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So I organized my books last Saturday.

It was a lot more work than I thought it would be, as it seems I have accumulated far more books than I thought I had over the course of many, many years. And it was well into the fourth hour of my clean-up — I kid you not, it took literal hours to do this thing — that I realized I only had a limited amount of space in the apartment I share with the rest of my family.

There really was really only one thing left for me to do: Sell my books.

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Book review: Chinggay Labrador’s “Popped 3”

The handful of people who read my blog know that Chinggay Labrador’s “Popped” series has been good to me. The past two installments always draw big (read: more than two) crowds to my blog, and I believe my review of the first book in the trilogy has the most comments among all my posts.

So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to all of you that the final book in the trilogy is also getting a review on this here blog. Released several months ago, I finished reading it midway through September — and I’ve had a difficult time putting my thoughts in order since.

But now I’m sitting my butt down and tackling this beast. Gird your loins, guys, gals, and everything else in between. This is going to be a bumpy ride.

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Book review: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Redemption”

If their track record is anything to go by, writing partners Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are a force to be reckoned with.

All three books in their “The Caster Chronicles” series have not just achieved commercial success, but critical acclaim as well.

The first book in the series, “Beautiful Creatures”, made it onto Amazon’s Best Books of 2009, placing fifth in a list that consisted of 100 books. The book made it to the New York Times Bestseller list, and is now a movie starring Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons.

The next two books, “Beautiful Darkness” and “Beautiful Chaos”, charted on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists respectively, with “Beautiful Darkness” debuting in the top three.

Will Garcia and Stohl’s winning streak extend to “Beautiful Redemption”, the last book in “The Caster Chronicles”? Or will it be a lackluster end to a series that had such beautiful beginnings?

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Ronreads interview: Merwin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria

Skyworld creators (from left) Ian Sta. Maria and Merwin Ignacio, with bonus Jay Tablante

I grew up loving comic books, but I admit that I haven’t really been able to keep up with them lately. And Filipino komiks? My knowledge and familiarity with them is even more embarrassing.

Thanks to my job, I’ve slowly been changing that. I’ve been able to familiarize myself with the works of Arnold Arre, Gerry Alanguilan, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, as well as Carlo Vergara.

The latest komiks creators I’ve had the pleasure of getting familiar with are Merwin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria, the two guys behind the bestselling “Skyworld”. I spoke with them at the recently concluded Komikon, and they were very nice and humble about the success that their work has been getting.

In this interview, they talk about using Philippine folklore and mythology in their work, their early dreams for Skyworld, and what advice they’d give to other aspiring comic book creators.

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