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Dre… September 27, 2010

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…sden files novels are strangely… addictive :p

Sur… July 30, 2010

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…vivors do not mourn together. They each mourn alone, even when in the same place. Grief is the most solitary of all feelings. Grief isolates, and every ritual, every gesture, every embrace, is a hopeless effort to break through that isolation.

None of it works. The forms crumble and dissolve.

To face death is to stand alone.

— Toll The Hounds, Steven Erikson

Brid… August 24, 2009

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…ge where she walks.

Face of Sorrow
Toc the Younger, Steven Erikson

I have seen the face of sorrow
She looks away in the distance
Across all these bridges
From whence I came

And those spans, trussed and ached
Hold up our lives as we go back again
To how we thought then
To how we through we thought then

I have seen sorrow’s face,
But she is ever turned away
And her words leave me blind
Her eyes make me mute

I do not understand what she says to me
I do not know if to obey
Or attempt a flood of tears
I have seen her face

She does not speak
She does not weep
She does not know me
For I am but a stone fitted in place
On the bridge where she walks

great poem, great book :p

Exc… March 7, 2009

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…ept our way of thinking.

The release of atom power has changed everything
except our way of thinking. The solution to this problem lies
in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have
become a watchmaker.

Albert Einstein

Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster,
and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Mich… November 6, 2008

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..ael Crichton passed away at the age of 66.

Here is an author that introduced me to the world of science fiction. I distinctly remember reading Congo in 1994, and although the novel never became one of my favorite, I still remember it quite clearly. The next novel from him that I read was Jurassic Park in 1995 (I’ve watched the movie by then), and his use of documents, diagrams, charts, etc (fabricated or otherwise) to provide some background to his novel(s) fascinates me so much that I began fervently scanning shelves on every bookstore for his works. This leads me to Sphere (I thought this one was kinda… weak), Airframe (thought it was too technical and stuff… but you know I was probably only 14 at that time, later on when I reread this one, I think I loved this one better than any other of Crichton’s works), The Andromeda Strain (quite creepy) and The Great Train Robbery (pretty good) just before Indonesia imploded in 1998 xD. The economic meltdown stemmed my er.. feverish impulse buying spree at least until 2002 when I finally bought and read Prey (quite good, it has genetic programming, which is hawt sauce), then Timeline (not quite able to like this one), and of course State of Fear (like) and lastly Next (like it better).

How did this author paved my way to sci-fi nirvana? By a combination of 28.8 us robotics modem and the magic of phone line (sorry mom and dad for the hiked up phone charges), I started to search for essays, reviews and discussion about Crichton’s works and through that, I was able to find the works of Arthur Clarke (2001, Rama), Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers, Strangers in a Strange Land), the multitude Star Wars EU novel(s) (okay.. this is more like space opera than sci-fi… so what? xD) and Orson Scott Card (Ender series). And for all of this, and more it is in my humble opinion that this author really rocks πŸ˜› Thank you for all the sleepless night(s) (and day(s)), here’s hoping that I can get my hands on your last title (to be published posthumously in 2009) and may it give me some more sleepless night(s) and/or day(s).


Thi… October 4, 2008

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…eving is good… wait… that came out wrong xD

Actually what I wanted to say is, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is good… very good indeed πŸ˜› (What are you talking about? this book came out like 3 years ago, you’re so.. late xD). After the disappointment that wasBrisingr, this book has brighten up my holiday πŸ˜› Okay so I was late in getting this book.. so what? xD

It’s a story about a girl living in an impending WW-II Germany, she’s a book thief who will soon learn the power of words from the book she stole, and the story is told from the point-of-view of Death. Well… that about sums it up actually, without giving away anything πŸ˜› I have to admit, the pov is a bit… jarring… but IMHO you’ll get used to it quickly because the story is very interesting… no, scratch that… the story is very very… endearing πŸ˜€ At least for me, I invested a lot of emotion with the characters in the book, and that’s saying a lot I guess πŸ˜› (or it was just the case of extreme rebounding from Brisingr… anywaayy….)

I personally think this book will be a great read for teenagers to adult, children will find the themes (death, war, not so much for the literature and friendship bit though :p) a bit too serious (I found this book on the children section though… imho it’s strange xD), although it was presented in an almost whimsical way (because Death… has seen all I guess :p), and if you haven’t read it, then you’ll be missing a very good read. Allright, I think I have to stop before the hype and gushy praise kills you all xD

So I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story, especially those who likes book that has heart-err… moving themes? πŸ˜› Better than A Thousand Splendid Suns, and IMHO on par withTo Kill A Mockingbird


Era… October 3, 2008

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…gon gets worse -_-”

The first book has little character development, but since it was just the start of the series, then it’s okay I guess, we need some time to establish the locations, good un’s, bad un’s etcs, in essence, the groundwork for the continuation of the series… IMHO it borrowed too much from fantasy archetypes without expanding them too much to make it interesting, see Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces or for geeks, Star Wars xD

The second… should be an improvement right? No… still lacking character development, and it got twists… that you can see coming from a thousand miles away… IMHO the plot is very predictable, and to get to the finish line you have to endure too much pointless things along the way… but it’s probably just the case of me being annoyed at the main character(s). But to me, the worst part of the second book is the almost instantaneous transformation of the said main character(s) to be an uber cool hero. I don’t mind people changing, but the way it was conveyed here is just… I don’t know, it doesn’t felt right xD

The third book… it’s full of everything that makes the first and second well… not bad probably, just average… and it ups the ante with lame politics, people fawning and worshipping and getting all gushy (okay I’m probably exaggerating here) at the main character(s). And ooooh it got moral dilemmas… kind of (Was it wrong to kill this guy etc etc, next chapter oooh battle! slay kill maim slash dismember etc) doh…. And it doesn’t end at the third book like the writer promised.. noo…

And don’t get me started on the movie -_-”

To sum it up, the series started as an average fantasy-archetype novel, probably intended for younger children, then it gets worse xD


Th… April 24, 2008

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…is song always sends a chill up my spine :p

2 + 2 = 5

Are you such, a dreamer?
To put, the world, to rights?
I’ll stay home, forever
Where two and two, always makes a five

I’ll lay, down the tracks,
Sandbags and hide
January has April’s showers
And two and two, always makes a five

It’s the devil’s, way, now
There is no way out
You can scream and you can shout
It is too late now…


You have not been, paying attention,
Paying attention, paying attention, paying attention (4x)

I tried to sing along
But I get it all wrong
Cause I’m not, cause I’m not
I tried to swat them like flies
But like flies the burgers keep coming back
NOT, maybe not
All hail to the thief!
All hail to the thief!
But I’m not, but I’m not
But I’m not, but I’m not
Don’t question my authority
Or put me in the docks
Cause I’m not, cause I’m not
Go and tell the king that the sky is falling
When it’s not, when it’s not
When it’s not, maybe not
Maybe not…

When you have read George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, and the news :p maybe it will send a chill up your spine too :p

Des… March 29, 2008

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…cribing her, we articulate what she is and why she is: when hope is past, she is there.

Men… February 28, 2008

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…cius said, without a heart that sympathizes, one is not human; without a heart aware of shame, one is not human; without a heart that defers to others, one is not human.