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!
- 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!
It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these things!
- Of course, the biggest thing happening in the country this March — at least for fans of YA — is the upcoming visit by bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She’ll be signing books at the Powerbooks at Greenbelt 4 on March 25, 3 p.m. And, five fans may even get to have lunch with her! Details are over at National Book Store’s Facebook page. (Source)
- Lauren Oliver isn’t the only person that National Book Store is bringing over! As reported by Comic Book Resources, Mark Millar will also be visiting the country in May! (Source)
- The University of the Philippines is also holding a month-long book sale in celebration of its 47th anniversary! All UP Press titles, bestsellers, and new releases will be sold at a 20 percent discount, and all consigned titles at a 5 percent discount. The book sale runs from March 1 – 31, 2012. The UP Press bookstore is located at E. de los Santos Street, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City and is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
- A book blog by the Guardian ponders on what effect the increasing popularity of book trailers has on the books themselves. (Source)
- Batman is named the greatest comic book hero. Of the top 10 heroes listed, Wonder Woman is the only…woman. (Source)
- After facing protests from a group called “One Million Moms”, Life with Archie #16 — featuring the interracial gay marriage of character Kevin Keller — flies off the bookshelves. (Source)
- The New York Times has a really interesting story on The Physical Archive of the Internet Arhive, which seeks to “collect one copy of every book.” (Source)