Jul
29
2011

A world without Borders

Borders LogoIf you haven’t heard yet, Borders filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago… they are said to be in the process of massive restructuring, and will be closing more than a third of all their bookstores across the country. That’s more than 200 Borders bookstores disappearing from the face of the earth…

Borders was always a step too late in its business decisions. Its competitors, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, have moved on to digital publishing and e-books courtesy of Kindle and Nook, while Borders maintained its traditional brick-and-mortar shops, hoping the quaint atmosphere would convince book lovers to let their legs do the walking instead of their mouse button.

Aside from Barnes & Noble, Borders has been a favorite destination of mine on most weekends, when I’m reconnoitering West LA, usually to watch a quick movie or window shop the latest gadgets. I liked the fact that there was a coffee shop inside Borders, although I didn’t really care much for coffee. It was the atmosphere that sold it for me. The ambiance. It wasn’t merely a store, it was an experience. Ironically, what enamored me to Borders ultimately led to their demise…

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Feb
06
2010

The the impotence of proofreading

I worked at the Philippine Daily Inquirer in mid-1996 as a proofreader, and this funny poem just became funnier to me when I remember those long nights at the office, burning the midnight oil, trying to make sure the newspaper was flawless, in grammar and syntax.  This was penned (and performed) by Taylor Mali, a really funny modern poet.  I don’t particularly care for poems in general, but this one was just too funny to pass up :)

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Nov
02
2009

Under the Dome: A new novel from Stephen King…

There are times when being on Facebook can be very rewarding… some of those instances were the ads that usually show up on the right side of your page when you’re on Facebook… and one of those ads brought to my attention an upcoming new book from my all-time favorite American author, Stephen King.

Stephen King’s new book is named “Under the Dome” and it’s gonna be out on November 10, 2009… that’s Tuesday, next week.  Below is a short synopsis of what the book will be about, straight from :

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when–or if–it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens–town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing–even murder–to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

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Nov
01
2009

The Gathering Storm…

Okay, so I went to Target with Terrie yesterday and after about an hour of browsing around, I picked up two things that I could’ve gotten elsewhere – a big bag of Sun Chips (French Onion), and the latest book in the Wheel of Time saga, The Gathering Storm.

I’ve known about the book’s impending release for a few months now, but when it was finally released last week, I had a somewhat lukewarm enthusiasm to run out to the nearest bookstore and buy it.  This was a far cry from several years ago, when I was even waiting for the bookstore to open so I can be one of the first to read it.  A lot of it stems from the way the series has progressed in the last three to four books.  The pace had slowed down to a crawl, there were more characters being introduced that it almost rivalled War and Peace, and the “beginning of the end” was nowhere in sight.  While I appreciate long, rich tales like The Lord of the Rings, The Sword of Truth and The Dark Tower series, I somehow felt that more than ten books and almost twenty years of telling that single story is really pushing it…

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Oct
24
2003

The Wheel of Time

Whoa, I dropped off the face of the planet again!

Anyway, I have spent the last few weeks reading (or rather, RE-reading) the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I have just finished Book 5 (Fires of Heaven) and I will be starting on Book 6 (Lord of Chaos) tomorrow. So far, the series has reached its tenth book and the eleventh is rumored to be released in 2005. So I’m basically just keeping myself abreast of the story.

The last book that I read from this series was Book 8, Path of Daggers (back in 1998), and the book had been so awfully uneventful and dragging that I had to put it down, and I haven’t read the series again until now. Why did I suddenly regain the interest to read it at this time? I dunno … boredom maybe … or probably because I haven’t read a book that is not related to computing and web design for almost 4 years.

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Feb
06
2003

Book Review: The Sleeping Dragon, by Joel Rosenberg

While I was surfing Amazon today, I came upon the book that was instrumental in shaping my interest in literature. The book is called The Sleeping Dragon, by Joel Rosenberg.

The Sleeping DragonI first read this book when I was a highschool freshman. It has actually been in my dad’s shelf for two years, just gathering dust, until one day I got bored and was looking for something to read. The book had a very cool cover (a dragon with people in front of it), so I took it from the shelf, dusted it, and began reading….

… and seven hours later, I was still reading it. I didn’t put the book down for more than an hour (unless I was sleeping, of course). After I finished reading it, I read it again.

The Sleeping Dragon formally introduced me to the world of fantasy literature. Before that all I was reading were Hardy Boys, Three Investigators, and other adolescent bubblegum books. The only book that had an escapist quality to it that I have read before The Sleeping Dragon was the novelization of E.T. The Extraterrestrial (one of the books in my dad’s shelf). The Sleeping Dragon was a wakeup call to me, and it opened my senses to a bigger world of literary appreciation – a new literary universe that was not discussed in school.

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