The book is La vida imaginaria of Mara Torres. It
was first published by Planeta 6th, November, 2012.
It has 260 pages.
The books author is Mara Torres he was born in
Madrid, 1974 and she is a journalist, writter, radio
host and television presenter.
This book is a romance novel and talks about a girl that her
boyfriend has cut with her, so the book talk about all the things
that she is thinking in her mind. It takes place in
Madrid and it isnt a novel penalty Iit has very
funny and optimistic points. The style of the
author very simple and easy to read because she
use a very day language.
I liked the novel so much more than expected, no
doubt. The argument at first didnt say anything
special but the entertainment narrative of Mara
Torres has made it a novel Ive read quite comfortable. I
recommend this book, Its very interesting, current and was a
finalist for Planeta awards.
By Beki Garca
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METRO 2033 DMITRY GLUKHOVSKY
Its a science fiction and/or Post-apocalyptic novel
It was released in the year 2005 in Russia and 2010 in the US
It has a sequel (Metro 2034), a videogame and other books which take
place in the same universe by other writers (With Glukhovskys permission
and approval )
Story & universe:
It takes place, as the title says, in the year 2033. After a nuclear war that has
devastated Moscow (Along with other cities) a few survivors live in the now old
subway network. People live in the old stations, and with time, alliances (such as
the Red Line or the Hansa stations) and enemies have appeared. Wars happen
often. Military rounds now work as a currency, since they are a scarce source. In
the wars, Metro-made bullets are used instead.
The dark ones, or Homo Novus are some sort of species that have appeared in
the surface. They are the cause of many mental problems in the Metro, also they
are kind of hostile.
The book focuses on Artyoms (The protagonist) quest for saving his home from
the dark ones menace. A respected warrior, Hunters, gives him a military dog tag
to show, which proves that its also his petition. He wants to go to the considered
capital of the Metro, Polis, which is formed by 4 stations next to each other.
Artyom departs from his home, the VDNKh or the Exposition
The trip takes longer than expected, some issues appear during it. First of all he
goes to the station next to his home, where he suffers an attack from the called
Dark ones which are some kind of new humans. After he arrives there he goes
with a person, Bourbon, who is in financial problems, which makes him take
alternative routes. They go armed through a bandit station and arrive to their
first stop. After negotiations, they have to get out, which makes them leave and
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enter the surface. Its a hostile place, where traps from the called stalkers,
mutants or radiation can kill you within minutes. They struggle and enter a
station, where they held Artyoms partner. He is executed and Artyom fled with
Khans (a new character) help. When Khans trip is over, Artyom continues. Now
hes looking for Andrew the blacksmith, a citizen of a soviet occupied station.
Then, being cautious, he makes it to the frontline of a war, the Red Line against
the Reich. After being in the communist station, he is now in a fascist one. He
sneaks and finally arrives to his destination. His help request gets denied,
therefore his station isnt getting Hansas support, after sneaking, killing and
making a long trip. Artyom decides to join their forces, called Spartans. They
make a trip to find secret files at the old national library and they find documents
with the location of an old military base (D-6), which still works. At the end, they
have to climb an old radio tower, from there, he can aim at his objective and
guide the nukes that have been found. They launch nukes to the settlement of
the Dark Ones, making them completely vanish. Artyoms long trip is now over,
he has successfully completed his mission, not in the way he was originally
planning, but he did.
Some of them are:
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This is one of my favorite books. I really enjoyed it, the universe is rich and
besides being science-fiction, and it has its logic and realistic feeling. The people
in the Metro, even having a complete different lifestyle, have the same problems
like us. Artyoms quest is filled with action and stories, many things happen
throughout his journey/quest where he meets different people, situations and
realizes (with us, the readers) how crazy can things be out there! I also enjoyed
the sequel and the videogame, which is quite fun and made a good job.
The book teaches us about how hard is to survive, how generations can pay for
something they didnt do (talking about the nuclear disaster). Artyom gets what
he wants, paying the price he had to, but it was that or giving up.
Talking about the dark ones, Khan always defended them, saying that they were
trying to communicate with us and that they killed anyone who attacked them.
Artyom seems to be conscious about this, since he isnt vulnerable to the
paranoia and sickness which they cause when they interact with others. We can
see how at the end they do not want to be killed, they try to stop Artyom and use
their unknown powers which consist on getting inside his mind. These powers
had killed thousands of people. But as always, its about the survival of the
If its hostile, you kill it is the most memorable phrase from the book. Hunter
said that to Artyom at the beginning, and at the end, this phrase is used again.
Its simple enough to understand how the situation is in the Metro.
TITLE: The boy in the striped pajamas
AUTHOR: John Boyne is a novelist who was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, that studied English Literature at Trinity College.
He has published 9 novels for adults and five for younger readers, including The
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and
was made into a Miramax feature film. It has sold more than 6 million copies
worldwide, and his novels are published in 48 languages.
GENRE: Fiction, historical novel, childrens literatura and tragicomedy
PLOT: Bruno is a nine-year-old boy growing up during World War II in Berlin. He lives with his parents, his 12-year-old sister Gretel and maids, one of whom
is called Maria. After a visit by Adolf Hitler, Bruno's father is promoted to
commandant, and the family has to move because of the orders.
One day, Bruno sees a camp and decides to explore the strange wire fence. As
he walks, he meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel.
Bruno and Shmuel talk and become very good friends, although Bruno still
does not understand very much about Shmuel and his side of the fence.
When lice eggs are discovered in Bruno's hair he is forced to get all of his hair
shaved off. Bruno comments that he looks like Shmuel. Bruno's mother
eventually persuades his father to take them back to Berlin but he stays there
So the next day Bruno concocts a plan with Shmuel to sneak into the camp to
look for Shmuel's father. Shmuel brings a set of prison clothes, and Bruno
leaves his own clothes outside the fence. As they search the camp, both
children are rounded up along with a group of prisoners to be sent to the gas
chamber. Bruno apologizes to Shmuel that they didn't successfully find his
father, which Shmuel does not have a chance to reply to before the gas is
turned on, and they both die.
CHARACTERS: The main character is Bruno , is tall, thin, dark hair and light eyes. He has a very brave personality and he prefers to help others instead
benefit himself. Another character is Shmuel , who is thin ,he has blue eyes,
shaved head and he wears striped pajamas. He has a friendly personality , he is
peace-loving and he knows how to forgiving others.
I dont have any favorite because both of them bring good things to the story
THEMES: The ideas and topics that are told in the story are mainly empathy and friendship.
I dont feel 100 % identified with the story because it isnt a time like that
which can happen to me, but there are times when I have to choose or
between friendship and to be a good friend, or my dignity. And of course, I
choose to be a good person
SETTING: The story takes place near a concentration camp during the Second World War.
PERSONAL OPINION: I chose this book because I find very interesting
everything about what happened during the Second World War , and I enjoyed
it because it is very entertaining to see the story told by an innocent child and
learned more about that stage. I recommend it because it is not a very long
book and when you start reading it, you won't want to stop it.
1. My book is called The boy in the striped pajamas.
2. It was written by John Boyne and was first publishe