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Book review: E. L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Just in case you guys weren’t aware, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, E. L. James novel of billionaire Dominants and the women who love them, is really, really popular. Vintage bought it for a reported seven-figure sum, and Universal and Focus Features have bought the movie rights for an undisclosed amount of money. Which only means one thing:  big bucks.

And it’s a phenomena that hasn’t just been happening in the United States either. Here on our very own Catholic shores — where anti-RH Bill and anti-Anti-Gender Discrimination Bill Bienvenido Abante has been protesting the “satanic” Lady Gaga — the most scandalous erotica of the season is constantly out of stock. I just asked the customer service people at the National Bookstore in SM Manila and they could only find one copy — in Davao.

Obviously, this book has got everybody and their grandmothers hot and bothered. And since I am a notorious follower of fads with no mind of my own, I checked the book out to find out for myself what the buzz was all about.

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Your week in books #14

It’s been a really busy week for me, with several interviews taking place one after another, that it’s been a little difficult to update this here blog. But I’m back now, O Faithful Readers in the Threes!

There’s been a post I’ve been itching to write for two weeks now that I hope you guys will really like. Watch out later in the day because I will definitely put it up before the weekend. But for the meantime this round-up of news will have to do!

  • Wesley Scroggins

    If there’s one thing that really gets me riled up, it’s censorship. I don’t like it when it’s done to movies and I most definitely do not like when it’s done to books. It’s even doubly frustrating when these shenanigans go down in this day and age. So you can just imagine my contempt for the man on the right, Wesley Scroggins, who successfully campaigned to have Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”, Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak”, and Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” removed from a high school library and its curriculum. If there’s any silver lining in this, those kids will be searching the internet for ebooks of those three novels because that’s certainly what I would if somebody told me I couldn’t read something because it’s “dirty”. (Source)

  • The Man Booker longlist is out, and this year’s list looks a little different as four of the novels included are debut works. There also seems to be more “genre” books this time around, which I’m certainly happy about. If a book’s good, it’s good, even if it’s “just a thriller”. (Source)
  • I’m sure most of my readers from the Philippines notice that paperback books arrive really early here on our shores. Aside from the fact that it’s a tough battle to sell hardcovers here (I asked), it also looks like publishers are really pushing for paperback editions to come out earlier, mostly as a reaction to the rising popularity of ebooks. (Source)
  • Finally, Lady Gaga, along with fashion photographer Terry Richardson, will be collaborating on a book of photographs chronicling a year in the Mother Monster’s life. (Source)