Thursday, November 29, 2012

And it's not just men, women are too!

On the train today, I held the hand (and carried) this adorable 2 year old girl from Ayala station until inside TriNoma.

No one bothered to stand up and make way for this little girl and her very pregnant mom.

Women, not just men, are douches too.

Anyway, at least I did my share of kindness for the day (and I am not expecting anything in return, but good karma).

What about you? What good deed did you do?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Read: The Girl in the Steel Corset


Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: May 24, 2011

Publisher’s Description:
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. 
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her. 


I chanced upon this book while browsing Goodreads' listopia. I usually like to hoard whatever I can and read them for later.

This has kept me company for less than a week. I believe I could've finished this within 1 and a half days, but the only time I have is an hour before I go to work. I started this Tuesday of last week and finished on Friday.

I've seen reviews for this book and there are a number of those who loved it and a number of those who hated it.

Again, I do not know how to review a book, let alone, rate it.

For me, as long as it keeps entertained, then it's good for me.

Entertained did this one keep me.

I'm not really familiar with the genre/term Steampunk. Unless you consider Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy as steampunk because of clockworks, then this is the first steampunk themed book I have ever read.

This series is a mix of old school scenery with somewhat advanced technology. Corsets, cravats, and machines? Oh yeah, SOLD!

I love how detailed Ms. Cross is with the clothing to the point that I searched for what she was describing in the book and found myself wanting to have my own corset. Oh my!

In the first books we meet all of the major characters of the Steampunk Chronicles and as well as how they came to be like what they are currently. All of which have extraordinary powers due to being exposed to Organites, like Peter Parker being bitten with the radioactive spider.

Albeit, a bit predictable. I was hooked nontheless.

The love traingle between Finley, Griffin, and Jack Dandy is adorable.

They don't do anything but stare and talk to each other, and yet you can feel the tension between them.

I found myself smiling to myself whenever I read about Griffin getting jealous over Jack Dandy.

I mostly enjoyed Jack Dandy and Emily out of all the characters and Sam would be my most hated.

My apologies, but he comes off as a selfish-emo-dimwit. Not really sure about you guys, but I was really pissed off at how dense he was. C'mon, would you tell a complete stranger your troubles and secrets?

I am a bit peeved at the shifts of POV though. One time you're reading about Finley and Griffin and then the next line would be Sam and Emily. No extra spaces to introduce the shift of characters and you have to get used to it.

Other than that, it's a light and entertaining read which I recommend to those who would like to delve in the Steampunk genre. This would be a good book to start your journey with.

Rating:

The Girl in the Steel Corset is book 1 of the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross. Book 2 of the series, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is out in the market, as well as the e-novella, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne. The third book, The Girl with the Iron Touch will be out in 2013.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Getting back on track

I sincerely apologize to myself (and you readers, if ever I do have readers) regarding my hiatus on blogging.

Life got in the way: work, fandom duties, stress... Errr..

I have been on leave (including days off) for 6 days and I'm feeling awesome, although I am dreading going back to work on Tuesday. Pfft. Well, one more day of rest for me. Yay!

Hopefully when I get settled back at work I will find the drive to write/blog again.

I would honestly like to share my thoughts regarding the last Twilight movie (haters gonna hate. Whatever!), as well some other Korean stuff I hoarded last September and October.

I would also like to write about the books (and e-books!) that I have been hoarding these last few months.

Speaking of books, if you live somewhere in Metro Manila (Quezon City to be exact); have you heard about National Bookstore's Warehouse Sale?

Ohmegherd! I kept going back there for 3 days!

The first day, I (together with my brother and friend) went to the wrong sale area. We initially thought it was inside the NBS in QAve, but apparently, it was being held on the 4th floor which literally looked like a warehouse. I did manage to buy 5 somewhat cheap books.

On the second day, we (I and my brother) found the real warehouse sale. Unfortunately it was early evening already and we were all tired already so I no longer bothered to queue to pay for what I had. I'm still peeved that someone stole the Something Blue book I was holding.

On the third day (which is today), we went there as early as 10:30 am. Finds weren't as awesome as the ones from the days prior; but still good, if not great.

The most expensive book we got was P200 ($4). The book happened to belong to my brother. The most expensive book I got was P100 ($2) which is The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman.

Hello? Alice Hoffman is awesome. P100 was worth it. Although, I'm not saying that that's what I'm only willing to pay for her books. But for prices that averages P30-50, P100 was expensive. LOL.

I do hope I get to read what I got. I'm a book hoarder. I actually have 80 books on my shelf that I have not read. Then I had to add 11 more. Hahaha.

I bid adieu for now. Photos of my hauls are below if you're curious about what I got from the first day and today at the warehouse sale.;)



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