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Ah, I’m still alive. February passed like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on** and I was still rushing through my deadlines when suddenly March comes rolling in with its new set of target dates and challenges and frivolities. The last month has been an arduous struggle in getting my groove […]

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“There once was a man….called the Steppenwolf. He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal of all that people of a good intelligence can, and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not […]

The Road

The Road is a profoundly moving story of a post-apocalyptic journey to a desecrated future where no hope remains, but in which a father and his son, “each the other’s world entire,” are sustained by love, by their own versions of faith in a greater good.  And in a fire that keeps burning amidst the dark, […]

Hey, everyone. I did not die – only slumped with deadlines and torpidity. I have completed exactly one book for the month of November, and I am having a heated relationship with Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris. I have heard so much about this man and my good friends are great fans but I can’t seem to […]

Families of Indigenous Filipino Badjao seek refuge inside a gymnasium turned into an evacuation center during a heavy downpour brought by Typhoon Haiyan in Cebu province, Philippines, Nov. 8. (Jay Rommel Labra/EPA) #

I’m selling some of my books to buy more water for victims of super-typhoon Yolanda which threatened to decimate the beautiful islands of Visayas and Palawan. The destructive forces of nature and bad geographical location may have taken our loved ones but we shall not let those darn things kill our spirit. Please check this […]

Amphigorey Again

Last weekend was Arch Con X, a now-annual event that was flooded by geeks from Cebu and the nearby islands. No earthquake or aftershock could stop people from flocking over at Ayala Center; the place was packed! A friend and I were exchanging morbid jokes about how every Cebuano geek dies if an earthquake strikes […]

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Amidst all the earth’s shaking and trembling, I have finally wormed my way through a book. I was reading Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War and it was taking me forever to turn a page past 66 that I finally caved in and gave it up for later.  Certain books just don’t feel right for a […]

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I flew back home to Cebu from Manila lugging around a bagful of books. These are some of them: They were too many to fit in an Instagram video but on a list, my loot looks like this: Terry Pratchett: Men at Arms Terry Pratchett: Night Watch Joe Haldeman: Forever War Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers […]

The Metabarons

Because I occasionally find myself in the presence of a Jodorowsky evangelist – one who vehemently asks me who my favorite Metabaron is with every meeting, and tells the premise so passionately (even without beer!), I have finally yielded  and read Alexandro Jodorowsky & Juan Gimenez’s The Metabarons series. What a ride that has been. […]

China Mieville's The Scar

The Scar is a novel that grows on you. I’ve read this a few days before but I wanted the layers and layers of stories to grow on me before I write about it, so I’ve since let it simmer down ( but not without moving on to other books: The Metabarons series and Roland […]

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