Sunday, December 8, 2019

Book Review: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

killing commendatore by haruki murakami front cover
Killing Commendatore front cover

Title: Killing Commendatore
ISBN: 9780525520047
Edition: 1st US Edition
Jacket Design by: Chip Kidd
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published date:
In-language: English (translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goosen)
Originally published by: Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd.
Genre: Fiction, Supernatural, Horror

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Killing Commendatore rear cover

killing commendatore by haruki murakami book spine
Killing Commendatore book spine

killing commendatore by haruki murakami right side flap dust jacket
Killing Commendatore right flap cover

killing commendatore by haruki murakami left side flap dust jacket
Killing Commendatore left flap cover

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Killing Commendatore without dust jacket front

killing commendatore by haruki murakami without dust jacket rear
Killing Commendatore without dust jacket rear

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Killing Commendatore without dust jacket book spine
* spoiler alert!

Just a brief summary: this is a story of a painter with a failed relationship. He is offered to reside on another famous painter's house by his friend. Then he experiences strange things happening which led him to a shrine. He opens something which led to more strange happenings. A rich man from a far neighbor asks him to paint his portrait but later on, just to be found with a hidden agenda. As the story goes, he was riddled with an entity, a manifestation of Idea. But the strangeness doesn't stop there. He is driven to solve a clue from a painting of the owner's house, the painting - Killing Commendatore.

At some point in the story where Menshiki asks to be left alone on an unknown shrine, It triggers my claustrophobia or fear of being in a small space, like in a dark cave. Imagine being left alone in an isolated place, inside a deep pit, dark, the only exit is far and beyond your reach.

Killing Commendatore is like a haunted "Alice in the Wonderland" plus Dante's Inferno, and some mixtures of World War II history. When I said 'haunted', I don't mean a perfect horror story but Haruki Murakami writing "Killing Commendatore" is very promising, and he could be a good Horror storyteller if he decides to write one.

What I like: the manifestation of Idea, the Double Metaphor, and the genius design of this US edition hardcover by Chip Kidd

What I didn't like: like with Haruki Murakami's other titles, he's leaving some event of the story with no explanation, I observe it his style.

I'm rating this book: 3.8 / 5.0

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Launch: Moymoy Lulumboy Book 6 Ang Ugat At Ang Propesiya

Inilabas noong Septiyembre 13, 2019 ang mga bagong libro ni Segundo Matias, Jr., ang pangunahing aklat niyang Moymoy Lulumboy at dalawa pang librong pambata. Ang nasabing pangunahing aklat ay ang ika-6 na libro sa serye na pinagbibidahan ni Moymoy Lulumboy. Pinamagatan itong "Ang Ugat at ang Propesiya".

new books 2019 by segundo matias jr

Tila naging tradisyon na ang paglabas ng bagong libro ni Moymoy Lulumboy tuwing ginaganap ang Manila International Book Fair tuwing Septiyembre ng bawat taon. Pero sa pagkakataong ito, sabay ring inilabas ng may-akda ang dalawa niya pang mga librong pambata: ito ay ang "Angelica: Ang Multo ng Balete Drive" at "Moñito: Ang Mabait na Demonyo".

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Angelica Ang Multo ng Balete Drive (front cover)

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Moñito Ang Mabait na Demonyo (front cover)

Nagkaroon ng munting pagsasalaysay sa bawat nasabing librong pambata (para sa "Angelica" at "Moñito"). At sa salaysay pa lamang ng punong-abala ay masasabi kong nakaka-aliw ang kuwento ng dalawang libro. Sa sumunod na programa, tulad ng nakagawian ay nag-presenta ang mga batang miyembro ng Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) ng isang maikling dula tungkol sa bagong kabanata ng Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Ugat at ang Propesiya.

Para sa karagdagang larawang kuha noong Moymoy Lulumboy book 6 launching, bisitahin ang aming Album mula sa aming pahina sa FB:

Mabibili ang mga bagong libro ni Segundo Matias, Jr. sa major bookstores sa susunod na mga linggo. Una itong maipapakalat sa Precious Pages bookshops.

Para sa mga katanungan tungkol sa mga librong ito, bisitahin at mag-iwan ng mensahe sa Facebook page ng Precious Pages Corp. -

Salamat! :)

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

First LGBTQ+ Pop Book Category Pride Lit Launches in the Philippines

As the 1st Filipino pop book imprint focused on advocating LGBTQ+ narratives, Pride Lit stands strong as an extraordinary source of inspiration and entertainment to book readers of all kinds.

pride lit lgbtq imprint in the philippines
Pride Lit Press Conference last June 28, 2019
Photo Credit: Gabi Na Naman Prod.

Be that as it may, more than showing us the acceptance and the value of appreciation, the label has been exceptionally consistent in making a protected space for underrepresented voices to prosper and share their stories, regardless of whether it's about discovering love in numerous forms and shapes or finding one's sexual awakening with fleeting moments of kilig.

Currently celebrating its 3rd year in the publishing industry, Pride Lit is releasing 5 one of a kind titles from its list of seasoned and regarded authors and contributors. From Alex Rosas' sexual orientation swap romance, "Gay's Anatomy" to Soju's goofy dream "Ang Asul Na Buntot Ni Aquano", the new books represent diverse genres that tackle interestingly strange encounters and inventive premises. Other titles that will be released for this month include John Jack G. Wigley's "Kadenang Bahaghari", Lush Ericson's "Agustin and Ariston's Version of the Universe", and Angelica Sorreda's "Over Time".

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Showcasing Pride Lit four titles
Photo Credit: Gabi Na Naman Prod.

“Each book actually talks about different emotions, experiences and were written differently,” Pride Lit Brand Manager Aiko Clarizza Buduan-Salazar points out.
“The upcoming new titles will open readers’ minds on the fresh possibilities of storytelling.” True to its vision, Pride Lit steps up its game by ensuring LGBTQ+ characters and its allies could be prominent figures in pop culture narratives, and serve as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community whose vibrant lives are worth telling, and are now everyone’s stories.
“We plan to release more books and become a staple in the community,” Salazar said.
“Aside from providing feel-good stories and erotic stories too, we plan to become more reachable to our target market and community.”

Stay updated with Pride Lit books, visit and like their Facebook page @

#PrideLit #LGBTQ

Friday, April 5, 2019

Coverage of 2019 PHR Grand Fans Day "Dito Ka Masaya!"

Ginanap ang PHR Grand Fans Day 2019 nitong huling linggo lamang noong Marso 30, 2019 sa The Space, 4th Floor JRich Building, 16 Sto. Domingo Avenue, Quezon City. Bago magsimula ang malaking event binigyan muna ng pagkakataon ang mga may-akda na ibida ang kanilang mga libro sa pre-event launch.

phr grand fans day 2019 main stage

Kabilang sa mga humarap ang mga bigating manunulat ng Precious Hearts Romances (PHR) at kabilang na rin ang mga authors na nagmula sa pagsusulat sa Wattpad:

phr and wattpad authors grand fans day 2019
Top-left to right: XavierJohnFord (W), MsButterfly (W), C.D. De Guzman (W), Lush Ericson (PHR), Luna King (PHR), Segundo Matias, Jr. (School Principal.. charot; President, PHR)
Bottom-left to right: Sofia (PHR), Princess Cordova (W), Jian (W), Rose Tan (PHR)
Note: (W) - Wattpad Author, (PHR) - Precious Hearts Romances Author, (President) - Boss

Lubusan silang kilalanin, bisitahin ang Facebook Album sa ibaba para sa kanilang profile at karagdagang detalye tungkol sa kanilang bagong libro:

Matapos ang pre-event Q&A sa mga authors, mabilis na dinagsa ng mga fans ang venue simula ala-1 ng hapon, pagdating ng main opening ng event:

activities for fans phr grand fans day 2019

crowd of fans attending phr grand fans day 2019

Siyempre, hindi lang sila nagpunta sa event para manood, may mga masasayang activities rin na inihanda para sa kanila na may tumatagingting na pa-premyo:

phr grand fans day 2019 entrance

game activities phr grand fans day 2019

Nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga fans na magpakuha ng litrato kasama ang kanilang mga iniidolong authors at mapirmahan ang kanilang mga libro.

Para sa mga kuhang litrato ng naturang PHR Grand Fans Day 2019, bisitahin ang Album sa ibaba at ang kanilang opisyal na Facebook page:

Sana'y nag-enjoy kayo. Para sa hindi nakadalo, sisiguraduhin mong makakadalo ka na sa susunod na taon.

Salamat! :)

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Graphic Novels & Manga (New and Old Releases) | February 2019 Book Discovery

In this article, I share with you my discoveries of new and old releases of graphic novels and manga. I already read some of the titles and some are new to me. I pick them due to that they won a lot of awards and gain popularity.

Berserk Deluxe edition, FMA Fullmetal edition, 5 Centimeters per Second - one more side Novel, Polar, Death Note
Berserk Deluxe edition, FMA Fullmetal edition, 5 Centimeters per Second - one more side Novel, Polar, Death Note
Most of the titles here are something you should look forward to for this year 2019 and some might not or you're not aware there's such edition release of that title. Check them below:

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Visprint Inc. Announces their Closure

It's sad news for all of us book readers. Visprint Inc., a Filipino Publishing house, known for publishing Bob Ong's books, Manix Abrera's comics, Trese, and a lot of popular titles; their company is closing down. They will continue to operate until or by the year 2021 and will sell their remaining stocks of books until supply lasts. Here's the official statement on their FB page:

They ventured into publishing books in the year 2001 where they're formerly known as Visual Print Enterprises (VPE). Their company was incorporated into VISPRINT, Inc. in the year 2009.

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My incomplete collection of Kikomachne komiks published by Visprint Inc.

As of this writing, no particular reason was revealed on why they're closing down.

If you want to buy out the company if possible, contact them at: