Traditional American publishing may from upon short story collections — unless you’re Neil Gaiman, of course — but it’s always had a place in Philippine literature. Gilda Cordero-Fernando had The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker, while Nick Joaquin had Prose and Poems, Pop Stories for Groovy Kids, and Gotita de Dragon and Other Stories.
I definitely have no problems with it at all. As you all know, I’m even part of a collection of short stories entitled Kids These Days: Stories from the Luna East Arts Academy (which you can buy here and here!) so I didn’t think twice when I was asked to review C.P. Santi’s collection of romantic short stories entitled Maybe This Time: Stories of Love and Second Chances.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Kate Evangelista has been a longtime fixture on this blog. Over the years, I’ve interviewed her, reviewed her books, and even had lunch with her. She’s a nice lady, who you can’t help but feel happy for when she gets nice things.
And one of the nice things to happen to her recently was the launch for her newest book, No Love Allowed. Published by Swoon Reads – a Macmillan publishing imprint – No Love Allowed tells the story of Didi and Caleb and serves as a sort of prequel to No Holding Back, which I reviewed recently.
Here’s the book’s blurb!
Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!
Anyone who’s had even just a passing encounter with this blog knows that I haven’t had the best luck with books that feature a romance with a KPop star. There was the thrilling saga that was the Popped trilogy, and the one problem I had with Carla De Guzman’s Citieswas the fact that parts of the novel so perfectly captured the tropes of K-Drama that I had difficulty making my way through it.
Naturally, I went into Scandalized very, very apprehensive. The premise hews a little too closely to that of Popped Too, and boy did I not enjoy that. Will Scandalized frustrate and infuriate me in equal measure? Or will this finally be the work that breaks the KPop curse?
If you’ve been following this blog for as long as it’s been around – five years now? – you’d know that this blog has been an early supporter of Filipino author Kate Evangelista. I featured her as far back as 2012, when she only had Taste out in stores. Then, I featured her twice in 2014: one was an interview, while the other was a review of Savor.
She hasn’t stopped putting out books since then, and her most recent offering, set to be out in the wild on October 18 this year, is an M/M romance entitled No Holding Back. I was fortunate enough to be provided an ARC by Kate herself, and I’m more than happy to share my thoughts on the book under the cut!
So about four days ago, past and present participants of #romanceclass, as well as dozens of Filipino romance novel enthusiasts, met up at Pegi Waffles in San Juan to wallow in feels for most of the afternoon. It was a month in the planning, and to be quite frank, I thought it would just be a gathering of the usual suspects.
Hey guys! Guess what? I’m #FUnemployed! With no pesky job to get in the way, I will hopefully be able to blog more and more over the coming weeks! I hope to get to post actual, full reviews eventually, but for the moment, lemme recap your week in books!
Confession: I’ve only watched three episodes of Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin says that there will be twists in the upcoming Winds of Winter that won’t be in the HBO show. As everyone knows, the series has already overtaken the books when it comes to the events that happen, so whatever happens from this point forward is anybody’s guess. (The Guardian)
If any of you guys follow me on my Goodreads account, you’ll know that I’ve taken up to reading comics again – yes, despite that horrible time in my childhood – and I’ve been having a really great time with it. As such, I’ve been keeping abreast of comic book news. io9 has news on Marvel’s Timely Comics imprint, its latest initiative to keep new and lapsed comic book readers up to date on what’s happening in the Marvel Universe. (io9)
I recently got myself a Netflix account, and it has been a glorious timesuck that has kept me from being productive during days off. While I haven’t gotten around to watching Making Murderer just yet, I do know that it’s immensely popular. That may be good for Netflix, but apparently it’s not so good for Wisconsin prosecutor Michael Griesbach – his book has experienced an upsurge in negative reviews ever since the documentary became popular. (Galleycat)
Just to keep the Game of Thrones thread going, The Hollywood Reporter says that Ser Loras Tyrell has been cast as Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, in the latest Marvel Netflix series. As you can see via attached photo, Finn Jones is very white. A petition had been going around to have an Asian-American play the role of Danny Rand, so this bit of casting news has a lot of people disappointed. I, personally, echo the sentiment of Comic Book Resources Albert Ching: Isn’t having an Asian-American – specifically one partly East Asian – equally as racist? Just because it’s about martial arts, it has to be an Asian-American of East Asian descent? (The Hollywood Reporter, Comic Book Resources)
Finally, people my age grew up reading those Archie digests on the way to and from school. ADMIT IT. DECADES LATER, the CW is making a live action show out of it, and have assembled a cast of predictably hot teens and twentysomthings-as-teens. Kiwi actor KJ Apa has been cast as Archie Andrews, and just based on the photos you’ll see under the cut, I may just tune in and watch the show! (The Mary Sue)
Would you look at that? Yet another post, just a week after the last one! Am I getting back into the swing of things? I SURE HOPE SO.
This week, I was asked to be part of the blog tour for Lena Bourne’s His Whims, the first part in her His Forever serial. I thought that it would be a good choice as I start getting back into the swing of things, as it’s only 27 pages long and 9,000 words short. Will I end up regretting this choice? Or is this just what i need to get my blogging groove back?
I know, I know, it’s been two months since I last updated. In my defence, work has been…work, and I have spent whatever free time I have sleeping or curled up in a fetal position watching James Reid and Nadine Lustre videos.
BUT I’M HERE NOW. Let’s take a look back at the week in book news!
Back in 2011, Emma Donaghue’s Room was a book that I raved about. Since then, it’s been adapted into a critically-acclaimed movie, which was just nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, at the Golden Globes.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to watch this movie, as it’s not been screened here yet in the Philippines. BUT, Beth Kelly saw it a few weeks ago, and emailed me if I would be interested in posting her review of the movie on the blog. Of course, I agreed – and you can read all about it after the cut!