Thursday, November 12, 2015


Give the man a mirror!
My oh my, the days fly by, and A Song of Ice and Fire is all but forgotten in the rampant lead-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I haven't been this excited for a geek product since A Feast for Crows' publication date was announced. I've gone from cautiously optimistic to overhyped with the release of two teasers, one trailer, one Japanese trailer, and various behind-the-scenes footage. Perhaps not a good thing, considering how badly burnt I was on the prequel trilogy, but so far everything I've seen looks pretty awesome. The only crux is the plot and character types which - minor spoiler - feel a bit too recycled from the original trilogy. Where the prequels went too far off the charts like Anakin's midichlorian count, the sequels seem to hew too close. Ah well, 32 days and I'll be sinking back in the chair, tears in my eyes, ready to witness this piece of ... yeah, it's just a movie, but for me Star Wars is a little more than just that. It's perhaps the closest I can come to a kind of spirituality, in spite of all the silly things. Perhaps because I've loved it since I was a child, and it never let go; kind of like how many people can't get let go of certain notions and beliefs that have been there since childhood. Star Wars isn't really an "adult" tale like A Song of Ice and Fire - it's suitable for most ages, but there's a certain resonating mythmaking in the original trilogy combined with spectacular designs that will always push this franchise to the top of my love list, even if it lies dormant. A Song of Ice and Fire then, the first three books, is the closest any other franchise has come to sniff at that first spot on the love list, but the author isn't making it any easy to continue to live the fantasy, eh?

That being said, I guess it's been so long since I have visited George's blog, I better take a look to update myself on the progress of that next book whatever it was called.

"More Hugo Thoughts."
A great short story full of more thoughts, at 737 words, this post contains approximately 0% useful information for a fan of Martin's saga.

"Suicide Girls."
A nice reminder that there's some kind of weird movie playing in Martin's private cinema. This is of course extremely useful for the 99.99% of his readers living elsewhere in the world. Update info: 0%.

"Signed Books."
Why the hell would I want a signed book from this man? Spend those two words and two letters on The Winds of Winter instead, Mr. Can someone ask him to sign a copy of book six?

"Maybe you CAN go home again..."
Wow, that sounds like a piece of poignant dialogue from the upcoming book, but who knows? This post is all about Martin not writing on the book, so I couldn't care less.

"Back to Evanston"
Right. Fuck.

"Hugo Thoughts"
The exciting prequel to More Hugo Thoughts, this short story at 729 words is as useful as a dead mouse found in a used diaper.

"Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Ooooh, betrayal and murder and bloodshed? Or is that just another sports commentary written by someone who is better off writing about comic books and toy knights?

"Books for Brains"
I realize you had fun there, Mr. Martin, I really do.

"Three Cheers for Snod"
First reading it as "snot" I wondered what this was going to be about. The post is as interesting as reading Star Trek fan fiction written with Egyptian hieroglyphs. Upside down. While being molested by an angry ferret.

And on and on it goes. Yes, there have been a lot of Not a Posts, and not one of them has any relevance to A Song of Ice and Fire. Why can't the man at least try to give his fans a post, just once in a while? It's not like it was his other work that made him the stinking rich celebrity he is today.


Aw, what the hell. TA-TAAAAAAA! ta-ta-ta-TAAAAA-TAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!


I still don't know when I'll continue with my re-read of A Feast with Dragons. As I've said, motivation is low, partially because of the insanity of waiting so long for a new book, and partially because those two last books drag on and on and dance with drag ons, they are so boring I'm not sure I can handle the pain of it all, despite my initial positive attitude going in, the goal being to better appreciate the work.

Right now, though, I have a hopefully awesome weekend ahead, when my old gaming group from the late 90s/early 00s is coming together for a weekend of nostalgia featuring weird-shaped dice, character sheets and all the other geek stuff used in roleplaying games. Swords shall be drawn, and spells will surely be cast, and cold drinks will most likely feature heavily and I'm so excited I can barely hide it. Two days without responsibility - what a luxury!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blog dead?

While I'm not exactly posting mass amounts of geek stuff these days, I am intent on getting on with my re-read of A Feast with Dragons. It's just been a fantastically busy fall so far, and I've had to set my priorities straight. Keeping this blog alive came pretty far down the list, unfortunately, but I hope to soon be back and rolling.
In fact, I've started the next re-read post many weeks ago, and added a paragraph inbetween everything else during the last month or so, so I am kind of getting there, but slowly. Just like a certain author, except an update!

Saturday, October 3, 2015


A Game of Thrones: The Coloring Book.

Insanity prevails.
This world.
Is it even real?
I'm *this* close to giving up on the man and his works.
I can't deal with it anymore.
The long, looooong, loooooooooooooooooooooooong third wait.
And he manages to defecate a post about a fricking COLORING BOOK FOR ADULTS.

How about just publishing a book of blank pages.
The Winds of Winter: The COLORING BOOK FOR ADULTS.

I've had it with this [expletive deleted]
I'll be enjoying the hype-ride of Star Wars instead.
And lovingly lose myself in RPG books.

You had me at "We should start back", urged Gared, (paraphrasing here!!) but you're losing me right now.

I'm thinking it will be a miracle if we ever see Winds in print.
Damn it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Week in Geek

Yeah, things have definitely been quiet on the re-read front. My apologies for that. It's a busy time of the year - and I've been geeking out on other stuff. I've had ups and downs with A Song of Ice and Fire before, but right now I'm just not as passionate about it anymore. My interest in Game of Thrones waned to nothing during season five. No news or updates or anything regarding The Winds of Winter. It's like the franchise died a little and only book six can revive it. A bit like Jon Snow, then. Whoooops spoiler for a four year old book.

So what has been occupying my geek mind? Well, there was the second headstart for Sword Coast Legends, a Dungeons & Dragons video game that I had high hopes for. Long story short, I asked for a refund.

I've been tinkering a lot with my own setting, having a blast making maps and making up lore. It began with a small corner of the world, and now I've moved on to other continents. Absurdly geeky, but something about doing stuff like this is, I don't know, I just get totally engrossed.

As for reading, I'm still busy with Django Wexler's The Thousand Names, and it is still very good, but I've also been reading Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens: Aftermath, by Chuck Windig, as well as my latest acquisitions in my mad attempt at collecting everything Forgotten Realms, a big pile of sourcebooks that technically should see me through many years of entertainment.
And of course I've spent way too much time browsing forums related to my geek passions, but I barely bother to check out Ice & Fire sites these days.

Just for kicks - you never know - I'm going to check Martin's blog now, in the vain hope....

...oh. Game of Thrones, numerous Emmys.
Well that's great and should've come earlier, now HBO will think that season five was somehow good. And Martin of course will be full of it and do another round of exhausting interviews with the same tired questions and yes the Emmys basically means The Winds of Winter just got postponed a little more. Grrreat!

Oh well.

Coming up: Re-reading A Feast with Dragons

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

[Re-read] Jon I - Notice Something. Stop. Notice Something. Stop. Talk. Stop. Move. Notice Something.

It's time to check out another A Feast with Dragons chapter! As you may have noticed during my re-read of Brienne I it was mostly an annoying experience as I felt the chapter was slow, plodding, with little coloration and little development of, well, anything. Unfortunately (perhaps) the next chapter up in the suggested reading order is Jon I from A Dance with Dragons, which I seem to recall wasn't exactly an edge-of-your-seat chapter, either. Hopefully, it will bring some character development, or a new look at stuff, or, you know, whatever. Join me and together we shall re-read Jon's first chapter in nine or so years (at the time) as father and son. Heavy spoilers for everything A Song of Ice and Fire, including, but not limited to, Jon Snow's last chapter in A Dance with Dragons! You have been warned. Also, bewbs. Maybe. And I know I should try and be a bit quicker with this re-read to get that feeling of a more cohesive narrative, which is the whole point of mixing together the chapters of these two novels - however, I have a hard enough time as it is getting a post done once or twice a fortnight, so please bear with me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Omsider

September Omsider is a song (by Norwegian black metallers Taake, which I love to listen to from time to time), meaning something like "September, At Last". I've been saying 'september omsider' all day because it's a month I've been excited about for some time, as it promises a number of entertainment products I have been anxiously awaiting (there goes my tirade from yesterday about the capitalistic industry).

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Week in Geek

Summer decided to arrive precisely on the day I went back to work, and the sun continues to glare accusingly at me through the office window. I'm not complaining - the world is so full of wrong these days that being forced to stay inside becomes...nothing. 

To avoid worrying overly much about things I can do little about, I have, of course, a bunch of other worlds to escape into. I've almost finished Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, currently fighting my way through the excellent Durlag's Tower (originally part of the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion). The game is almost twenty years old, but has lost none of its charm. I simply love it. GOG released eleven even older Forgotten Realms video games and so I am looking forward to explore, for the first time in the case of many of these titles, games that look so old that I have trouble understanding what I'm actually supposed to see. Weird how fast computer graphics have developed in twenty plus years. Not even sure I'll be able to play through these titles - except the three classic Eye of the Beholder games which I find are still tolerable. Barely.