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Game of Thrones – Basically Over

There’s still a couple of episodes left in the televisual titan’s total run, in that time it has met with international acclaim, made superstars out of its cast and creator George R.R. Martin, and has generally been the most talked about TV series of the decade, possibly the century so far… Breaking Bad is a solid contender, and I’m thinking Breaking Bad will be the more fondly remembered long term because it had a very satisfying finale. The last few episodes, with Walt living in exile to avoid police justice, trapped in a prison of his own making, before coming back to help the one person he considers a friend, confessing his sins, and dying with one last shred of redemption on his proverbial soul. It was understated, heartfelt, and truly glorious.

I don’t think we’ll be seeing the same thing from Game of Thrones. (more…)

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Game of Thrones – “Shall We Begin”

The culturally dominant phenomenon that has brought a whole new audience to the fantasy genre by implementing human drama, social and political commentary, Game of Thrones is finally coming to an end before the final book is even released. This may be for the best, as rather important chunks of the books have been skipped over or shoehorned in last minute (cough~Euron Greyjoy) and so we may end up with two rather different finales; George R.R. Martin has said that he’s used the television series to toy with new ideas, and what a way to add one final upset.

Loose ends are coming together. We ended the last series with all the major players stepping onto the board, as though every moment before it were only backstory, and every moment of this new season’s premier lists the first moves. Also the wardrobe has gone a shade or three darker than it was before. Here is the Game in action, a Spoiler Warning is in full effect. (more…)


10 Great Christmas Books

At this time of the year, people like to take time off work. They like to spend time with their family and to enjoy a nice glass of warm mulled wine. They like to play games, they like to catch up on a spot of reading. It’s precisely the right season to be jolly and to fill the mind with a lot of wondrous text – And that’s why you’re here, right audience?! Oh dear, I’ve lost you again haven’t I? Nevermind, for those of you who stuck around, here’s my favourite 10 books to read through the Christmas season.

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Review – Game of Thrones Season 6

I’ve never reviewed Game of Thrones before. Shocker, I love it, the whole point of being geeky is to embrace the things we love with a passion and not to get too bogged down in the things we hate (unless what we hate is paying us enough). Before you ask, no I have not read the books, but I have learned enough over the years to be able to discuss some of the differences, or at least I could have done until now…

As of this sixth season we are almost completely off the books, having gone through the source material, and while A Song of Ice and Fire has been rather heavily changed, the story and characters remain very close to the originals. George R. R. Martin has been closely involved with the production and his creation has not strayed far from his control, so it’s not entirely fair to criticise the HBO show on the basis of straying so far from the series, and numbers don’t lie. It’s been a monolith in the ratings, almost always the most heavily pirated TV series, and some claim that to even be to the show’s benefit.

This is set to be the last “full” season, being ten episodes where the next two seasons will amount to thirteen episodes between them, so let us review the years events.

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Grounded In Reality

It’s difficult, almost impossible to come up with an original idea any more. Invention comes mostly from developing or recreating old ideas, or fusing two or more old ideas until the new one becomes suitably distinct; true invention, that can spawn an entirely original creation is a rare and precious gift that often leaves the bearer mental and in a corner spinning buscuits and gluing stuff to stuff. (more…)