Category: Books


Addicted to Zombies

Dear Diary,

Since 28 Days Later, I’ve been gobbling up anything related to Zombies… Movies, TV Shows, Books, Comics…

I definitely, don’t believe that the dead will come back to life as soulless creatures hungry for flesh and blood. I believe in heaven and hell. And even with my addiction to this genre, that has not in any way changed my belief that everyone dies. And people wake up either in heaven or in hell…

However, I am open to the idea of a virus that will infect mankind that will make them zombie like while they are still alive…. Just like the plot for 28 Days Later.

That is definitely possible in my mind. There’s just too many people out there with warped ideas that could eventually wipe us all out…

But anyway, even if that happens soon, in the near future or never, I have a peace of mind that I know where I’ll end up anyway.

Which is why I can read these zombie books and not turn into a paranoid, zombie-proof-my-house, nutball…

I really just find that I like reading how people cope with situations that seem really hopeless… How in most books, there’s always a hero who has been through the loss of someone they love, but still find a way to survive. A hero who may not always act like one… And of course I like the thrill of the zombie encounters and how they get out of it alive or not… I read Dean Koontz and Stephen King books… So you can kind of imagine why I like the macabre stories…

It’s like reading a book and you feel good that your favorite character is still alive. But alive in a world that is not a place you would like to still be alive in… Where the happy ending leaves you with a feeling of sadness.  I honestly would not know how I’d fare in a zombie world. I’d probably get killed really fast because:
1. The only sport I’m good at is Ping Pong… And well, I don’t think I’d be able to kill a zombie with a table tennis paddle…
2. The only weapon I know how to wield is using my PS3 controller to get multiple combos with my characters weapon…

Anyway,  for those who are zombie addicts like me here are a few things that I’ve seen and read (Note: I only recommend a few on the list, mostly the first ones listed… hehe):

MOVIES:

28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead (and the other remakes), Quarantine, Resident Evil (and the other sequels), Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, World War Z, Warm Bodies, REC, Quarantine 2, The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead

TV SHOWS:

The Walking Dead

COMICS:

The Walking Dead

BOOKS:

World War Z, Warm Bodies, The New Hunger, The Zombie Survival Guide, The Enemy (series), Day By Day Armageddon (series), The City (series), Feed (series), The Hallows (series), Hater (series) and Ashes, Plague of the Dead

Inferno by Dan Brown

Dear Diary,

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

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I finished reading Inferno by Dan Brown.  I love him and have read all his books.  So it’s no exception that I loved this one as well.

Robert Langdon returns with an all new adventure as he tries to save the world from a threat of a plague that will be released if he doesn’t stop it on time.

So I hear a lot of Filipinos are crying foul over his description of Manila as the gates of hell.  To be honest, I don’t know why most Filipinos take offense easily…  It’s just a book and a fiction one to boot.  We really need to stop reacting every time we get mentioned in TV shows, movies, interviews and now books in a negative manner.  I’m a Filipino and you don’t see me sending hate mail to Dan Brown.

The character in the book that described Manila as the gates of hell had a very traumatic time in Manila.  She was almost raped…  I would feel the same of any place if that happened to me too.

In real life, I wouldn’t go as far as call Manila as the gates of hell, but I do watch out for my purse when I go to some parts of Manila in hopes that I still have all my stuff when I go home.  And I would never go there anytime after midnight alone…  It’s not really the gates of hell, but it’s not the safest place on the planet too…

But anyway, enjoy the book for what it is.  An entertaining, page turner, mystery, thriller, FICTION novel.  🙂

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

Added to my 2013 List of Books

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

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Divergent

The number one rule to making a good dystopian book is to make sure that the dystopian society, that comes after a crisis strong enough to bring the earth or a place near extinction, is believable.

So what do the people do in this story?

They form five factions, each based on a value.  Abnegation for people who are selfless.  Erudite for people who value intelligence.  Candor for people who value honesty. Amity for people who value peace.  And the Dauntless who value braveness.

Forming a faction based on one value is not something that people will come up with, unless all that’s left on earth are singlie-minded and have low IQ.  But since it’s such a stupid system, as predicted, it does not hold up well for people who can’t contain themselves to just one faction.  Thus, the title, Divergent.  This kind of reasoning reminds me of Deliriums’ “Let’s remove love from people because that’s what’s causing all the problems” premise.

But despite the weak dystopian society, I find the character development strong.  Tris is not a whiny, clingy and annoying 16 year old.  There is no love triangle.   There weren’t too many mushy parts to roll my eyes on.  You will love and hate the characters as the author intended.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars in goodreads because, I liked it and am interested in finishing the whole series.  Minus one star because I really didn’t like the factions idea.

 

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent

Book two of the Divergent series.  My reaction after reading the book?  “So, it does get better…”  I couldn’t get over the fact that people would actually agree to dividing themselves into factions from book one. Now it actually seems possible and no longer idiotic.

And now I’m I want to know more and can’t wait for the 3rd book.

The story is a bit similar to Ember and to The Giver (which are both really great books) and I have really high hopes for this series now.

 

Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (Divergent, #1.1)

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Free Four

This is just a short story in Tobias’ point of view during the same timeline as book Divergent. Personally, I would have preferred to not have read this because I like the mystery behind how Tobias thinks. But it is still well written and is a nice development to his character.

* Added to my 2013 Book List

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

It’s still phoneography month, and in today’s challenge I’m hoping you’ll put all of that futuristic camera tech to good use, by thinking about the shape of things to come.

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When my 3-year-old cousin sees a book, he gets excited and asks the adults to read it to him.  After a couple of minutes, he grabs it and pretends to read it to us instead.  Sometimes I feel like there are too many kids these days that are always stuck in front of the TV or playing games in their iPad or game consoles. It gives me hope to still see kids like my cousin, who are interested in books and reading.

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He saw my book on the table and he just grabbed it, saying matter-of-factly, “Magbasa ako.” (I will read).  He looked so cute that I quickly searched for my phone so I could take a picture.  He doesn’t know how to read yet but he recognizes all the letters and sounds. I just really love that he likes books, next to toy cars of course.  Photos taken with iPhone 4s and edited with Pixlr-O-Matic.

KJSO

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