Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Martian

Bring him back to Mars.

Science fiction is not on my top-to-buy list. It’s not even on the list. The reality of me picking and reading The Martian is highly unfathomable. But I guess, it’s destiny. Or it could be shit.

Well it’s, definitely, shit. Let me explain myself.

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Book Blogger Hop: Audio Books

I thought I needed a break from all the reviews I’ve been posting. I have two already, so if you’re interested click here. Enough rambling, and let’s get to business!

This week’s question is:

Do you listen to audio books?

Uhm, no. And there are two reasons why I don’t listen to audio books:

1.) Availability

Living in the Philippines, we don’t get that much access to books–much more audio books. We only have about three major bookstore, which is National Bookstore, Fully Booked and Powerbooks. And these bookstores usually prioritize mainly on New York Times Best Sellers and Young Adult. So I find it very difficult to look for unpopular Adult books, since they don’t stock that much. Out of the three, I find that Fully Booked has the most number of Adult books available. Hence I buy most of my books there (and also because I have a discount card, I need all the discount I can get)

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Review: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

HollowcityThere’s definitely a third book.

Pictures. That’s pretty the main reason why I’m reading this. Pictures are fantastic. But the first book had a lot of “flavor” than this one. It was more interesting and eerie compared to the sequel. Although it didn’t suck, it could’ve done better.

Mixed Emotions. If I had to write a book that mimicked my PMS, then this would be it. Every chapter was an exhausting read. Try riding a roller coaster just after you rode one, fast-paced—that’s how it felt like. Also the characters helped make the ride worthwhile; each of them was so different from another—no overlaps or copy paste issue here—that made it more realistic. So get your Zumba on, cause there’s definitely a lot of (plot) twisting involved.

Everything is child-like in this book. Which is a good thing, since reading this makes me very nostalgic. It reminds me so much of my childhood. How we would fight over small things like who would get the last bite or who loves mom/dad more? How we would quarrel if someone made a dumb move and his/her whole being was now judged from that one act. But beside that, I would never forget how much we looked after ourselves. We’ll always have each other’s back—esp if we both did something wrong. (Which they all did in the book)

I also like how they KNEW that they were in charge, that they were the bo$$. Because of the state they were in, they had to act like they were the adults, which for me was deeply moving. Kids are very self-centred; for them to put that aside would mean, that they’re one-step ahead already, that they’re growing up.

Pretty much the summary (Divergent style): In this book, friendship is tested, love is questioned, and life is put to risk.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Definitely!

Recommended to: To non-peculiar and peculiar people

(Fully Booked, Hardcover, P 699)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: January 14th 2014 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2014)

From Goodreads:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike.

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books for Fall

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

Besides the fact that we don’t experience fall or autumn season, I’m still going to do this feature for my personal pleasure–and yours too. I hope you don’t mind. And btw, I already have all the books in this TBR. So if you’re eyeing something out, feel free to comment or message me regarding the price and/or bookstore.

*For more information about the book, click the (image of the) book or the title.

And so it begins!

S. by J.J. Abrams

This is kind of an impulse buy. I have to admit with the kind of TBR I have, it’s kind of unreasonable to buy another one, but this so unique that I just can’t pass it up. It a step-up to your conventional or traditional books. This one takes interactivity to a whole new level.

I‘ll Be Right There by Kyung-sook Shin, 신경숙

I have a thing for literary fiction.. Plus the rating (in Goodreads) is so damn high, and I wanted to see if it’s true or not. It should be because it was expensive.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Historical fiction, who would’ve guess? And also this is set in Russia, so it’s a breath of fresh air from American countries–not that I’m against it. A lot of books that are set in Russia have something to do with World War 2, but I don’t think this one tackles it specifically.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I actually watched the movie first, the anime version. I believed it was produced by Toshio Suzuki, animated by Studio Ghibli. I’ve watched and hoarded a lot of films by Studio Ghibli. My favorite among the bunch is Ponyo! Anyway, because of how good it is, I just had to read it–even if it’s against my rules to watch a movie THEN read the book.

The Martian by Andy Weir

I’ve been putting this one aside. I don’t know, I haven’t had luck when it comes to science fiction. Although this one claims to be funny, so it might appeal to me more than the standard science fiction. And the plot is interesting enough–if being stranded alone in Mars is your kind of thing.

Rosie’s Project by Graeme Simsion

Romance, I have a love and hate relationship with this genre. Although, I think this book is right up my alley since it’s nerdy, sweet and (the main thing) it doesn’t start with an affair. Which I think, a lot of romance novels are unfortunately known for.

The Child Thief  by Broom

Hah, again with Peter Pan. Lets proceed before my emotions take over.. This is a deconstruction or a re-telling of (my boyfriend) Peter Pan. And I think this one is supposed to be a horror? But I’m not sure. In this book, Peter Pan is considered as a child thief–just in case you didn’t get the title. (Well you can steal me all you want)

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

“They said the typewriter would unsex us.” Sold.

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)  by Art Spiegelman 

Did you know I had to order this off at Fully Booked (since it’s sold out) and had to wait for two months just to get my hands on it–that’s real (book) love right there. This is a memoir but in a graphic novel format. World War 2, Maus = Jews and Cats = Germans, which is the perfect analogy. That pretty much sums up what it’s about. But for whatever reason, it’s always included in Top *insert adjective* Graphic Novel list.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill 

Hah, I know I can be such a chicken when we talk about horror. So it’s totally logical for me to pick this one up. I believe this was released around Christmas since the plot revolves around that season. And boy is it coming. I’ve been wanting to read at least one Joe Hill.. And everything scares the shit out of me. I opted this one since it’s the LEAST frightening. But I could be wrong..

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(Pictures are not mine)

Happenings: Manila International Book Fair

IMG_2136There she is! This is my first MIBF (Manila International Book Fair)! I know, what took me so long? I know that this kind of event exists, it’s just that I don’t know WHEN. People come up to me and tell me, right after it ends. Such a tragedy.

I provided pictures for you guys! I went with my sister, Odelia of Random Book Blogger, we went crazy! Book haul will be up soon! And btw, we went there on the first day, September 17, mainly because it was Odelia’s birthday! (And because we had to, or else there’ll be none left)

We only went to two stores, which are Fully Booked and National Bookstore. We didn’t have enough time since we went there about 6:30 and it closes around 8:00, so we were running our feet off! (Especially Odelia)

IMG_2130IMG_2129IMG_2138IMG_2140IMG_2137IMG_2135IMG_2134IMG_2133IMG_2131IMG_2132IMG_2139IMG_2120 IMG_2119IMG_2122IMG_2126 IMG_2125IMG_2123IMG_2124IMG_2127Of course, I had to save the best for last–that’s me btw. And that’s the sneak peak of what I bought!

(Pictures captured by Odelia of The Random Book Blogger)

Review: Humans By Matt Haig

The HumansFaith in humanity: Restored

Funny. It’s not rolling on the floor, funny. But more like ha-ha, funny.

Moving. In this story, humans and their entire being are put into question. And sometimes I ask myself the same question—whether we’re worth something or not. This book is an eye-opener for me, it moved me because of how much I belittle our beings. No matter how hard I try, I somehow focus on the bad notion I have with us, humans, being vulnerable, manipulative and undoubtedly foolish. Yeah, I know I’m such a pessimist, but hey the floor is always open for arguments. Nonetheless this book showed me that us, humans, are (undoubtedly) double threat. Our disadvantage/weakness and advantage/strength can be considered as one. It’s just a matter of perspective.

Timing was just right. I have to say, timing plays a crucial part in my rating system. If you can actually relate or connect to the story, it’s a whole new world. That’s probably the main reason why I gave it five stars.

Although, I can’t promise that you’ll like it as much as I do. It does have the tendency to be a little bit boring and repetitive. In the latter part of the story, jokes tend to be a bit corny and too intellectual to register as funny. But the story still holds its purpose, so I think it’s just a minor problem, nothing to be scared of.

Oh btw, I think the age range for this one would be leaning towards 20-30 years old/young since the writing can be a slow and dull sometimes. But of course, read whatever you want; it’s a free country.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yesss!

Recommended to: People who under appreciate our being

(Fully Booked, Large/Tall Copy, P 640)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: July 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)

From Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves.

“I was not Professor Andrew Martin. That is the first thing I should say. He was just a role. A disguise. Someone I needed to be in order to complete a task.”

The narrator of this tale is no ordinary human—in fact, he’s not human at all. Before he was sent away from the distant planet he calls home, precision and perfection governed his life. He lived in a utopian society where mathematics transformed a people, creating limitless knowledge and immortality.

But all of this is suddenly threatened when an earthly being opens the doorway to the same technology that the alien planet possesses. Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis and unknowingly puts himself and his family in grave danger when the narrator is sent to Earth to erase all evidence of the solution and kill anyone who has seen the proof. The only catch: the alien has no idea what he’s up against.

Disgusted by the excess of disease, violence, and family strife he encounters, the narrator struggles to pass undetected long enough to gain access to Andrew’s research. But in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans’ imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.