19 July 2016


Teaser Two and Top Ten(ner)

It's a two-meme day because I'm feeling friendly! Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Books And A Beat, while Top Ten Tuesday, with the perfect topic for me this week, is from The Broke and the Bookish.

You may remember that the main reason I don't do Teaser Tuesday as often as I could is that I like waiting for a book with a cover that matches the rule of MizB's meme: two sentences only. Since coming up with that, most of my Teaser Tuesday posts have been for books with a pair of legs on the cover. But today's teaser comes courtesy of a different part of the anatomy--the sort that doesn't normally come in twos!

But when you have mental rapport, even with a room's wall between you, you'll be talking about the same thing in the same manner and deciding a problem in the same way without having to consult each other because it has come to the point when you already have spiritual rapport. Of the President and myself, I can say that we now know each other so well that, on any matter he knows how I'll go, I know how he'll go.

What a marriage, aye? =P

Speaking of covers, the new edition of Reportage on the Marcoses has a very Marcos cover. Almost a Marcos Pa Rin cover. Yes, dangerously so. Red and blue were his campaign colours and "V for victory" was his campaign's special hand gesture. Cartoonist turned pundit Scott Adams might have, had he been writing back in the 1960s, considered President turned dictator Ferdinand Marcos a master persuader.

One of my favourite stories from the book is about how Imelda Marcos, the First Lady, campaigned for her husband. She was as famous for her singing voice as for her beauty, and every time she arrived at another town, the crowds who gathered to see her also asked her to sing for them. She always agreed, magnanimously saying she would sing two songs instead of just one. And guess what hand gesture she was making while saying so! But the catch was that she would do it only if everyone in the crowd also held up two fingers for two songs. Genius woman.

And it is fair to say that she and her husband were like the two "V for victory" fingers: able to act as one, for a common end, even when they were separated. Or as she put it, they had "mental rapport." You might even say it was a superpower--but the kind that takes two people and not just one. It was what made them a formidable team, and it is one of the great tragedies of the twentieth century that they ultimately chose to use that power for evil rather than good.

Quijano de Manila's Reportage on the Marcoses is the latest book in the Philippine Literature Giveaway pool. If you'd like to learn more about Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos's marriage and "conjugal dictatorship," please read my review and enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.

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Coming up with two sentences is easy; coming up with ten titles is more of a challenge. And I don't link up to Top Ten Picks as often as I'd like because I can't always come up with a decent Tenner. But this week's theme, "Books set outside the US that we've enjoyed", is kind of what I'm about these days, which are my annual giveaway season. Yes, all the following are set in the same place outside the US, but I'd also argue that a country with 7,103 islands (or 7,107 during high tide) has a lot of variety.

Is there one particular spot that sounds interesting to you?

A Tenner:
Philippine-set Books I Have Enjoyed

Doctor to the Barrios by Juan Flavier
Set in various rural villages of Nueva Ecija and Rizal, where a dapper doctor from the city must win the trust of wary farmers

Eight Muses of the Fall by Eric Calabia Samar
Set in Atisan, the stubborn village which wouldn't change its earthy ancient name for a saintly Spanish one

Empire of Memory by Eric Gamalinda
Set on the fictional Isla de San Miguel whose history and fortunes seem entwined with that of a single grandiose family

The Filipino Heroes League, Book 1: Sticks and Stones by Paolo Fabregas
Set in the crumbling, abandoned Film Palace, the only headquarters the government can afford to give to its own superheroes

The God Stealer by F. Sionil Jose
Set in the mountains of Banaue, where an American tourist is determined to buy an Ifugao family's household "god"

Leaf and Shadow by Cyan Abad-Jugo
Set in an old home in rural Cagayan de Oro, where the huge tree in the backyard just might be home to a mythical creature

My Brother, My Executioner by F. Sionil Jose
Set in the humble farming village of Sipnget, dominated by a wealthy, cruel landlord who will stop at nothing to have his way

Reportage on the Marcoses by Quijano de Manila
Set in Malacanang Palace during the first term of the magnetic President Ferdinand Marcos, when few suspected what a murderous dictator he would turn out to be

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
Set in the small barrio of San Isidro, where the superstitious neighbours believe an unusually tall boy is a resurrected giant

The Volcano by Bienvenido Santos
Set in the shadow of active volcano Mount Mayon, whose regular eruptions have never deterred the locals from living there

With one exception, all these books are also in the giveaway pool! If you'd like to visit any of their settings as an armchair tourist, but would like to know more about the place before you make a booking (Pun not intended!), there are links to my my reviews on the Giveaways page.

And now here, as promised, is the Rafflecopter . . .

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Image Sources: a) Reportage on the Marcoses by Quijano de Manila, b) Leaf and Shadow by Cyan Abad-Jugo


Eustacia Tan said...

Interesting! I've heard about the Marcos', but I haven't read much about them. I'll have to check the book out!

Enbrethiliel said...


Hi, Eustacia! Thanks for your comment. The more you remember about the Marcoses, the more interesting this book will turn out to be! =)

Mrs Calloway said...

thank you for a great list! I´ve never read a book from the Philippines and now I have ten titles to choose from. nice!

Enbrethiliel said...


I'm glad that you find the list useful, Mrs. Calloway! Of all the authors mentioned here, I think F. Sionil Jose would be easiest to find in Sweden. =) Thanks for your comment!

Itinérante said...

"when you have mental rapport"
Mental rapport is a scary way of saying it!

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

ohh, I don't recognise these books but it's awesome you featured Philippine ones!! I honestly don't think I've ever read a Philippine book and I MUST FIX THAT SOMEDAY SOON!!
Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

Enbrethiliel said...


Itinerante -- It's scary when you consider what they were able to do with it . . . but I'm sure other good teams can use their own "mental rapport" for good as well. =)

Cait -- If you enter the giveaway, that day might come sooner than you think! *Hint, hint* ;-)

Itinérante said...

I don't think it's scary to know what someone might be thinking but the word "mental rapport" is a bit ^^

La Coccinelle said...

Interesting list! I'm afraid I haven't heard of any of these books before. I wish more attention was given to non-USA books in the book blogosphere!

Greg said...

I'm not sure that I've read any books set in the Phillipines (I read The Blue by Lisa Clarke which is set there briefly), so this is a good list to look over! I like the sound of Eight Muses of the Fall and Leaf and shadow.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I haven't heard of any of these, but I believe I'll be adding some of these to my tbr. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

Enbrethiliel said...


La Coccinelle -- I agree, but I've found that the downside of blogging about non-USA or non-British books is that fewer other people have read them and can join discussions about them. But this just reflects what I look for in book blogging: the instant gratification of comments. =P

Greg -- I saw The Blue on your list!

Lauren -- Thanks for returning the visit! =)

Louisa Paarsmarkt said...

Interesting teaser! Hope you enjoyed the book! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!