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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

Dracula by Bram Stoker

More Than Bats, Castles, and Fangs (A Book Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula) Conceivably, no other single work in horror fiction has had a greater impact than Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Published in 1897, Stoker’s vision of the vampire, based from … 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 Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin

Past Engagements (A Book Review of Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels) In 1955, Nick Joaquin left the Philippines on a Rockefeller creative writing grant taking him to countries such as Spain, the United States, and Mexico. This … Continue reading

When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

The Power of Stories (A Book Review of Tess Uriza Holthe’s When the Elephants Dance) A group of neighbors seek shelter in the cellar of an abandoned house. They are cramped, huddled on the dirt, starving and terrified. Outside fierce … Continue reading

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Historical Fiction at its Finest! (A Book review of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth) First introduced to me as a 2007 book selection by the Oprah Book Club, The Pillars of the Earth remains of one Ken Follett’s … Continue reading

The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett

A Spy Novel that Reads Like a Good Alternate History Fiction (A Book Review of Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca) The last camel collapsed at noon. So begins Ken Follett’s intriguing World War II thriller set in 1942 Cairo, … Continue reading

Spies, Breaking Out and Cathedral Building in June

It is said that anything that happens once will come in twice and is bound to happen the third time around. Just when I thought I have had enough I’m still at it, for, indeed Gentle Readers,  we’ll once more … Continue reading

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Because of Dust (A Book Review of Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust) Since reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, I’ve often wondered how life could’ve been to the Oklahoman farmers and families who opted not to leave their land. … Continue reading

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Afflict the Comforted, Comfort the Afflicted (A Book Review of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath) If it can be said that a work of literature has the potency to afflict the comforted and comfort the afflicted, then I believe … Continue reading

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reading a Celebrated Classic (A Book Review of Haper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird) July 11 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and arguably one of the most influential … Continue reading

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

Blurring Realities (A Book Review of Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado) Ilustrado is the ambitious and exceptionally complicated debut novel by Miguel Syjuco that won the Palanca Grand Prize for the Novel Category in 2008 and the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize … Continue reading

King’s Intro to his new Graphic Novel “American Vampire”

Check out Uncle Stevie’s intro for his new graphic novel American Vampire exclusively here. Also, stumbled on this interesting article from USA Today about the upcoming comic book. Here’s a brief description about American Vampires shamelessly taken from This … Continue reading