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Game of Thrones

“BOOM”

That was the sound made when the fairly ‘unknown’ piece of art hit the face of the masses through the giant HBO. It was like, a bomb of awesomeness. George R.R Martin’s epic tale was, unbelievably, poorly known till the series come up.  Now, there are people all around the world watching, reading and cheer-leading this legacy, which is “Game of Thrones“. So, but so complex that there could be way more books than “only” 7  books (which is the saga’s length), explaining with even more detail the vast land and the rich characters. Well, “detail” is the key-word here. It’s almost absurd. It’s even more detailed than Tolkien’s Work, but somewhat in the same venue of story-telling, which is not a bad thing. At all.

Speaking of Tolkien, Martin’s himself said he is a huge fan of the man’s work, and isn’t ashamed of stating that; “Game of Thrones would not be possible without Tolkien“. The man is proud of getting inspiration of such an incredible writer/person, that Tolkien was. That clearly shows how humble, honest and down-to-earth Martin really is. That alone should make you like the guy and read his stuff. Honesty, vivid character, intriguing. He and his work. All there’s to it.

Anyhow, the announcement of the series wasn’t any surprise to me. Actually, I don’t know why they didn’t come up with that early. I first knew about “Game of Thrones” in 1998 or such. I was really into fantasy, RPG, medieval-thingies in general at that time (in fact, still am) and a friend of mine, who was older than me, got the first book. I remember as it was yesterday, we sitting in his basement, drinking some cold Coke-Cola, eating Sandwich and preparing the RPG-section of the night, while waiting the others to arrive, he tells me of his new book;

Hey, check this out”   – he says.

He then helped me to understand the synopsis, considering there only was an English version and my English-skills were pretty limited at the time (I was 8 years old), and damn, I gotta tell’ya, I was hooked right there. I remember that I asked him if he could lend it to me after he had read, full of excitement. I practiced my Reading-Skills as much as I could.

Making the long story short. I read the first book off of him, bought the second one, the third one….I only wish I hadn’t lost’em. I really liked the history. Could definitely spot the Tolkien-Twist to it, which was awesome. I also was really into “Lord of the Rings“, so reading something as good, was mind-blowing.

14 years later, here I am, buying the book’s re-issues. I bough’em as soon as they were out and have been re-reading’em ever since as well. Memories, sweet old memories. The funny thing is, when I went to the Book-Store, there were some skinny-dudes talking while I was at the checkout. Suddenly, they start talking about how “people are starting to buy the books due to the series’s success” and “how they were so awesome for watching the show”.

The thing is; The hype bothers me. Yes, it truly does. People without personality do not deserve any respect. Doing what people are doing/saying just for the sake of “being cool” and “be fashioned” makes my blood boil. Makes me want to punch their faces. There’re lots of people watching the show without not even knowing the books and talking like they know something. It’s hilarious and pathetic, but people like that ruin anything and everything. I mean, damn. Anyway, I won’t waste my time with Hipsters. If you are one of those though, listen; “You’re not cool and will never be. Get out of here”  😀

To wrap things up. “Game of Thrones” is phenomenal. And yes, I liked the TV-Show. Very much. They did capture the essence of the book. Martin’s himself is one of the directors, so I won’t argue with the man himself.

If you haven’t seen already, you’re wasting big time. And well, the books are better 😀

Try’em aswell.

And remember, the winter is coming!

Here’s an example of how dumb people really are. Such an amazing, Breath-Taking band in all regards, highly unknown. Thus I present to you “Dice”, an incredible 70thies prog-rock band from Sweden.

One of the most complex bands of the gender, no doubt (even more than “Focus”, IMHO”).

ENJOY.

Well, Yeah…

As the title states, I won’t even try to explain myself. There’s no excuse, afterall.

Anyway, what have I done since January (when I last posted something)? A lot of things.

I bought a lot of games, books, comics, cds…as usual. I’m way less occupied now, so I’ll be giving the blog enough attention, once for all. And I’m serious now. I will be starting to play Warhammer soon! And I’m excited. Can’t wait to create my army and engage in epic battles. Well, stay tuned for battle reports and such  😀

I also got hold of a lot of new great bands, that I’m intending on reviewing soon. Oh, I’m learning Faroese. And my Danish has improved. A lot. Há. So many things, oh dear.

 

Enough of that. Let’s write a post, finally!

 

Leo.