Sorry about the scarcity of posts lately, my readers numbering in the single digits. Not only has my work life been a wee bit hectic, but the holidays have, quite frankly, only inspired me to be incredibly lazy. And also a little self-indulgent.
Which is why I got myself a little something something as a Christmas gift. Because I am forever alone.
Way back in 2009, Maggie Stiefvater came out with “Shiver”, a young adult supernatural romance that came with an interesting take on the werewolf mythos. Not only did it land on the New York Times Bestseller List, its momentum also propelled the next two books in “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” series – “Linger” and “Forever” – to become similar successes.
Stiefvater’s latest work couldn’t be more of a departure from her werewolf trilogy. In “The Scorpio Races”, Stiefvater takes us to the fictional island of Thisby, home to the capaill uisce – or water horses – and venue for the dangerous but crowd-pleasing Scorpio Races.
Will Stiefvater once again be ahead of the pack with this new story and new mythology? Or will “The Scorpio Races” be left in the dust of the success of “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” series?
When I was a lot younger, I was really into the film “Snow Falling On Cedars”, so much so that I had to cut back on my obsessive buying of buttered corn (Don’t ask.) just so I could save up to buy a copy of the book. More than a decade later (!), I still haven’t gotten around to reading the book, and David Guterson has won the Literary Review’s “Bad Sex in Fiction” award. (Source)
Should I be worried that Amazon has acquired Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books? (Source)
Aside from buying Marshall Cavendish, Amazon is also investing $6 million dollars for the authors who participate in its Kindle Lending Library. (Source)
I have to admit that as of late, my resistance to ebooks and ebook readers has been slowly but surely deteriorating. I’ve been eyeing the Kindle Fire for a while now, and if I get my finances in order — probably sometime the next millennium — I may actually get one. So what to do when even diehard “solid book” fans like myself are considering changing sides? Publishers seem to have decided that making books prettier is the answer. (Source)
That painting over there is supposedly Jane Austen, author of “Pride and Prejudice”, “Sense and Sensibility”, and “Emma”. Certainly looks better than the other famous Jane Austen portrait, where she looks like she just noticed someone farted in the drawing room. (Source)
In England, poet laureate Ted Hughes — who most people probably know more as Sylvia Plath’s husband — is being honored with a slab at Westminster Abbey. (Source)
I was introduced to the works of Kurt Vonnegut by Taylor Hanson (Don’t ask.), and I’ve loved his works ever since. Even the new biography that paints him as a bitter, angry man with a temper isn’t going to change that. (Source)
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT. Here’s what “Watchmen”, “V for Vendetta” and “Lost Girls” creator Alan Moore has to say about “300” author Frank Miller (TEAM ALAN MOORE!) (Source):
“Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past 20 years. I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny; 300 [a 1998 comic book series] appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.”
So here’s a funny thing that happened last week. I was just sitting in front of my computer, bashing the keyboard since that’s the only way I manage to put out something halfway readable, and I noticed something weird about my blog statistics.
See, on a good day, I usually get x amount of visitors to my blog, usually drawn here by the search words “alex pettyfer shirtless”, “kellan lutz shirtless”, and “winter is coming big tits”. Sometimes, when I get linked by National Book Store, it rockets upwards to around y amount of visitors.
But last week, views on my blog skyrocketed to z, and after the initial celebration I wondered what spurred this sudden interest. Did I get linked over on National Book store’s Facebook once again? Turns out I didn’t. So who did I have to thank for this surge in views?
Apparently, I had Tyra to thank because last week she debuted the moving fashion editorial you see at the top of this post. It’s all about her book, “Modelland”, and it generated enough interest for people to start looking for reviews of the book online. And guess who’s been taking the pains to review it chapter by chapter.
It’s gay pride day here in the Philippines, and I had planned to be at the pride parade and maybe even at the parties afterwards, but things just didn’t go my way today. I had a really early appointment this morning, a coverage halfway across the metropolis after that, and then a throbbing headache to top it all off.
So rather than walk in solidarity with my LGBTQI brothers and sisters, I just headed home and did the gayest thing I could think of that did not involve some guy’s genitals — I decided to read and review another chapter of Tyra Banks’ “Modelland”.
It can’t be a hate crime if the violence is self-inflicted, right? Maybe a self-hate crime at the most.
The chapter title is “Bou-Big-Tique Nation””. I may choke on my own vomit.
Here’s another trailer for Disney’s “John Carter”, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s “A Princess of Mars”. This one doesn’t look as impressive as the one released months ago, but I am always willing to shell out money for shirtless Taylor Kitsch. Also, Michael “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” Chabon wrote the script.
At around the same time that the trailer for “John Carter” made its online debut, the trailer for “Hugo” — Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning novel — was also vying for people’s eyeballs. Now it’s just been named the best film of 2011 by the National Board of Review. (Source)
Speaking of the bests of 2011, the New York Times has published its list of the 10 best books of 2011. (Source)
I’ve been an ebook denier for so long now, but I have to admit that as 2012 approaches my stance is slowly, slowly softening. Heck, even Ray Bradbury has changed his mind, finally allowing “Fahrenheit 451” to be made available as an ebook.
The above illustration by artist Kevin Bolk has gotten so popular, even The Guardian is writing about it. In case it’s not obvious what it’s about, Bolk drew the male Avengers the way Black Widow was posed in the movie’s first few promotional materials. (Source)
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez wins a 17-year legal fight centered around his novel, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. The other man in the fight, Miguel Reyes Palencia, says that the character of Bayardo San Roman was based on him and that he deserved co-author credits as well as 50 percent of the book’s royalties. (Source)
Check out new images from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows” over at Cinemablend! (Source)
In “Ender’s Game” news, Filipino-American actress Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to be part of the film adaptation’s cast. (Source)
Christopher Meloni, famous for his butt scenes in “Oz”, is apparently interested in being part of the fifth season of “True Blood”. If any more hot guys join that show I am going to have to buy an HD TV. (Source)
Known beautiful man and maybe gay Ben Whishaw is set to play Q in the newest Bond movie, “Skyfall”. And in case you have no idea what he looks like, check the pics under the cut! (Source)