Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Complete and Unabridged by Douglas Adams

Now I can read the whole series in one go!

A steal for P60! ($1.10)

Malinche by Laura Esquivel

I first saw Malinche at Powerbooks, one of the new releases at that time. It cost around P900 or so.

Imagine my delight finding it at P75 bucks! ($1.50)

The cover unfolds into this ancient diorama!

Love the feel of the illustrations! It matches the tone and mood of the novel ;>

Laura Esquivel provides a chapter long tell-all about how she wrote the whole book and the history and myth behind Malinche.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

My greatest find, a worn-out well-read copy of Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. The cover and typography is misleading though, at first you might think it was a cyberpunk novel, something William Gibson might churn out. But hell no, this is a 100% macabre page turner. This isn't some bloody mess or gore or Clive Barker.

Something worth its merit, Geek Love has well-developed characters and an intriguing plot-driven tale, a noteworthy house drama mind you that delves on deformity and the worst of sibling rivalry.

Bought it for 75 pesos, something like a dollar and ten cents, loved every page of it!

A taste of the prose!

Some Spoilers below:

Do not read beyond this point if you haven't read the book!

I guess I felt really disappointed for Oly. I expected some strong turnaround and resolved from her character in the end. I just so wanted Oly to confront her daughter and let her know the truth about the family, the Arthurians, her tail. I wanted Miranda to have a good look at her midget albino mother - accept or reject her on the spot. Perhaps it would have been more cataclysmic and satisfying to see whatever Miranda's reaction was. Instead of having Oly go down with Mary at a swimming pool showdown with a newspaper cut-out to unravel the details of her demise. I think its a weak cop out for the novelist. And a bummer for me!

On Chick, it was predictable in a graphic novel kind of way that Chick would blow the hell out of everyone. It felt like King's Firestarter or the final apocalypse in The Stand (Or well some recent hollywood CGI effects movie) But the book was written in the early 90s, I guess going up in smoke isn't as cliche and common as it is now.

Arthur Binewski remains the strongest character in the book. His megalomania, cunning and cutthroat manipulative ways do leave an indelible mark post-read.

I am just glad Katherine Dunn wasn't afraid to explore all the possible territories for this dark modern fairy tale, redefining our sense of perversion. I couldn't just stop reading and visualizing the Bagman, Iphy and Elly's sexual and overt nature, Dr. P's self-mutilation, etc. The book has a very David Lynch feel to it, the reverse norm and familial ties, the onslaught of carnies that come and go, can hold their very own story threads.

Those who like their stories dark, this one is the primo variety :)

Confessions of a Book Hunter

I love books for a variety of reasons. I like collecting them, and I would never read a novel in ebook form because I love the tactile feel of paper on my fingers. I like the company of books, I love being surrounded by them and I'm a bit surprised I didn't end up a librarian.

Though my Aunt Baby is a librarian at the biggest University library in Iloilo; my uncle Herman, a lawyer, was a voracious reader who up to his death was reading classic spy pageturners. My parents never read for leisure and would often dissuade me from reading books, they fear reading would damage my eyesight. Perhaps it has to a degree.

I'm not the Academic literary sort, nor am I a book critic or a teacher among other things. So forgive me, if my book selection may not be so ideal. I just want to blog about my book finds, share my treasures. I frequent Book Sale (all possible branches) and Bargain books (Waltermart and Market! Market! Mall). I take my 5 year old son with me and I leave him looking for his own set of books at the children books section. He drags me home by sundown.