Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows revisited

Readers always anticipate the grand end of a series, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, established already as an icon in pop culture/contemporary literature, matures, survives death, saves the world, and lives a happily-ever-after. Rowling’s excellent storytelling has made her fans of all ages worldwide appreciate books again (whether electronic or hard copy), a reading revolution that is a luminous aspect of this decade. The long wait for this book was well-worth it, the length of the story (759 pages of the US edition) surprisingly not overwhelming for non-bookworms. Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s final adventures were the buzzwords of people everywhere: in classrooms, in offices, in discussions and blogs on the world wide web. The mind-twisting “treasure hunt” dilemmas, the fugitive-like travels, the tests of faith, hope, and love, and the fight to death of Harry and Voldemort moved its readers to tears. The reading public has felt the shock of some characters’ deaths, has felt the relief of being in the loop in the explanation of the “big plan,” and has felt the happiness at the triumphant defeat of one of the most memorable villains in fictional history. And now, we wait for the movie adaptation, served in two parts. Relive the magic! The first official trailer can be seen here:


The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Frank Beddor’s retelling of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass expounded on Wonderland’s intervention with reality. Now desolate and ruined, Wonderland ceased to be a happy place. It is under siege by Redd, the vengeful Queen of Hearts. Alyss Heart, rightful heiress to the throne, must come to terms with being an orphan, an “arranged” bride-to-be, and a renegade to overthrow a seemingly infallible tyranny of her aunt Redd. Forget Disney’s cute adaptation. This is fiercer, has more mature themes, and is the beginning of an epic storyline.

The mad hatter is a skilled soldier, the cheshire cat is an assassin, the white rabbit is a royal tutor, and Tweedledee & Tweedledum are commanders of the Royal Army. The mirrors and puddles serve as portals into the real and fantasy realms in the card army’s wild goose chase with Alyss as the kingdom’s fugitive. Interesting, eh? Check out their website for more information about The Looking Glass series: http://thelookingglasswars.com/home.html

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

For a companion book, this is worth adding to your Percy Jackson and the Olympians book set. Rick Riordan writes three exciting short stories of Percy and the gang (Percy and the Stolen Chariot, Percy and the Bronze Dragon, Percy and the Sword of Hades) along with interviews with the other characters in the series, a map of Camp Half Blood, and some activities (a bit kiddie, I may say, but entertaining enough for bored people). According to Wikipedia, The Demigod Files is set between the fourth book, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian, that has a preview chapter. Percy Jackson book fans, buy it now.

The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

Heaven and Hell really are betting on our souls.

Meg Finn realizes this too late and begrudgingly goes back to Earth for a chance at redemption by helping old Lowrie McCall fulfill his bucket list before he expires. This journey has brought together the teenage soul and old widower in an unforgettable adventure of healing old hurts, fulfilling dreams, and realizations of life (and death). The reader will also be delighted in meeting the morbidly funny characters in the inferno, and the bored Saint Peter at “The Pearlies.”

Eoin Colfer, of the best-selling Artemis Fowl series, does not fail in giving his readers unforgettable personalities in his storytelling. They are somewhat always devious with a heart. He also extends to this book a showcase of techie stuff know-how that is a prevalent aspect in his other books (Artemis Fowl series, The Supernaturalist –Myishi’s company, Beelzebub’s techie minion, is from the world of the said book). The Devil gets all the technology, and St. Peter does manual calculations (sorry for those in the profession, haha).

Get a glimpse of the land “down under” and the blue skies above. It may change your mind about a lot of things. It may be fiction, but hey, sometimes the truth is scarier than this 😉