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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I've been waiting with bated breath for Coraline to be shown and it will be on the big screen next month. I'm a bit excited because I absolutely adore this book!

written by Neil Gaiman, is a story that is so weird that it's hard not to love it. I know everyone is pretty familiar with this story due to trailers of the upcoming movie but I'm going to say it again. It's about a girl who finds a door in her house, enters the door, and is taken to a parallel world similar to the world she just left. It is just like Alice in Wonderland but in a weird and scary way.

This book is pretty short but is jam-packed with a lot of hair-raising parts that you forget how short it is. It is not, in any way, too short, but IMHO, it felt longer. I also love the simplicity and straightforwardness of the story. The one thing that really scared me though were the black buttons that stood for the eyes! It was enough to send me to check under my bed for monsters! hehehehe

Another part that really scared me was the "return" of the other mother's right hand. It was scuttling about like Thing in The Addam's Family and was after the key. I could picture this hand doing something sinister to Coraline...and that was my imagination running away with me.
The books that I read had illustrations by Dave McKean and I thought it added to the feel of the book. This also added to how I imagined Coraline's world to be.

Seriously, I couldn't put this book down and I finished it in less than three hours. I highly recommend this book to those who love to get a good scare.

I give this book five stars. A must read.

Author Website: neilgaiman.com

Genre: Young Adult - Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Horror

HarperCollins Publishers

Cross-post from Traipsey Turvey


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wormies Updates #5

Hi! It's that time of the week again where we (I) pick a book to read and discuss. After all the heavy reading that we did in the previous weeks, I decided to pick a fun and lighthearted book: Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett. I know that this books would appeal to my fellow wormies because majority of us are full figured (I refuse to call us overweight when we're not) and I think all of us love vampires, yes?

Also in keeping with the vampire theme is that this week will be the movie release of Twilight! I am totally psyched about going to see it this Friday and will also discuss about the pros and cons of the movie version.

So sit back and relax and I hope you enjoy this weeks read!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wormies Updates #4

Hello dear readers! Bookworm Lurchie has picked our book this week because I am still busy, unfortunately. I am quite excited about this weeks' book because I have actually read it for the umpteenth time (I was in grade school when I first read a translation) and I believe I can shed a few lights about the book: A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

Lurchie suggested that she would make a review on the book turned movie in addition to the review of the book. I know it's going to be different if she is going to base her comparison to the new movie with Brendan Frasier because it's actually not an adaptation of the movie. However, I will give her the reigns and let her do the review herself and I will be happy to comment on it when she has had her say.

For a little bit of history, A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne was first published in 1864. It is quite fascinating to note that Jules Verne had written about things that didn't happen before but are now quite real. His books have been published in different language but unfortunately, according to the North American Jules Verne Society, Inc., there have been bogus translations to his work, most notably A Journey to the Center of the Earth, because it was anonymously and badly translated to English. Since it was the first ever English translation, it is still in circulation today. Fortunately, many authentic translations have already been published.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver

Lincoln Rhyme has finally met his match – The Watchmaker.

Synopsis (taken from Jeffrey Deaver’s Official Website)

Lincoln Rhyme returns in The Cold Moon, a roller coaster of a thriller that pits Lincoln and Amelia Sachs against time itself.

On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black skies over New York City, two people are brutally murdered—their prolonged deaths marked by eerie calling-cards: moon-faced clocks ticking away the victims' last minutes on earth. More murders are planned, and Rhyme and his team have only hours to stop the icy-cold, brilliant Watchmaker, whose obsession with time drives him to plan his carnage with the precision of a fine timepiece. While the cat-and-mouse search for the killer proceeds, Amelia Sachs must balance her efforts to catch the Watchmaker with her job as lead detective on the first homicide case of her own, in which she unearths shocking revelations from the past that threaten to undermine her very relationship with Lincoln Rhyme.

An unlikely ally appears on the scene in the form of California Bureau of Investigation special agent Kathryn Dance, one of the nation's leading experts in interrogation and kinesics—body language. Despite Lincoln's skepticism about witnesses, and her distrust of physical evidence, the two form a curious alliance in the heart-stopping quest to find the Watchmaker.

The rest of the team is present too—tech-minded Mel Cooper, dogged Lon Sellitto, hip Fred Dellray, and the newest addition: rookie Ron Pulaski.

Deaver's lightning-fast prose keeps the two cases racing along in almost real time, with more plot twists and surprises than in any previous book of his, as we realize that the Watchmaker may not be simply a murderous lunatic, but a far more cunning villain than anyone could guess, and the most terrifying and mesmerizing bad guy to ever come from the mind of Jeffery Deaver.

My views:

If you are not familiar with the character of Lincoln Rhyme, here are a few details about him (taken from my good ol friend Mr. Wiki):

“Lincoln Rhyme is a character in a series of books by Jeffery Deaver. He is a retired criminalist who is a quadriplegic due to an accident during one of the crime scenes he was working on, in an underground subway. However, he can still move his left ring finger and has regained his grasping function in his right hand through NFS. He lives in a New York apartment, which overlooks Central Park. On his window sill there is a nest of peregrine falcons. In the 1999 film adaptation of The Bone Collector, he is portrayed by Denzel Washington.”

Despite Lincoln Rhyme’s disability, he is still a good, if not the best, forensic investigator. That is probably the reason why he is still hired to investigate criminal cases which other investigators deemed to be impossible. As much as I want to hate Rhyme’s pesky attitude, I could not help but feel awed by his coping with his disability. He might be weak physically, but he is a far cry from being an utterly useless person. His indifference might be his way of warning people not to take him lightly or worse feel sorry for him.

The Cold Moon is a chilling super thriller surrounding on a serial killer who is not only leaving a trail of dead bodies, but leaving dead bodies that are clearly brutally murdered that they are found in the most grotesque way possible. The serial killer, calling himself The Watchmaker, leaves behind moonfaced clocks ticking at the scene of his crimes so his victims can die slowly waiting for their lives to end while listening to the tick of the clock. He also has a partner, a sadistic rapist named Vincent, who has a history of abusing women since he was a teenager. This is by far the most ghastly murder cases I have encountered in my reading so far.

In Cold Moon, Amelia Sachs is given the chance to work on her own murder case without direct help from Lincoln Rhyme. This was an issue for Rhyme since he believes Sachs would not be able to handle two cases at the same time. Throughout her investigation she is able to uncover scandals among the police force that shook her beliefs on the force and also her father – whom she always looked up to as an excellent policeman.

A new character is introduced in the name of Kathryn Dance, a kinesics expert. Kinesics (as defined again by Mr. Wiki) is “the interpretation of body language such as facial expressions and gestures — or, more formally, non-verbal behavior related to movement, either of any part of the body or the body as a whole.” So this way of investigation is a whole new thing for Rhyme as he only revolves around the solid evidence. I really enjoyed her techniques and theories; hopefully Jeffrey Deaver will include her on his future books.

There are so many twists and turns in this book. So many different cases, suspects, crimes – old and new, and scandals among the police force that will leave you dizzy yet make you want for more. Jeffrey Deaver never ceases to amaze me. The story has so many twists and turns, it will keep you guessing until the end.

I give this one a five star.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thoughts from the Headworm

This blog Books Books Books (Books3x) is now in full swing! We are still in our 3rd assigned book but I believe the three of us are enjoying discovering new books and trying out different genres and basically, stepping out of our comfort zones.

As different at the three of us are, we have somehow come up with a common ground in books. Despite our difference in preferred genres, we have tried our best to read what each Wormie has picked for the week and try to give our ideas about the said book.

Unfortunately, I am in a bit of a pickle and am somewhat inactive when it comes to reading and sharing my thoughts on the assigned books. With that, I apologize. I hope to be back in full swing next month and I hope that you enjoyed reading our reviews.

You may have also noticed that each Wormie has also added reviews on books that she had read in the past and would like to share it with us and our readers.

Enjoy reading! Ciao!


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