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: scienceContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Science Fiction”

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 whereContinue reading “From Osaka to Nagoya: Bookish Things in Japan”

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 toContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘The Strange Library’ by Haruki Murakami”

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. IContinue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘Popped’ by Chinggay Labrador”

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 fromContinue reading “Last Book Syndrome: ‘Love and Other Foreign Words’ by Erin McCahan”

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 haveContinue reading “5 Works That Inspired Me to Write”

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 aboutContinue reading “Bookmarked: Double Celebrations #lovewins”

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 themContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Short, Short Fiction”

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 travelingContinue reading “Bookbed goes to: Atlantis Books”

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 rawContinue reading “Ink Blots: ‘Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars’ by Buddy Wakefield”