game of thrones ... powerful women

Many people disliked George R.R. Martin's fourth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast for Crows, but I really liked it. The narrative voices were almost exclusively female, and it was very interesting to view the game of thrones through their eyes. Cersei Lannister had always been an interesting character, but in this book readers really got into her head — and what a jumbled mess of power hungry hubris it was.In the series Game of Thrones this season Cersei has thought herself very clever, and positioned herself to run things in King's Landing while finding time to take down her supposed enemies the Tyrells — chiefly Margaery Tyrell, who she can't stand to think is not only usurping her position as a Queen, but replacing her in her son Tommen's affections ....more

throwback paperback thursday

I come from a family that loves and collects books. I grew up with them all around me. I had books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and everything by A.A. Milne, but all of the Dr, Seuss I read was from the library ....more

short take on ... noah

NoahWhat the heck? It was visually stunning at times, and then at other times incredibly murky and off-putting. But what really threw me was the character of Noah ....more

game of thrones ... power couples

Last night's Game of Thrones episode,"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken," deftly took us from Braavos to Dorne to Westeros and back again, without feeling rushed, but still packing in a lot of action. The episode featured strengths and weaknesses of its characters, both real and perceived.Cersei fancies herself large and in charge in King's Landing, but she is getting herself up for a rude awakening. She is spending so much time scheming to destroy her perceived arch-enemy — Margaery Tyrell — that she has no idea that she could be next up for retribution ....more

throwback - 70s paperback books based on movies - thursday

Movie novelizations were a big thing when I was a kid. I remember everyone reading the books of the top movies that were out, whether they saw the movie or not. Not surprisingly, these were all horror or science-fiction novels.I read each of these books, some which preceded their film versions.The Deep — I think my dad like Jacquie Bisset (and her wet t-shirt) so much he took us all to see The Deep, although we never saw Jaws, which also started as a book by Peter Benchley ....more

the unwatchables

I'm not sure if I am becoming less patient or just more selective, but I have noticed lately that I am unwilling to watch more than a few movies after the first twenty of so minutes. Our internet scanning culture has made us more in charge of what we watch. We are even watching more, not less, something of which I am all too aware ....more

avengers assemble and mash-up

The kid and I went to see the latest Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, last weekend. It was ... O.K. I am starting to wonder if Joss Whedon can't help but pastiche his own work, no matter what he does.I was a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and an even bigger fan of Angel, so when I hear the name Joss Whedon I tend to have positive associations. But I am not a super fan girl ....more

game of thrones ... off book and firing on all cylinders

Many loyal readers and viewers of Game of Thrones have been nervous about the show going off book, but the episodes of this season just keep getting better and better.Stannis is not only become likable, but interesting. I'm still in shock over that. I actually felt hopeful and impressed as I watched his army ride south towards Winterfell ....more

favorite song friday: the triumph of old music

The song "(Habibi) I Need Your Love" by Shaggy, Mohombi, Faydee and Costi is a true world music hit, featuring the influences of the artists from many different backgrounds, including Jamaican/American (Shaggy), Cogolese/Swedish (Mohombi), Australian/Lebanese (Faydee), and Romanian (Costi). The song is in Arabic ["Habibi" means "My Love"], English, and Spanish. And to give it an even more global spin the video was shot in Spain ....more