The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

If there is there is a book to make you laugh hysterically, cry anguish tears, devour you with suspense, recoil in horror, root for your heroes until the final pages, it is most definitely The Woman in White. This is a wonderful beast of novel. It has an electrifying power within and beyond it to make anyone instantly become a passionate devotee of Wilkie Collins’s works. Continue reading

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Three Blind Mice and Other Stories by Agatha Christie

Three Blind Mice begins at the newly opened guest house of Molly and Giles Davis. As the lodgers arrive at Monkswell Manor, and the place cut off by a snow storm, a baffling murder takes place before long, where all the characters have a seeming motive to kill the “blind mice”. Continue reading

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

Para sa Hopeless Romantic ni Marcelo Santos III

Para sa Hopeless Romantic

Ang kuwento ng Para sa Hopeless Romantic ay tungkol sa mga karakter patungo sa kanilang journey to forever. Kinatatampukan ito ng limang tao na pilit na lumalaban sa masalimuot na mundo ng pag-ibig: sina Maria, Ryan, Becca, Nikko, at Faye. Kahit man nasaktan sa kani-kanilang landas upang makamit ang ultimate goal na magmahal at mahalin in return, pilit pa rin sila sa pakikipaglaban upang magwagi sa huli sa larangan ng giyera ng mga puso. 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

Tabi Po: Isyu 2 ni Mervin Malonzo

Kung ang unang isyu ay pasilip lamang, ang ikalawang isyu ng Tabi Po ay isa nang pagsangkot nang buong-buo sa papalawak na mundong iniinugan ng mga tauhan at sa pagkakaugnay ng kanilang mga buhay sa panahong lipos ng ligalig at pagkalugami. Magsisimula ang ikalawang yugto ng Tabi Po sa kuwento ni Salome at kung paano siya makatatakas mula sa galamay ng mga taong yumurak at pinagsamantalahan siya. Continue reading

Tabi Po: Isyu 1 ni Mervin Malonzo

Tabi Po: Isyu 1 - Book Review

Lunduyan ng Tabi Po ang masining na pagkakadibuho ni Malonzo, at di malayong maihahambing na waring ipininta ang bawat panel ng komiks; may angking daloy at sining ang pagkakawarat ng mga laman, ang pagwakwak ng mga leeg, ang tilamsik ng dugo. Ang estilo na rin ng kanyang pagguhit ang masasabing puwersa magigiit sa mambabasa na buklatin pa ang mga pahina upang tunghayan ang buhay ni Elias kung paano makikitungo sa mga tao at sa patuloy pang pagtalos sa kanyang sarili bilang isang aswang. Continue reading

It’s Raining Mens ni Bebang Siy

Kung ang It’s a Mens World ay pagtunghay sa kabataan ni Bebang Siy, ang It’s Raining Mens ay sulyap pa rin sa buhay ng may-akda nang siya’y maging isang dalagang-ina, sa pawarde-wardeng daang tinahak ng kanyang buhay pag-ibig, at ilang isyung kinaharap at patuloy na hinaharap bilang babae sa kasalukuyang lipunan. Tampok din sa aklat ang ilan sa kanyang mga katha gaya ng maiikling kwento, radio drama, at iba pa. Continue reading

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Whatever neat idea you might have of a well-ordered narrative or character development you have to throw out the window once you open the page of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is a book that revels in its madness, in its skewed and playful logic, in its boundless wisdom…or lack of it. Once Alice tumbles down the rabbit-hole, you’re in it for the heck of it. Continue reading

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

It's Raining Mens Discussion Poster

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

In Sisterhood – Lea at Lualhati ni Lualhati Bautista

Kung ihahalintulad sa mga nauna niyang aklat, iba ang atake ng In Sisterhood. Simula pa lang hahamunin na nito ang iyong pagtingin sa kung paano nga ba ang nararapat na paraan para isulat ng isang may-akda ang kanyang memoir. Mantakin mo kasi, imbes na diretsong ang manunulat ang maglalahad sa kanyang pinagdaanang buhay, dito’y ang tauhan ng may-akda ang nagpupumilit na isulat ang talambuhay ng lumikha sa kanya. Pihado, may hagod ng post-modernism ang akdang ito! Continue reading

The Bubble Bible by Bitoy

The Bubble Bible is nothing short of brilliant as the comedic wit of Michael V. reaches creative expression in book form. Consider this Bitoy’s “best hits collection” as it gathers some of the remarkable characters that the Funny Man has created and portrayed in the hit comedy show, Bubble Gang. Continue reading

Si Janus Silang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang

Sa pagbubukas ng Janus Silang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang ay muli tayo nitong inaanyayahan sa mundong punó ng kababalaghan, misteryo, at pantasya. Continue reading