Saturday, May 2, 2020

Book Review: Rooms by Lauren Oliver | Signed First Edition

rooms by lauren oliver front cover
Rooms by Lauren Oliver, signed edition
Title: Rooms
ISBN: 9780062223197
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Ecco
Published date:
Language: English
Genre: Fiction, Adult, Paranormal, Mystery

I score this signed copy from a local warehouse sale last year of 2019. I haven't read any of her books but I'm pretty sure I heard the author's name somewhere so I grab it with my cart. Plus, It's a signed copy! Who wouldn't?!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Book Discovery: Books Appeared in the 2019 Anime Film Hello World and Another World

My last book discovery post was in February 2019. Book Discovery is one of the topic segments of Literateknolohitura where we will feature old books you might have not heard before and also upcoming new books (depends on our mood). If you want to trackback the last post, just head to this link: Graphic Novels & Manga (New and Old Releases) | February 2019 Book Discovery

In this post, I will list the books that appeared in the 2019 Japanese anime film Hello World, directed by Tomohiko Itō and produced by Graphinica. Plus books appeared in its spin-off anime series Another World.

book discovery april 2019 banner featuring books from the 2019 anime film hello world

If you haven't watched Hello World, please head to our partner site for their movie review:

Most of the titles listed here were only published in their original language - Japanese, and they have no English editions. Only a couple of Japanese books listed here have their English editions.

So let's start and see those books:

Bōkenshatachi: Ganba to 15-hiki no Nakama by Atsuo Saitoh

Gamba no Bōken ガンバの冒険
Screenshot of Bōkenshatachi in Episode 1 of Another World
Adventures of Gamba or in Japanese - Gamba no Bōken ( ガンバの冒険 ) was mentioned and appeared in episode 1 of "Another World", a spin-off anime series to the main film Hello World. Remember Ruri sang it in episode 1? The 'Ganba' tune is based on the opening song of the 1975 Japanese vintage anime of the same name. The Gamba no Bōken anime is based on a novel titled The Adventurers: Gamba and His Fifteen Companions [ Japanese: Bōkenshatachi: Ganba to 15-hiki no Nakama / 冒険者たち ガンバと15ひきの仲間 ] by Atsuo Saitoh.

You can buy the tankobon softcover format of the Bōkenshatachi book below:

No English edition of the above title was ever released. But it's not too late to learn the Japanese language, right?

Brain Valley by Hideaki Sena

Brain Valley by Hideaki Sena
Screenshot of Brain Valley book by Hideaki Sena in Episode 1 of Another World
This book was also mentioned in episode 1 of Another World shared by Naomi to Ruri when they're talking about books. According to him, It's a sci-fi book and more of like a thesis than a fiction.

The title is in English but it is not written in English. There is no English edition release for this title. You can buy the two volumes of Brain Valley below:

Just a little trivia, the author of this book is Hideaki Sena who is also the author of Parasite Eve [ Japanese: Parasaito Ivu / パラサイト・イヴ ], a horror novel which later adapted into a video game in 1998 by Squaresoft. I can still remember playing the Parasite Eve game in the Sony Playstation One game console. I really like the story of the game. Remembering it now, I want to read the novel version where the game was adapted into.

So here's a bonus book recommendation, I found an English edition of the Parasite Eve below:

The Blade of the Courtesans by Keiichiro Ryu

Original Title: Permit for Yoshiwara ( Japanese: Yoshiwara Gomenjo / 吉原ごめんじょ )

Yoshiwara Gomenjo by Keiichiro Ryu
Screenshot of Yoshiwara Gomenjo by Keiichiro Ryu in Episode 1 of Another World
Yoshiwara Gomenjo is a historical fiction novel by Japanese author Keiichiro Ryu. In the film, Naomi mentioned he read this book but unsure of its genre. Good news if you don't know the Japanese language, It has an English edition published by Vertical Inc.

Japanese (left) | English edition (right)

Kotoba Magazines

In the Hello World film, these two books appeared in the library with the two students violating library rules (look: eating their bread with a full grasp of their bare hands):

Kotoba Magazines

Kotoba is a lit magazine in Japan. There's no English edition of Kotoba. If you're into Japanese and you're learning their language, reading a copy of Kotoba may be good practice for you.

Great Lake City by Unknown

The most eye-catching book in the Hello World film is the "Great Lake City" by an unknown author.

I tried hunting this title but I think this is a fictitious book and doesn't exist in our real world.

Upon hunting this book, what I've found is a merchandise item with a similar cover.

Link to this product:
I have no idea about its content. I guess it has postcards and other stationery items. If you have this item, feel free to share it with us. Please let us peek! :3

Hello World Manga and Guidebook

The following titles are only available in Japan:

  • Hello World, Vol. 1 (Manga)
  • Hello World if
  • Hello World Official Visual Guide
The above titles have no English editions yet. Perhaps in the near future, the English edition will become available.

I think that's it! If I miss anything else, don't hesitate to share it with us by commenting on this post.

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April 26, 2020


Monday, April 20, 2020

Book Review: Mythology by Edith Hamilton, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition | Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes | Illustrated by Jim Tierney

mythology 75th anniversary illustrated edition front cover
Mythology 75th Anniversary Illustrated edition front cover
Title: Mythology, Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
Illustrator: Jim Tierney
Edition: 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780316438520
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Published date: (first published by Little, Brown and Company in 1942)
Genre: Mythology
Language: English

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Marvel Comics' Absolute Carnage Story Arc Review

absolute carnage 1 front cover
Absolute Carnage no. 01 Front Cover
Poster Source:
Title: Absolute Carnage
Volume no. 01
Penciller: Ryan Stegman
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publication date:
Language: English

Brief summary (Synopsis): *slight spoiler ahead*

Cletus Kasady, a notorious murderer was resurrected by a cult group worshipping the symbiote God. He is again on a killing spree as the Carnage, hunting those former symbiote hosts. As the symbiote left a codex to all of its former hosts, gathering all of those codices will be the key to awaken the symbiote God - Knull, a goal every symbiote must achieve for its creator. But Eddie Brock's Venom symbiote rejects the coming of their God as it grows intimately attached to him.

Will this come to a good end?

Absolute Carnage Reading Order:

  1. Absolute Carnage - Separation Anxiety 001 (2019)
  2. Absolute Carnage - Symbiote of Vengeance 001 (2019)
  3. Absolute Carnage - Weapon Plus 001 (2020)
  4. Venom 016 (2019)
  5. Free Comic Book Day 2019 (Spider-Man-Venom) 001
  6. Absolute Carnage - Symbiote Spider-Man 001 (2019)
  7. Absolute Carnage 001 (2019)
  8. Absolute Carnage 002 (2019)
  9. Venom 017 (2019)
  10. Absolute Carnage - Avengers 001 (2019)
  11. Venom 018 (2019)
  12. Venom 019 (2019)
  13. Absolute Carnage - Miles Morales 001 (2019)
  14. Absolute Carnage - Miles Morales 002 (2019)
  15. Absolute Carnage - Miles Morales 003 (2019)
  16. Absolute Carnage - Lethal Protectors 001 (2019)
  17. Absolute Carnage - Lethal Protectors 002 (2019)
  18. Absolute Carnage - Lethal Protectors 003 (2019)
  19. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool 001 (2019)
  20. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool 002 (2019)
  21. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool 003 (2019)
  22. Absolute Carnage - Scream 001 (2019)
  23. Absolute Carnage - Scream 002 (2019)
  24. Absolute Carnage - Scream 003 (2019)
  25. Absolute Carnage 003 (2019)
  26. Absolute Carnage - The Immortal Hulk 001 (2019)
  27. Absolute Carnage 004 (2019)
  28. Amazing Spider-Man 030 (2019)
  29. Amazing Spider-Man 031 (2019)
  30. Absolute Carnage - Captain Marvel, 2019-11-20 (#01)
  31. Absolute Carnage, 2019-11-20 (#05)
  32. Venom 020 (2020)


  • Symbiote Spider-Man 003 (2019)
  • Venom 015 (2019)
  • Deadpool 014 (2019)
  • Amazing Spider-Man 024 (2019)
  • Fantastic Four 011 (2019)
  • Immortal Hulk 020 (2019)
  • Black Cat 002 (2019)
  • Invaders 007 (2019)
  • Captain Marvel 008 (2019)
  • Avengers 022 (2019)

You may read the fillers before the main arc. The filler issues tease the coming of Absolute Carnage Arc. You may skip them and read the main arc.

I also recommend you read Donny Cates run of the Venom from the very 1st Issue (2018) until the 16th Issue. It got some key appearances (1st appearance of Symbiote God - Knull, see Venom #03 [2018] and Dylan Brock, see Venom #07 [2018]) and also, a very good run. After Venom #16 (2019), the story will continue to the Absolute Carnage #01.

I find the Absolute Carnage Arc okay, a major cliffhanger for the coming of symbiote God - Knull. I'm rating this Marvel event 3.5 / 5.0

Hope you like my review.




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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Book Review: Elevation, a novel by Stephen King

elevation by stephen king front cover
Elevation by Stephen King Front Cover

Title: Elevation
Illustrator: Mark Edward Geyer
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Fiction, Novelette
ISBN: 9781982102319
Publisher: Scribner
Published date:

I bought this book from Big Bad Wolf 2020, a book fair event at the World Trade Center, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.

I never read the synopsis of this book as I don't want to get spoiled. It's just a hundred pages book readable for just a day or two.

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