Review of "THE BEST OF Connie Willis I" Connie Willis - Nova (Ediciones B)

Best of Connie Willis I"It is a collection of 11 short stories by this author.connie_willis

As there are in all collections a bit of everything, both literary quality level and at the level of issues. This book is no exception.

Some stories are really interesting and very reminiscent of some other books by Connie Willis. For example, reading the story "Fire Brigade", you can not help but evoke "The Book of Doomsday" (one of the works that I like about this author).

Another tale is that I liked especially the "Late Cretaceous" in which the consequences of a budget adjustment in a Faculty of History narrates. really hilarious situations occur.

Instead, stories like "A All my Dear Daughters" I found a story quite filling. But hey ... this is going to taste ... and I do not like it.

Overall, a recommended book is, or it is to better understand the work of Connie Willis ...'ll see how it looks "Best of Connie Willis II" when published.

Review of "ODYSSEY" Jack McDevitt - La Factoria de Ideas

ODISEA, Jack McDevitt - La Factoria de Ideas"Odyssey" It is part of the series The God Machine And you can see it. The first quarter of the book is only in a position to put the reader and makes you wonder more than once if you've not made a mistake and you've already read this book.

Another quarter of the book is dedicated to budgetary policy and to give an opinion on the marketing and very simple and primary public relations, which could have done without quietly.

Some of the characters are the same as Omega, Chindi Y Deepsix, aunque más maduros ya que ha pasado el tiempo. En esta ocasión tienen que conocer la verdad sobre “los jinetes lunares”, unas naves espaciales que aparecen cerca de sistemas cercanos a la Tierra y que amenazan algunas de las construcciones humanas fuera del planeta, entre las que se encuentra un colisionador de partículas construido en la órbita de un planeta fuera del Sistema Solar (obviamente, disponen de tecnología que les permite viajar a través del hiperespacio y por lo tanto, situarse en cualquier parte de la galaxia en tiempos razonables)… como en la mayor parte de las obras de esta serie, el libro se termina sin que quede claro quiénes son los visitantes de otro mundo.

A part that is interesting is that talks about space tourism and balance between research budgets and sources of income derived from space tourism.

The book goes well, but not of hitching.

91% of US hotels have WIFI and only 16% charged for it

Tourism Review ha publicado un artículo en el que se indica que el 91% de los hoteles norteamericanos ofrecen conexión WiFi a sus clientes. Según esta misma fuente, hace 4 años, el número de hoteles que ofrecían éste servicio en éste mismo país era de 35%. Así que podemos constatar que es un servicio cada vez más ofrecido y que por supuesto, los clientes van a estar acostumbrados a recibir.

Desconozco las cifras españolas a este respecto, pero llama la atención que sólo un 16% de los hoteles cobran por este servicio, cuando en España, la tónica general es la contraria: muchos hoteles españoles ofrecen WiFi a sus clientes, pero pocos hoteles ofrecen WiFi gratuito a todos sus clientes. Aún así, algunos empiezan a hacerlo e incluyen el WiFi gratis a ciertos tipos de cliente, por ejemplo, en sus packs para hombres y mujeres de Negocios o a clientes preferentes.

Parece pues que en España deberá realizarse una corrección en este sentido y además de generalizar el ofrecer WiFi, deberá ofrecerse gatuitamente, si se desea una orientación al cliente completa.

Para leer el artículo en Tourism Review hacer click aquí: http://www.tourism-review.com:80/top_weekly_full.php?id=1082

Review of "The Glass House" by Charles Stross - Sci Fi VíaMagna

The Glass House It is an interesting book with two distinct parts.The Glass House

On the one hand explains the history of a society highly developed in the areas of genetic engineering, in which people decide to voluntarily cleared the memory and change the morphology of their bodies, where interstellar travel is by teleport and where wars They are made based on "worms" that erased the memory of their victims (both individually and on a global level). This part of the book is cyberpunk style and is a bit heavy.

On the other hand, we have the protagonists of this story as part of a sociological experiment and performing a estage 3 years in a closed habitat (The Glass House) Which recreate a similar to that of the twentieth century, almost without technology society.

We also have a murderer who follows in the footsteps of one of the protagonists and tries to kill it wherever you are, and even though he does not remember anything.

Closed habitat description is interesting and is somewhat reminiscent of the descriptions of the ships that are the characters of Arthur C. Clarke in stories like Rendezvous with Rama.

The society initially recreates the habitat reminiscent of the 50s: women who are obedient housewives home, men who go to work to earn a salary with which to support his wife, his children and his home. And together, on Sunday, they go to church to remain indoctrinated. The company is based in controlling the actions that deviate from this normal, on the basis of "what they will say"And based on public recriminations on Sunday in the Church. I could not help thinking of the social control exerted in some societies such as those found in Arab countries or even in some Spanish towns, where everyone is aware of all and in which the "what they will say"The law does comply normal.

The recreation of this society ensures that reading the book will smother much as the protagonists suffocate ... but there is no escape. In order to survive the protagonists will have to discover the true purpose of the Glass House, they will have to discover how to prevent this objective is met and have to deal with the murderer that seeks but does not know their identities.

Only one criticism, and not the fault of the author, the book is riddled with typos. So many that come to irritate the most patient reader (and I'm patient).

Nevertheless, the book is original and has an unexpected ending. Worth reading.