The Return to Ice and Fire

It’s another glorious day at MWB, and ya girl Nikkie is here to bring you that sweet, sweet bookish babble.

If you couldn’t surmise from the title of this post, I am going to be talking about George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. the book series that Game of Thrones is based on). In the wake of season six, I decided to reread the series, and since I didn’t really blog about it the first time I read it, I figured I’d talk about it now.

Did you really think there would ever come a time when we were done with Thrones talk? You sweet summer child. That time will never come.

Now, this post is mostly just going to be some observations I made—no hard theorizing or anything. I tend not to theorize on my own about the series because there’s just too much going on; I can’t even begin to fathom what is going on in that fantastic head of GRRM’s. (I enjoy other people’s theorizing a great deal, though.) So all my ramblings here will mainly consist of questions that occurred to me while reading, comparisons to the show (of course), and some of my more random thoughts.

Ready? Then, follow me to Westeros! (Where you’ll find dwarves, magic, and SPOILERS!!!)

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Reading Habits: Bentley Little

Bentley Little is not a household name. Bentley Little is not a…great writer. But Bentley Little writes what he wants, and he doesn’t have time for your shit.

After getting his first book published, his publisher asked for his second novel to be a police procedural. So Bentley Little told them to fuck right off with that mess and broke his contract. He is, and always has been, a horror writer. And proud of it. He refuses to label his books as any of the cute euphemisms that publishers like to use in place of horror—dark fantasy, thriller, etc.—because he doesn’t see the point.

I love Bentley Little.

My first introduction to his work was with his (at the time) most recent work, The Disappearance. (That’s another thing I like about him: all of his book titles are generally two words and very simple.) I read The Disappearance in about three days and was really blown away by the first two-thirds of it and really disappointed by the last third. This, too, is pretty common with his books. His endings are almost always very contrived and anti-climactic.

And yet…I keep reading his stuff! So he’s obviously doing something right. Continue reading “Reading Habits: Bentley Little”

A Fantasy Scrub vs. The Wheel of Time, Pt. 2

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. Blog posts are written; heroes are born and die and fade to legend. Those legends turn to myth when the heroes inevitably say something stupid and start a Twitter war. In one month, a month called August by some, a month that’s happening now, a month that will come again in 12 months, a blog post was started. It wasn’t the beginning…because the beginning was last month, when I made my first Wheel of Time post.

At the end of the first book, our party has gone to stay at a city in Lan’s home country, and Moiraine is pretty sure that Rand is the Dragon Reborn. One thing I didn’t mention in that post was the small fact that they found a legendary item called the Horn of Valere. The Horn of Valere is supposed to bring back legendary heroes from the Age of Legends and make them ride forth for the Dragon. The Horn is the subject of a very popular story called “The Great Hunt,” and every few years, in fact, a new great hunt occurs where people from all over the world gather to search for the horn. No one thinks they’ll find it, not really, but they all try to become famous for other things. We actually hear about a new great hunt commencing during The Eye of the World, and everyone just kinda dismisses it as a fool’s errand. Guess what this book, titled The Great Hunt, is about. Continue reading “A Fantasy Scrub vs. The Wheel of Time, Pt. 2”

My Plea for the “Ready Player One” Movie (Spoilers Ahead)

Hello, hello, my beautiful readers. Nikkie here to get the ball rolling for the month of August.

As I’m sure you may know, the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is getting a movie. There is a whole bunch of information about the movie out there, so I’m not going to reiterate it. But if you want a refresher course, read this CinemaBlend article.

I really enjoyed RPO, and I am beyond curious to see how this movie is going to turn out. A lot of people think it’s a no-brainer because Spielberg is directing, but I’ve seen like two and a half Spielberg movies—plus I’m still not 100 percent sure how a director can be wholly responsible for the success of a movie—so I retain a healthy level of skepticism. I’m not one to completely decry an adaptation of a book or believe that it has to completely follow the source material to be good, but I do allow myself to reserve the slightest bit of judgment when it comes to books I really like. So I guess my point is “We’ll see.”

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. However, what I want to talk about is a ∼*MAJOR SPOILER*∼, so caution to those who tread beyond this point. And don’t blame me if you learn something you weren’t supposed to. Continue reading “My Plea for the “Ready Player One” Movie (Spoilers Ahead)”