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Japanese superstar Haruki Murakami returns with–surprise!–a short novel


An odd twist twist of fate, the Japanese youth from Nagoya named Tsukuru Tazaki is the only one in his group of five friends whose name doesn’t include a color in Nihongo. That’s why friends dubbed him “colorless Tsukuru.” But his reticent, quiet personality lent the nickname a further fateful quality.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Fil-Briton Candy Gourlay’s ‘Shine’ is an excellent, unusual ghost story


“Monsters are in the eye of the beholder.” This is the powerful phrase that keeps rising up throughout Candy Gourlay’s new novel, “Shine” (Anvil Publishing, Inc., Mandaluyong City, 2014, 232 pages), and it resonates with meaning for the fortunate reader who comes across it.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Book recalls video game firms’ hand-to-hand combat


Anyone growing up in the 1990s would have found it impossible to not know what video game companies like Nintendo and Sega were up to. After all, these two companies waged war with each other through their game-changing consoles and their phalanx of games, addicting an entire generation to a new form of hand-to-hand combat.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

New ‘Game of Thrones’ story highlights great ‘Rogues’ anthology


The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines the word rogue as “a person whose behavior one disapproves of but who is nonetheless likeable or attractive.”

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Found in translation

NEW EDITION: Precious Pages’ Edith Garcia and Jun Matias. KIMBERLY DE LA CRUZ

Wherever he went, Segundo “Jun” Matias Jr. couldn’t help but notice how he could easily find local translations of international bestsellers.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »