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

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

The Many Hobbits

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

Nine Supernatural Stories edited by April Timbol Yap and Lara Saguisag

Breaking Supernatural ( A Book Review of Nine Supernatural Stories edited by April Timbol Yap and Lara Saguisag ) Pushing the cobwebs aside and giving an old-timer a modern spin, Nine Supernatural Stories, published by The University of the Philippines … Continue reading

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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

It’s A Mens World by Bebang Siy

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

Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

Of Chickens, Journeys, and Forever (A Book Review of Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto)  With its share of joys and aches, Shelley Sullivan’s love story, on its surface, is something we have known and heard before — that is … Continue reading

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

Flight of Fancy (A Book Review of William Pène du Bois’s The Twenty-One Balloons) After busting a literary heavy I noticed that from time to time there’s this feeling, an emerging need to clear the palate, to freshen up and … Continue reading

A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce

A Day Like No Other (A Review of William Joyce’s A Day with Wilbur Robinson) Few children picture books have that rare quality to equally charm and enchant youngsters as well as adult readers. William Joyce undoubtedly has it; this … Continue reading

Dinosaur Bob and his Adventures with the Family Lazardo by William Joyce

The Best Dinosaur a Family Ever Had (A Review of William Joyce’s Dinosaur Bob and his Adventures with the Family Lazardo) The Lazardo family is anything but normal, so it’s not quite surprising that when little Scotty finds a dinosaur during … Continue reading