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
Author:
Publisher: Stephen Lucas Lacroix
Published date:
ASIN: B0779MJ4MN
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):




Thanks!

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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
Author:
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
Author:
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.


Salamat!


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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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review: True Philippine Ghost Stories featuring stories from Spookify, compiled by Eran Arvonio


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true philippine ghost stories spookify front coverTitle: True Philippine Ghost Stories featuring stories from Spookify
Author:
Compiled by: Eran Arvonio
Date Published:
Publisher: PSICOM Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9786214140268
Genre: Horror, Non-Fiction, Fiction
Language: Filipino
Format: Paperback

Binili ko ito kasama nung Wattpad book na Hell University, Part 1 sa Online Store ng PSICOM. Tulad ng sinabi sa nakaraang Book Review, na-miss ko ang TPGS o True Philippine Ghost Stories series ng PSICOM.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review: Hell University, Part 1 by KnightInBlack

hell university part 1 front cover artTitle: Hell University, Part 1
Author:
Publisher: PSICOM Publishing Inc.
Date Published:
ISBN: 9786214140756
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Dystopian Fiction
Language: Filipino
Format: Paperback

Nang dahil sa binasa kong "Librong Itim" (see previous book review about Librong Itim Vol. 1 & 2), na-miss ko kasi magbasa ng mga nakakatakot na libro. Naalala ko yung True Philippine Ghost Stories na serye na limbag ng PSICOM. Natuklasan ko na may online store ang PSICOM sa http://psicom.ocnk.biz/ at nakita ko na mahigit 30+ serye na pala ang TPGS. Yung huling limbag nila ang binili ko kasi nagtitipid ako. Yung TPGS Spookify na lang yung pinili ko. Siyempre hindi lang yun binili ko para hindi sayang yung shipping. Sinubukan ko yung iba nilang item at ito yung nakita ko sa top ranking item nila - Hell University! May dating yung pamagat. Nag-quick research ako at natuklasan ko na base ito originally from Wattpad story na sinulat ni KnightInBlack.

Ang haba ng paliwanag ko. Basahin mo na lang po ang aking book review sa ibaba.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review: Librong Itim Vol. 2 - An Anthology of Short Philippine Horror Stories

librong itim volume 2 front coverTitle: Librong Itim Vol. 2
Subtitle: An Anthology of Short Philippine Horror Stories
Authors: , , , , , , , ,
ISBN: 9789710299539
Language: Filipino
Format: Paperback
Genre: Horror
Date Published:
Publisher: Segundo Matias, Jr.


Mga Nilalaman:
  • 1993
  • 1-10
  • 3 AM
  • 3
  • 09.09.09
  • 10 07 02 31 03 06 2016 2014 2012 20 17 91 45
  • 30 MINUTES
  • 198
  • 3333
  • 3:00

Price: 89.75 php.
URL: https://www.preciousshop.com.ph/products/black-ink/bin00009-librong-itim-volume-2/

Binili ko ito sa nasabing Online Store, tignan ang link sa itaas, kasama ng unang Volume. Kung hindi niyo pa nababasa ang Book Review ko para sa Librong Itim Volume 1, bisitahin lamang ang link na ito: http://www.literateknolohitura.com/2017/08/librong-itim-vol-1-book-review.html

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Book Review: Librong Itim Vol. 1 - An Anthology of Short Philippine Horror Stories


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librong itim volume 1 front cover
Librong Itim Vol. 1 Front Cover
Title: Librong Itim Vol. 1
Subtitle: An Anthology of Short Philippine Horror Stories
Authors: , , , , , , , ,
ISBN: 9789710293094
Language: Filipino
Format: Paperback
Genre: Horror
Date Published:
Publisher: Precious Pages Corporation



Mga Nilalaman:
  • Ang Babae Sa Daan
  • Ang Third Eye ni Peter
  • Car Center Agent
  • Have Fun at Midnight
  • Ka Elias
  • Marka
  • One Night Initiation
  • ROOM 424
  • The Research Club
  • Yakap ng Kabilang Buhay

Price: 89.75 php.
URL: https://www.preciousshop.com.ph/products/black-ink/bin00008-librong-itim/

Natuklasan ko ang librong ito sa patimpalak ng Black Ink, isang lokal na manlilimbag sa Pilipinas. Kamakailan lang ay isinali ko ang aking likha sa kanilang patimpalak. Sa kasawiang-palad ay di nakapasa ang isinali ko. Ayos lamang dahil, sa pang-ilang ulit kong basa sa Maikling Kwento na ginawa ko, hindi rin matakot-takot sa gawa ko. Horror genre kasi ang kailangan sa Librong Itim, pangalan ng libro na naglalaman ng iba't-ibang kwento mula sa mga iba't-ibang tao. Hindi requirement ang pagiging journalist or degree sa panitikan, basta't may kuwento kang nakakatakot at kanais-nais alinsunod sa tema na kailangan nila, maaari kang sumali.

At ayun nga, di nakapasok ang entry ko kaya naman bumili na ako ng mismong aklat nila upang basahin ang gawa ng mga nagsilahok para gawin itong inspirasyon at matuto na rin kung paano nga ba gumawa ng Horror Story na patok sa panlasa ng hurado nila.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Book Review: One More Chance | A Novel by Juan Miguel Sevilla


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I just found this book lying around the house. It came with the balikbayan box from Singapore sent by a relative. Not sure if the signature is from my cousin or from the author itself. But they told me it wasn't my cousin's signature. I'm just not sure.

One More Chance front cover art

Title: One More Chance
Author:
Screen Writer(s): Vanessa Valdez, Carmi Raymundo
Cover art: Lorra Elena Angbue-Te
ISBN: 9789718161333
Publisher: ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.
Published Date:
Language: Filipino and English / Taglish
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction






Note, this book was based from the movie "One More Chance" by Cathy Garcia-Molina

I have no liking to any Filipino films but I'm aware of the movie title as it was trending before in the kitchen of our office. It was a word of mouth by most of my girl friends (not girlfriend). The movie was a success during its time. I'm not curious about it even if the TV commercial tell me it was a huge success. Many Filipino movies announced their success in TV commercials but the competing TV Channel don't. So, I don't trust what they're saying.

I underestimate the movie without watching it. But as I read this novelized version "One More Chance" by Juan Miguel Sevilla, I find the story pretty good.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Event: Free Comic Book Day 2017 [FCBD 2017]


Check BookDepository. It's FCBD! They may have Discounted Sale on Graphic Novels
Free Delivery on all Calendars at the Book Depository


It was Free Comic Book Day yesterday. And yes! I went to Filbar's and Fully Booked to get Free Comics.


This year's FCBD was attended by a great number of people compare to last year's. I didn't expect the numbers. The line reached the 5th floor of SM Megamall (see below).

mass people falling in line for free comic book day filbars
FCBD Patrons waiting for their time to get their Free Comics

We are provided a Flash Pass, a ticket to get Free Comics. They do this so that the Mall operation will go smoothly without the disturbance of mass FCBD patrons waiting in their floors. I got the 4:41 PM - 5:00 PM queue. I went there as early as 10:00 AM, so I have to go window shopping, eat, sit and play my Pokemon Sun in my 3DS for 7 hours T_T

filbars flash pass fcbd 2017
Filbar's Flash Pass

While waiting for almost 7 hours, I also dropped by at Fully Booked to get their Free Comics (1 pc.) too. Note, you get 2 pcs. Comics in Filbar's.

So, the day ends, here's my FCBD haul. I got three comics :)

  • Tomie by Junji Ito
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic Magazine by Filbar's
  • Street Fighter V

free comic book day 2017 comic haul
What I got in Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day or FCBD is an annual event taking place every first Saturday of the month of May. It was first popularized in North America by Joe Field in the year 2001. Now, thousands of retailers in more than 30 countries, including retailers here in the Philippines participates in this free event annually.

See you next year's FCBD 2018!

Thanks!

-
Otakore Literantadodist
Literateknolohitura.com


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review: Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories | Edited by Kelly Link & Gavin Grant

Steampunk! front cover
Title: Steampunk!
Sub-title: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
Editors: Kelly Link, Gavin Grant
Authors: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
ISBN: 9780763648435
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published date:
Language: English
Genre: Anthologies, Short Stories, Fantasy, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Website: http://www.strangeandfascinating.com/

I bought this book for only 150.00 php. at The Book Snoop. I decided to buy this book because of its fancy cover and also, because I wanted to try reading a Steampunk genre.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

UPDATE: Literateknolohitura Facebook Page Discontinues Shop Tab due to Several Issues

We are now turning Off the Shop tab in our Facebook page due to several issues.

A couple of years ago (year 2015), Facebook added a feature to their site. They've added a Shop tab for pages. I'm glad they made a Shop feature. I guess, they noticed more users used Facebook as a good venue for selling their stuffs. I shifted to use the new Shop tab leaving the traditional selling with using the photo album. But over the years, Facebook failed to fully develop this feature. I found several issues.

buggy shop tab of facebook


Do you use the Facebook Shop tab too? Or planning to use it? Be informed. See the issues i found below:

Here are the found issues over the years of using the Facebook Shop tab:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The book design caught my attention. As I inspected the dust jacket design, removed it from the book, then seeing the inside - okay, I'll buy it!

illuminae files 01 front cover
Illuminae front cover
Title: Illuminae
Series No. The Illuminae Files_01
Author(s): ,
ISBN: 9780553499117
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published date:
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fiction
Language: English









I buy books based from word of mouth, given awards and good reviews so I visited Goodreads to check if It's really good. I saw, It got several awards and convincing feedback from one of the author. It's my deciding factor. I went to different local bookstores to look for it. It's actually hard to find as I'm buying it after a year release. Luckily, I got my copy from Fully Booked.

Read my full book review below (click 'Read more' or continue scrolling):