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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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Your week in books#34

  • All of the cool kids have blogged about it already, so let me just add that I had a great time at the Filipino ReaderCon last week! Our “Fifty Shades of Grey” discussion went well, thank God, and it was nice to see so many readers in one place!
  • The National Book Development Board also released their latest survey on the state of reading in the country. I haven’t perused it yet, but will be writing about it for the paper! (Source)
  • National Book Store is bringing Canada-based Filipino writer Jennifer Hillier here to the country! She’s set to do a talk and a book singing at the Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4. (Source)
  • A long, long time ago, when I wrote a review about “I Am Number Four“, I linked to an article from the New Yorker about James Frey’s “fiction factory”. However, it would seem that “The Rise of Nine” is no longer following that particular model. (Source)

  • Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some “The Lord of the Rings”. And that I also love me a lot of other authors. What better way to ring those two things together than with alternative author’s versions of “The Lord of the Rings”? I particularly liked the D. H. Lawrence one. (Source)
  • io9 has some really great samples from Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson’s “Manual of Aeronautics”! I am still waiting with bated breath for a copy to show up at my local National Book Store. (Source)
  • In case you guys didn’t know, Superman and Wonder Woman are now officially a couple. I thought they were already doing it before! (Source)
  • While I still haven’t gotten around to reading “Catching Fire”, I do know that Finnick Odair gets all the ladies and the boys who like boys all hot under the collar and stuff. And I do have to say that Sam Claflin — who has just been cast as Odair in the movie adaptation — is certainly doing that for me. What do you guys think? Pictures under the cut!

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Book to movie review: “I Am Number Four”

Thanks to the lovely Meann, I was able to catch an advanced screening of “I Am Number Four”, the first leading role for Alex Pettyfer’s abs. As the readers of this blog know, I wasn’t exactly a fan of the book. Will the movie be any better?

To its credit, the movie did whittle down a lot of the stupidity that went on in James Frey and Jobie Hughes’ “I Am Number Four”. Gone, for instance, is the drawn out rivalry between Mark and Number Four that inexplicably took up several chapters in the book.

The movie also does a better job of illustrating Number Four’s desire to be a part of a family by putting the dinner scene with Sarah’s family early on in the movie. The book had it near the tail end of the story, which really did nothing for character development and was really just awkward all around.

Number Four’s powers are much better in the movie than in the book, where it felt like he was one of the few mutants that Professor X had to turn away from the Institute. Number Six was also much better portrayed here in the film than in the book, which I credit to Marti Noxon’s involvment.

The movie is also less awkward about the romance between Number Four and Sarah, and I did like the fact that Number Four was a little aggressive. Although that may just be me and my imaginary ovaries talking.

But the most important thing that the movie got right is the constant exposure that Alex Pettyfer’s abs got throughout the movie. He’s already shirtless the first time we see him on screen, and the director/producer/writer/whoever seemed to shoehorn in any available opportunity for Alex Pettyfer to shed off that shirt. School prank? TAKE OFF THAT SHIRT! Going to bed? TAKE OFF THAT SHIRT!  Movie’s getting kinda boring? TAKE OFF THAT SHIRT!

Is the movie worth one’s time and money? Sure, if you’re a tween who wants to see what a bad boy looks like shirtless. If you’re someone over 12 and has seen “Star Wars”, “Star Trek”, and “Battlestar Galactica”? A definite pass. The movie may be less stupid, but it isn’t any less bland.

Here, have some shirtless Alex Pettyfer.

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A (shirtless) addendum

While I found out yesterday that “I Am Number Four” isn’t exactly something to crow about, it really hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm about watching the upcoming movie adaptation (in the comfort of my own home and probably not in the cinemas).

Now why would I still be interested in the movie when the source material isn’t up to par? It’s not like DJ Caruso has been known to come up with cinematic masterpieces. Am I expecting the screenwriters — one of whom wrote for Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — to do some magic and come up with a much more engaging movie? Not really.

No, the real reason is so much shallower than all of you think. I am anticipating this movie because of Alex Pettyfer — and the possibility of shirtless scenes.

If there was one thing that made reading “I Am Number Four” bearable was the fact that I was imagining the many gratuitous opportunities for Alex Pettyfer to shuck off his shirt — and the book does provide a lot of instances.

And trust me, shirtless Alex Pettyfer is something to look forward to

Book review: James Frey and Jobie Hughes’ “I Am Number Four”

The last time James Frey was in the public consciousness, he was being reprimanded by Oprah Winfrey herself for fabricating numerous events in his critically-acclaimed, bestselling “memoir”, “A Million Little Pieces”.

When he came out with “Bright Shiny Morning” in 2008, it was meant to be his comeback novel and auger his return to the public eye. But “Bright Shiny Morning” got mixed reviews — The New York Times praised the book a called Frey a “furiously good storyteller”, while The Los Angeles Times called it “execrable” — and barely made a blip on the New York Times Bestseller List.

But now Frey is taking an entirely different plan of attack with “I Am Number Four”. Produced by Frey’s own Full Fathom Five publishing company, “I Am Number Four” is a young adult novel done in collaboration with Jobie Hughes, a student of the masters writing program of The Columbia University School for the Arts. With “I Am Number Four” now having spent more than a month on the New York Times Bestseller List, has Frey finally for his grove back? Or is this success in the young adult field merely a lucky strike?

He was number one!