January 27, 2016
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 […]
January 17, 2016
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.
January 13, 2016
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…
November 11, 2015
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.
October 6, 2015
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.