Of Books and Bookshops

July 30, 2017 at 10:33 PM | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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I just finished reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods last week and I’m sort of looking for a new book to read. I wasn’t supposed to buy a new one because I still have several books piled up in my collection waiting to be read. But there were two books I’ve been meaning to buy for years but kept putting them off, so I convinced myself that I just had to have them.

I’m a big fan of Anne Rice, so when I learned that her famous Vampire Chronicles will have a continuation, I got excited. It had been my intention to buy her 2014 book, Prince Lestat for years and I finally did this weekend. I cannot wait to revisit my beloved vampire characters again in the book, especially Lestat and Louis, and find out what they’re up to now. I know Anne Rice has two more recently released books about Lestat, and I’m also looking forward to read them.

The second book I bought was Memories by Lang Leav. I kept hearing about Lang Leav for years and how popular she is so my interest was piqued. Out of curiousity, I checked out some of her poems and was surprised that they were really good. I’m a sucker for heart-wrenching poems and Leav certainly captured that in her work. And it’s only recently that I finally decided to get a copy of one of her books.

My recent trip to several bookshops this weekend has got me pondering about the state of books these days. When I entered the bookshops, I was saddened to see that the books have become limited. There were hardly books in the stores; all I could see were rows and rows of art and school supplies and standard textbooks. There used to be a time when bookshops were packed with books in many genres. Today, with the advent of mobile devices such as Kindle and smartphones where people can just read books in digital form, bookshops now only sell limited titles.

Times are changing and I know that there are advantages of digital books, but I’m an old-fashioned book lover. I’d rather read a book in printed form than in digital form. For me, the experience I get in reading printed books is different. It’s more personal and intimate that way. It’s just not the same when reading digital books.

A Black Affair

August 21, 2007 at 10:22 AM | Posted in Books, Fandom | Leave a comment
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Members of Anne Rice Philippines with a few from TPTS

The fifth gathering of Anne Rice Philippines last August 11 was a blast. It took place at A Different Bookstore in Serendra and this time, there were eight of us plus three from The
Philippine Tolkien Society (TPTS) who joined our book discussion for a while. It was agreed upon that those attending should wear black. So all of us who came wore black — as a sort of tribute to Anne Rice’s vampires and witches, hehe.

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The Three Body Thieves

The book that was opened for discussion that night was the fourth installment of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, which is “The Tale of the Body Thief.” The discussion was all in all insightful and thought-provoking. But I felt kind of frustrated because I have forgotten the details of the story and couldn’t contribute much to the discussion. It’s been ages since I last read that book. In fact, I read “The Tale of the Body Thief” while I was still in college. I was not able to review the story prior to the gathering since I left my copy of the book in the province. So you could just imagine my frustration during the entire book discussion! But no matter, I had a great time listening to the discussion just the same. And I promised myself that I would prepare for the book discussion on our next gathering.

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We’re off to Krispy Kreme!

The Gathering at the Serendra was not just about book discussions. It was also an opportunity to meet other members of ARP, get acquianted, and have a good time. Most of the members who showed up at the bookstore I have met already. And those who I’ve met for the first time that night were nice and fun to be with. After our book discussion, we headed towards Krispy Kreme and hanged around a bit. We enjoyed each other’s company so much that it was already past 1 AM when I came home.

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