Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Manga Review: 5 Centimeters per Second, by Makoto Shinkai

Based on the brilliant animation film by Makoto Shinkai, you can now recount the heartwrenching story of Takaki and Akari with this Manga release published by Vertical.

I ordered this manga from BookDepository.com last year December 2014 and just arrived to my home just this March 02, 2015. An almost two months of waiting. They already sent me a replacement copy due to long months of waiting for this book. I am not sure if this was the replacement copy they've sent. Anyway, I'm satisfied with their Customer Support for their response and fair resolution. In any case, I'll return back the duplicate if ever any arrive to my home.

Manga Book Details:

5 centimeters per second manga front cover
Title: 5 Centimeters per Second
Story by:
Art by: Yukiko Seike
ISBN: 9781932234961
Genre: Comics, Manga, Graphic Novel
Original Language: Japanese
Translated to: English
Translation by: Melissa Tanaka
Produced by: Hiroko Mizuno, Nicole Dochych, Tomoe Tsutsumi
Publisher: Vertical, Inc.
Published Date:

  • Takaki Tohno
  • Akari Shinohara
  • Kanae Sumida
  • Risa Mizuno

(read full review below; may contain spoilers)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I bought this book from Literati Haven for 400.00 php. It's in pre-loved good condition and hard to find as market of this hardbound format are no longer widely produced.

Note: Literati Haven is an online bookstore selling pre-loved books at a fair price. You can also find them selling through Instagram: https://instagram.com/literati.haven/

Book Details:

Title: Kafka on the Shore (Japanese: 海辺のカフカ | Umibe no Kafuka )
ISBN: 1400043662
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published Date:
First Published: 2002 (originally in Japanese)
Original Language: Japanese
Translated to: English
Translator by: Philip Gabriel
Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism, Japanese Literature

Notable Kafka on the Shore Characters:
- Kafka Tamura
- Nakata
- Miss Saeki
- Oshima
- Hoshino
- Johnnie Walker
- Colonel Sanders

(see book review below; may contain spoilers)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

News: Haruki Murakami's Two Early Novels Will Be Re-published in One book, Release Date is August 2015

I accidentally discovered the sale listing in Barnes&Noble (see listing here) and also tried its ISBN 0385352123 in Amazon.com. It's there! There will be a new Haruki Murakami book!

The Guardian already reported about this last year and it's becoming true, obviously. The pre-order listing just excites me.

Here are the details i gathered and there are no response "yet" from Knopf DoubleDay about further details of the book, as of this writing (whether it will be designed by Chip Kidd and more):

Title: Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels
Author: Haruki Murakami
Format: Hardcover – Deckle Edge
Publisher: Knopf (August 4, 2015)
Translator: Ted Goossen
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385352123
ISBN-13: 978-0385352123

Judging the title of his new book, there's no hard guess, It's obviously "Hear the Wind Sing" & "Pinball, 1973" in one published book (as The Guardian reported last year). The two early books, the English translated one, are very scarce (not the eBook). The actual copies are rare to find and the price is heavy. The average price of the said two books are around $290 - $1,980 from Amazon.com. So this would be a very good news for you if you're a Hardbound collector like me!

You can pre-order Haruki Murakami's new book Wind/Pinball below:

Or from BookDepository (Free Delivery Worldwide!).


Otakore Literantadodist
February 19, 2015


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pagsusuri sa Aklat: 'Gapô ni Lualhati Bautista

(this post is written in Filipino)

Matagal-tagal na ring hindi ako nakakapagbasa ng mga Tagalog na aklat at kamakailan lang ay hinahanap-hanap ko ang mga nobelang nababasa ko sa mga textbook noong High School at kolehiyo ko.

Nang makita ko na may nagbebenta ng mura't-gamit na libro sa isang Facebook group ay di ako nag-atubiling bilhin ang 'Gapô ni Lualhati Bautista sa halagang singkwenta pesos (50 pesos).

Detalye ng Aklat:

Pamagat: Gapo
Pangalawang pamagat: at isang puting Pilipino, sa ng mga Amerikanong kulay brown
Linggwahe: Tagalog / Filipino
ISBN: 9711901153
Genre (Anyo o Estilo): Drama, Fiction
Limbagan: Cacho Publishing House, Inc.
Petsa ng Pagkalimbag:
Unang Nailimbag: 1988
Unang Limbagan: Carmelo & Bauermann

- Michael Taylor Jr. / Mike
- Magdalene / Magda
- Modesto / Mang Modesto
- Alipio

(Basahin ang aking rebyu ng aklat na ito sa ibaba)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I luckily bought this book at a cheap price (again) from another local seller in OLX.ph, for 300.00 php! I learned about this book from reading various articles about 100 bestselling or best novels of all time. It may be in 2nd to the top or within the 100 top list. The ranking are coming from reputable sites so it's a deciding factor why i bought the book.

The Great Gatsby Book Details:

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: | Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
ISBN: 9781434442017
Originally Published: 1925
First Published by: Scribner's (now owned by Barnes&Noble)
Genre: Classic Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date:
Format: Hardback
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

The Great Gatsby Characters:
  • Nick Carraway
  • Tom Buchanan
  • Daisy Buchanan
  • Jay Gatsby / James Gatz
  • Jordan Baker

Setting: Long Island, US

Also, the Great Gatsby film back year 2013 reminded me about the book. I'm enticed to watch the film but i didn't because i knew they'd cut some of the story or put a spin-off on it. So, I reviewed this book before watching the film.

(See review and more details below; may contained spoilers)