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Edition Review: American Gods x Anansi Boys (B&N Collectible Edition 2016)

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The moment I saw this beautiful edition online, I knew I just had to have it. I’m a big Gaiman fan so imagine my excitement when I learned that it’ll be available in my country.

The cover art was designed by Jim Tierney. I love the silver and blue theme. The typography design really stood out against the black leather base. It’s a truly gorgeous piece.

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The exterior theme extends to the inner jacket. The page trims are also coated with silver.

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The paper is smooth and thin, kinda like The Bible. The book also has a ribbon marker, so no need for bookmarks.

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The book is a bit heavy so I don’t recommend it for casual reading. I bought this book with the intent of displaying it so I don’t really mind the weight. Overall, this is a beautiful edition that any Gaiman fan would love. Definitely worth every penny!

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Casting Name of the Wind (Part 1)

Okay, so it’s been a while since it was announced that Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will be producing Rothfuss’ much-loved Kingkiller Chronicle and various sites have already published their dream cast for the series. So… I’ve decided to make one for myself!

1. Kvothe

This is probably the most difficult part to cast. I mean, it is Kvothe. I would actually prefer if they got someone completely unknown, so that I won’t be able to associate him with anyone else (like how they did with most of the GOT characters). I’ve always pictured Kvothe with burning red hair and faerie-like pale skin. Initially, I thought he looked somehow like  Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian from Narnia), but with slightly reddish hair and paler skin.

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I tried to photoshop a photo to see how he would look like with red hair. Not bad!

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2. Denna

Patrick Rothfuss once said that his Denna would be Natalie Portman, but I think she’s already too old and already too well-known to be cast as her. As for me, I’ve always thought Nina Dobrev would make a good Denna. She has that dainty but feisty appeal. I mean, just look at these photos of her! Isn’t she perfect?

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A lot of people have also been suggesting Kaya Scodelario (Skins, Maze Runner), which I think is also a good choice.

3. Auri

From the very beginning, my Auri was a cross between Elle Fanning and Evanna Lynch (Elle’s innocent look and Evanna’s whimsical acting). Or maybe a blonde Mackenzie Foy?

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4. Bast

I would have to say that Ezra Miller is the perfect choice for Bast. He has that faerie-devilish beauty that can transition from an innocent assistant to a cruel fae. I believe a lot of people see him as a perfect fit for the role as well.

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5. Fela

In my head, Fela was someone really attractive with lots of sex appeal. I think Alexandra Daddario would be perfect. The downside is that she’s already  too well-known (she’s already attached to Percy Jackson, White Collar and Baywatch).

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6. Simmon

When I saw him play the dorky Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts I immediately thought Eddie Redmayne would be a perfect Simmon. He has that awkward “clueless-looking” Simmon charm! Doesn’t he look like someone who would serenade you with a poem?

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I’m still trying to think of who to cast as the other characters, particularly Ambrose, so I’ll post more ideas in my next post! How about you? Who will you cast as Kvothe?

Audiobook Review: Secondhand Smoke (Jake Brand, PI #2) by M. Louis

3 Stars

This audiobook was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, it’s been a long while since my last blog post and although I’ve been reading books here and there I haven’t really been able to update my site for a while due to my work schedule… so I’ve decided to get my blogging groove back as my New Year’s Resolution!

It’s been decades since my last mystery read. I think my last one was Dan Brown’s Inferno (which was ages ago) so I welcomed this audiobook with open arms.

First and foremost, I haven’t read “Angel’s Devil”, the first book of this series, so I was worried I might have a hard time understanding the plot since this was a sequel. Thankfully, the book was written in a way that it could stand alone. My first reaction while listening to the first few chapters was “This Jake guy has a really unique sense of humor”, lol. I like how the tone wasn’t too serious like most mystery novels. It’s serious, but not too serious. I think the narrator, Colin McCarthy, did a good job with balancing the tone of the audiobook as well. The story started off nicely and gradually picked up as the novel progressed. There were times wherein I had to stay a few minutes longer in the car just to finish a chapter. There were some really intense moments where I questioned if Jake’s crew would make it. Another factor I really liked was the time spent on Jake’s mundane PI moments. It’s nice to see what he normally does as a PI when not getting himself in trouble (kidding).

Overall, I enjoyed this audiobook. I think the gem of this novel was really Jake’s (sometimes awkward) sense of humor, which made him very likable. I might read Angel’s Devil too and see what Jake got himself into there. I think this book would probably make an enjoyable movie due to the numerous action-packed scenes.

P.S. This book made me wanna visit Portland!


See my goodreads review here.
Credit for the graphics: http://mlouisbooks.com/

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

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4 Stars

I’ve been on a reader’s block for quite a while, and I didn’t know if I still had it in me to be able to read at the same pace like I used to—but it turns out I only needed one good book to wake me up from my reading slumber. I’ve had Legend for a long time now but never really bothered to start it. This afternoon I had an insane attack of boredom so I decided to flip a few pages—only, I wasn’t able to stop. I literally couldn’t stop reading from the moment I started (I was even scolded by my dad to put down the book because I was reading during dinner). It’s been a while since I’ve read a good dystopian book. I mean, there are just so many out there nowadays. The last series that I really liked were Chaos Walking and Partials and both of those have been ages ago. I picked up this trilogy because of the hype, and hype comes with expectations. Fortunately, Legend delivered.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. You try to walk in the light.”

Like most books of this genre, Legend has the dystopian staples: A perfect society that’s not so perfect, rebel groups, secrets, and teenage protagonists who are too capable for their age (seriously). The story flows through the POVs of two characters: June and Day. One’s from the system, the other is the rebel—and of course (no-brainer here) they fall in love. What I liked about this book is that even though it follows some YA cliches, it managed to have its own voice and it didn’t feel like I was just reading a rehashed version of Lord of the Flies or 1984. The characters were well-written and likable. The pacing was neither too fast nor too slow and it gave just enough information each chapter to keep you reading. Although, I was able to guess who the “killer” was way too early—blame my history with mystery and thriller novels. Legend uses a “plague” plot device, similar to Matched trilogy—the only difference is that Matched had no direction whatsoever, Legend does. At least, I hope so. I’ve only read the first book but so far so good. I’m looking forward to reading Prodigy and if it’s anything as good as this then I think my reading appetite will be happily satisfied.

The Great Conundrum: Ebook VS Book

One of the most exhausted debates among casual readers and bookworms alike is the Book VS EBook conundrum. Of course, nothing beats the experience of reading an actual book–the smell, the flipping of every page, watching the spine acquire creases of love, marking the page where you left off with your favorite bookmark, the list goes on. I love books and I love to read, but I am not a purist. I embrace technology and I love Ebooks as well. Does this make me any less of a bookworm? I would like to think not. So, instead of arguing relentlessly why one is better than the other, I’ve decided to list down the reasons why I love both of them.

WHY I LOVE PRINTED BOOKS

  • There is something about going to your favorite bookstore to browse and pick out the book you want personally. It feels intimate. I feel a different kind of silent rush whenever I walk across the shelves of a bookstore, scanning every spine and every title to see what I’m looking for. And when you see it, ah, the glee. And when you don’t, the sadness. Sometimes you chance upon a title that captures your interest and you end up finding a gem unintentionally. It’s like a process of hide and seek and courtship that only people like us would understand.
  • Seeing my beloved books on my shelf brings me a strange happiness. It’s a pleasure to see my collection grow before me. Call me weird but I even get separation anxiety sometimes. Whenever I lend a book, seeing its empty place on my bookshelf gives me a sense of longing–and the simple satisfaction I feel when it’s returned to its home… oh please tell me I’m not the only one like this?
  • The pleasure of reading it is different. I don’t know if I can even explain it. It feels more when you read a book. As I’ve mentioned before, the smell, the physical feeling of turning the pages, of watching the paper brown as time goes by, seeing how far you are along the story by judging the thickness of the pages left… Can I ever really explain it? It’s like trying to describe why it feels so nice to read when it’s raining. It just is.

WHY I LOVE EBOOKS

  • Convenience would be the most obvious and important reason. My iPad contains more books than my bookshelf, ready to be opened and read whenever and wherever I wish. I think it’s brilliant how I can carry so much stories in one gadget. Ebooks make reading so easy whenever you’re on the move, traveling, or whenever you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you’re needed to wait a long time without expecting to. I’m always afraid of bringing a printed book when going abroad because it might get battered beyond recognition. Ebooks are providential that way.
  • With Ebooks, I can highlight quotes and bookmark endlessly. I can never muster the courage to actually use a highlighter on my books, poor babies. But with iBooks I can highlight and mark a quote that captures me as I read, then go back to it later whenever I wish, or to copy it.
  • Darkness can’t stop me from reading. My iPad has its own light so even if it’s dark, or if I share a room with someone who doesn’t want the lights on, or even a blackout, I can read until my battery dies.

See, I believe you don’t have to reject one in order to love the other. Both have their charms. How about you? Which one do you prefer? Or do you love them both like me?

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)

4 Stars

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”

It’s been such a long time since I read this so I’m just copying my old review from Goodreads, with little additions.

There are a lot of books that feature dystopian societies, anarchy, war and science gone wrong today but most are just pale reflections of old greats and have failed to bring anything new and exciting to the table, but Maze Runner definitely made a mark on me. It’s far darker, more raw, more brutal yet more human than most modern dystopian novels out there. Great concept, excellent world-building, nice storytelling. Overall a good execution that led to a very good story.

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