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La Biblia Vaquera

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Blood should splatter the seats and stain the blonds. If you’ve been waiting for some sweaty, stinky, testosterone-drenched tales about luchadores and drinking contests, well, here ya go! Velazquez’s stories take place in a fictional Mexican province called PopSTock! Drifting through all the tales is the Cowboy Bible – a mystical object that changes its form in each story.

We meet a Santeria-practicing masked wrestler and a man who would trade his wife to the Devil to own a pair of boots.

Some of Blood should splatter the seats carls stain the blonds. Some of the tales may or may not be fictional.

Though I loved the first story, the lucha libre tale, things went downhill from there. So, I don’t know; if you liked that book, then this one might appeal to you.

I see some reviewers compare the author to Hunter S. ThompsonCharles Bukowskiand William S. Burroughsand that’s high praise indeed.

I thought there was a folktale-like quality, not unlike B. Anyway, if you like ladies-book-club books, you’ll probably hate this one. Gaquera you’re a fan of hard-drinking, hard-living stories, you’ll probably love it. I was somewhere in between. View all 6 comments. Oct 19, Eric Uribares rated it liked it.

Es el trabajo de un autor inteligente y arriesgado. Pero no hay recato, el autor no sabe dosificar sus atributos narrativos. I don’t really know how to rate this book. Velazqez when I finished the first story, the titular “The Cowboy Bible,” thoroughly confused, I turned to the book’s Goodreads page for guidance and found my initial impression immediately validated by reviewer Brian Grover, who summed it up as “literally, nonsense. As The Guardian recently explained”[s]ome cultures do not distinguish between fiction and nonfiction – and instead talk of ‘stories'”; one of the cultures identified in the article is Mexico.


The stories cannot be assessed individually; the whole is bibloa than the sum of its parts. How can I weigh the book’s exuberance and phantasmagoric imagination against its obscure to me, at least pop culture references and its incomprehensibility to any reader who hasn’t read the publisher’s blurb?

I can definitely state that The Cowboy Bible and Other Stories is not for every reader, but those who are willing to patiently immerse themselves in the world of PopSTock!

– La Biblia Vaquera (Narrativa Sexto Piso) (Spanish Edition) by Carlos Velazquez

La lectura galopa desbocada por historias que nunca pierden ni pies ni cabeza, velazqkez carecen de ello. Hay siempre una trama muy concreta y lo que transforma toda la experiencia es la amplia gama de artefactos literarios de los que se vale el autor para contarnos los cuentos de otra manera. Feb 20, Juan Araizaga rated it liked it. Sobre todo si estamos acostumbrados a las cosas comunes corrientes y estructuradas.

Pudo haber sido peor. Nov 03, Samuel Ch. Es un excelente libro para olvidarse de las grandilocuencias literatas y en su lugar sentarse en cualquier barra con un cigarro aceptando que ni la literatura ni la vulgaridad deben ser siempre tomadas en serio. Sin embargo faquera un libro que tiene que leerse. Es lo que hay, pues. Desgraciadamente, este tipo de obras no responden bien a las releecturas.

View all 5 comments. This book is, literally, nonsense.

The comparison on velazqquez back jacket to Burroughs feels generous, and the comparisons to Hunter S. Thompson and Bukowski are absurd. Velazquez may be a talented young writer, but this feels like something he wrote after he ate too many space cakes. Rein it in and try again. Apr 26, Nora rated it it was amazing. Sep 23, Lalo Rojas added it. Solo mexicanos lo entienden o gente muy arraigada velazuez nuestra cultura y zona. It is difficult to know what to say about this.

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I like the title and the linking theme was neat. But most of the time I didn’t like the book.

I liked it more nearer the end which might be that I was becoming more attuned to or sympathetic with the voice of the author – or it might have been that I had left the lists of names of wrestlers behind. As an edgy collection of very short fiction it was not surprising that I didn’t find a sympathetic central character. There was a strong and sympathetic c It is difficult to know what to say about this. There was a strong and sympathetic character in there, don’t get me wrong and I was grateful to find her.

The dev1l character was also sympathetic in places. I really wanted to like this book. But felazquez of it I didn’t like. If Vvaquera were 30 years younger and stoned a lot of the time I might like it more. But I hope not because most of it just doesn’t seem to be all that good. Se te va la tonada. Esta vez se la voy a ofertar en mi juicio.

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Jan 27, Mauriciobrull rated it it was ok. Jun 05, Sergio Monterrubio rated it it was ok. Salvo los muchos lolz, rotundo meh. Viscerally surreal, bare-knuckle narratives of marginal people in a marginal community. Not magical realism so much as sorcery combined with naturalism. The least interesting stories are just opaquely weird.

The admittedly well-designed cover, featuring a lucha libre mask and ringing endorsements connecting Velazquez to such white writers as Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, and Hunter S. The influence of Bukowski and co. That being expunged from my system, there is actually a lot to commend with this collection of stories.

Velazquez writes in a tone that we can describe as mythic, a tone that is at once stoic and frenetic, jumping from one object of fascination to the next in the span of a few staccato sentences.

This works the best in the lead-off story, vaquerq melds all of those cultural structures into one figure, The Cowboy Bible. There are a lot of questions that about the world of PopSTock! His province of PopSTock! Yes, the masculinity in many of these stories goes too much unchecked, even if they are seemingly positioned to tear down that very same masculinity.

Yes, some of the story ideas wear themselves thin rather fast. This reads a lot like Hunter S. Thompson, but with way more burritos and luchadores.

Dips into chauvinistic velazqudz at times, though I’m not entirely clear on if it’s making fun of these views or taking a neutral stance on them. Can recommend, but with a grain of salt and two of sugar.

This short story vaaquera is unlike anything I have ever read.

laa The language and style are extraordinary. Comparisons have been made between Velazquez’s work and that of Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, and William S. The tone is always ironic, frequently surreal and often spectacularly inventive. The use of contemporary Mexican velazquze culture, including Spanglish words, song lyrics and much more, made this a difficult book for me to understand and read.

I am sure I missed a lo This short story collection is unlike anything I have ever read. I am sure I missed a lot of references and even some plot points.