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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Review: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, David Lloyd (Illustrator)

V for Vendetta

A man must live of with an idea. Although an idea, no matter how brilliant, will not suffice unless action is taken upon it. This story reminds us of our own. It’s something familiar, relatable.

There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There’s only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.

Recently I’ve noticed that a lot of people blame society for it’s high standards and media for it’s silent expectations. I’ve encountered numerous times where people point fingers without making sure their own hands are clean.

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Review: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

FightClub

Too much testosterone.

Fight Club has been my second Palahniuk read. So far, there’s one thing I’ve noticed: It’s either he loves putting sexual element to his books or he’s just pretty horny. You decide.

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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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Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineWhen it comes to Neil Gaiman (and other things), I’m a virgin—let’s not get carried away please.

Short and concise. Well for one it’s darn short. Concise since it the usual by 3’s—the victims, the visits, the misfortune and etc.

I don’t know what to expect. While reading, you already have this suspicion for something bad to happen, something dangerous. I kept on guessing (even begging) for it to happen already. And I expect it to be quite weird or eerie since that’s what the ambiance is implying.

Unconventional. It’s obviously not the typical Middle Grade horror book. It’s goes deeper than that. We live in a world where things aren’t the way it’s supposed to be. And of course, we would want to escape from the boring routine and endless cycle we constantly been living. But in order to do that, sacrifices must be made to fully commit to the fantasy we’ve all been yearning. The thing is the world was not built to please or satisfy. Its purpose is not to comply and is not obligated to follow. So no matter how hard we try, the world will never be what you wanted it to be. It can and will never be the exact fantasy you’ve been lusting. It will always have flaws. It’s just your choice whether to live with it or not.

Coraline, coraline, coraline. I have to say that the character is very brave and fearless for her age. If that happened to me, I would logically bring firearms and knifes, first-aid kit, cellphone and I could even bring someone with me just in case I need back-up. Obviously, I am not the bravest girl in town but I am (really) curious. So I would do the dumbest thing (just like what Caroline did), which was to come back to the portal (I’m going to call it portal, but it’s just the door she goes to) just to double check if it was real or not.

Her family might seem pretty dull and sad but that didn’t stop her from saving her parents. I just love that. To save someone not worth saving is excellent. (Btw, I’m not saying you shouldn’t save your parents but I’m talking about people who have lousy and rude personality) It’s like you ought to save people no matter how bad their personality is because they have as much value as you do. They too have souls (even though it doesn’t seem like it)

Hope that well won’t open up though.

Actual Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes, definitely!

Recommended: To people who are curious to know what lies behind the locked door.

(Fullybooked, Mass Paperback, P 252)