Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bitten

With not much tasks since I switched jobs (I only spend at most an hour per day on work-related to-dos) and with very limited Internet access I devised a way to keep my sanity at the office. I was getting tired of lurking in forums, reading the news, and getting pissed when sites are blocked.

I thought why not read eBooks? I have a few of them stored in my phone. I decided on Ian McEwan's 1998 Booker-Prize winning morality tale Amsterdam. It was a quick read. I was done before my 8-hour workday was up.

To make my new task inconspicuous (reading via phone is a dead giveaway that I was bumming around) I sent some of my eBooks in my collection to my office mail. Khalil Gibran's The Prophet. Haruki Murakami's After Dark. Christopher Paolini's Brisingr. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight.

I started with Meyer. I finished the book in two days. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. The plot was good. The writing so-so. Meyer is definitely no Anne Rice or K.J. Rowling. She writes scenes and Swan's thoughts that are too melodramatic with a klutz and brooding vampire as protagonists . Meyer does not do justice to the word 'brood' as Rice did with her vampires.

Since I enjoyed the book, although I wished Bella had more toughness in her and there was less saccharine dialogue and more vampire action, I moved on to New Moon. It was more of the same. I had to skip paragraphs of Bella's senseless thoughts that were immaterial to the plot.

I laughed at pathetic corny lines. I mean who wouldn't with lines like "It was heaven-right smack in the middle of hell." and "My heart inflated like it was going to crack right through my ribs." and "I’ll be back so soon you won’t have time to miss me. Look after my heart I've left it with you."?

14 comments:

engel said...

ugh... that's the reason i never went for this series... only teen-age girls fall for crap like that!!!

my apologies to those who loved the books and the movies.

the donG said...

hahaha... i wonder if my blog is blocked there. hehehe... hindi na tayo nagbyahe.

duke said...

i just broke my 2month old kindle dx. stupid kindle.

go get "The Book Thief". Tell me what you think after you're done with it.

The Scud said...

engel > the movie sucked. the book is more bearable when you get pass the romantic angle which i'm not a fan of. harry potter/vampire chronicles pa rin ako. :D

dong > blocked ang blogger dun. heck, even the sports section of the inquirernis blocked. arrrgggghhhh...

The Scud said...

duke > nyak. sayang. baka may warranty pa yan.
> hahanapin ko yan sa weekend. if not, i'll just download it. :D

The Scud said...

duke > nyak. sayang. baka may warranty pa yan.
> hahanapin ko yan sa weekend. if not, i'll just download it. :D

The Scud said...

duke > nyak. sayang. baka may warranty pa yan.
> hahanapin ko yan sa weekend. if not, i'll just download it. :D

Raft3r said...

i heard girls scream in delight when you mentioned twilight
hehe

atticus said...

ewwww! hindi ko kinaya. hindi saccharine iyan. krimen iyan! eeewwwww! kaya pala ang mga girls na kilala ko, patay na patay sa series na iyan. eeeeewwwww!

The Scud said...

raft3r > why am i not getting any calls or fan mails? nyahaha...

atticus > may mas malala pa dyan. isang buong paragraph pa. :p

theLastJedi said...

> ei i know dz is on an entirely differently subject but i saw in your page that you recently watched "the west wing".. i have been wantin' to see season 4 but i dunno how.. i mean, are there DVDs out? it sucks that i don't find any..

theLastJedi said...

' the prophet is one smooth read.. you'll find yourself tryin' to stop hemorrhage from occurrin'.. but kiddin' aside, it's one of the best books i have read. i call it poetry in wisdom.. =)
- i'll be back sir.. cool blog you have here.. =)

The Scud said...

lastjedi > mahirap nga basahin ang the prophet. i tried it twice pero di ko tinuloy. saka na pag may madagdag na brain cells. hehe.

The Scud said...

lastjedi > i have a few tips but i can't share it here. send me a note. my email address is in my profile.