Slowly but surely working my way through my All-Filipino to-be-read list.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Have you heard about the Hummingbird? Emily Nussbaum wrote about this new television archetype in the New Yorker. The Hummingbird is described as possessing “a primal optimism that amounts to a superpower; she’s generous and idealistic despite plentiful evidence that the world is cruel”. They are “idealistic feminine dreamers whose personalities are irritants. They are not merely spunky, but downright obsessive.” They are an “alienating-yet-sympathetic” bunch. (Seriously, read the article.)
While listening to Ellie in Fairy Tale Fail (the book is narrated in a conversational manner; think you and Ellie during a coffee break/tsismisan marathon) I kept wondering who she reminded me of. Because she is very familiar. I’m sure you’ve met your share of Ellies. The so-called hopeless romantics who don’t see logic or reason. They are Annoying (with a capital A), and yet you are drawn to their belief that the universe will eventually find its balance. I am reminded of Nussbaum’s Hummingbird theory when Ellie mentions the monomyth several times, as if it were the only guide a person can have. Who clings to the monomyth? Who does that? Ellie is insane, but I enjoyed her story.
A good, light read. Bring it with you during a weekend.
Not a bad start. Not a bad start at all. Onward!
Now reading: Waking the Dead by Yvette Tan
Now reading: Twisted 9 by Jessica Zafra
Now reading: Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano
Mythspace by Paolo Chikiamco and Koi Carreon
fled their faces turned by Christian Tablazon
Now, Then, and Elsewhen by Nikki Alfar
Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra
Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra
Naermyth by Karen Francisco
Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 8 by various authors
The Best of PSF (2005-2010) by various authors
Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 1 by various authors
Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 3 by various authors
How to Traverse Terra Incognita by Dean Francis Alfar
Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata by Ricky Lee
All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria
Save the Cake by Stella Torres
The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao
Vintage Love by Agay Lllanera
JUST ADDED: Drone by Allan Popa
The Filipino Heroes League by Paolo Fabregas