Crossed Wires: Science Fiction

by Noel Villa Salutations to all whose curiosity has led them to this segment called Crossed Wires, wherein a cheeky organism by the name of Noel Villa (writer, complainer and enthusiast of the non-real with a penchant for baroque and romanticist stylings) shall herewith babble on about common misconceptions attributed to the genre loosely termed: science fiction. I appreciate your time spent gleaning over this meandering introduction and I hope you’ll join me as we dive right into the thick of it! (Read the first edition of Crossed Wires by Wina Puangco here.) 1. Science fiction is all about space and…

From Osaka to Nagoya: Bookish Things in Japan

by KB Meniado For bookish people, it’s a must to check out bookstores when travelling. The mere sight of reading materials—not to mention, the company of fellow story lovers, browsing through shelves after shelves after shelves—is exciting. Anything even remotely bookish is already a feast to the eyes. Sometimes, it can even get to a point where the visit to the bookstore becomes the highlight of the trip (nerd alert!). Now, I’m not saying the rest of Japan isn’t as magical but why, the bookstores I dropped by at had me all tingly. Osaka — Tsutaya Bookstore Osaka — Wizarding World of Harry…

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Strange Library’ by Haruki Murakami

by KB Meniado The last time I picked up a Murakami book was when I won 1Q84 from Mensis Liber in 2013. It was a challenging read, to say the least, and after that, I kind of crossed him out for a while from my reading pile. This book, with its beautiful packaging and all, got me to reconsider. THE STORY From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami—a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will find themselves immersed in the strange world of best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination. The…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Popped’ by Chinggay Labrador

by Allana Luta Wonder what goes on inside a K-pop fangirl’s head? Well, wonder no more since Popped lays out all the crazy fantasies that plays out in their (or OUR) minds! But Popped isn’t all fantasy. Chinggay Labrador takes her four main characters all the way to Seoul and sends them into a tizzy. I mean, actually meeting (and by meeting, I mean having a normal human conversation with) their K-pop idols? Only every fangirl’s dream! I have something to confess: I like K-pop and I am a fangirl. Though nowadays that’s nothing new or surprising, *old grandma voice* back…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Love and Other Foreign Words’ by Erin McCahan

by Clarissa Chua I’m a big fan of language. That’s one of the reasons I found Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan adorable. Josie, the highly intelligent main character, finds comfort in words and the concrete meanings they hold. “The single greatest word, of all languages in the world, is teepee. It comes from Siousx. I could be born into a family of French-speaking goat herders in the Swiss Alps and still know immediately what a teepee is the moment I hear the word. No confusion. Perfect clarity. It is the epitome of lingual greatness. Teepee. If only every…

5 Works That Inspired Me to Write

by Dawn Lanuza Before I started writing books myself, I was an avid reader. I’ve tried out different genres over the years but discovered early on that I easily sway over to the Young Adult/Contemporary Romance section. It is, after all, what I wanted to write as well. There are a lot of authors who have inspired me, but if I could pinpoint certain works and authors who I consider as catalysts of my own journey as a contemporary romance writer, these are the top five that ultimately made me want to write. 1. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot I still remember…

Bookmarked: Double Celebrations #lovewins

by Lindy Gamolo We may not be American citizens but our hearts were filled with joy and we celebrated with them as the US Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015. Yes, this means same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states and no state can ban it. I don’t know about you guys but I truly feel joyous with them. I personally believe the right to marry is a fundamental right of every human being, regardless of gender. And it was indeed a historic victory for Americans for granting the right to same-sex couples. As I…

Crossed Wires: Short, Short Fiction

by Wina Puangco Hi, everyone! This is Wina Puangco. I write stories and put together zines (and run MoarBooks). Today, I’m taking over a little corner of your cyber reading space with Crossed Wires: a tiny segment for Pillow Talk this month on (the most commonly) misunderstood genres of literature, and the things we mistake them for which hamper how well we’re able to read and write them. In the next two weeks, you can expect to see a little something on sci-fi and fantasy. For now, here is a little something on short, short fiction.   Short, short fiction, or…

Bookbed goes to: Atlantis Books

by Nina Fuentes Atlantis Books appears in articles proclaiming the must-visit book stores in the world, but we were drawn to it because of their sign that said “Rent-a-cat.” It was with some great irony that we stumbled upon this little gem because of a silly sign when a friend, who was supposed to be traveling with us, had originally planned on visiting the shop. We were surrounded by tourists, merely following the hoard headed to the lookout point for the best sunset views, when we chanced upon the store. It was a haven, as most walked past, barely noticing Atlantis….

Ink Blots: ‘Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars’ by Buddy Wakefield

by Kariza Montealegre Welcome to Ink Blots, where I’ll be sharing with you poems—from classic to contemporary and from published to performed pieces—every other Sunday. As Joseph Roux puts it: “Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” Perhaps, this is a good sign to make this a Sunday habit? You plus truth in its most raw form—sounds like a good combination to me! Now, we’re celebrating Bookbed‘s fifth birthday, and today’s featured poem doesn’t stray far from celebrations. Buddy Wakefield’s “Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars (Hope is Not a Course of Action)” may come as a heartbreak poem at first but it actually talks about letting…