Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review: The Castle by Franz Kafka (Modern Library No. 388)

The first Franz Kafka book i read was Metamorphosis. It's the book where Franz Kafka is popularly known about and a literary reference of Haruki Murakami, one of my favorite author, his reference to some of his books.

As i stumbled to a sales post in a Facebook page of books for sale somewhen last year, I saw another Franz Kafka title called The Castle. I want to learn more of this author, his writing style and what's the experience of being Kafkasqued, so I bought this title from Books, Brains, Bombs Facebook page.

Franz Kafka's The Castle Book Details:

franz kafka the castle front cover modern library 388 Title: The Castle [ German: Das Schloss ]
Publisher: Modern Library
Modern Library No. 388 [ ML 388 ]
Edition: Definitive edition with an Homage by Thomas Mann
Publication Date:
Original Language: German
Translated to: English
Translated by: Willa and Edwin Muir
Original Publication: published in German as Das Schloss by Kurt Wolff, S. Fischer Verlag, Munich
Country: Czechoslovakia
Genre: Philosophical Fiction, Dystopian Novel, Political Fiction

franz kafka the castle modern library 388 book register detailsNote: As I've inspected this book, ISBN and other details usually found in modern publications are not present in this title. The only unique book details I've found is shown in the right picture.

I've retrieved the ISBN and other information from a closely similar copy sold by a seller in Amazon.com (see details here):
Modern Library; 1st edition (March 12, 1969)ISBN-10: 0394603885
ISBN-13: 9780394603889
Comparing the details above to the register of my book, It shows that my book was published first at February 1969. A true 1st Edition?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

News: Mitch Albom's Newest Novel - The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, Available on November 10, 2015.

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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Book Cover Art
(source: hotlinked from Mitch Albom newsletter)

I just got this news from a newsletter. See sysnopsi of Mitch Albom's new novel below:

"This is the epic story of the greatest guitar player who ever lived, and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings.

Born under ringing chimes of a burning church, Frankie's amazing journey from a war-torn Spanish town to America weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, 50's and 60's, his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley) until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself. But Frankie Presto's gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the magical strings his childhood teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually change people's fates.

With the voice of music as our guide, we glimpse into the lives that were changed by one man whose strings could touch the music—and the magic—in each of us.

I have never had more fun writing a book, and have never been more pleased with how a story grew. This will be my longest book by far, and the most epic. It's a sort of Forest Gump-like romp through the world of music. And Frankie is the most interesting character I've ever created.

As a lifelong musician, it has been my privilege to share the message that "everyone joins a band in this life" and that music, like love, has the power to affect us all. And I cannot wait for you to read it."

Source: Mitch Albom's newsletter -> click here to view full news

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Otakore Literantadodist
April 15, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

News: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, Available on July 14, 2015. Book Cover Art Officially Released.

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee will release her second book titled "Go Set a Watchman". The official date of its release will be on July 14 of this year 2015.

Harper Lee's first book To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 and was acclaimed as "Best Novel of the Century" by Library Journal.

You may be surprised to hear of her second book after several decades. It was questioned by some of her friends and fans due to Harper Lee's old age that her decisions might have been abused. (see related news here; external link: Harper Lee’s Condition Debated by Friends, Fans and Now State of Alabama)

You may check the official art cover below and stores to order a copy.

Go Set A Watchman Official Book Art Cover:

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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (Official Art Cover hotlinking from BookDepository)

Go Set A Watchman, New Novel by Harper Lee is now Available for Pre-Order at the following stores:

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Or alternatively, you can also pre-order this item at Amazon.com (see item link below):


(UPDATE: 05/20/2015) - You can also buy a special dual-slipcase edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird" & "Go Set a Watchman", product link already listed below:

You can also order the Dual-slipcase edition from BookDepository if you want a Free Delivery!
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Otakore Literantadodist
April 04, 2015

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)