Of wild woods and even wilder logic

It would seem that, generally, the way to move children towards an adventure is for parents to be dead, estranged, or hyperdysfunctional. I would, therefore, consider Colin Meloy brave for choosing to give parents to his two lead characters, Prue and Curtis. Too bad it didn’t work.

Of wild woods and even wilder logic

It would seem that, generally, the way to move children towards an adventure is for parents to be dead, estranged, or hyperdysfunctional. I would, therefore, consider Colin Meloy brave for choosing to give parents to his two lead characters, Prue and Curtis. Too bad it didn’t work.

Inciting revolution through literature

Filipino readers remain largely under-served in terms of mere access, let alone language or cultural representation. As a nation that seems to keep falling in the trap of forgetfulness, my country needs books similar to this—books that will help us remember. There is power in Octavian’s story, power that draws much from Anderson’s eloquent storytelling and diligent research. There is power in Octavian’s story, because his story is also ours.

Inciting revolution through literature

Filipino readers remain largely under-served in terms of mere access, let alone language or cultural representation. As a nation that seems to keep falling in the trap of forgetfulness, my country needs books similar to this—books that will help us remember. There is power in Octavian’s story, power that draws much from Anderson’s eloquent storytelling and diligent research. There is power in Octavian’s story, because his story is also ours.

Edgar Samar guest posts: Ang Anino ni Tony Perez

Edgar Samar talks about one of his inspirations for the Janus Silang Series. “May talas ang muling pagsasangkot ni Perez sa mga arketipo ng Liwanag at Dilim sa kaniyang imahinasyon ng nagdaan. Ganito ang motibasyon at inspirasyon ko sa pagsusulat ng aking YA novel series na Janus Sílang, at isang lilim ang anino ng pagkatha ni Perez.” [Link for an English translation found in full post.]

Edgar Samar guest posts: Ang Anino ni Tony Perez

Edgar Samar talks about one of his inspirations for the Janus Silang Series. “May talas ang muling pagsasangkot ni Perez sa mga arketipo ng Liwanag at Dilim sa kaniyang imahinasyon ng nagdaan. Ganito ang motibasyon at inspirasyon ko sa pagsusulat ng aking YA novel series na Janus Sílang, at isang lilim ang anino ng pagkatha ni Perez.” [Link for an English translation found in full post.]

More or less, a goldfish in a bowl

Each one an original story, the tales in the book were cute and steeped in lore, the tales highlight the author’s strength in writing short, picture-book type stories—a strength that does not serve her well in this foray into novel-length fiction.

More or less, a goldfish in a bowl

Each one an original story, the tales in the book were cute and steeped in lore, the tales highlight the author’s strength in writing short, picture-book type stories—a strength that does not serve her well in this foray into novel-length fiction.

Categorizing books, or not

Like most readers, I lament the fact that book stores have to categorize literature. Which is why I found it so hard to decide how to go about the categories for my book reviews. This puzzle kept me up at night for about a week, until I finally decided that the best way to go would be to classify books according to how many lead characters are involved in a book.

Categorizing books, or not

Like most readers, I lament the fact that book stores have to categorize literature. Which is why I found it so hard to decide how to go about the categories for my book reviews. This puzzle kept me up at night for about a week, until I finally decided that the best way to go would be to classify books according to how many lead characters are involved in a book.

Not Romeo and Juliet, where Shakespeare makes fun of love

Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” I feel so strongly about Eleanor & Park that I have to plan this review around 3 hard-to-translate-into-English Pinoy terms.

Not Romeo and Juliet, where Shakespeare makes fun of love

Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” I feel so strongly about Eleanor & Park that I have to plan this review around 3 hard-to-translate-into-English Pinoy terms.

Save the bird. Save the world.

Jacob begins his story by telling us that he will always think of the events in his life split between Before and After. I think of this book in quite the same way.

Save the bird. Save the world.

Jacob begins his story by telling us that he will always think of the events in his life split between Before and After. I think of this book in quite the same way.

Min Green, I can’t stop thinking about you.

Making use of the outcast and popular kid archetypes, Why We Broke Up finds a solid foundation in the opposites-attract template and reminds us that clichés only became stale because when they work, THEY WORK.

Min Green, I can’t stop thinking about you.

Making use of the outcast and popular kid archetypes, Why We Broke Up finds a solid foundation in the opposites-attract template and reminds us that clichés only became stale because when they work, THEY WORK.

Pos-i-tute-ly half divine!

Mystery is a necessary ingredient of a good murder story. Well, if it pays off. In this book, there’s a very solid divide between the awesome mystery and the awful mystery.

Pos-i-tute-ly half divine!

Mystery is a necessary ingredient of a good murder story. Well, if it pays off. In this book, there’s a very solid divide between the awesome mystery and the awful mystery.

Seven candles, silver shoes

I, Coriander is basically a fairy tale, complete with your usual cast of lost princess, evil stepmother, wicked witch, and enchanted prince. For good measure though, we also have an abusive preacher, a talking raven, and lots of Puritans.

Seven candles, silver shoes

I, Coriander is basically a fairy tale, complete with your usual cast of lost princess, evil stepmother, wicked witch, and enchanted prince. For good measure though, we also have an abusive preacher, a talking raven, and lots of Puritans.

About Getting Paged

We all (hopefully) have a shelf that never runs out of unread books. And, well, my unread pile seems to just keep stacking up in a way that just couldn’t be considered healthy anymore. Reading in itself has always proven

About Getting Paged

We all (hopefully) have a shelf that never runs out of unread books. And, well, my unread pile seems to just keep stacking up in a way that just couldn’t be considered healthy anymore. Reading in itself has always proven