miércoles, 13 de junio de 2018

Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are - Declan Henry


Had this book only contained the interviews without the inclusion  of clinical or psychological of documents and studies, this would have been a five-star read. However, I have to say that I feel this is a great book for people curious about the subject with little knowledge going in. Coupled with a comprehensive glossary and explanations throughout each chapter, I believe it would be a good starting point for such readers.

Even I, being cisgender, cringed at some of the statements made regarding psychiatric disorders and trans identity being closely linked to autism, more so because the study in question is dated and didn’t actually arrive to a definite and fact-based conclusion.
Nevertheless, the testimonies felt so true and sincere that I feel the purpose of this book was fulfilled, which is to make trans voices heard, figuratively speaking.

Nevertheless, I found the testimonies so true and sincere that I feel the purpose of this book was fulfilled, which is to make trans voices heard, figuratively speaking.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Original language: English
Language read: English 
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Edition: e-book (Netgalley ARC)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32200296-trans-voices

miércoles, 16 de mayo de 2018

The Lost Path by Amélie Fléchais

I really appreciate the prose in fairy-tale style and the versatility of the author's ability at illustrating. Sadly, I injoyed the illustrations more than the story itself, I thoroughly enjoyed the first part, but when the style and theme changed, I felt confused and I also felt that it clashed with the previous part.
The premise sounded great and the illustrations are lovely, but I was expecting something different, more similar to the first part, which was much more akin to fairy tales.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Original language: English
Language read: English 
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Edition: e-book (ARC provided by Netgalley)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39805744-the-lost-path

martes, 27 de marzo de 2018

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion - Michelle Dean

The premise of this book sounded interesting -especially in the era of female empowerment we are living right now.  I found the selection of women to talk about perfect. However, the writing style was dry and that kept we wanting to pick up some other book, instead of getting my full attention. It felt like reading a textbook for school on a subject that interests me and bores me at the same time, because of the pacing.

What I did thoroughly enjoy was being inspired by the lives led by such powerful women. If you are looking for that, take a chance and you will surely get something out of it.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Original language: English
Language read: English
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Edition: ARC e-book

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36624415-sharp

jueves, 4 de enero de 2018

La casa de los eucaliptus - Luciano Lamberti

El Diablo, Hermann Hesse, humanos que no lo son tanto, criaturas casi mitológicas,  saltos en el tiempo, rituales satánicos, etc.
Reconozco que las temáticas y los personajes son interesantes. No obstante...
Se compara al autor con Mariana Enriquez pero, si bien se trata de un terror más “cercano” como el de ella, sus cuentos tienen una cuota de crueldad y machismo que me molesta bastante y me dificulta el disfrute. Por otra parte, varias de las historias son casi monotemáticas en escenarios diferentes; supongo que en un intento de mantener un estilo.
En las historias más fantásticas y en las de locura lo disfruté más porque no había nada de eso que me molestó. Así que, si va por ese lado, voy a seguir leyendo lo que publique.

Detalle por historia:

- Los caminos internos: 3 estrellas;
- La casa de los eucaliptus: 3 estrellas;
- El tío Gabriel: 3 estrellas
- Los chicos de la noche: 3 estrellas;
- El Espíritu Eterno: 4 estrellas;
- Vida de E.: 5 estrellas;
- La ventana: 4,5 estrellas;
- Eddie: 4 estrellas;
- Muñeca: 1 estrella;
- Acapulco: 1 estrella;
- Carolina baila: 4,5 estrellas;
- Santa: 2 estrellas

Estrellas: 3 de 5 
Idioma original: español 
Idioma de lectura: español
Editorial: Random House