Thoughts on the Game of Thrones Finale

Bittersweet bi-ter-sweet (adjective)

1: being at once bitter and sweet

especially: pleasant but including or marked by elements of suffering or regret

I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. I mean, it’s no secret that Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended Lord of the Rings. It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory. 

George R.R. Martin, The Observer 2015

It wasn’t just about Game of Thrones ending, it was about the end of an era. An era where fantasy and geek reigned supreme. Coming out of the finale after following the show for a decade feels like waking from a pleasant slumber only to be assaulted by the next Netflix teen drama.

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Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

Please raise a hand if you haven’t read the All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Ok, now for those who haven’t read this incredible, outstanding trilogy, you need to read it, like yesterday. If you’re interested in reading my review for the trilogy you can do so here, there is a warning at the end that there are a bit of spoilers regarding the final book in the trilogy so be sure not to read that part if you don’t want to be spoiled.

When I began reading A Discovery of Witches in June 2011, I was completely enraptured by the story. My entire summer became consumed with Matthew and Diana, I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to the series. Can you imagine Richard Armitage as Matthew? Swooooooon. When I read that Harkness was writing a spin-off series? Stand alone? All about Matthew’s son, Marcus Whitmore, I screamed in excitement. Continue reading “Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness”

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

When the movie dropped on Netflix August 10, I didn’t think I would have time to watch it that night as I had a wedding to attend. I ended up leaving the wedding early and watching it pretty late that night.

It was an utterly inspiring movie that made me stop and think of my own writing. As a writer, I’m constantly plagued by “what ifs.” What if I’m not as good a writer as I think I am? What if my writing is too simplistic? What if I get a freelance job and I can’t write to their specifications? It’s absolutely incredible that a movie can help me to know that I am a good writer. All those what-ifs and the doubt is so damn leeching. It leeches all the positivity out of one’s soul, leaving the bearer uninspired, undetermined and unambitious. Continue reading “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society”

The Immortals

I should know by now that the $2.99 and under section on the Nook Store can be full of enthralling stories just waiting to be read. I never go into these stories expecting much, then when I finish I am blown away, stunned and lured in. That is exactly how these stores do it – they give the first book in a series away for mere pennies then overprice the rest.

This is the exact case with The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky. I was already on a Greek Mythology kick because I was reading Circe when I picked up this up. It sounded like a decent enough read and at that price point it was worth buying. After I purchased Immortals, I looked up the other two books in the series to see if they were also $2.99. To my dismay, they are listed for $9.99 and $13.99 on the Nook Store. I’m not a cheap person by nature but that is highway robbery for digital books. I will add, they are similarly priced on Amazon and Kobo. I understand that everyone needs to earn a living but I just don’t believe a digital book should be similarly priced as a paperback. In light of this conversation, I do feel the need to step up onto my soap box for a moment and say this, if you really look into this digital world we have found ourselves in, whether you own content on Vudu, Barnes & Noble or Amazon, for example, they have the right to take your digital content away from your library if the need arises. You think you own it, but do you really own it?

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King Tut and the Golden Age of Pharaohs

I’m always looking to gain knowledge, I’m one of those people that love to learn. As a person who is personally passionate about history, I think so many books, programs and people teach history wrong. History is an incredibly rich subject and it should be fun, exciting, enjoyable and filled with interesting facts but that isn’t always the case. Often times people don’t enjoy history because it isn’t interesting to them. It isn’t the material that is as dry as a pack of saltines, it’s the way the material is being presented. I personally found that as we go shift further into the twenty-first century, publications such as National Geographic, have consistently worked to present historical facts in an enjoyable way that is also readable to all ages. Not only has Nat Geo taken a leap into the digital age with their 89.6 million followers on instagram they’ve created these brilliant sticker activity books for children. I bought several for my son and I ended up learning a lot of interesting facts about dinosaurs that I never knew. Continue reading “King Tut and the Golden Age of Pharaohs”