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El caballero de la armadura oxidada por Robert Fisher (Spanish JF)

 

El caballero de la armadura oxidada

El caballero de la armadura oxidada

El caballero de la armadura oxidada

¿Cuáles son las cualidades de un caballero verdadero? Cuando un día un caballero distinguido se encuentra atrapado en su armadura de batalla, empieza una misión para librarse de esta. La solución no es nada fácil y el camino se le presenta con muchos obstáculos.  No es su capacidad de rescatar damiselas, ni su carrera de matador de dragones que le salvará, sino el conocimiento de su “yo” verdadero.

Presentada como una historia de la edad medieval este cuento de autoayuda ofrece observaciones y consejos para el caballero(a) en cado uno de nosotros.  Con 98 páginas, no es una lectura muy larga pero está llena de reflexiones profundas sobre el ser humano y es recomendable para cualquier edad.

 

Por Allison S.

By MPPL on May 13, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Youth

Biblia umarłych Toma Konxa

Biblia umarłych

Biblia umarłych

Powieść Toma Konxa “Biblia umarłych to książka dla cierpliwych. Mówiąc inaczej – dla pasjonatów gatunku dobrze już zadomowionego w literaturze, łączącego elementy kryminału, powieści sensacyjnej i thrillera. Jakby tego było mało, mamy tu udaną symbiozę i wątków współczesnych, i historycznych.

Tylko że lokalizacja miejsca zdarzeń -  i w sensie odległości czasowej i geograficznej – bardzo oryginalna: jaskinie francuskie, Laos, Abchazja, Daleki Wschód…

W ten splot okoliczności, miejsc i – znalezisk niejako wchodzą ze swoimi pasjami i dociekliwością (wpisaną w pewnym sensie w ich profesje): Julia – archeolog, Jake -fotoreporter i Chemdy – prawniczka.

Thriller opowiada nie tylko o znanych z nie tak odległej przeszłości zdarzeniach w Kambodży i rządach Czerwonych Khmerów (masowe egzekucje, ludobójstwo, niewolnictwo XX wieku), ale o odpowiedzialności człowieka współczesnego i człowieka w ogóle za oblicze naszej ziemskiej cywilizacji.

Jaką postawę przyjmą bohaterowie wobec poznanych ludzi, faktów i zdarzeń?

Czy zawarta w tytule metafora “biblia umarłych” pozostanie tylko przenośnią?

Warto sięgnąć po tę wyjątkową lekturę. Zachęcam.

By mariag on April 29, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Polish

I Survived “Hurricane Katrina 2005

I Survived “Hurricane Katrina 2005” by Lauren Tarshis

This is a historical children’s fiction book based on the story of Barry, an 11 years old boy and his family living in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina.

The first chapter of this book starts with Barry clinging to a tree trying to save his life. This introduces us on how intense is this book.  Read along to discover if Barry is going to be able to meet again with his family?

This book is part of a popular series “I survived” The sinking of the Titanic, 1912 , The shark attacks of 1916, The bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941, The San Francisco earthquake, 1906, I survived the attacks of September 11, 2001, and I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863.

 

By hmarroquin on April 22, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Devil’s Wake

Devil's Wake

Devil’s Wake

If you’ve seen all the movies about zombies, but still feel an uncontrollable urge for MORE…look no further than Devil’s Wake.  Authors Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due draw upon the popular zombie traditions, set by the likes of George Romero, but expand expertly into their own rationale for the “birth” of their zombies, and revealing unique and terrifying symptoms along the way.  It’s easy to identify and cheer for the young protagonists—a handful of teenagers from vastly diverse backgrounds who band together in a blue van, trekking across the Northwest coast to find a way to begin life again.  Sure they battle zombies, but also other humans (“pirates”) and the elements as winter approaches.  Underlying the thrill and suspense of their journey glows a story about friendship and trust under extreme circumstances, and how to keep your humanity when the world you knew has lost it.

 

By Allison S.

By MPPL on March 16, 2013 Categories: Adult, Fiction

Doctor Who. The complete first series

Doctor Who. The complete first series

Doctor Who. The complete first series

The new series of Doctor Who returns and is based on the science fiction program Doctor Who that originally ran from 1963 to 1989. Dr. Who is an alien that is wise, funny, a loner, brave and is detached to logic. That is why he needs a human companion to complement each other. The Doctor always travels with his companion through time, space and encountering new adversaries. The series hold 13 episodes that strike excitement, and imagination, with engaging performances from Christopher Eccleston who portrays the Doctor and Billie Piper as his human companion. By the end of this series you will know what is a “Dalek”, the meaning behind the words of “Bad Wolf” and how a blue British police box is bigger from the inside.  

If you like the Doctor Who series you may also like Torchwood, Being Human and Once Upon a Time.
 

By atovar

By MPPL on December 14, 2012 Categories: Adult, Fiction, Film

La sombra del viento: una novela por Carlos Ruiz Zafón

La gran orquesta de animales

La sombra del viento por Carlos Ruiz Zafón es un laberinto que a Borges le haría orgulloso.  Sigan los pasos de Daniel Sempere, hijo de un vendedor de libros, cuyo destino cambiará para siempre al encontrar un libro maldito escondido en el Cemetario de los Libros Olvidados.   Entréguense a la investigación sobre las misteriosas circunstancias alrededor de este libro que se lleva por las calles antiguas de Barcelona del año 1950.  La trama se despliega como una rompecabeza y con las revelaciones de cada personaje descubran una historia aun más compleja de amor, suspenso e intriga. 

   By asmith

By MPPL on November 12, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Imagine going to the doctor and finding out you only have 1-year to live and keeping it a secret. Deciding not to undergo any type of treatment for his rare disease, Ben Wolf decides instead to make a mark in his small town of Trout, Idaho. Ben’s plan is to petition for the name change of Main Street to Malcolm X all while frustrating his biased history teacher. Follow Ben, star cross-country runner turned football player in his humorous yet realistic world as he manages to keep his life as “normal” as possible in Deadline.

 Books you may also like: Speak by Laurie Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Pact by Jodi Picoult, The Fault in our Stars by John Green

 

By jperez on October 20, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

The world according to Humphrey

The world according to Humphrey

Humphrey has a pretty good life as a class pet in Room 26.  He gets to learn right along with the students and he gets to go home with each of them on weekends.  All is good until classroom teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, returns from a long absence and declares her dislike of small, furry creatures.  Uh oh!  Humphrey’s situation is in jeopardy unless he can show Mrs. Brisbane what a likeable, helpful creature he is.

 

By bcorrigan

By MPPL on September 19, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Sudden Fiction Latino

Suddent Fiction Latino, an anthology is a veritable smorgasbord of short fiction and even shorter micros.   The authors are a wide mix of U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans, from the iconic: Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, to the acclaimed: Junot Díaz, Sandra Cisneros, Roberto Bolaño, and the talents of the future: Andrea Saenz, Daniel Alarcón, Alicita Rodriguez.  All of the pieces are in English, whether originally written so, or translated from Spanish.  The collection flows intuitively, as opposed to being linked by any central themes, jumping from pieces that are hilarious to heart-breaking, fantastical to earthy.  It is an enjoyable read not only for Latin Americans and Latinos, but for anyone who appreciates an honest look at our shared humanity, and a transcendent glimpse at literature emerging in the 21st century.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on September 3, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Tunel

Tunel jest nie tylko okresleniem podkopu miedzy Berlinem Zachodnim a stolica NRD, ale tez metafora opisujaca przejscie z systemu komunistycznego do demokracji. Ksiazka jest “tunelem” do rodzinnych i politycznych tajemnic. Magda, jedna z bohaterek wyjezdza na stypendium do NRD i zakochuje sie we Franzu. Akcja ksiazki dzieieje sie w czasach wspolczesnych lecz czesto wraca do lat osiemdziesiatych. Zachecam do lektury.

By mariag on August 23, 2012 Categories: Adult, Fiction