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

Thanks!

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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.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Book Review: Heneral Luna - The History Behind the Movie | An Interview with Dr. Vivencio R. Jose, author of The Rise and Fall of Antonio Luna

heneral luna front cover
Heneral Luna front cover

Title: Heneral Luna: The History Behind the Movie
Subtitle: An Interview with , author of The Rise and Fall of Antonio Luna
ISBN: 9789712731426
Publisher: Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Date Published:
Language: English
Genre: Non Fiction, History
Price: 120.00 pesos
Buy it at ff. link: Heneral Luna: History Behind the Movie



(read full review below / click 'Read more' to view full review)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles - The Wrath of Mulgarath by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black | Series no. 05

spiderwick the wrath of mulgarath front cover
The Wrath of Mulgarath Front Cover


Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles - The Wrath of Mulgarath
Author: ,
Book Series No. 05
ISBN: 0439735688
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Publication Date:
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Genre: Children's Literature, Fantasy
Suitable Age: 7 and up





Characters:
- Jared Grace
- Simon Grace
- Mallory Grace
- Helen Grace
- The Not-Jared (Mulgarath)


This is the fifth & last book of the Spiderwick Chronicles series I'm going to review. Check my previous reviews of the Spiderwick Chronicles series at the following links:

(click "Read more" to view full review / scroll down for the full review)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles - The Ironwood Tree by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black | Series no. 04

spiderwick the ironwood tree front cover
The Ironwood Tree front cover


Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles - The Ironwood Tree
Author: ,
Book Series No. 04
ISBN: 043970040X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Publication Date:
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Genre: Children's Literature, Fantasy
Suitable Age: 7 and up




Characters:
- Jared Grace
- Simon Grace
- Mallory Grace
- Helen Grace
- The Not-Jared (Mulgarath)
- The Korting
- The Knocker


This is the fourth second to last of my review for the Spiderwick Chronicles. If you want a recap, here are my previous reviews of the Spiderwick Chronicles series:
(click "Read more" to view full review / scroll down for the full review)