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Wall carving above one of the doorways. Banteay Srei has the most intricate carvings out of all the temples I've visited.

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I just finished reading Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda for the @bookishpinoys Rainbow Readathon. It's the cutest thing I've read all year. ❤ I'm now on to my 2nd book for the readathon, Whatever by SJ Goslee, and it's giving Simon a serious run for its money in the adorableness department. 😁 These books are giving me such fuzzy feelings. Have you read these books? Did you enjoy them? I would love to hear your thougts. 😊📚 #BPLoveWins
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Thrift Books haul! We're doing a Rainbow Readathon over at @bookishpinoys so I thought it's a good time to post these LGBTQ fantasy books. The Lord of the White Hell duology and the Nightrunner trilogy are both critically acclaimed series--as in all the books averaged more than 4 stars in Goodreads. I haven't read these yet, but I've read some of Ginn Hale's works and all of them are really good. Anyway, if you're into fantasy with LGBTQ elements, then do check these out. #BPLoveWins #bookhaul
User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 20, 2017 7:14 AM (UTC)
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I can't believe I haven't posted this until now. So I got edition of Wee Free Men quite awhile back and I'm planning to get the whole Tiffany Aching series because look at how pretty it is! I love how the spine features Nac Mac Feegle language. I actually haven't read any of the Tiffany books, but it's Pratchett, so I expect them to be nothing less than brilliant. My favorite Discworld subseries are the City Watch books, with the Witches in 2nd place. What's your favorite Discworld subseries?
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Book 48/80 - 'Steel is power. Money is power. But of all the things in all the worlds, words are power.' ~ Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I somehow skipped this in my review posts because GR hid it from me hmmp. Now my reviews are out of order and it's making me twitchy. Dammit, GR! *shakes fist*
Ok now that I got that out of the way... I'm sorry to say that Red Rising was a disappointing read for me and my problem with it begins and ends with Darrow. I have a long review of this in GR which won't fit here so here's a brief rundown of my likes and dislikes:
I think Brown should play to his strengths and put more action in his books since he writes them so effectively.  So less talking, more action please.
I loved all the various weaponry they used.  I want them for myself. 🔥SEVRO AND THE HOWLERS
I mean, wolf pack.  What's not to like?
He's basically a teddy bear.  I loved him so much!
I just can't with Darrow, dude.  He is the most self-obsessed character I've ever encountered. He thinks he's all that.  And the other characters thinks he's all that, from the students to the Proctors to the Drafters.  He can do everything.  Even when he fails, it's just so his victories can be more awe-inspiring or whatever.  It's annoying.
They built him up to be this uber villain but he was such a letdown when he was finally on-page.  I expected more.
The dialogue is stilted, as if the characters were reading from a script.  It also switches back and forth from formal language to more casual language with no rhyme or reason.  Like, what are the rules here? 🔥IRRITATING MADE UP WORDS
I just can't get behind the random capitalization in the middle of mashup words.
First 3 quarters was super slow. The last part, on the other hand, was super fast. 🔥THE WRITING STYLE
I'm not a fan.  Brown has way of structuring sentences to give them more gravitas, but they come out unnatural instead.  Darrow takes himself too seriously.  In fact, this whole book takes itself way too seriously.
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5/5
Book 47/80 - 'I want to be the father every father tries to be. The kind who teaches him to get up after every fall. Teaches him that it's okay to fail sometimes. But that you've only failed when the fight is over and the fight ain't over until you win.'
This is the first time I've seen Philippine folklore interpreted as science fiction. In Mythspace, the creatures your Lola told stories about when you were a kid-the Kapre, the Tikbalang, the Manananggal and others-are actually different alien races. It makes for an interesting premise that gives and lends a bigger stage to our local folklore. Okay, so on to my mini-reviews for each story: 🚀Lift Off - 3.5 stars
The premise is good but I found the art a bit confusing especially the action sequences. 🚀Black Mask - 4 stars
This focuses on the Nuno society. It's a bittersweet story of grief, justice and sacrifice. I just wish the mecha is a bit more distinguishable from each other to make the action easier to follow.
🚀Devourers of Light - 2 stars
I didn't like the story nor the art of this one. To be fair, I suppose this is sets up future stories, but there really isn't much here in the way of plot. The art could've been great if it were in color, but in black and white format, it just comes off as dark and monotonous.
🚀Uncommon Ground - 3 stars
I love the idea of a Kapre detective! This can actually work as a series: a Kapre detective fighting crime and uncovering truth. It would be awesome!
🚀Humanity - 5 stars
My favorite in this volume. It shows the strengths and frailties of humanity. The ending was sad and also hopeful. This feels like a complete story despite its length and the art is clean, easy to follow and works well with the story.
🚀Unfurling Wings - 4.5 stars
My 2nd favorite story and my favorite in terms of the artwork. This follows the (mis)adventures of orphans from different races. The ending is obviously set up for future sequels but the story is satisfying enough in itself. .
Overall, Mythspace is an original take on local folklore and I would love to explore more ofthis world and revisit these characters. My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 #PsyKaoruRecs
User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 14, 2017 8:06 AM (UTC)
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Book 46/80 -
Archie: The truth would crush him.
Jughead: I know. Crushing people is the Truth's hobby.
~ Archie Vol. 2 by Mark Waid & Veronica Fish
Okay so here's the unvarnished truth: I can't connect with this new Archie. Which is a pity because I thought volume 1 was promising. Now I'm thinking maybe was just blinded by Fiona Staples' gorgeous art. In this volume, I just can't get invested in the life of Archie and Veronica. I like Betty a bit more, but I'm not convinced with her thing with Sayyid. What happened with Sayyid anyway? He seemed a great guy in volume 1 but he's really whiney in this. I'm not a fan. And this series' best character, Jughead, is underused in this volume. He was barely given anything to do. The art is great tho, especially the issues by Veronica Fish so this gets 3 stars. I'll stick around for 1 more volume and see how it goes, but I'm starting to think this might not be for me. My rating: 🌟🌟🌟/5
User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 14, 2017 3:24 AM (UTC)
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User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 13, 2017 7:08 AM (UTC)
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Book haul from Book Outlet. This one is a mixed bag: fantasy, steampunk, spy thriller, paranormal and poetry. I've always been a multi-genre reader and this pretty good representation of my reading preferences. 😁 I do lean a bit more towards mystery and fantasy tho. How about you? Do you have a preferred genre?
User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 12, 2017 8:12 AM (UTC)
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This is the newest addition to my rapidly growing collection of book sleeves. This Beauty and the Beast design is just too pretty to pass up. A friend also asked me to buy her one so if you swipe left, you'll see how the bigger size looks like. Joyce does great work plus she donates a portion of her sales to a good cause. Do check out @pages.remembered's Etsy store if you want one for yourself. 😊
In other news, it's day 2 of my vacation and I haven't managed to read anything. Shocking, I know. 😂 I'm too busy taking care of the little whirlwind I gave birth to (who is being extra clingy by the way) and watching Chris Pine movies haha. (How are Chris Pine's eyes so blue?) Hopefully, I can start on a new read tonight. We'll see. 😌
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Hello from Luna! 😁 Ah it's finally the weekend. We have a loooong holiday here in Manila due to the ASEAN Summit which will be held here. No work for me for the next 5 days yey! 😃 Hopefully, I can catch up on my reading. I am woefully behind. .
Anyway, some quick thoughts on some bookstagram drama: Let's all be supportive of each other. Don't try to dictate what another bookstagrammer should and should not post in their account. We're all different people with different preferences and different content. That's what makes bookstagram fun! Think of how boring it would be if we all post the same things. Let's all play nice and respect each other. There's no call for rudeness. Let's make bookstagram fun again. That's all. I hope you all have a great weekend ahead. 😊 And oh yeah, here have a Luna funko. 😉
#harrypotter #potterhead #lunalovegood #nevillelongbottom #ginnyweasley #nerdypostbox #funko #toy #bookstagram #booklover #bibliophile #booklion #bookworm #ipromotereading
My mini-haul from Visprint's post-MIBF sale. 🤗 Not the pouch bag tho. I put it there for aesthetic purposes. 😄
User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 8, 2017 5:33 AM (UTC)
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Book 45/80 -'Your children forget you, and the courses of their lives get frozen. Or they change shapes every day, and they think that just because they look completely different you won' be able to recognize them. But you always will. You always know your child, even when your child doesn't know you.' ~ Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
I'm a big fan of the Night Vale podcast and I really wanted to like this more, but alas, twas not so. The writing is very similar to the podcast, but I think it works better in that format than in novel format. There's a lot of meandering asides and whatnot. It's amusing when you listen to it, but when you're reading it, it's a bit boring. There are still flashes of brilliant cleverness here tho, especially in the word play. .
Of the 2 heroines, I liked Diane the best. Her chapters are my favorites, especially the ones that deal with her relationship with her shape-shifting son Josh. Being a mother myself, Diane's sorrows and triumphs as a parent resonated with me. Jackie was harder for me to relate to, but I did like her spunk and ability to take action in the moment. .
The plot is very Twilight Zone in atmosphere. There are some really eerie scenes that will have you starting at little noises. If you listen to the podcast, the mystery of the man in the tan jacket is revealed here. So there's an incentive for you. If you're a Night Vale fan, I will recommend this. If you're not a Night Vale fan, maybe just give this a pass. My rating: 🌟🌟🌟/5
User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 6, 2017 6:34 AM (UTC)
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Book 44/80 - 'I feel dirty. I feel tarnished. I feel befouled. Perhaps it is true that all that happens is in accordance with Your will, and thus it is good. But sometimes You leave blood on Your instruments.' ~ Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries tells of the first murder committed in heaven and the angel Raguel's (who was woken for this very purpose; he is considered the Angel of Justice) subsequent investigation to find the murderer. But this is just the outer layer of this tale. It also raises questions about divine will versus free will, love and duty, obedience and rebellion. For such a short tale, this manages to pack in several themes and you're left thinking about the questions and the answers long after you finished reading. Gaiman's prose is poetic and suits the story well and Craig Russell's art is gorgeous. A short yet meaningful read. My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 #PsyKaoruRecs
User Image psy_kaoru Posted: Nov 5, 2017 4:14 AM (UTC)
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Everyman's Library haul from Book Outlet! I recently started collecting the Pocket Poets and Pocket Classics editions. There are some interesting themes in these collections and they're such a joy to look at too. I hope more pop up at Book Outlet soon. *hint hint*
The sun is finally peeking out today. I hope it lasts the whole morning and afternoon. Whatever your plans are for the rest of the weekend, I hope you have a great time. Happy Sunday! 😊
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Book 43/80 - 'A good copper has to be able to think like a criminal. Vimes was a very good copper.' ~ The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
The replica Scone of Stone was stolen from the Dwarf Bread Museum just before the coronation of the Low King. Coincidence? Vimes certainly doesn't think so. .
It's always interesting to see Vimes out of Ankh-Morpork. Here he travels to Uberwald as Ambassador. *gasp* I knoooow. And so he has to learn diplomacy and politicking on the job, but wherever he is, you can't really take the copper out of Vimes. He may be out of his territory but he is very much in his element as he tries to piece together a plot involving the dwarfs, werewolves, vampires and sacred ancient dwarf bread. Nothing is at it seems in Uberwald (kinda like how diplomacy works--it's all bluff and double bluff and lying thru your teeth, in a genteel manner, of course). .
The side plot of Colon assuming command of the Watch was hilarious, sure, but it's also a mirror of human nature. It goes as well as expected, which is not well, obviously. It just shows how a little power can get to even the most amiable of men. Altho I did laugh at the disintegration of the Watch under Colon's command, I was also saddened when Colon descended to power trips and paranoia. I know Colon is a good man and a good copper in his own way, and it's hard to see a good man break. .
I'm always amazed by Pratchett's ability to make me laugh and think, often simultaneously, and this book is no exception. My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5