Friday, January 6, 2017


Six days into 2017, breaking the radio silence to say that I'm putting the blog on hiatus for a while for reasons™. From the looks of it, there's still plenty of time to finish my re-read of Feast and Dance before the winds of winter come a-howlin' (still no updates from the (GRR)Man). I have to redirect my energy for a while into a few other projects that have to take precedence ("I have to get my shit together and do some other shit"). I hope y'all had a nice holiday and celebration of the New Year and thanks so much for reading. You can re-read with me all the way back to A Storm of Swords' prologue (holy brownie, that's five years old! And I had a watch back then!) on this blog, my re-reads of A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings: Part I can be found on Amazon (links somewhere around here on this page). I've given up hope on ever seeing my re-read of A Clash of Kings: Part II materialize into an e-book but you never know. These are lean, dark times. The third Long Wait has become the Longest Wait (that happened back in September). We're all Theon Joyreek stumbling around the North now. 

I really have no clue when I return to re-read-posting; it could be next week, in two months' time, summer... at the latest, I guess, around the time the next Game of Thrones season begins airing; that is sure to get my Ice and Fire all juiced up and ready to go. Until then, I'll morph into a phantom menace and watch the proceedings of George, Ice & Fire and other geekery from a distance while listening to mania-inducing metal and sip too much coffee. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Disturbance in the Force

I was writing this long-winded (you know me) post on what I was looking forward to in the realm of fantasy come 2017 (no, I believe it's too late for The Winds of Winter alas) when the news of Carrie Fisher's passing hit me. Carrie was always a favorite, so much fun, and her return as Leia in The Force Awakens was heart-warming. Thank you, Carrie. "To me, she is royalty." I can't believe she's gone. 

So long, princess.

Friday, December 23, 2016

2016: A Rretrospective

(Sorry for borrowing the title of one of your collections, George. It just popped up in my head, and now that it did, I admit I feel a little compelled to go pull GRRM: A Rretrospective from the shelf and flip through it; it's a nice collection of Martin's early works (the only story directly related to Westeros is 'The Hedge Knight', though ... gods, that means I own six copies of the same damn story; in the original Legends, in Knights of the Seven Kingdoms, as a series of comic books, as a trade paperback collecting those same comic books, and in this 'rretrospective'; plus the same trade paperback on the Kindle (an accidental buy I didn't notice until it was too late to do anything about it). In case you have a sharp memory and remember me stating I would never buy Knight of the Seven Kingdoms because I already had its contents in multiple versions, maybe I received it as a gift from someone? I didn't.
Anyway, you know me, much ado about nothing and lots of rambling and circling around the point, but the point of this particular post is to summarize the year's good stuff. Without further ado, hit the "Continue Reading" button for some rambling on the year that was. I intended this post to focus on A Song of Ice and Fire in 2016 but it just warped into something completely different. Sorry for that, and you've been warned - another non-Westerosi post.

[Review] The Last Wish

When I first, out of boredom more than interest, purchased The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, I had only a vague idea of the Witcher and his world. I played the first game, The Witcher (2007) a couple of hours at most, and that practically feels like a century ago. I was aware of its sequel but never bothered. It was not that The Witcher wasn't cool; it was intriguing, but the games were a tad too demanding on the system I was running then and so no love blossomed.

Over the years, I was aware of this Witcher fellow, who looked pretty much like the stereotypical (and thus, uninteresting) anti-hero, but it wasn't until I caved in due to the excellent reviews of the third game that I finally got to know him. If you don't, I can tell you that the titular Witcher's name is Geralt, of the realm of Rivia, sometimes also called The Butcher of Blaviken. And that nickname ought to make you guess: This is violent fantasy, and the best Game of Thrones videogame I have played. There are a lot of differences, but the similarities are striking, perhaps because George RR Martin's world is so ingrained. Makes the similarities stand out more, I suppose.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

[Re-read] A Feast with Dragons, Chapter 21: Tyrion III (ADWD)

...and just one day after that massive rant I have to admit that simply writing about the film made me really eager to see it again. Sometimes I find my brain hard to understand, but hey, whatever. I probably sounded very negative toward Rogue One yesterday, but I'm really not *that* bothered, it just comes off like that because there were so many nits to pick. The good thing about not being completely wowed: I'm not lost in a Star Wars-spiral of watching and rewatching movies, spending money on merchandise etc. and can freely go on with my re-read of A Song of Ice and Fire, the saga that, after all, at its best, is the best.
Trade in your lightsaber for a Lightbringer and off we go, this time to Chapter 21 of the combined re-read, which happens to be Tyrion III from A Dance with Dragons (it's an old novel, from 2011 or thereabouts, so I'm not surprised if you haven't heard about it; but you've probably heard of that Game of Thrones series where they kill off everyone and there's a lot of bewbs? Yeah.)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Rogue One: A rantish review (or a reviewish rant) WHATEVER

So I saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the other day; you may have heard of it. As a Star Wars lifer I couldn't help but jot down my reactions to this latest installment. The first part I wrote the day after the premiere, the second part I finished today. It is long (10,000 words!!) and I have no time for trimming and editing of the text, so please don't take it as any attempt at a professional review or whatever. It's more like a rant, anyway. So, without further ado and with my apologies for rambling on and on, here are my unedited first thoughts on the most anticipated movie since last year's Star Wars movie! Also please excuse any grammatical errors yadayada not native English; and most of all, if you're a total fan of Rogue One, forgive me my initial misgivings; I do hope more viewings will convert me.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Today is the Day

I cannot properly express how it feels to be a lifelong Star Wars geek on the day a new Star Wars movie premieres. Especially when it is already receiving glowing reviews and is compared to The Empire Strikes Back. Wow, the minutes are crawling by now. Sloooow...... may the Force be with you on this day of Star Wars. The Winds of Winter can wait.