The Prince and the Pauper

April 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm (Books) ()

The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain

This story is one of my favorites during childhood and recently I got curious on what the original material was like. It didn’t exactly meet my expectations though, but it had been pretty impressive. It’s certainly a wonderful story!

Rating: B- NICE! It had been really fun!
Favoritism: 3 out of 5 hearts = LIKE

The story concerns Tom Canty, a poor boy, who bears a striking resemblance to Prince Edward, heir to the throne of England. Through a series of mishaps, the boys change places, and those around them do not believe them when they each claim to be the other boy. Eventually, all ends well, with Edward restored to the throne and Tom retaining a place in his court. (School Library Journal)

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Withern Rise Trilogy: A Crack in the Line

March 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm (Books) ()

A Crack in the Line (Withern Rise)
by Michael Loawrence

An interesting story of a boy and a girl who are the same person but live in different realities. It didn’t meet my expectations but it’s still nice.

Rating: C OKAY! Not that great but isn’t bad either!
Favoritism: 5 hearts out of 10

Alaric and Naia, both 16, have nearly identical lives in parallel worlds. Their parents, their house, and their circumstances are the same, with one major difference. Alaric’s mother was killed in a train wreck, while Naia’s mother survived. This story of alternate realities raises questions about how one’s life might be changed forever by a certain turn of events.(School Library Journal)

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The Rule of Four

March 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm (Books) ()

The Rule of Four
by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

A religious fiction novel with a mix of college life and relationships. Not exactly better than Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, but to me it’s certainly more fun and entertaining.

Rating: B- NICE! It had been really fun!
Favoritism: 7 hearts out of 10

The book is set on the Princeton campus during the weekend of Good Friday, 1999. The story involves four Princeton seniors, friends and roommates, getting ready for graduation: Tom, Paul, Charlie and Gil. Two of the students, Tom and Paul, are trying to solve the mystery contained within an extremely rare, beautifully decorated and very mysterious (real) book— the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. (Wikipedia)

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

March 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm (Books)

It is often recommended by my friends on the internet. They say that it’s a very awesome book. I did a little research on it and I often see high ratings and many positive remarks and reviews. Of course that got me very interested! Even if the book wasn’t that popular, it would still have gotten my attention. Stories set during the world war and talk about nontypical stuff (like in this case, it’s about a book thief) are my kind of thing. I had been looking for it with an online friend, and she had found it for me. I was so happy to have bought the book in a cheaper (even if it was just a little cheaper compare to National Bookstore, it’s still cheaper) price. I read it as soon as I can when the Filipinos Group at GoodReads have selected this novel for a Book Discussion this month.

Many people say that it was fantastic, and they are right! For me, one of its greatest qualities is its narration style. It was a wise choice of a narrator. He or It wasn’t exactly interacting with the characters directly, but he/it was very much involved alright. This novel had a wonderful set of characters! They are so dynamic and have been great and lovable in their own way. I am so happy that the leading character didn’t just steal all the spotlight. Other main and supporting characters had the chance to shine and they were given importance. I like it that the leading girl did not annoy me (because most leading ladies no matter what media piss the hell out of me for being irritating damsels in distress), I actually admire and love her even.

I have loved so many characters in this story, but my favorite has to be Death. These are my favorite lines of his:

By the way — I like this human idea of the grim reaper. I like the scythe. It amuses me.
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Forget the scythe, Goddamnit, I need a broom or a mop. And I needed a vacation.

pages 75 and 307 of The Book Thief

Wahaha! He never fails to delight and entertain me! I totally love this character! (I just noticed that I usually like characters that signify/symbolize/represent Death, like Death from the Sandman series. Haha!)

Speaking of entertainment, this book certainly entertained me a lot. People often caught me laughing by myself while reading the book. Rudy and, of course, Death, made me chuckle the most. I often exclaim “Aaaaww” too, especially during Liesel’s moments with her loved ones, especially with Hans and Max. I’m a shipper, and I think Rudy’s a darling. His love was so cute. This novel made me cry by myself too, especially those sad events in the end. I admire books that had affected me this much.

I consider this one of the best young adult historical novels I have ever read. It didn’t only make me amused and impressed, but it had also educated me as well. Those German words/phrases/sentences encouraged me to learn more of the German language. It also made me do a little research on the wars when the story took place. Wow! I love this book! I recommend it to everyone who likes history and reading, and doesn’t mind some swearing, haha!

Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Favoritism: 10 out of 10

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

March 6, 2009 at 9:25 pm (Books)

I believe that many are familiar with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. Some portions of the book are even included in English Literature/Reading books used in school (well, at least I remember them during my elementary days) or examples in Reading Comprehension and many more. I remember liking this story back in childhood, but I no longer remember much of it, aside from the fact that the prince is an alien and he loved a certain flower. So when I saw a copy of it on bargain, I did not have second thoughts in buying it. I’ve thought of reading it again, after such a long time, recently because I wanted to read something really short at the moment.

Story was mainly about a young boy who lives in a small planet that had travelled to different planets and different kinds of people/creatures. He’s a very curious child that never lets his questions left unanswered. His encounters make us realize different things, like what we should and should not give importance to, and what things matter, and so on.
It was a very popular book, and I don’t wonder about that because it was indeed fascinating. I like how it was narrated . . . it was unique. It may seem to be a simple children’s book but the messages in its story make’s one have some reflections. Overall I consider it really wonderful!
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Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

March 5, 2009 at 8:52 pm (Books)

I love almost all kinds of animals, and that includes magical and mythical beasts. One of my favorites is the unicorn, and I love reading literature that involve such a wonderful creature. It’s not that often for me to encounter books that focus on them, so I was very happy when an online friend lent me her copy of Unicorns!

Unicorns!

It consists of more than 10 tales related to unicorns written by different authors. Unicorns aren’t portrayed the same way. Settings of the stories and even the ethnicity of the characters there differ as well. Each narrative in this book have been good and bad in a way.
To be honest, the stories here weren’t as impressive as I expected them to be. My greatest disappointment was the first one which seems to be an essay. It almost made me give up on the book if I didn’t continue and had enjoyed the succeeding stories.
If I have to mention specific stories, my favorites include The Silken Swift by Theodore Sturgeon, which is a sad but wonderful love story, and Mythological Beast by Stephen R. Donaldson, which is about a man transforming into a unicorn in a futuristic utopia. I also like The Unicorn by Frank Owen, because it’s very similar to Chinese tales I’ve heard or read about in the past. The Women the Unicorn Loved by Gene Wolfe was pretty nice. I like the idea of the leading character being part of some Mythic Conversationists group in modern times. I find that really cool! Hehe.
Overall, this anthology wasn’t as great as expected it to be, but it had been pretty good. I had enjoyed reading it, at least most of it. Even without my bias to unicorns, I believe I would still have liked this book.
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