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Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan (Mama Susan's Friends) is a mystery novel by Filipino Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Have you looked for this ebook Ang Mga Kaibigan Ni Mama Susan By Bob Ong by You could get it as pdf, site, word, txt, ppt, rar and also zip report. Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers.
This was so disappointing parang gusto ko sumigaw ng Sayang, sayang talaga Sana binili ko na lang ng Krushers o kaya Twister fries nag-enjoy pa ako. Tae talaga. Di ako natutuwa.
Sayang yung papel na pinagprintan nung book! Sayang sa puno! Sayang sa ink ng printer! Wala sayang talaga! Unang una ang pangit ng pagkakasulat.
Yung format na ginamit e journal type, puro narration, kaunti lang ang dialogues at nakakainis pa yung ibang journal entry at parang mga siningit lang basta may mailagay lang tulad nito: Wednesday, Oct.
Last day ng klase, pero noong Monday pa irregular, at marami nang absent. Na-submit na namin lahat ng requirements, pasado naman lahat ng exam ko kahit yung iba pasang-awa lang, at napapapirmahan ko na rin lahat ng clearance. Nakatambay kami dito ngayon sa canteen, nagpapatay ng oras kakahintay kina Roy, manlilibre kasi yun ng sine dahil pasado raw sya sa Algebra.
Marami pa pong ganyan mga walang kakwenta-kwentang entries, tinamad na lang po magtype ang reviewer. Napakacorny ng jokes, ni isang joke dito hindi ako natawa.
Corny din mismo ang horror story, hindi nakakatakot, mababanas ka lang. Wala akong pakialam kahit kanino sa characters dito. Napaka-boring as in define boring ang book na 'to! Sa sobrang boring di ko namalayan na nakatulog na 'ko, daig pa nito ang Valium. Bob Ong please lang po di para sa'yo ang Horror balik ka na sa Comedy. Final Verdict: This is just a letter to all my beloved trolls in this thread. Don't take this too seriously I am just being playful and childish when I made this one.
F or the bloody second time in my opinion the book was overrated, boring, nonsense, lacks s u bstantial plot, c haracters, conflict and horribly written. If you probably gave me this boo k without telling me that it was written by Bob Ong I probabl y w ou ld not r ecognize that he authored the book. I do believe that everyone has different taste in books as well as in f ood, fashion, movies etc. Or p erhaps because i t was a best seller? Or just because it was popular and the fa c t that Bob Ong wrote it?
Because I bloody respect other opinions and I was simply amaze by the fact that people have different views and that makes us more interesting and that makes reading more interesting!
Should we exempt him from this rule: Or Amazed! As much as I wanted to say that we should exercise freedom of speech. This is my thread! And every hate comments I can bloody read it dumbass!
If you disagree with me post your own review, do something else and stop trolling on my review or maybe you can just coded message instead! XOXO, Joyzi View all comments. Dec 03, K. Absolutely rated it it was ok Shelves: Unang nobela na binasa kong buo na sinulat ni Bob o Roberto Ong. Ang pangalang iyan ay isang alias lamang dahil hindi pa siya talaga nagpapakilala sa mga mambabasa.
Baka para siyang si Edward de Vere , ika Earl of Oxford, na sinasabing siya talagang sumulat ng mga gawa ni William Shakespeare Hindi lang nagpakilala si De Vere dahil ang mga naunang sinulat nito ay di tinangkilik ng masa noong Victorian era.
Noong mamatay si William Shakespeare ay saka inilabas ang Unang nobela na binasa kong buo na sinulat ni Bob o Roberto Ong. Noong mamatay si William Shakespeare ay saka inilabas ang mga sinulat ni De Vere at ipinangalan kay Shakespeare. Pero ibang istorya yon. Balik na lang tayo kay Bob Ong.
Tutal ang librong ito ay malayong-malayo sa mga sinulat ni Shakespeare. Ano bang klaseng paghahambing ito? Ang istorya ay umiinog sa isang journal na sa simula'y sinusulat ng karakter ni Bob Ong dahil gumamit siya ng first person narrative dito. Una'y para i-submit sa kanyang guro sa PhilLit na si Mrs. Lao na mahilig uminom ng slurpee pero nakalauna'y naging ugali na nya at sinusulat pa rin nya hanggang sa paguwi nya sa probinsya, sa kanilang bayan ng Tarmanes, upang dalawin ang maysakit na lola.
Doon, nagala- Blair Witch Project ang istoryang sa unang bahagi sa Maynila ay isang tipikal na buhay ng estudyanteng nakikitira sa kanyang tiyuhin dahil siya ay ulila na at laki sa kanyang lola. Tapos ang Tarmenes pala ay parang naging village doon sa The Village ni M. Night Shyamalan. Kaya parang kopyado lang ang ideya ng nobela. Sa istilo ng pagsulat, di kagaya ng Unang Ulan ng Mayo ni Ellen Sicat, ang ginamit ni Bob Ong ay ang current conversational Taglish more on Tagalog rather than English kaya madaling basahin at di ka na magiisa-isa ng banghay.
Mahirap magbasa ng halimbawa'y "mamamatyagan". Iisa-isahin mo ang banghay: Yon kay Sicat. Kay Bob Ong siguro: Kay Ong: Depende na yang sa preference mo sa pagbabasa. Marami lang hindi nasagot na tanong sa isip ko. Wala naman itong sequel so hanggang 3 bituin lang. Ang mga tanong bakit gusto raw patayin ni Aling Delia si Galo ang karakter ni Bob Ong noong pagdating niya sa Tarmanes.
Dahil saan? Hindi naman ito nagdra-drugs, naninigarilyo lang. Hindi rin malinaw para sa akin kung anong relasyon ng dalawang bata kay Mama Susan at bakit sila naroon sa bahay na tinatawag ng mga tao ng templo. Hindi rin ako natuwa sa dulo na parang may pananakot si Bob Ong na ako yon pinili ng masamang espiritu ayon sa sinulat nya. May pagka-korni lang. View all 39 comments. Dec 04, Jofer rated it it was ok Shelves: Unang pasukan ng taon di ako nakapasok, paano kung bumagsak ako nito?
Hindot, ayaw kong mag-6 years sa Engineering! Bakit kasi ako tinamad nagkasakit? Kaya 'yon, pumunta na lang ako ng mall at nagkape, frappe, Venti. Para mawala ang tonsilitis ko, at para magkaroon ako ng ganang simulan at tapusin ang Mama Susan na hiniram ko pa kapalit ng bulok na copy ng Bloodline ni Sheldon. Eh sino ba naman kasing sisipagin basahin ang isang librong parang ganito lang? Journal ng isang taong wala namang magandang ikekwento at wala namang mga bagong ideyang pwedeng ibahagi.
Tapos babanatan ka pa ng entry niya noong October 14, , Wednesday: Wala naman akong itinatago, wala namang nakakatuwa dito, ano kaya makukuha nya? Pero binigyan ko pa rin ng chance ang librong 'yon. Medyo naaalala ko kasi ang The Perks of Being a Wallflower ni Stephen Chbosky sa style ng narration, ang kinaibahan lang, mga liham ang sinusulat ng bida at di journal. Muntikan ko na rin kasing sukuan ang librong yon, feeling ko kasi ini-spam lang ako ni Charlie.
Pero buti na lang tinapos ko, na-satisfy naman ako sa ending. So ganoon ang ginawa ko sa Mama Susan, tinapos kahit na kung ako si Lao, yung propesor na mahilig sa Slurpee, ay mamarkahan ko ng singko ang class card ni Gilberto P. Si Galo ang may-ari ng journal, isang masipag na estudyante, utusan, gitarista, rapper, corny, at pakiramdam ko may eidetic memory dahil kaya niyang ulitin ang sinabi ng Lola niya tungkol sa pag-ihip ng mga anghel sa trumpeta.
My Thoughts About Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong (Book Review #114)
Kung gagawa man ako ng review ng Mama Susan, sasabihin kong muntikan ko na itong magustuhan. Kung di lang kasi journal style yung pagkwekwento. Di naman kasi nakatulong 'yon sa pagbuo plot. Pakiramdam ko, kung pupunitin ko ang unang entries ni Galo at ititira lang ang parts kung saan nasa probinsya na siya'y wala akong mami-miss.
Kung ikekwento na lang siguro ni Bob Ong ng normal ang Mama Susan, siguro ay mas na-build pa niya ang character ng protaganist. Para kasing minadali lahat; 'yung pagtanggap niya sa pagkatao niya; 'yung may mga bagay na naghihintay ka ng isang pulidong reaction galing sa kanya ngunit binigo ka lang na di nga masisisi dahil journal nga, mahirap nga namang idescribe ang sarili mong emosyon sa papel.
Parang deadline na bukas ng journal na sinusulat mo at di ka pa tapos kaya isusulat mo na lang sa pinakamadaling paraan ang mga nangyari, tipikal na school project. Muntikan ko ng magustuhan ang Mama Susan dahil na-touch nito 'yung mga topic na gusto ko: Kaso kung nakapagbasa ka na ng Bob Ong, alam mong nasulat na niya iyon.
Para ka lang nakikinig sa sermon ng Nanay mo araw-araw na linisin mo 'yung kwarto mo, sarap sabihing paulit-ulit? Muntik ko ng magustuhan ang Mama Susan dahil horror ang atake ng kwento. Mahilig kasi ako sa horror tingnan mo yung ex ko , kaya nga fan ako ni Stephen King , kaya lang mukhang fan din ni King si Ong. Ang labo. Maraming tao ang namangha o nainis sa ending ng Mama Susan. Pero nabasa ko na ang ganoong ending eh. Sa isa sa mga collections ng short stories ni Stephen King na Nightmares and Dreamscapes , kabilang doon ang "The End of the Whole Mess", diyan ko unang nabasa ang ganoong style ng ending.
Medyo di ako nabilib. View all 42 comments. Dec 06, Janus the Erudite Artist rated it really liked it Shelves: I was skimming through the bookshelves at National Bookstore when I saw this book upfront near the cashier. When I saw Bob Ong's name, I just immediately grabbed a copy and went straight to pay for it. So when I started out reading the book, I had no idea what it was about. Also, I've already stopped trying to figure out what Bob Ong's books were really about not until I've read it up to the last page.
I didn't compare it with his other books because, let's face it, he's one of the most unpredict I was skimming through the bookshelves at National Bookstore when I saw this book upfront near the cashier.
I didn't compare it with his other books because, let's face it, he's one of the most unpredictable writers in our country. One book cannot be compared with the other since they are all stand-alone.
But then again, that's how it is for now. I can't say if he might think of creating a sequel Will he??? Anyway, as I was reading the first few parts, I was confused There are a lot of things left unanswered, like who's the girl Galo is talking about, what happened to Niko?
What exactly had Galo been hiding?
But I can see the point in some of that, the book was written in a first person view. Galo's journal could be compared to anyone else's in real life. Halfway through the book, it started to creep me out I don't know if it's because of the book or because I get easily scared I'll probably go with the latter.. A few pages left I was beginning to close and open the book.
I was debating between stopping to take a breath or the urge of finding out what would happen next this instant! I shut the book hard when Bob suddenly scared the reader of being the spirit's next choice to possess. Although it scared me a bit, I don't think it was written simply intending to scare the reader. On my opinion, it was written to open the eyes of those who have lost their faith or have forgotten the power of God's love, or have taken Him for granted.
As scary as Mama Susan can be, her words are strong.
They were open and true. They reflect how our lives evolve through the passing generations involving technology, personality, choices, and spirituality. If you want to understand what I mean, then read the book. It's affordable and worth reading. The Blair Book Project www. View 2 comments. Dec 22, Apokripos rated it it was ok Shelves: Pardon my self-indulgence Gentle Readers, but it seems appropriate to write and articulate my opinion on this book in Filipino, my native language, in which this book is also written.
Sa maniwala ka o hindi, halos isang dekada nang nagsusulat si Bob Ong — peksman, walang biro, sige bilangin mo pa. Sa loob ng maikiling panahon na ito masasabing bahagi na siya ng kulturang Pilipino — patunay dito ang naglipanang Face Nakaka Sa panahong ito sino nga bang hindi nakakakilala kay Bob Ong?
Tanggapin man o hindi ng mga nagdudunongdunungang kritiko, bahagi na rin siya ng Literaturang Pilipino. Walang sinumang manunulat na nabubuhay sa ngayon sa pagkakaalam ko ang buong pagmamayabang na masasabing muli niyang naibalik ang kawilihan at kasiyahang dulot ng pagbabasa sa kabataang Pilipino kung hindi siya lamang. Maituturing ngang isang phenonema ang pangyayari ito sapagkat hindi isang kilala at pinagpipitaganang manunulat ang nagakawa nito kundi isang indibidwal na parang hinatak lang mula sa kanto ng Tondo.
At ito ang isang katotohanang hindi maitatanggi sa mga nakabasa na ng kanyang mha libro: Naging saksi ang nagdaang sampung taon kung paano niya tayo pinaiyak slight lang naman , kinurot ang ating mga puso, pinahanga ng mga simple ngunit mabibisa niyang pilosopiya ukol sa buhay, pinakilig, pinahanga, napatae ang mga bollpen , napagunita sa ilang pangyayari sa ating buhay na kakatwa man ay nararanasan din pala ng iba, at napahalakhak… ng MALAKAS — mag-isa mo mang binabasa ang kanyang libro o kasama ang mga kaibigan.
Pero higit sa lahat, mas tumatak sa akin kung paano niya binubuhay ang damdaming makabayan, paano niya ipinakita ang magkabilang mukha, ang pangit at maganda, ng mga bagay na pinupuna sa ating bansa.
Tulad ng nakagawian na ni Kuya Boy Abunda, iniharap ka niya sa salamin at ipinakita kung nasaan ka, saan ka pupunta, at buong katotohanang ipinakitang ito ka — bahagi ng kabuuan. Isa sa mga lubos kong hinahagaan kay Bob Ong bilang manunulat ay hindi niya hinayaang ikahon siya ng kanyang publisher at mga mambabasa. Marahil marami ang nagulat nang itinuon niya ang panulat sa fiction nang inilathala ang Alamat ng Gubat , na sinundan ng Macarthur at sinudan pa ng Kapitan Sino.
Hati ang opinyon ng ilan sa ukol dito, pero masasabi kong may potensyal ang kanyang mga istorya at nagustuhan ko ang huli. Bahagi pa rin ng trip proyektong ito ang kanyang bagong libro, Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan , ang kauna-unahang libro kanyang isinulat sa horror tungkol sa estudyanteng si Gilberto "Galo" P. Inilahad ito sa kanyang punto de bista sa pamamagitan ng kanyang journal o talaarawan.
Ang unang bahagi ay tungkol sa buhay ni Galo, isang tipikal na probinsiyanong ulila na lumuwas sa Maynila para mag-aral at naninirhan sa piling ng kanyang mga tiyo at tiya kasama ang mga nakakaasar na anak nito.
Sinulat niyang ang journal ipalagay na nating ang librong hawak mo bilang project na ipapasa sa kanilang subject na Phil Lit na ng kinalaonan ay nakagawian niyang sulatan araw-araw.
Tulad ni Galo ramdam na randam mo sa umpisa pa lang ang pagkainip at katamaran, kaya feeling mo dragging ang istorya pagkatapos pa lang ng dalawampung pahina. Dito ngayon unang papasok ang unang atake ng horror ni Bob Ong: Dahil dito pipilitin mong basahin ang nalalabing pahina hanggang matapos mo, pasinungalingan mo lang ito.
Ang ikalawang bahagi ay naglalahad naman ng mga naging karanasan ni Galo nang umuwi siya ng Tarmanes upang alaagaan ang kanyang lola, si Mama Susan, na naratay dahil sa malubhang karamdaman.
Sa bahaging ito pumasok na ang tunay na horror, at babalutin ka ng misteryo. Basahin mo na lang. Ang isasagot ko: Sa mga sandaling ito tantiya ko marami nang nakabasa nito at sa tingin ko nakatatak na sa utak ng marami ang nakakagulat na katupusan nito.
Ito nga ata halos ang pinag-uusapan sa lahat ng mga komentong nabasa ko sa ilang blogs at reviews. Hindi mo naman kasi masisi na horror book ito at ang isa sa mga trabahong dapat gawin ng mga libro sa genre na ito, ang sukatan kung naging mabisa nga ito, ay Pero isa ito sa mga kinatatakot ko para sa librong ito, na ito ay maaalala lamang sa kakaiba nitong ending.
Tahasan kong sasabihing hindi ako nagandahan sa plot. Kung susubukan lang nating tignan ang akda sa kabuuan nito, bakit di mo tanugin ang sarili mo: Gets ko na naman ang ilan sa mga argumento ni Mama Susan, pero sa tingin ko hindi siya kapani-paniwalang karakter para sabihin o pagmulan ng mga ito. Kung sakaling naglalakad ka at salubungin ng isang tao, baliw man o sa unang tingin ay miyembro ng isang kulto, at sambitin ang mga naunang nang nabanggit ni Mama Susan sa akdang ito, maniniwala ka ba agad?
Panigurado, mas tatayuan pa ako ng balahibo kung sakali mang pinanood ko 'yon. Published by Visprint Inc. December View all 56 comments.
Aug 01, Edil rated it it was ok. I was trying to review this in English but I failed. Di ko masyado nagustuhan. Parang nag-attempt si Bob Ong ng horror pero di masyadong patok.
Sana mas nakakatakot pa! Umaga ko siya tinapos sakaling matakot ako o hindi ako makatulog sa gabi! Pero natetempt ako itranslate yung mga Latin dun sa book. Try ko nga! Do not wish for the end of all evils in the land when, in the combats with me daily to overcome. We, together we shall be united for ever Aug 29, Joey rated it liked it Shelves: I was impressed by his ways of writing out his ideas or opinions in a conversational way. Reading it was like an editorial article full of facts but funny, intended not only for young but also old adults.
Besides, I sensed his hidden blaze of nationalism. Amused, I borrowed Macarthur from my cousin who happened to be his avid reader. After that, I was magnetized again because the theme is not that as deeply and humorously academic and journalistic as the former one but, instead, it is a simple story that young readers may never forget because it reflects the social problem with illegal drug.
The story is so worth remembering. I bet my boots that it is one of them. And please, count me in. I was in university when I got the opportunity to read another Bob Ong book.
Another Bob Ong fan lent me some of his other works. I got the good chance of reading Stainless Longganisa. But I admit that I found it pretty boring. It is just a story of how a writer struggles with completing his book or having it published.
If it is so, why did Bob Ong make it more complicated with his satirical dramas? He could have just written it in the other way around. But who am I to cast aspersion on his writing style?
This is his trademark. They almost have the same pattern. The situation was like all Bob Ong had to do was to strike up a witty conversation with me ,with his satirical sentiments and dramas. Thereafter, I got sick and tired of Bob Ong. I promised myself then that I would not read another Bob Ong books. My friends said that it is a scary one. Hmmm…Another friend tampered with my febrile imagination claiming that she could not sleep it off.
After burying myself in it for the whole night, yes! My friends did not prove me wrong. I was horrified.
Somehow, it scared me so witless that I would it put down when I did not want to read what would happen next. I did not want to picture how the scenes look like. Then, my hair stood on end when I patched all the puzzling parts together. A typical reaction when you have come to understand everything. Who regretted reading the Latin phrases at the end of his each diary? How about the secret room in where the human —sized saints are kept?
The story is clearly manipulating because Bob Ong intended to play our imagination. All the settings are mixed. He intended to lead us in some parts which turn out to be the linchpin of the horror. For instance, Galo also makes us read the Latin phrases he reads out of curiosity. But , in the end, I deeply regretted doing so. It is a warning. Plus, the twins, Jezel and Niko. I was first confused with some information with which Bob Ong padded in the story.
For instance, the date of the setting is in But MTB, a famous noon-time show ,was not aired in that year yet. Another thing is a high-tech computer. Thus, I inferred that Bob Ong loves to scrabble all the things that happened from different generations. My friend speculates that Bob Ong may have written it off the cuff. He may have dabbled in writing it in a corner without any specific theme on his mind. So, his publisher may have ignored it and still seen its potential to give his readers the creeps knowing that he has established a name in the market.
Thus, the book appears to be inscrutable because she is not sure what Bob Ong may want to imply in this book since all his books appear to have satirical meanings. But apparently, one of the insinuations could be that anyone can have a Cinderella life.
I liked the philosophical conversations between Mama Susan and Galo although I find them obscure and irrelevant to whatever Bob Ong wants to preach to us. I wish I read books literally. Gee, it is the impact on me! Just skip them. View all 5 comments. Dec 27, Cloud. Hindi ko alam kung bakit may mga negative reviews about this book.
Well, iisipin ko na lang na hindi nila naintindihan ung MAS malalim na message ng bo0k or they just d0n't care about the reality of technology vs nature. Anyway, 2 faces of horror meron ang bo0k na to; paranormals and the s0on revenge of nature mas natakot ako sa pangalawa. Another thing kaya nakuha nito ang interest ko ay dahil sa matapang nitong pagchallenge sa faith ng isang katolik0ng tulad ko.
After m one of bob ong's best. After m0ng mabasa, magiguilty ka sa mga sinabi ni mama susan. Marami pa siyang mga ganiang banat. Mga salita niang tag0s hanggang buto. Haha Swak din to sa mga mahihilig mags0lve ng mga mystery. Im an aspiring and trying hard detective kaya nagustuhan ko rin tong book. Maraming riddles, puzzles and s0me words na i think kailangan pang idecode.
View all 4 comments. Dec 22, Joy Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Hindi ko akalaing matatakot ako sa libro. Malamang nakatulong ang fact na binasa ko ito mula ala-una y media hanggang alas singko ng umaga. Mas nagustuhan ko ito kaysa sa Kapitan Sino o MacArthur. Bob Ong is back. Pero hindi nagbabago ang pananaw ko. Natuwa ako sa libro dahil nadala nya ako. Oo't galing sa perspektibo ng isang 16 years old ang libro na nung sa huli ay mejo naging perspektibo na ni bob Hindi ko akalaing matatakot ako sa libro.
Oo't galing sa perspektibo ng isang 16 years old ang libro na nung sa huli ay mejo naging perspektibo na ni bob ong pero hindi yon naging hadlang para maging panget ang libro. Inisip kong mahirap ang style na sinubok ni Bob Ong sa paggawa ng librong ito ngunit hindi yon naging hadlang para subukin ang kakaibang istilo sa bawat librong kanyang ginagawa.
At yun ang nagustuhan ko sa libro. Sinong awtor pilipino ang nakita mo nang gumawa ng isang horror novel journal-style? Ipakita mo sya sa akin at nais kong patunayang mali ako. Aug 16, Bianca rated it it was ok Shelves: Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan is about a college student, Galo, who decides to go back to the province to take care of his Grandma.
It turns out, his Grandma, and the old town his Grandma lives in, is stranger than it used to be. When things got a little bit too exciting, it bothered me that the narrator still had time to write in his diary. He apparently kept the journal with him wherever he went. I hope I was wrong. In this one, the most obvious one is on religion, specifically, Christianity.
Mar 02, Neil Pax rated it it was amazing. Creepiest book Ive read so far. Part ng creep factor yung feeling ng being on your own, nasa isolated na lugar, parang wala ka pang ibang pwedeng puntahan at pwedeng hingian ng tulong for fears na, baka yung hingian mo ng tulong is one of them, tapos may pasanin at alalahanin ka pa.
Isa pa sa mga reasons kung bakit creep'd out ako with this book, is my childhood fear of religious statues. As a kid dreaded ko noon ang isama ako ng lola ko papuntang Quiapo Church. Takot na takot kasi ako sa mga re Creepiest book Ive read so far. Takot na takot kasi ako sa mga rebulto ni Jisas dun. Yung Nazareno, yung nakalatag dun sa parang coffin at yung nakapako dooon sa loob.
Seriously, sinong hindi matatakot sa isang corpse, taong nakapako na kitang kita mo ang suffering sa mukha, at version ng isang kinikilalang diyos, in Black? At dahil pa written sya na style diary, nae-envision mo talaga yung scene, you see it in a first person perspective, thats why it is soo creepy to read. Pinahiram ko to sa isang friend, nag txt pa saken, hindi daw sya makatulog dahil sa binasa nya daw yung book.
Ganun talaga sya ka creepy. A word of advise, tingnan mo na lang yung back cover ng book, kapag tapos mo na sya basahin View 1 comment. Feb 09, Leo Martin rated it really liked it. I laughed real hard cause I was scared when I was on the last page. I was paralyzed when I read that weird chant. View all 3 comments.
Dec 01, Tina rated it it was ok Shelves: Original post at One More Page Note: I wanted to write this review in Filipino, but since it's cross-posted in my blog, I had to write it in English. Wow, I Can Read Now. Bob Ong is one of the popular Filipino writers, who, until now, I am not sure if he is really one person or many contributing to on Original post at One More Page Note: Bob Ong is one of the popular Filipino writers, who, until now, I am not sure if he is really one person or many contributing to one book.
I've read almost all of his books ever since then, always looking forward to his funny words of wisdom that pokes and reflects on modern Filipino culture.
I remember resorting to his books whenever I needed a pick-me-up, and since then, he's become one of those authors that I download even if he isn't really a favorite. Perhaps this is an addiction? Mama Susan's Friends , I didn't think twice in getting it. I wasn't even sure what it was about -- I just knew it was Bob Ong, and whatever it is, I would probably like it.
Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan
Even if I did not, it's still local fiction, so I figure it's still a win, right? Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan brings us back to the days of school journals. Everyone must have had a teacher who made them do a journal for school -- a small notebook with a recollection of what happened for a certain period of time to be read and graded by a teacher. I don't really know the purpose of why our teachers made us do this except maybe for my college Literature professor.
That wasn't a particularly hard assignment for me, anyway, as I've always been journaling on my own -- it was all a matter of filtering what you write for school, you see. I didn't know what the book was about when I got it. It wasn't until I got back to the office to read about the book when I finally saw the trailer.
The trailer is in Filipino, but you don't really need to understand it to figure out that this book is horror , especially when you get to the last part of the trailer. That stopped me from reading the book immediately. I was never a fan of horror, and I really go out of my way to avoid anything scary.
I'm not a screamer, and I'm usually calm in reading or watching or listening to scary stories but my imagination wrecks havoc in me after. So when I decided to read the book, I told myself I need to finish it in broad daylight. And so I did.
In Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan, we meet Galo, who first started writing on a journal for an assignment and ended up keeping it because he did not want to waste his notebook. He chronicles his life in Manila where he lives with his relatives who never made living with them easy for him. He gets fed up with them and leaves to go back to the province to stay with his grandmother who raised him before he left for Manila.
Things changed drastically from what he remembers in the province. Instead of finding the town to be just less noisier than Manila but still with improvements from his last visit, he finds that the town went backwards and were rejecting technology.
His grandmother's house grows increasingly creepier with the presence of different statues of saints and the weekly gatherings of her grandmother's friends in her house.
As weirder things start to happen, Galo tries to escape, but finds that there may be powers stronger than he is that are keeping him from doing so. Talk about creepy.
I read this in one bright and sunny afternoon but I couldn't shake off the creeps especially in the last pages. I think one thing that made it really scary is the fact that it is a journal, and it's a first person account. I liked how Bob Ong's words flowed naturally and Galo's voice rang clear all through out.
I found that it wasn't much different from the voices of his other characters from his previous books but there's this distinct Bob Ong feel to it that is familiar. There's also the fun references to some of the things I grew up with as a kid.
The story is interesting and the last pages are truly creepy, but as a whole, it's not my book. My rating isn't really based on how much the book lacked but really more of a genre preference. If you're a horror fan, you'll probably enjoy this, but if you're a big chicken like me For your peace of mind, skip it. To further prove my point: I almost decided not to go because it would mean standing up and going there alone, and who knows what I will find when I open my bedroom door?
I keep on remembering the face in the trailer and freaked out at the thought of seeing that in the dark corners of our apartment. I got up eventually because I couldn't hold it in any longer. But I left all doors and lights open, and ran back to the bedroom right after doing my business, all the while my mind remembering the last words of the book in absolute clarity.
Big chicken, I am. View all 12 comments. Dec 20, Isaiah Talens rated it liked it Shelves: Dear Diary Readers, This book is epic. Actually only the ending was really epic. The whole book is like a replicate of a diary which was supposed to be the owner's school journal, since his old one got lost. Anyways, the first few entries in the diary were mostly plotless, but midway, the book gets exciting.
The story begins to be scary only several entries before the final one for me at least , but the ending was absolutely mind-blowing. Huwag mong bibigkasin ang hindi naiintindihan.
Apr 23, EJay rated it it was amazing. Do not let me relive those goosebumps I've had on that ship bound for Mindoro as I was reading this book. Perhaps the smell of crude oil made me dizzier than I though the book had? The book was crazy. All the while you were laughing your butt off at characters who displayed the typical way stories crop up.
Families fighting. Province trips. Typical, I say. Instead, it is a simple story that young readers may never forget because it reflects the social problem with illegal drug trade in the Philippines.
That story is so worth remembering. I bet my boots that it is one of them. And please, count me in. I was in university when I got the opportunity to read another Bob Ong book. Another Bob Ong fan lent me some of his other works. I got the good chance of reading Stainless Longganisa. But I admit that I found it pretty boring.
It is just a story of how a writer struggles with completing his book or having it published. If it is so, why did Bob Ong make it more complicated with his satirical dramas?
He could have just written it in the other way around. But who am I to cast aspersion on his writing style? Walang basagan ng trip. This is his trademark. They almost have the same pattern. The situation is like all Bob Ong has to do is to strike up a witty conversation with me ,with his satirical sentiments and dramas.
Thereafter, I got sick and tired of Bob Ong. Nakakasawa na. I promised myself then that I would not read another Bob Ong books. My friends said that it is a scary one. Hmmm…Another friend tampered with my febrile imagination claiming that she could not sleep it off.
After burying myself in it for the whole night, yes! My friends did not prove me wrong. I was horrified. Somehow, it scared me so witless that I would it put down when I did not want to read the next page. I did not want to picture how the scenes look like.Gumawa ka ng hindi lang para sa sarili.
Well, iisipin ko na lang na hindi nila naintindihan ung MAS malalim na message ng bo0k or they just d0n't care about the reality of technology vs nature.
Pero hindi ito kamalian ng mambabasa, nasa awtor na ang sisi dito. Aidan J. I don't really know the purpose of why our teachers made us do this except maybe for my college Literature professor.
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