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Trese: Stories from the Diabolical, volume 1 by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo

January 28, 2015

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Stories from the Diabolical helps tide Trese fans over until the next graphic novel installment. It's a collection of short illustrated dark fantasy stories narrated by Hank the bartender of Alexandra Trese's club in Malate, Manila.

Strangewood by Christopher Golden

January 25, 2015

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A dark fantasy, Strangewood demolishes the delusions of childhood and mocks the icons of youth, and yet it reaffirms innocence and boundless joy and wonder. When Thomas was a boy, he imagined a fantastic forest peopled with magical creatures. He was The Boy whose imagination shaped the world, where he played with talking animals and had adventures to foil the plots of the Peanut Butter Man and the wicked Jackel Lantern. In that world, good always triumph and evil is thrilling, never surpassing what a child cannot understand.

Trese 5: Midnight Tribunal by Budjette and KaJo Baldisimo

January 22, 2015

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In this volume, the series pushes for the beginning of a very promising story arc. The volume is episodic with interconnected stories. Someone is trying to do Trese's job for her. This someone is faster and more prone to sensational antics. Trese must catch this someone before he or she gets into too much trouble. Unfortunately, another player, a masked giant, gets into the picture to stand judge and executioner to the supernatural bad guys in the city. Trese and the Kambal have their hands full.

Tales of Horror by H.P. Lovecraft

January 19, 2015

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Perhaps the reason Lovecraft's stories are enduring is because they are all about the unknown. For me, Lovecraft is scary because for him the universe is indifferent, and there is nothing scarier (right?) than being alone and insignificant in a big, bad universe.

Tomb Keeper by G.M. Coronel

January 4, 2015

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In Tragic Theater, a group of spirit communicators held a seance to reach out to troubled spirits believed to be haunting the place. What they discovered was scarier than any ghosts, and the repercussions of that first contact are now explored in Tomb Keeper the sequel.

My Top 10 Books of 2014

January 1, 2015

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Most of my favorite books in 2014 are Fantasy. My top read though is the Rosales Saga, a series of five historical and political novels, which trace five generations of two families, namely the Samsons (poor farmers) and the Asperri (wealthy mestizos) through Spanish and American periods in the History of the Philippines up until the pre-Martial Law Period in the 1970s. It's a gripping read that anyone who likes Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet will appreciate. The Rosales Saga is written by Filipino National Artist F. Sionil Jose.

Ravenloft Books: Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden

November 24, 2014

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It was with trepidation that I picked this book up. I was wary of taking up something that was part of a shared universe with multiple authors. If trying to complete series drives me crazy what more something more monstrous? Yet, I could not resist the premise of this story. Jander the vampire elf fell in love with a mad woman he found in an asylum. Despite her madness, she was beautiful and kind and all that was pure. He took care of her for decades. She eventually died, succumbing to insanity. Driven by grief, Jander found himself in another realm ruled by a cruel vampire, Count Strand.