Category Archives: Books

Malevil Over Again

One of the most popular post apocalyptic novel around…

Malevil by Robert Merle

A tale of survival. It tells how the survivors start to rebuild their lives and form a system of “government”.

The book is surprisingly good. The story touches on how man naturally adapts to changes (even defying morality) in order to survive.

It is a good read. I’d like to go over my favorite pages again and again. Even carrying the book when I’m traveling together with the new m-audio mobile pre.

Classics never go unread!

Who Will Play Christian Grey?

Oh! Well. Hello Mr. Christian Grey.

Charlie-Hunnam
EL James, the author of the phenomenal Fifty Shades book trilogy says Charlie Hannam, 33 years old, is “gorgeous and talented”.

Wait out for August next year fans, only then we can see Christian and Anastasia’s screen romance.

I wonder what the rating would the movie get when it will be shown?

Library Into Your Tiny Hand

Who’s up for reading classic books? And, oh! You don’t have to go to the library and carry the bulk of it. You don’t have to pay for each of those great books at Amazon for your Kindle or Nook.

Just push it on your drive…
Books on flash drive
And, you get to read all those amazing literature of such classic authors as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and many more.

Can you imagine a big library into your tiny hands?

Image and post inspiration courtesy of

http://www.incrediblethings.com/entertainment/3000-classic-books-on-1-flash-drive/

Fae: A Book by CJ Abedi

Curiosity struck again. Want to read this…

Book Title: Fae
Author: C.J Abedi
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Book Synopsis:

Fae CJ AbediThe battle between Light and Dark is about to begin.

Caroline Ellis’ sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.

Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him.  He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Caroline and Devilyn, FAE draws on mysteries, myths and legends to create a world, and a romance, dangerously poised between Light and Dark. Read more about this book (reviews and where to buy it) at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18142560-fae

Been trying to purchase its paperback at our local bookstore in the city. Can’t find a copy. It’s understandable. The book’s just been released last July 30th. Glad, I was able to find a site where I could have free ebook download.

Can’t wait to know more of the characters particularly Odin.

Reselling Paperbacks

While checking out on an offset printing prices earlier today, I suddenly remember this book trilogy I bought last October. I bought it for a price of 1,295 PHP which included a box. Thinking about the cost of printing, I am now convinced why books or other printed materials are quite priced high. Books for me are treasured possessions. I have kept a few paperbacks hidden in my small book shelf. It’s not a lot, but I love rereading each one when I have the time.

However, my passion for finishing the book (I am stuck on Book 2) had waned a few months back, I was actually thinking of reselling them. In my opinion, I had never gone out to read more reviews about the book and that I speedily ride in the hype it generated.

Fifty Shades trilogy

Yeah. I’m reselling the three books. For the fans of Mr. Grey and Miss Steele -any takers?

the “Blade Runner” on Time

Been reading and watching a lot about the story of Oscar Pistorius a.k.a “Blade Runner” on TV and in the Internet. Pistorius is a popular athlete. Earning him quite a few awards for his feat. That, despite his disabilities, he soared to become a very great athlete. His is a compelling yet inspiring story.

But, now, more than his sports career, he is into the limelight once more. That is, to defend himself for “accidentally” killing his beautiful girlfriend. According to Pistorius himself, he mistook his girlfriend as an intruder, so he fired multiple shots at the locked bathroom only to find he had shot his girl.

Hearing on his bail case last week, I was shocked finding that the judge hearing the case allowed him to set bail. What the…

I got more interested on the case as the media played on his stories and the culture surrounding South Africa.

Read on to know more about the “Blade Runner”. Will his girlfriend’s family finds justice?

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2137420-6,00.html

 

thrilled by literary classic

I wished I could find the time and the patience to read more books this year. And, yes, I promised myself to put a stop to purchasing current bestsellers. The last book I purchased (trilogy) was shelved. Got to finished the first book only. I lost the enthusiasm to flipped the pages of the other two. I dunno. Somehow, I got disappointed. The reason why, I promised this time, I wouldn’t ride the hype when purchasing a book.

And,  as planned, I am including in my reading list books that were  as old as my great grandfather. Been fascinated about histories, or social classes, and people’s cultures and manners in the olden years.

For this reason, first thing in my list would be Jane Austen’s  ”Pride and Prejudice”. The movie adaptation starring the lovely Keira Knightly is a cool and romantic movie, but I am pretty sure, there has much to be filmed. There has got to be more than seeing the movie or other screen adaptation. Let us say, I’d like to know more about the Bennets, their life in that era of the 19th century England. The people’s social manners and graces, the teens/kids upbringing in that era and how they view marriage and life itself. There’s more to read.

The fact that “Pride and Prejudice” is known as a literary classic and up to this time, more than 20 million copies have been sold worldwide and has been translated into many different languages. It continues to be popular among modern readers.

I’m thrilled. Will want to have a copy…Soon.  I wonder how much in our local bookstore?

On Romantic Authors and Poets

Seeing on who’s in the Google Doodles today, it renewed my interest on Lord Byron and the rest of the great authors and poets of the Romantic Era.

Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelly, John Keats, and William Wordsworth. I got very much interested in Romanticism after I burn few nights researching how it evolve in the literary world and writing a term paper in high school. The paper also needs to include short biography of the authors and poets around that era and of their notable works.

There’s too many authors on that era but I shortlisted them all to include only my favorites :) In particular is William Wordsworth’s

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
in such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

A lyric poem which I came to love. Because I had to memorize it in a day and should form part of a presentation in my speech class. Oh! Please do check out Wordsworth “Lucy Gray” poem, too. He is such my favored Romantic poet.

book to read: Mark Twain’s

I had this book when I was still in high school (Geez! That was some 29 years ago.) My cousin’s wife made me choose the books I wanted to keep then sold all her other old collections of paperbacks and glossy fashion magazines.

I just don’t know what happened to the other books I have kept. Some were still in our storage room, some are lost, some are borrowed and never finds its way back to me :)

I remember reading this book in high school. Poor me, I never understood what it is all about, then. Yes, that must be the reason why I have had to keep old books. So that I could reread them at later times. And yes, that time took me 29 years. Poor poor me. I am such a lazy bum!

Honestly, I never fully understood the works of Mark Twain except of course the popular “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Which I must say, I only get to appreciate after seeing both in movie adaptations.

So, the above book, I was glad I had reread it a time when I can fully understood Twain’s work. Besides, I get very interested in finishing the book after understanding that its story-line touches on King Arthur. I am one Arthurian fanatic. It was awesome how Twain made Merlin as the villain.

It is sorcery versus science. Awesome read. Classic. It’s Mark Twain’s magic.

Top 5 Sites to Get Free Books Online

Digital technology has changed people’s reading experience.  And that is made possible by today’s trend which is the e-books. These are electronic copies of books which can be downloadable from the Internet. Using reading gadgets such as the Kindle and iPod, readers can now take copies of the book wherever they go, and they can even get multiple copies of different books just in one storage!

While it can be true that sifting through digital copies of books can be harmful to one’s eyesight, reading e-books can be very practical only when done in regulation. But if you choose to still read the tangible copies of books, then that is your own prerogative.

Nevertheless, if you want to try the wonders of ebooks, here are the top 5 sites from which you can get free book online.

  1. Free-ebooks.net

This site offers a wide collection of ebooks, from classics to the novelties. Aside from ebooks, this site also offers magazines and you can also submit your own ebook in the site. The site, however, can only be accessed by the site members. The good thing is anybody can be a member since the registration is free.

  1. Manybooks.net

With a collection totaling to 21,282 ebooks, this site also one of the best site to get free ebooks online. The site also guides its visitors as to what books they can get by providing information  on the most popular titles, recommendations and reviews.

  1. Getfreeebooks.com

This site also offers a wide range of books which are all free to download. The site also has a clean interface that allows viewers to easily locate their desired ebooks.

  1. Scribd.com

This site supports file which are in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and PDF formats. It is very convenient especially when you need these specific formats for your ebook.

  1. Project Gutenberg

This is one of the most popular ebook sites. It boasts itself with a staggering collection of classic literatures from authors such as Plato, Jane Austen, Lewis Caroll, among others.