I have been very busy the past few weeks and found out that the blog posts that should have been posted was still in the drafts. The video for this post should be up but I have decided not to post. Sad time for poor me.
Despite my numerous shortcomings, I am posting my 2nd quarter haul. The books mentioned here are either new from Fullybooked, National Bookstore, and ordered online or secondhand books bought from book sale in NBS or book stalls inside the malls.
Since I have started to rent a room near my place of work, I assumed that the time spent on commuting to work will be used for more productive activities. Six hours stuck in the traffic is really a waste of time and I was doing that for two years. Imagine all the times that should have been spent reading books or writing/updating my blog?!? Even finish my manuscript?!? But such is the life of a working middle class Filipino like me. I have also started a new blog. This time for travel and makeup reviews. Please head to Pat Meets World and discover the world with me. Enough with the updates. Let’s head on to the haul!!!
The photo before this shows my 2nd quarter haul. On the left are the new books while the right side are from sale or secondhand stores. I bought them because: a) I really want to read them but did not have a chance before because I cannot find them on bookstores; b) they are new and interesting so why not; c) read them before watching the series (ahem, Shannara Chronicles); or d) the blurb is interesting when I read them.
I listed the books below one by one and their blurbs.
The Room – Queen Elly
One kid seeking justice. One family is seeking a way out. Are you ready to face the souls seeking revenge inside the room? (NO INK)
The Seventh Moon – Jeremiah Cordial
When Chris Garcia turned 14, strange things started happening to him until a group of monsters attacked him in an airport in the U.S. where he had been living with his father and step-mother all his life. Stranger still, he starts unleashing powers he didn't know he has. Right after the encounter, Chris suddenly finds himself in the Philippines by the powers of two older members of the Society of the Maharlika, a secret group based in Pampanga where everyone trains to become warriors. There he discovers that his birth mother is not really human - she is an accient goddess - which explains why he has supernatural powers of his own. Chris also learns that he might be the one who will be sacrificed for the rising of the powerful Bacunawa, a sea serpent deity who is out to eat the last moon and ready to destroy the world. (Goodreads)
Outline of Philippine Mythology – F. Landa Jocano
This book is a collection of Philippine myths and tales of wonder grouped under a few large headings and strung together with a minimum of unobtrusive commentary by an outstanding Filipino scholar, Dr. F. Landa Jocano. The stories are drawn both from previously published materials and from Dr. Jocano’s own researches, especially in the interior fastnesses of his native Panay. While there is no attempt at comprehensiveness, one is struck by the richness and variety of these Philippine stories of gods, spirits and heroes. The variety is such as at times to induce confusion, especially where the same proper name is given to different divinities or variants of the same narrative are used. (Amazon)
Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat – Arnold Arre
Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat (or “The World of Andong Agimat“) is inhabited by superheroes steeped in mythology and sharpened by the dirty grey tabloid world. Superheroes that are different and yet familiar. New and yet remembered. A cult leader, Jun Ereteo, has captured the forest deity Mariang Makiling and is using her blood to transform his followers into a ravaging group of superhuman thugs out to kill innocent people and destroy the city. Armed with a magic talisman, Andong Agimat along with a group of equally powerful friends must confront Jun Ereteo and his minions and rescue the goddess before time runs out. (arnold-arre.com)
The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium
You know this door, this strange portal that you once opened and walked through. You met dozens of things that most still believe are merely figments of fiction and fancy. And you met a man, Alejandro Pardo, who spent his lifetime chronicling these things, these creatures. The door's open now. So walk through it again. Meet other men and women who've witnessed just how deep the shadows really are. And of course, meet what lurks furtively in them. (Goodreads)
Dead Balagtas Tomo Una: Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa – Emiliana Kampilan
In this first volume, a wise babaylan tells the story of the birth of the universe from the passionate love between Tungkung Langit and Laon Sina. Witness the rise of the continents, the clash of oceans, and the romance of sea and earth—forces that shaped and continues to mold our home and nation, the Philippines. (Adarna House)
A Perfect Blood – Kim Harrison
Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet. (Goodreads)
The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara – Terry Brooks
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them.... (Goodreads) Horror stalks the Four Lands. The Ildatch, immemorial book of evil spells, has stirred to eldritch life, sending its foul Mord Wraiths to accomplish at last Mankind's destruction. Once again Allanon, ancient Druid Protector of the Races, must seek the help of a descendant of Jerle Shannara. Brin, daughter of Wil Ohmsford, born with the magic of the Wishsong which alone can open a way to the Ildatch, reluctantly joins him on his perilous journey east; meanwhile her younger brother Jair learns that Brin will fail and die, unless he can reach her in time. And as Brin walks into the trap the Ildatch has set, Jair must travel through the very heart of evil to reach her... (Goodreads)
Altar of Eden – James Rollins
Baghdad falls . . . and armed men are seen looting the city zoo. Amid a hail of bullets, a concealed underground lab is ransacked--and something horrific is set loose upon the world. Seven years later, Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk investigates an abandoned shipwrecked fishing trawler carrying exotic caged animals, part of a black market smuggling ring. But there is something disturbingly wrong with these beasts--each an unsettling mutation of the natural order, all sharing one uncanny trait: incredibly heightened intelligence. Joining forces with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jack Menard--a man who shares with her a dark and bloody past--Lorna sets out to uncover the truth about this strange cargo and the terrorist threat it poses. Because a beast escaped the shipwreck and is running amok--and what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden could threaten not only the future of the world but the very foundation of what it means to be human. (Goodreads)
Children of the Night – Dan Simmons
An evil legacy comes to life in this classic and ultimately human novel about believable vampires, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons. Children of the Night will take you to a place that no one knows—yet all of us fear. In a desolate orphanage in post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion—and flourishes rather than dies. For immunologist Kate Neuman, the infant’s immune system may hold the key to cure cancer and AIDS. Kate adopts the baby and takes him home to the States. But baby Joshua holds a link to an ancient clan and their legendary leader—Vlad Tşepeş, the original Dracula – whose agents kidnap the child. Against impossible odds and vicious enemies– both human and vampire – Kate and her ally, Father Mike O’Rourke, steal into Romania to get her baby back. (Goodreads)
Politica – Johannes Althusius
Drawing deeply from Aristotle and biblical teaching, Politic presents a unique vision of the commonwealth as a harmonious ordering of natural associations. According to Althusius, the purpose of the state is to protect and encourage social life. The family is the most natural of human associations, and all other unions derive from it. Power and authority properly grow from more local to more general associations. Of particular interest to the modern reader is Althusius's theory of federalism. It does not refer merely to a division of powers between central and state governments, but to an ascending scale of authority in which higher institutions rely on the consent of local and voluntary associations. (Goodreads)
Looking forward to sharing my hauls. Until then.