Book Review: Kwentillion: A Million Stories to be Told by Budjette Tan, Paolo Chikiamco

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Filipino Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy

Kwentillion Magazine is the Philippines’ first publication dedicated to young adult literature and media, featuring YA-themed comics and fiction by Filipino creators. The bi-monthly, black and white magazine (with an eight-page colored spread in every issue) features reviews and previews of young adult books, interviews with creators, and articles which tackle a wide variety of topics of interest to the YA community.

*****

Thumbs up for this magazine that contained nothing but marvelous graphics and boundless imagination! I enjoyed reading Kwentillion while riding a bus going home. The glossy finish and colorful pages are too enticing to ignore for long. I love my copy!

Kwentillion brought me to tales of old in Philippine folklore. Anitos (gods), Engkantos(elemental spirits) have never been more alive in the short graphic novels included here! And the introduction of new elements (such as steampunk) to a story set in the Spanish Colonial era was fantastic.

I’m hoping more pages dedicated to YA Fiction (and hopefully, book reviews) to future issues. 🙂

I believe Kwentillion will wake the Filipino’s sleeping thirst for komiks (comics) andkababalaghan (marvel).

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