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 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 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, 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)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book Review: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

This is my second Haruki Murakami book. First of his book i read was Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage (click link to see review).

I have no plans to buy this book because they're releasing a paperback format since it was announced. But i change my mind the time i learned Aklatan online bookshop is selling this for almost half-price than the local retail price of 695.00 php! I say "Why not?"

About Aklatan: It's one of the online bookshop I always eye for interesting books. Further note, they upload new book arrivals every Sunday at 8:00 PM.

The Strange Library Book Details:

Title: The Strange Library
( Japanese: ふしぎな図書館 | Fushigi na toshokan )
ISBN: 9780385354301
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published Date:
Format: Paperback
Original Language: Japanese
Translated to: English
Translated by: Ted Goossen
Art Direction and Design: Chip Kidd
Form: Novella, Children's Novella
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Short Story


Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review: Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

I bought this book back April 10, 2010 in National Bookstore located at Glorietta 5 during the author's book launching. I'm happy it was signed by the author Miguel Syjuco himself. I learn about the book from 2008 Palanca Awards and latter it won Man Asian Literary Prize too. That's my deciding factor why i bought it.

Eventually after i got home, I forgot to read it because of hefty school work. It's almost 4 years already and it's just this month, while cleaning my bookshelf, I notice this book and decided to read it.

Signed Ilustrado novel by Miguel Syjuco. Photo from Instagram post by Literateknolohitura's Otakore.

I expect, It would be a great book to read because it won prestigious awards but let's find out if it really is with my book review (continue by clicking the 'Read more' or scroll down).