Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Matar a Lutero by Mario Escobar (♦♦♦)

Germany, 1521. It’s been a few years since doctor Martin Luther has published his 95 thesis against the selling of indulgences, idolatry, etc, common practices in the Catholic Church. After publicly burning a papal bull by Pope Leo X and facing condemnation edicts imposed by Roman Germanic Emperor Charles V, Martin Luther is forced to flee Wittenberg and hide in Wartburg castle for several months under the protection of an influential prince.

Meanwhile, Pope Leo X, worried about the division of the faithful and church in Germany, and Emperor Charles V send mercenaries to kill Martin Luther. After three failed attempts against his life, Luther finds the strength to return to the pulpit and preach against the radical currents threatening the Reformation.

This book is full of short dialogues and even shorter chapters, which make reading easy but do not contribute to a full understanding of Martin Luther’s personality and character. We know that Pope Leo X and Charles V want to kill him, but the why is not fully explored or explained. Characters are only superficially developed; since in this book faith is more important than descriptions, there’s no empathy for the characters, their plights or their ultimate fates. Besides the author allows himself a literary license because he says that the events he narrates in the book took place a year after in real life.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through in exchange for my honest review.