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The Alienist
4.03
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
4.29
"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
...more
Aug 20, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
 
The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
3.92
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
3.98
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
4.39
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)
3.80
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
...more
Feb 2012
Apr 01, 2011
 
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
4.07
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
 
Emma
3.97
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 mo
...more
Jun 25, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
 
Tongues on Fire
4.11
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
 
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
4.00
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
 
Blue Angel, White Shadow
3.40
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 Rule of Four
3.19
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-numbe
...more
Mar 09, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
 
Philippine Speculative Fiction VI
3.76
Originally posted on my blog.

Something peculiar happens to stories when they are housed in the same anthology, especially when an overarching theme or
...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
Soledad's Sister
3.60
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
 
House of Leaves
4.15
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
 
Brideshead Revisited
3.98
( Originally posted here. )

With age, it becomes harder and harder to encounter books that end up being life experiences. My reading predilections prett
...more
Dec 04, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
The Impressionist
3.58
(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
 
Smaller and Smaller Circles
4.00
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
 
Midnight's Children
4.00
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
...more
Mar 06, 2012
Jul 28, 2011
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
(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
...more
Mar 18, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
 
Leche
3.53
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
 
Unseen Moon
4.06
Eliza Victoria is at her best when her stories unfold with an almost dispassionate reserve, the measured cadence of her sentences like a steady stride ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 12, 2014
 
Through a Glass, Darkly
3.80
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
 
Reportage on Crime: Thirteen Horror Happenings That Hit the Headlines
4.03
It's not quite as journalistic as I expected, the stories often have some editorialized comments regarding morality. But once I got over that, I found ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Sep 17, 2011
 
Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins #1)
3.92
The rare noir story that isn't all about nihilism, despite its dark edges. Mosley knows the parameters of a hardboiled mystery world so well that he i ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Oct 13, 2013
 
Jane Eyre
4.07
Jane Eyre, I like you but you're bringing me down.
May 2012
Oct 22, 2011
 
A Visit From the Goon Squad
3.63
Originally posted on my blog

My personal assessment of Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad changes each time I think back on it. Sometimes I t
...more
Jul 27, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
**spoiler alert** (This post is originally posted on my blog and called "Thirteen Ways of Looking at The Hunger Games Trilogy." It talks about the boo ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
 
Bossypants
3.92
(Originally posted on my blog.)

If you are a liker of comedy, you'd be hard pressed to find reasons to justify why Tina Fey isn't that big of a deal. S
...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
3.81
Part of me wishes that I had managed to read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea when I was a lot younger, if only so that I could have had a more v ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Dec 05, 2011
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