Thursday, December 27, 2007

Coraline by Neil Gaiman with Illustrations by Dave McKean

When you were a child, did you ever wonder if there is someone out there like you? With the same parents as yours, same house you have, same life you’re living in some parallel universe? In this book, Coraline finds herself in such a situation the moment she opened a magical door that led her to another house strangely similar to hers, with parents strangely similar as hers  who wouldn’t want to let her go. She knows though that they’re different, that the house is different, that everything is different. And she will do everything in her power to go back to her ordinary life and cherish it like she never really did before.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mirror Mask by Neil Gaiman with Illustrations by Dave McKean

I have actually read and seen both the book and the movie. I was so gripped with the whole plot and the artistic production and illustration of the book( & animation of the movie)   that I literally glued my eyes to pages until I finished the book (& the film).

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Undead Series Books 3, 4 & 5

This is the third, fourth and fifth book of the Undead Series by Mary Janice Davidson. I've already shared with you the first two, Undead and Unemployed & Undead and Unwed, a while back and I keep coming back for more. I collect her works since they're just so surreal and hilarious. Although sometimes, it makes me think that perhaps, there  really are undead people out there living for centuries amongst us. Creepy, huh?

  Undead and Unappreciated
Anyway, in the Undead and Unappreciated, Betsy Taylor has realized that being a vampire queen does not only entail having perks but problems as well. Like Ben Parker said: " With great power comes great responsibility...".  Like, having a half sister who is the daughter of the devil and is destined to rule the world. Goodness! So much for great responsibility huh? Let's see how that works out for her.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

To give you a brief background, it actually summarizes all the teachings I have learned from Stephen Covey (8th Habit), Andrew Matthews (Being Happy), Chin Ning Chu (Thick Face, Black Heart), Paolo Coelho (The Alchemist) and the Holy Bible and all those other self-help books I’ve read at one point or another. Simply put:

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Peter Principle by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

The Peter Principle is one of the oldest books we have on our bookshelf. It was published last 1978 and Peter and I can't remember exactly if the copy we have brought to our home is mine or his since both his folks and my grandpa owned one when we were little. The pages are brittle and brown with age but the words of wisdom inside transcend time and space. After all, it discusses PRINCIPLES. From the moment I read its reviews, I got so  hooked that in a matter of 24 hours, I was able to finish it in between work, commute and errands. As compared to Stephen Covey's 8th Habit which is taking me forever to finish, Dr. Peter's style of writing is direct, factual, and straight to the point. I can actually relate (both directly and indirectly) with everything that he's written.  Here are a couple of lines that struck me the most: