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Connect the Dots, o kung paano ko kinulayan ang aking buhay [Connect the Dots, or how I put color into my life] by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz
Diwalwal: Bundok ng Ginto [Diwalwal: Mountain of Gold] by Edgardo M. Reyes

Latest books read:

Conversations by César Aira, tr. Katherine Silver
Shantytown by César Aira, tr. Chris Andrews

What Passes for Answers [poetry] by Mikael de Lara Co
Kasal sa Dugo [Bodas de sangre] by Federico García Lorca, tr. Bienvenido Lumbera
Selected Poems of Corsino Fortes, tr. Daniel Hahn and Sean O'Brien
Antipoems: How to Look Better & Feel Great by Nicanor Parra, antitranslation by Liz Werner
Antipoems: New and Selected by Nicanor Parra, ed. David Unger, tr. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Edith Grossman, et al.
The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus [epic poetry] by Cirilo F. Bautista
Culture and History by Nick Joaquín, illus. Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo
The Last Novel by David Markson

Montano by Enrique Vila-Matas, tr. Jonathan Dunne
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison
Care of Light [poetry] by Gémino H. Abad
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan
Roberto Bolaño's Fiction: An Expanding Universe by Chris Andrews
Ang Kuwento ng Haring Tulala [Crónica del rey pasmado] by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, tr. Marlon James Sales

Tabi Po: Isyu 1 by Mervin Malonzo
XXth Century: 2 Plays [bilingual ed.] by Malou Jacob
(Im)Personal: Gabay sa Panulat at Pagmamanunulat [(Im)Personal: Guide to Writing and the Writerly] by Rene O. Villanueva
An Aquarium [poetry] by Jeffrey Yang
Shadow Without a Name by Ignacio Padilla, tr. Peter Bush and Anne McLean
Gotita de Dragon and Other Stories by Nick Joaquín, illus. Beth Parrocha

In Praise of the Stepmother by Mario Vargas Llosa, tr. Helen Lane
Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon [Janus Sílang and the Child Monster of Tábon] by Edgar Calabia Samar
The Tenant & The Motive by Javier Cercas, tr. Anne McLean
Sound Before Water [poetry] by Jim Pascual Agustin
From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry
The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven
Spooky Mo: Horror Stories by Marivi Soliven Blanco

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
Para Kay B (o kung paano dinevastate ng pag-ibig ang 4 out of 5 sa atin) [For B (or how 4 out of 5 of us were devastated by love)] by Ricky Lee
Seven Mountains of the Imagination by Virgilio S. Almario, tr. Marne L. Kilates and Phillip Kimpo Jr.
Diaspora at Iba pang mga Kwento [Diaspora and Other Stories] by Genoveva Edroza Matute
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism [rev. ed.] by Benedict Anderson
Shockbox: Ang Butas na Kahon ni Kulas Talon: The Complete Posthumous Poetry [bilingual ed.] by Kulas Talon, tr. Mikael de Lara Co, Khavn De La Cruz, Ramil Digal Gulle, et al.
Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady [How I Became a Leading Lady] by Carlo Vergara and Elmer Cantada

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, tr. Samuel Beckett

The Voice From Sumisip & Four Short Stories by Antonio Enriquez

Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw [Three Nights, Three Days] by Eros Atalia
Eight Muses of the Fall by Edgar Calabia Samar, tr. Mikael de Lara Co and Sasha Martinez
What Now, Ricky? by Rosario de Guzman Lingat, tr. Soledad S. Reyes
The Master of Go by Kawabata Yasunari, tr. Edward G. Seidensticker
This I Believe—Gleanings From a Life in Literature by F. Sionil José
The Leprous Bishop by Gabriel Miró, tr. Marlon James Sales
Our Father San Daniel by Gabriel Miró, tr. Marlon James Sales

About my libraryMy library mainly lists the books I read starting 2012.

The reviews I posted in the book's pages here are usually posted also in my blogs, LT discussion threads, and other reading sites off-LT.

GroupsAsian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Author Theme Reads, BookMooching, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014, In Translation, Japanese Literatureshow all groups


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Hi Rise,

Much later...

Nakamura Reality has been picked up by The Permanent Press, a small but well-respected NYC house whose books are widely reviewed and win awards. It will come out January/February 2016.

Thanks for your help along the way, friend.




Thanks, Rise. I have considered numerous titles including Fiction, Double Fiction and Fictions End. For awhile I went with Double Fiction, but came to feel it lacked emotional weight. Some people very much like The Father Who Never Yelled, but others, like yourself, very much dislike it. I'm still open and I value your opinion.
Hi Rise,

Two top literary magazines have just published excerpts from my novel-in-progress THE FATHER WHO NEVER YELLED. One excerpt (UV-30 ) is realistic, robust and sad, the other (Night Swim is surrealistic, sensual and mysterious. Read in tandem, they should give you a solid feel for the book's evolved direction.


Oh, by the way, typo in the URL address of the text. Correct address

Thanks, Rise. I'll keep you posted. Have you been reading 1Q84?

Hi Rise,

Thought I'd update you...

I've had some luck lately with publishing excerpts of Mother's Beach (Trestle). Heavy Feather Review has published a short chapter in its January issue ( In February This Literary Magazine (, will publish a long excerpt, and in March carte blanche, published by the Quebec Writers' Federation ( feature the prologue. I've done one last rewrite of the entire novel and you're welcome to check it out at

Thanks again,

My name is Halima, i got you from and i want to have a good relationship with you, please i need your cooperation,contact me with my email adress,
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am yours Halima.
Hi Rise,

Carte-blanche magazine, which is published by the Quebec Writers' Federation and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, has just selected the prologue of FICTION (slightly altered from the version you have) for its spring 2012 issue (hey, and I'm not even Canadian).


Hi Rise,

I want the reader to come out of that prologue 99 percent certain that the sons are dead. I had revised the scene's ending to provide that 1 percent uncertainty, but your response tells me that I've shifted the balance too much. I suspect that a less savvy reader would buy it, but you're the one I've got to hook. I've posted a pdf of the entire novel at

Thanks for the insight.


Thanks for checking it out, Ryan. Your question is exactly what I want the reader (and the novel's main character) to be wondering. Hugh's efforts to find the answer run parallel to excerpts from Ono's novel (Fingal's Cave), which is a fictionalized version of Hugh's life, and meant to explain and perhaps justify Ono's actions.

Hi Ryan,

I've gotten some nice play on the new novel's prologue. Please check it out at

Best Alex

I have received The Fugitive that I am angeling for you. I have posted it to my inventory (turtlegirl on BM) as Angel Book #4 reserved for you.

Sorry, Ryan. I forgot to write and tell you that I was able to mooch this for you.

Ryan- I have received They Were Counted that I am angeling for you. I have posted it to my inventory (turtlegirl on BM) as Angel Book #4 reserved for you.


I finally canceled that book that I was angeling for you - she has not responded after two months and although she has received a book, she has yet to successfully complete a mooch. If she ever turns up and puts her inventory back, I'll happily mooch it again for you!

So sorry,


I have created 2 blank listings for you if you'd like to use them. They are Angel BOoks #1 and 2. If you want to mooch them, the easiest thing would probably be to mooch directly from the recommendation emails.


I just heard back on the book you asked me to angel and she said she will be mailing it out after Easter (April 25th or thereabouts). I hope you are not in a hurry! I will have to send it out to you surface mail as it looks like quite a heavy book from the description - is that ok?


I have received Journey Into the Past and Helena that I am angeling for you. I have posted them to my inventory (turtlegirl on BM) as Angel Books #9 and 10 reserved for you.

Hi Rise,

First, thanks for reading and the perceptive comments. Originally I started the novel with Chapter 4. Most of the story, which is told from Hugh's POV, has that tone and style, but I wanted the Ono chapters to feel different. What I'm partially trying to do with the Ono scenes is to obliquely capture Hugh's relationship and experiences with his sons and Setsuko. I tried doing it with flashbacks from Hugh's POV but they dragged. I have read Mishima but not "Death in Midsummer." I'll check it out.

Great news! Your book has arrived. I've listed it at the below url and reserved it for you. How is the best way to send to you? I've always used door-to-door cargo when shipping to the PI.
Just to let you know, your book mooch was accepted, but not yet marked as sent! I'll let you know any updates.
Reading Rilke arrived in very good shape and I've reserved it for you over on BookMooch.
Almost Transparent Blue has arrived. It's in really good shape. I've reserved it for you over on BookMooch.
Done. I'll let you know when they're ready for you to moooch.
Hi Rise,
Wondered if you were able to Angel me some books from Philippines to Dubai please???
Hi Rise,
Wondered if you were able to Angel me some books from Philippines to Dubaik please???
Poem Strip arrived today. It's in very good shape and I've reserved it for you over on BookMooch.
Rise - I have The Mirror of Ink for you on bookmooch. Listed in my inventory as an angel book and reserved for you.

Sudden Fiction Latino has arrived-- mooch whenever. I just went to the PO yesterday so it will be about 1 week before I mail.
Hi there-- Borges is reserved for you and ready for mooching. I'll probably go to the PO Friday or Sat.
Thanks Rise-- I will keep trying to find an angel. I've asked two, no response yet, but I'll let you know. --debbie
Borges Anthology is on its way to me. I'll let you know when it arrives and reserve it for you.
Hi Rise,
I am not concerned about the weight. Thanks for your offer. Guess what? She has now accepted the mooch! So we are off to a good start.

Will keep you informed as to progress.

*headdesk* sorry, it was already gone.
Thanks again for angeling for me. The book is Victorian Ghost Stories, and I am starfishian on BookMooch too.
Got it! I'll let you know when it arrives.

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