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Cinta (Tidak Harus) Mati – a book by Henry Manampiring

Honestly, I never thought that I would find this book, because I couldn’t find it in my usual bookstore. However, I found it unexpectedly when I was looking for another book. When I read the first chapter, I instantly loved it 😀

The first thing I noticed about the book is how colorful it is! With the shades or red, green, orange, and purple, this book managed to mask its seriousness with fun colors. The first two chapters are the results of the two surveys that @newsplatter did previously on Twitter: Survei Jomblo Nasional and Survei Gebet Nasional. @newsplatter, also known as Om Piring, also gave analysis and comments on the results, which makes the book very fun to read. At first.

When you read the remaining chapters, they are all opinions (or, in his words: “reflections”) about love, life, and self-discoveries, and most of them are already published on his blog. What’s interesting about those chapters, is that it doesn’t only contain his opinions, but also interesting facts and previous research about the issue! For me, it’s like reading a social science journal, only funner 😀

Unfortunately, there are some things that I regret about the book. First, about the “quotes” that started each chapter. For quotes, it’s not memorable enough. They are only bits that started a sentence, and not the best part about the chapter.

And lastly, about the length of each chapter. I like Om Piring’s writing style, and how he can convey his opinions, and add some facts with it. However, some of his chapters are not long enough! In some chapters I feel like he can explore more about the issue, but then he just stopped unexpectedly. I mean, come on 😦

In conclusion, do I think this book is worth buying? Definitely. This book can make you laugh, and make you think about your surroundings. If you want a book that can entertain and educate you at the same time, this is the book for you.

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Owl City – The Midsummer Station (Acoustic EP) Album Review

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Less than a week ago, Owl City released a new extended play (EP) entitled The Midsummer Station Acoustic. By now, you must’ve known that I’m a fan of Adam, so when the EP came out, I just had to have it, and I did.

As you can see, the cover of the EP looks “dark”, but the EP itself is actually a mini version of The Midsummer Station (TMS) (which I’ve already reviewed here). However, because this is just an EP, Adam only made three acoustic versions of Good Time, Shooting Star, and Gold from TMS album. That, and two additional songs entitled Hey Anna and I Hope You Think of Me.

Acoustic Versions of Good Time, Shooting Star, and Gold
Although Adam called this an acoustic EP, it doesn’t literally means “acoustic” as in only vocal and acoustic guitar, but “acoustic”, Adam Young style: with chamber strings, upright piano, mellotron, organic loops, and laid-back synth pads. The results? Well for me the acoustics versions are the lullaby version of the three upbeat songs from TMS. The acoustic version is a good reimagination of the three predecessor songs. Quite interesting, really. I might even say that the “acoustic” versions are better.

Hey Anna
Definitely my favorite song from the EP. I can’t just listen to this song once. I have to repeat it at least three times in one listening before I feel I have enough. The lyrics might be boring over time because it’s a repetition, but the melody covers it all up and make this a very addictive song to listen to. This song really remind of what Adam is capable of.

I Hope You Think of Me
I first listen to this song via YouTube when Owl City performed in Oklahoma City, not long after All Things Bright and Beautiful album came out (click here to see my review). At that time, I didn’t really pay attention to the song because I thought Adam will include the song in the TMS album, which he didn’t. When I REALLY listen to the track, I just thought, “Meh.” Personally I blame Hey Anna for raising the bar too high, making this track sounded dull then. But over time, I’m starting to like this track. Yet another example of a reminder of what Adam is capable of.

All in all, I love this EP. I love the fact that it’s very easy-listening. However, for some Owl City fans, this EP might be too boring and “soft”. To that, I say, “Move on from Ocean Eyes, dudes, it’s been four years since then.” If there’s anything I hate from the EP, is that there are only five tracks in it. I want more!

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