From Book Blowout to Everything On Sale!: Could this be the end of National Bookstore (October 24, 2019)

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Originally priced at P695 PHP, you can have The Walking Dead Volumes 5-13, 15, and 21 for P200 each. 

Everyone loves a good deal.

I am no different.

But when I happened to pass by National Bookstore (NBS) in Greenbelt 1 last Monday and saw all of the Book Blowout for as low as P100, P200, P300 signs, my heart simply sank.  Bookstores–especially National Bookstore–has always been a part of my life.  They were the primary source of my school supplies and books before specialty stores like PowerBooks and Fully Booked emerged to give them a run for their money.

Remaining competitive

In the ensuing years–and likely as a means to remain viable–National Bookstore (along with their competitors) have either downsized or simply shifted a majority of their inventory to art supplies as well as other types of merchandise.

It is a fact that is getting harder and harder to overlook. Continue reading “From Book Blowout to Everything On Sale!: Could this be the end of National Bookstore (October 24, 2019)”

Books that are sitting on my shelf [Part 1] (January 18, 2019)

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My Walking Dead books flanked by a “Everyday” CD single that was signed by Incognito lead man Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick way back in March 11, 2014. 

The Walking Dead Series [Novels]

Yes, there are novels based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series.

Over a three-year period, The Walking Dead co-creator and writer worked with author/director Jay Bonansinga on three tie-in novels[i] chronicling the journey of Brian Blake–the man whom we would come to know as The Governor.  Fortunately, I was able to find the first two books during one of my legendary Booksale runs [The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (2011) and The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (2012)] and the third during the Big Bad Wolf Books event in 2017 [The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor (2013)]. Continue reading “Books that are sitting on my shelf [Part 1] (January 18, 2019)”

Review: The Walking Dead: Road to Survival (April 27, 2017)

Clockwise: Negan before. | Negan after 2nd tier upgrade. | Garrett is injured as part of the storyline. | Rick Grimes. | Face-off against The Governor’s men. | “Congratulations: You have completed all of your daily missions.”

Over the past four days, I have been playing The Walking Dead: Road to Survival game on my iPad Pro.  It’s fun and engaging because I get to use familiar characters like Rick Grimes, Negan, Tyreese, Nicholas, and Dr. Stevens.  But to tell you the truth, it is a spectacular waste of time.

If you’re on Facebook (which you most likely are), you’ve seen the ads[i], “Over 20 millions players.  Join now! It’s free!”

Now, I’ve been putting it off that very tempting offer for awhile now.  Largely in part because I knew that if I got a hang of it: I’d be hooked.  Hey, don’t judge.  It beats catching Pokemon right?

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival game is based on the comic book creations of Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, and features a number of characters, weapons, artifacts, and storylines from the book.

The advertisement wasn’t lying though, the game is free to play.  However, a plethora of in-app purchase options are a necessity if you want to progress faster and further along the story mode and leaderboards.  Bottomline, if you are a purist freebie player, you’ll never ever get to top the spenders[ii].  It’s how the game is designed.  It sucks you in.  Gives you hope.  You get the general idea.

Progress

I’ve gone as far as I could go via the freebie route: sub level 6 of Stage 9: Speedway.`  I’ve surmised that I’ll need to pay for bigger guns and stronger characters if I want to progress any further.  I have enjoyed though the game’s other mini-games such as raiding the camps of other players[iii], Daily Missions, and Leveling Up characters.

That’s about it for now.

I’ll keep you guys posted.

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[i] I’m paraphrasing here!
[ii] Spenders – Refers to players who have availed or continually avail of in-app purchases in order to expedite their gaming experience.
[iii] 307 wins and 38 losses as of 5/7/17.