Bookbed reviews: ‘A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending’ by India Desjardins, Marianne Ferrer

by KB Meniado THE STORY I think about everything I’ll miss if they tell me I’m going to die . . . my mom, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows I’ll never get to see the end of, walking outside when it’s really nice, the smell of fall, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpa’s lasagna, kissing Victor, Victor’s eyes, Victor’s voice, Victor’s smell, Victor’s hands . . . Victor. A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she’s got to live. As…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Seedlings: A Short Story Collection’ by Maria Carlizza C. Pagaduan

by KB Meniado To read the contents of somebody else’s journal is almost unforgivable but with Seedlings, a collection of tiny stories from the life of an author and artist better known to me as Arli Pagaduan, I didn’t feel any guilt at all. On the contrary, it was inviting and familiar—the pages like old friends waving at me, the stories sounding as if I had written them myself—and I sincerely enjoyed how each one brought me back to my past experiences and feelings. While a lot of themes are universally relatable, such as friendships, family, faith, frustrations and fears, each story…

Storiesnap Time: Tales From Around the World

Welcome back to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we chose Tales From Around the World released by Nido in the ’90s. Nido is a milk brand here in the Philippines, and back then, these pocket storybooks were freebies for every box or can bought. Watch the video below to check them out (or if you were a ’90s baby/kid and want to reminisce), and if you enjoyed this (or used to/still have these!), let us know in the comments below. We also welcome requests so feel free to send titles our way! ☁ This post is…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Private Iris #1″ by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre

by Nitoy Gonzales THE STORY Danton Cord is one of the most popular boys in MacGuffin Elementary. His friend, Iris Able, is a loner whom people think is weird. Because she doesn’t talk to anybody, the kids in school have given her the nickname “Private Iris”. However, Iris is also the smartest and most observant person in town. When the money of a class’ cashbox is stolen, Danton sees this as a chance to make people see how special Iris really is. If he can convince her to solve the crime and get the class its money back, maybe he can…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Zona Cero’ by Faye Villanueva

by Nicai de Guzman THE STORY Zona Cero by Faye Villanueva is a steampunk comic on the Philippine war against Spain, except that the countries are named differently, and there is also an element of fantasy involved. The story follows Antonio Malik, a teenage Ilustrado or upper class who lives in the huge archipelago of Intramuros (Luzon), a colony of Iberia (Spain). It is 1892, and Intramuros has failed numerous times to conquer Manuvu, a big island fashioned after Mindanao which is known for its minerals that Intramuros needs to create weaponry. Intramuros has always used Aserong Soldado, or robot soldiers,…

Shelfwalking: The Beast’s Library in the Making (I Wish)

by Cake Evangelista Call me weird, but what I’m most excited to see in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” (starring St. Hermione Granger Emma Watson) is the Beast’s bookgasmic bibliophile paradise. Four stories of shelves, spiral staircases, overstuffed couches, giant globes, a grand fireplace, and GAZILLIONS AND GAZILLIONS OF BOOKS(!). I mean, just LOOK AT IT. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. My collection of books, unfortunately, is so tiny, so minute, so insignificant compared to even 0.1 % of the Beast’s monstrous library. I remember replaying that library reveal scene repeatedly, going greener and greener with envy after each replay. (How to…

Storiesnap Time: ‘After Eden’ by Arnold Arre

Welcome to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we chose After Eden by Arnold Arre. Republished by Nautilus Comics this year, this 268-pager features black and white illustrations that portray stories of love. Watch the video below to check out a few pages, and if you enjoyed this, let us know in the comments below. We also welcome requests so feel free to send titles our way! ☁ This book is available in local bookstores. This post is not sponsored.

Bookbed reviews: ‘Hukbong Sandatahan ng Kahaggardan’ ni Manix Abrera

ni KB Meniado Hindi ako ang number one super hardcore fan ni Manix Abrera. Paminsan-minsan ko lang nasusubaybayan ang Kikomachine Komix! niya sa Inquirer, pati na rin ang News Hardcore niya sa GMA News Online. Sa katunayan, noong 2014 ko lang siya simulang sundan matapos kong mabasa yung Travel Hardcore sa Smile Magazine habang papunta kami ng Tokyo. At noong 2015 ko lang simulang basahin ang kanyang mga libro. (Salamat, Bea!) Kaya noong may pagkakataong mabasa ang kanyang pinakabagong koleksyon ng komiks, HWOOOH! Siyempre, hindi na ako nagpatumpik-tumpik. ANG KWENTO Ipinapakita ng News Hardcore ang “behind-the-scenes” na mundo ng media ~ may naghahari, may inaapi, may peke at may marangal, may malungkot, at higit…

Fiction Nation: Hopelessly Devoted to Books

by Allana Luta So I have decided to share with you some book-related hopes of mine… Get ready to be sick of the word hope by the end of this article! 1. Hopefully, the Paper Towns movie will turn out great.   The people who wrote the screenplay for The Fault in Our Stars are the same writers for Paper Towns so my expectations are high even though PT isn’t my favorite John Green novel. I don’t really remember what it’s about but I am interested to see how Cara Delevingne (and her eyebrows) interprets Margo Roth Spiegelman. I’m also excited to…

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie

by L Meniado The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie contains pages that will give you metaphorical boners and emotional erections. As Gordy, one of the characters in the book, funnily explained: “Well, I don’t mean boner in a sexual sense. When I say boner, I really mean joy. Boner is funnier. And more joyful.” Gordy was right—the book is worthy of all the comparative forms of (positive) adjectives, if not superlative. THE STORY Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future…