Saturday, July 20, 2013

All Our Peculiarities

July is fast becoming my least favorite month of the year. It's even worse than the constantly rainy August because August is very straightforward in its downpours of rain and July is not. July is an indecisive month. It seems to hold on desperately to the remnants of summer but teeters reluctantly towards the rainy season so we are left constantly guessing what's it going to be - a rainy day, a sunny day or a mixture of both.

Whatever it is, the result is the same - irritatingly hot in some hours and soaking wet in others. But here's an advice from someone who is an expert on tropical country weather - always, always, ALWAYS bring your umbrella. Rain or shine, you'll need it!

Enough rambling about the weather. 

Let's talk about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Never has a book cover interested me as much as this one. But this book actually embodies that old adage "Never judge a book by its cover". 

Although the front cover promises a horror, goosebumps-inducing story, it's actually not (at least not the entirety of the book although the first few chapters did scare me a little). It's about a boy who grew up listening to his grandfather's stories about his life post-escape from Poland during the holocaust. His grandfather regales him with stories about his life in an orphanage where he met some strange kids with otherworldly abilities. He grew up thinking these are just stories and didn't really happen in real life although his grandpa had those odd photographs to back his stories up. 

The death of his grandpa and a very odd creature he saw lurking around caused him to dig deeper into his grandpa's early life. This introduced him to a world so unlike anything he has ever imagined. 

The book has a smattering of vintage photos from the author's personal collection and from other peculiar photos collectors. Ransom Riggs seamlessly incorporated those photos in the story and made the book a lot more gripping. 

It's a great read although if you don't want to be left hanging by its ending, you might want to wait for the sequel to be released January of next year before reading it.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Archie Comics-Inspired Outfit

I've been reading Archie Comics since I was in grade school but most of my comics seem to have lost, others confiscated by our grade school teacher who forbid reading comics even during recess. I never understood why. Archie helped harness my English communication skills and is probably one of the things that contributed to me being awarded "Most Articulate" back in the 6th grade.

While shopping for new books two weeks ago, I saw this at the best seller section. It's the Best of Archie, a compilation of the most meaningful and most endearing stories from the time of its inception in the 40's until today. Featured are stories of how Archie met both Betty and Veronica. You can see the evolution of the characters - from their fashion to their actual physical attributes.

I love this compilation so much because it was brought together by the people who worked for Archie Comics over the years. It also includes the writers', readers', editors' and illustrators' thoughts about the stories and why they felt the need to include the stories they picked in this over 400-page book. 

Even some of the people we look up to in the comics and writing industry such as Stan Lee and Stephen King are self-confessed fans of Archie. They also had a hand in picking some of the stories. 

Another thing I like about this is that it offers brief information on America's economy and pop culture from 1940's to present and how these important events affected the comics. It's a feel-good read.

Whenever I think about Archie Comics, I think about colorful retro clothes. And this outfit was inspired by the colorful pages of Archie. I love the fashion of the girls during the 50's and 60'. They always look so dapper in their dresses. 

I look drenched in sweat in some of the photos because I really was. It was too hot an afternoon to go riding a bike. But I suppose after looking at these photos, it was well worth it. :)


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