Book Review: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers Of The Future Volume 31

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When I was asked to review the latest installment of Writers Of The Future Anthology, I readily signed up mainly because I enjoy reading science fiction novels and stories. I love how they sweep you off your feet and transport you into an entirely different universe. I love how these stories are intricately woven to make time travel, parallel universe, and highly-advanced technology and civilization seem plausible.

This book is a collection of 13 stories from the Writers of the Future International writers’ program, 3 short stories penned by L. Ron Hubbard, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rebecca Moesta/Larry Niven, as well as essays on writing and illustration written by L. Ron Hubbard, Orson Scott Card, and Bob Eggleton. The 489-page book published by Galaxy Press, Inc also features illustrations done by the winners of the Illustrators of the Future International illustrators’ program.

The 13 award-winning stories that make up this illustrious collection are:

  • Switch by Steve Pantazis, Illustrated by Daniel Tyka {p 1}
  • The God Whisperer by Daniel J. Davies, Illustrated by Alex Brock {p 49}
  • Stars That Make Dark Heaven Light by Sharon Joss, Illustrated by Choong Yoon {p 59}
  • A Revolutionary’s Guide To Practical Conjuration by Auston Habershaw, Illustrated by Shuangjian Liu {p 143}
  • Twelve Minutes To Vinh Quang by Tim Napper, Illustrated by Quinlan Septer {p 171}
  • Planar Ghosts by Krystal Claxton, Illustrated by Amit Dutta {p 189}
  • Between Screens by Zach Chapman, Illustrated by Trevor Smith {p 247}
  • Unrefined by Martin L. Shoemaker, Illustrated by Tung Chi Lee {p 265}
  • Half Past by Samantha Murray, Illustrated by Megan Kelchner {p 297}
  • Purposes Made From Alien Minds by Scott R. Parkin, Illustrated by Emily Siu {p 311}
  • The Graver by Amy M. Hughes, Illustrated by Taylor Payton {p 365}
  • Wisteria Melancholy by Michael T. Banker, Illustrated by Michelle Lockamy {p 393}
  • Poseidon’s Eyes by Kary English, Illustrated by Megan Nelson {p 423}

Writers Of The Future Volume 31 is a beautiful amalgamation of different out-of-this-world {in a good way} tales that are guaranteed to keep you up late at night just so you can finish them all. These stories will amuse you, make you laugh, and tag at your heartstrings, too. I have yet to finish the entire book, but most of the stories I have read so far are really fascinating. [Read more…]

Book Review: Gigi & Her Girl By Kathy Brandt

books, book review, children's booksI received a copy of this book for review several months ago. The author was generous enough to send in a little Gigi plushy with the package, which the little man thought was really cute. He immediately went on to play with it the moment I handed it to him! Smile My first impression when I saw the book was that it was too girly and every little girl will absolutely enjoy reading and keeping this in their bookshelves, especially those who love dogs and pets.

Gigi and her Girl in a nutshell

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Gigi and her Girl is a whimsical book written and illustrated by artistic and creative writer Kathy Brandt. The colorful story about Kathy’s real-life dog, Gigi, is just as colorful as its illustration. The story was told in two different point-of-views, that of Kathy’s little girl, and her pet dog. It was a refreshing take on an otherwise familiar girl-and-dog relationship. It narrates the little girl’s story and her thoughts about her dog. She enjoys playing dress up with Gigi, hugging, reading, every activity the little girls is most likely to enjoy with another girl playmate.  [Read more…]

I Wish They Taught Money In High School {Back-to-Back Book Review}

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These back-to-back books about money, penned by 2 good friends, were the very first book for review that I received this year and rather timely, too, as I really aim to change my attitude towards money this 2014 and, hopefully, build up my savings and more! The 2-books-in-1 come in two parts: the one for those who aspire to start their own business, while the other one tackles the topic of living beyond your regular paycheck. The books were written in a very simple, down-to-earth manner that each of us will understand. Those business and money jargon that would definitely give those who read about them a nosebleed, is surprisingly explained in layman’s terms, which are much easier to digest. Each book is comprised of 50 or so pages, which makes it very easy to read, too, anyone can finish them in one reading. I was just not able to read it as soon as I can as I have been preoccupied with other matters, but I bought it in one of the little man’s playschool/tutorial session and I was able to finish it in one sitting. So now I am off to sharing this wonderful blessing with you.

I Wish They Taught Money In High School in a nutshell

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The other side of the book, So I’m Not Dependent On My Paycheck, speaks about how you can stop being dependent on your paycheck. Keeping a regular day-job herself, author Clarissa Seriña-De La Paz talked about tips and ways on how one can start making passive income while keeping their regular 9-5 job. It is chock full of practical yet brilliant ideas on how one can augment his income from his regular job and finally become financially independent. One important point the book stressed out is that the change in our attitude towards money can really make a big difference in how we handle our finances. A shift in our “moneytude” can actually spell the difference between us being dependent on our paycheck to the day we retire or accumulating actual assets that will enable us to earn even while we were sleeping! The author encourages her reader to not be afraid to talk about money, to learn more about it, and use it to work to their advantage.

The author imparts these 5 interesting tips on how you can finally stop being dependent on your paycheck:

  • Start small
  • Make a habit
  • Acquire more knowledge
  • Raise the bar of creativity
  • Think outside your salary

Another point this book clarifies is to not be afraid of applying for those credit cards and making it work in a way that it would become an asset to any cardholder, instead of a liability. Applying for a credit card and using it smartly, opening a bank account with a Php10,000 maintaining balance, as well as continuously creating something out of nothing {which, in return, enables anyone to earn} are a few of the tried and tested secrets the author revealed.

Lastly, and it was rather surprising to read this in a “money” book as I initially thought they would just speak about money, wealth and 1,001 ways to acquire them, the author shared that “the most powerful secret of all is gratitude.” She encourages her readers to maintain a grateful attitude and notice how a shift in their point of view attracts tangible richness.

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The other side of the book, So I Can Start My Own Business Right Away, on the other hand, talks about exactly that, how to start your own business even when you have little or no capital. This book sure defies our age-old belief that only those who have the means, the money, to start up their own business can actually do so. The author, Sharon W. Que, who has been exposed to the family business since she was 2, talks about how she views owning and running her own business as a way of life. She discussed how one can start up with a small capital and multiplying the income you get from this business by participating in other money-making pursuits. [Read more…]

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