Bookbed reviews: ‘Newsflesh’ series by Mira Grant

by Ron Supan The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant is not your usual zombie read. When was the last time you read about a journalist who, at one moment, was uncovering truths, then poking zombies with sticks and shooting their brains out the next? 1. Countdown (#0.5) (e-book only) THE STORY The year is 2014, the year…More

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…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea’ by Guy Delisle

by Alfonso Mangubat I’ve always been a fan of North Korean documentaries, having watched many on the Discovery channel and the National Geographic channel. So to finding this graphic novel on one of the top 50 graphic comics to buy and seeing it on sale on Amazon, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to buy it. When…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon

by Mikki Shiu THE STORY The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Si’ by Bob Ong

by Mitch Tizon Love. A four-letter word that inspires so many stories and raises just as many questions. Have you ever been in love, so much so that you are willing to spend the rest of your life with one person? Or have you had your heartbroken, devastated by the very same emotion? Is there a…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Displaced’ by Aneka Rodriguez

by KB Meniado THE STORY SPACE. When Elay’s Nanay decided to pack her bags, board the airplane and fly back to Manila, TIME. Elay’s glorious hours of guitar-playing, exam-flunking, Facebook viewing, Justin-drearming slowly decreased to zero. FORCE The harder she struggled to return to how things were, DISPLACEMENT. the greater the forces that took her farther.…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Jessica Darling’s It List’ by Megan McCafferty

by KB Meniado THE STORY I hadn’t even gotten to homeroom yet and I’d already discovered five hard truths about junior high: 1. My best friend had turned pretty. 2. She didn’t know it yet. 3. It wouldn’t be long before she did. 4. That knowledge would change everything between us. 5. And there wasn’t a…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Interim Goddess of Love’ trilogy by Mina V. Esguerra

by Allana Luta You know how you first tasted actual grown-up responsibilities in college? Like doing your own laundry, feeding yourself or actually budgeting your allowance for the first time. Taking care of oneself is hard enough, but imagine having the responsibility of taking care of everyone else’s problems. And not just any little ol’ problem,…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘MONO’ by Erin Noir

by KB Meniado For someone who hasn’t met her face-to-face yet, I assume to know a LOT about Erin. I’ve known her since ’03 or ‘04, when we were still on Tabulas (remember that site??), and over the years, I’ve watched her grow—from Mindy to Barbara to Basterda to Erin Noir—and witnessed her artistic endeavors. Her…More