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Trailer: The Golden Compass

It’s finally here. The first movie that is based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials named The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and Eva Green. I have recently purchased the first book but I have yet to read it; fortunately, I still have time until the movie hits the states. I honestly cannot wait.

Mark Your Calendar:
12/7/2007

Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

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Max Brooks has put together a rather unique book that it’s simply impossible to classify. It is part field guide, part arcane zombie history book, and part disaster-training manual. It also manages to keep things serious enough to make you wonder if what it’s talking about is real. I began to wonder if Brooks actually believed what he was writing, and that’s a big plus point in the book’s favor. The first chapter was thrilling, as we become to discover the microorganism called “Solanum” that gives life to the undead. The second and third chapters were infused with tension and urgency regarding the weapons and armors we should be equipped with if we ever wondered in the world of the undead. After an extensive discussion of survival in a zombie doomsday scenario, he lays out zombie outbreaks through history, and what their implications to the people and to the different regions. After finishing this book, I’m so buying Max Brook’s World War Z; I have become such a fan of his works.

Those who are considered avid fans of humor and zombies are into something special here; it’s an amusing book from start to finish that will leave you surprisingly terrified if such an outbreak happened. However if God’s forbid there was such a thing, I have already a survival book to help me out to live between the undead.

~Rating~

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Decipher This Code

Those who are into classic mystery books will make sense of the following code below easily. Does it look familiar to you by any chance?

*UPDATE*

Congratulations to Missy for (almost) solving the code. As most of you have guessed, this is indeed the code from Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel “The Return of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of Dancing Men“. The code is straight from the novel and it means:

AM HERE ABE SLANEY.

Fantasy Books

I went to Borders the other day to grab a cup of coffee from their coffee shop they have inside, and I couldn’t help myself but to browse for some books while sipping my hot drink. I went upstairs to the children section to check it out especially since that particular section is nicely decorated compared to the other sections. And less than 30 minutes, I got out from the store with three books:

Eragon (Inheritance, Book #1) By Christopher Paolini
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book #1) By Philip Pullman
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! By Lemony Snicket

I know what you are thinking. Yes, all of the books I picked are famous fantasy (and supposedly classic) books turned (or will turn to) motion pictures. I still haven’t seen the first Lemony Snicket movie, so I’ll be reading the book before watching the movie version on DVD. Which also reminds me when my friend said to me “dude, Eragon the movie sucked, you should definitely experience the book” so I am taking his words for it. And finally according to the cute staff girl of Boarders, she recommended Philip Pullman book series especially the motion picture version of it is on the making. I trust some of you have read these books already so hopefully I will be catching up with you soon.

My Collections

I felt like posting about my personal collections of videogames and books library. I know the pictures ain’t that good but it is something. For a clear view, make sure to click on the picture to enlarge. My friends love to browse my library every time they stop at my place. They say that they always find something exciting or new on every visit. Please note that my collections are missing many books and videogames as some of them are either lent or back home. Note that my book collection is categorized by size and videogames collection is categorized alphabetically.

My Book Collection

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Approximately I have lent half of my books collections to some of my friends and couple of book series are back home. As you can see I am a big fan of fiction novels, and most of them are very…ahhh what’s the word for it…”literate.”

My Wii Collection

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I only have 7 games so far even though I missed couple of games. Not bad for a 6-month console I believe. Of course, Zelda is the best game so far.

My Gamecube + PS2 + DS Collection

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You are witnessing to a very high quality of videogames. As you can see, I wasn’t joking when I said that I am a major RPG fan. Most of my Gamecube games are back home and some of my PS2 games were sold or traded. Anything strike your interest?

My Strategy Guides Collection

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Honestly, the reasons that I buy guides are because I feel that I have to collect them or to make sure that I have completed the game 100%. Sometimes, I buy a guide just for the maps especially for games like Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda; they come quite handy whenever I feel frustrated or don’t know where the location of a particular item or event. I often buy a guide after I have completed the game after a first round and want to get everything in my second round such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill games.

New Books & Novels

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I went to Borders today and as usual I stocked up with new books to read during the summer break, and they are:

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead
Sense & Sensibility
The Second Mrs. Darcy

Based on my first impression, the first book is quite hilarious. The book is set on a fictional present day world where a zombie outbreak had spread all over the world. It comprises in two parts: the first one informs you about zombies; behaviors and how to survive against their attacks, and the second one stats how the outbreak happened in different parts of the world. I consider it a causal book that can be read whenever and wherever.

I have already read Sense & Sensibility but the book that I read belonged to my cousin so I felt compelled to have a version of my own. I advise that you should read it or at least watch the movie version; it’s one of my favorite classic books.

I have been told about the 3rd book last semester when I took the British Masterpieces class. I have stated before that I am a big fan of Pride & Prejudice so I have to read any spin-off from the original novel and supposedly this is the best one. Bear in mind though that this novel is not written by the original novelist Jane Austen. Now, I know the books I picked aren’t the books to die for but I had to have them.

Wicked Is Coming

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Yes, the Broadway musical “Wicked” is coming to my state this May and I’m so buying a ticket for the show as soon as I contact some of my friends and set a day to watch it. I was really upset when I missed attending both “Hairspray” and “The Lion King” when they came here last year. I will make sure to attend couple of plays and comedy stand-ups this year especially if I found myself not going anywhere. Click HERE to find if they are coming to a city or a country near to your home. The reviews of “Wicked” are really positive and I had read the book so I cannot wait to watch the play. In case you didn’t know, “Wicked” is a spin-off of the classical movie “Wizard of Oz”. So, if you are a fan of the movie then this musical is a must.

Mangas I Picked

Fruits Basket

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This book is hilarious and has a unique sense of humor. The story follows an orphan high school girl (Tohru Honda) that resorts to live in the family house of her friend Yuki Sohma (in which she is secretly in love with). Tohru soon discovers Sohma family’s secret, and the reason why Yuki is so private and secretive: thirteen members of the family are possessed by the 12 animal spirits of the Chinese Zodiac including Yuki himself. The book sees Tohru in her new life with the family and how she gets adjusted with the Shoma’s family.

Recommended

 

Death Note

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This is one of the most interesting manga I have ever got to read; and it has an original story like no other. The story sees a high school student named Light whose life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the “Death Note”. Death Note’s instructions claim that, if a human’s name is written within it, that person shall die. Light is initially skeptical of the Death Note’s authenticity, believing it is just a prank. However, after experimenting with it and killing two criminals, Light is forced to admit that the Death Note is real. After meeting with the previous owner of the Death Note, Light seeks to become “the God of the new world” by passing his judgment on criminals.

Highly Recommended

Pride & Prejudice’s Characters

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Call me sentimental, but Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite classic novels of all time. I’m really a huge fan of Jane Austen and I’m willing to read all her novels (so far, I read Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and of course P&P). Next week, we are supposed to write a comprehensive paper of Pride & Prejudice, and I’m planning to write an in depth character analysis of Mr. Darcy. It just the way his character transformers from this cool and tough gentlemen to a pathetic (not in a bad way) man who is desperate of Elizabeth’s love. Check out the figure above to find an interesting diagram depicting the interactions of Pride & Prejudice characters.

Read With Me

Power-Up by Chris Kohler

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My kind of book indeed, just as the subtitle stats, it’s a chronological story about the “interesting part” of videogames history and reveals how the Japanese industry of videgaming change our lives and perspective of videogames for good (i.e. Nintendo, Sega) and how they influence the western industry. Give it a try.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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My cousin was raving about this book for sometime now and I decided to give it a try. The story revolves around a young woman who decides to trace his family history and she discovers some dark secrets and hidden agendas in her family tree.

Banat Al-Riyad “Girls of Riyad” by Raja Abdullah Al-Sane

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The ultra controversial book that stormed the charts in the Arab world, it seems everybody I know read this book, so I felt left out. I rarely read Arabic-written books but this one seems very special. I need to catch up with the rest of the world and read this one up.