Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Taking it Back

After a rewatch of key scenes and some consideration I'm moderating my erstwhile enthusiasm for this week's Game of Thrones episode, and particularly the Kingsmoot. It wasn't really that good, was it, especially compared to the book material; I get that they don't want to make characters look too weird but Euron Greyjoy should at least have had an eyepatch and some of the dialogue from the book. And thinking about it, it turned out pretty lame with Asha and Theon managing to steal away a pretty large fleet in broad daylight, and Euron begging everyone to start chopping down, erm, trees to build a pursuit fleet? That was just bad.
And once I got into this mindset I began to ponder other scenes and in the end I end up with the question (again), "Why oh why can't they use more book dialogue? It is already mostly great."

Monday, May 23, 2016

Game of Thrones, Season Six: Episode 5

That moment you realize you're at a Norwegian black metal festival...
....and you like it \m/
Well well well. I still don't know the title of the actual most recent episode of Game of Thrones, but I have a suggestion:

W. T. flabbergasting F.

More than a few things I didn't see coming with this episode and now I wonder whether I should quit the rest of the season after all. I thought it was a pretty rough episode in many ways, but there were a few things here I wished I read in a book first. More after the break.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

[Re-read] Samwell I (AFFC): It's not about the Others, it's about the WAYNS

Whoops, it looks like I accidentally published this post before I was done writing it. The rest should appear after the break now.

I'm sorry I'm so slow on this re-read of A Feast with Dragons, almost as slow as these chapters were written, but here at last is a new chapter disassembled and scrutinized.

Right in the middle of Game of Thrones season six, the season I wasn't going to watch and which so far is...well, it's pretty amazing what they are able to produce, even if we're far off course from the source material. I was watching a recap of seasons 1-3 because my better half wants to catch up (basically because she heard me cry when Jon and Sansa reunited). So it looks like I'm going to watch seasons four and five again.

A man can get confused watching seasons four and five while simultaneously following season six and re-reading books four and five so excuse me for any blurring of the lines between show lore and "trve" lore in this re-read post and all re-read posts to come.

Today's chapter is Samwell Tarly's first chapter in A Feast for Crows. 

dun-dun-DUN-dun, dun-dun-DUN-dun

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Winds of Winter still not cancelled

Busy week for fans of all things George RR Martin. Not just an episode that brought together two characters that have been apart since 1996 (I learned consequently that I definitely wasn't the only one getting the feels from that reunion), but George himself actually mentioned the title of his next book over on his blog, AND proceeded to grace us with another sample from said book! It's not an entirely new, out of left field thing, though; it has been read at cons. But still. Martin. The gift that keeps on giving.

You want to know what the Sand Snakes, Prince Doran, Areo Hotah, Ellaria Sand, Darkstar, and the rest will be up to in WINDS OF WINTER? Quite a lot, actually. The sample will give you a taste. For the rest, you will need to wait.

Wait. What? I have to wait?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Game of Thrones 6 / 4, "Book of the Stranger"

I hate that I haven't been able to watch the latest episode in one sitting. Instead, I've watched it, over the last couple of days, a few scenes at a time. Actually, it isn't that bad, as the scenes themselves often feel quite disconnected from the other scenes. Still, looking forward to seeing the whole episode in one nice chunk of ice and fire. And blood.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Game of Thrones, Episode 3 - Oathbreaker

Yay, I managed to get through the week without spoiling myself (except for the teaser) and, I know I'm on repeat here, it's such an exhilarating experience to go into a new episode knowing there will be surprises.

I did expect that, after two fairly intense episodes, the third episode would settle into a more relaxed groove, with more talking scenes and less action/shock/drama. I feel I was right about this, especially with council meetings both in King's Landing and Meereen, but I still got the feels many times throughout the episode.

It's also a relief to get some confirmation on things I've wondered about for sixteen fricking years.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

GoT Sunday

Finally planting my ass in the beloved couch after a four-day trip.

What I learned from the trip:

Be careful when you read books on your smartphone. You might just pick it up from your pocket and discover your phone's been purchasing ebooks from your trousers.
How this happened I'll never know. I didn't even leave the Kindle app open. Fortunately, and bizarrely, I bought two cheap books.
Even stranger - both were George RR Martin books. You may think that isn't strange because I'm a Martin nut, but I don't think I've even browsed the man, why should I? I already have it all.
The two books that turned up in my Kindle library were the comic trade paperbacks of The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword...of course. So now I have the print trade paperbacks, the print issues, the original releases in the anthologies, dammit I might as well buy A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

Fellowship of the Ring, the first Peter Jackson-directed movie based on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is not nearly as good as I once claimed it to be. Where I once was overwhelmed and touched in the theater, I now found myself annoyed at the overuse of slow motion, but what irritated me the most was Elijah Wood. So the movie turned into a drinking game - take a beer everytime it looks as if Frodo has constipation. By the end of the film, I knew I had had too much to drink.

Incidentally, I was again stunned, nay floored, by the vitality and thoroughness of J.R.R.'s setting, and how much I love the slightly archaic but oh so beautiful prose (yeah I'm talking about the book now), and how much I relish that deep sense of wonder the good professor managed to evoke...it is almost ridiculous how many owe him for the brilliance of The Lord of the Rings, including our very own George. The pervasive sense of mythology, the dripping atmosphere...there is something so achingly compelling about The Lord of the Rings...

...but it doesn't have Tyrion Lannister.

Well, well, it's GoT Sunday again, and I am actually excited to see if they can continue the streak, though the trailer doesn't impress me much. Will we be waddling through talking heads-scenes again, or will it offer slices of drama?

I'm still not happy with the way they treated Roose Bolton. That was literally character assassination. I hope Book Roose remains the cunning and disturbing and ruthless man who would see Ramsay's dagger coming from across the Narrow Sea.