Game of Thrones Lite

While patiently (or not so!!) waiting for book 6 in the “A Song of Ice & Fire” series to EVER come out, I finally caught the first episode of the Game of Thrones TV series. I had been waiting until I read them all, then I was waiting until I had money to buy season one on DVD(which seemed to be never), and then it finally aired on regular TV. Now, I am EXTREMELY glad I did not lay down the money for it! One episode was enough for me. I was sooooo curious, as of course it gets rave reviews, and everyone sings its praises, but I was very disappointed. I could barely make it through. I had also heard that they changed the story a bit later on as well…I will never know…but WHY???! Whatever, I guess. :-/

Now, I will give it praise for its production values….exquisite sets and costumes, pretty good acting, great casting, great atmosphere and locations…but the story loses it for me, after reading the book. SO MUCH IS MISSING!! I get that they have to pare down these massive books to fit time lines and such, and I’m sure they think that they are just skipping extraneous details, but that is one of the things that makes the books so enjoyable….the vivid detail of everything…every little detail takes the reader there…absorbs them into the story…so that you actually feel like you were transported and are invisible in that world, watching it all unfold. The “Outlander” series is also very much like that, but its TV show gets it. While there is obviously a slight pare down there as well, it is not as glaringly obvious as it is with Game of Thrones! I was just stunned at how much they left out! Of course the people who have just watched the show without reading the books would never know it, thus the glowing reviews? I don’t know, and never will, because I like to read the books first. They are missing out big time, IMO. I’m almost 100% disappointed with the way TV shows or movies based on books I love, turn out, but the curiosity to see it “fleshed out”, as it were, is still strong, so I usually watch them anyway.

While waiting to watch the first episode when it aired, I had set my PVR to record the rest of season 1, which ran on network TV here in Canada in a marathon week, but my kids deleted my timer because it conflicted with their basketball watching! 😛 I was a little peeved at first, understandably, but after seeing episode 1 of “Game of Thrones Lite”, I got over it pretty quickly. Oh well….the excrutiating wait continues(come on already George!!) to find out what REALLY happens next, and not what some TV writer thinks should.

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Freaky Freakin’ Book!

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“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch is one of the most mind bendy books I have read to date. I love parallel universe stories, and this one is delivering on the “makes you ponder your existence” thing. 😛

First of all, I am writing this and have not finished the book yet! lol I just feel compelled to talk about it today.

It is giving me weird dreams. Bizarro, freaky, weird dreams! I kinda like that, though. haha

It explores the theory of the multiverse, in a geeky way, and also a way that is understandable… I think so, anyway. 😛 It is like pondering what is beyond the Universe…just mind boggling to think about a new “branch” or new world being created every time we make a choice. When we don’t take a job, when we decide to get married, have children, cross the street, eat broccoli over asparagus one night, etc. etc. In some other alternate world, we chose the other thing, and life goes in a different direction. Every. little. thing. Infinite. EEK! It is so mind-bendy, but sooooo interesting too! It makes for a great story!

I have not finished it yet, like I said (I am about 75% or so into it), but things are getting super weirder now. They were bizarre before, but now…whole other level! haha It is a page turner, and keeps me up reading until I can’t keep my eyes open. Great for that middle of the night insomnia I get these days too…although my early morning dreams seem prone to be the strangest I ever have! The other night  I had a dream where I was trapped in a building, just trying to find the exit to get back to my family, and every staircase I took led to the same floor. Not exactly what happens in the book, but nevertheless, totally influenced by it! hahaha

Blake Crouch is also the author of the “Wayward Pines” trilogy, which also, btw, are great page-turny, mind bendy reads. I highly recommend the BOOKS, and not the TV show made from them. It did not capture my attention, and was not nearly as good. Deviated too much from the books, IMO. Blake is definitely one of my current favourite authors, and I will likely devour any book he writes from now on. 😀

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Something Feels Off…

That is the main character’s very accurate assumption in Pines, by Blake Crouch.

I picked this book up on my Kindle for $2, as I was just searching for new sci-fi titles, to add to my wish list… and it was well worth more. It caught my eye because I like freaky stories about towns where all is not what it seems. lol

My fave Twilight Zone episodes often feature this theme, and this book definitely had a touch of TZ feel to it. Also reminded me of Twin Peaks(of which the author admits inspired him), and of TheTruman Show with Jim Carrey. Freaky little touches here and there to give the reader that subtly creepy feeling of things being off kilter. Then it suddenly ramps up, and I couldn’t put the thing down. A “snack read” for me at around 300 pages…I devoured it in about two and a half days. The ending was not what I expected, but in a good way, as it was very unpredictable.

All in all, a good, fast, twisty, creepy sci fi-ish read. And the first of a trilogy….starting book two today, also picked up at Amazon for my Kindle at a good price. 🙂

from http://www.blakecrouch.com/wayward.php :

“Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.”

Singing of Ice & Fire

Finished Game of Thrones (#1) this morning. Only because it was after midnight last night, with still 50 pages to go. One of many late, late nights I have had lately because I. could. not. put. the. thing. down! Until I really just had to go to sleep, that is. ha.

I speculated in an earlier post, on if this series would hook me. Oh boy. Did it ever! I haven’t read any of the other books I have on the go, for weeks now. Not even the newest Stephen King, and that is weird for me!

I thought about it when I didn’t have time to read, I read it in the bathtub, I read it waiting in line at Wallymart, and waiting rooms, and anytime I had to wait. I read it on long car trips, and short car trips, I read it with my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I read it in the evening after supper, until extremely late.  I even read it instead of painting, sometimes, which was, if I needed no other, a clear indication that I was lost in the vortex of that book, and would be until I read the very last one! And reading the thing before going to sleep…..well….interesting dreams to be had there. Bizarro ones with dragons, sometimes, even though….well, I won’t spoil it for those who have been in the same cave I was in, and haven’t read/seen it. 😛

Shocking at times. Riveting always. Full of vivid imagery, some not that pleasant, but no worse than reading Stephen King, really. 😛 I love using my imagination, and this book exercised it vigorously! Best book I have read since the Outlander series, and reminiscent of it, in certain ways, like the rich detail, the characterization, and the bazillion pages long sweeping saga, epic tomes. A monster read that never got boring. And I am sure the next ones will deliver more of the same…yay! I love a good long book. Especially one that has a follow up, and another follow up, and another……    One that can draw you in on page one, and not let go until the very end, and then, only long enough for you to pick up the next monumental read in the series, because you just. can’t. stop! One that can make you feel like you are there, and watching everything unfold, instead of just reading it. Although mostly, it is good to be invisible in that world! ack! One that is so compelling, that you find yourself talking to the characters out loud, and speculating on their decisions and fates out loud, also, drawing looks from your family like you are going nutty. lol

Anyway, yeah….I kind of loved it, a wee bit, :P, and dove into “A Clash of Kings” immediately after finishing it, because I just happened to have it lying around waiting for me, after picking it up for a QUARTER at the library sale table! woot! And there will be dragons! Maybe, that is. *whistles and looks skyward* Did I write that out loud? heh. I better stop now, before I go into nerdy girl spasms of excitement. bahahaha!

Dinos, Time Travel, and Weirdness, Oh. My.

While on the subject of page turners, re: my last post ‘Book Junk Food’, I feel compelled to mention another fun, page-turny series concerning the wonderful world of weirdness in story-telling.

I don’t even really know how to describe the series from James F. David, but I’ll give it a whirl….The series starts with “Footprints of Thunder”, which concentrates on large portions of the Cretaceous Period ending up switching places with present day Earthly locations, complete with man-eating dinos with large teeth, and how people cope with this bizarro situation, then onto the second book, “Thunder of Time”, where there is mind-bendy stuff going on with strange energy gathering pyramids that invoke time jumping to ancient Mayan civilization, where sacrificial rituals are going on(eek!), to alternate time scenarios, to hanging out on the moon with a few more dino predators, and crazy people, too…very fun read! (my fave of the three, btw). The last, “Dinosaur Thunder”, completes the series with more time travel through mysterious portals, and a fast paced race to escape the dino extinction asteroid before time is altered FOREVERMORE! dun, dun, dun! lol Throw in a little “past-life on Mars excursion”, and voila! Perfect, delicious, escapism.

I loved every one of them. Read them fast. More “book junk food”. “Far-fetched”(duh…hahaha), imaginative, fascinating, and SO FUN to read!

Book Junk Food

A series of books about giant sharks. Very entertaining to me, and hard to put down! Who knew? Certainly not me. I read the first one, “Meg”, after reading his weirdy sci-fi novel, “The Omega Project”. Then, of course, I had to read the second, “The Trench”, of which I am currently devouring(heh) lately at a brisk pace. Nearly every spare minute with it in my hands over the last couple of days. Stayed up WAY too late last night with it. Finished nearly half of it in half a day. Wondering why I am on the computer instead of reading it right this minute. It speeds along, as fast as Angel(the giant shark), to conclusion.

It is complete book junk food. Like eating chips. Hard to eat just one! Or chocolate…more please! I love books like that! Far-fetched, I suppose they are. So what. Sometimes far-fetched makes for the BEST kind of reading. Because imagination is required in large doses. That is one of the reasons I also love reading sci-fi these days. I don’t care how weirdly mind-bendy and wild they get. I savour those qualities! Reviews about the Meg series that say it is “too far fetched” and “that could never happen” annoy me a bit. If you read the summary, you know what you are in for. If you want true-to-life, super reality stories, read them. *yawn* For me, personally, there is no escape in reading fiction books that are too set in reality. I like ESCAPE, and INVENTIVENESS in the stories I look to get lost in. If you want a fast, fun, white-knuckle, nail-bitingingly thrilling, page-turner, read the Meg series by Steve Alten. Turn away if you’re any kind of squeamish though. ;P

Giant sharks. Scary, scary, scary! But I’m safe. It’s only a book. *shudder* lol

Something Old Is New Again….

Obssessed with Outlander? Who me?! Maybe a wee bit, aye. ;D

Finished book 8 in what is record time for me, since I don’t have massive chunks of time to devote to reading. Every spare moment, though, and into the night, were spent wandering within it’s world. So satisfying. And the ending…. *sigh*. Perfect. The series could end right there, but there is a hunger left for a continuation, and the eager wait for book 9, likely to be released some 4 to 5 YEARS(ack!) from now! That is maddening! It is like not eating chocolate for 5 years! lol

So, after finishing the last, and having been completely absorbed in it….it being my refuge(because I can get so absolutely lost in it…like I transported) from all anxieties and stresses, and my sometimes sadness in the “real world”…. I pined for it. I picked up the new Stephen King book, Mr. Mercedes, which I had on hold. I am currently reading it now, but always with a longing for the pages of Outlander. Missing Claire, Jamie, Bree and Roger, and many others. Missing the feeling of “being there”, peeking into their lives….feeling what they feel, seeing what they see, absorbing their surroundings, tasting the hot buttered toast! 😛

So, a few days ago, I had a thought. I gazed at my other e-reader( I have the last two books in the series on my Kindle), which is home to books 1 through 7 of Outlander. The TV series premieres here in Canada on August 24…August 9 in the U.S.(LUCKY!). It is definitely something to look forward to, and more immersion….hopefully for years….into a visual world of Eighteenth Century Scotland, France, and America. More importantly tagging along after Jamie and Claire again. But I miss it NOW! And that wait is long too. Anyway…where was I….oh yeah…I drifted towards my Sony Reader. Opened Outlander Book One. Tasted a few pages. Loved it. It felt new again. Still page turner-ish. Now I am a quarter into it, alternating it with my other reads. It is like going somewhere comfortable, somewhere familiar. It is fresh again, but in a way that has a different flavour than the first time I read it. I KNOW what will happen to them….not just in 1743, but way up into the 1770s. But that knowledge doesn’t spoil it upon second read…it just makes it interesting in a whole new way….