Close friends have been recommending Alan Moore’s Watchmen for a long time (and it was mentioned in Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park). After havingClose friends have been recommending Alan Moore’s Watchmen for a long time (and it was mentioned in Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park). After having read the Sandman series, I was determined to read more graphic novels even though I had a difficult time adjusting to this medium at first.
Alan Moore gives a different take on superheroes in Watchmen. He showed how superheroes are more than their capes and masks. That at some point, we could relate to their flaws and daily struggles. That these superheroes have lives behind their masks and they get their fair share of ups and downs. Moore was successful in exposing that superheroes are humans too. That there is more to them than their façade, that they are actually multi-faceted. Because of this, it was easier to connect with these characters.
I have to admit that one of the characters that made me want to read this graphic novel is Rorschach. I initially thought that the series would involve a lot of references to psychology. Well, I was not disappointed because our masked heroes exhibited tendencies to a few personality disorders.
Ozymandias had his delusion of grandeur; the Nite Owl and his feelings of inadequacy and social inhibition; Dr. Manhattan’s flat affect and preference for solitude; Rorschach and his paranoia and suspiciousness; and many more. Aside from these, Moore showed how fallible humans are, even superheroes. And the extent to which a person would go just to fulfill his ultimate goal and get his message across.
Overall, I think Watchmen deserves the recognition it enjoys from graphic novels enthusiasts. Alan Moore will leave you feeling bad for the masked heroes, and also rooting for them....more
Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw revolves around Raymundo “Mong” Mojica and his visit to Brgy. Magapok in Sta. Barbara de Bendita. He went back to this placTatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw revolves around Raymundo “Mong” Mojica and his visit to Brgy. Magapok in Sta. Barbara de Bendita. He went back to this place to fulfill his mother’s death wish, which was to place a framed picture of her at the altar and for Mong to scatter her ashes at Brgy. Magapok—the place where Mong spent most of his childhood and adolescence because his mother was a social worker and it was where his mother was destined.
It was during the three-day feast of the patron saint of the province, Sta. Barbara de Bendita, did Mong decide to go to Brgy. Magapok. This was when strange things started to happen: livestock and people started missing, a child getting dragged by a hand from below the ground, among others.
Towards the end of the novel, Eros Atalia left it to his readers to decide what happened to the people of Brgy. Magapok. Was it really the super typhoon that caused thousands of people to be buried alive or something else?
Ultimately, Mong was able to fulfill two of his promises: (1) to bring his mother’s framed picture at the altar of Brgy. Magapok’s church and scatter her ashes there and (2) to make the world be aware of the existence of Brgy. Magapok.
Reading Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw was like being transported back to my hometown where we had the same practices during our town’s fiesta. Many people would throw banquets and expect their neighbors to come and celebrate even without invitation. The Filipino’s hospitality was depicted very vividly in this novel, along with other things, such as: politics, media, tradition and superstitious beliefs, and illegal logging.
Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw won the Grand Prize (Novel) in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2013 and that was what convinced me to read this novel, though I would still choose ‘Wag Lang Di Makaraos over this one....more
The story begins when a young boy visits the library to return books and at the same time borrow some on the subject of tax collection in the OttomanThe story begins when a young boy visits the library to return books and at the same time borrow some on the subject of tax collection in the Ottoman Empire. There, the boy meets an old man, the sheep man, and a mysterious girl.
The Strange Library left me with an indescribable feeling moments after I’ve put it down. Like a dark cloud suddenly appeared over me and gave off a heavy feeling. At first, the story feels rather pointless; but having read a few Murakami novels, there sure is more to it than meets the eye. Throughout the book, I felt sorry for the boy and the sheep man and rooted for their escape from the nightmarish library. Haruki Murakami explored the feeling of being alone in two different ways: (1) when the boy was in the strange library, and (2) towards the end, in which the boy’s mother dies and he was all by himself—no mother, no starling, no sheep man, and no mysterious girl.
What I loved about the book was its unusual packaging. Chipp Kidd really captured the essense of Murakami’s story. The illustrations and images were a delight to see....more