I thought this book was abit creepy despite it's intriguing content about zombies and black magic. No, not the usual zombies they portray in movies an...moreI thought this book was abit creepy despite it's intriguing content about zombies and black magic. No, not the usual zombies they portray in movies and comic books. I like the characters in the story and the struggles they had to go through together. Subtle romance in it which I find it quite delightful to read. Found myself taking less break and I finished it in 2 days. Previously, I read Sleator's House Of Stairs and didn't really enjoy that book as much as I did for this one. This one is a short read and it gets creepier every time when you think about it too much. I know because I did.(less)
So far (this is my second book), Mellick's MAD & imaginative ideas holds my interest in the bizarro fiction. I enjoy his writings and i...more3 1/2 star.
So far (this is my second book), Mellick's MAD & imaginative ideas holds my interest in the bizarro fiction. I enjoy his writings and it kills me, reading that he was on the verge of self-murder at 20 (when he wrote this book). Mellick sure thinks about things a lot and whatever he thinks, I wish for many more books from this man. Here are some of Mellick's talent I highlighted from his book:
Emptiness. It clots in my head and scabs over all of my fluffy bright-colored emotions. The horizon line doesn’t seem to make the landscape feel like it goes on forever anymore. The line is more like an ending. It shrinks my path, makes it smaller and smaller, until the path is just a dot. And after the dot, there’s nothing.
What God was trying to tell the world’s people with this lightning flare is that Heaven is full and there’s no room for any more souls, so He’s made the decision to discontinue the performance of dying to save His home from overpopulation.
"You’re inside of the Silence," he says. "The Silence has eaten you away from your friends and put you in her belly. You are not dead, however. And you will not be dead for as long as you keep quiet. If she doesn’t hear any noise inside of her belly, she will think there is no food. She will figure you are part of her and forget about you. Otherwise, she will digest your meat and you’ll be excreted as part of the wind.(less)
One of the controversial and most talked-about children's book I've read. There's a lot of negative reviews about "The Giving Tree". I can see why. It...moreOne of the controversial and most talked-about children's book I've read. There's a lot of negative reviews about "The Giving Tree". I can see why. It's not the typical inspiring, warm-feeling, encouraging, positive or crayola rainbow drawing-children's book one could give as a present/read to kids without blaming an actual kid. I'm not sure what Shel's exact thoughts were or his point to writing this book. But I'm glad "The Giving Tree" was published.
It's a story about a selfish bratty boy who had a friendship with a tree. He was demanding a lot of things from the tree throughout his growing years. We then see that the tree very much loved him that she gave him everything she could until there was no more to give. Stupid right? I mean we see this everyday in our life, in draggy episodes of soap operas to even vampire books. About how someone love you enough that they would protect you with all their life and if that's not enough, they will die for you. ANYTHING. Love can be a bitch, you got to accept the best and the worst of it, or at least read it. "The Giving Tree" is giving you the reality of "LOVE HURTS".
Also, I find it hard to accept this book because there is no role model to look up to (no-one likable) and the fact that the villain is the boy himself. I pity the relationship between the boy and the tree. It's something to ponder about, it's kinda deep I think. I don't think only love is involve, a lot of interpretation about this book that we can debate about. I personally hated the weak character that the tree portrayed and the selfish boy who didn't budge out from his bad attitude (he carried it throughout his life). "The Giving Tree" is a sad, bad reflection of ourselves nonetheless a good book to remind us the reality of loving too much and the destruction it will cost us in the end.(less)
I shouldn't have watched Wes Anderson's version first. It's one of those few movies from book that is brilliantly made and it became one of my favouri...moreI shouldn't have watched Wes Anderson's version first. It's one of those few movies from book that is brilliantly made and it became one of my favourite Anderson's movie. (view spoiler)[That aside, I liked how the book had a character that got everyone underground in deep trouble because of stealing food from the farmers but yet managed to crafted up solutions to save all the animals from getting killed. (hide spoiler)]I got a bit distracted though seeing that I watched the movie already and I used none of my imagination when reading the book. Anderson's version of the animals kind of spoon-fed my imagination and it left me dry (well, all of which is my fault). So, I would recommend to read the book first, then watch the movie. (less)
A good retelling of the Santa story. Again, Mellick score on the characters he creates and tells it as though every other Santa movies that comes out...moreA good retelling of the Santa story. Again, Mellick score on the characters he creates and tells it as though every other Santa movies that comes out is not worth watching. Fun, imaginative and still weird as hell.(less)
I was repulsed by the title at first glance but come to think of it: who wouldn't be intrigued about 'The HAUNTED Vagina' and after reading the synops...moreI was repulsed by the title at first glance but come to think of it: who wouldn't be intrigued about 'The HAUNTED Vagina' and after reading the synopsis. This actually turned out to be a good surprise considering the fact that I jumped right into it with low expectation. The book had its moments on me. I was shocked by the idea of Mellick's haunted vagina. As I was reading it, there were moments where I burst out laughing at how both characters handled the situation they were in. The way Mellick's words couldn't off the 'WTF' repeat mode in my brain with sentences like “It dawns on me. I’m all the way inside of her. I’m like a human penis.” and "It moves about like it's filled with a million cockroaches. And between her legs, a skeletal hand is reaching out of her". Tell me if this sentences doesn't make you go mad and you constantly checking "are you serious?"
The best part was how this book took a whole turn and changed the mood. I liked that it had a creative story beneath all that madness that was happening. It was just nice that it ended not being too dark or too over the top. The ghostly figure turned out to be less of a horror/paranormal story and felt that her existence to the protagonist's life had a deeper meaning to it. The good thing was that Mellick didn't go deeper explaining it. He left it for the readers to linger around the idea about the weird combination of those two stuck in a vagina. I must add this: Do not judge the title or the cover without reading this. You will be in for a surprise/shock.(less)
Fun and enjoyable as always with Martinez's books. There is never one dull moment that I can recall from my previous reads from him. Although the stor...moreFun and enjoyable as always with Martinez's books. There is never one dull moment that I can recall from my previous reads from him. Although the story is not as awesome as the previous reads, you can always rely on Martinez's characters and dialogues to keep you entertain. (less)
Different style from Shaun Tan's "The Arrival" but both deserve full ratings from me. This is what I call a "COMPLETE" children's book. It has style,...moreDifferent style from Shaun Tan's "The Arrival" but both deserve full ratings from me. This is what I call a "COMPLETE" children's book. It has style, imagination, story, character, composition. And the fact that there are NO words to accompany the visual makes it more wholesome. Flotsam is a journey, a discovery - one you might want to share it with someone else. (less)