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Estados Unidos de la Tierra, Madrid, 2109, aumenta el número de muertes de replicantes que enloquecen de repente. La detective Bruna Husky es contratada para descubrir qué hay detrás de esta ola de locura colectiva en un entorno social cada vez más inestable. Mientras, una mano anónima transforma el archivo central de documentación de la Tierra para modificar la Historia dEstados Unidos de la Tierra, Madrid, 2109, aumenta el número de muertes de replicantes que enloquecen de repente. La detective Bruna Husky es contratada para descubrir qué hay detrás de esta ola de locura colectiva en un entorno social cada vez más inestable. Mientras, una mano anónima transforma el archivo central de documentación de la Tierra para modificar la Historia de la humanidad.Agresiva, sola e inadaptada, la detective Bruna Husky se ve inmersa en una trama de alcance mundial mientras se enfrenta a la constante sospecha de traición de quienes se declaran susaliados con la sola compañía de una serie de seres marginales capaces de conservar la razón y la ternura en medio del vértigo de la persecución.Una novela de supervivencia, sobre la moral política y la ética individual; sobre el amor, y la necesidad del otro, sobre la memoria y la identidad. Rosa Montero narra una búsqueda en un futuro imaginario, coherente y poderoso, y lo hace con pasión, acción vertiginosa y humor, herramienta esencial para comprender el mundo....

Title : Lágrimas en la lluvia
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ISBN : 25759160
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Number of Pages : 389 Pages
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Lágrimas en la lluvia Reviews

  • John Doez
    2018-07-24 06:47

    ¡Quiero más Bruna Husky!La cosa pintaba muy mal. Ciencia ficción escrita por una escritora española de narrativa y ambientada en Madrid. No era una perspectiva muy alentadora.Después de leer un centenar de libros de ciencia ficción, puedo decir sin temor a equivocarme que es un género que cuenta con muchos libros geniales pero también mucho relleno, ideas sobadas y falta de imaginación y, sobre todo, escritores que no saben contar historias y construir personajes. Vamos, que por poner a un personaje en Marte, no se es ya un buen escritor. Por no hablar de la confusión existente entre los géneros fantástico y de ciencia ficción, perfectamente diferenciados, pero que los libreros insisten de mezclar, despistando a los potenciales lectores.rnrnSin embargo, en una entrevista a la autora, me pareció que el enfoque que le daba al género era plausible. Así que decidí darle una oportunidad.Descubrí en "Lágrimas en la lluvia" una novela negra ambientada en un futuro no muy lejano, bien escrita, que engancha, con personajes redondos y con algunos de los temas de la ciencia ficción clásica: la muerte, la memoria, la soledad, las desigualdades sociales y raciales, el medio ambiente y la política entre otros, con un fino tratamiento que aporta colorido a los personajes y no ralentiza la historia.rnrnA los amantes de la ciencia ficción, les diré que es una novela recomendable y que la ambientación madrileña no sale perjudicada, sino que incluso añade cierto exotismo con varias referencias reconocibles.A los que este género les espante, les diré que no tengan miedo de acercarse al libro, que contioene una buena historia con buenos personajes, que lo van a leer del tirón y que no van a dar importancia a las peculiaridades del contexto.A la autora, le diría que un personaje tan bueno como Bruna Husky necesita más historias.

  • Cristina
    2018-07-31 07:48

    https://osrascunhos.com/2017/09/30/ro...Talvez por causa do título, não reparei neste livro de ficção científica quando foi lançado. Não tivesse tido uma recomendação do João Barreiros aquando do lançamento de O Peso do Coração e não teria olhado duas vezes para nenhuma das obras de Rosa Montero. Aliás, a autora esteve recentemente em Portugal sem que tivesse dado por isso – não me recordo (pode ser um problema da minha memória) de ter visto qualquer menção entre blogues ou grupos de ficção científica.E porquê o meu espanto? Bem, este é dos melhores livros de ficção científica que li recentemente. Passado no futuro e apresentando uma história rica em detalhes que explica a evolução dos seres humanos entre os dias de hoje e o ano de 2109, Lágrimas na chuva centra-se numa rep, uma humana artificial que é detective.Rapidamente se vê no centro de uma grande manobra para ostracizar os reps, começando com uma tentativa de assassinato. A partir daqui é contratada para investigar a origem das memórias danificadas que provocam surtos de violência nos reps em que são introduzidos.Entre a investigação conhecemos detalhes do Arquivo central dos Estados Unidos da Terra onde se explica a origem dos reps, a forma como se libertaram da escravidão para a qual foram criados, a fundação de, pelo menos, duas colónias satélite com terrestres, e o encontro com outras espécies alienígena que deambulam na Terra.Com todo este detalhe, importante na história e não apenas mero elemento decorativo, a história centra-se em Bruna, a rep detective. Os reps nascem com cerca de 25 anos biológicos, com um conjunto de falsas memórias que têm como objectivo dar-lhes um contexto, a ideia de uma família e de carinho, bases para uma personalidade própria e única. A vida de um rep é curta, não chegando a uma década.A conspiração que Bruna encontra é contra os reps. Uma conspiração em larga escala que pretende erradicar estes seres humanos fabricados, em que a introdução de memórias danificadas em alguns reps induz comportamentos altamente violentos que, por sua vez, justificam a expressão dos discursos de ódio acumulados durante anos. Gradualmente, parecem legitimar-se as acções violentas e abertamente discriminatórias. «-Incomoda-te saber que estamos fartos de vos aturar? Que não vamos deixar que continuem a abusar de nós? E, além disso, o que fazes tu aqui? Não te deste conta de que és o único monstro? (…) Sim, definitivamente, o mais inquietante era que um tipo daqueles se sentisse suficientemente seguro e apoiado para insultar alguém como ela. »Numa sociedade em que até o ar puro é pago e muitos humanos são obrigados a viver em zonas poluídas e marginais, expulsos por não serem capaz de pagar os elevados impostos de zonas melhores, a existência de reps bem sucedidos torna-se uma afronta, um bode expiatório para as desgraças pessoais.Demasiado semelhantes aos restantes seres humanos, mas visivelmente diferentes (olhos de gato, óptimos para visão nocturna, e melhores reflexos, entre outros), com uma esperança de vida muito reduzida, os reps são suficientemente humanos para se sentirem isolados, e até falsos por conta das memórias que sabem fabricadas.Coeso, Lágrimas na Chuva apresenta uma sociedade lógica, derivada dos acontecimentos do último século em que cada um dos elementos que possui está devidamente integrado na história e nas personagens. A história centra-se numa única personagem mas nem por isso fornece uma visão afunilada e não parece ter episódios desnecessários ou em excesso. Por tudo isto, Lágrimas na chuva é uma das melhores leituras dos últimos tempos.

  •  Simply Sam ツ
    2018-08-11 03:53

    ***2.5 Stars***That's right folks, I am done. It only took me a year to finish it but here it is. This book suffered from too many words. That's right, too many words. It has got to be the longest 400 page book ever. There were pages and pages of info-dumps that I eventually just skipped through. Honestly, it should have been about 100 pages shorter. This time, just like last time, I made it to the 50% mark and began constantly checking my progress. However, there were some really neat concepts mentioned in this book. The idea of walking billboards, people made to wear talking advertisements that they couldn't mute and were only allowed to take off for 9 hours a day? It was one that made me incredibly sad, but at the same time I was like, "Wow, that's a diabolically ingenious form of torture." There were also lung parks with artificial trees that absorbed more carbon dioxide and increased the oxygen level in those areas. Clean air was scarce and was luxury that had to be paid for. That could be our future too, right? It was those little details, and I say little because they are literally mentioned in passing, that added to the story for me.Part of the problem with this story is that the whole concept behind the replicants or "reps" was confusing to me. I'm not sure what made them all that different from people. The term replicant and android was used interchangeably, but when I think of an android, I think of a machine made to look human. You know, covered in synthetic flesh but inside they are a jumble of whirring parts, tubes, and cables. Not so with these reps. They bleed like humans, suffer from concussions like humans, and apparently develop cancer like humans. So is a replicant just a genetically modified human similar to a clone? That would make that term make sense. And if so, how is that an android? Does it not make sense because I've never seen Bladerunner? I don't know. I just ended up going with it, but it was one point of contention I had with the overall world building. Anyway, there's more I want to say but haven't the time at the moment. Maybe I'll come back and do a more thorough review. I'll just say this, overall, I think there could have been a good story and world in this work, it was just overshadowed by the tediousness of the unnecessary filler.

  • Ðawn
    2018-08-16 10:55

    1 star I did not like it. DNF at 10%Oddball here. No offense to those who liked it. I personally need something to engage me enough to continue, This book did nothing for me. (Sorry Gavin, I know you loved it, but it is just not for me. No hard feelings?)Basically, if a book can't grab me in the first 10% it is very hard for me to go on.I loved Blade Runner the movie, and liked "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." I know I didn't read very far, but except for the fact the author used the term "replicant" I couldn't see ANY similiarities with either the film or the book. (Just to clarify.. Blade Runner the MOVIE and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep(Bladerunner)," the BOOK which the movie was LOOSELY based on, are very different from each other. I saw alot of people make a comparison to "Blade Runner" and I can only assume people were referring to the film.)Here's why I stopped..1. Info dumps.2, Tell no show3. I do not care about nor connect with ANY characters4, Poor if not non existant physical world building5. Little physical descriptions6. Way too much backround history over too many years (info dump)Ok some may think I didn't give it enough of a chance.. I think I did.Books I enjoy tend to capture me very early on..they give me something that makes me want to see what happens...to continue.This one did not.I just don't want to continue..I don't want to invest my time in a book that was doing nothing for me.

  • Anabelee
    2018-08-17 07:15

    Lágrimas en la lluvia, de Rosa Montero,  es un guiño literario al clásico del cine Blade Runner. En este mismo título está implícito el homenaje, ya que está tomado de uno de los diálogos más conocidos de la película.Año 2019, y ya no estamos solos en la Galaxia. Existen los replicantes, o tecnohumanos, las armas de plasma, y los conflictos sociales. Y como hilo conductor, una creciente ola de de muertes de replicantes, que enloquecen de repente. La investigación corre a cargo de una replicante obsesiva, inadaptada y enganchada a la bebida. Estamos ante una novela de ciencia ficción, pero aquí la ciencia ficción es sólo la excusa para mirar adentro, y para analizar lo que somos, lo que fuimos o lo que seremos. Y de paso, para preguntarnos por nuestras vidas. Como en Blade Runner, los replicantes tienen fecha de caducidad. La protagonista está obsesionada con contar los días que le faltan, pero se olvida de vivir. Y la pregunta inherente es para todos nosotros, los que no tenemos esa fecha de caducidad: ¿acaso no es la vida siempre corta? Nosotros, que también acabaremos muriendo, ¿deberíamos ser más consciente de que el mañana puede no existir, de que podríamos desaparecer y nuestros planes de futuro con nosotros? Más importante que los replicantes, más importante que los crímenes, para mí la novela trata de la supervivencia, de la identidad propia. Personalmente, prefiero vivir la vida al estilo de James Dean, "Sueña como si fueras a vivir para siempre. Vive como si fueras a morir hoy."

  • Eric Means
    2018-08-04 09:11

    If any of you are Blade Runner fans, and are desperate for poorly written Blade Runner fanfic, look up Tears In Rain.Or... don't. Because it really is terrible fanfic. It ticks pretty much every single terrible fanfic box. Uncomfortable, kind-of-out-of-the-blue sex with someone/something weird: check. Author using the protagonist as their own personal dress-up doll: check (because it really matters that as the protagonist is checking out a lead, she has carefully gotten dressed in a leopard print skirt. Hint: no). Incredibly heavy-handed exposition badly disguised as an unnecessary plot point: check. Painful call-outs to the source material being fan-fic-ed: check.Terrible "surprise" ending that resolves everything, lets the whole world know who the bad guys are, and totally clears the good guys' name(s) and lets them get back to their lives: Check.If the problem had just been awkward prose, I might have been willing to blame translation or something, but the plot was just... not good.

  • Gavin
    2018-07-26 04:03

    When I first discovered the existence of Tears in Rain I was very excited by the prospect of a Blade Runner inspired sci-fi novel. I'm happy to say this book lived up to my high expectations. The most enjoyable aspect of the book was the fantastically well crafted futuristic world that Rosa Montero has created. I really enjoyed some of the social and political aspects of the story even though they were never really explored in any great detail. I definitely finished this feeling like this world has more tales left to tell and I really hope we get a sequel. At it's heart this book was sci-fi mystery/crime novel. It was the story of the replicant detective Bruna Husky and her investigation into the suspicious deaths of a number of other replicants. Bruna may have been a technohuman but she was a multidimensional character who, while flawed, was still very likable and easy to relate too. I listened to the audio of this and feel the need to lavishly praise the wonderful performance of the narrator Mary Robinette Kowal.

  • Cat
    2018-08-09 09:58

    Haveria melhor maneira de começar a ler Rosa Montero? Talvez, mas este era o único livro da autora que tinha à mão e foi por este que comecei.Ficção científica passada em Madrid. Melhor ainda, um policial futurístico. Passado em Madrid. Replicantes, como no 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', o livro de Philip K. Dick, ou no filme 'Blade Runner' (que é uma uma espécie de adaptação cinematográfica do livro de Dick).Para dizer a verdade, a minha curiosidade prendia-se mais com a autora do que propriamente com o tema, logo não posso dizer que a minha expectativa estivesse alta por aí além. Mas agora posso dizer que a história cumpriu.Não será a obra perfeita, nem sequer a mais entusiasmante dos últimos tempos (para mim, claro), mas Montero apresenta-nos uma Terra tão diferente da que conhecemos, que acaba por ser um mundo riquíssimo, especialmente no que diz respeito a espécies alienígenas que pululam na história. Além disto, e sempre importante, este livro lê-se muito bem. Há acção, mistério, tecnologias futurísticas que arrepiam um bocadinho e também alguns momentos de contemplação da vida.Como já escrevi acima, 'Lágrimas na Chuva' não foi aquele livro que me entusiasmou ao ponto de não conseguir para de pensar nele. Mas prendeu-me o suficiente para querer ler o segundo desta série que será uma trilogia.

  • Tom
    2018-08-05 08:01

    Tears in Rain take its title from the movie Blade Runner, where replicant Roy Batty delivers the following soliloquy just before he (*spoilers*) dies:I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.Tears in Rain shares other elements with Blade Runner: it also features replicants and a detective trying to solve a mystery on a dystopian future Earth. In a way I think this is unfortunate because it would be easy to dismiss this novel as Blade Runner fan-fiction. It's not. This is a deep, poignant and compelling work in its own right, and if it was inspired by the film it manages to explore the film's themes of memory and death in a way that the original never approached.The book acknowledges the existence of the film Blade Runner within its timeline, but this is not a sequel or even set in the same universe.It is about one hundred years in the future and the Earth is a very different place. Breakthroughs in technology have lead to the creation of replicants: genetically engineered human beings who are 'hatched' at a human-equivalent age of 25, implanted with false memories of a fictional childhood, and then sent to work in dangerous conditions, fight in wars or explore hostile worlds. A replicant uprising has lead to theoretical equal rights for 'reps' in the newly formed United States of Earth, but in practice they are still feared and discriminated against. To complicate matters, a rep has a natural lifespan of about ten years - at that point their bodies suddenly decay and death quickly follows. Science has not been able to solve this problem.Bruna Husky is a combat rep who has 'retired' and become a private investigator in Madrid. When a fellow replicant goes insane and tries to kill her, Bruna starts to investigate a strange string of murders: replicants who have been forcibly implanted with new false memories that drive them to kill.Miriam Chi, the leader of a group for replicant rights, suspects that this is part of a conspiracy to turn human citizens against reps. Bruna is skeptical, but soon finds herself becoming paranoid as the conspirators appear to be able to track and anticipate her every move. She needs allies, but is torn between the disgraced memorist whose final work was to create Bruna's own false memories and the sly human policeman who claims he's on her side. Meanwhile, replicants with infected memories are committing ever more horrific killings and the an anti-replicant hate group has inexplicably risen to political power. And Bruna is haunted by memories, false and real, of her own past and the ever shortening frame of her own future.Author Rosa Montero has created a really interesting future in Tears in Rain. Human teleportation is possible, but carries grave risks. Humans have created orbital colonies, the so-called Floating Worlds, organized around fringe ideologies. The shortening of the vast distances of interstellar space has brought humanity into contact with alien civilizations. Yet despite all these advances, pollution has rendered much of the Earth uninhabitable, horrific wars and genocides have killed millions, and people still age and die. This novel properly belongs to the sci-fi subgenre of 'cyberpunk', which concerns dystopian near-futures. And it owes a lot to a Harrison Ford movie from 1985. But this is a rare book that transcends its own genre. The mystery is not really the heart of the story. Montero is writing about loss and how we remember the people we have lost and what that means. Bruna's false memories of the childhood she never had are more vivid than her friend the aging archivist Yiannis' true memories of a child he lost long ago. If the dead live on in memory and memory is fragile and mutable and eventually we all die... where does that leave us?Montero's novel is poignant and compelling, all at the same time. The themes she works with are resonant ones, and her world is one I would very much like to explore further. Word is that she's writing a sequel. I for one will be looking forward to it.

  • Sonia
    2018-08-02 06:55

    Fantástica sorpresa, porque no esperaba que me gustara tanto siendo una obra que bebe de la fuente de una de mis películas favoritas. Pero la autora solo hace referencia a Blade Runner de forma oblicua, toma su esencia y construye una obra personal, más cercana y cotidiana.Una vez superado ese escoyo Montero lo ha tenido más "fácil" porque vierte en esta novela algunas de los temas que más me fascinan: el funcionamiento del cerebro y en concreto de la memoria, la sociología, la política social y la alienación individual. Todo ello llevado de la mano por un personaje magnético que me atrae y por el que a la vez siento cierta frialdad.Creo que el personaje de Bruna Husky está muy bien construido, esa angustia existencial que leemos está barnizada de una frialdad robótica en las relaciones interpersonales que me impide empatizar con el personaje, pero que se le ajusta como un guante.Arrastra la desesperación por la pérdida de su pareja que la autora le ha prestado y llena la obra de melancolía, pero a la vez hay cierta distancia en ella,una burbuja impenetrable que no permite que su angustia vital llegue a ser real, no se como explicarlo mejorLos secundarios apoyar perfectamente la historia, casi todos personajes marginales y/o marginados, algunos entrañables, como en el caso de los extraterrestres (bestia y hombre), el archivero o la violinista, otros francamente desasosegantes como el policía o el memorista.Un detalle que me ha parecido algo tontorrón son los nombres de algunos personajes como Lizzard o Aihnó por poner un ejemplo.Creo que lo menos sobresaliente es lo extremo de las naciones humanas que no pertenecen a la Tierra, demasiado encajadas en un molde para ser creíbles, frente a la sensación de cercanía del resto de la obra, todo lo relacionado con los cósmicos y los labáricos me chirría como artificio.Pero a pesar de estos baches la novela atrapa desde la primera línea y se disfruta enormemente.Espero que no sea la última aventura de Husky que nos llevemos a los ojos.

  • Sumando Libros
    2018-07-20 08:10

    ¡Hola a todos!!Aquí les dejo la reseña de una distopía adulta, sisisi, así la nombro porque ciertamente lo ES y ahora que se encuentran de moda las distopías (juveniles) fue original conocer el punto de vista de un adulto cuando el mundo se encuentra en el fin de sus días…Para empezar les cuento que 'Lágrimas en la Lluvia' está inspirada en: Blade Runner, una película de ciencia ficción de 1982 [La cual también está basada en el libro ¿Sueñan los androides con ovejas eléctricas? De 1962] que trata de androides llamados “replicantes” donde la sociedad se encarga de asignarles los trabajos más duros... Como dato personal les cuento que recuerdo el final de esta película --no sé si la vi completa pero recuerdo el final-- aunque las críticas fueron bastante dispersas en su época fue merecedora del título: Película de Culto.Regresando al libro, les cuento que todo lo que viviremos se situará en la ciudad de Madrid que en el año de 2109 no es la capital de España, mas bien es algo así como una provincia del mundo, porque TODO el mundo, TODOS los países se unificaron en una solo entidad llamada; Estados Unidos de la tierra… lo cual es bastante genial y lógico (aunque no se puede evitar tener cierta percepción media gringa jejeje) Pero retomando la idea de una sola entidad, comprenderán que sería muy egocéntrico ser los únicos seres vivos del universo por lo cual tendremos ‘vecinos’ ya sean otras sociedades que en su minuto decidieron abandonar nuestro mundo para crear su propio universo basado en sus propias creencias (aunque no muy lejos de la Tierra -- Traducción: ciudades flotante) y también podremos conocer otras formas de vida como por ejemplo: Los bichos, seres que no son muy apreciados en la Tierra :(Como imaginaran Bruna Husky es parte esencial del libro pero no solo por ser la protagonista (aunque suene absurdo) sino porque al ser una replicante es quien nos explicará qué significa ser una tecnohumana... aquí les dejo algunos datos:- Su imagen refleja la edad física de 30 años- Poseen recuerdos que incluyen experiencias y sentimientos hacia familiares inexistente hasta el día en que despiertan (nacen) y conocen la realidad. Esto es básicamente como si les hubieran insertado un chip con información y el último dato de ese chip es la horrible verdad: NO ERES HUMANO [O.o piensen en el trauma]- Además los replicantes deben pagar el haber ‘nacido’ con un par de años en algún tipo de trabajo… entre ellas las que más presente tengo son el pertenecer al ejército (trabajo de Bruna) y la prostitución que en algún minuto fue prohibida… ¬¬ (¿qué considerados no?)- Ahhh y como si fuera poco la esperanza de vida de un tecnohumano es de 10 años…Otra parte esencial y bastante valorados por mi fueron ‘Los Archivos de de Yiannis Liberopoulos’, que reconozco sinceramente que en un principio me eran confuso porque no entendía que estaba leyendo pero después fue casi imprescindible no leerlos.Los archivos son como libros de historia, en donde nos explican gran parte del pasado que nos perdimos, son el resumen entre los años 2012 al 2109, documentos que nos explican diferentes descubrimientos, ya sean guerras, leyes y otras cosas relevantes que nos dan la base y el porqué de la sociedad y el futuro que vive Bruna.Sobre los personajes puedo decir que cumplen 100% con la personalidad que esperas de un adulto que ha vivido cosas no muy agradables o bastante reales, de hecho podrá parecer raro pero Bruna y otros personajes me recordaron mucho a protagonistas de… La Hermandad de la Daga Negra, esa infaltable dosis de amargura, resolución y fuerza interior que crean una persona muy lejos de la perfección pero que aun así te pueden llegar al corazón, ¿me entienden? Espero que si :D...La historia en sí se centra en una ola de suicidios y posteriormente de asesinatos a replicantes y humanos, por lo cual la dirigente del partido político que representa y defiende los derechos de los tecnohumanos decide contratar a Bruna con el fin de descubrir el porqué de estos suicidios o si en realidad existe algo oculto y son asesinatos premeditados debido a la discriminación que sufren sus pares...En pocas palabras, el libro fue otro de mis descubrimientos, si bien leí este libro después de Elantris en donde quedé completamente revolucionada y emocionada por la historia… no se imaginarán como fue leer otro libro (seguido) que causará la misma sensación de felicidad por leer algo que personalmente me hizo reprocharme el haber tardado casi un año leerlo ¬¬Aquí viene la confesión xD: como ya saben tardé casi un año en decidirme a leer 'Lágrimas en la Lluvia' debido a que la portada me daba la sensación de mmm ambientalista xD (osa y hielo), creando una historia completamente distinta y muy lejos de la realidad al interior de mi cabeza que lamentablemente me hacia dejarlo de lado una y otra vez… en fin, gracias a eso me perdí esta estupenda historia casi un año ¬¬, espero que ustedes no pasen por lo mismo :/Rachel.

  • Gwen
    2018-07-19 09:12

    Let me get this out of the way: This book was not irredeemably terrible. You can tell this because I actually finished it, and for this alone it gets two stars.But.But.The writing is stilted. I don't know if this is an artefact of the translation, but if it is, then the translator needs to get their act together, pronto.The story, despite its title (and the main character even viewing Blade Runner during the course of the book), bears little to no resemblance to Do Androids Dream. Dick fans, go elsewhere.The author can't seem to make their mind up what it is they want to write about. The focus is supposedly on replicants - explicitly referred to as androids - but they are creatures of flesh and blood, with organs and hormones and vulnerability to cancers and everything else that entails. Also for some reason there are aliens, with one in particular starring in a bizarre subplot that meanders exactly nowhere.A number of the main character's progressions in her investigation are the result of lucky guesses - handwaved away in-world as the result of some kind of synthetic hormone (despite her being an android, despite her being flesh and blood), but what it basically comes down to is the author writing herself into a corner and having no way out other than the MC magically having the information.There are several incidents of literal infodumps which were boring and mostly irrelevant, only one of which actually served any plot relevance and by that time I'd taken to skipping them entirely due to their being tedious, pointless, reads.The obligatory romance is rather painful to watch developing, especially when everyone involved is simply painfulling oblivious to the fact the author is barely able to keep herself from the moment of "now kiss!!!".The ending is a super convinient "everyone lived happily ever after, except the villain, and the dead people I guess" which comes rather abruptly out of nowhere after far too long, explaining away clues which nobody has bothered investigating for the entire duration of the novel in half a sentence before focusing back on what the MC is currently wearing.In short, for a published science fiction novel written as a tribute to Dick's work, and deliberately trying to invoke it, it's embarassingly amateur.But like I said, it's not irredeemably terrible. There are a few interesting ideas and themes in the novel - the Clean Air Tax and its subsequent effect on the underclasses, the employment of the desperate as living billboards for unscrupulous corporations - even if they don't get given the time they deserve. It's perfectly readable, if you have some time to kill and switch your brain off. Just don't go in expecting anything akin to PKD - or, alternatively, just go and read something better.

  • Matt
    2018-07-23 03:50

    This is the best book I've read in a while. Think sci-fi meets detective story, meets philosophical reflection on the nature of identity and mortality.Many things make this book good. The main character, Bruna Husky, is compelling, somehow both kick-ass and vulnerable simultaneously. The world is futuristic (e.g., sky trams), yet also realistic (labor strikes involving the sky tram workers). The technology is seamless (antibacterial lights in the operating room) and politicized (anti-aging surgery accessible to all but the poor, thus wrinkles are a sign of poverty). The ideas are thought-provoking: the technohumans/replicants are created at about 25 years of age and only live for 10 years. They are implanted with false childhood memories to stabilize their sense of identity. It leads you to a place where there is no difference between the implanted memories of replicants and the "real" memories of the humans, thus highlighting the epistemological ephemerality of memory. Living for only 10 years is of course a microcosm of universal mortality, except that Bruna has a literal countdown continually going in her head of how many years, months, and days she has left to live. The book isn't afraid to be political, such as the poor who must survive by allowing electronic billboards to be permanently affixed to their bodies and being required to walk around the city 12 hours a day. This is of course a logical consequent of selling ourselves to consumerist capitalism.The book has its flaws, such as a overly quick and tidy wrap-up of all the tension the book delightfully develops over hundreds of pages. But I highly recommend reading this thoughtful exploration.

  • Jaylia3
    2018-08-01 08:51

    This engrossing, thought provoking, Blade Runner inspired, Sci-Fi detective novel by Spanish author Rosa Montero held me from beginning to end. With thorough world-building, multi-dimensional characterizations, and a detailed and suspenseful plot, Tears in Rain explores the complexities and psychological tensions of living in a futuristic, climate damaged world peopled with humans, replicants and aliens. Normally I am wary of translations, but in this case I felt no story element was missing, including the joy of being able to sink into the text. Replicant Detective Bruna Husky knows she only has about ten years total to live, a fact that runs through her mind several times a day. Created by humans for combat, she is strong, smart and fast, but the melancholy she sometimes feels can cause her to be rash and self-destructive. Every replicant has 500 implanted memories of a childhood that didn’t actually exist, false memories that are meant to make their short lives more comfortable, but in Bruna’s case knowing they aren’t real just makes her feel a sense of loss. When hired by a radical replicant rights group to investigate a series of suspicious, headline grabbing, murder-suicide deaths of replicants which are turning public opinion against her species it becomes personal for Bruna. She has an engaging and well-drawn Star Wars bar assortment of friends and acquaintances, but as she gets closer to the truth it becomes harder for Bruna to know who to trust.

  • Desinka
    2018-07-20 07:08

    4.5. This was a pleasant surprise. I loved the world Rosa Montrero builds - detailed and comples. The characters of humans, reps and aliens were realistic, convincing and likeable (or hateful, as intented), with a real depth to them. I liked the political layer of the story as well. There was even a bit of humour:) Bruna was an engaging character and I could relate to her despite her being an android. I would have liked to see more of her relationship with her creator though.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2018-07-23 10:02

    This book was longer than it needed to be and I felt impatient. I was going to abandon it but then Bruna woke up in bed wtih a translucent alien and didn't know why he was there. That was intriguing but then he just kind of was THERE and a little creature named Bartolo showed up but then didn't have a purpose other than comic relief. This happens a lot in this book. Bruna is solving the mystery of why the reps (clones, robots, whatever) are being killed and these random characters that have no purpose keep showing up. Apparently this is a self-admitted tribute to Blade Runner. I'm not a big enough fan to understand how it relates, but I would imagine that the Dick story and the movie based on it are the masterpieces and this is just... an aspiration. I wonder how much is lost in translation though. This was written in Spanish originally.4 years, 3 months, 10 days. Bruna repeats how much time she has left on earth over and over and over. Reps only get 10 years although they are filled with fake memories that make them think they've lived and lost a lot more. I kept looking at the screen to see how many tracks I had left too.The story is slowly paced for a crime sci-fi novel, which feels strange. Mary Robinette Kowal, the reader, is the silver lining. She does a great job and that kept me listening longer than I would have otherwise.

  • Sue Davis
    2018-08-17 10:57

    El titlulo se refiere a un comentario de Roy Baty en la película Blade Runner, segundos antes de su muerte: "all the memories are lost, washed away como lágrimas en la lluvia." Esta novela tiene todos los rasgos de la literatura posmoderna, incluso la intertextualidad y una mezcla de varios géneros. Montero utiliza no sólo las ideas de Philip K. Dick y Ridley Scott sino además las de una multitud de autores de novelas de ciencia ficción y detective. Se podría interpretar Lágrimas en la lluvia como un "send up" a Blade Runner y/o el mismo cuento contado del punto de vista de una mujer que es, a la vez, una replicante y detective.

  • Oscar_LRB
    2018-07-26 04:10

    Ha sido toda una sorpresa.Esta novela ha pasado a ser mi favorita de todo el 2011, y mira que he leído cosas buenas.Recomendado totalmente para los fans de la CIFI. Hay que dejarse de prejuicios, sobre si la autora pertenece al género. Creo que después de esta novela, no habrá nadie que sea mínimamente sincero que se atreva a decir que Rosa Montero no está dentro de los mejores autores de la Ciencia Ficción escrita en español.Nada, y lo digo bien alto: NADA que envidiar a los autores más consagrados.

  • kathe
    2018-08-15 03:53

    3.5 estrellasCuando inicié pensé que no lo terminaría. Sin embargo, mientras más leía, más quería saber de Bruna. Es un excelente personaje! Probablemente lo que menos me gustó fue el desarrollo del misterio (acostumbrada a sherlock, dupin, poirot) pero igual tiene lo suyo. Debo admitir que es un placer leer una historia original aunque mucho se ha hablado de androides y mundos futuristas. Sin duda, me leería la saga entre. Ya me enganché

  • Mersini
    2018-08-18 06:05

    Well, to put it frankly, I loved this book, bar a few moments when it seemed the composure of the novel slipped. But overall, it was absolutely enthralling. It follows Bruna Husky, a technohuman (an organic robot built mostly in the likeness of a human), as she is pulled into a futuristic noir story where everything is a conspiracy and the world teeters on the edge of political and social collapse. As the tensions between humans and technohumans (also known as replicants - a direct reference to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner) mounts, Husky is drawn into an investigation to find why some replicants have seemingly gone mad and are attacking humans, and this chase leads her directly to the people in charge of opposing political parties. In a clever move, Rosa Montero took the concepts and implications from Blade Runner and spun them into a tale of her own making. Of course, anyone who has ever seen Blade Runner picks up within the first five pages that Tears in Rain is based on the film. Hell, even the title is a direct reference to the film; Roy's final lines, anyone? But there are differences between the two as well as similarities. For a start, everything that the film expects you to not question is answered in this novel as official documents about the history of the world are woven into the story, filling out the gaps between our own present day and Montero's projected future, including wars, space travel, contact with extraterrestrials and the development of new technologies. And yet, like Blade Runner, the world in Tears in Rain seems to hold relics of the past, or our present, such as gunpowder fuelled guns, rather than the preferred plasma guns of the 22nd century. In some strange way, it makes a reader nostalgic for the time they're living in, so well does Montero transport you to the future. There are of course, huge differences between the Blade Runner and Tears in Rain, but as the novel claims to be inspired by it, not based in the same world as it, this is forgiven. For example, technohumans are called 'replicants' in honour of the film, a nickname dubbed by the humans in that futuristic world, not because Montero herself decided to call them that, as such. She very gently tells us this early in the novel when she says that the word 'replicant' came from a popular film of the 20th century. The people who go around calling Tears in Rain "Blade Runner fanfiction" are clearly missing the huge differences between them, perhaps wanting it to be fanfiction so as to condemn it, instead of considering it a work in its own right and judging it by its own merit. However, there was one very clear instance where Montero tactlessly handles a direct reference to Blade Runner, citing the name of the film during the story. Not only did this name dropping seem to serve no purpose other than to remind us what the novel was inspired by, but it jarred the flow of the story. All of a sudden, the nuances of the world that Montero had drawn with finesse were shattered because she wanted to directly cite the film. The first reference made in the book to Blade Runner was handled well, an obvious, yet somewhat subtle explanation and citation, but the more obvious time was simply too obvious. It may seem a silly thing to fuss over, but it really did jar my attention from the rest of the story and I winced because it stopped the narrative flow. Of course, the other downside is that such a reference may show the book to be outdated in the future. Subtlety, in the case of a novel like this, works a lot better when referencing the original work it's inspired by. After all, Blade Runner doesn't go around name dropping Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick, which it is originally based on. Anyhow, as a novel, it conscientiously explores discrimination between humans and replicants, as well as humans and replicants and aliens. The tense dynamic that runs throughout the entire novel is entirely believable, because it's seen everyday in reality, whether it be discrimination against others because of sex, sexuality or race. Of course, it's taken to a whole new level in Tears in Rain, as the world threatens to collapse into civil war between replicants and humans, but this too isn't unheard of in our own reality. In all, it's a very good exploration of one potential future of humankind. The best part of the novel was probably Bruna Husky and her complexity of character. As a replicant, she isn't supposed to be a very complex being, but in typical science fiction/fantasy fashion, Bruna is the odd one out in a long line of almost carbon copies. She feels like a human because in some ways she is a human, with human memories, rather than the scripted ones created by memory writers. Having said that, we're offered very little interaction with other replicants, so we're told, rather than shown, the difference between Bruna and other replicants. However, for all her humanity, she is still biologically a technohuman, struggling to make the most of her existence, painfully aware of her mortality. As it is written mostly from Bruna's point of view, Montero plays well on the concept that while humans are aware of their mortality, we often feel that we are immortal because we do not have any idea of when exactly our life might end, whereas replicants have a clear expiration date. Bruna heartbreakingly conveys the grief of knowing that she only has so much time to live, while most of the world around her is blissfully unaware of when they might cease to be. It's a novel that involves a great many things, but perhaps the most touching is the way Montero reminds us of the fragility of our own mortality, without it being a depressing novel. I, for one, am glad that this is one science fiction novel that has been translated from Spanish to English, and I can only hope that one day my Spanish is good enough to allow me to read it in it's original language, as I'm sure the translation doesn't do it as much justice as it deserves.

  • Jim
    2018-07-29 07:13

    Fun read, I love the take on Blade Runner. Reading book 2 of the series now.

  • Elsa
    2018-07-24 10:16

    I really like Rosa Montero and even if this book is very different from any other I read from her, it was indeed worth it. Sometimes needed a lot of attention not to get lost, as the story happens in quite a fast pace.Fiction is also not so my kind of thing, but I liked a lot this story that is happening in 2109. The writer had a lot of attention to details, like really saying the exact date - and correct.Sometimes I had the feeling I was reading Murakami, I don't know exactly why, but I think it had to do with the main character, Bruna Husky. She reminded me the one from 1Q84... (very small spoiler...)...And something very sweet... Bruna falls in love... and the description of the moment when they "meet" is just beautiful!!!!!!The imagination of Rosa Montero is great and the result is very good, I am looking forward to know more about Bruna on Weight of the heart.

  • Isi
    2018-07-23 04:11

    Reseña completa en el blogReview on my English blogLágrimas en la lluvia es la primera novela de ciencia ficción que leo. En ella, volvemos al universo de Blade Runner, pero ya no tan ochentero: estamos en el año 2109. Bruna Husky es una replicante de combate que se gana la vida como detective; y no es que le quede mucho de vida, pues los replicantes solo pueden vivir unos 10 años y Bruna ya ha pasado la mitad de esa edad. En realidad los replicantes son humanos creados en laboratorios que nacen con 25 años y trabajan durante dos para el gobierno de los Estados Unidos de la Tierra, pudiendo más adelante vivir su propia vida, con casi los mismos derechos que el resto de la humanidad.La historia comienza cuando la vecina de Bruna, también replicante, llama desesperadamente a su puerta para luego intentar asesinarla, aunque Bruna consigue reducirla, y después suicidarse de una manera espantosa. Y resulta que esta mujer no es la primera replicante que presenta un comportamiento violento y suicida, así que Bruna Husky recibe el encargo de investigar el suceso que, ella cree, puede tratarse de una conspiración del Partido Supremacista Humano.No os cuento nada más ya que el lector tiene que descubrir por su cuenta este misterioso asunto; asunto que no es más que una excusa para presentarnos un mundo no tan distinto del nuestro, en realidad, porque por muchos años y generaciones que se sucedan, parece que no vamos a ser capaces de mejorar la especie. Bueno, sí la mejoramos y creamos personas con capacidades específicas para una determinada función, y luego los odiamos por ser diferentes; cómo no. Bruna sabe que todos los recuerdos infantiles que tiene le han sido implantados artificialmente, pero también cree que la peronsa que es ahora se debe a ese pasado que tiene y no tiene al mismo tiempo, y todo ello nos hace replantearnos nuestra idea sobre qué significa ser humano.Es una novela que lees y te causa desazón y alegría al mismo tiempo: la Tierra ha cambiado de manera horrible y se han extinguido casi todas las especies animales, pero también se han conseguido crear unos Estados Unidos de la Tierra (bueno, algunos países no se han anexionado, peeeero…) y me parece esperanzadora esa idea de que podamos vivir más o menos en paz. Además, la trama sobre las muertes de los replicantes está también muy intrigante y al final estás tan enganchado al libro que de repente te llama tu madre y te parece un atraso que no aparezca un holograma tridimensional en el salón ;) .En definitiva, un libro que tenéis que leer. Os encantará Bruna Husky.

  • Maria
    2018-08-19 08:56

    Bueno, ya es oficial. Me he enganchado a las peripecias de la detective Bruna Husky siguiendo la estela de esas mujeres rudas, con pantalla de auto protección a lo Lisbeth Salander de la saga Millennium.Una trama policíaca bastante bien hilada, con recursos nuevos y un escenario de un Madrid del siglo XXII con detalles tiernos para quienes conocen el terreno. Sin duda, seguiré sus aventuras.

  • Steve
    2018-07-20 07:10

    The title Tears in Rain comes from Blade Runner and that caught my eye originally about this novel. It takes place a bit further in the future, in a Madrid of the future. You will not find it as dark, yet you will find geo-political lines drawn more starkly. The story focuses on Bruna Husky, a replicant, meaning an android with near completely human characteristics. Unlike the time when Harrison Ford/Decker pursued replicants, who had no legal existence on Earth, in this later period, replicants did have legal, if uneasy existence here. Bruna works as a detective, after haing training and serving as a combat replicant. Here the case really concerns her own existence and as time goes on, the future of all replicants on earth in the face of racist thugs and hostile off-world extremist colongies.The author Rosa Montero is an established Spanish writer, and here we have another example of mainstream authors crossing over to science fiction or speculative fictions or whatever we should call it, in order to pursue most interesting social, political and cultural explorations. I enjoyed the writing. I can only assume the translator was top notch. Through fast paced events and dialog, Montero draws the several key characters quite well. Bruna attracts an odd and most interesting assortment of friends and persons of interest. Bruna herself above all is well drawn. Most engaging is Bruna's inner dialog about what it means to live a full life with the conditions and burdens of being a replicant--including an autormatically shortened life as in Blade RunnerThe extended world that Montero has created pays true tribute to the film, now 30 years old, and the original Philip Dick story, now 50 years past. I hope many readers find it, and not just those who follow science fiction.

  • Txkimmers
    2018-08-15 07:13

    Remember Zhora? Joanna Cassidy played a combat style replicant in Blade Runner that gets killed by Harrison Ford's character and dies in a spectacular fashion, as she is photographed stumbling and launching herself through plate glass window after plate glass window in a mall, refusing to go down. Cassidy's brief performance was so intensely bad ass, it's really unforgettable (or so I thought at the time and still do). I always wished she could have had her own story.I think with this novel, she sort of did. I kept thinking of Zhora as I read this novel, which I really enjoyed, although this might a Zhora if she's taken a different turn earlier in life. Montero's character Bruna Husky is really marvelous. The novel takes a strange turn from dark, hopeless noir into a kind of weirdly life-affirming sunshine by the end-- it is as if Montero realized she really liked her characters and wanted to write another novel with them after all--but I really enjoyed the world that she created, and Bruna is a great heroine. I was really pleased to read recently that Montero does in fact have plans for a sequel. Looking forward to it!

  • Tatiana Pérez
    2018-07-19 08:07

    The book starts with Bruna sleeping and her neighbour knocking on her door. However, this is only a bad beginning for Bruna: her ass will be kicked several times while she tries to investigate several deaths. A great noir story with replicants that occurs in a futuristic version of Madrid. Great reading and a page turning. I loved this book madly.Bruna Husky no es una detective cualquiera, es una replicante: un ser creado artificialmente con una vida limitada para realizar tareas para los humanos. Bruna sabe que tiene poco tiempo y vive obsesionada con su muerte, pero tendrá que investigar las muertes de otros replicantes por un encargo. ¿Conseguirá sobrevivir a las palizas y las tramas que pondrán en su camino? Una lectura amena y apasionante en un Madrid futurístico con replicantes. Una de las lecturas más interesantes que he leído en mucho tiempo de un autor español. Podéis leer una reseña más detallada en mi blog: http://www.ashoggothontheroof.blogspo...

  • Olethros
    2018-07-28 11:08

    -Acercando el género al público menos incondicional del mismo.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. En el Madrid de 2019, dentro de una sociedad global con diferentes clases de tensión social, Bruna Husky es una replicante (o tecnohumana) de combate reconvertida a detective privado a la que le quedan cuatro años, tres meses y veintinueve días hasta su fecha de caducidad. Cuando sufre el repentino ataque de su vecina, también rep como ella aunque creyéndose humana en su delirio, descubre que no es el primer caso de locura agresiva con desenlace fatal. Bruna es contratada por la líder del Movimiento Radical Replicante para que descubra tanto quién la está amenazando cómo qué está sucediendo con los replicantes que enloquecen.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...

  • Carlos Fernández
    2018-07-23 08:17

    100% recomendado a los lectores de ciencia ficción. No tiene la precisión cientifica que siempre es perfecta en el género (ondas electromagnéticas supersónicas? :/) pero a cambio de dos o tres patinazos se disfruta de un gran libro: personajes complejos e interesantes y una historia llena de acción con un entorno social, político y personal rico y envolvente. Muy bien escrito, rompe los estereotipos y esquemas simplones (y aburridos) de la ciencia ficción de siempre. El personaje principal tiene carisma, y los secundarios lo apoyan fenomenalmente. La historia tiene lugar en Madrid en 2109, lo que le añade un encanto especial a los que reconocemos los lugares. A pesar del título y del uso del término "replicante" el argumento central es más cercano a las series Humans o la nueva Galáctica, a la que recuerda también por los aspectos políticos y sociales.

  • Javier Santana
    2018-08-06 10:47

    Hacía tiempo que un libro no me enganchaba tanto. Se trata de una novela negra ambientada en el futuro en un ambiente similar al de Blade Runner. Una detective empieza a investigar una serie de suicidios y se envuelta en una trama mucho más compleja de lo que parecía inicialmente.Está escrito con un estilo sencillo, sin llegar a enredar el relato con adornos innecesarios, por lo que se deja leer muy bien y las páginas se van pasando casi solas. La historia es muy entretenida y llena de giros que sorprenden al lector. Hasta ahora no había leído nunca ningún libro de Rosa Montero y tengo claro que no será el último.