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a feast for crows

Out of a strong recommendation by an online friend, I started reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.  She said it was way better than Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.  While I, after reading the first three books, beg to respectfully differ (even if I did not highly enjoy reading LOTR, I still think that Tolkien is a genius) it really got me entertained, and I couldn’t stop flipping through the pages.  I stopped sometime in the middle of the third book after what happened to Robb Stark (I cannot get over it still!), but I continued after some time and finished.  I did not move on to the fourth book right away, however, because it got… complicated.  Too many people, too many places, too many details.  Of course those are part of the fascination of this series, but I just needed a bit of a break.  The second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones has started and as I was a fan of the first season, I’m following the second one too.  It’s making me want to get on with my reading of the series and buy the fifth book.  It’s time.

It is time for this book.  And many other books.  So far I have only finished four books (not including those law books) this year.  Sad, really, since it’s the only thing that makes me truly happy, being a reader.  And I want to get back to it.  Well, I have the rest of the year to make up for the slow start.  Happy reading to me! 🙂

wanted : a game of thrones

I have joined the bandwagon and have started watching HBO’s A Game of Thrones.  There’s no wonder to that, really, as I am a follower of their many shows, like True Blood, also based on an SFF series Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.  When I started watching I didn’t know that it was an HBO adaptation.  There was just this one friend at twitter who kept mentioning it and I thought I’d give it a try.  She recommended the book series and as I have been wanting to read a really engaging series, a fantasy one in particular, I instantly wished something like Fullybooked was just outside my door after starting to watch the show.   I wanted to start reading A Game of Thrones right away.  I need distraction from life again.  Life’s been, well, life, with all its ups and downs.  And one needs the right book for each happening, you know.

I was so excited to get the book and (of course!) the bookstore had everything from the four books of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that’s out but the first one, A Game of Thrones.  (Great!) I was almost crushed.  I was digging and digging in the shelves.  Books Two to Four were plentiful but Book One, ZERO.   So I either have to wait until they stock up, which I hope is not long, or I order, or I go to Cebu to get one, (or move permanently, like to Singapore with its amazing library–which reminds me that I have yet to post something from that trip,) or wait and read The Lord of the Rings series again like I have always intended to: in this way I still get to stick to my resolution of not buying any more books until the year is over because, by God! I have plenty of books and in the whole month of May I have only read Ivanhoe.

And this is my story for the day.  The story that tells of my desire to be in a different world far, far away from here.  Now.

reading : ivanhoe

It is great to be reading Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe after such a slow April month.  I have been busy and only read but one book.  Truly disappointing!  I hope to make up for it starting with Ivanhoe.  This book is, looks, feels and smells ancient.  It was a real steal at PHP 20.00 from BookSale.  I am really loving it.  It feels like I’m reading something important.  It reminds me of my early reads in High School.  It’s like one of those adventurous, romantic reads that used to really appeal to me while I was younger.

Okay, enough writing and off to do MORE reading. 🙂

sense & sensibility

I have read Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility two or three times.  It isn’t exactly my favorite from among Ms. Austen’s work, but I would read it again.  I feel like this 2008 adaptation of the novel is one of those adaptations that enhances one’s liking for the book.  I loved the film with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.  I thought it served the novel well.  But of course a series of three can do a bit more than a film of about an hour.  I didn’t know the cast of the series and I went into it not expecting much.  But halfway through the first episode I just loved them!  I highly recommend this.

~ Elinor and Marianne Dashwood ~

~ The Cast ~

~Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars ~

~ Marianne wailing for Willoughby ~

~ Col. Brandon ~

~ Mrs. & the Misses Dashwoods ~

mia wasikowska as jane eyre

I remember months and months back when I first heard of a Jane Eyre movie in the works.  The talk was Ellen Page was to star in it.  NO! — that was my reaction.  It’s not that I don’t like her per se.  It’s an accent thing for me.  Movies like this simply have to be perfect and accents are crucial.  I haven’t heard of the Jane Eyre movie again until a friend of mine who knew I liked Jane Eyre tweeted the IMDB link to me.  Now, I haven’t seen Mia Wasikowska but in Alice in Wonderland and I didn’t really notice her all that much, but at least she’s Australian.  And if you stare at her expression on this poster, there is something there… I can’t quite explain it, but I’m drawn to this expression.  I hope this movie does not prove to be a disappointment (like, aherm, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes *eyes rolling*). It can never be at par with the book but I hope it will be something like what Martin Scorcese’s The Age of Innocence was with the book: a complement.