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I am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

April 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Synopsis:
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his bestfriend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting(when necessary) until only one question remain: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Review:

I bought this book in a sale, meaning, the price is lowered and is affordable. I never thought that this book will urge my interest because it is a Young Adult’s book. I thought it is some kind of a typical story of a hero who wanted to save the world in use of his special powers, but it is not like that, the book has a heart.

Ed has no special powers or whatsoever to protect the world, but instead he uses his good heart to inspire people to correct the unwanted events of other people’s lives. It is a page turner and made me read the whole book for two days (to think that I still have a job to attend to). I never regretted buying I am The Messenger not because the price is cheap, to honestly say, I would still buy it in a much higher price because the inspiration it brought to me already is priceless.

As the story comes along, I felt so refreshed, it brought me positive thinking of handling a certain doomed situation and not to say that it is a tear-jerker. I can easily relate to the characters because they are around you, they are the typical people you can see around the streets or they are also maybe your friend you’re counting on to. I can relate to every chapter of the book because one way or the other, it happened or will happen to me. It is how ordinary the story is.

Markus Zusak knows how to touch your heart through writing, it can be easily understood by the children and not to mention, it is a Micheal Printz Awardee For Excellence In Young Adult Literature by the American Library Association.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get inspired by a simple story. Pick this book up as soon as you can because this title is so rare nowadays. And yes, it is the messenger!

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Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Are you afraid of changes? Afraid that it might not suit your needs? Many of us don’t want to take the risks of changing because it’s out of our comfort zone, but what if that changes will make you more successful? We’ll never know unless we tried to cope with these changes… Who moved my cheese will let you realize how to endure with changes and why should we change if it is taking place. This is a short story of four characters, two were mice and the other two were so-called “little people”. Each character has their own attributes and difference in beliefs. The story is all about the cheese being taken away from its original place and how the four characters deal with the changes they will encounter alongside of finding the old cheese or moving on while finding a new cheese. It is also explained here the consequences might happen for the decisions you conjectured to do.

The book is categorized as non-fiction and is metaphoric to our life; cheese being the situation we used to, and the four characters, which is us. The author is so direct to the point of the overviews and is very lucid on the explanation on what should we do so that we can adapt the changes might happen or is happening in our life.

I will recommend this book to businessmen and also to any other individuals. Everybody can relate to the story because it might really happen in our everyday lives and will inspire every reader who wants to start anew. The story is also simple and can be easily understood by the mediocre.

This is one of my favorite non-fiction books.

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Diary Of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Aside from reading mystery books I’m now also a fond of children and young adult’s books, One that I have read is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. I will categorize the book as my breaker because it is so easy to read and the story is just light.

The story is all about a kid who wanted attention, he is Greg. Greg is in middle school and will do anything just to be known, but all his effort to be famous always become disastrous and always fired back to him in a destructive way.

The plot is actually pointless and need not to analyze, there’s no depth in the story, but instead it’s just a pure fun. I laugh out loud in my room while reading every pages of the book. I finished the book in two days, and I admit it is a stress reliever.

I will recommend this book to kids and young-at-heart, I am planning to read the book to my 6-year old brother and see if his reaction is as the same as mine.

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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I never imagined myself buying a ghost from the net, this is one of the most absurd things I’m going to do in my entire life (I’m a bit exaggerated). Anyway, While I’m lurking around the bookstore, I saw this book entitled Heart-Shaped Box, I thought this is in a romance niche, but then I saw the sign wherein it is indicated that I’m looking at horror genre books. The book looks shabby that it seems to be classic. I was wrong, it is published last 2007 if I’m not mistaken. It made me aroused to pick up the book because I’m a horror/mystery/thriller fanatic and the title is so controversial (at least for me).

I read the plot of the story…It is all about an ageing rock star whose also a collector of some peculiar things. He saw somebody from the net is selling a ghost (you read it right, a ghost!). He loves collecting strange things, so he bought it for a thousand dollars. After a day or two, the package arrived and it made his life in pandemonium. The questions to be answered are: how would he manage to get rid of that ghost? Is it OK to just return the suit to the owner (that would be the greatest idea he can think of)? What if the owner said that remorse is not an option because the ghost is in his to be lived with? Are there any reasons why the ghost want to kill him in fright? That’s too scary for him… and he can only do one thing… that is to find the answers to the questions he had in his mind.

Before reading the book, I’m actually not so sure if it can scare me because I read a lot of ghost stories and I can say that most of them didn’t get what they wanted me to feel after reading their novel. Joe Hill proved me wrong, he got my attention and he scares me like crazy. The descriptions he used are effective of frightening the readers. He got me just after reading a few pages of the book. The way he wrote this novel is as simple as it can, but he knows how to play with the reader’s imagination. I’m not going to be surprised if he can really write horror stories because he’s the son of Stephen King, but their style of story telling is different.

I would recommend this book for those who love scary stories or just a reader who wants to experience on how to be scared. And please make sure that you have a lot of time before reading this novel because it is not an ordinary book that you can put down any time you wanted to, and I’m sure that it is a riveting book. And also make sure that you’re not alone while reading it because someone you can’t see just might be at your side!

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All About Me

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, I’m 25 years old and working in an outsourcing company located somewhere along Mandaluyong City. Ever since, I love reading novels, I’m a mystery/thriller reader and sometimes non-fiction books and YA reads work for me as well. I hastily go to the local bookstore to unwind whenever I feel so stressed, depressed, disoriented or whatever you call it.

I’ll start my blog site by the quotations of some personalities who also enjoys reading:

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers”. Charles W. Eliot (1834 – 1926), The Happy Life, 1896

“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…” Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 – 1969)

“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.G. K. Chesterton” (1874 – 1936)

Please send your message and comments at aceofbooks25@yahoo.com

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