Read It: Ubik

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Ubik

by Philip K. Dick

TFG August Book Discussion

I am the word and my name is never spoken, the name which no one knows.

Joe Chip is a technician for Glen Runciter’s company who employs anti-talents (people with the ability to counteract psionic powers). During his rest day, G.G. Ashwood bangs on his door to and requests to test out a potential psi, Pat Conley, for her unique ability. Joe tests Pat and discovers that she has the ability to go back to the past and possibly change it which also affects the present, and has written her off as a hazard to the firm.

Glen Runciter on the other hand, is widower who has put his wife, Ella, in half-life so that he can continue running the company with her. He has also received a mission from businessman Mick Stanton and has decided to assemble 11 of his best people to Luna to finish the job; Joe Chip, Pat Conley and him included. The group flies to the moon and discovers that their mission was a trap set up by their rival Ray Hollis. Unfortunately, a bomb explodes killing Runciter and injures the others. The group, now headed by Chip flies back to Earth in an attempt to put Runciter in half-life.

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Read It: No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

by Melissa Fay Greene

I felt like I have been reading serious books lately and decided to read something light and easy for a change. I remembered buying this book randomly on Book Sale and maybe it was about time I take it off from the shelf and flip its pages.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is an humorous memoir of  two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene detailing her family life and how it had grown with their decision to adopt kids from 3 different continents.

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Class Heroes Superhero Book Series Trailer

Class Heroes is a series of thriller books for teenagers and adults. See http://www.classheroes.com

Samantha and James Blake are twins. They are London teenagers who develop super powers after their school bus gets blown up in a seemingly random terrorist bombing.

And that’s when their problems really start!

This is the trailer for the first four books in the series. Find out more about Sam and James and the extraordinary events that have turned their lives upside down.

Class Heroes is a series of thriller books aimed at teenagers and young adults.

For more information visit:
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Henning/e/B005WBGWEA/

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Read It: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

by Susanna Clarke

… he had begun to wonder why the great feats of magic that he read about remained on the pages of his book and were no longer seen in the street or written about in newspapers.

I finally finished the book, yay! I have started to read JSMN last March for buddy reads and it took me quite long to finish all 1000 pages.

Set in England during the 19th century, the book narrates the story about how magic is being revived by Mr. Norrell and his student Jonathan Strange. There are a lot of challenges in restoring magic to be a respectable profession in England and the differing perspectives of the 2 greatest English magicians is one of them.

The book is divided into 3 parts, each a continuing story from its previous which I think can stand alone as separate books. If you have the physical book, you’ll know what I mean. Having everything in one is quite a burden because it’s quite bulky and heavy, hehe. Anyway, since each part is quite long, I think it would be better to discuss each to avoid confusion. Apart from the book being long, I have already mentioned in my previous post that I have watched the full series of JSMN, so I may also have comments regarding the series VS the book every now and then.

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July Art Post and Little Nothings

I have tried my best to come up with little watercolor painting projects in between busy schedules but for the month of July, I have only finished 2. I was really aiming for at least 4 but I was preoccupied with other things and was not really able to do drawings which I could render on weekends.

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Off Topic

It’s been two years since I officially quit my day job.

293575_206368989431706_126605500741389_536406_1350438917_nI remember then thinking very hard about my decision to pass my resignation letter and call it quits from the job that I have come to love and hate for more than two years. It was hard but I wanted to do more things. There are a lot of doubts coming from other people, that it’s hard to be unemployed and that I should be thankful to have had a decent-paying job and keep it instead. But they are not me.

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Read It: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe

By Benjamin Alire Saenz

I totally forgot to publish this post!!  It was left in my drafts. :(

TFG May Book Discussion

Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?

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