Of Piracy and “The Wars to Come”

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Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Did you DVR it or are you planning to watch it later on whatever streaming service you’ve got? Are you one of the people who watched the first four leaked episodes early?

This is not the time to get on a soapbox about piracy, and I have no business condemning it. I had a long stretch of time where I had zero legitimate access to channels like HBO, Showtime, and BBC America and I had to find some way to watch GoT, Penny Dreadful, and Doctor Who. But what I can’t handle is watching leaked episodes like that. I mean, watching the first episode ahead of time? That would be right up my alley. But four? What do you guys do–you who’ve watched all of the leaked episodes–now? I mean, now you’ve got a solid month to wait for anything new. That would kill me. The wait between seasons is already terrible; being so close to new episodes and then having to wait again to see the rest of the season sounds unbearable.

Moving on from that, though, for those of you who watch the show, what are your thoughts about the season premiere? And I do mean just the season premiere–if you’ve watched all of the leaked episodes, I don’t want to hear about them! πŸ˜› I thought it was a strong start, all things considered. The first episode always has the responsibility of catching the audience up on all the characters. There are so many storylines going on, not a whole lot can usually get done.

Game of Thrones did a surprisingly good job of not only catching us up, but advancing at least a few of the characters’ stories. We’ve got some weirdness with a fundamental religious sect in King’s Landing and Cersei trying to work out exactly how she can manage to keep hold of power–especially with Margaery getting awfully cozy with the newest king. Daenerys is having all kinds of trouble in Meereen, from pissed-off dragons to masked assassins and politics with Yunkai. Sansa is…well, okay, that story didn’t do a whole lot of moving, aside from her and Littlefinger getting rid of an annoyance.

I won’t go into much more detail with other storylines, just because instead of a full review I wanted to express some general enthusiasm over the season premiere. Also, if I keep trying to write out observations and such, I will almost certainly end up misspelling something.

Leave me your thoughts on the premiere, the series in general, or anything else! But since this post is about the show, please don’t be That Guy and post information from the book that the show hasn’t incorporated. It really is an asshole move to do that, and I will never understand why so many of the GoT book readers are so insistent on being dicks about spoilers. Just as a precaution, though, I do moderate comments here. And I’ve read most of the books, so I’m not as susceptible to spoilers, but it’s still irritating to read dozens of comments clearly intended to spoil elements of the story for those who want to enjoy the show and have not read the books.



New 5-Star Review Posted!

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A brand-new review of Songstruck has been posted! This one was posted on a site called Fishpond, which I didn’t know was a thing. But it is a thing! And the link to Songstruck’s page there, and the review itself, is here. I will note that there are some slight issues with the listing itself on the site–for example, Songstruck is decidedly not intended for children ages 5-9. But there’s nothing that I can actually do about that. Anyway, back to the review!

While I highly encourage you to take a look at the whole review, here are some of my favorite snippets:

The world presented in this novel is so rich and colourful that it’s next to impossible not to be drawn in – just as Isabel was the first time she heard the mysterious song in the forest.


This is a fresh take on an old classic – strangely gifted outsider ends up being the key to solving some mysterious problem – and through a skilful combination of likeable characters and detailed world-building manages to draw the audience in and keep us reading right to the very end. The story is as real as if it had been told by Isabel herself, aided by her particular gift, and I admit I was a little sad to leave the world of Illusia behind.

I am thrilled to see such a glowing review for Songstruck, and I’m even more thrilled that it didn’t even come from anyone I personally know, so I know there was no sense of obligation to say it was good! πŸ˜›

So that’s my news for the day!


First Goodreads Review of Songstruck

I got my first review on Goodreads, and it’s even a good one! πŸ˜›

The review can be found here, but beware. There is a hidden section of the review, and when it says “spoiler”, it MEANS it. Key plot points are mentioned and reacted to, so don’t read it unless you’ve read the book. Or you’re one of those people who sometimes likes to spoil themselves (I do it, too, sometimes!).

A longer post of some kind will come later this week.


Movie Adaptations: Mockingjay Part 1

If you’re anything like me, you approach movie adaptations of novels hesitantly. So many movies have butchered the source material, left out much-loved characters or plot points, or seemingly ignored most of the source material entirely.

Not so with the Hunger Games franchise. I remember some things missing from the first movie that I really would have liked to see on-screen, and possibly a few stray quotes and small scenes from Catching Fire that I was sad to see didn’t appear on the big screen. Overall, though, I think that the first two movies were pretty damn solid. So last night, I went to see Mockingjay (or, as they insist on titling it, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), fully expecting another fairly faithful adaptation.

I was not disappointed. Or rather, I was disappointed, but only because of a minor complaint I had that was more to do with winning a bet than any actual dissatisfaction with the movie. So I’ve decided to discuss some of the points I liked from the movie (whether they were originally in the book or not).

So beware, readers: Here there be spoilers! Don’t read the rest of the post if you haven’t seen the movie or if you want to avoid spoilers before you see the movie. If you’ve seen it and/or don’t care about spoilers, read on!

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