"While certain cities in past Akashic volumes might appear to lack an obvious noir element, Manila (like Mexico City, which shares many of the same problems) practically defines it, as shown by the 14 selections in this excellent anthology. As Hagedorn points out in her insightful introduction, Manila is a city burdened with a violent and painful past, with a long heritage ...more
My practice when I am enjoying an anthology of short stories is to jot down my thoughts right afte ...more
and tainted by a dark and painful past. She’s not to be trusted.” – Jessica Hagedorn
Manila – I guess the selection of the focal place for the anthology suits it best. Manila, no matter how lively it appears has its dark side, too.
Manila Noir has the right amount of crime, violence and sinister enough to bring life to Manila’s dark facade. An anthology of 14 short stories by different Filipino authors, ...more
What a goodread.
The fourteen stories in the collection were ...more
I thought I'd try this genre but it's not just for me. Too dark, too cynical, too noir for my taste.
Some of the stories I liked: Aviary; The Professor's Wife; Norma From Norman; Comforter of the Afflicted - to this one I gave 5 perfect stars.
These are the ones I totally went "bleh!!!" - After Midnight; Cariño Brutal; Trese; Darling, You Can Count On Me; and the story I least liked: The Unintended. The author has g ...more
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Until I learned about this book, which was sometime early last year, I wasn’t aware that what I love reading – what had actually got me hooked to reading – may be aptly called noir. French for “black”, noir in fiction would refer to those stories which are bleak and dark, often about crime, with sinister and cynical characters. Perfectly my cup of tea.
I grew up in a place located severa ...more
True to its nature, 'Manila Noir' tells gripping, horrific tales set on the dark streets of Metro Manila. From simple vandalism of a posh mall in Makati down to the Catholic gay butcher, each story holds you and takes you unwillingly on a macabre ri ...more
Gritty and Noir in the extreme, which is perfectly set in Manila, a place of extremes and contrasts.
Sometimes depressing, a little patchy in quality, but overall a great page turner.
Oh, and a little treat in the middle, a TRESE graphic story - a sampler of the classic supernatural Filipino series, full of urban ghosts, vampires, aswangs and gods.
I will be looking for more by some of these authors.
"While certain cities in past Akashic volumes might appear to lack an obvious noir element, Manila (like Mexico City, which shares many of the same problems) practically defines it, as shown by the 14 selections in this excellent anthology. As Hagedorn points out in her insightful introduction, Manila is a city burdened with a violent and painful past, with a long heritage of foreign occupation. The specters of WWII (during which the city suffered from U.S. saturation bombing), and the oppressi
BOOK COVER/DESIGN: 3/5. I feel neutral over the book cover.
GENERAL REVIEW/THOUGHTS: Wow, this took me long enough to read. I suppose life and obligations and personal issues can get in the way like that. This was actually lent to me by J during the time we would almost resort to staring at the walls to pass the time, and... Not that this is relevant.
This is actually the first fictional work I've read after almost four years (since I focused purely on Philosophy); what ...more
4.25 out of 5 dead bodies.
The stories ...more
I'm in the search for quality pinoy stories in a way.
And this doesn't disappoint.
It has its boring downs, but good ups that are worth the wait as you read it one by one.
1. Norma from Norman - this tops them all. ends it all. a true pinoy noir. it lures you, like you, wanting to know your fate. then it strips in front of you, piece by piece, revealing. but never trying to shock you. because you will be the one to do that to ...more
"She mostly wears red. And sometimes black. I like to think of Manila as a woman of mystery, ultimate femme fatale."
Now any book that has a compelling line like that in its introduction is enough to ...more
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Moving to San Francisco in 1963, Hagedorn ...more