A Prediction of Games and Thrones

Before the battle between the living and the dead occurs, I wanted to get my predictions out there, and instead of writing, I thought I’d make an audio post.  It’ s just me talking for 45 minutes unedited because there’s just no time.

Here are the links I promised in my talk:

James of Thrones

Grey Area

Lucifer Means Lightbringer

Ideas of Ice and Fire

If I discussed something that you originated and didn’t credit you, please let me know so I can remedy that.

I hope you all enjoy!

I must really love you guys, or I love the sound of my own voice (let’s be honest…I love the sound of my own voice), because this gave me so much trouble.  I couldn’t just add the media to WP because it kept giving me an error message even as an mp4 so I had to upload it to SoundCloud and embed.  Regardless, it’s done, and I have cake.

The Three Things Tag

What’s this?

Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas saying

Too goddamn easy

I apologize for nothing.  It’s fall.  It’s almost October.  They’re selling candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins.  That pretty much means it’s spooky time.

Dancing skeletonsThe sad part is this post isn’t even about Halloween.  It’s about listing things in threes and I yoinked it from Cupcakes and Machetes.  So let’s get into it without any further distractions.


Grace DravenGrace Draven is the author of the Wraith Kings series, which is this fantastic paranormal romance.  It was my top series last year, and I can’t wait for the third book to come out.  I actually just got an email from Goodreads and Amazon about her newest release Phoenix Unbound that I downloaded a sample of.  As my newest favorite author, I can’t wait to see what else she puts out.

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Mystery Blogger Award #4

I am four times more mysterious than I ever could have imagined.  Apparently my mysterious nature is a mystery even to me.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma, and I am delighted and honored to have been nominated for the award by  Dani of Touch My Spine Book Reviews, a wonderful book blogger and an ultimate sweetheart ♥

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Well, we’ve already accomplished the first four items on the list, so I believe we’re doing passably well.

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The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes by Anonymous

Title: The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
Author: Anonymous
Translator: Jackson Crawford
Date Started: May 8, 2017
Date Finished: July 22, 2017
Reading Duration: 75 days
Genre: Mythology, Poetry, Classic

Pages: 392
Publication Date: March 5, 2015
Original Publication Date: Circa 1200
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company
Media: Paperback

Compiled by an unknown author in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, the single main manuscript of The Elder Edda is one of the literary wonders of the medieval world and the greatest source of knowledge of Viking lore in existence. These mythological and heroic poems tell of gods and mortals from an ancient era: the giant-slaying Thor, the doomed Volsung family, the hell-ride of Brynhild and the cruelty of Alti the Hun. Eclectic, incomplete and fragmented, these verses nevertheless retain their stark beauty and their power to enthrall, opening a window on to the thoughts, beliefs and hopes of the Vikings and their world. Andy Orchard’s new translation faithfully conveys the spare, unadorned style of the original metre and language. The glossed text us accompanied by four additional poems, a chronology, further reading, an index of names, a note on pronunciation, and an introduction discussing the poems in detail, the history of The Elder Edda and its influence on writers from Tennyson to Tolkien.”

The Poetic Edda, compiled histories, stories, and legends of Scandinavia, is not what I would call a complete or even cohesive compendium, but rather cobbled together vignettes of the Vikings and north men from cold and brutal lands.  Its influence is undeniable across eons and media: Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, which in turn inspire J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and more modernly George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Square Enix’s famous franchise, most emphatically Final Fantasy VII, BioWare’s Dragon Age, and obviously Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, though all of these titles merely scratch the surface of how deep its inspiration goes.

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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea #1)

Title: Half a King
Series Title: Shattered Sea
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Date Added: July 14, 2015
Date Started: May 27, 2017
Date Finished: June 18, 2017
Reading Duration: 22 days
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Grimdark

Pages: 385
Publication Date: July 3, 2014
Publisher: Del Rey
Media: eBook/Kindle

Shares Paradigms With: Hamlet, The Lion King, ASOIAF, Radiance (Wraith Kings), An Ember in the Ashes

“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
The deceived will become the deceiver.
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
The betrayed will become the betrayer.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
Will the usurped become the usurper?
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

If life has taught me one thing, it’s that there are no villains. Only people, doing their best.

Prince Yarvi lives in a society very similar to the Ironborn of George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: harsh, cruel, and unforgiving of weakness.  They follow Mother War, eschew Father Peace and present a juxtaposition within the two ideals, as the mother or feminine side is usually associated with tranquility whereas war and battle are typically portrayed as masculine.

Seriously…you don’t get much more “masculine” than this, and he’s literally the God of War.

As the second and youngest son of King Uthrik, Yarvi had neither hopes nor ambitions for the throne.  He was meant for the ministry, studying under Mother Gundring, where having only one good hand would make no difference.  Yarvi’s bitterness bleeds on the page, because he cannot live up to his culture’s expectations, and neither of his parents let him forget this.

A man swings the scythe and the ax, his father had said. A man pulls the oar and makes fast the knot. Most of all a man holds the shield. A man holds the line. A man stands by his shoulder-man. What kind of man can do none of these things?

I didn’t ask for half a hand, Yarvi had said, trapped where he so often found himself, on the barren ground between shame and fury.

I didn’t ask for half a son.

His mother isn’t much better in the beginning.  She has nothing but scorn for her disabled child, but considering their culture, his parents’ behavior makes perfect sense.  It doesn’t exist in a vacuum, but rather is a product of the harsh climate and culture they live in, which could be overlooked through the lens of presentism. This is not to say that Yarvi deserves his plight.  He doesn’t.  No one does whether from ancient history or far flung future; however, his misery fits into that zeitgeist, and his reaction to the emotional abuse and gaslighting is timeless.

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I saw this tag on Getting Through Anxiety’s blog and thought I’d participate in the fun (I’m also trying to catch up on the list of tags I still have unfinished, and this looks like a quick one hehe).  Feel free to participate if you wish!


Hm.  I adore the feel and smell of the pages, but I can read books on my Kindle on my lunch break at work or anywhere, and I love that convenience.  I know theoretically, I can read a physical book anywhere, too, but the e-reader makes it so much easier.


Paperback.  Less expensive.


In store book shopping.  I love bookstores, and I try to patronize the local Barnes and Noble at least once a month.  If there was an independently owned bookstore in my vicinity, I’d shop there.  I don’t want to see brick and mortar bookstores go away.  Sometimes I just go there to bask in their “bookiness.”


Trilogies.  I don’t hate series.  Hell my favorite (book) story is a series (ASOIAF), but overall, I like it when narratives have a finite and defined ending.


Villains of course.


This book was paramount to my understanding of symbolism, narrative, and mythology.  It shows the ways all narratives are tied together and is the origin of The Hero’s Journey/Monomyth,


I’m going by my favorites list on Goodreads and their average rating.

I really can’t believe this book is rated so low (3.73), but I guess YMMV when it comes to angelic lore.  Even though I haven’t read it in years (and reread could potentially change my point of view), it has a Paradise Lost vibe to it insofar as the devil is painted as a sympathetic character, but Ms. Rice does it not only on purpose, but for that purpose (unlike Milton who would’ve never purposely done such a thing).  This book was probably integral in my obsessive sympathy for my favorite Luciferian character.


Oddly enough, the last book I finished is by the person from whom I got this tag, and I wrote a review for it here!


A black feather


I just bought two used books on Amazon yesterday.  They were $0.01 each.   I paid more for the shipping than for the books themselves.  I have no problem with used books.


Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magical Realism


Buy.  I want my own things.


I tend to like plot driven stories, but you have to have good characters who are going to know what to do when they’re thrown into precarious situations.


There’s nothing more wonderful than a long, fascinating novel, but I’ve been breezing through a lot of shorter works lately, which is helping me reach my 2017 reading goal.  So I prefer long books, but short books are good for practical purposes.  It also depends on how much I’m enjoying the story in question.


Short to medium.  Granted I’m a hypocrite when it comes to chapter length in my own work.


The Last Unicorn, Prospero Lost (it’s sitting right in front of me), and The Raven Boys


Anything by Douglas Adams is hilarious, and I cry during Iza’s death scene in Clan of the Cave Bear every single time I read it.  I’m tearing up right now thinking about it.


Fictional.  This world sucks.


Only if I’ve already read the book.


I think we all do every now and then.  I have definitely been drawn to a book based on its cover, which has led me to read the blurb and potentially make a purchase.  Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin is a perfect example of this.  I found it in a used bookstore, had never heard of it or the author, didn’t realize at the time the title is based on a play by Shakespeare, but the cover caught my attention.


Book to TV can generally fit more of the book in (if done properly.  I’m looking at you Game of Thrones).


Series if the writing is compelling.  For example, I absolutely love The Raven Cycle series.



The State of the Reader: 12/7/16

<–The State of the Reader: 11/30/16          The State of the Reader: 12/14/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3
Change from Last Week: -1

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 44%

There’s a forlorness about this compendium that haunts many myths, but that just makes me love them more.  I still have no hope of finishing this before the end of the year, and I only have three books left to fulfill my Goodreads goal.  Judging from the fact it took me nearly half a year to get to less than 50%, I severely doubt I’ll read more than that in the next three weeks.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015
Date Finished: December 4, 2016

Media: Hardback
Progress: Completed

I have reached Asshai and beyond.  My time in The World of Ice and Fire is done…for now.  I’m not going to write a formal review of this since it doesn’t really lend itself to that.  I’ll say it’s a wonderful resource to any ASOIAF fans who wish to know a more about Planetos, and it’s compiled as though a maester wrote it.

I currently have no reference books in my possession that I want to read.  There are a number on my list that I don’t own such as the Hyrule Historia, the Sepher Yetzirah, or Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth that I’d love to get my hands on, but I doubt that will happen before Christmas.  I do own The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking, but I don’t have any desire to read that right now.  Not that I don’t care about quantum physics.  In fact I just saw an ASOIAF video (oddly enough) that was talking about that very thing today, but it’s not something I’m in the mood to read about.  I do have more ASOIAF reference books, but I don’t want to dive into another one back to back.  I think I’m going to just add another reading day to A Court of Thorns and Roses and maybe see if I can get that finished before the end of the year.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 55%

I realized that there was a Peter Pan/Neverland connection to this story fairly quickly, but it was brought to my attention recently how deep this connection goes.  Rupert Buxton is a real person.  I knew about Michael Davies, but I had no idea that there was more than a kernel of truth to this tale.  Once I’m finished, I think I’ll hunt this information out.

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 27%

This book grows more compelling as each chapter goes along.  Maas knows how to keep it intriguing and is adept at ending many chapters on a cliffhanger so you need to continue to the next.  That’s how I managed to read three the other day.

As I stated above, since I finished TWOIAF and don’t have another reference book readily available, I’m going to read this on the days I planned to read World, and hopefully next year I’ll have some Amazon gift cards to pick up more references.  Until then, this is interesting enough to hold my attention, and Feyre is becoming a bit less annoying if still impetuous.

Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

I’m not sure whether I’m naming the sections here correctly.  I wanted the “In Progress Fanfictions Read” to be stories that were ongoing that I was up to date on.  I guess I’ll keep it like it is.  I managed to read runicmagitek’s latest chapter this week.  If you’re a fan of FFVI, I recommend.  She’s converted me to another ship 🙂

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0

Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 4

Title: Wake of Vultures
Series Title: The Shadow
Author: Lila Bowen
Date Added: November 30, 2016

She got me again.  Cupcakes and Machetes gave this a glowing, kick ass review and I was snared.  It seems like a hodgepodge of ideas thrown together gloriously with not a trite trope to be found.  I need to do another round of sample downloading to either rave or rue what’s on my TBR list.

Title: Dreadnought
Series Title: Nemesis
Author: April Daniels
Date Added: December 4, 2016

Not only does the premise of this sound amazing (main character inherits the power of the world’s now deceased superhero in what sounds like a better version of The Santa Clause), but the MC is a trans girl.  From what I’m reading of the reviews, the author appears to have done a good job with this even if the story might have some hiccups.  I’ll be on the lookout to see any of the trans bloggers I follow have something to say about this since the lived experience is going to give the best review.

Title: Doon
Series Title: Doon
Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Date Added: December 4, 2016

This sounds like an amazing real life fairy tale set in Scotland where the main character attempts to find a reprieve from the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes.  Even in the land of poets and warriors, Veronica finds adventure to augment what’s been haunting her her entire life.  I want to know how all of these seams fit together.

Title: Mind Games
Series Title: Lock & Mori
Author: Heather W. Petty
Date Added: December 4, 2016

I almost forgot to add this, but my Total Book count below saved me from THAT embarrassment.  It wasn’t adding up.  So this was another recommendation from Kim, and even though it’s the second book in the series, I’m going to give a whirl before the first.  I’m sure you all know by now I have a special spot for former enemies becoming lovers, and if you didn’t know that, well now you do.   I also enjoy Sherlock Homes adaptations especially where character’s identities stir the pot a little bit.  In this one Moriarity or Mori is a dashing, young, female detective partnered with Holmes.  Sounds like a rousing tale.

Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 528
Change from Last Week: +4

Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0

Books Purchased This Week: 0

What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 11/30/16          The State of the Reader: 12/14/16–>