Looking Back on Song of Ice and Fire Book 1: The Original vs. The TV Remix

Sean Bean as Ned Stark in Game of Thrones

Recently, I have embarked on a journey of reading through George R.R. Martin‘s series A Song of Fire and Ice. In conjunction with this, I chose to watch the HBO Series Game of Thrones as I finished the corresponding book. I finished Book One about a week ago, and have just finished Season 1 of the TV series. While I know I am behind, I have never been accused of being current in my pop culture (though I still don’t understand what is wrong with my Garanimals shirts and my Zubas trousers…?). I decided to tackle this with some overall observations, and then discuss my favorite characters and their representation in each piece of media. I will begin with this question: Do you think there was ever a time where Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor) ever had to stop shooting and ask for his line?

Obviously, this piece contains spoiler information for both book and series, so if you’re trying to remain free of one or the other…you pays your silver stags, you takes your chances.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:47+00:00 July 17th, 2012|Stimuli|7 Comments

Headsup: Giant Martian Apes, Civil War Zombies & Other Obstacles in Life

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

John Carter 3D Blu-Ray
A Feast of Ice and Fire cookbook

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:17+00:00 June 19th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Win the Audiobook of A Feast For Crows on CD!

Feast for Crows Audiobook CD

Okay, we’re getting so far into spoiler territory with this description, I’m just going to skip it. Suffice it to say it’s out from Random House Audio, it’s the fourth book in the series and Roy Dotrice is reading this book for the first time.

We’ve got a got a copy of the audiobook on CD give away. Want to win it? Excellent. Here’s how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck!
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:55+00:00 May 14th, 2012|Contests|0 Comments

Win the Audiobook of Storm of Swords on CD!

Storm of Swords Audiobook

It’s Book 3 in A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords. Want to get ahead of the TV series? Or just hear Roy Dotrice rock the reading? Here you go. It’s out from Random House Audio. And we’re giving it away.

Rarely has there been a tale as gripping, or one as likely to seize the minds and hearts of a generation, as George R. R. Martin‘s epic high fantasy. This is historical fiction that never was, filled with gritty characters, realistic conflicts, heroism, barbarism, defeats and triumphs. In it, we have seen a kingdom at war with itself as multiple factions grasp for a throne, and threats from the outside mount. Now the growing turmoil in the Seven Kingdoms is about to come to a violent head, shattering the world into strange, new patterns.

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever as alliances are made and broken. The brutal Lord Tywin Lannister is in effective control of the kingdom, under the liege of his sadistically spoiled grandson Joffrey. Robb Stark still seeks to split the north off under his rule, and the Greyjoys likewise seek a return to their former independence. Winterfell lies in ruins while, a continent away, Daenerys Stormborn grows in power. And none of them will rest in their quest for victory until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:57+00:00 May 12th, 2012|Contests|0 Comments

Win the Audiobook of A Clash of Kings on CD!

Clash of Kings Audiobook CD

It’s the second audiobook in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings. Yes, watchers of the Game of Thrones TV show…this book contains stuff you can “look forward” to. It’s released to CD at last (a first, I believe…the copy I initially received was on cassette…remember those?) and read by the most excellent Roy Dotrice. Want to know more? Here’s what they and Random House Audio have to say for themselves…wait, that contains spoilers. I am loath to include it because it might screw up people who haven’t seen the TV show or read the first book. Hmmm. Fine, it’s swipable below.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:36:18+00:00 October 22nd, 2011|Contests|1 Comment

Win the Audiobook of A Dance With Dragons!

A Dance With Dragons Audiobook

It’s A Dance With Dragons, the unabridged audiobook version of George R.R. Martin‘s latest (that’s book five in the series–of which the TV show was book one for those of you not reading but yet trying to keep score). And Roy Dotrice is back reading! Genius.

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever. Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice. From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

We’ve got a copy of it to give away as an audiobook. It is 38 discs in length. Criminy. Anyway, want to win it? Here’s how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck!

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By | 2017-09-24T22:38:41+00:00 August 13th, 2011|Contests|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #125: James Spader, Acting Gristle

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that creates verbs where they are proper nouns just to see if anyone’s paying attention. Usually they are, but they couldn’t care less. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Robert Mitchum

Agenda:

  • Irish sex
  • A lack of understanding of James Spader
  • Defining lesbianism
  • Alec Guinness disappoints as a Jedi
  • Hobo weddings
  • Hobo catch and release program
  • When steampunk is too labor intensive
  • Alcohol report and lack of Leigh
  • Porn testimonials
  • Free inspection!
  • Exorbation!
  • James Franco is not a verb
  • The problem with kissing Sean Penn
  • Fighting Viggo
  • Rock Lobster Fail
  • Alternate spellings and pronunciations
  • Portkey parties
  • Rowling vs. Martin
  • Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes
  • House of M and Age of Apocalypse
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:38:51+00:00 August 5th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|11 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #124: Podcast Entropy!

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that’s careening towards the heat death of the podcastverse. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Sniper Jesus

    Agenda:

  • Rox and Scott agree! To the shelters!
  • Captain America
  • Inevitable Sky Captain rant!
  • Kinderhostel!
  • Game board movies
  • Tim Burton‘s Sorry!
  • Jon’s joke insertion
  • Munchkin joke
  • Star Wars, Evel Knievel and copyright
  • Widge, frustrated gamer
  • Virgin olive oil vs. experienced
  • Scott’s school update
  • Rox’s lack of vision
  • Licking and dust bunnies
  • David Lynch, You Know For Kids
  • The Magic Treehouse of Pron
  • WTF dickbats?
  • Alcohol report
  • Fictional places to live
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:38:59+00:00 July 29th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

    Oh, To Be Innocent of the Ways of Westeros…

    Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon from Game of Thrones

    Mark Addy, kicking a formidable amount of ass as King Robert

    (Please note: the following was written with vague and minimal spoilers. However, if you’re an ultimate purist and want to know nothing at all, then run away. But otherwise, you should be fine.)

    So we’re nearing the end of the first season of Game of Thrones, marking yet another thing that I never thought would ever happen…or at least happen properly. And by that I mean, a giant epic fantasy series of novels turned into a giant epic fantasy series on television. Oh sure, we had hopes and dreams and aspirations, but in the no-longer-naive post-Phantom Menace world which we all live in, such dreams and aspirations are fed with organic whole-grain skepticism. With distrust on the side. And some hash browns.

    However: in a world where a zombie TV show can be one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of last year, all bets are off.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:40:18+00:00 June 8th, 2011|Stimuli|11 Comments