Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

Book Review: A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel 1-3

These three books were the first ever Graphic Novels I had ever read and honestly I was pleasently surprised by the whole experience.

I’ve read some manga in the past so I guess I had some experience with reading narration and speech bubbles, but I really enjoyed seeing a book and TV series I love come to life by an artist and writer’s imagination.

AND…The three graphic novels were definitely a nice break from reading the 1000+ page novels I’m so used to.

On a different note, I may be alone in thinking this but I believe that some characters from a book just can’t be portrayed on a TV or movie screen properly.

Personally I enjoy this look to Robert Baratheon much more than the one we got on the show. This look appears a bit more natural and a good mix of king and drunk fat man. The Robert we got in the show never was much more than the latter.

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After looking at those panels I know what you’re thinking. WOW this artwork is really good!

Well you’re right, I’d dare to say its fantastic. Every little inch of each panel has so much detail to it. It is so beautifully made. Like look at Danaerys’ dress. It’s so perfectly drawn.

The art is done by a guy named Tommy Patterson and I really think you should look him up. He does a hell of a job.

Here’s a few more of his creations in the Graphic Novels

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Look at all of the individual swords that make uo the Iron Throne. You can’t imagine that, and you sure as hell can’t show that on TV. This was one of the best moments that won me over in the books.

This quality of art and the depiction of the book series into pictures has definitely turned me on to looking at more graphic novels in the future.

Another thing about Graphic Novels that I thought of while reading these 3 is that graphic novels are the perfect middle ground for people who don’t read much, but want to read a book series of their favourite television shows.

They’re not text heavy. They can actually be read in probably a few hours only. Plus they offer really beautiful visuals that might surpass even your imagination of what things really looked like.

I know that was the case for me. Looking at the Graphic Novels actually made me imagine a few characters to be different than when I originally imagined them.

Verdict: Worth the read, especially if you’re not a regular reader but want to better understand Game of Thrones as a whole or if you want to see the beautiful depictions of the characters and the story.

Let me know in the comics what graphic novels you’re reading. I’m new to the genre, but so far I’m hooked so I’d love to start exploring some more.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book I read back in high school. Theres a guy named Matthew, and he has some sort of effect on people. Stay tuned 🙂

p.s. news coming on an updated schedule in the next few weeks.

 

Book Review: Wheel of Time Books 1-3

Hello ladies and gentlemen, no book review today… Sorry. Instead I’m gonna talk about a problem I’ve had my whole life that really causes me some grief.

There’s no good way to talk about it, so I’m just gonna put it out there.

I CAN’T HELP BUYING BOOKS!

Every time I walk into a book store I buy at least one book. I don’t even need them! I have 50+ books all stacked in the corner of my room just collecting dust.

I buy books faster than I can read them.

I’m pretty sure I’ve bought the same book two or three times before too.

I was joking about the book review though, its coming now. 

I stumbled across the Wheel of Time series when I found myself in a bookstore one day.

I had never even heard of it, I just stumbled across them by accident while looking in the Fantasy section.

I was amazed when I saw there were 14 books in the series.

I didn’t read a single thing about them, I don’t even think I read the titles of all the books. I grabbed the box set for books 1 to 3, paid for it and went home.

It just so happens that I am covering books 1 to 3 in this review, but I won’t necessarily be covering each box set as a whole.

I’m reviewing the first three books because I consider them as a different “storyline” than the ones afterwards.

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The first three books are called:

  • The Eye of the World
  • The Great Hunt
  • The Dragon Reborn

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Books 1 to 3 are more about the “hero” of the books (Rand) before he becomes the full fledged hero. All of the books after that are more focused on Rand when he has adopted the role of the hero, so I will cover them accordingly.

I’m only on book 6, but so far they mainly focus on 5 people coming from a small village in the middle of nowhere.

They go from being basically nobody in the grand scheme of the world to becoming some of the most important people alive at the time.

I’m in love with the series so far, and the first three books are great.

If you’re even decently well read, you’ll be able to see where Robert Jordan got a lot of his inspiration from, but honestly I’m okay with having parallels from these books to other works of fiction.

What’s really interesting about the first three books is the change that the 5 main characters go through when their worlds are torn apart.

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All five of them have different wants, needs, and personalities, and Robert Jordan does a terrific job at keeping the characters consistent while telling the story.

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Personally, I really like the characters Perrin and Mat. They are two of the main characters in the books. The other three are awesome in their own ways  but not my favourites.

Another interesting aspect of the books are the women in general.

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Robert Jordan writes most of his women in a way that show how strong, independent, and capable (often more so than the men) they are and it’s an enjoyable read because of it.

Most books have capable women who can keep up with the men, but honestly in the first three books it’s the men who are keeping up with the women.

The main character is Rand, but despite him being the focus of the books, his viewpoint still has to compete with other viewpoints that are being told, and honestly, during the first three books Rand’s viewpoint is the least interesting. (In my opinion)

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Hope you guys enjoyed the book review. Honestly I could write a book about everything I want to talk about so I’m keeping it “short”.

I want to hear what you guys are reading at the moment. I love hearing what others are reading because it’s a chance to talk about books that we have read or may be interested in.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book thats about a serial killer and a ferris wheel. Hope you can guess what it is.