"The PERFECT BOOK to read when there's Nothing on TV"
to skulk around and browse in the
discount bookstores such as
BookSale and Books For Less:
While NBS, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked
are excellent establishments all,
the fact remains that they employ book "buyers"
who have to keep in mind what the Pinoy Reader
might be interestested in buying.
Hence, with a few notable exceptions,
you'll likely find the exact same selection
(of prohibitively priced publications)
on the shelves of these major booksellers...
Which is certainly the opposite of the wild, untamed variety
available in the bargain chains, all of which seem to use
a shotgun approach in getting used/unsold books in bulk
from the United States, the U.K., and Australia.
And while a lot of chaff must be separated from the grain,
the intrepid reader is almost guaranteed to find gems like
this absurdly interesting book that I found in the
Books For Less
at the undiscovered hidden treasure trove that is
the best "small mall" in MetroManila.
details the trials and tribulations
the blood, sweat, and tears,
the low comedy and the high drama
behind the creation, launch, and worldwide domination
of the most famous TV shows of the past decade:
It's certainly a keeper,
chock full of extremely detailed minutiae of
the producers' behind-the-scenes machinations,
the quirks of the directors,
the abuse of the writers,
the egos of the actors, and
the genius and the greed of the networks
that somehow combine in grand ways
and allow TV addicts to get their weekly fix.
And all this entertainment about entertainment,
in an almost new (published 2006!) hardcover (!)
that cost the grand old sum of P199.00 (!!!).
It's the book that you'll want to read
even when there's Something on TV!!!