The 9th Soul

Book Review: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on October 10, 2016

Library of Souls(This is a late post as I’ve finished the book since September first week)

(Click the links for my reviews on books 1 and 2)

The thing I like about Ransom Riggs’ Peculiar series is how he manages to introduce a familiar story without making the reader liken it too much to something else. While his series received multiple praises and even got commended for being “the next Harry Potter”, you can’t help but be thankful for the author’s original take on what a peculiar gang of kids would do if they had weird powers.

I liked books 1 and 2 so it went without saying my expectations from the last of the trilogy would be pretty high. I now realize I expected a little too much.

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Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on November 10, 2015
The Graveyard Book cover

I didn’t have this cover. I had the original one but in gold and had the Newberry Medal displayed.

After falling for his “Ocean” and “Gods” books, I figured I should read one of Gaiman’s more popular works when I saw this on a bookshelf in some random bookstore.

I’ve kept this book hidden since May this year, often reading what I initially saw as more “exciting” books in my previous book reviews. While I did have joy in reading those books, I believe I felt as if I betrayed myself by putting this book on hold for such a long time.

This book is simply amazing. I’ve never read anything quite like it. Gaiman states he drew inspiration from The Jungle Book, which is about a child raised by animals. Truth be told, this book does share an awful lot of similarity with its inspiration but it’s nothing short of original and witty when it comes to delivery and concept.

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Book Review: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #2)

Posted in entertainment, life by Fated Blue on January 25, 2015

Review of Steelheart a.k.a. Reckoners #1

This book came to me as a surprise. I finished reviewing this book and shortly realized I ran out of books to read. Well, good books for my taste.

I went about my usual day at the mall, browsing for books when I remembered Firefight was supposed to come out in January ( I read about it in my daily Goodreads newsletter) but I never really thought about looking for it yet since it was still just recently launched.

Nonetheless, my eyes widened when I saw the book glaring at me. Lo and behold, it was the last copy too as I took a few minutes looking for other copies just to see if I can grab a fresher book (I’m strict with book preservation). I didn’t even hesitate to buy this book. I immediately fell in line at the nearest cashier and moments later, I’m inside Starbucks reading this book fresh from the plastic. I’m not even afraid to admit that I sniff books particularly when old and newly bought.

With regards to my review, it will be quick and short as the time I have to type it down is not as long as I want it to be. It’s getting late here and I have work (and a workout) in the morning. I also have to play Civilization: Beyond Earth and I’m probably the country’s biggest Civ fan since I started playing Civilization III when I was just 10 years old.

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Book Review: A Thousand Pieces Of You By Claudia Gray (Firebird #1)

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on December 26, 2014

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I got this book partly due to its cover. It’s one of the most beautifully designed cover I’ve seen in a while and it intrigued me. I also saw the book’s synopsis and I guess, with a couple of reviews from the internet, it made me want to buy it. It took me a while to finish this because of the hazards of having a job and not getting a good time to read. Although I’m partly to blame because I also play videogames to get my mind off things, specially after a hard day at the office. But still, I really could’ve finished this like two weeks ago.

Now why am I so insistent on the possibility of finishing this book earlier? Well, the book’s pretty interesting overall. It’s downright ambitious for an author to write about a love story while wrapping it all up in dimensional/parallel universe leaping. You may think other books have done the same thing and perhaps they have but as far as my book collection is concerned, this is one of those innovative stories I’m glad I read while it was “just out”. (more…)

Book Review: Generation A By Douglas Coupland

Posted in entertainment, politics by Fated Blue on October 12, 2014

I picked this book from a bargain sale a few weeks back. The synopsis intrigued me and I figured even if the book was bad, at least I got it for like 80% off. I mean, I’ve had my share of bad books but they weren’t all totally a waste of money since I then knew that those types of books don’t appeal to me.

The book isn’t too long as it barely had 300 pages and the writing style wasn’t so slow for a typical novel. The chapters were pretty short and most of them would definitely have you be interested as to what the whole problem with the story was about. It focused on the narrative point of view of five people which says something of how the author has managed to make them be individuals despite having them come out of the same head.

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Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on August 25, 2014

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I happened to find out about this book thru a friend whom I trust with good books and good music. I wish I can put her Facebook page here but we all have private lives we don’t want to make complicated. I was at a loss of what book to read that I almost went to my classics which I preferred not to read yet until I’m old and gray. I saw my friend’s review of this book and I quickly jumped on the idea that it must be really good.

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Book Review: Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan #3)

Posted in entertainment by Fated Blue on July 29, 2014

I never found the cover with the similar theme as the last two books so I got this. It was the last book in the store, too. I got lucky and I’m happy I got lucky.

I finished the final book of the Leviathan trilogy and I have only good words to say of it. I’ve always wanted to read the entire series ever since I saw its hardbound cover in our local bookstore but I waited for the right time due to budget constraints (Read: student money is never enough) and it wasn’t until I saw the first book at a sale that I since promised myself that I would hunt for the remaining books. And finally, the story has concluded itself and I’m quite happy with the results.

I’m dubbing this as one of the best series I’ve ever read. I can’t spoil anything but what I loved about this book is how it never made the story predictable. I had a couple of moments where I was literally on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t simply stop reading until a chapter has finally relieved me of the situation. Another favorite is how the fact that, though this is for teens (mainly), it never poked fun about the tragedies and horrors of war and how death is not so simple as to be merely reduced to something as ordinary and common as a statistic. The book never let up on the fact that wars are horrible events in human history and it takes the lives of too many innocents.

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