Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 2012 book haul

Took a break from reading after finishing "A Storm of Swords", but not from book buying. :P

I'm looking forward to "Robbie Ross", because most articles focus on Oscar Wilde's relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, but this book also shows what happened to Oscar and his sons after the trial. "The Virgin's Lover" I have been looking for a copy of, because I want to read on Elizabeth I and Sir Dudley. Ditto "Those Who Hunt the Night", apparently a good vampire book. "The Man Who Loved China" I picked up because it touches on Ancient China, which I want to learn more about.

My friend Triccie's bookstore Libreria closed last Saturday, 24 March 2012, :( and I went there for one last hurrah.

I have (mostly) the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast to blame for getting me hooked on royalty. :P

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

book review: "A Storm of Swords" by George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin

In the aftermath of The War of the Five Kings, unexpected and uneasy partnerships form among the characters, making the reader re-examine his/her opinions of them. And by the end of this installment, Martin has managed to remove several of his pieces from the board, to make way for new players.

For the first time in the span of three books, I finally like Daenerys Targaryen. And if I didn't already love Jon Snow, I would love him for his defense of Castle Black, which reminded me of the Battle of Helm's Deep in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Two Towers".

But I can't believe I spent nearly a month in Westeros and its environs, reading books 2 and 3 of "A Song of Ice and Fire". I think it's time for me to move on. Who knows when I might return?


Sunday, March 11, 2012

corner bookmarks, and A Song of Ice & Fire map

These corner bookmarks were inspired by instructions from I Could Make That.

So I'm currently halfway through "A Storm of Swords", and here is a great map I recently saw -

A Song of Ice and Fire Speculative World Map by theMountainGoat