Bulaklak sa City Jail ni Lualhati Bautista

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Ang Bulaklak sa City Jail ay tungkol kay Angela Guttierez, isang waitress sa isang beer garden, nang siya’y makulong sa salang nabigong pagpatay nang kanyang masugatan ang may-bahay ng kanyang kalaguyo. Sentrong paksa sa kuwento ang katiwaliang nagaganap sa loob ng kulungan (ng mga panahong iyon), mali at minamadaling paghawak sa kaso ng mga bilanggo, at ang mabagal na sistema ng pambansang hukuman. Continue reading

Panayam with Mervin Malonzo

Tabi Po Komiks

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

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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

The Many Hobbits

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It’s a big day for J.R.R. Tolkien fans here in the Philippines for today marks the release (yes, our country is ahead of the worldwide screening date, just how swell is that!) of the film adaptation of the classic children’s … Continue reading

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas — Book Cover

Interconnected Tales, Interconnected Lives: A Literary Orchestra of Eternal Recurrence ( A Book Review of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas ) Transcending genre, narrators, setting, language, and time, Cloud Atlas is David Mitchell’s symphony of storytelling dynamism seamlessly interlaced in an … Continue reading

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz — Book Cover

On the Yellow Brick Road Adventure is a Few Steps Away ( A Book Review of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz ) Growing up, I was never the kind of kid who is fond of reading books. It was … Continue reading

It’s A Mens World by Bebang Siy

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Mahapdi, Madugo, ngunit Masaya: Mga Alaala ng Kamusmusan ( Suring Aklat ng It’s A Mens World ni Bebang Siy ) Naranasan mo bang maglaro ng mataya-taya, patintero, langit at lupa, at Chinese garter sa kalsada? E, mangupit ng pera o … Continue reading

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi — Book Cover

The Search for the Better Story ( A Book Review of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi ) Life of Pi is many things. It’s zoology… it’s spirituality… it’s an adventure… it’s a survival tale… and most importantly it’s about faith. Part … Continue reading

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower — Book Cover

Even Wallflowers Bloom (A Book Review of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower) Meet Charlie. Not in the slightest one of the popular students at school, even though his brother is the school’s star football player. In no … Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Millennium Sleuths (A Book Review of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) To call Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo an explosive read is an understatement in my case as I finished the book amid the noise of … Continue reading