The Amazing Spiderman

Let’s not discuss about the story, because we know about it already. But by mere playing a Coldplay song in the movie (‘Til Kingdom Come) during the love tease between Peter and Gwen is reason enough for me to love the movie. And because the director is also the same guy who did (500) Days of Summer, a personal favorite.

Of course, Emma Stone is really a sight for sore eyes. Better than Kirsten Dunst, I think.

Nikita

Nikita reminds me of Alias, that series where Jennifer Garner wears pink hair before Katy Perry makes it fashionable. I did not finish watching that series. But this Maggie Q-starrer, loosely based on previous Nikita film and tv series, is edgy and engaging.

It tells the story of Nikita (Maggie Q),a former trained assassin working for a covert group Division. She left the group and go against it. She tap a young Russian girl, trained her and put her inside Division to be her mole inside so she can counteract any projects Division is planning. Nikita aspires to get the black boxes, a hard disc containing all the information gathered by Division for all their activities. It is an action-packed series, like a 007 movie.

I am currently watching season 2, and I intend to finish it in a few days. Season 3 will premiere this October and the story is getting intense and exciting. Cannot wait.

What books I’m reading lately

Last week, I got the chance to finish two beautiful books, namely, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The Lover’s Dictionary is cute, very creative because it tells the life of a New York couple through words arranged like in a dictionary. Its definition comes from examples and experiences that they encounter when they were together. It is a short book, and you can finish it in a few hours if you have the time. Must-read.

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The other book, The Sense of an Ending, is more philosophical. When you read it, it feels like the main character speaks to you in your face. He shares his tribulation and his hang-ups on life now that he is already in his dawning years. Brilliantly written, very intelligent. No wonder it won the Booker Prize this year.

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I am currently reading Abraham Verghese Cutting For Stone, a heartwarming story of twins born in Ethiopia to an Indian mother and British father. The mother died during her delivery of the twins, Marion and Shiva, and the father leave them during their birth. The twins were reared by two doctors in the same hospital that their mother work for.

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I have not yet finish reading it, but every time I am transported to the story, it feels like it has the potential to be a film. This is the most searing, heart-breaking book I read since A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Best gift ever!

I have to honestly say that the best gift I have ever receive is Amazon’s Kindle. I had mine several years ago, right after they release an international 3G edition, which is applicable for buyers outside the US. Yes, the white one!

Though I have not used it as much as I want to, lately, it has become very useful especially if there are books that I cannot find locally. Even before 50 Shades of Grey went famous online (and before a US publishing company reserve the right to publish it), it was already a digital e-book sensation. Which makes readers with Kindle or other book readers to read it in advance.

Likewise, buying the Kindle edition of books is cheaper than the actual books. It is also very convenient when travelling so you don’t have to luggage books, which adds up space and weight to your baggage. I am happy that I saw few readers in Manila who reads on their Kindle (the new versions). Two years ago they are non-existent.

But I have to say that I will still buy printed books. Leafing through the pages of a tangible book is something that I cannot do without. And also the smell of ink when you open a recently-purchased book.

But printed and Kindle book editions can co-mingle for me. And I both love them.