I guess it's rec time again!
The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines
* It's named like/after the third Earthsea book, but this one's all about our beloved fantastic country. A dozen specfics perfect for everybody who wants a taste of the Philippines. I haven't read any of them yet, because I only found it now, for some reason, but I'm excited! It's been a long time since my last Filipino specfic.
(Actually, all this is because I'm reading Edgar Allan Poe again and he is the ABSOLUTE MASTER OF DREAD. He should be a DotA character.
Why is he the absolute master? Because according to Orson Scott Card:
"Dread is the first and strongest of the…kinds of fear. It is that tension, that waiting that comes when you know there is something to fear but you have not yet identified what it is. The fear that comes when you first realize that your spouse should have been home hours ago; when you hear a strange sound in the baby’s bedroom; when you realize that a window you are sure you closed is now open, the curtains billowing, and you’re alone in the house."
And this is the definitive dictionary definition of Edgar Allan Poe.)
Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology
* I wanted this for my birthday! But, well, maybe next time. Edited by Paolo Chikiamco, the cover by the amazing amazing Mervin Malonzo of Tabi Po fame, plus stories by Budjette Tan, Dean Alfar, Eliza Victoria, among other awesome people, what can a girl want more? Huh?
(I'm also reading The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks, and it reminds me of the good old days of playing Thief, which is the ultimate stealth game ever. It's about "wetboys", basically assassins with magical Talent which makes them the best in the biz. It's pretty dark and awesome.)