Alejandro’s Much Ado About Books


Sunday will feature Alejandro’s Much Ado About Books as he comments on several genres and authors with the goal to encourage the habit of reading.

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We arrived at the end of the month, and as is usual, I take the opportunity to comment on new books that have been published recently, the same as June as in May, of this year. As always, I try to choose good options from relevant authors, as well as to choose from different themes and genres to cover most of the tastes. I remind you that the comments on each book are only about indicating the author, date of publication, and a brief explanation of what the book is, that it’s not much unlike of what you can found on the backcovers of the books, so there aren’t spoilers. The information is just so you can get an idea of ​​what each book is about and decide if you want to read them. Read. Any book. Just read.

“The Silkworm”

On June 19th, it was released the second novel in the book series of “Cormorant Strike” which is a private detective created by none other than the hyper-famous writer JK Rowling, author of the mega-hyper-famous book series “Harry Potter”.

J. K. Rowling uses a pseudonym, “Robert Galbraith” for this series but since the second week of the first publishing, last year, we learned that was really JK Rowling, the author of the book, trying to break into a new genre, totally different from its magical saga that led her to stardom and wealth.

The London private detective, Cormoran Strike is back for a new case. Eight months have passed since his big case which he solved the death of the famous model Lula Landry, which now abound work and business is booming. Adorable Robin continues as his secretary. However, almost all cases, though lucrative, proved to be about discovering the infidelity of spouses, hired by the couples, or agreeing to do the dirty work of journalists to expose corrupt politicians. Amidst all this, an elder woman asks for help to find her husband, Owen Quine, a writer of relative popularity, which has disappeared, and although the certainty of receiving a payment for this case is very unlikely, Strike decides to accept the case, allowing it to enter into the complex and competitive world of novelists, publishing companies and the risks that certain books reach bookstores.

The Mammoth Book of the World Cup

Although I have no doubt that all people in Costa Rica is going to be interested even more on the next edition of this book or any other similar one, including all historic campaign of Costa Rica in Brazil 2014, this book published in May 2014, it’s still a great choice for both soccer fans as well any interested one in learning about the history of the Soccer World Cup.

This book by Nick Holt covers from the first world “Uruguay 1930” to “South Africa 2010”, highlighting the major events and results in each world cup.

18775152Mr. Mercedes

On June 3rd, it came the new book by the mega popular writer Stephen King. In this book, the famous author for his horror novels now he attempts to develop what he calls his first “hard-boiled detective” novel.

The main protagonist is Bill Hodges, a police detective who recently retired and he has not managed to adapt well to the excessive free time. The antagonist is Brady Hartfield, a psychopath who became famous a couple of years ago by killing 8 people and wounding 15, to run all over them while lined up at a job fair, using a Mercedes-Benz stolen car. Since then, the press called him “The Mercedes Killer”. Hodges never could discover who he was before having to retire. Now the murderer has decided to contact him by a letter. And the hunt starts again. But who is now the hunter and who is the prey? And the worst is that by declaring a war between them … in a war there are always innocent victims…

Stargate: SG-1 – “Two Roads”

This is book # 24 in the line of Stargate novels, specifically with its main series called Stargate: SG-1 (for each sub-series there are also novels, as well as some book set after the original film), published on June 9th, by the author Geonn Cannon.

The events of this novel are set in the middle of the development of the TV series during Season 8.

The Goa’uld have been defeated, and the Jaffa are free. In the power vacuum left behind, the dark underbelly of the galaxy is fighting over the spoils.

Among these thieves and rogues is Vala Mal Doran, on the trail of the fabulous treasure left behind by the System Lord Kali.

But Vala is not the only one seeking the hoard. Back at Stargate Command, Dr Daniel Jackson has made a horrifying discovery — a doomsday device designed to exterminate the Jaffa who have dared to defy their gods.

Kali’s treasure might provide SG-1 with the means to disarm the device, but only if they can steal it back from one of the galaxy’s most ruthless criminals. Of course, it’s entirely possible that Vala Mal Doran will get there first…

Star Trek: The Lost Era – “One Constant Star”

On May 27th, the novel “One Constant Star” by writer David R. George III, with already extensive experience writing novels for the franchise “Star Trek”, was published.

This book is part of the series of novels set in the era after the films with the original crew of the USS Enterprise-A, under Captain James T. Kirk and before of the TV series with the Next Generation aboard Enterprise-D under Captain Jean Luc Picard.

This series of novels tell the little-known and/or explored events in the midst of these two generations.

The USS Enterprise-B under the command of Captain Demora Sulu, visits the planet Rejarris II, which contains a secret that could prove fatal for her and her crew. To add more problems, this world is too close to the borders with the dangerous Tzenkethi. When Captain Demora Sulu is trapped on the planet, separated from her ship, the onboard crew must deal with a sudden attack of Tzenkethi battle cruisers. Meanwhile, Admiral John Harriman, located in the Helaspont station, on the edge of the border with the Tzenkethi, must break rules to come to the aid of his old comrades.


On May 26th, the novel “Crane” was published by writer Stacey Rourke that takes the classic book “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving and gives it a new twist and it expands to new legacy ..

The Horseman is unending,

his presence shan’t lessen.

If you break the curse,

you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

“The Bourne Ascendancy”

On June 10th, it was published the twelfth novel in the book series about Jason Bourne, which began with the trilogy of novels written by Robert Ludlum and that after his death, was officially assigned to the writer Eric Van Lustbader the non-simple task of continuing this book series, which so far has been successful with nine books of his own.

In this new novel Jason Bourne is hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne.

Their target, however, isn’t the minister Bourne impersonates….it is Bourne himself.

Kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, Bourne finds himself face-to-face with an infamous terrorist named El Ghadan (“Tomorrow”). El Ghadan holds as his captive Soraya Moore, former co-director of Treadstone, and a close friend to Bourne, along with her two year old daughter.

Meanwhile, the President of the United States is in the midst of brokering a historic peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians-an event that El Ghadan is desperate to prevent. He demands that Bourne carry out a special mission: kill the President. If Bourne refuses, Soraya and her daughter will die.

Bourne must make a monstrous choice: save Soraya and her daughter, or save the President.

“The Accidental Book Club”

La escritora Jennifer Scott publica el 6 de Mayo, “The Accidental Book Club”

Jean Vison never expected to run a book club, until her life took an unexpected turn. Now, with Jean’s husband gone, what began as an off-the-cuff idea has grown into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, for wine and laughter—and for books.

There’s Loretta, who deals with the lack of intimacy in her marriage by diving into erotic novels. Dorothy, whose ruffian sons are a never-ending source of stress. May entertains the group with her outrageous dating stories, while Mitzi finds something political to rant about in every book—including Loretta’s trashy romances. Even Janet, with her mousy shyness and constant blush, has helped Jean rediscover the joy in life.

So when Jean’s family starts unraveling again—her daughter forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, coming to live with her in the interim—she turns to the book club for comfort and support. And, together, they all, even Bailey, discover that family is what you make of it, especially the family you choose…

“Elizabeth is Missing”

On June 10th, the writer Emma Healey debuts with her ​​first novel “Elizabeth is Missing”, which tells the unusual story of an elderly woman, Maude, who is convinced that her friend, Elizabeth is missing, however Maude has memory problems due to old age, so constantly forget things that just happen and yet remember events that occurred many years ago, so is it true that her friend Elizabeth is missing?

A narrative mixing unexpectedly, humor, drama about aging, elements of “cozy” mystery and elements of genuine horror.




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