Book Commentary: Drowning by Jassy de Jong


Sometime a year ago, someone emailed me with an offer to review a book, Drowning by Jassy de Jong -- fiction, romance novel and apparently classified as erotica. Yes, the book has that sexy bit but I didn't really think it was one. I guess I've come across books that are -- let's just say that they're juicy enough to make you wish you didn't decide to read it while sipping your favourite drink at a local cafe. This book did manage to draw me into a suggestive lull as the plot unraveled, albeit anticipated. I guess the scenarios just didn't do it for me. I can understand the how's and why's but it still lacked the elements to make it more convincing -- in length and intensity. It also negatively struck a chord rooted in morals despite … [Read more...]

Goodreads and the digital life of bookworms


The past couple of days have been dedicated to steps in organising the environment I'm in. With most restarts, it's usually coupled with conscientiousness. And one of the things I'm working towards is to read more and learn what I can -- hopefully, new things that can inspire the next great idea as it pushes my current projects further. I tend to be a little pedantic when it comes to learning, planning, executing tasks. A typical stiff but with good reason. The structure allows me to set the discipline to gain an understanding of anything I'd set my mind on. It helps exercise will power and indulges my apparent need for data tracking. I was happy to be surrounded with my books again, however, it came with the guilt of knowing how … [Read more...]

Prepping for a life on the go; eReading with Kobo

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Again, here's another bit that I'm slow on the uptake: eBooks. I love holding a book while I read. I've mentioned this a lot of times before. But as circumstances have changed for me, I need to adjust to a more mobile lifestyle. This includes books. I can't, even if I want to, bring all my books with me anyway. This is the next best thing as I build a new library once I've settled in. So, this brings me to an eReader of choice. Though I'm an Apple user, I found myself committing to something that doesn't have to be spelled with an "i" at the beginning; "e" in most of my work terms is enough, haha. Anyway, I'm owing my thanks to the makers -- Rakuten. A company that's somewhat close to my heart (so to speak). They brought us … [Read more...]

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman | The Parody by Sasha Manuel

Scanning the shelves at a bookstore for a title that will somehow call out to me, I'm happy to report that I wasn't disappointed. I'm slowly beginning to accept that it's a good thing to let yourself enter into certain situations without really thinking about what will happen; only carrying this hope that you'll discover and experience something terrific, something new, something that will be surprisingly relevant to your present state. Each instance that solidifies this thought has been wonderful for me. I'm trying remember the last time I was this excited about a book. Looking at the stack of unread books in my room, I know how I can be: I'd be psyched about a certain book while I'm queueing up at the counter but the next thing I … [Read more...]

The Vampire Chronicles, et al.

The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice | The Parody - Online Journal of Sasha Manuel

Try to picture a wide grin on my face. Did I just happen to stumble on a good-looking copy of Anne Rice' The Vampire Chronicles at a local NBS? Oh, my. I believe I did. Hard-bound, sterling paper, gold-trimmed pages, it's own ribbon marker, and best bit, it's only a few pesos over a thousand. So, knowing it contains 3 books, it would mean they only cost a little over 300 pesos each. I reckon, I got it at a real bargain. For those who aren't familiar with the Vampire stories, with the first book that came into cinematic fame in the 90's -- fresh off watching Louis (Brad Pitt) and Lestat (Tom Cruise) -- the Chronicles are composed of the following: Interview with the Vampire (1976) The Vampire Lestat (1985) The Queen … [Read more...]