Tuesday, May 19, 2015

[Re-read] Tyrion I: Wine, whores and song

Come to the Dark Side...we have mushrooms.
Right, so wow, I went onto the great interwebs last night after watching episode six, and there sure was a storm blowing - that last scene with Ramsay, Theon, and Sansa sure sparked a controversy, and I can totally understand why. It is a disturbing scene, perhaps extra so because this happens to a character we like, and who has seen nothing but setbacks since the beginning of the story. Remember when she was sitting in front of a mirror and her mother was combing her hair, and she was dreaming of becoming the queen and all that? Sansa is like the embodiment of that age-old expression, "Shit happens".

Monday, May 18, 2015

[Impressions] Game of Thrones 5.6, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"

Holy defecation, I know I sound like the needle skipping but come on, how fast do these weeks fly by? I was sure to have done at least two re-read chapters this week and here I am, with another episode of Game of Thrones instead.
Life is meaningful and has way too few hours a day. Oh well.
Things are looking up in terms of finding some writing time in the coming weeks, so there's that. And I really need to tune down the time I've spent gaming the last weeks. I usually play videogames in short bursts, a couple of weeks where I'm hopelessly addicted and then *pop* I lose interest for a long period. I'm still playing Pillars of Eternity, though my gametime is down to less than an hour a week; it's still bloody brilliant, but I kind of lost the story somewhere and want to start fresh, so it's been languishing.

More time has been spent playing actual tabletop RPGs over the Internet, using a nice free utility called Roll20, which I highly recommend to anyone who would like to bring back some of those glory days rolling dice until the hour of the wolf (or whatever) in a slightly different way. Beware, though. It eats time. So, yeah. Not much reading. The Red Knight...I read a little every night, but I've also added a short story anthology to the schedule so I read one short too before the eyelids fall down. But I really need to pick up speed with my A Feast with Dragons re-read, especially with Game of Thrones altering my perception of certain events and characters at a pace never before seen in the world of Westeros (certainly not seen in Santa Fe). Without further ado, a quick look at the sixth episode of the season, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken". I have a feeling this episode will feature House Martell. Or, if they're being ironic, Theon Greyjoy, Heh.
I haven't actually seen the episode yet, as I am going to stream it and try to pop down some thoughts simultaneously so I can clear the rest of the evening for, well, some reading and perhaps if I'm fast enough something geeky to fill that ever-emptying cup of nerdity. Haven't seen or read any reviews or comments either. I am curious...

Monday, May 11, 2015

[Review] Game of Thrones 5.5: "Kill the Boy"

(Prepare for book and show spoilers and speculation inside!)

One thing's for sure, Game of Thrones weeks fly by with a blinding speed. Barely having found the time to digest episode four, and episode five has already aired; we're already halfway through the fifth season and it still feels as if it was yesterday that HBO announced the series, and perhaps the day before that the first rumors appeared that Martin's work might possibly become a TV series. To top it off, the show has moved into territory as unknown for us hardcore readers as for the viewers of the show, which makes the experience of watching this season both exciting and mind-boggling. It's a good thing, probably, that Martin hasn't revealed how close the continued story-lines (Sansa's primarily) are to plot developments in The Winds of Winter, but I certainly hope the show diverges as much as it feels divergent. I mean, where's Jeyne Poole? Harry the Heir? Sansa's story is not even similar to her arc in the books anymore. The good thing about that is that the books will remain the books and a must-read even after seeing the show. And now, without further ado, episode five, season five.
I haven't seen or read anything about this episode, so I'm coming in completely unbiased (except that I'm a book fan first, of course).

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Hymn for Spring

From Tower of the Hand:

Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, our second essay book, is officially on sale now at Amazon for $7.99. The ebook contains eleven original essays about A Song of Ice and Fire, written by Tower of the Hand contributors and our frequent collaborators. Editor Marc Kleinhenz worked very hard, through good times and bad, to assemble this collection of essays, and we're all very proud of the end result. If you enjoy the essays we offer here on Tower of the Hand, we're sure you'll appreciateA Hymn for Spring just as well. We're also sure that you'll want to discuss the essays in detail, so be sure to let us know what you think in the dedicated threads below. Thanks, and enjoy!

This should definitely be worth the money for the Ice & Fire-fan who feels like staying with the setting while its master works on the next book. No, I'm not in it (just to say that I have no motive for posting this other than as a news item).

It does allow me, however, to say that my own book, long-delayed but finished years ago, Waiting for Winter: Re-reading A CLASH OF KINGS (Part II) will be out in the foreseeable future as well, and then its time to turn in the third book collecting my observations on A Storm of Swords.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

[Review] Game of Thrones 5.4, "Sons of the Harpy"

So...dashing. And. according to a friend, if you squint I kinda look like him. So...dashing.
So what's up in the world of Ice & Fire, because I don't have a clue (maybe George has written another short story on his blog about awards). I'm way too excited about the Vanity Fair photoshoot revealing tantalizing glimpses of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I'm all giddy. Well, as giddy as you can get when you've reached the venerable age of forty (dammit). In fact, I completely forgot it's a new week, and thus a new episode of Game of Thrones. I've seen it now, though, because I did obviously not completely forget, so here is my opinion on the fourth episode of a season that so far, doesn't tug at my heart strings all too much - and certainly not the way the image of X-Wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron, in a posture reminiscent of glorified WW2 propaganda posters, almost makes me want to shed a tear of joy. But now: Harpies, not starfighter pilots!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

[Re-read] "Hear me Buzz"

All right, definitely time for a new chapter of my re-read of both books four and five in George R.R. Martin's obsession-inducing saga. I have combined them in the order suggested over at Boiled Leather which means that chapter five for me is the first Cersei Lannister-chapter. And boy does seeing that "Cersei" heading bring back memories of the first time I ate this door-stopper of a book.
[Be ye wary of spoilers; spoilers galore, from all over the saga.]

Monday, April 27, 2015

Game of Thrones 5.3, "High Sparrow"

Right, I'm a bit strapped for time again these days, hence the lack of a new re-read post, but it is coming like winter.. perhaps a bit sooner than that. Anyway, we're in the third week already of Game of Thrones' fifth season. I reviewed the two previous episodes scene by scene, this time around - again, because of that time factor - I'm just going to try and do this quickly so that I may read the next chapter of A Feast with Dragons, which, according to my calculations, will be another chapter from the fourth novel in the series, and will be the first POV featuring none other than Cersei Lannister herself. But before that, the High Sparrow. Speaking of Cersei, the fifth season is kind of Cersei's season isn't it? Seems that Lena Headey's getting the best story material to work with, and she's doing such a great job with it too. All right, Episode 5.3 right after the clicky thingy below.