Books and bookish

November 11, 2014

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old book

View my bookshelf. I read fantasy, romance, thrillers, mysteries, and horror. Every two years or so, I return to my blog to sweep away beautiful cobwebs.

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Ang Pandacan Maynila by Ricardo B. Mendoza

January 27, 2016

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Ang Pandacan Maynila by Mendoza

What defines a person? So many answers, but I think I was shaped in large part by the neighborhood where I grew up. Pandacan is a district of the city of Manila in the Philippines. Its history is rich in song, valor and honor. Its air is filled with the breath of hardworking men and women. It is […]

Posted in: filipino, maybe true

Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton

January 17, 2016

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Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton

A mix of historical mystery and young adult fantasy, Endymion Spring was a pleasant read about the search for a book made from a dragon's hide. It wove the stories of Endymion Spring, 15th-century boy who worked as a typesetter for Gutenberg (the man who invented the printing-press) in Germany, and present-day Blake Winters, spending time with his mother and sister in Oxford.

Posted in: fantastic

Amazon Kills Shelfari

January 13, 2016

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Originally posted on The Reader's Room:
It’s official, the day that I’ve been dreading for several years has arrived. Amazon, which owns both Goodreads and Shelfari, has decided that it no longer cares to maintain Shelfari. Officially, “Shelfari is merging with Goodreads.” But let’s call it what it is: a shutdown. I feel like I’m…

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Only If You Can Find Me by Patricia Laurel

January 10, 2016

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Only if you can Find Me by Patricia Laurel

Nine-year-old Samantha Plum, born and raised in San Francisco, crosses the Pacific to the Philippines, land of her ancestors. On the way, she meets Solo, the magical Hawaiian, who becomes one of her mentors. In the Philippines, she finds a very different world and meets the spirit of her ancestor Lolo Ciano, brother of the […]

Posted in: fantastic, filipino

Voices in the Theater – Student Paranormal Research Group Book 1 by A.S. Santos

December 2, 2015

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voices in the theater - SPRG Trilogy book 1 by AS Santos

  Samantha Davidson has a secret: she can hear other people’s thoughts. Not everyone’s and not all the time, but it’s enough to convince her she can’t really trust anyone. Now, transplanted to a strange country, estranged from her family and peers, she begins to hear the voices of those no longer living or earthbound. […]

Posted in: filipino, scary

Trumpets’ The Horse and His Boy, an epic play #epicride

November 11, 2015

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Trumpets the Horse and His Boy

A play plays with the imagination that a movie can never do, I suppose. At first for me it was just a stage. But as the play went on, it transformed into the world of Aslan, that great mysterious lion that guided four children from Earth as they emerged from a magical wardrobe into a world peopled by talking animals. It has been a long time since I read the books of Narnia. I almost forgot it. The play made me remember how magical it was.

Posted in: fantastic, filipino

The Familiar by Tatiana G. Roces

October 6, 2015

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The Familiar by Tatiana G Roces

The book follows the story of 16-year old Hazel as she discovers she is a shape-shifter and the daughter of a powerful witch. When she revealed her powers to her mom she was shipped off to a training camp for "familiars," as shapeshifters are called in this world. At the camp she went through a series of interesting challenges.

Posted in: fantastic, filipino
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