Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne | Special Rehearsal Edition Script | Parts One and Two

harry potter and the cursed child front cover
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (front cover)

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author(s): , ,
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication date:
ISBN: 9781338099133
Edition: Special Rehearsal Edition Script
Language: English
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover



Set 19 years later after the Battle of Hogwarts. The story focused on Harry Potter's son, Albus Severus Potter. To read my full review, just click the 'Read more' below or scroll down:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Manga Review: Buddha - Vol. 1: Kapilavastu, manga by Osamu Tezuka

buddha volume 1 by osamu tezuka front cover
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (front cover)


Title: Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu
Author:
Originaly Published by: Ushio Shuppan
English Publisher: Vertical Inc.
Edition Language: English
ISBN: 1932234438
Date Published:
Series / Volume: 1
Genre: Manga, Comics, Graphic Novel







I luckily bought this book from Thriftbooks.com for a cheaper price. It's actually a chase one. Click below or the title of this blog post to read my full review.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Book 3

Title: 1Q84 [ Japanese: いちきゅうはちよん | ichi-kew-hachi-yon ]
Author: Haruki Murakami
Language: English (translated)
Translated by: Jay Rubin & Philip Gabriel
Original Language: Japanese
Date Published: October 25, 2011 (English language edition)
Genre: Fantasy, Alternate History, Parallel Worlds, Horror
ISBN: 9780307593313
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Jacket Design: Chip Kidd

Book 3 is the last volume of 1Q84. With my excitement about what happened in book 2, book 3 killed it. Finishing the last volume of 1Q84 leaves readers with speculations like with Haruki Murakami's other titles (see Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami).

I can no longer detail my experiences reading this book. I finished this book several months ago and I missed writing my review due to work. I'm just blogging this for the record.

I conclude, It's a happy ending story.

My rating for 1Q84 book 3, is: 3.0 / 5.0

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August 22, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Book 2


Title: 1Q84 [ Japanese: いちきゅうはちよん | ichi-kew-hachi-yon ]
Author:
Language: English (translated)
Translated by: Jay Rubin & Philip Gabriel
Original Language: Japanese
Date Published: (English language edition)
Genre: Fantasy, Alternate History, Parallel Worlds
ISBN: 9780307593313
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Jacket Design: Chip Kidd



This is my 2nd out of 3 reviews for 1Q84. You can find my first review for book 1 here.

What transpired in book 2 of 1Q84 really surprise me. It surprised me with some revelations and thrilling situations. There are characters from book 1 who became "irretrievably lost". The phrase "irretrievably lost" was mentioned many times in Tengo's side of the story. He felt being ostracized by his friend Komatsu (his editor) and his ex-girlfriend Kyoko Yasuda whom he's having sex with (adultery). He's not receiving any call from them til Tengo talked to the husband of Kyoko Yasuda. Kyoko Yasuda is now irretrievably lost.

On Aomame's side of the story, she also lost a friend. Confirmed irretrievably lost too. Her sex partner Ayumi is killed, hands manacled in bed in a Love Hotel. The death of Ayumi made Aomame remember the death of her past friends which became the origin why she became the assassin of the Dowager.

There's also part of the story that you may find uncomfortable reading like Tengo having sex with Fuka-Eri. After reading that part, I guess, you won't be back to your normal senses. You might say "What the f$^k did just happen?"


I'll just leave you with the following quote taken from book 2:

"In this world, there is no absolute good, no absolute evil. Good and evil are not fixed, stable entities but are continually trading places. A good may be transformed into an evil in the next second. And vice versa. Such was the way of the world that Dostoevsky depicted in The Brothers Karamazov. The most important thing is to maintain the balance between the constantly moving good and evil. If you lean too much in either direction, It becomes difficult to maintain actual morals. Indeed, balance itself is the good." - The Leader, 1Q84, pg. 477
My rating for 1Q84, book 2, is: 3.5 / 5.0

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book Review: Anthem by Ayn Rand | The Caxton Printers, Ltd. | 9th Printing (September 1982)

hardcover anthem by ayn rand front cover
Anthem by Ayn Rand front cover



Title: Anthem
Author:
ISBN: 087004124X
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: The Caxton Printers, Ltd.
Date Published:
Edition: 9th printing, September 1982
Language: English
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Classic, Philosophy




I bought this book from ThriftBooks.com, an online store selling used cheap books. It cost me $6.18 and this book is in Good condition. The cost may vary depending on the book's physical condition. If you think I got it cheap, you're wrong because I'm not living in the US. They offer free shipping in the US if your order is above $10 else you'll pay the shipping cost of around $5 per book.

More of my review, just continue scrolling below / click 'Read more'