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Your week in books#40

Remember her from last week? There’s more on her

  • Just last week, Zoe “Zoella” Sugg was the name on everybody’s lips. Her debut novel, Girl Online, was the fastest selling hardback of 2014. A week later, she’s still on everybody’s lips, but for much less positive news. Both she and her publisher, Penguin, revealed that her book was ghostwritten for her by children’s author Siobhan Curham, and did it get her fans mad. It got so bad that Zoella had to take a break from the internet (!!!!), and The Guardian had to devote three articles to the whole controversy. (Source 1) (Source 2) (Source 3)
  • And since we’re in England anyway, check it out: J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Stirke novels are going to be a BBC series! (Source)

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Your week in books#37

  • The Hollywood Reporter talks to Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston, and Ben Foster about “Kill Your Darlings”, a film about legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s already premiered at Sundance and is apparently being received positively. (Source)
Chris Kluwe
Chris Kluwe
  • In case you guys still don’t know who Chris Kluwe is, he’s the Minnesota Vikings punter who became famous when he stood up for fellow American football player Brendon Ayanbadejo, free speech, and marriage equality with an eloquent letter published in Deadspin and The Huffington Post. He also popularized the term “lustful cockmonster” and was named Salon’s Sexiest Man of 2012. ANYWAY, all of those links are to make sure you guys are all sufficiently intrigued to check out his book “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies”, which will probably come out June 25. (Source)
  • It’s the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”, and the Guardian has a couple of articles about the Plath and the people she left behind. One is about one of Plath’s close friends, Elizabeth Sigmund, while the other is a verbatim interview with Olwyn Hughes, Plath’s sister-in-law and literary executor. Olwyn and Sylvia didn’t like each other very much, and that really comes across when you read the interview with Olwyn. (Source 1)(Source 2)
  • Wired has an incredibly detailed analysis of the contract Bilbo signed in “The Hobbit”. (Source)
  • io9 has a great ongoing series on pulp science fiction during periods of totalitarianism that you guys should definitely check out. (Source)
  • Still with io9, they have a list of SF authors talking about the books they wish they’d written themselves. (Source)
  • In Scotland, they have free pole-dancing classes in the library. The library is definitely OPEN. (Source)
  • Have you read some Frankensteinbeck recently? Check out these illustrated literary puns! (Source)
  • I have honestly not read any stuff by Kieron Gillen, but I do love me some Young Avengers. The Guardian’s got a list of work that he’s done, and Phonogram certainly looks interesting! I’m now excited to pick up Young Avengers this week! (Source)
  • And in a somewhat Avengers-related vein, did you guys know that Sebastian Stan — Bucky from “Captain America: The First Avenger” — is on Broadway right now in a production of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Picnic”? He’s apparently shirtless in most of it. And trust me when I say you should check out what he looks like shirtless after the jump. (Source)

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Your week in books#25

  • CATFIGHT! There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the internet in the past few days as Twihards took offense at on-again/off-again Catholic Anne Rice declared that Lestat and Louis from “The Vampire Chronicles” would feel sorry for Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly bloodsuckers. (Source 1, Source 2)
  • More “Twilight” stuff! io9 has four clips from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn aprt 1”! (Source)
  • In case you’ve spent the past week buried under a particularly large rock, you probably know that bestselling author Nicholas Sparks spent a couple of days here in the country signing books and whatnot, all thanks to the efforts of National Book Store. In fact, the Manila Bulletin will be coming out with a three-page feature on him this Sunday!
  • I’ve managed to be indifferent to ebooks and ebook readers for the most part, but Amazon’s Lending Library kinda softens my stand on them a wee bit. (Source)

  • I’m not really into the zombie genre in general — the most I’ve been into it is my devotion to “The Walking Dead” series — so I don’t really know what to make of “Warm Bodies”, wherein a zombie falls in love with a mortal girl. It’s adapted from a book, so maybe I should check that out first? I’ll probably check this out anyway since Nicholas Hoult is in it. And one final point: Are we going to run down all the supernatural creatures of the world and pair them with humans at this point? (Source)
  • Salman Rushdie write a limerick about Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage. It’s got a lof of Ks in it. (Source)
  • The Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, goes to a biology teacher. (Source)
  • The Guardian has a great slideshow on some of the illustrations that J.R.R. Tolkien did for “The Hobbit”. (Source)
  • Also from The Guardian, a really nice essay about the pleasures of writing your stories in longhand. (Source)
  • The New York Times has put out a list of 2011’s best illustrated children’s books. They aren’t putting up any artwork until the 13th, though. (Source)
  • Finally, check out seven clips from “Immortals”! Semi-accurate Greek mythology! Shirtless Henry Cavill! Shirtless Kellan Lutz! (Source)

Your week in books#16

  • We all know that we have our very own Hobbit House here in the good ol’ Philippine Islands, but apparently Montana is also getting in on that sweet Hobbit action. Steve Michaels of Montana runs an inn with “a four-foot stump-shaped troll house, a few round-door hobbit houses with chimney pipes and several shoe-box-size fairy houses.” (Source)
  • Back when I was a prepubescent, I tried reading Stephen King’s “The Stand” and unfortunately couldn’t even make it past a quarter of it. I guess I should start looking for a copy and give it another try as David Yates and Steve Kloves (ugh) are coming up with an adaptation. (Source)
  • Anybody who followed the London riots know that the bookstore Waterstone wasn’t touched by any of the looters. The Guardian has an essay up that asks: “Was it because the looters were uneducated, or because today’s publishing industry isn’t putting out books and materials that they can relate to?” (Source)
  • The Guardian also has a great list of writing tips from several writers. I personally think Margaret Atwood’s tip are the best. (Source)
  • Hate spoilers? Science Daily says you should suck it up because spoilers don’t really…uhm…spoil the story. (Source)
  • The Google Books blog has tips on how you can share your books finds on Google+. (Source)
  • Finally, OH MY GOD, FINALLY, we come to the best part of this week’s round-up. Back in May 2010, Tyra Banks announced that she would come out with a trilogy (trilogy!) of books set in Modelland (pronounced Model-land) which is described as a place where “where ‘Intoxibellas’ are trained. Intoxibellas are drop-dead beautiful, kick-butt fierce and, yeah, maybe they have some powers too“. Well, it’s been more than a year, and Barnes and Noble just put out a sample chapter of Tyra’s book. We have characters named Tookie de la Creme (TOOKIE!), Myrracle de la Creme (MYRRACLE!!), Theophilus Lovelaces (If that is not a rip-off of Xenophilius Lovegood I will strangle myself with an umbilical cord), and Zarpessa Zarionneaux. IT’S GLORIOUS. (Source)