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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

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 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

Cam Jansen and The Mystery Writer Mystery

Cam Jansen is on another case!  While visiting her favorite mystery writer, Jim E. Winter, at the school book fair, a parent’s car mysteriously vanishes from the school parking l0t.   Will kid detective Cam Jansen find the car thief or will the skilled mystery writer unravel the mystery first? To find out, read Cam Jansen and The Mystery Writer Mystery by David A. Adler.  

By jperez on August 20, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Perez



If drama and action are films you enjoy, then these ‘picks’ are for you.  The year is 1944 and the U.S. is at war.  Follow Private James Ryan and his fellow troops in Saving Private Ryan  as they try to survive the invasion of Normandy. 

With a similar title, Saving Private Perez is a Mexican comedy parody of Saving Private Ryan but with contemporary issues like drug trafficking in Mexico as well as the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Join Julian Perez as he treks his way to Iraq to save both his life and his brothers with some unlikely heros. 



By hmarroquin on August 6, 2012 Categories: Adult, Fiction, Film

Arráncame la vida por Ángeles Mastretta


Arráncame La Vida

Arráncame la vida es la historia de Catalina Guzmán de Ascencio, una mujer de Puebla viviendo en México durante los años 1930 y 1940.  Catalina relata sobre su matrimonio a los dieciséis años a un hombre  político veinte años mayor que ella. A través de los años, revela la vida compleja de ser esposa de un hombre ambicioso y la miramos transformarse desde una joven ingenua hasta una mujer madura y sabia. 

 El estilo narrativo de Mastretta toma un ritmo sutil. No es un libro de acción, sino de observación e intriga lenta. En un mundo y época dominado por los anhelos de los hombres, vemos como Catalina y sus amigas van realizando sus deseos.  Sobre todo los de Catalina, que a través de la tragedia se convierte, sin desearlo en una política aun mas sabia que su marido.  

 La película (del mismo nombre) sigue a los eventos principales del libro con gran fidelidad.   ¡Además, conviene verla por el escenario y vestuario magnifico!

By MPPL on July 11, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Film

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

The Vast Fields of Ordinary It’s the summer after graduation and Dade Hamilton is dreading his uninteresting life before he is college bound – from a tedious job to a relationship he must keep secret from his friends, Dade immediately finds  himself struggling with life.  To help him with his struggles, Dade meets Alex, a fry cook who hangs with the wrong crowd but becomes the distraction Dade needs.  But with all good things must come to an end.  To find out what happens to Dade in his emotional love triangle, read The Vast Fields of Ordinary.  Grade 9 and up.

By jperez on August 21, 2011 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

Silver-sparrow Dana is just six years old when her father tells her that she is a secret. Specifically, she and her mother are a secret from her father’s other wife and daughter who live a few miles away. Even as she has to keep a distance from her sister she grows up in her shadow, always having to enroll at a different school and try to avoid her at social events. As the years go on, curiosity gets the better of her and she meets and befriends her sister, in spite of the potentially devastating effects on both families.

By jchristen on July 20, 2011 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction