oH MY GOD I JUST FOUND THIS IN MY SECONDHAND COPY OF A STORM OF SWORDS????
Heed the warning!
FUCK THAT BOOK AND FUCK THAT CHAPTER, MAN
Sometimes, I think all books should come with such warnings.
I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off.
To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much."
George R.R. Martin (via helenofdestroy)
Oh man, this is my new favorite tune. I’ll be singing it all day. Maybe this will give me the courage to keep waiting as GRRM takes his freakin’ time getting the next book out.
Ugh…the wait is unbearable, who am I kidding!?!
I read the Lord of the Rings and stuff, but I really only turned to the George R.R. Martin serial because I knew there was a TV show coming out and I felt like I should know what all the hubbub was about. I was initially very embarrassed to be reading it because it wasn’t a metaphor or an allegory of any kind. You know, like, there’s no question that the Lord of the Rings was about war, the mechanization of England, the industrialization of England, that it was about all these other things. You could get lost in the fact that Tolkien made up all these wackadoo elvish languages. But with George R.R. Martin this is a guy that just loves fantasy and science fiction and was just writing in the form and at first I found this to be a little unseemly.
Of course he’s such an amazing storyteller that I got right into it, and then it basically controlled my life. And I ended up realizing what I don’t think he totally gets credit for, aside from his amazing skills as what they say in the fantasy writing game as a “world builder,” as a guy who creates incredibly thoughtful, living, breathing set of cultures in an invented world, just line by line he’s one of the finest writers that I’ve read. And particularly his sense of how to pace out a scene and surprise you with where the scene goes and what happens in it. Particularly big scenes like a wedding or a feast of some kind. And for a book that’s as much about war as it is, he writes a lot in the salon and in the bedroom. And I think he’s the only person I know who actually writes culinary suspense stories.
There’s so much food writing in those books, which I can only presume is based on at least some research of the weird lampreys and duck thighs that people ate around the time of the War of the Roses, but it brings such life to those books and then the things that happen over meals are sometimes the most important. Huge feastings that are incredibly skillfully paced out in a way that from a writerly point of view I found absolutely astonishing."
“How John Hodgman Learned to Love George R.R. Martin” via io9
It’s a little late for a Christmas gift, but it’s received with great joy nonetheless. George R.R. Martin has released a new excerpt from The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the sprawling A Song of Ice and Fire series. Not sure if you’re aware of this or not, but this series has received a ridiculous amount of buzz lately. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know HBO has adapted the first book, A Game of Thrones into an incredibly popular television series, with the second season premiering in April. There’s also a few video games on the way, including an RPG developed with Martin’s input. Which had me wondering, with the all the support he’s given to HBO’s series, time spent developing video games, and even working on a Game of Thrones comic book where will he find the time to finish the damn books…
A key part to enjoying either the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire or it’s HBO series, Game of Thronesis understanding where the hell anything is in Westeros. Whose castle is close to whose? How far north or south is it? Are they near the coast where they’re likely to be raided by Iron Men? Are they near the accursed, Harrenhal? Every edition of the books has in it a series of maps which you’ll find yourself constantly referencing as you explore Westeros. In the television series the opening credits mimicked this beautifully, changing with each episode depending on where the story would travel.
Now fans have upped the ante. There have been some damn impressive, fan-made Westeros maps but this one from superfan and artist, Other-In-Law is by far the most crazy awesome thing you’re eyeballs will ever wonder over. The map is chocked full of so references to your favorite characters and places it almost reminds you of a Where’s Waldo map. If Waldo was insane and ruled a kingdom with wildfire and fear, and his subjects plotted to kill him at every turn. Maybe that’s why Waldo was constantly on the run or in hiding? Hmm.
Anyway, you must click HERE to check it out full size. Seriously, it’s massive and it’s gonna blow your mind. Can you pick out the Queen of Thorns by Highgarden? Tyrion near Casterly Rock? Littlefinger on The Fingers? Other-in-Law as also included the heraldry of every house mentioned in the books. Damn, he’s even included sigils not in the books, but mentioned by George R.R. Martin on westeros.org’s Citadel.
And, just for the hell of it, if you could reside anywhere in The Seven Kingdoms, where would it be? I’d be living the good life down south by Highgarden, or maybe Oldtown, enjoying many a flask of summerwine. I would have said the riverlands by Rivverun or Casterly Rock, but umm, yeah due to constant warring those places have gone down the shitter.
The first season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones blew us away. Stunned us, in fact. How could a television series so perfectly capture its source material, enthrall new fans as well as surprising old time fans with new twists?! It seems impossible even as I type it out but that is exactly what Game of Thronesaccomplished. Meaning, it’s got a hell of a lot to live up to in season two.
Filming on season two is set to start soon, conveniently right after San Diego Comic Con, so hopefully these rumors won’t be rumors for long. One of the casting rumors circulating is Christopher Eccelston, known amongst nerds as the 9th incarnation of the Doctor on Doctor Who, is up for a role in the second season. Who will he play?
Keep reading over at Nerd Bastards.
Game of Thrones has wrapped up an impressive first season on HBO and fans are already screaming for more. Unless you want to start reading the novels though, you’ll be waiting until Spring 2012. What’s surprising is star, Sean Bean wants more too. Of course (entering spoiler territory for those unfinished with this season or book) his character, Ned Stark met a very certain end, one he wouldn’t be likely to bounce back from. Or would he?
As fans of the book series know just about anything is possible in George R.R Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire. I mean, we were told with much certainty all dragons were dead and gone, and well, if you caught the finale you know, bitch has got dragons! (note, while I read the book a while back that was my exact reaction, in quote) So there’s a chance Ned could make a return appearance. When would it happen? Well, another spoiler here for the currently published books, be warned, Ned hasn’t made a reappearance yet. But A Dance with Dragons, the fifth of seven books, is releasing July 12th, who knows what happens!? My guess if he were to return it would be in these final as of yet unpublished books.
Here’s what Bean had to say about a return,
Maybe there’s hope for Ned yet! They can do anything. Anything can happen. It’s a very complex show. Very multilayered. And even the most absurd thing is believable. They’re about to start up again, and I’m feeling a twinge of envy, because the saga gets to go on without me. I’m doing something else now, but sometimes I go, “Aw, $@#!, bring me back.”
Fuck, dude, we want you back too. The question is how badly? What do you guys think, disregard the books and bring him back no matter what or adhere to the novels and hold out hope he’ll reappear?
Game Of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen (via @GameofThrones)
This series is gonna rock! And Daenerys, she’s my girl. Go House Targaryen!
New Game of Thrones Trailer
And it looks soooo beautiful! I’m really excited for this series, beginning in April on HBO. Also, to add to the excitement A Dance with Dragon’s has a release date. Finally! I was starting to become might annoyed, George R.R. Martin.
Read about the fifth book in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dance with Dragons here.
Seriously!? I didn’t even know there were adapting George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire into a video game. I’m kind of afraid it’ll be complete shit but these preview images look good.
Today, the publisher also revealed it will be a real-time strategy game where up to 8 combatants can play simultaneously and decide to win through subterfuge, diplomacy, or force.