R is Dead. Has been for maybe years or months, he can’t remember exactly. Died because of the Plague. He has no memories from his Living Days. Julie is alive. R was supposed to eat Julie. That’s just how it’s supposed to be, but he doesn’t. R did something that has never been done before.
He changed. He fell in love.
This is a new take on William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet.
This book is surprisingly sweet! Isaac Marion created the unexpected hero in this Romance Novel, shelved as a YA Read, though for me I think it’s an Adult Inspiring Romantic Comedy about a Zombie who fell in love with a girl. It’s a comedy that has it’s own moments too. I only learned about this because of the Movie Trailer I happened to stumble upon in IMDB and my love for Teresa Palmer.
Though I thought the ending was a bit rushed, I admired Marion’s style of storytelling. Kudos to him on this first Novel. For someone who says he never went to College, he has a lot of brains to be able to construct such ideas and write with such flowery words.
I just loved how he created R, his thoughts that he can’t seem to put into words, which made this light read book somehow inspiring. A must read for Young and not so young adults.
I just visited the IMDB page for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters, and to be honest I am not that excited about it.
I don’t understand why they can’t make a film adaptation as grand and identical to the best selling novel as Harry Potter? Hollywood filmmakers love creating a movie out of a very popular book and they would always fall short in terms of the screenplay. Like what they did with Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. Percy Jackson and the Olympians was no different. Both films were rushed that the major characters seem shallow and some stuff that made alot of sense in the book was made pointless and confusing in the movie. In the case of Percy Jackson, the story was changed big time, it was almost a crime, like what they did in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. With the exception of Twilight and possibly soon, Fifty Shades of Grey. Twilight is such a crappy book, it was not beautifully written, and I personally think Stephanie Meyer should just stop writing because she lacks imagination and the skills, so making a shitty movie out it is fine with me. But The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson could’ve been better, if only they didn’t change and omitted a whole lot, to the point that it would make you walk out of the movie house halfway through like what my friend did when she saw Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter recently.
Now they suddenly thought of filming the second book of the great Riordan series ever, and make it somewhat more closely to the book. It is very odd and laughable. I wonder how it will turn out without Chris Columbus directing, and how will the story look like when they have a lot of explaining to do since they omitted Kronos, Clarisse, Dionysus, changed the actual look of the Camp and lots more. From Annabeth’s hair color to omitting the importance of the other Gods in the story up to Luke’s motivation on stealing the lightning bolt from Zeus.
I really don’t mind the age difference, though. An older Percy Jackson is fine, but do I hope they had kept Percy’s humble and kind personality (which is incomparable to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter) and his Cyclops of a half brother, Tyson.
I can only imagine how confusing and messed up the screenplay’s going to be. Still, I plan on watching it when it comes out for the curiosity and fun of it.
Abraham Lincoln :Vampire Hunter Ch.XI Casualties Act IV
Henry: Abraham..do not give in to despair. Remember your mother-remember what she whispered with her dying breath…
Abraham: Do not try to manipulate me, Henry! And do not pretend to care that I suffer! You care only for your own gains! For your war! You know nothing of loss!
Henry: (rose to his feet) I have spent these three hundred years mourning a wife and child, Abraham! Mourning the life that was stolen from me; a thousand loves lost to time! You know nothing of the lengths I have gone to protect you! Nothing of that which I have suff—
Henry: (composed himself) ..No…it mustn’t be this way. We have come too far for this.
(No, Henry didn’t kiss Abe. (*__*) Damn shippers. LOL)
I can’t believe what I’m seeing when I watched it. I can’t seem to understand why the author of the book, Seth Grahame-Smith, decided that he had to change the storyline for the screenplay of the film version. He’d gone too far away from the book, I think. Still, with a good imagination, he was able to make another story out of it that is as interesting as the book, though it is more fictional, but with a little disappointment.
In the book, Seth artistically inserted all the Vampire stories to what really happened in Abraham Lincoln’s history, as a boy until he grows up as a Lawyer and the President of the United States, until his dying day. All the characters in the book, though some only played a small part, are important in defining Abe as a person and a Hunter. The events and characters gave an in depth explanation why he hated vampires.
While I strained my eyes with the 3D glasses, I keep on waiting for characters like Jack Armstrong and Anne Rutledge to come out, and wondering who the hell is Will Johnson? Where did Adam and Vadoma came from? While Henry seems more agile, he has a different stand regarding the war and slavery. The movie version has a totally different storyline.
In the book Henry urged Abe to run for office to support the war. No Adam or Vadoma. Jack Barts is not that hard to kill, he died with one swing of Abe’s ax when he was 16 and in fact his first vampire kill. Mary and Abe had 4 sons. Mary had suffered extreme depression from the death of their first son Eddie, in losing Willie, and witnessing Abe’s assassination was the last straw.
The film version may be as entertaining in a different kind of way, because of the overflowing gore and great 3D effects, but easier to understand for the simple minds. The cinematography and fight scenes were great, as expected from the Director, that would make TWILIGHT a cartoon show.
Though, I expected more from the story and was given loads of gore, blood squirting and galloping horses instead, I was a little disappointed. I probably expected a lot since the screenplay was written by the same person who wrote the book. But like what Suzanne Collins did in Hunger Games movie adaptation, the book was way better. They sort of killed the story of the book, actually I think Seth outdid Suzanne in killing their own book. By giving us a rushed less talk more violence screenplay, that will make the ones who haven’t read the book clueless and us who actually loved the book a wee bit disappointed.
The end scene in the film is interesting but I would’ve loved it if they did the same ending in the book. Whereas Abe became an immortal, not because Henry was lonely, but to continue what they had started. It’s not just about vampires. It’s about Abe’s dream, every man will be free. He was there in the crowd when Martin Luther King Jr was on the stage. Every man, regardless of color is free.
As a sucker for action films, yes I enjoyed the movie. However also as a reader, I can’t take out the fact that it is based on a novel that I read prior to watching the film, it would’ve have been far better if he stayed on the same story line as what he did in the book. I should’ve read it after seeing the movie, like I did with Percy Jackson, so as not to be disappointed. As for Seth as a writer, I still admire his talent in comedy and will still read his works. I might actually read his first best seller Pride and Prejudice And Zombies.
John Green Book Quotes are so witty and epic that I can’t help but share it. And also, try reading Harlan Coben’s attempt of witty-remarks/another-character-description-from-the-protagonists point of view, it’s half as funny as how John does it. Their witty wordplay are so inspiring and funny that it normally completes my day.
John Green: (quoted from Looking for Alaska)
"What the hell is that?" I laughed. "It’s my fox hat." "Your fox hat?" "Yeah, Pudge. My fox hat." "Why are you wearing your fox hat?" I asked. "Because no one can catch the motherfucking fox."
Harlan Coben: (quoted from One False Move)
"…When Myron looked at the reception desk-the place where Esperanza usually sat- he nearly jumped back. Big Cyndi sat silently watching him. She was far too big for the desk- far too big for the building, really- and the desk actually teetered on her knees. Her make up would be labeled ‘too garish’ by members of Kiss. Her hair was short and seaweed green. The T-Shirt she wore had the sleeves ripped off, revealing biceps the size of basketballs."
Having read 2 books by Harlan Coben, Myron Bolitar series, I often wondered if he’s gay. haha. Or is this just how he characterized Myron Bolitar, the good-looking-former-basketball-player-hunk-who-loves-to-make-funny-remarks-about-other-people’s-appearance kind of guy. But no. You will read the same remarks, subtly, on all his stand alone novels-minus Myron Bolitar, that is.
So, I just love to read these nerdy yet funny stuff from John Green and Harlan Coben. If you read atleast one of their books, who wouldn’t?
“What is an "instant" death anyway?….
What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”—John Green, Looking for Alaska
“Nerd boys. I know that nerd boys don’t sparkle in the sunshine, but they’re sensitive, they’re caring, they’re sweet, they’ll do nice stuff for you, they’re a little bit needy, I will grant you that they’re a little bit needy.” - John Green”—
Doesn’t matter. I don’t like boys who sparkle anyway, they’re brainless.
BIYAHE #1 We were Pilgrims:Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii
January 9, 2012; Monday morning:
It was the end of another boring work week. I and some friends had a last minute decision to go to Tanay, Rizal. We’ve been overly curious about the so called Regina Riica, it is known to be a huge statue of Mother Mary on top of a hill in Tanay.
We went there by Jeepney from the Terminal in Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong. It was an unforgettable trip. I had no idea where I am going and I never thought the trip would take more than an hour to get there and I didn’t even expect that it will take us almost 10 hrs going and getting back to the City from there.
We were sort of lost at first; we got off the jeepney too early so we end up staying 30 more minutes at a Convenience store in the town of Teresa (Laguna or Rizal? God knows where!), asking for directions. Not many are familiar of the huge Mother Mary statue that’s why it took that long for us to finally know where we’re supposed to go.
We were not supposed to get off in Teresa but at the Tanay Market near Jollibee at the town proper. From there we had another 30 minute tricycle ride going up the zigzagged road to Sitio Aguho were the compound of Dominican Sisters are located. There’s a stunning view of Laguna de Bay and the mountain of Sierra Madre during the ride. It was a very steep drive, so I can understand why the tryke driver had to charge us 300 pesos for 4 persons, plus it was cold.
The entrance at the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii is free. We were welcomed by a somehow creepy tall gate but with a friendly security guard. From the gate we had to walk like 500 meters down to reach the “Start” of the Way of the Cross. I know, it was too early for that since it’s January, however we decided to do the hard way of getting up the hill to the 30 ft Statue of Regina Rosarii Shrine. It was tiring because I remember it was too hot for January in Rizal, and the Way of the Cross is in the middle of the forest, gardens and hills, 13.5 hectare of land in total, which includes a Restaurant, mini zoo and the small Nipa huts for the Dominican Sisters and pilgrims alike. It also has 3 waterfalls and 10,000 trees, most of them are adopted trees with ribbons of the name of their owners.
At the top of the hill, after finishing the Way of the Cross, we were greeted by a friendly English speaking Dominican Sister who conducted a brief seminar. Introducing us to its history and what we can expect and what to expect from us. After that, we went inside the Statue/Shrine of Regina Rosarii, which is actually an adoration chapel.
We arrived there around 10 in the morning and the place was quiet and peaceful. It was only 4 of us and a couple who was there, excluding the nuns. When we went put the chapel a few group of families arrived with their expensive cars, which actually disrupt the quietness of the place. And unlike us they were too rowdy to even start the seminar and just went around the place.
After our little time in the Shrine, the reality of going down and ending the day peaceful day came. We thought we had to go back down the same arduous way we went up, but no. We were told we cannot take the same way we took going up, bad juju maybe? And we also cannot take the Rosary Path going down, which is shorter than the Way of the Cross (I swear I should’ve took the Rosary Path in the beginning instead if I only knew!), because it can only be taken going up the Shrine. So many things we don’t know about the place obviously. To our relief, we were directed to take the short trail at the forest around the Rosary Path. Another 500 meter walk going up to the gate and we’re out there.
It was a pretty eventful trip. We were tired on our way back to the city but still it was an unforgettable one. Not because it’s fun, really FUN is not the right word to describe what we felt up there, but rather PEACE.
BIYAHE #3: Eat&Run in Lucban, Pahiyas Festival '12
The San Isidro Pahiyas Festival is one of the most celelbrated festivals known in the Philippines. Dubbed as the “the world’s most colourful festival”. It is held every 15th of May, in the town of Lucban in Quezon Province. It is said to be a way of Thanksgiving for good harvest by the old settlers of Tayabas by the foot of Mt. Banahaw, circa 1500.
The festival will start with procession of Saint Isidore after the High Mass in the Church of Saint Louis Bishop of Toulouse and will go around the trail of the Pahiyas Route. The judging of the Timpalak ng Pahiyas will also take place during the procession wherein locals decorated their houses with “Kiping”; a leaf shaped wafer-like made of pulverized rice and dyed in different colors, and harvest products, which is what “Payas” or “Pahiyas” literally means. There’s also the much anticipated Grand Pahiyas Festival Parade that takes place in the afternoon, wherein you can feast your eyes with the colourful floats, beautiful Mutya ng Lucban,Parikitan (Parade of Gowns), noodle carts, Higantes, carabaos and horses. At night, there’s always a program being held at the plaza near the Church which are sponsored by major companies in the country, which also showcase local artists.
And while in Lucban, you can’t miss their well-known Longganisa and Pancit Hab Hab which can easily be bought at the town proper. You can buy the popular Abcede’s Longganisa for 140php a dozen. Pancit Hab Hab is sold almost every corner for as low as 10 pesos, but the most popular Pancit Hab Hab can be bought in Buddy’s, which is always jam-packed during the festival.
How to get there:
We took the Bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal. Jac Liner Inc. has terminals going to Lucena in Cubao and Buendia near LRT Sen Gil Puyat station. I preferably like Jac Linerbecause of its new comfortable buses with WiFi on board. From Buendia Terminal, the fare going to Lucena is 210php.
Jeepneys going to Lucban are also parked at the Lucena Grand Terminal, so you don’t have to walk too far for a ride. And they will drop you off in Lucban at the street where you can start your walk to the town proper. Fare: 30 php. Jeepneys can’t go in at the town proper during festival because of too many fiesta goers and private vehicles parked along the streets. Fiesta goers have to walk to the town proper.
It’s an arduous walk under the sweltering Sun of summer that we had to rest sometime in the afternoon at a friend’s place; it was probably 35°C at that time, and we went back around 4pm to watch the parade. But still it was an eventful and enjoying way to spend a day out of the office, and away from the city. I can see how foreigners are fascinated with our fiestas that you can see lots of them whenever there is one. It was my first time to actually stop and enjoy Quezon, Lucban that is, and I surely want to go back and check out other towns in the Province.
This is my 3rdbiyahe of the year. First was in the town of Tanay, Rizal in January, which was an early Pilgrimage. Second was a family vacation in Laiya, San Juan Batangas in March. And my third this year, 15th of May, I officially dine and walked the streets of Lucban.
Otaku Artist BOOK REVIEW: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska
By John Green
Released June 2005
“I go to seek the Great Perhaps”
I had a Eureka moment.
It’s been months since I have been searching for male authors that I will liked, and I have tried other works and no one made me awestruck as I was with John Green’s writing and brilliant mind. Ransom Riggs has talent too even though what he wrote was considered paranormal genre, I still think he can’t be compared with Mr Green’s witty wordplay.
Looking for Alaska is filled with witty wordplay and internal drama. Its characters are relatable though too smart and sometimes can be childish for their age. Honestly, sometimes we find ourselves being childish over something.
I personally liked the Colonel here. I think Pudge is a bit of a drama Queen for me and selfish after the accident. I can’t feel him truthfully devastated over a life lost, he’s more concerned of what could’ve been between him and Alaska if she was there, warm and alive the next morning.
This novel was so good it was worth buying the actual book compared to the ebook format. It is a masterpiece therefore should be shared to our friends that are well read. So I did. After reading it, right away I passed it on to a friend. And now I am having a binge of reading all of John Green’s novels.
If you haven’t read this, but already read The Fault in our Stars (so basically you have an idea how crafty Mr Green can be), read this.It won’t disappoint. And let’s all go seek the Great Perhaps!