The Kite of Stars and Other Stories

The Kite of Stars and Other Stories This book collects sixteen wondrous stories of fantasy science fiction horror and things in between from the imagination of award winning fictionist Dean Francis Alfar

  • Title: The Kite of Stars and Other Stories
  • Author: Dean Francis Alfar
  • ISBN: 9712719233
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book collects sixteen wondrous stories of fantasy, science fiction, horror and things in between from the imagination of award winning fictionist Dean Francis Alfar.

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    1. The [over] price that I paid for this book is so worth it. You see, I ended up buying the last "almost damaged, but not as a sale item" copy on a kind-of high-end bookstore, because I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find another copy. But DFA made that Php xx5 amount I paid for the book worth it!!This is an awesome book of a collection of 16 short stories of DFA. And I'm ashamed to admit that, when I initially started reading the first stories, I felt that they were too good to be written [...]


    2. My first Dean Francis Alfar book and I am really impressed. I didn't know that he is this good. This book, The Kite of Stars and Other Stories won in my book club's poll for March 2015 book so even if I am not really a sci-fi (or speculative fiction) fan, I had to read this book. I read in advance because I need to think what activity, if any, can make our face-to-face discussion or author's interview more interesting.Among the 16 short stories included in this book, there was not a single one t [...]


    3. Definitely out of the ordinary!I really enjoyed this book!With this as portal, you can traverse and encounter an unexpected journey through the collection of stories from which tells about myth, fantasy, horror, sci-fi and many more that will surely surprise you along the way plus with much flair of our history. Every story from this has its own magic! Dean’s work of amazing imagination and written in his picturesque language is a literary treat!Thank you Dean Francis Alfar for making my liter [...]


    4. I enjoyed this book much, mainly for fusing together some things I love in literature: the fantastic with Philippine mythologies and history. Then again, the stories in The Kite of Stars aren’t so much “fantastic,” as much as they simply ask, “What if,” or, the stories test or play with our conventions such that we have to change the way we read, as in the story, “The Maiden and the Crocodile,” in which he inverts the narrative’s chronology. That is, he tells the ending first and [...]



    5. Mindtasting!Mindblowing!Food for Tots! delicious Pinoy style stories!All topics have different issues & stories that's why it enables you not to get bored. My favorites are The Maiden & The Crocodile, Six From Downtown, Into The Morning, etc. I also like some quotes about how ironic life can be.As for me The Kite of Stars symbolizes the Ups & Downs just like a Kite that can reach as high as the wind takes it away but when it goes down surely it will take sorrows, lonelines, depressio [...]


    6. My first encounter with Dean Francis Alfar was with Salamanca which I enjoyed a lot. But with this collection of short stories, I am now a true fan of his works. The Kite of Stars and Other Stories is filled with overflowing awe and wonder, of worlds beyond the imagination, and a masterfully woven play of words. His artistry penetrates and resounds after every ending. This collection simply shows his limitless creativity through the unique character of each story. Exhilarating, haunting, and del [...]


    7. The book took me back to some of the tales I grew up with in the Philippines. Dean Francis Alfar modernized those myths and told me more stories I hadn't heard but wished I'd known as a child. Maybe I would've been a little more proud, a little more patriotic. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going I didn't. Maybe because the characters felt a little more fallen and resigned but not without hope and definitely without remorse. I loved it. The more nuanced take on the long term eff [...]


    8. This book found me! and i think it's memorable for that sole reason. the stories it held were pretty cool too! i love its wit, local mystic, and historical references. of course, the idea of a kite of stars is also winning on its own





    9. Alfar's stories are magical and poignant. My favorites in this collection are The Maiden and the Crocodile and The Middle Prince. I'll be sure to read his other works.


    10. Alfar skillfully weaves both Philippine history and legend into fantastic miniatures both familiar and unfamiliar. In The Kite of Stars' depths are contained entire worlds.




    11. I have been wanting to read Dean Francis Alfar ever since I heard about him! To be honest, I wanted to read How to Traverse Terra Incognita but the library only had The Kite of Stars. It’s a really solid collection of short stories, though, so I have no regrets!There are 18 stories in this collection, and while I didn’t understand a few of these, I liked a lot of what I read. Some of my favourites where:- L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars): the titular story about the lengths peop [...]


    12. This collection of fiction art says it all; Dean Francis Alfar is more than a Filipino Paulo Coelho counterpart, especially when I read “L’Aquilone du Estrellas” that is all about following your dream.He has his power envying other races as well as other human beings who read his work: cultivated, rooted in culture but has its different and original flavor, and using so-Filipino phenomena in its best especially in his “Saturdays With Fray Villalobos” which I finished in saying: How I l [...]


    13. Personally, I loved this collection of short stories by Dean Alfar. Most of his stories were set in the Philippine Colonial Period. Some of his stories were myths that are refreshed to fit most of the modern minds. For me, Alfar's works serve as a portal to a world of magic, of love, of horrors, and of myths. He is not afraid to make a hopeless prince, a gruesome princess, a lifelong unfulfilled dream or even a cannibal historian. His works might be of the magic realm, but a tinge of reality is [...]


    14. Dean Francis Alfar's stories transports you to other magnificent worlds of love and hate, of happiness and sorrow, of wit and boredom. Alfar's the ever great fictionist! His stories are crazily magical!




    15. 4.5 starsIt would be a 5 stars read if not for some parts of the story "Four-Letter Words". It made me feel uncomfortable to read but (view spoiler)[ I guess the twist at the end redeem the story a bit as it wasn't adultery after all.(hide spoiler)] I obviously love this book as evident with my high rating of it. I will certainly read this over and over again. Magic in every word. Also, I love all the shoutouts to Filipino myths, folktales and culture. My favorite stories are:L'Aquilone du Estre [...]


    16. More accurately a 4.5, since there were a couple of stories that I couldn't connect with. This is a beautiful collection that is one gorgeous story after another. I couldn't read it in one sitting because I needed space after each one to let it simmer, to let myself breathe. For my first Alfar and my first Philippine short story collection, I was floored.My favorites: Terminós (reminds me of Einstein's Dreams and The Time-Keeper), The Maiden and the Crocodile (ingenious narrative reversal), The [...]


    17. Super awesome short stories!! There was not one that I did not like. Dean Francis Alfar is my new favourite!


    18. One of sixteen no less engrossing stories 'The Kite of Stars' is about a young lady who's instant and persistent infatuation for an aloof astronomer with eyes only for the stars. Isabella and the butchers boy set out on a quest to obtain all the impossible items needed to create a kite sturdy enough to fly her up into the astronomers gaze and thus capture his attention. tears flowed freely down his face as he watched her rise -- this extraordinary old woman he had always loved, strapped to the [...]


    19. The book comprised of settings with Spanish influence reflecting the old days of the land. It started with a bittersweet tale of an unrequited love, yet it ends with a hopeful tale of falling in love. What I liked most in this collection of short stories is it charters the sleep towns (before the Jejemons of Mass Tourism disturbed them).More thought soon, I was reading this in Benguet and I was still mesmerized.




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