Gods Bless (and Curse) America!

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now.  Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life. 

Being a half-blood is dangerous.  It’s scary.  Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.”

Unless you live inside a cave or something, I don’t think anyone here does NOT know Rick Riordan’s beloved Percy Jackson, a series of adventures by the titular character himself that takes place in the modern world where Greek gods, heroes and monsters exist. The final months of the last year had left me book-less, in which during this phase I absolutely lose my reading appetite. It is during this time when I choose books at random, mostly ones I have no intention of reading ever, and as the Fates had decided, the wheel pointed to Rick Riordan, whose books are displayed in every bookstore that you couldn’t possibly miss it on a reading slump phase. As it seems, Percy Jackson has always been a fly hovering at the corner of my sight. It is constantly everywhere, from bookstores to Facebook posts, and never did I had the desire to follow-up its hype or simply put, read the books. Until now.

Now, what is it in this book that appealed to so many? If you have not read it, why should you read it? What should you expect from it? Why is that person hushing me when I mention the name Zeus in public? Why do girls and boys like Nico so much? Why did Luke deserve better (no really, he deserves better)? All these, I won’t answer, unfortunately, but there are more than enough reasons to start reading the series.  Continue reading

In Which I Give You Reasons Why To Read Anansi Boys

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SYNOPSIS

Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.

Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous. (Goodreads)


It is hilarious. Pretty much the main reason why you should check out the novel. It’ll have you chuckling, giggling, chortling and everything as the story goes on. Neil Gaiman nails the humour on this one and it was a nice, pleasant change from his darker novels. If you want a warm, funny read, then this is the book to savor. I read this one during my trips to work and found how difficult it is to pretend to cough for long, several minutes just to hide the guffaws stuck at my throat.

“There are three things, and three things only, that can lift the pain of mortality and ease the ravages of life,” said Spider. “These things are wine, women and song”…

“Curry’s nice too” pointed out Fat Charlie.

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It came from the woods. Most strange things do.

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SYNOPSIS

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there… (Goodreads)


Oh, but you must travel through those woods again and again… said a shadow at the window… and you must be lucky to avoid the wolf every time…

But the wolf… the wolf only needs enough luck to find you once.”

Through the Woods is a series of short stories written and illustrated by Emily Carroll. The graphic novel touches horror shorts that brings to mind Grimm’s fairytales for their simple yet fun, twisted stories. With illustrations, each page is always a delight to turn.

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The Fun and Happy Adventures of Geralt

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SYNOPSIS

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.

And a cold-blooded killer.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher. (Goodreads)


The Last Wish is the first book of The Witcher series, more popularly known as a video game with the same title and praised by critiques due to its immersive world, rich characters, dark story, and impressive pornography. The novel is written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and was first released as a series of short stories in the 90s. It was not until 2007 when the novel was translated into English and recently, this February, Orbit Books revealed the cover of the fourth novel, The Tower of Swallows. A good time to be fan and for me, who couldn’t finish a single video game without screaming, it is an opportunity to explore the franchise without raging in front of a screen.

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We’re All Gonna Die

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Synopsis

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward. (Goodreads)


Review contains spoilers. Like, huge ones.

Camus dedicated a partial of his life to absurdism, which says that life isn’t worth of any sort of dedication. The other partial, he dedicated to living the hell out of life. He loved sport, alcohol,  women, and wrote essays and books contemplating suicide, but philosophically (there’s a difference). The Stranger is the first book of his to be published and it rather makes you question the author’s state of mind. It details the life of a man before and after he shot a person. Remember those times when you’re in the shower and you suddenly reflect that life is trivial and everything in this world is meaningless? Well, Albert Camus wrote a whole book about it, and he didn’t have to get into the shower to come up with it.

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Detective Palace Cares..?

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The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?

Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.

The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.

The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered? (Goodreads)

The Last Policeman was one of the novels I had a hard time reading. It’s not because the book was bad. I picked it up because it has an interesting premise— pre-apocalyptic America and a murder dressed as a suicide– and it was a fairly easy book to finish. The problem was, I couldn’t read it without feeling so down and near to tears.
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The Worst Mall in England

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What was Lost by Catherine O’ Flynn

The 1980s: Ten-year-old Kate Meaney – with her ‘Top Secret’ notebook and Mickey her toy monkey – is busy being a junior detective. She observes goings-on and follows ‘suspects’ at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping centre and in her street, where she is friends with the news agent’s son, Adrian. But when this curious, independent-spirited young girl disappears, Adrian falls under suspicion and is hounded out of his home by the press.

Then, in 2004, Lisa is working as a deputy manager at Your Music, a cut-price record store. Every day, under the watchful eye of the CCTV, she tears her hair out at the behavior of her customers and colleagues. But when she meets security guard Kurt, she becomes entranced by the little girl he keeps glimpsing on the centre’s CCTV. As their after-hours friendship intensifies, they investigate how these sightings might be connected to the unsettling history of Green Oaks. (Goodreads)

Inspired by a security guard’s ghost story and her experiences as a manager in a music store, Catherin O’ Flynn creates a poignant mystery that takes place in two particular years: 1984, which tells the adventurous tale of ten-year old Kate as she investigates the newly-built mall on their area and 2003, which details Lisa and Kurt’s weary lives as they work at Green Oaks and later on, return to the mystery of the girl who had gone missing 19 years ago. The tone of the two timelines vary from one another– 1984 is an exciting adventure while 2003 has a bleak and solemn note in it. Even so, the book is not without a touch of humor. The common problems of every retail store were amusing reads and it was also fun to follow Kate’s adventures spying strangers and taking notes of any ‘suspicious’ activity plus her smart discussions with Adrian, her bestfriend, who also happens to be Lisa’s older brother.
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