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Heartbreak and Magic

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A young man discovers the malevolence of first love. A boy travels back in time in search of history and his name. A neighborhood is besieged by a resurrected evil in their midst. A clone of Jose Rizal uncovers surprising secrets. A heartbroken girl harnesses magic to win a boy's love, and almost destroys the world. This book collects eight stories of fantasy, horror, and ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published 2011 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
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Neil (or bleed)
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an e-book from Arvyn and Anvil Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

Heartbreak and Magic is true to its name since these short stories are truly heartbreaking and magical. Interestingly written, the book offers a different types of magically heartbreaking stories that will truly affect you in one way or another.

This collection is composed of eight (8) stories. My favorite is The Flicker (5 stars). I can't come up with good adjectives to describe how insane a
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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[I have actually been eyeing this book for some time now. For some reason, I just couldn't help myself from buying it the second time I saw it-- the word "Magic" in the title (plus Gaiman's quick words!) just utterly made me defenseless against prudence. xD] ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I feel bad that I am not reading more of our local authors. I always enjoyed my
Philippine literature class in college, although majority would say the opposite - simple stories with deep and complicated meanings. It was in that class (I had a very good teacher-Hi, Mam Pam!) that I understood phallic symbols.

It is no wonder that I felt the excitement again when I picked out this book from the library shelf. Casocot's name stuck in my head after reading Motherhood Statements and well, this author
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Weird & Creepy

I just saw this book from the pile of newly acquired books from the library, I just scanned the first pages, then I started reading the first pages then, Boom! I got curious at the first story. I was amaze that a local author wrote it. Then I check it out.

I'm not into short stories, because I can't establish a decent connection with the main characters. But this collection of short stories made connection with me by its mysteries and deep stories.

Another thing that I like about th
Jillian Armonia
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A definitely recommended read especially for those away from the Philippines. His prose is actually very witty and his diction is soooo precise (goodness, the amount of puns in there) His collection of stories are a beautiful mix of fantasy, horror and probably inspiration (?) Idk. One of his stories was about magic and all that stuff inspiring people to make art again. ^_^ I'm rating it 4 stars because it can be a bit confusing and he's putting too much of our language in there. I mean some wor ...more
Alexandra May
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak" got me. And "The Pepe Report". ...more
Mirvan. Ereon
"Maginificent. Truly a work of a genius who knows that literature has no bounds. A fantastic red that I will never forget. Hope I would meet the author personally." ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Haunting short stories, relentless imagination. I've never experienced these in a Filipino fantasy story before. I highly recommend this book. ...more
Lara Monegro
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really gave me HEARTBREAK and MAGIC. Especially the last story. That really stabbed through my chest. Gaaaah. Hahaha!
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every page! Feels amazing to have had the chance of being his student back in college :)
Inah Anunciacion
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ian Rosales Casocot is one of the favorite contemporary Filipino authors along with Dean Francis Alfar. Casocot's stories, particularly "The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak" and "The Tragedy of Chickens," possess a sense charm and eloquence common to all those who have acquainted themselves first with poetry before fiction.

In this particular collection, Casocot shows the wide range of his writing abilities from fantasy to horror. A notable horror story in the collection, "The Flicker," uses
Angeline Dy
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anything that Ian writes is definitely 5 stars. ❤️
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Ian Rosales Casocot was a fellow for fiction in the national writers’ workshops in Dumaguete, Baguio, Cebu, and Iligan, and was a writer-in-residence for the International Writing Program in the University of Iowa. He has won the Don Carlos Palanca Award, the NVM Gonzalez Prize, and the Fully-Booked/Neil Gaiman Philippine Graphic/Fiction Award for his fiction. His books include FutureShock Prose: ...more

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