I've loved Hyperbole and a Half ever since my colleague told me about the blog. I remember there were days when I'd read the blog and start laughing uI've loved Hyperbole and a Half ever since my colleague told me about the blog. I remember there were days when I'd read the blog and start laughing uncontrollably at my desk, reading and rereading my favorite entries and hoping for more, more always more because the world needs more stories from Allie. I loved the drawings, the seemingly impossible stories about her dogs, the stuff about cake, the Alot and stories of her childhood. They were funny and crazy and just a delight to read, and the blog became one of my go-to places whenever I need some cheering up.
So I was thrilled when I found out she had a book coming out, because like I said, I can't get enough of her stuff. It took a little while, because of her adventures in depression, but I was glad when I saw the book up on Netgalley. It came at a pretty good time, too, because I needed something quick and funny to read, and this was just the one I needed.
Hyperbole and a Half contains some of the stories that you can find in Allie's blog, with some new stories, too. I had fun reading the stories in this collection, although I have to admit that some of them didn't make me laugh too much because I have read them too many times in the blog. I guess I can only laugh about them so much?
The other never-before-seen stories were funny, though, and I especially loved the one with the goose. Oh my Lord, I had a grand time reading that one, and I can't stop laughing over the images of the goose trying to get in the room, and the scene in the car. The funniest part of it were the actual photos of the goose to prove that it really happened -- you know what, even if it didn't really happen, I don't care. It was just so unbelievably funny that it is now a part of the favorite Hyperbole and a Half stories in my head.
I think most of my reading experience was hampered a bit by the device I used to read the book and the ebook formatting. I read the book in my phone because reading it in Hannah the Kindle Paperwhite won't be fun because the illustrations aren't colored. My phone has an itty-bitty screen though, and it made reading just a little bit bothersome compared to say, if I read it in an iPad or a bigger tablet. Plus the formatting was sometimes wonky, so I wasn't sure if I was reading a new story or if it's a part of the previous story until I'm sort of halfway through.
But I think Hyperbole and a Half is best read in print format, because of the illustrations. I liked it a lot (alot, heehee :P), and it was still pretty funny despite the technological limitations I faced. If you're a fan of her blog, go and get this, at least to have a print copy of the stories you loved. But if you're sort of new to her, you can dip your toes in her stories by browsing through her blog.
Oh, and like everyone else who reviewed this book said, I have to say it too: I missed the Alot. :(
Susulat ko dapat ang review nito sa blog ko, pero naisip ko parang di bagay. Saka mas maganda isulat ang review nito sa Tagalog/Taglish kasi ganun dinSusulat ko dapat ang review nito sa blog ko, pero naisip ko parang di bagay. Saka mas maganda isulat ang review nito sa Tagalog/Taglish kasi ganun din naman yung libro. :)
So. Binili ko ang librong ito kasi fan ako ni Ramon Bautista at ang kanyang mga online na pakulo. Aliw na aliw ako sa kanya (pati kay Tado, kay Lourd de Veyra at sa barkadahan nila), at tuwing napapagod ako sa opisina eh titignan ko lang ang twitter nya. Aliw na aliw din ako sa web series nya na Tales from the Friend Zone kasi nakakatawa. May kurot, pero nakakatawa -- yung tipong pag napanood mo, matatamaan ka kasi alam mo na nangyari na yun sayo or may kilala ka na nangyari yung ganun o baka nangyayari yun sayo sa panahong iyon, pero tatawa ka pa rin kasi ang kulit ng pagkagawa nila. Ang paborito kong payo galing sa kanila? Lalandi ka na nga lang, sagarin mo na. :P
Nung binasa ko ang librong ito, ang dami, dami, dami kong tawa. Nakakahiya nga kasi ang ingay namin sa opisina nung binabasa ko to. Karamihan nito sagot lang nya sa mga tanong sa kanya sa formspring nya, at karamihan din ng sagot nya dun, common sense lang din ang sagot. Medyo nakakatawa na ang daming halos pare-pareho ang tanong lang tungkol sa pag-ibig, so parang pare-pareho lang din yung sagot. Siguro kasi talaga pagdating sa mga ganun, medyo nababawasan ng common sense mga tao. Hindi ko sinasabi na di rin nangyari sakin yun -- lahat naman ata tayo naging tanga at some point dahil sa pag-ibig. (Yoooown) Umamin!!! :D
Pero sakin kasi, ang librong ito ay talagang patawa lang. May mapupulot na aral din naman, pero yun nga, dinaan sa patawa. Hindi ito yung tipo ng libro na hahanapan mo ng malalim na meaning kasi hindi rin naman ata sinulat to ni Ramon para maging seryosong libro. Pwera na nga lang kung tinamaan ka. :P
So kung gusto mong matawa, ito ang isa sa mga libro na talagang hahalakhak ka ng mag-isa habang binabasa mo siya. :) Nakalimutan ko na kung ilang beses ako humagikgik habang binabasa to mag-isa. Buti na lang wala ako kasama nun, kasi baka maiyak lang ako sa kakatawa habang pinapaliwanag siya. :D...more
Bob Ong was a staple among my friends in college, because he provided us with quick and funny reads that keeps us afloatOriginal post at One More Page
Bob Ong was a staple among my friends in college, because he provided us with quick and funny reads that keeps us afloat during stressful school days. I guess reading his books has become a habit that I haven't shaken yet, that's why I wanted to read his latest book, Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin(loose translation: Stay Away From Me). The title is a play on one old Filipino song Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin by Rodel Naval that eventually became a title of a Filipino noontime soap opera. The book is written in script format with three stories, one that plays on the cliches found in Filipino action movies, Filipino horror movies and finally, Filipino romance movies. Since this book is written for Filipinos, it's going to be hard to explain these cliches to foreigners, so let's kind of leave it at that. Anyway, as with every Bob Ong book, the book pokes fun at different things in the Filipino society, too, with the purpose of using humor to make the readers thing.
This book reminds me of those old gag skits I used to write for my org in school. And that's the only charm of the book. Overall, I had the huge urge to just chuck the book and not finish it. There were some funny parts, yes, but it wasn't the old funny thing that Bob Ong used to write. More often than not, the jokes fall flat and are just plain corny. It's not that I didn't get it -- I just didn't appreciate it, I guess.
So it's either I've outgrown Bob Ong books, or this is just blah. Maybe a little of both? Or I guess I just kind of miss the ABNKKBSNPLAKo and Stainless Longganisa days....more
I've had this book for a while now (thanks to The Ironic Catholic for the review copy!), and I meant to read it while plane hopping in Europe but other books won me over. I was at the salon two weeks ago, just finished with a women's fiction novel and I couldn't really jump into another one just yet, so I decided to choose a slim ebook to cleanse the reading palate before going back to the other book I had in progress.
It turned out to be a very good choice, too. I love The Ironic Catholic's style -- poking fun at the little quirks of the Catholic faith but never disrespectful and still allowing people to learn a little more about the faith than a regular, Sunday mass-going Catholic knows. The news format of the book makes it easy to digest, and sometimes I have to remind myself that it's fiction because some of them felt like odd stories you read every now online. My favorite story? The World Old Day celebration, which is the senior citizens' version of World Youth Day. It not only made me laugh, but it brought fond memories of my own experience in WYD.
I just really wish this book was a little bit longer, but then the volume number in the title probably means there will be a volume two...right? ...more
I find it hard to find easy-reading Catholic books. Save for the local ones from Bo Sanchez and Shepherd's Voice, I feelOriginal post at One More Page
I find it hard to find easy-reading Catholic books. Save for the local ones from Bo Sanchez and Shepherd's Voice, I feel like there seems to be a lack of books written for Roman Catholics. Sure, there are a lot of Christian books out there, and yes Catholics are also Christians (please, no religious debates here, okay?), but it's hard to find books that actually talk about saints, the Roman Catholic church and all that. Or maybe I just don't know where to look.
Anyway, I was going through my Google Reader one day when I saw that I haven't been reading the ones under my "Faith" tag. So I browsed the feeds and saw magic words, "free ebook" from The Ironic Catholic. I immediately clicked the link and got ready to purchase the book but it turned out the coupon had already expired. I felt a tiny bit disappointed, but then decided to get the ebook anyway since it was only $1.99.
I read this book in between Emma, and it was the kind of book that I needed to clear my classic-muddled brain. Dear Communion of Saints is a collection of blog entries from a feature that The Ironic Catholic had in her blog. It's a parody of an advice column of sorts for foolish questions that Christians may ask, answered in a saint's point of view. Of course the author doesn't mean that the saints would actually say the answers written in the book, but they are based on basic Christian teachings and are pretty obvious answers. Some questions really border on foolishness, too, like if they could play "Bad Romance" during a wedding mass, or why teeth are so poorly made, or how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. There are some questions that somehow make sense, like who to blame regarding lack of mass attendance or if hell is dry heat, or if it's okay to engage in celebratory hubris. It's a fun, short book that makes you laugh and think at the same time, while still teaching the readers a bit about Catholic faith and the saints who are "answering" the questions. And it's not just saints, too, but also some personalities in the Bible such as Job (whose book I just finished reading in the Bible -- and it was beautiful) and even some of the archangels, too.
The Ironic Catholic writes in such a funny yet reader friendly way that it makes the saints feel closer and more human than they are viewed now. It's highly unlikely that the saints would actually say these things (although we really don't know about their sense of humor, really). I hope people won't see this as blasphemous or disrespectful of the saints, because the point wasn't really to capture who the featured saints are. The real point of this collection is, and I quote the author in her introduction:
I am poking fun at foolish human imperfections, many (if not all) of which are my own.
Dear Communion of Saints is a good book for Catholics and non-Catholics (if only by entertainment value) alike. It was a fun and quick read, but I wished there was more. While I pine and wish for a second volume, I will spend some of my free time perusing the author's blog. You should, too....more