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Winter is coming, Showtime is going

Thursday, 30/09/2010 ≅13:13 ©brainycat

Why I'm getting HBO next year.

I've been a big fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series for several years, and like the rest of the fanbase I'm eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the series from George R.R. Martin. Unfortunately, he keeps getting distracted from his duties and doing things like helping the production of the HBO miniseries. We're sticking with Showtime long enough to finish out Dexter, then we're going to HBO because I. CAN'T. MISS. THIS. The trailers are awesome; they're clearly put together by someone who knows and loves the books. The visuals I've seen so far absolutely catch the feel of the books: the grit, the pageantry, the intrigue, the passion, the hate, the joy and the loss. Pillars of the Earth, this isn't.

I recommend this series to everyone who says, "the fantasy genre is worn out; there's nothing new since Tolkein." I've been just as bored with Tolkienesque fantasy as gazillions of other potential fans for decades, I understand their sentiment. But George is able to take the tropes from 16th century Europe, add in the memory of magic and dragons from just a few generations ago, and create an entirely human epic that works on every level simultaneously. While it certainly recycles some well worn fantasy tropes, the implementation is so subtle and finely crafted that they're more like a familiar features in a world so epic, so finely thought out and so real that you can completely immerse yourself in the series.

I'll read Game of Thrones again before the series starts, because I'm enough of an asshole that I'll enjoy pointing out all the differences from the book, but I'm still holding off on rereading the entire series until all the books are out. If he pulls a Robert Jordan on this, I will personally seek him out in hell and spend a few centuries flaying him daily.

Jump for a production teaser from HBO with snippets of behind-the-scenes footage.

The Raven: The latest trailer

Winter is Coming:



Book Review: Jokertown Shuffle

Monday, 06/09/2010 ≅00:23 ©brainycat

Jokertown Shuffle by George R.R. Martin My rating: 3 of 5 stars WTF happened to this series? It’s like the authors all got together and decided to ignore all my favorite characters (the ones that are still alive, anyway) and come up with ridiculous plots that aren’t hardly believable, even in the Wild Cards world [...]



Book Review: One-Eyed Jacks

Monday, 06/09/2010 ≅00:15 ©brainycat

One-Eyed Jacks by George R.R. Martin My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is not the best book in the series. Firstly, I’m not very interested in the Jerry character. He’s written with no arc to speak of, just a flat pathos that is perpetually stuck in the same monotonous routine, over and over. A [...]



Book Review: Dead Man’s Hand

Monday, 06/09/2010 ≅00:08 ©brainycat

Dead Man’s Hand by George R.R. Martin One of the best books in the series. It takes place at the same time as the previous book, but most of the action is in New York rather than Atlanta. A few scenes were retold from the 6th book, but from a different character’s perspective, and I [...]



Book Review: Ace in the Hole

Saturday, 28/08/2010 ≅13:29 ©brainycat

Ace in the Hole by George R.R. Martin My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book makes up for volume 5 of the series. It’s storyline is like a tragedy, and not everybody gets to live happily ever after. It’s set during the Democratic Convention in Atlanta in ’88, where Senator Hartmann is trying to [...]