Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book Review: The Red Prince by Stephen Lucas Lacroix

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the red prince front cover ebookTitle: The Red Prince
Subtitle: The First Song
Series no. 01
Publisher: Stephen Lucas Lacroix
Published date:
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Epic Fantasy
Language: English

For readers who like adventure fantasy, this book is a must try. The Red Prince is more of epic fantasy comparable to the genre of Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones. And you know what, I gave up reading the first few pages of those legendary books LOTR and GoT. I'm not saying they're not good. It's just that, their style of writing is out of my taste. They're tiring to read. I highly respect George R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien, I know their books are really good based from many user reviews, It's just that, I just can't, reading their books is not really me. Okay, I admit, I'm lazy to read their books and that's why I just opted to watch the film and TV versions which I really like. Perhaps I must try reading them again in the future.

If I gave up reading GoT and LOTR so where I'm going here for the Red Prince? I almost turn down the author but as I've read the first chapter of the book, I'm hooked. It's not as hard as GoT or LOTR read, The Red Prince is actually relaxing to read. The choice of words is good and I also like the character development of the champions from the various Kingdom of Unibeltrasia.

I like the twist of events although the story is quite predictable, I truly enjoyed the plot through the end. Actually, the ending made me anticipate the next book more. I expect the next book to be more promising and more answers should be revealed in the sequel.

If they can fully publish an actual book, I suggest to the author to add a map in the opening page or end page, add a sort of glossary and also make the front cover design more catchy. A little illustration per chapter would be great too!

I'm rating this book: 3.8 / 5.0

Want to buy this ebook? It's available for only $2.99 at Amazon (buy it below; for Kindle):



Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Review: Wind / Pinball by Haruki Murakami | Two Novels: #01 Hear the Wind Sing and #02 Pinball, 1973

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wind pinball by haruki murakami front coverTitle: Wind Pinball, Two Novels
ISBN: 9781846558351
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Published date:
Language: English
Genre: Fiction, Japanese Literature, Magical Realism

This book has been stocked on my bookshelf for so long. I've finished the book just this month. According to my research, this book was Haruki Murakami's first novel originally published way back the year 1979, I'm talking about Hear the Wind Sing. Basically, this English re-publication contains his first book "Hear the Wind Sing" and the sequel "Pinball, 1973". Both books are part of a trilogy, the third installment is titled "A Wild Sheep Chase". The fourth book he wrote titled "Dance, Dance, Dance" mentioned 'the Rat' but was not considered part of the trilogy.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

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dan brown origin front cover

Title: Origin
ISBN: 9780385514231
Publisher: Doubleday
Published date:
Language: English
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

I bought this book because I'm a fan of his titles and also National Bookstore Philippines has a promo of Trip to Barcelona (Spain) when you purchase the book "Origin by Dan Brown" from them. I first assume Barcelona is the new setting where Robert Langdon gets his new trouble. Poor Langdon, always in trouble.

Check out their promo post for more info. (Promo runs until Nov. 05, 2017)

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lit News: Moymoy Lulumboy 4 Book Launch (September 16, 2017)

moymoy lulumboy book 4 front cover with freebiesIkinalulugod ko na naimbitahan ako sa book launching ng Moymoy Lulumboy book 4 ni Mr. Segundo Matias, Jr. o mas kilala sa tawag na Kuya Jun. Ang pamagat ng bago niyang libro ay Moymoy Lulumboy Book 4 - "Mga Dulot ng Digmaan". Ang librong ito ay kasunod ng nasabing serye.

Ang Moymoy Lulumboy ay Young Adult at Fantasy book na pinagbibidahan ng nasabing pangalan - si Moymoy Lulumboy. May mga tauhan ito na may kaugnayan sa Filipino Myth at magkapanabay ang mga pangyayari sa modernong panahon.

Ito ang synopsis ng book 4:
"Nagtagumpay si Moymoy na mabawi ang lahat ng Ginto ng Buhay sa tulong ng kapatid na si Alangkaw. Sa wakas, mapapawi na ang sumpa sa mga tibaro. Nagdiwang ang lahat pero sa mismong gabi ng selebrasyon ng mga tibaro, naging kulay-dugo ang mukha ng buwan...
Hindi pa rin tapos ang gabi ng dugon! Hindi napawi ang sumpa?"

Mag-aapat na taon na ang serye at malinaw naman na pang-apat ang "Mga Dulot ng Digmaan". Siyempre, hindi magiging matagumpay ang serye kung wala ang buong team na tumulong buuin ang nasabing aklat (larawan sa ibaba):

moymoy lulumboy production team photo op
Team sa likod ng Moymoy Lulumboy

Nakaka-engganyo rin ang maikling dula na itinanghal ng PETA theater group kanina bilang balik-alaala sa unang serye ng Moymoy Lulumboy. Dahil nakaka-engganyo ang ipinamalas ng mga nagtanghal, naitanong sa sumunod na Q&A kung isasapelikula ba ang Moymoy Lulumboy. Sinagot naman ito ng may-akda na pag-uusapan nila ang tungkol dito.

moymoy lulumboy theater play
Moymoy Lulumboy Stage Play by PETA Theater group

moymoy lulumboy by peta theater group

moymoy lulumboy theater actor and actress
Ang mga nagsipag-ganap sa maikling Stage Play ng Moymoy Lulumboy - PETA Theater group

Base sa Q&A mula sa grupo ng Press kanina at sagot ng may-akda, walang eksaktong bilang kung saan magtatapos ang serye ng Moymoy Lulumboy. Umasa na rin tayong mga mambabasa na sa susunod na taon ay may bago ulit sequel ang Moymoy Lulumboy. Kada taon, may isang taong hakbang rin sa edad ni Moymoy. Dagdag pa ni Kuya Jun na magpapatuloy ang sequel hangga't bata pa si Moymoy kung saan makaka-relate ang target audience na mga bata at young adults (ang impormasyong ito ay nakalap sa Q&A kanina sa book launching). Sa mga mambabasa na nag-iisip rin kung hanggang saan matatapos ang sequel ng book na ito, marahil matatapos ito kapag malapit na maging adult si Moymoy.

Habang nagpapa-sign ako kanina, tinanong ko si Kuya Jun kung may balak ba sila na maglimbag ng Hardcover format ng Moymoy Lulumboy dahil nagagandahan ako sa cover art ng libro. Pinag-uusapan pa nila ang tungkol dito.

autographed moymoy lulumboy book 4
Moymoy Lulumboy book 4 signed by Segundo Matias Jr.

moymoy lulumboy book 4 signed by jomike tejido
Moymoy Lulumboy book 4 signed by Jomike Tejido

literateknolohitura owner with jomike tejido
Literateknolohitura owner with Jomike Tejido

literateknolohitura owner with segundo matias jr
Literateknolohitura owner with Segundo Matias Jr.

Mabibili ang Moymoy Lulumboy Book 4 sa halagang 239.75 php. Sa ngayon, available pa lamang ito sa booth ng Precious Pages sa Manila International Book Fair 2017, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila (from Sept. 16 - 17, 2017). Magiging available na ito sa mga kilalang Book Shops sa susunod na mga araw o linggo.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Review: Interworld #1 by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

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interworld book front coverTitle: Interworld
Author(s): ,
ISBN: 9780061238963
Series no. 1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published date:
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fiction

I bought this book a couple of years ago. I just noticed this book while appreciating the look of my bookshelf. You know me, I hoard good-looking books or popular authors and just display them on my bookshelf then read later which will take me months or years before I notice them again. That's what happened to this book.

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