” you’re wrong, very wrong. At least that’s what I thought when I picked it. I must confess I decided to read this just because it is James Bond. We’ve all seen at least one Bond movie, probably most people have a favorite Bond, but not everyone has read a novel. Besides, Fleming is the 14th in The Time’s list “The greatest 50 British writers since 1945”. So back to the action thing: nope, it’s definitely slower than the movies (even the first movies). Still, it is very well-written, it’s interesting and I enjoyed it.

If you choose to read it, I should probably remind you: this was published in the 50s. A common critique is that it’s sexist and racist, and it absolutely is. We can enjoy things while being aware of their issues, but if these things get in the way of you enjoying a book, then don’t read it. I read it, I liked it well enough, but I don’t think I will ever read another Bond book again.

Libros de Enero (2014)

¡Hola!

¿Cómo están? ¿Qué tal abrió el año? Yo estoy estudiando para el cierre de semestre aquí en la universidad, entonces ando como loca porque tengo muchas cosas qué hacer. ¡Lo bueno es que ya casi se acaba!

Aun así, hice espacio para ponerles los libros que leí este mes, que no son muchos, pero los disfruté bastante.

El hijo de Neptuno

El Hijo de Neptuno es el segundo de los cinco libros de la serie “Los Héroes del Olimpo”, comienza poco después de donde terminó el primero (El Héroe Perdido), pero desde el punto de vista de Percy Jackson, Frank Zhang y Hazel Levesque (que no aparecen en el anterior).

Este me gustó mucho más que el primero, aunque sospecho que es porque Percy regresó a la historia. En general está fácil y rápido de leer. Son aventuras bien contadas, personajes divertidos y tiene todo lo que nos gusta de las sagas de Percy Jackson. Si ya leyeron “El héroe perdido” y no saben si seguir o no, les recomiendo leer por lo menos este.

Desde Rusia con amor

“Desde Rusia con amor” es la quinta en la serie de James Bond del aclamado autor británico, Ian Fleming.

Publicada en 1957, relata la misión de Bond de recoger a una agente Rusa en Estambul y llevarla a Londres. Lo que Bond no sabe es que es parte de un plan diseñado por SMERSH (inteligencia soviética) para asesinarlo.

La verdad escogí este libro por el simple hecho de ser de Fleming. Todos hemos visto por lo menos una película de James Bond e Ian Fleming está en la lista de los mejores escritores ingleses desde1945. Por supuesto, no podía andar por la vida sin haber leído por lo menos una de sus novelas.

Es más bien corta (no llega a las 300 páginas), sencilla y rápida de leer. Bastante entretenida y detallada, aunque debo advertirles algo: no tiene la misma cantidad de escenas de acción que la película (sí, la película lentona de 1964). Si quieren leer mucho movimiento, balazos y explosiones excesivas, escojan otro libro o de plano vean alguna de las de Daniel Craig. Este libro es mucho más lento. James Bond sabe pelear, dispara un par de veces y el resto del tiempo se la pasa hablando, viajando y haciendo planes.

Definitivamente no esperaba encontrarme algo con tan poca acción, pero no estuvo mal. Las pocas escenas de peleas están bien descritas. Bond es un clásico y se lee fácilmente. Eso sí, tomen en cuenta que es la década de los 50, por lo que el racismo y el sexismo sobran. Si eso no es para ustedes, no lo lean. La verdad es que, aunque el libro me gustó, no pienso leer más de Fleming.

Books of December (2013)

Last month I read almost four books (missed by a hundred pages or so).

Dandelion Wine

The first one was “Dandelion Wine”, by Ray Bradbury. Published in 1957, it is more or less autobiographic with a touch of magic.

This novel narrates one summer (summer 1928) in the life of Doug Spaulding, a young boy from Green Town, Illinois. It describes the people’s routines, the kids’ adventures (like going to the forest or to buy ice cream). Bradbury talks about the joys of being young, the flight of time, and the changes in our lives.

Anyone who enjoys classics should give this book a try. Readers’ opinions go from “it is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read” to a “boring, with no plot.” So, if you really like short books, preferably old and with a little touch of magic, this one’s for you.

Before I Fall

This novel by Lauren Oliver tells the story of Samantha Kingston, an American teenager who has everything: she looks great, she’s popular, has a boyfriend, three crazy best friends and always gets what she wants. However, Friday the 12th of March after drinking too much at a friend’s party she has a car accident and dies.

Don’t worry, she wakes up the next day in her bed and discovers that it is Friday again. Seven days pass with Sam waking up on the same day, trying to figure out what, how and why this is going on. On this journey she’ll find herself, she’ll re-evaluate her behavior and try to change the lives of those surrounding her.

Oliver’s debut novel received many positive reviews and was highly recommended… I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, this whole idea of dying and coming back all the time is pretty good, but the protagonist is the perfect stereotype of a typical teenage girl. She’s only interested in her friends, her popularity, her boyfriend and the parties. I would only recommend it if you love young-adult fiction and pink stories. Sure this book has its good, funny and sad moments, but I don’t know if it fits my reading preferences.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

December’s best book is definitely “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” by Joël Dicker.

Who killed Nola Kellerman in 1975? Nobody knows. 2008, Markus Goldman visits his old mentor, the great writer Harry Quebert. While searching for ideas Markus discovers that Harry had a secret relationship with Nola, but an outraged Harry throws him out of his house. Sometime later Markus receives a call. Harry is in jail, Nola’s body has been found buried in his garden, and he could be sentenced to death for it. Markus refuses to believe Harry killed the woman he loved and starts his own investigation. However things are not what they seem. Everybody has a secret, everybody has a sin. Soon Markus finds himself confused, alone and threatened.

Number one in sales in France and winner of three prices, this thriller is just what I had been waiting for. Once you’ve started, you cannot put it down. You’ll find yourself thinking you know who the murderer is and change your opinion at least four times. Still, I do have to warn you: this novel can be cheesy when it comes to love.

The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, was the book I almost finished in 2013. It is the first one of “The Heroes of Olympus” series. It’s like the continuation to “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”, so if you haven’t read that one but really want to read this one, you should probably read the plots of the last five books on Wikipedia, just to have an idea. Otherwise I recommend you read “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”.

Jason wakes up with no memory of who he is or what he is doing. Apparently he’s got a girlfriend and a best friend, and they’re all on a bus on a school field-trip. His girlfriend, Piper, has problems of her own, since her father’s missing and her boyfriend is pretty sure he’s never seen her before. The best friend, Leo, is a hyperactive, joke-telling mess, who doesn’t really get what’s going on. They’re attacked by a bunch of monsters, taken to a camp for demigods (‘cause apparently, they’re all children of Greek gods) and must now find a way to figure their situation out.

This book was quite the fun read; it didn’t have the magic from the original series, but I did enjoy it. Recommended for all those who enjoy adventures, fantasy, mythology and young adult literature.

Libros de Diciembre (2013)

¡Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo!

¿Cómo se la pasaron el 24? ¿Qué comieron?

Dandelion Wine

El primer libro de diciembre es Dandelion Wine de Ray Bradbury. Publicada en 1957, es más o menos un conjunto de memorias de la niñez de Bradbury. Narra el verano de 1928 de Doug Spaulding, un pequeño niño de Green Town, Illinois.

El libro básicamente habla de las rutinas de los habitantes del pueblo y de las aventuras de los niños – con aventuras me refiero a ir al bosque o a comprar helado. Habla de las alegrías de la niñez, el paso del tiempo y el saber aceptar los cambios.

Se lo recomiendo a cualquiera que disfrute de clásicos. Las opiniones generales van desde el “es un libro maravilloso” hasta un “no tiene trama”. Si les gustan las historias cortas, sin mucha acción, pero llenas de elementos mágicos, les va a gustar esta.

Si no despierto

“Si no despierto” (“before i fall”) es el debut de Lauren Oliver. Publicada en el 2010, relata un viernes en la vida de Sam Kingston.

Sam lo tiene todo, es muy guapa, tiene buen cuerpo, el novio más guapo y siempre se sale con la suya. Su vida cambia por completo cuando, saliendo de una fiesta, tiene un accidente automovilístico y muere. No se preocupen, al día siguiente despierta, pero descubre que sigue siendo viernes. Así pasa siete días viviendo el viernes 12 de febrero, tratando de descubrir por qué está en esa situación, encontrándose a sí misma, reflexionando sobre su comportamiento y afectando la vida de los que lo rodean.

Les tengo que confesar que no me gustó nada. Aunque tiene muchas críticas positivas, recomendaciones y buenas reseñas, no es el tipo de libro que yo disfruto. La idea de morir y regresar todo el tiempo es buena, pero el personaje principal es el estereotipo de típica “high school teenager”. Sus intereses no van más allá de la popularidad, las fiestas y el novio. Aun así le gusta mucho a las jóvenes que lo leen, pues tiene momentos divertidos, emotivos y otros tristes.

La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert

El libro del mes es definitivamente “La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert”, de Joël Dicker. Gira alrededor de la muerte de Nola Kellergan, una joven desaparecida en 1975.

En el 2008, Markus Goldman se ha quedado sin ideas para su siguiente libro, por lo que decide visitar a su mentor y amigo, el reconocido escritor Harry Quebert. En un intento por conseguir ideas descubre que Harry tuvo una relación secreta con una tal Nola, pero al ser descubierto husmeando se ve forzado a regresar a Nueva York. Tiempo después recibe una llamada de un angustiado y triste Harry, quien ha sido encarcelado porque el cuerpo de Nola fue encontrado en su jardín. Markus, convencido de que Harry es inocente, comienza una investigación exhaustiva que lo lleva a desenterrar una red de secretos, mentiras y amores no correspondidos. Nada es lo que parece, nadie es quien dice ser y el camino es mucho más difícil de lo planeado.

Número uno en ventas en Francia, ganador de tres premios (Premio Goncourt des Lycéens, Gran Premio de Novela de la Academia Francesa y Premio Lire a la mejor novela en lengua francesa)este libro se lee rápido y deja satisfecho a cualquier amante de historias de crimen. Un poco cursi de vez en cuando, pero definitivamente está entre mis favoritos.

El héroe perdido

El héroe perdido (The Lost Hero), de Rick Riordan, es el primero de la saga “Los héroes del Olimpo”. Es para lectores jóvenes y sólo se la recomiendo a quien haya leído la saga “Percy Jackson y los dioses del Olimpo”, pues comienza meses después de lo sucedido en el último libro. Es de aventuras y está divertido, aunque no tiene el mismo encanto de Percy Jackson. Sí voy a leer todos los libros, pero no con las ganas que leí los anteriores.

Así como a algunos les gusta Harry Potter o Las Crónicas de Narnia, a mí me gusta Percy Jackson. Si planean leer este libro y no tienen ganas de leer la saga anterior, está bien, muchos personajes son nuevos y explican un poco lo que pasó antes.