Summer is (finally) here!
No matter what your plans are, we’re hoping that you’ll have a bit more time for yourselves. Enough time to read a book or two (or five), perhaps?
Let us give you a nudge in the right direction. ;) Here are our top recommendations for Summer 2014!
Rising by Alen Rio
In the dystopian world of New America, all Eric Skye and his twin sister Melina want is to keep a low profile; to blend in with the rest of the orphans. To be left alone would be asking too much—orphans have to be put to some use, after all. But that’s all right. As long as they’re together, and each knows the other is safe, then working as slaves salvaging scrap metal suits them just fine. But when Melina is taken away to Commerce City and Eric is forced to join the militia, they both know that something is very, very wrong. They’ve both heard of the City’s scientists and the endless, strange experiments they perform. Eric has to find Melina. He has to get her back.
Woman in a Frame by Raissa Rivera Falgui
In a darkened hall in a plain white box of a building was a portrait of a woman, a girl, really—an old-fashioned girl in a modern frame, leaning against the wall. Other paintings similarly arrayed surrounded her, waiting to take their places in the gallery. Voices echoed in the room: a young man’s jeering and a young woman’s more tentative tones. Cool hands with long, delicate fingers lifted the portrait. Perhaps what drew the young woman to this painting was the incongruity of a girl, grave and formal, set within the vibrant, flowing curves of the carved art nouveau frame. Perhaps it was the sense of kinship she felt. For the young woman, Ning, was the daughter of an artist, dreaming of becoming an artist. She knew nothing of the girl in the portrait, only that the intensity captured in the glimmer of its brush-stroked eyes reflected her own. So begins Ning’s journey to her country’s colonial past to uncover the story behind the portrait—the story of Marcela. It is 1896, and Marcela, of the renowned Simbulan artist family from Pino, Laguna, has fallen in love with Julio Benitez, a Spanish peninsular just come from Europe to woo the town’s belle: Raquel Riola, mestiza heiress. Torn between loyalties to family and nation, desire and social expectations, childhood and maturity, Marcela must learn to navigate dreams and deceptions to free her silenced love and stifled craft.
Bayaning Lamanlupa by U Eliserio
Karaniwang tao lang naman si Mo—may kabaitan, may kahangalan minsan, walang kakaibang kakayahan—pero siya ang piniling maging kampeon ng Hari ng mga Lamanlupa. Baka nga tsamba lang din ang pagkapili sa kanya, pero ayan na rin. Binigyan siya ng kapangyarihan at inatasang magsilbing tagapagtanggol ng teritoryo ng Hari. At syempre, hindi kumpleto ang kwento kung walang love interest ang ating magiting na mandirigma.
The Viewless Dark by Eliza Victoria
When Anthony found Flo dead, locked overnight in one of the reading rooms of the university library, he knew it must have something to do with Mary Prestosa, a fourth-year graduating Philosophy student whom they had been investigating. Mary, who surprised her roommate one night by suddenly standing up from her bed, throwing the windows open, and jumping down headfirst to the dormitory grounds below. Mary, whose memory marked the trail of mysterious deaths and bizarre occurrences that followed her own fateful fall: the fifth-year Computer Engineering student who prowled the campus on all fours, thirsty for blood, believing he was a wolf; the revelation of an all-girls satanic cult; the demonic possession of a fourth-year student from the Department of Psychology; and now—Flo, dead. The students traced it all to Mary. They believed Mary didn’t commit suicide. They believed Mary tapped into something dark, and released it, and was consumed. And Anthony was determined to pry out the truth.
Voices in the Theater by A.S. Santos
Samantha Davidson has a secret: she can hear other people’s thoughts. Not everyone’s and not all the time, but it’s enough to convince her she can’t really trust anyone. Now, transplanted to a strange country, estranged from her family and peers, she begins to hear the voices of those no longer living or earthbound. Will she heed them as they lead her to a dark, forgotten corner of her past? Or will she surrender to the love and light offered by newfound friends, and learn to listen to the one voice she has long suppressed—her own?
Voices in the Theater is the first installment of A.S. Santos’ three-book Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Follow Sam and her friends in the Student Paranormal Research Group as they encounter bizarre and often dangerous supernatural occurrences, battle demons both spiritual and psychological, and navigate adolescence and young love.
Corpse in the Mirror by A.S. Santos
Samantha Davidson’s powers have been growing. Now, not only can she hear other people’s thoughts, but she can also sometimes see things through others’ eyes. They aren’t much—momentary glimpses, really—but these are dark things. Twisted things. Things she can’t bear to watch. But since she is the only one who can see them as they happen, she may be the only one who can prevent them from happening again.
Corpse in the Mirror is the second installment of A.S. Santos’ three-book Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Follow Sam and her friends in the Student Paranormal Research Group as they encounter bizarre and often dangerous supernatural occurrences, battle demons both spiritual and psychological, and navigate adolescence and young love.
Windmills by Josel Nicolas
Windmills: Book 1 Bearkdowns
Windmills: Book 2 Bearly Standing
Windmills: Book 3 Bear in Mind
Windmills: Book 4 I’m Gonna Be-ar
Josel Nicolas’s furry komix autobiography is all once funny and moving and beautiful. See how Bear the bear (yes) goes through melancholia, existential dilemmas, abuse, mild alcoholism, friendships, and heartache.
Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
Trese: Case 1 At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street
Trese: Case 2 Rules of the Race
Trese: Case 3 The Tragic Case of Dr. Burgos
When night falls, drivers try to avoid Balete Drive in fear of seeing the lady in white. For decades, she has haunted that street shaded by those ancient trees. So, when a lady dressed in white is found dead on that very street, it becomes more than just another car accident. It becomes a case of Alexandra Trese. Indeed, how does one kill a ghost? This is Trese’s first case. Join her in this, and her next two cases, as she unravels the secrets behind things a lot of us would much rather not know about.
Bathala by David Hontiveros and Ace Enriquez
Bathala Apokalypsis Chapter 1: Dreadful Horrors and Vengeances
Bathala Apokalypsis Chapter 2: A Young Dark Man
Bathala Apokalypsis Chapter 3: The Sun in Twenty Degrees of Taurus
Bathala Apokalypsis Chapter 4: When the Dead Will Come Out of Their Graves
What if there was only one superhuman in the whole world?
What if the world was about to end as predicted in the Book of Revelation?
What can one superman do to hold back the hand of the Almighty?
In Bathala: Apokalypsis, we are transported back to a 1999 that never quite happened, and introduced to the world of Andrew Carreon, reporter, and secretly, the mighty superhero Bathala.
It is a world where Andrew’s twin brother, Leonardo, is about to have his personality digitally mapped; a world where Bathala’s greatest enemy, Harold Hernandez, is about to strike a great blow against the planet’s champion. It is a world wracked by disaster and war and pre-millennial tension, whose gallant defender must now face his greatest challenge: a global catastrophe prophesied two thousand years ago.
12 by Manix Abrera
Manix Abrera’s 12 is a collection of twelve silent stories of sweet fancies and bitter fables. It is a sort of young-adult introduction to philosophy rendered in komix form, using the komix idiom in its confident dialectics: heroes, villains, serial killers, and self-aware animals still abound, but in place of captions and word balloons are panels of ponderous meaningful silence, and fight scenes—when they do occur—end in death, with nary a promise of any return.
Kikomachine Anthology! Blg. 2 Mga Piling Tagpo and Kikomachine Anthology! Blg. 3 Mga Piling Tagpo by Manix Abrera
Mula sa pinaka-asteeg na komikerong si Manix Abrera, heto na ang Kikomachinekomix Anthology blg. 2! Pinagsama-sama rito ang piling isyu ng Kikomachine Komix. Rakenrol!
Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology edited by Dean Francis Alfar
On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, hit the Visayas region of the Philippines, devastating the provinces of Samar and Leyte. The storm claimed over 6,000 lives and leveled entire towns and cities. A few days after the storm, writer Dean Francis Alfar issued a call asking other writers to contribute stories for an anthology, the proceeds of which will go to charity. “Here then is the final result, an anthology of different stories by authors you’d never expect to share a same table of contents,” says Alfar. “A number are by well-established writers, bristling with previous publications. A few are first publications. What these stories have in common, besides being well-written and engaging, is that they all present because of the kindness of spirit of their authors. In the midst of catastrophe, I knew that my country did not stand alone.”
This collection includes stories by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Ken Scholes, Veronica Montes, Charie D. La Marr, Susan S.Lara, Karissa Chen, Berrien C. Henderson, Joel Pablo Salud, Laura McPhee-Browne, Kate Osias, Jeffrey Ford, Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz, Dan Campbell, Barry King, Celestine Trinidad, Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, Matthew J. Rogers, Vincent Michael Simbulan, Jay Wilburn, David B. Ramirez, Jason Erik Lundberg, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Michael Haynes, Andrew Drilon, Lilian Csernica, Gabriela Lee, Grant J. McMaster, Alexander Marcos Osias, Todd Nelsen, Alex Shvartsman, Fiona Mae Villamor, Isa Lorenzo, Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Julie C. Day, Yvette Tan, Kenneth Yu, Tim Sullivan, Nikki Alfar, John Grant, and Cesar Miguel G. Escaño.
Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology edited by Paolo Chikiamco
Philippine mythology is full of images that ignite the imagination: gods of calamity and baldness, of cosmic time and lost things; the many-layered Skyworld, and weapons that fight their own battles; a ship that is pulled to paradise by a chain, and a giant crab that controls the tides… Yet too few of these tales are known and read today. Alternative Alamat gathers stories by contemporary authors of Philippine fantasy, which make innovative use of elements of Philippine mythology. None of these stories are straight re-tellings of the old tales: they build on those stories, or question underlying assumptions; use ancient names as catalysts, or play within the spaces where the myths are silent. What you will find in common in these eleven stories is a love for the myths, epics, and legends which reflect us, contain us, call to us–and it is our hope that, in reading our stories, you may catch a glimpse of, and develop a hunger for, those venerable tales.
The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010 edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar
The Horsemen of the Apocalypse are all born to a Filipino family; an aswang nanny passes on her powers to her young gay ward; a family’s freezer gets a surprise visitor; a young boy discovers how his brother turns into a superhero locked in an eternal struggle with the Forces of Chaos; a company makes a fortune selling diseases. The Philippine Speculative Fiction series showcases the rich variety of Philippine literature. Between these covers you will find magic realism next to science fiction, traditional fantasy beside slipstream, and imaginary worlds rubbing shoulders with alternate Philippine history—demonstrating that the literature of the fantastic is alive and well in the Philippines.
This anthology is a collection of what the editors consider thirty of the best stories from the first five volumes of Philippine Speculative Fiction, published from 2005 to 2010.
The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos by Carmen Navarro Pedrosa
First released in 1969, during a time of great uncertainty for the Philippines, this unauthorized biography of one of the most intriguing women in the world was banned in her own country. For writing it, Carmen Pedrosa, with her family, was exiled to London for 20 years.
Despite that, The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos became a local and international hit, selling out all of its print runs.
Now, decades after the end of Martial Law, the book returns to tell the story of Imelda Romualdez-Marcos to a new generation.
A modern Cinderella tale, The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos tells of how she rose from being a destitute child to becoming the most powerful woman of the country. Starry-eyed, penniless, and provincial, Imelda was in search of good fortune in Manila. Then came Ferdinand E. Marcos, a knight in shining armor, rescuing her from poverty and misery. “I will make you the First Lady of the land,” he promised her.
Complete, detailed, and replete with facts and documents that have been painstakingly hidden from the public by the administration’s image-makers, her life story unfolds, one truth at a time. It explains Imelda’s much vaunted charisma that, in President Marcos’ own words, garnered one million votes in the 1965 elections. She is a person who is difficult to be indifferent to. This book tells us why.
Report from the Abyss by Karl R. De Mesa
Noted horror and gothic writer Karl De Mesa shows off his other chops in this collection of creative non-fiction, a compilation of various essays from 1998 to 2011, over the course of his writing for magazines, newspapers, and other print publications. Whether he is recounting the years of his youth, growing up in the Philippine Left; proudly narrating his glorious (yet short-lived) experience producing an irreverent, vulgar TV show; warning tabloid readers of the dangers of giving in to the desires of sex-starved nocturnal entities; or lending a touch of humanity to the stories of anonymous prison inmates, De Mesa’s prose never fails to draw you in.