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Your week in books#42

Confession: I’ve only watched three episodes of Game of Thrones

  • George R. R. Martin says that there will be twists in the upcoming Winds of Winter that won’t be in the HBO show. As everyone knows, the series has already overtaken the books when it comes to the events that happen, so whatever happens from this point forward is anybody’s guess. (The Guardian)
  • If any of you guys follow me on my Goodreads account, you’ll know that I’ve taken up to reading comics again – yes, despite that horrible time in my childhood – and I’ve been having a really great time with it. As such, I’ve been keeping abreast of comic book news. io9 has news on Marvel’s Timely Comics imprint, its latest initiative to keep new and lapsed comic book readers up to date on what’s happening in the Marvel Universe. (io9)
  • I recently got myself a Netflix account, and it has been a glorious timesuck that has kept me from being productive during days off. While I haven’t gotten around to watching Making  Murderer just yet, I do know that it’s immensely popular. That may be good for Netflix, but apparently it’s not so good for Wisconsin prosecutor Michael Griesbach – his book has experienced an upsurge in negative reviews ever since the documentary became popular. (Galleycat)
Finn Jones
Finn Jones
  • Just to keep the Game of Thrones thread going, The Hollywood Reporter says that Ser Loras Tyrell has been cast as Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, in the latest Marvel Netflix series. As you can see via attached photo, Finn Jones is very white. A petition had been going around to have an Asian-American play the role of Danny Rand, so this bit of casting news has a lot of people disappointed. I, personally, echo the sentiment of Comic Book Resources Albert Ching: Isn’t having an Asian-American – specifically one partly East Asian – equally as racist? Just because it’s about martial arts, it has to be an Asian-American of East Asian descent? (The Hollywood Reporter, Comic Book Resources)
  • Finally, people my age grew up reading those Archie digests on the way to and from school. ADMIT ITDECADES LATER, the CW is making a live action show out of it, and have assembled a cast of predictably hot teens and twentysomthings-as-teens. Kiwi actor KJ Apa has been cast as Archie Andrews, and just based on the photos you’ll see under the cut, I may just tune in and watch the show! (The Mary Sue)

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Ronreads interview: Lauren Oliver – Part 1

The crowd at Lauren Oliver’s book signing.

She’s touring Australia now, but for a few days last week, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver was in the country stumping for her latest book, “Pandemonium”, the sequel to “Delirium”.

While her visit was short and sweet, Lauren Oliver was still able to squeeze in some time for an interview with yours truly, other media outlets, as well as with Ms. Xandra Ramos Padilla of National Book Store.

While I had my own time to interview Lauren, I also attended her interview with Ms. Xandra Ramos Padilla. For those who weren’t able to make it that day, I’m posting the full transcript of that interview under the cut. Tomorrow, I’ll put up the complete transcript of the interview I did with her.

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Your week in books#24

  • Here’s a short and interesting clip where book cover designer Chip Kidd talks about how he designed the book jacket for Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84”.
  • Following this Murakami route, there’s a really great profile of him on the New York Times. (Source)
  • Fans of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and H&M are in for a treat as the retail chain releases a clothing line inspired by the book and the upcoming Hollywood adaptation. (Source)
  • “A Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin talks about Peter Dinklage, the TV adaptation of his famous series, and how he sometimes turns to Westeros.org to keep his facts straight. (Source)
  • The Guardian takes a look at the latest ‘Sherlock Holmes” story penned by “Stormbreaker” author Anthony Horowitz. (Source)
  • Check out this great illustration of Batman battling all his foes at the Wayne Manor! (Source)
  • Finally, “Harry Potter” characters drawn as hipsters. (Source)
  • Edited to add: “Hunger Games” character posters under the cut!

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Book to Series Recap: Game of Thrones Ep. 3 “Lord Snow”

Or, Reading is Essential

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had one of these around here, huh? Or at least it feels like it’s been quite a while. Mostly this blog has been Tyra Banks this and “Modelland” that. Hopefully, the next few entires will provide little patches of non-Modelland air!

The last time we lest the sassy Starks of Winterfell, the two sisters were quarreling, the Hot Bastard was on his way to a very cold place, and Bran has just woken up from his boo-boo.

In today’s episode, we have: Bitch, bitch everywhere and not a drop to drink! The Cersei Lannister school of inbred parenting! Swordplay!

As usual, NSFW.

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Book to Series Recap: Game of Thrones Ep. 2 “The Kingsroad”

Or, Tyrion’s pimp hand is strong

The last time we were at Chateau Stark, Bran had fallen to his apparent death, or at least that’s what those who didn’t read the book thought had happened. You see, people who only watched the series and didn’t even bother looking at the Wikipedia page of the book “Game of Thrones” was based on have some really weird conversations about this whole shebang.

One person, for instance, had this to say about Ned Stark’s demise: “Maganda pa rin kaya ang next season” The lack of punctuation is totally theirs. Yes, maybe I am expecting too much from people, but Jesus. Jesus.

But anyway, let’s move on. In “The Kingsroad”, we have: The Britney Spears and Kevin Federline of the Seven Kingdoms, bitches galore, and Tyrion Lannister’s pimp hand of awesomeness.

As usual, NSFW all around.

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Book to Series Recap: Game of Thrones Ep. 1 “Winter is Coming”

Or, When Titties Attack!

Welcome one and all to the first ever Book to Series Recap!

As the title suggests, I will be writing recaps of television series’ episodes. Since my blog is still a book blog, the series has to be one based on a book. My first choice was to do “True Blood”, since it’s currently airing, but I hadn’t read any of  the books and starting now wouldn’t help any since the series finale is airing this Monday.

The next logical choice, of course, was “Game of Thrones”. Not only had I just finished reading the book it’s based on, it just received a boatload of Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Peter Dinklage.

In “Winter is Coming” , we have: Fremen, winter edition! Hot bastards! Doggie style! and let’s not forget tits, tits, and tits!

(Warning: So much NSFW material under the cut!)

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Book review: George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones”

“Winter is Coming” by Joel Watson from Hijinks Ensue

So here I am, about a decade and a half late with George R. R. Martin’s epic “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Everyone and their mother’s second cousin twice removed has probably already read and written down their thoughts about these books, and I’m just yet another voice in the chorus.

Nevertheless, I hope you guys indulge me a bit as I give my two cents worth on a book you’ve all probably heard about over and over and over again the past year. I’ll try to be quick about it, I swear! And if for some reason you are even more behind than I am, I promise to have as few spoilers as can be managed.

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Your week in books #11

First off, apologies for the lack of updates for the past week. Not only am I busy at my day job, I am currently slogging my way through a thousand-page work which I cannot talk about here because of legal considerations. DUN-DUN-DUN!

I will hopefully be able to finish this book over the weekend and move on to other works that I can feature on the blog. But for the meantime, enjoy this week’s round-up of news!

  • With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” arriving in theaters next week, the Boy Who Lived is what is hogging the headlines right now. Newspapers from both sides of the pond are looking back at a decade of Potter, with varying opinions on whether J.K. Rowling’s hold on popular culture has been a boon or a bane for us all. (Source 1, Source 2)
  • Another fantasy series is also in the news, and it is George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”. It’s sixth book, “A Dance with Dragons”, has just been accidentally shipped to over a hundred readers in Germany. To say that Martin is pissed is an understatement; he says he will “mount the head on a spike” of the Amazon employee who made the costly mistake. (Source)
  • I rarely buy my books online — I like going to bookstores — but I do know that a monopoly in the book selling business will not be good for readers or my pockets. So just like fellow book blogger Honey, I would prefer that Amazon and The Book Depository to be separate entities. (Source)
  • It seems like J.D. Salinger’s letters are just popping up everywhere. A new batch has been discovered that reveals that the author of “The Catcher in the Rye” and “Franny and Zooey” found graduations “pretentious” and that he had a deep love for cats. (Source)
  • Finally, here’s an interesting idea. Twenty-six crime authors — from Alexander McCall Smith to RL Stine — have collaborated to come up with “No Rest for the Dead”. Each of the authors were just provided an outline of the chapter they were going to write and pretty much nothing else. (Source)