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A young man discovers the malevolence of first love. A boy travels back in time in search of history and his name. A neighborhood is besieged by a resurrected evil in their midst. A clone of Jose Rizal uncovers surprising secrets. A heartbroken girl harnesses magic to win a boy's love, and almost destroys the world. This book collects eight stories of fantasy, horror, and A young man discovers the malevolence of first love. A boy travels back in time in search of history and his name. A neighborhood is besieged by a resurrected evil in their midst. A clone of Jose Rizal uncovers surprising secrets. A heartbroken girl harnesses magic to win a boy's love, and almost destroys the world. This book collects eight stories of fantasy, horror, and science fiction from the imagination of award-winning writer.


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A young man discovers the malevolence of first love. A boy travels back in time in search of history and his name. A neighborhood is besieged by a resurrected evil in their midst. A clone of Jose Rizal uncovers surprising secrets. A heartbroken girl harnesses magic to win a boy's love, and almost destroys the world. This book collects eight stories of fantasy, horror, and A young man discovers the malevolence of first love. A boy travels back in time in search of history and his name. A neighborhood is besieged by a resurrected evil in their midst. A clone of Jose Rizal uncovers surprising secrets. A heartbroken girl harnesses magic to win a boy's love, and almost destroys the world. This book collects eight stories of fantasy, horror, and science fiction from the imagination of award-winning writer.

30 review for Heartbreak and Magic: Stories of Fantasy and Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Neil (or bleed)

    I received an e-book from Arvyn and Anvil Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! Heartbreak and Magic is true to its name since these short stories are truly heartbreaking and magical. Interestingly written, the book offers a different types of magically heartbreaking stories that will truly affect you in one way or another. This collection is composed of eight (8) stories. My favorite is The Flicker (5 stars). I can't come up with good adjectives to describe how insane a I received an e-book from Arvyn and Anvil Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! Heartbreak and Magic is true to its name since these short stories are truly heartbreaking and magical. Interestingly written, the book offers a different types of magically heartbreaking stories that will truly affect you in one way or another. This collection is composed of eight (8) stories. My favorite is The Flicker (5 stars). I can't come up with good adjectives to describe how insane and brutal this story was. Next is The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak (4 stars) which is astonishing and sad at same time. I also like the Pepe Report (4 stars) which makes me think that the title has a double meaning. But, really, it was intriguing and open a lot of questions to my mind. The other short stories are confusing and weird. Especially The Tragedy of Chicken (3 stars) which is a bit funny story of love, chicken, and the love for chicken. The connection between chickens and sex/orgasm is trivial and uncanny, for me. The Last Days of Magic (3 stars), however, is a quick and formulaic story of loss and found, this time with magic as a metaphor of arts, music, baking, and the simple wonders of life. Anyway, it is a well-written short story and serves as a reminder to value and treasure the magic within us, within our soul. Everything considered, Heartbreak and Magic is a great collection that express a weird but important message.

  2. 5 out of 5

    DC

    [I have actually been eyeing this book for some time now. For some reason, I just couldn't help myself from buying it the second time I saw it-- the word "Magic" in the title (plus Gaiman's quick words!) just utterly made me defenseless against prudence. xD] [I have actually been eyeing this book for some time now. For some reason, I just couldn't help myself from buying it the second time I saw it-- the word "Magic" in the title (plus Gaiman's quick words!) just utterly made me defenseless against prudence. xD]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Devi

    I feel bad that I am not reading more of our local authors. I always enjoyed my Philippine literature class in college, although majority would say the opposite - simple stories with deep and complicated meanings. It was in that class (I had a very good teacher-Hi, Mam Pam!) that I understood phallic symbols. It is no wonder that I felt the excitement again when I picked out this book from the library shelf. Casocot's name stuck in my head after reading Motherhood Statements and well, this author I feel bad that I am not reading more of our local authors. I always enjoyed my Philippine literature class in college, although majority would say the opposite - simple stories with deep and complicated meanings. It was in that class (I had a very good teacher-Hi, Mam Pam!) that I understood phallic symbols. It is no wonder that I felt the excitement again when I picked out this book from the library shelf. Casocot's name stuck in my head after reading Motherhood Statements and well, this author has a new fan. This collection of short stories is simply enchanting. Classes in Philippine literature should read and study his works. His stories are witty and sinister and thought provoking. To get maximum enjoyment from reading this book, I just had to answer the study questions that came with the stories which made me read the stories again and again. This was one reading experience that I truly enjoyed. Of all the stories in the collection, I found The Flicker the most hair raising. The Pepe Report comes second in my ranking and the Epifania story made me laugh and I will have it filed under the category of too much love will kill you. I have a new set of books to collect.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Majuchan

    Weird & Creepy I just saw this book from the pile of newly acquired books from the library, I just scanned the first pages, then I started reading the first pages then, Boom! I got curious at the first story. I was amaze that a local author wrote it. Then I check it out. I'm not into short stories, because I can't establish a decent connection with the main characters. But this collection of short stories made connection with me by its mysteries and deep stories. Another thing that I like about th Weird & Creepy I just saw this book from the pile of newly acquired books from the library, I just scanned the first pages, then I started reading the first pages then, Boom! I got curious at the first story. I was amaze that a local author wrote it. Then I check it out. I'm not into short stories, because I can't establish a decent connection with the main characters. But this collection of short stories made connection with me by its mysteries and deep stories. Another thing that I like about this book is, I felt like I went travelling to Dumaguete myself. It let me explore its cultures and traditions. Not your ordinary collection of short stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Armonia

    A definitely recommended read especially for those away from the Philippines. His prose is actually very witty and his diction is soooo precise (goodness, the amount of puns in there) His collection of stories are a beautiful mix of fantasy, horror and probably inspiration (?) Idk. One of his stories was about magic and all that stuff inspiring people to make art again. ^_^ I'm rating it 4 stars because it can be a bit confusing and he's putting too much of our language in there. I mean some wor A definitely recommended read especially for those away from the Philippines. His prose is actually very witty and his diction is soooo precise (goodness, the amount of puns in there) His collection of stories are a beautiful mix of fantasy, horror and probably inspiration (?) Idk. One of his stories was about magic and all that stuff inspiring people to make art again. ^_^ I'm rating it 4 stars because it can be a bit confusing and he's putting too much of our language in there. I mean some work but the others don't

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra May

    "The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak" got me. And "The Pepe Report". "The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak" got me. And "The Pepe Report".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mirvan. Ereon

    "Maginificent. Truly a work of a genius who knows that literature has no bounds. A fantastic red that I will never forget. Hope I would meet the author personally." "Maginificent. Truly a work of a genius who knows that literature has no bounds. A fantastic red that I will never forget. Hope I would meet the author personally."

  8. 5 out of 5

    RJ

    Haunting short stories, relentless imagination. I've never experienced these in a Filipino fantasy story before. I highly recommend this book. Haunting short stories, relentless imagination. I've never experienced these in a Filipino fantasy story before. I highly recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lara Monegro

    This book really gave me HEARTBREAK and MAGIC. Especially the last story. That really stabbed through my chest. Gaaaah. Hahaha!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shongi

    I enjoyed every page! Feels amazing to have had the chance of being his student back in college :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Inah Anunciacion

    Ian Rosales Casocot is one of the favorite contemporary Filipino authors along with Dean Francis Alfar. Casocot's stories, particularly "The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak" and "The Tragedy of Chickens," possess a sense charm and eloquence common to all those who have acquainted themselves first with poetry before fiction. In this particular collection, Casocot shows the wide range of his writing abilities from fantasy to horror. A notable horror story in the collection, "The Flicker," uses Ian Rosales Casocot is one of the favorite contemporary Filipino authors along with Dean Francis Alfar. Casocot's stories, particularly "The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak" and "The Tragedy of Chickens," possess a sense charm and eloquence common to all those who have acquainted themselves first with poetry before fiction. In this particular collection, Casocot shows the wide range of his writing abilities from fantasy to horror. A notable horror story in the collection, "The Flicker," uses a plot technique that drives the whole story to its bleak ending. "The Sugilanon of Epefania's Heartbreak" is akin to Dean Francis Alfar's "The Kite of Stars" for its lyricism and the marvelous deeds of its heroine. The "Strange Map of Time" utilizes (shifts in) time as a narrative device. Another interesting lesson from Casocot's writing is that he limits and magnifies what he already knows and what is closest to him: Dumaguete. His stories lovingly tell the tales, marvelous or otherwise, of the people of Dumaguete (as in "The Tragedy of Chickens" which, like "Sugilanon," mixes the marvelous with the humorous). In a way, Casocot defamiliarizes Dumaguete, just as how Gregorio Brillantes does to Tarlac, Nick Joaquin to Manila, etc.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angeline

    Anything that Ian writes is definitely 5 stars. ❤️

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sey Queral

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  14. 4 out of 5

    Kiezia

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aika

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meann

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Bugtong

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine Carmel

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eiem Baasis

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aris

  21. 4 out of 5

    Istisiki

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ina Aparente

  23. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Yerro

  24. 5 out of 5

    Blake Siy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ron Jacob

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Jimenea

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alfred

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jovic Latumbo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Victor Ocampo

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