Cheap Princess

As a new user, one thing I did not know about Steam is that they always hold a year-end sale. Their price cuts are huge too, enough to make me regret buying games from them earlier this year. Torchlight, for example, I bought it for $20 from them not two weeks ago. Today, they slashed 75% off its retail price, dropping it down to $5. It's like slap in the face, I tell you, for not waiting. Indeed, good things come to those who can wait.

But what's done is done, crying over spilled milk won't refund me for being hasty. Besides, this sale ends a week from now. That's plenty of time for me to watch their special deals like a hawk and salvage my loss with Torchlight. So when they put King's Bounty: Armored Princess on the pedestal, I plucked it right away with my greedy talons.

My army, small yet terrifying.

I've been wanting this game since its release last month. However, with my budget cut short due to the holidays -and having a tough time deciding between this game and Blood Bowl- I have to skip on it. But now that Steam brought its price down to $10 (from $40), I just didn't have enough reason to refuse it.

It's a pretty enjoyable game. If you love turn-based strategy like Heroes of Might and Magic or Disciples, this is a perfect game to play. Although not much have changed since the first King's Bounty. The only addition in here is your cute pet dragon. Other than that, the atmosphere and the gameplay are all the same. Which isn't a bad thing at all, especially if you liked the first game.

With that said, I'll end my post here. I still have an army to raise and lands to conquer.

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On The Table

I worked 16 hours on Christmas Eve (6 am to 10 pm) and then went to Church at midnight with my family. Since I'm tired to the bones from working, I decided that I'd rather stay home this Christmas and sleep the whole day than drive an hour to attend a party, hosted by my mom's boss. But, before they left for the party, my mom left me some things on the table: food and gifts.

The food wasn't much. But it was enough for me and it was good. Some garlic mashed potatoes, garlic bread, fresh eggrolls, a quarter of coffee cheesecake, two bottles of Heineken and maybe a pound of honey-baked ham. Because I only ate a slice of deep dish pizza for dinner last night, I devoured the food like a month-starved prisoner. I gave a very loud, very satisfying belch afterwards.

After I finished eating, I opened up my presents and here's what I got: (clockwise from the top right on the picture)

  1. Invicta Chronograph Watch - This was from my mom -she knows I'm a watch fiend- and it looks kick-ass. Although its huge, almost like belt buckle than a wrist watch. I'm still gonna wear it though.
  2. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Graceling, and Fire - These 3 fantasy books were from my dad. Except for Graceling, which was sitting on my wishlist since last year, I didn't ask for any of these books. Now I got more books to read. Awesome.
  3. Shin Megam Tensei: The Devil Survivor - This was from my sister. I never bought any NDS game this year. So it's nice that I got one, and this game seems good as well.
Well, that's what I got for Christmas 2009. I couldn't ask for anything better. All in all, I had fun this Christmas. Although I wish the weather was a bit more nicer.

Merry Christmas to all my ardent readers and blog mates.

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Holiday Steam

It's the 23rd of December and all of my gifts are already wrapped, snuggled under the tree. But if you're a last minute shopper -like most people I know- and have a PC gamer in your Christmas List, then it's your lucky day because Steam just rolled out their holiday carpet and slashed their prices to a jaw-dropping low.

It's insane, really, because -during my entire gaming years- I haven't seen prices as low as these. There are a lot of good games as cheap as $10, some are even cheaper. So if your head is spinning because you can't decide what to buy from Steam's catalog, then here are my top 10 picks to help you out:

  • Grant Theft Auto IV
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • Braid
  • Defense Grid
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Torchlight
  • Freedom Force: Freedom Pack
  • World in Conflict: Complete Edition
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Mirror's Edge
While the sale will end at January 3rd (which gives you plenty of time), some deals will only last for a day. So better head there now (click here) if you want to catch some good deals. As for me, I think I'm going to treat myself with The Witcher: Director's Cut and Braid.

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Film Review: Avatar

8.7 of 10
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver

I wanted to watch The Road, yesterday, a movie based on my favorite book of the same title. Unfortunately, it's not available on any theaters near me. So I decided to go with Avatar, instead. At first, I thought the movie was based on the cartoon series. That's why -for the first 30 minutes- I was so confused when I saw spaceships and mechs, instead of martial artists with elemental powers. But as soon as I accepted the fact that it was a different movie, a majestic film emerged.

The story in Avatar revolves around Pandora, an earth-like moon that orbits a gas-giant planet in another star system. Pandora holds massive amounts of an element called unobtainium -a valuable resource that Earth desperately needs- in which a mining corporation wishes to exploit. Unfortunately, an indiginous giant-sized cat/monkey-like species that inhabits Pandora, whom are called the Na'vi, becomes an obstacle to the humans. So the corporation hires Marines, equipped with gunships and mechanized battle suits, to plow through the obstacles.

Of course, being wary of the press, the corporation also tries diplomacy. That's where the Avatar Program comes in. The program uses "test-tube" created Na'vi avatars that can be controlled by humans through a mind link. When mind linked, humans uses their Na'vi avatars to explore and study Pandora -because its atmosphere is unbreathable by humans- and also to communicate with the Na'vi, learning their culture and hoping to build diplomatic ties with them.

The visuals here are also mesmerizing. At first look, the designs are pretty much makes it a James Cameron movie as it draws inspiration from his previous films. The Scorpion gunship reminds me a lot of the laser gunship from Terminator. And the neon luminous creatures and plants that lights up Pandora at night has Abyss written all over it. The critters that inhabit Pandora -especially the rhino-like creature with its horn that looked like a hammer- are also very well thought out.

I really enjoyed watching Avatar, overall. The visuals and the story are both epic, and it really defined holiday entertainment the way Lord of the Rings did for me a few years ago. But besides its entertainment value, Avatar also carries a huge ball of messages. Anti-war, anti-racism, pro-green kind of messages. It even has the "corporations are evil" message -even though they sell Avatar toys at Wal-Mart- and the "whoever has the biggest bird gets the girl" message. So if you like movies, go watch Avatar. This film shouldn't be missed.

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The Playlist #6

If not for our Christmas Party at work, my week would've been uneventful and I'd have nothing to feature on this playlist. So, with that, I'll feature songs from all the albums I received on Christmas parties.

"November Rain" by Guns N' Roses

I started listening to music during my 1st year in high school. That was 1993. I just bought my first album ever, Appetite for Destruction, by Guns N' Roses and I can't get enough of them. So, everyday, I announced it in our class that I wanted Use Your Illusion I, hoping that my secret santa (or secret pal) would get it for me. Thankfully, she did.

"About A Girl (Unplugged Version)" by Nirvana

1994. It's the year Kurt Cobain died. So everybody wants in on the gravy train and tried to capitalize on his death. MTV kept playing Nirvana's Unplugged set almost every night and Geffen Records released it on CD. So by Christmas, everybody wanted the Nirvana Unplugged album. I'm no exception, of course. So me and the rest of the student body in our school, who also listened to rock music, got Nirvana Unplugged for Christmas.

"Tomorrow" by Silverchair

1995 was the year I took music seriously. I took guitar lessons, formed a band and started to explore more avenues of music beyond what NU 107 and MTV played -which were songs by Silverchair, Bush and Foo Fighters. For Christmas, I asked my secret pal for And Out Come The Wolves by Rancid. I didn't get the album. Instead, I received Frogstomp by Silverchair.

"Dyin' Day" by Steve Vai

Back in 1996, I started listening to classic rock, progressive rock, mostly music with great guitars. That Christmas, I didn't ask for anything and left my secret pal not knowing what to give me. She gave me 100 PHP instead. So I bought Steve Vai's latest album Fire Garden.

"Dreams" by The Corrs

I was an irregular student in college. My classes were all over the board and I have no permanent section. So no school Christmas Parties for me. Although, in 1998, on our family Christmas Party, we decided to have a secret santa. I asked for, and received, Talk On Corners by The Corrs. My cousin -who was also my band's drummer- teased me endlessly about going soft. But I didn't care because I had the biggest crush on Andrea Corr.

"Intertiatic ESP" by The Mars Volta

2003. For the first time, I spent Christmas in New York. Since I had a lot of older cousins and aunts who have high paying jobs that live there, I got a lot of good presents that time. One of them was Deloused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta. But, back then, I only asked for the album because of the band's association with At-The Drive In. I didn't know that they'll become one of my favorite bands.

"Blindsided" by Bon Iver

Last year was probably one of the best Christmas. Not only my aunts from the Philippines and New York spent it with us. I also got 4 albums from my co-workers. Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago was one of those albums.

Well that's it. A few more days and it's Christmas. I hope you guys get to unwrap some good music. If you don't, however, then I'm here to shower you with some music every week.

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Let It Snow and Spin

Right now, I'm as drunk as a blind ostrich who just ran on 355 and got hit by a 10 wheeler UPS truck, trying to catch up on last minute Christmas deliveries and devilries. Yes, it was our Christmas Party at work, today. We did it cheap this year and held the party at our boss's house, instead of dining out on a fancy restaurant. We also started early, 1 PM, because we're trying to avoid driving late at night in the middle of a snowstorm.

By 5 PM, my vision is blurred, voice is slurred. Already drunk.

At 7 PM, my Secret Santa gave me this:Let The Great World Spin, written by Colum McCann. I have no idea what this book is about, actually. All I know is that it's the winner of the National Book Award and also Amazon's #1 book of 2009. So it's one of those things that you just want because it's so shiny. Plus, it's only $10, which makes it the perfect item for my Secret Santa wishlist.

I wish I could start reading it now. But I'm so buzzed up. So tomorrow, then.

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Book Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures
8.0 of 10

Written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
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Unless it's post-apocalyptic or dystopian, I normally avoid young adult novels. Not that I think they're bad but because -as a guy already in his late 20s- I can't stomach the ham & cheese type of writing and romance of this genre. That's why I'm still questioning my reasons of why I bought Beautiful Creatures, and even finished reading it, despite its Twilight-like synopsis. Was it because it's Amazon's #5 book of 2009? Or was it because the hopeless romantic in me was enthralled by the book's boy meets cool/weird girl story? I hate to admit it but it was probably the latter.

As I've mentioned earlier, the book is pretty much like Twilight, a supernatural teenage romance. Unlike Stephanie Meyer's "magnum opus", the parties involved in Beautiful Creatures are mortals and casters -wizards, not vampires. There's also a role reversal in the story -which I really like- since Ethan (the male) is the underpowered mortal protagonist and also the narrator, while Lena (the girl) is the caster. Ethan and Lena's relationship also have a spin of Romeo and Juliet into it, since both their guardians are trying to separate them from each other because of their differences.

Unfortunately, the whole Romeo and Juliet theme is the gag factor. Because when the star-crossed lovers are apart they get angsty and long for each other, and when they're together all they do is cuddle, kiss, hug and tickle, instead of trying to find a way to stop the inevitable "claiming" that will keep them apart forever. It's all cute sometimes but, since these scenes are prevalent throughout the book, which also drags the story down, I can only handle it so much. There's also no sex, or talk about it, which I find unbelievable since most of the characters in the book are running on teenage hormones.

But what kept me interested in this book is the southern gothic setting. The story is set in a small town called Gaitlin. It's pretty much a totalitarian town that is run by small-minded, book-burning type of people. In this town, conformity and ignorance runs high. If you read a book, you're an outcast. If you don't have blonde hair and orange-tanned skin, you're an outcast. While there's a Voldemort-esque villain in the story, the real antagonist here is the town itself. Since the townsfolk are the ones who are trying to burn the dark-haired, pale-faced Lena on the stake, keeping him apart from Ethan, who is one of their own.

The mystery that blankets the town and its plot is also a page turner in this book. Like I said, Gaitlin is a small town with small-minded people. It's the kind of boring town that you just want to leave behind. But as you read further, page by page, chapter by chapter, the town gets more interesting as its buried secrets -past, monsters, magic and underground libraries- creeps up into the surface. Uncovering the mysterious plot -especially the one that shroud Lena's "claiming" and Ethan's power- was also gracefully executed by the writers. They would tease you with events upon tiny events that will keep you hooked.

It's a no brainer that this book was aimed towards the fans of Twilight, especially young girls, which will put a lot of people off (at least, the people I know). But I have to applaud both writers for trying really hard to get away from Meyer's grasp by using other supernatural creatures like incubuses, ghosts and spirits, and by reversing the roles of the protagonists (a powered female and a mortal male). But if there's anything that makes this book worth a read is its southern gothic setting and totalitarian nature, giving it a bit of dystopian flavor and a step ahead from Twilight.

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Rudyard Kipling once said "Four things greater than all things are: Women and Horses and Power and War." I don't have Women, Horses or Power. But I can always play WAR.

I actually thought I won't be coming back to this game. But after seeing my former guild move to a much more active server and then saw their recruitment video (watch it here). I just started to itch for some realm vs. realm action. So I remedied it by re-activating my account and had a lot of fun playing with guildmates last night. It's just sad that we have to leave Phoenix Throne.

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The Playlist #5

It was a quiet week for me, to sum it up. I started reading a new book and there was snow, a lot of snow. In fact, there was snow as much as I have music.

Anyways, here we go, my 5th playlist:

"Hanuman" by Rodrigo y Gabriela

A couple years ago, I met a guitarist at the hospital I work at. He was playing on his mother's bedside, ripping his nylon acoustic guitar with flamenco scales. His skill was just mesmerizing. Guiltily, however, he admitted to me that there's no money in Spanish guitar. So he left it and played rock instead. But after I heard Rodrigo y Gabriela, last Monday. I thought, maybe, that dude just gave up easily on his music.

"Decode" by Paramore

I'm currently reading the book Beautiful Creatures. At first, I thought it was another Twilight rip-off, riding on its hype wave. But as I read further, the story -that is clearly Twilight, Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet, To Kill A Mockingbird (and even a bit of Star Wars) rolled into a really fat joint- opens up a wonderful new world. The girl in the story, Lena Duchannes, is also my new heroine. She's cute and edgy, strong and fragile, and her voice will probably sound like Hayley Williams of Paramore.

"Snow Blind" by Black Sabbath

Wednesday, a nasty huge storm whips across United States. Chicago, of course, was snowed in. I had work that day, and the drive back to home was nasty and slow. The roads where slippery and the blowing snow reduced driving visibility.

"A Small Victory" by Faith No More

A Faith No More song came up randomly while I was listening on my iPod. I realized that the audio quality of the song was really bad, even though I ripped the CD at 320 Kbps. But then I remembered that the CD I had isn't a remastered version since I bought it during the 90's, before the digital age. So I went to Amazon mp3 and bought the better versions. I know it sounds like I just wasted money. But we're talking about Faith No More here. They're one of my favorite bands and I spare no expenses when it comes to them.

"Wanderlust" by Baroness

So I found out about this band called Baroness a couple weeks ago and bought their Blue Record. I fell in love with it and then also bought their previous work, Red Album. Red Album, in my opinion, is even better than their Blue Record, which is also awesome. I'm now a member of their fan club.

"Glasshouse Tarot" by Sparta

Two months after I bought my iPod Touch, I'm now down to ripping my CDs of artists that starts with "S". Wiretap Scars by Sparta was the first CD I ripped. I love this album, it's one of my favorites. The guitar sounds in this album is just sonic bliss. The song "Glasshouse Tarot" is the best example of Sparta's sterling stringmanship in here. The intro, especially, is just wow. I could listen to it forever.

"1901" by Phoenix

There's a TV commercial by Cadillac and it has this really good music (see the TV ad here). I've been wondering what the song was, or who the artist was, for months now. Then I previewed Phoenix's songs at iTunes and found that it was actually their song. Phoenix is probably my most overlooked artists this year. I've seen their high ratings but I just ignored them. I was a fool. Now their latest album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, is on my Christmas wishlist.

Well, that's it. I wrote too much already. Now read, listen and enjoy.

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Holiday Wishlist

We finally drew names for our Secret Santa at work today. The rules were the same as last year -gifts should be no less than $10 and no more than $15. We also included a list of 10 things we wanted on our names, which was my suggestion from last year. I came up with it simply because it will make shopping a bit easier, not having to run around and guessing what my gift-receiver wants. Of course, it's also a chance to get what I want.

The list that I got have assorted items like make-up, fragrances, iTunes card and even an iPhone protection sleeves. I'm going to give her an iTunes card because it's the most easiest and I love giving music. As for me, I made an Amazon Wishlist (check it here) and forwarded the link to all who participated.

Anyways, here's my list


  • Geneva by Russian Circles
  • Aim and Ignite by fun.
  • 11:11 by Rodrigo Y Gabriela
  • Signal Morning by Circulatory System
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
  • Air vol. 1
  • The Northlanders vol. 1
  • Graceling
  • Let the Great World Spin
  • iPod Touch Wall Charger
I'd be a happy man if I get any of these stuff. So, how about you, what's on your wishlist?

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Earth One

I'm really bummed about the departure of J. Michael Straczynski from Thor. So, now, I'm trying to find books written by him. Then, yesterday, I found out that he's actually on a new project, Superman: Earth One. It's a revamp of Superman in an entirely new continuity, and it will be in an ongoing graphic novel format. This sounds really epic. Hopefully, with JMS at its helm, this new continuity of Superman won't be lame. I'm kind of expecting him to modernize Supes the way Mark Miller did with the Avengers in Marvel's Ultimate continuity.

On the other hand, there's also an Earth One revamp of Batman. Geoff Johns will helm the project. So it's also going to be big. What really got me about this Bats revamp is Alfred. No more nice Alfred Pennyworth, it seems like. He's crippled and grizzled, a veteran of the Royal Marines. He just looks more kick-ass (see picture above).

This Earth One sounds really promising, and might be a good starting point for new readers or those who aren't that familiar with the DC Universe -like me. Hopefully, if it's really good, DC will expand this Earth One and not concoct another crisis that will meld all continuities.

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Demo Monday: Torchlight

At first, my interest wasn't really piqued when I found out that a bunch of former Blizzard North employees and Travis Baldree (creator of FATE) were developing an action-RPG entitled Torchlight, which is another Diablo clone. But after I saw the game's cheap price tag over at Steam ($20), I really found it hard to ignore. Fortunately, there's a demo is available for the game and you can download it here. So I decided to dip my toes on it first before diving head on.

The whole demo runs up to a couple of stages -until you reach the main boss fight- and your character level is capped to 7. There are 3 classes in the game, and all of which are available to play on the demo. I picked the Vanquisher because of her steampunk appearance and the ability to use rifles and pistols. Her skill tree is abundant of really cool abilities, each branch offers different tactics and strategies. What surprised me though is that the Vanquisher can actually dual-wield pistols in the game or use a pistol and shield. I haven't seen this kind of feature in any game, and that alone makes me want to play it.

Torchlight is pretty much a Diablo clone: kill, loot and repeat gameplay. But it definitely have some character and appeal of its own. The setting, the graphics and the atmosphere are all decently done. It's also a well polished game with a lot of love in its development. But if that doesn't get you, this game only costs $20. So, since Diablo III is nowhere near of being done, I think I'll just have to remedy my hack n' slash malady with this game.

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The Playlist #4

It's December and it really feels like the holidays in the house. I didn't do anything this week except help with the Christmas decorations. I put up a tree last Monday, and then climbed on top of the roof to set up some lights. I also wrapped all my gifts and mailed my greeting cards. So I didn't get to start on any of my new books nor played games that much. But I did listen to a lot of music.

"A Horse Called Golgotha" by Baroness

I've never heard of this band before. But this band came up on the Genius Recommendation sidebar of my iTunes while I was listening to Mastodon. Curious, I streamed their songs, fell in love with the sick guitar riffs, and ended up buying the album at Amazon Mp3 (because it's a dollar cheaper than iTunes). The whole album, simply entitled as Blue Record, is one of the best metal albums I've heard this year. It has the complexity of Mastodon and the sludge of The Sword. \m/

"Crying Lightning" by Arctic Monkeys

I heard this song playing in the store while I was choosing an ink for my printer. At first -because of the bass intro- I thought it was the song "Cannonball" by The Breeders, which instantly reminded me of the 90's. I was wrong, of course, and later realized that it was a song from Humbug, the new album by the Arctic Monkeys.

"December" by Collective Soul

Well, it's December and it's starting to get cold around here. But besides the falling temperature and the month, this is also the first non-Nirvana song that my band learned to play.

"Monkey Gone to Heaven" by The Pixies

The announcement of The Pixies' boxed set, Minotaur, had put me in a state of extreme cheapskatiness -saving every penny I have so I could buy the set- and pixie worship. Unfortunately, I only have one of their albums, Doolittle, so I don't have much songs to share.

"The Fixer" by Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam have been nominated for the Grammys. Their first single, "The Fixer", from their album Backspacer is nominated for the "Best Rock Song" category. I do hope they win.

"Keep The Car Running" by Arcade Fire

My favorite indie band, Arcade Fire, is coming out with a new album next year! You can read all about it here. In the meantime, I'll just keep on listening to their 2007 album, Neon Bible.

"Your Decision" by Alice In Chains

This is the second single from Alice In Chains' new album, Black Gives Way to Blue, and it's actually my favorite song from the album. Its music video premiered on YouTube yesterday (12/05/2009), and I was so surprised to see Jerry Cantrell looking so old. He still rocks, nonetheless. Amanda Fields, a model from Project Runway, also had a cameo appearance on the video. I don't know who she is though since I don't watch TV. Anyways, you can watch the video here.

Alright. That's that for this week. See you guys next week and enjoy.

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Books of Winter

I just got all the books that I ordered from Amazon last Black Friday. The delivery wasn't as fast like last year. But it was fast, nonetheless, even for a free shipping. I also got the books for a total $33, which was a steal since they're all new releases and hardcover editions. Unfortunately, I have yet to finish Everything Matters! before I start reading any of these books.

Anyways, here are the books that I bought:

Beautiful Creatures
Based on its synopsis, and from the reviews that I read, this book is a love story/modern fantasy. Kinda like Twilight, I suppose. Except that the outcast here is the chick. Normally, I won't touch love stories with a 10 foot pole. But I will admit that I do like "average-guy-meets-weird girl" stories, being an average guy/geek who's still looking for a weird/cool gal.

Catching Fire
This is the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy. I really enjoyed reading The Hunger Games last year. It's a dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction that reminded me of The Running Man. The book was cut short though. So I'm really excited to read this book and learn what happens next.

The Year of the Flood
Honestly, I don't know anything about this book. I didn't read the synopsis when I bought it. But I know that is a dystopian fiction written by Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake, The Handmaid's Tale) and that's enough info for me to buy this book.

These books seems to be really interesting, now that I just held them on my hand and smelled their pages. I haven't skipped reading a book for a long while. But I guess I'm going shelf Everything Matters! and then start reading Beautiful Creatures.

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A Minotaurian Boxed Set

So I found myself drooling this morning when they unveiled the contents of the limited signed edition of Minotaur, which is The Pixies' boxed set, at Wired.

I love The Pixies. I especially love Doolittle, their second album. The band's guitarist, Joey Santiago, is also one of my music idols. Not only as an axe man, but as a Filipino musician who made it big in the world of rock music. So, yes, I really want this gorgeous boxed set. Unfortunately, the $495 price tag of this set -that is featured on the video- is just too steep for me. I think, I'll just settle for the $175 deluxe edition, which also includes all the awesome stuff from the limited edtion minus the gigantic art book and the band's autograph.

Anyways, if you haven't heard of The Pixies then you suck here's something extra for you:

"Here Comes Your Man" by The Pixies

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Comics Bundle: 11.25.09

One thing I like about the holidays is that I can my holiday time-off. The result of that: I picked up my comics bundle on time.

Thor: Defining Moments #1
7.0 of 10
I was expecting a lot from this book, it being JM's Straczynski's last issue and it's also a giant size. Unfortunately, it's a big disappointment since it felt kind of short. Sure, the story was great. There was death, betrayal, tragedy, and Doom and Loki's plan are out in the air. What irked me is that they used the extra pages of this giant book for the preview of Thor #604 and a reprint of the first appearance of Thor. It's like buying a jar of jelly only to find out that it's only half-way full when you open it.

Chew #6
9.2 of 10
When I picked up Chew #1, I thought that the series will heavily rely on the disgusting nature of the main protagonist's strange ability, which is eating nasty stuff to get psychic impressions, to make us laugh. But Chew #6 managed the fun just well without the gross factor. Instead, the comedy here comes in a form of a weird buddy cop scenario when Chu is reunited with Colby, his old partner, who is now a cyborg. So we get an Asian detective who eats dead dogs to solve a case and he's now partnered with a Caucasian cyborg. Beat that Rush Hour.

The Unwritten #7

8.4 of 10
This title is already at its seventh issue, and the main character has been through a lot already. Yet, I'm still in the dark. I don't have any clue where this book is heading, I don't know where the character progression is going, and I certainly don't have any idea why people is after the main character. The book just keeps on brewing new mysteries every time it reveals something significant to the plot. It's kind of frustrating sometimes but, I guess, that's also the part of the allure that makes me want to read this book.

The Walking Dead #67

9.0 of 10
After the last story arc, I thought this issue is going to slow down a bit in terms of plot or character progression. Especially when the group is just foraging for food and water supplies, and Rick and Carl having a heart to heart talk, at the beginning of the book. But then Eugene is finally revealed for what he really is. That's a big gear of character and plot progression turning right there. Since Eugene is the sole reason why the whole group is moving to Washington.

Fables #90
9.4 of 10
There's no action in this issue but the plot moved greatly. A change of leadership amongst the witches, Bigby and Snow putting their resources into motion for the coming war, Geppetto and Frau Totenkinder are also brewing personal schemes, and Bufkin continues his guerilla war against Baba Yaga. It's amazing how a small book can put all those details without falling short. The dialogues here are also top notch. I especially love the confrontation between Baba Yaga and the Mirror on the Wall.

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