Panayam with Marcelo Santos III

For the start of the New Year, our book club, Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books, always read something light and easy. That is why for January, we choose to read and discuss the bestselling Para sa Hopeless Romantic by none other than the Hari ng Kilig and one of today’s popular writers, Marcelo Santos III. And at the end, it turns out this initial Panayam for 2016 is more than noteworthy. Continue reading

Panayam with Mervin Malonzo

Initially, the discussion for Tabi Po by Mervin Malonzo by Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books’ boook of the month for November was supposed to take place this December. There were some unseen snags in the planning, however, that we decided to schedule the meet and greet with the author earlier next year. Making good on his word about a probable meetup with our group before the year ends, we finally had the opportunity to chat with him just this Saturday. Continue reading

Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Christmas Party 2015 and the Surprise Book Discussion

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To say that this year’s Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Christmas Party is memorable is but the tip of the iceberg. This party saw us at our wildest, loudest, and most especially happiest. As always after a fun filled day with PRPB peeps, my bag is bulging with books, and my heart filled up in its fleshy corners with gladness. Continue reading

The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

So Long, Narnia (A Book Review of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis) Right from its opening sentence C. S. Lewis’s concluding book in The Chronicles of Narnia series homes in that matters are off to an ominous start. … Continue reading

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

The Creation of Narnia (A Book Review of The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis) For readers who have started their journey in the magical land of Narnia by means of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (and subsequent … Continue reading

The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

Over and Under Narnia (A Book Review of C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair) The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis is considered the penultimate book in The Chronicles of Narnia, and I have no contention why readers said that … Continue reading

The Horse and his Boy by C. S. Lewis

Flight to the Free Land of Narnia (A Book Review of C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and his Boy) What makes C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and his Boy special among the books in The Chronicles of Narnia is it’s … Continue reading

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

On the High Seas and at the Edge of Narnia (A Book Review of C. S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) Edmund and Lucy, the young ones in the Pevensie siblings are in for a rotten luck. While … Continue reading

Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

Journey Back to Narnia (A Book Review of C. S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian) The holidays are now over for the Pevensie siblings; a year has passed since their magnificent adventure in the magical land of Narnia. On the train station … Continue reading

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Land Beyond the Wardrobe (A Book Review of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) One is never too old to appreciate a good story; this can never be truer when I opened the pages of … Continue reading

Discovering the Land Inside the Wardrobe this November

I’m quite ashamed to admit that at my age — having read popular fantasy series like J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Raymond Fiest’s The Riftwar Saga and Terry Brook’s Shannara … Continue reading

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Strain That Started It All (A Book Review of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain) Where others credit classic writers like Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, I forever owe my first real taste of science fiction to Michael Crichton … Continue reading

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The Town Knew Darkness (A Book Review of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot) Far more complex than his debut Carrie, Stephen King ups the ante in his sophomore hit ‘Salem’s Lot, published in 1975.  Raising the bar of horror from a … Continue reading

Tales of H. P. Lovecraft Selected and Edited by Joyce Carol Oates

Weirder Than You Think (A Book Review of Tales of H. P. Lovecraft edited by Joyce Carol Oates) Without a doubt Howard Philips Lovecraft, or more commonly known as H. P. Lovecraft, is one of the greatest writers the turbulent … Continue reading