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Certain Dark Things: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)

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"Certain Dark Things combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey. Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. Domingo is smitten. He clings to her like a barnacle until Atl relents and decides to let him stick around. But Atl's problems, Nick and Rodrigo, have come to find her. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community. Atl has to get out before Mexico City is upended, and her with it. In 2015, Silvia's debut, Signal to Noise, was named on seven year's best lists: B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, RT, BookRiot, Buzzfeed, i09, Vice, and Tor.com. Certain Dark Things was also listed on B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog as one of 42 books they can't wait to read in 2016 and on io9 as one of 40 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Will Rock Your World In 2016!"--… (més)
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Títol:Certain Dark Things: A Novel
Autors:Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)
Informació:Tor Nightfire (2021), 272 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Read, Stuttgart
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Etiquetes:fiction, horror

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia has shown through this book that she can worldbuild with the best of them. A re-evaluation of global vampire mythos incorporating various creatures from different cultures? Awesome. A modern neo-noir that doesn't fall into the usual Orientalist, cyberpunk trappings? Amazing. Deep-rooted lore that holds up character interactions like the foundation of a massive city-state? Perfection. The actual story itself? Honestly, it doesn't hold a candle to the kind of worldbuilding Moreno-Garcia established.

What felt like 200 pages of character study/commentary on Imperialism was suddenly thrown to a hasty, bloody end in the last 40 or so pages. To some degree, it makes sense. Once the bullets start flying, there's no more room for growth, just ducking and returning fire. At some point, the volatile powder keg of the different factions vying for control had to explode, and explode it did. Much like Rogue One, the third act was action-packed and could easily have been it's own self-contained story. Unfortunately, it felt like something completely separate from the rest of the work.

Overall, I give the book 4 stars, and would absolutely love to see more stories from this world. ( )
  yourlocaldean | Oct 20, 2021 |
Certain dark things is a different type of vampire novel. This book takes place in Mexico City and breaks down vampires into different factions. The first one is the Aztec vampires. These are some of the oldest and our main heroine Atyl is just such a vampire. However in this story it’s the vampires that run the drug cartels. Her family has been doing this for centuries and now there are consequences. After the death of her family Atyl is on the run. While vampires are not allowed in Mexico City that is where she is hoping to find passage out of the country. Instead what she finds is Domingo, a street boy who is willing to do almost anything for her. He will be her snack, he will walk her dangerous dog, he will help her live and find a newlife. But this is no easy task. You see the other forms of vampires Necros are after a Atyl. Necros vampires aren’t only mean and nasty they are violent and they will get their revenge. But maybe just maybe with the help of Rever, Atyl and Domingo just might find safety and avoid attacks by the Necros Nick and others that are out to get them. Overall this was a very interesting take on a vampire novel. The world building is well done. It brings to life Mexico City and it makes it feel like someplace with a past present and future. It also makes you feel for the characters with the way the author describes and gives back stories to her vampires. Whether it’s the biologically altered protective dogs or the feathers that sprout with no notice this is a book that’s going to keep the reader entertained and engaged in the story. Is it the best vampire novel ever, No, however it is one that’ll feed the need for somebody who’s looking for something new or a new take on vampire lore. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Oct 13, 2021 |
A fresh take on the vampire mythos. I really liked how the world knows about vampires, and in some ways coexists with them, but in other ways, humans are still seen as food. There are many different species of vampires. This book focuses on Atl, who comes from an ancient line of Aztec vampires, and Nick, one of the Necros form of vampires. Nick wants to kill Atl. Add in a young human assistant, and a police detective determined to stop the vampires, and you get a great story. I loved the world building here, and the writing was intriguing. I recommend this book. ( )
  readingover50 | Oct 10, 2021 |
I was given an advanced copy of this novel for free, and I'm leaving this review voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Are you looking for a soft, sweet vampire love story? Well, look elsewhere. Certain Dark Things is a gritty and gruesome reimagining of vampire lore. Atl, the heir to the Iztac vampire cartel, is on the run in Mexico City. She's starving, aimless, and hiding from her past. When she meets Domingo, a teen living in the streets, she takes advantage of such easy prey. On the other side of the city, beat-cop Ana Aguirre finds a grisly murder scene that points to a vampire infestation. With both the police and a vicious, unhinged rival on her tail, Atl drags Domingo into the underbelly of vampire hierarchies and drug cartels.

In Silvia Moreno-Garcia's (Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night) modern twist on vampirism, there are vampire subspecies, each with its own strengths, methods for feeding, and hierarchies. Between the factions, they even have codes of conduct and alliances. She takes the legends we've all known for years and turns them on their heads, creating more compelling and intricate characters. While the novel itself is in the third person, we still get to have a peek into each character's inner monologue. Each person has a unique voice, so to speak, so you can tell whose thoughts are being depicted. It fuels the tension because you get to see the collision course they're all on from each perspective.

Another great detail of Certain Dark Things is the allegories of the realities of poverty and colonization. Domingo is the perfect victim because he has almost no choice but to go along, even knowing the inevitable danger. And while Atl's ancestors had lived in Mexico since the time of the Aztecs, when the new factions were born in Europe and migrated, they took by force what the Iztac family had built for generations.

Because it is inner monologue-driven, sometimes the amount of introspection slows down the pacing of the story. Combined with the monotony of the sentence structure, it makes for moments when the writing doesn't flow in a way that feels natural.

With all this said, I rate Certain Dark Things four out of five stars. The storyline was unique, with high tension and beautiful imagery. Silvia's use of monsters to paint a picture of the cruelties in our world makes for an entertaining read that'll stay with you long after you finish.

There are casual discussions of sex throughout, nothing too graphic. But the violence entailed is gruesome, so I would only recommend this for readers who aren't afraid of a little blood. (haha, get it? Vampires? Blood? Okay.) If you like your fantasy macabre and your protagonist morally gray, Certain Dark Things is a must-read. ( )
  KarleeB | Sep 28, 2021 |
To read or not to read?

Argh I'm really not a big fan of vampires... and creepy vampires.. oef...

but but THAT COVER THOUGH!
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
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"Certain Dark Things combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey. Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. Domingo is smitten. He clings to her like a barnacle until Atl relents and decides to let him stick around. But Atl's problems, Nick and Rodrigo, have come to find her. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community. Atl has to get out before Mexico City is upended, and her with it. In 2015, Silvia's debut, Signal to Noise, was named on seven year's best lists: B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, RT, BookRiot, Buzzfeed, i09, Vice, and Tor.com. Certain Dark Things was also listed on B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog as one of 42 books they can't wait to read in 2016 and on io9 as one of 40 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Will Rock Your World In 2016!"--

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