Book Review | Heroes: Saving Charlie

Heroes: Saving Charlie: A Novel
Written by Aury Wallington; Story by Jeph Loeb; based on the series Heroes created by Tim Kring

I waited for this book to be released in the Philippines for a long time. I have been checking out the bookstores since January, and when I saw this last February, I immediately bought it, set aside all other books I am reading, and started reading this.

The book is based on the hit television series Heroes, with a central story revolving around the characters Hiro Nakamura, a time traveler, and Charlie Andrews, a waitress whose main character is infatuated but destined to be killed by the β€œBrain Man.” In the Heroes – Season One episode β€œSeven Minutes to Midnight,” Hiro tells his best friend that he wants to prevent Charlie’s death by traveling to the past β€” one day before the incident β€” but he missed by six months! After the episode β€œSix Months Ago β€œ, we saw that Hiro failed his mission with the look of desperation.

The story of Hiro and Charlie in those six months is chronicled in this book. We see how their romance blossomed and the relationship between Hiro and his father, Kaito, via Hiro’s flashbacks. This is not your ordinary science fiction book. It is a romance novel.

After reading the novel, it is below what I expected from a science fiction or romance novel. As a science fiction novel, I hoped that the effect of time travel would be explored, at least in the Heroes universe. The explanations through examples from manga, American comics, and movies fell flat for me. As a romance novel with the male as a point-of-view character, the story fell flat, too. (Sorry, my exposure to romance novels is from Nicholas Sparks novels, and his male characters spoil me.) The deep emotions Hiro felt (claiming he is in love with Charlie) did not come across the page, although I felt his excitement and overall infatuation. As a media tie-in book, my only problem is the last part. All the Hiro-Charlie scenes in the episode β€œSix Months Ago” were reworked to fit the novel, but those reworkings made sense, and I would like to thank the author for that, although I am not recommending this book for the continuity buffs. The ending fell flat, as some events were just mentioned, and it should have been told.

Overall, this book is recommended for Hiro/Charlie shippers like me. But for the serious Heroes fans, read the Heroes, Volume One graphic novel instead.

Rating: 2 1/2 stars out of 5


happy pi day!

PhotobucketToday is Pi Day! What I mean is Pi the number not Pie the food. Pi is the ratio of the a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The day is selected based on the value of pi after 2 decimal places which is 3.14.

Why I celebrate it when it is just for the geeks? Duh, I am one of them.

Did you know that according to the novel Contact by Carl Sagan, there is a hidden message in pi on base 11?

Don’t forget to eat your pie today!

Cross-posted at the promdi geek.

photo by martiniko (cc-by-2.0)


Arthur Charles Clarke tribute

It is vital to remember that information β€” in the sense of raw data β€” is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these.

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke
(16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008)