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The Alienist
A couple of pages before finishing The Alienist, I declared that it is the most complete mystery I have ever read. Months after finishing this book, I ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
Trip to Quiapo : Scriptwriting Manual Ni Ricky Lee
"Hindi ka tuturuan ng librong ito kung paano magsulat. Buhay ang gagawa n'on" - Ricky Lee

Sana maraming bumasa ng Trip to Quiapo, kahit walang balak ma
Aug 20, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
Bodies pile up fast and easy in Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog but I understand why readers would consider the series to be on the lighter end ...more
Jun 04, 2011
May 23, 2011
The Power and the Glory
I haven't yet decided if reading this novel at the height of summer in the Philippines was supremely prescient or foolhardy. The first few chapters of ...more
May 27, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
The Nymph of MTV
Angelo Suarez was 19 when The Nymph of MTV first came out, the product of a young poet already comfortable with wordplay and surreality and the enviab ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
I made a couple of read-along blog posts for this a long time ago:

1st Entry
2nd Entry
3rd Entry

Magisterial is the word the comes to mind when talking ab
Feb 2012
Apr 01, 2011
Blue Angel, White Shadow
Nostalgia for a Manila slowly ebbing away lies at the heart of Blue Angel, White Shadow, the newest offering from one of the Philippines' most renowne ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
I really struggled with this. There are so many signifiers of things that I love--ornery old men, literature, quaint seaside towns--but while there is ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
The God of Small Things
When I read reviews characterizing Roy's writing style as "Faulknerian," I started to understand why this book has left me cold. The gothic "grotesque ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Jan 25, 2014
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
I read this while laid low by a bug and let me tell you, nothing will cure you (ha!) of self-pity more than the knowledge that your physical malady co ...more
Mar 29, 2014
Jan 21, 2012
The Master of Go
This novel about the last game of a dying Go master was a gift to me by friends. They knew of my longstanding interest in Go and gave me this novel fo ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Oct 22, 2011
The Rule of Four
Originally posted on my blog.

Let's get something out of the way: The Rule of Four by Justin Thomason and Ian Caldwell is pretty much a paint-by-numb
Mar 09, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
Tai: Why should I listen to you, anyway? You're a virgin who can't drive.
Cher: That was way harsh, Tai.

I wonder how many people begin Emma with the m
Jun 25, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
Tongues on Fire
Conrado de Quiros is among the country's most articulate and widely-read political voices. His weekly column called There's the Rub consistently cause ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
I approached this with a kind of wariness that came with the fact that I'll never have the same emotional reaction to this book as people for whom it ...more
Dec 25, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Navigating Early
From a purely craft perspective I don't think that this book is remarkable (so my rating might change when I'm more objective idk). But I found myself ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Dec 02, 2014
Philippine Speculative Fiction VI
Originally posted on my blog.

Something peculiar happens to stories when they are housed in the same anthology, especially when an overarching theme or
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
Soledad's Sister
2008 can be considered a high watermark for the Philippine novel as Jose Dalisay, already an established name in Philippine letters (as well as column ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2011
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
Sometimes the impulse to fully represent how much a book means to you is almost enough to render you speechless. I feel this way about Ursula K. Le Gu ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
Unseen Moon
(Trigger warnings for scenes of sexual assault and violence.)

Eliza Victoria is at her best when her stories unfold with an almost dispassionate reserv
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 12, 2014
House of Leaves
I had a lot of feelings, apparently. Five blog posts' worth of it. Here's the masterlist of my readalong posts.
Jul 24, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
Klosterman declares early on that he wants to confront two of the most egregious accusations hurled at heavy metal: that 1) it is frivolous and dispos ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
A novel filled with parodic exuberance and tongue-in-cheek humor often runs the risk of archness to the point coldness, becoming too intent at skeweri ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
Smaller and Smaller Circles
Mystery is a genre that has always been close to my heart, and I have been very much invested in discussions regarding the dearth of crime and mystery ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2011
Jane Eyre
Originally posted on my blog.

I like to think I've outgrown my youthful overreliance in wild hyperbole and dismissal of other people's opinions when
May 2012
Oct 22, 2011
Brideshead Revisited
( Originally posted here. )

With age, it becomes harder and harder to encounter books that end up being life experiences. My reading predilections pret
Dec 04, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
The Impressionist
(I forgot that I've written this review way back in 2007! Young!Me is quaintly embarrassing. I don't have enough critical distance from this, but I su ...more
not set
Mar 13, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
(Originally posted on my blog)

Among the major literary genres, the Western probably makes me the most wary. Not only have I read precious few books wi
Mar 18, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
Midnight's Children
Readalong posts that I made as I was reading this book:

1st Entry
2nd Entry
3rd Entry
4th Entry

Midnight's Children is told entirely in First Person POV by
Mar 06, 2012
Jul 28, 2011
Through a Glass, Darkly
Donna Leon writes lushly about a Venice in regal decay, with the urbane and likable Commissario Guido Brunetti as her main character, yet it was not u ...more
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
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