Way back in early 2009, I pretty much didn’t care for Scott Westerfeld or any of his work. I knew of the “Uglies” series, but didn’t really have any desire to pick the books up and add them on my shelf.
It was only in October of 2009 that I became one of the Westerfeld faithful. I had picked up “Leviathan”, piqued by its steampunk cover and the snippet of conversation between Prince Aleksandar of Hohenberg and Count Volger that was printed on its back cover. I read it, gushed about it here, and when “Behemoth” came out, I gushed even more.
And I’m not the only one doing it either. Three years since it first began, Scott Westerfeld’s tale of steam-powered war machines and “fabricated” beasts have won over critics and readers alike. The School Library Journal declared that the “Leviathan” series is “sure to become a classic”; “Leviathan” was even awarded the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Readers haven’t been remiss in showing their appreciation as well, as both “Leviathan” and “Behemoth” have enjoyed stints on the New York Times Bestseller lists.
The series now draws to a close with the publication of “Goliath”. Will this final installment of an excellent series bring the story to a satisfying close? Or will it flounder under the expectations set by the first two books in the trilogy?
Continue reading Book review: Scott Westerfeld’s “Goliath”
We’re past the halfway point of the biggest event of the year for Filipino bibliophiles, and I’m quite proud to say that I haven’t spent myself into the poorhouse just yet. And let me tell you, it’s not because there wasn’t anything worth buying. There was a lot of books I wanted to get my grubby little hands on, but my job — thankfully — got in the way.
For instance, most of my first day at the 32nd Manila International Book Fair was spent in the meeting rooms located on the third floor, listening to the talks during the first Filipino Reader’s Conference. I also got to hover uncertainly around the guys from Flips Flipping Pages and tried not to get too much in Blooey‘s way while I tried to work from the SMX Convention Center.
My second day pretty much looked the same as the first, except the talks I were going to this time around were organized by the University of the Philippines and mostly centered around language, literature, and teaching English in the Philippines.
I didn’t even get to go to the MIBF yesterday, as I had to interview author Alexander Yates early in the afternoon, and then some last minute work requirements forced me to ditch any plans of going to the Mall of Asia and blowing some cash.
The fact that I also had to go back to the office during those first two days also helped out a lot in keeping me above the poverty line as I had no occasion to loiter around and find a book that may just strike my fancy. That doesn’t mean, however, that I didn’t amass myself some loot.
Continue reading My MIBF loot report