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Winter is almost here again! (I mean Game of Thrones okay?)

Winter is almost here again! (I mean Game of Thrones okay?)

Anyone who knows me well enough (or who happens to glance at my Facebook or Twitter feed every once in a while) know that I am a huge Game of Thrones (TV show) and A Song of Ice and Fire (the book series) fan. The wait in between seasons (and between book 5 and 6) can be so long that I re-watch and re-read and go through fan sites and all, just to keep me busy, Westeros-wise. And while I may have issues with some liberties that the tv show has taken (I will never forgive them for how they treated the rape, which they said wasn’t rape, scene from last season), I would still devour every single episode, behind the scenes videos, and even Vine and IG clips from the stars and the show.

So when I was given the chance to attend an advanced screening of the first episode of Season 5, wild direwolves couldn’t drag me away. The event was even more special because we were among the first in the whole wide world to watch this episode. My officemates who were fans of the show as well, hated me the entire Wednesday (I hope that day only) when I told them I was one of the privileged few to be invited. Hurray HBO Asia!

Of course I will not spoil anything here (unless you message me and beg me to spoil you!) but here are the non-spoilery things I observed after my heart calmed down and the end credits rolled. Some of these things have already been remarked upon if you’ve read the previews of the season.

  • This episode features the first ever flashback in the entire TV series. And if you’ve read the books, you’d immediately recognize the scene. But it was cool to hear some people gasp during the transition from flashback to the “present” timeline
  • A fan favorite does not show up in this episode and some will probably complain about it
  • Fans of Daario Naharis/Michael Huisman will be pretty happy, if you know what I mean. Wink wink
  • If you’re expecting non-stop action, big twists and turns in the premiere, you might be disappointed. Instead, there is character development, great dialogues between some favorite characters, and over-all, a pretty quiet (by the show’s standards) but nonetheless meaningful and great build-up to the rest of the season.
  • Did someone die? If you know your Game of Thrones, you’d know the answer to that.
  • I can’t wait until we get to Dorne and meet the Sand Snakes!

I’m really happy that HBO Asia will be airing the season premiere and the rest of the episodes at the same time it airs in the US. So that means if you don’t have school or work on Monday, April 13, 9AM, then tune in to HBO and catch the start of what should be another great Game of Thrones season. There will be an encore telecast at 9PM the same day.

Oh, and for those asking, the Iron Throne will be going to a different venue (it was at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street until today) starting tomorrow until April 23. I’ll let you know where so you can have your own 5 (or 10) seconds, feeling like the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

Game of Thrones will air every Monday on HBO at those times mentioned.

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite viral GoT related clips from the past few days. Enjoy!

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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can Read Over and Over and Over

Since The Perks of Being A Wallflower’s  (one of those books that I’ve read more than 5 times) movie adaptation is coming to the theaters tomorrow, I thought of listing down the 10 books that I could read over and over again. Some books that I love, I can’t repeatedly read coz they’re either too heavy or too long, but these ones are those that I can randomly pick up and choose random pages to read and I can still immerse myself in their world. (Oh and I didn’t put the Bible in here because obviously it’s something I should be reading everyday)

1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien

Okay, I know it’s cheating because they’re four books already, but hey, they’re in the same universe right? All in all, I’ve read them more than twenty times and I can still vividly picture scenes in my head (even those not covered by the movies). And I name 3/4 of my stuff (gadgets, trinkets, stuffed creatures) after characters from that world so that goes to show how much I love Tolkien’s work.

2. A Song Of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

Truth be told, I haven’t finished A Dance with Dragons because the book after that hasn’t been published yet. And so I keep going back to certain parts of the other four books, especially whenever I watch the TV adaptations. Skip the gratuitous sex and the boring parts describing food and I’m all set. And the other 1/4 of my stuff get named after characters from here.

3. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

So technically, it’s not really a book per se, but all the stories of gods and goddesses and the puny humans and heroic demi gods have given birth to the archetypes we know now and so it’s nice to constantly go back to the original stories

4. The Story Of My Life by Helen Keller

Next to my mom and grandmother, she truly is the woman I admired the most since childhood. Since there was no internet yet when I was growing up, I grabbed everything I could find in the library about her. But reading her own actual words just gave her story more power and beauty for me. I still go back to her life whenever I feel like my life sucks

5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I could put in a couple of other Gaiman books here, but Coraline takes the cake. Even if it still scares me (for reasons other than the Other Mother) I still read it over and over because I can somehow relate to the titular character’s need to be in a different place but ultimately realizing that where I am right now is where I’m supposed to be. Kinda like The Wizard of Oz but scarier.

6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The subject of the book is sad and sobering, but it was written in a way that it can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Oskar might just be my favorite little boy character ever. But don’t get me started on the awful movie adaptation that made me cry, but for vastly different reasons (anger and frustration)

7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

It’s not enough that the movie is one of my all-time favorites. I had to discover the book it was based on and found to my delight that it was every bit as funny and memorable as the movie. The book and movie will always be my favorite love story (so far)

8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The book that started this blog post is my favorite YA novel. No matter how old I get, I will always be able to relate to “Charlie” and how he just quietly (although of course I am rarely quiet) watches life pass him by and lives vicariously through his friends, until he starts feeling “infinite”. So many great quotable lines here too.

9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This book is devastating, and yet I cannot fully step away from the world of Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. And the big reveal still has the power to kick me in the gut and make me gasp, even though I obviously know about it by that time. The movie adaptation isn’t bad too.

10. What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

This is the book that brought me to a deeper understanding of the devastating beauty of God’s grace. And because I constantly lose sight of how undeserving I am of this grace, I have to go back to this and the Bible to remind myself that He is the only reason why I’m still breathing right now.

 

Runners-Up

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Chronicle of A Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Mills and Boons books by Charlotte Lamb

Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller

Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff

 

So, what are your books?

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Books, Top 10 Tuesday

 

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