Reviews written on books by other authors (mostly Science Fiction)

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.

Reseña de “LUZ ROBADA”, de Gary Gibson – Quantum Ed. VíaMagna

Libro interesante que se lee rápido (o eso, o es que las vacaciones de verano me sientan bien). Dentro de la Ciencia Ficción lo clasificaría como “space opera”… protagonista que va de una parte a otra, todo con poca profundidad, pero con una historia que engancha.Luz Robada

El libro está ambientado en un futuro lejano en el que el secreto de los viajes superluminales está en manos de una raza alienígena llamada Shoal, que ejerce un control absoluto sobre esta tecnología y por ende, controla el comercio y la exploración de la galaxia. Las razas que desean utilizar esta tecnología deben ceñirse a las normas que dictan los Shoales, sin excepción.

Por su parte, los humanos (que utilizan la tecnología Shoal) están divididos en diferentes tipos de sociedad y mientras que unos han adoptado todo tipo de tecnología invasiva en sus cuerpos y por lo tanto llevan implantes craneales entre otros dispositivos, otros grupos han rechazado este tipo de tecnología y rehúyen a los que la han adoptado. Las estructuras sociales de unos y de otros también varían y despiertan el interés del lector.

La protagonista de esta historia es una ex piloto militar cargada de implantes y con un pasado turbio. A lo largo de toda la narración tendrá que lidiar con su pasado, con los extraterrestres, con mafiosos y con militares. También con naves que casi tienen sentimientos y finalmente con otra raza extraterrestre. Este personaje es el más trabajado y el que tiene más dimensión, aunque el protagonista Shoal también está bien tratado. En cambio, otro de los personajes principales, el humano mafioso, pienso que podría habérsele sacado más partido.

El libro tiene sus momentos divertidos, por ejemplo, los Shoales, que son criaturas acuáticas con tentáculos incluidos, utilizan nombres humanos de lo más sugerente. Nombres como: Comerciante-de-Excrementos-Animales, Rigor-Mortis, o Guardián-de-los-Secretos-Íntimos-de-los-Comprometidos-Involuntariamente.

Un libro 100% recomendable.