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text 2016-06-01 13:45
2016 Reading Challenge- End of May Update
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll,Tan Lin,John Tenniel
Jingo (Discworld, #21) - Terry Pratchett
Thomas Jefferson: The Adventure of America - Julie M. Fenster
The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel - George R.R. Martin,Mike S. Miller,Ben Avery
Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King -

Well I had a really good month in overall book reading, as I finished 5 books to put my total for the year at 21 out of 40 books.  However as you can see below, I'm only through 14 of the 40 books that I wanted to take off my TBR pile.  So on one hand I'm on good pace to achieve the amount of books I want to at least read, but on the other not the book I wanted to read.  Oh well, I'll take the upside in any event.

 

1) Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickoff [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
2) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-> The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
3) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
4) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
5) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
-> The Separation of Church and State edited by Forrest Church
6) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
7) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
8) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
--> Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> We the People by Juan Williams [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
9) Nixonland by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> Blood Stain (Volume One)- Linda Sejic
10) The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
--> Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton
11) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
12) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
--> Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
13) The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin, Mike S. Miller, & Ben Avery
14) Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King edited by Robert Silverberg- REREAD of The Sworn Sword
15) Marlborough: His Life and Times I by Winston Churchill
16) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
17) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
18) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
19) Marlborough: His Life and Times II by Winston Churchill
20) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
21) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
22) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
23) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
24) Mockingjay (THG #3) by Suzanne Collins
25) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
26) The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
27) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
28) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
29) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
30) Warriors I edited by George R.R. Martin- REREAD of The Mystery Knight
31) The Black Count by Tom Reiss
32) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
33) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
34) Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
35) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 by Edward Gibbon
36) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
37) The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
38) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
39) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
40) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
 
Also reading:
The Poetry of Robert Frost (54%)
Seventh-day Adventists Believe (50%)
Patriarchs and Prophets (21%)
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review 2016-05-17 21:40
The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (Dunk & Egg #2)
The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel - George R.R. Martin,Mike S. Miller,Ben Avery

A Sword Sworn to Justice

 

The graphic novel adaptation of the second of George R.R. Martin's Dunk & Egg novellas, not only stays true to the originally written story but gives it life with fantastic renderings of all the characters, the locales, and the action. Drawn by artist Mike S. Miller and livened by colorist Mike Crowell, The Sworn Sword gives both "Game of Thrones" book and show fans a great look into the history of the Seven Kingdoms as Ser Duncan (Dunk) the Tall and the future King Aegon (Egg) V learn about the greatest threat to the Targaryen throne nearly a century before Robert’s Rebellion—the Blackfyre Rebellion.

 

The story begins almost two years after The Hedge Knight, Dunk and Egg are in the service to Sir Eustace Osgrey who holds a small tower but reminisces about his family’s ancient glory and his own immediate family’s misfortune.  A nearly two year drought has gripped Westeros after the Great Spring Sickness—think the Black Death—resulting in water and people being short, which is when Ser Eustace’s stream disappears.  After Dunk and another sworn sword, Ser Bennis, search upstream they discover that Ser Eustace’s neighbor Lady Webber has built a dam to divert the water.  Soon things escalate and the two nobles begin to lob threats and promise blood vengeance as Dunk tries to find a way to make peace.

 

Of the work surrounding the graphic novel itself, I can only praise the work of Miller and Crowell who not only brought into visual life Dunk and Egg but so many other historically important characters in very consistent way throughout the entire book. It is hard to find fault with the work of these two men save with pointing out a few continuity errors, which unfortunately happen in every graphic novel.  But when it came to the memories of Ser Eustace Osgrey about the Battle of the Redgrass Field that ended the threat of Daemon Blackfyre, the artwork is fantastic and brings the memories of the battle alive and giving justice to some of Martin’s best writing.

 

If you're a fan of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" world and haven't gotten this book yet I, what are you waiting for?  I highly recommend this graphic novel adaptation of The Sworn Sword as well as the novella itself, you won’t be disappointed.

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text 2015-12-11 22:58
Books with Non-Christmas Holiday Stories
Christmas Ghosts - Martin H. Greenberg,Mike Resnick,Brian M. Thomsen,Kate Daniel,Maureen F. McHugh,Laura Resnick,Kathe Koja,Barbara Delaplace,Lea Hernandez,Barry N. Malzberg,Janni Lee Simner,Terry McGarry,Judith Tarr,Jack Nimersheim,Mercedes Lackey,Josepha Sherman,Michelle
HEARTS OF HANUKKAH A Hanukkah / Chanukah Romance - Eve Paludan
Lights, Latkes, and Love: A Holiday For Romance Novella - Peggy Bird
The 8th Gift - Karen Sandler
Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa - Donna L. Washington,Shane W. Evans

Christmas Ghosts - I know, Grim, I know.  But there is a really good Chanukah story (as well as a couple other non-Christmas stories).

 

Goodreads has a list of books of 26 that include - the ones above.  You can find the list Here

 

There is a multi-cultural list Here

 

Esther list ; Here

 

 

GR also has several kid Chanukah book lists.

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text 2015-09-01 20:07
2015 Reading Plan- August Update
Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (The Hedge Knight Graphic Novels, #1) - George R.R. Martin,Mike S. Miller,Ben Avery
Legends - Stephen King,Robert Jordan,Robert Silverberg,Terry Goodkind
Confirming Justice - David Munson,Diane Munson
The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson

1) City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

 

2) Mythology by Edith Hamilton


3) Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

 

4) Whistle Stop by Philip White


5) Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (re-read)


6) William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

 

7) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

 

8) Eric by Terry Pratchett

 

9) The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read)

 

10) William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

 

11) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 

12) Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

 

13) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (re-read) 

 

14) William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher

 

15) The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

 

16) Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

 

17) The Once and Future King by T.H. White

 

18) Outlaws of the Atlantic by Marcus Rediker

 

19) Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

 

20) Witches Aboard by Terry Pratchett

 

21) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (re-read) 

 

22) Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

 

23) We Don't Need Roads by Caseen Gaines

 

24) Empire of Sin by Gary Krist

 

25) Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

 

26) Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

 

27) Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett 

 

28) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

 

29) Facing Justice by Diane & David Munson

 

30) The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

 

31) Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

 

32) The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel by Ben Avery, George R.R. Martin & Mike S. Miller

 

33) Legends edited by Robert Silverberg (includes re-read of The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin

 

34) Confirming Justice by Diane & David Munson

 

35) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

 

36) Soul Music by Terry Pratchett *started*

 

37) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

 

38) The Rise of the Great Powers, 1648-1815 by Derek McKay

 

39) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

 

40) Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

 

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41) A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (re-read)

 

 

42) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume One by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

43) The Art of War/The Prince/Instructions to His Generals by Sun Tzu/Niccolò Machiavelli/Frederick the Great (three-in-one book)

 

44) Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

 

45) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

 

46) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume Two by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

47) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich

 

48) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

 

49) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (re-read)

 

Bonus- The Poetry of Robert Frost (reading a few pages every few weeks)

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review 2015-08-15 04:33
The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (Dunk & Egg #1)
The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (The Hedge Knight Graphic Novels, #1) - George R.R. Martin,Mike S. Miller,Ben Avery

A Trial Fit For A Song

 

The graphic novel adaptation of the first of George R.R. Martin's Dunk & Egg novellas, not only stays true to the originally written story but gives it life with fantastic renderings of all the characters, the locales, and the action. Drawn by artist Mike S. Miller and livened by colorist Mike Crowell, "The Hedge Knight" gives both "Game of Thrones" book and show fans a great look into the history of the Seven Kingdoms by seeing the beginnings of two individuals, Ser Duncan (Dunk) the Tall and the future King Aegon (Egg) V, who impact the series even a century later.

 

The story begins with Dunk burying his mentor Ser Arlan Pennytree before taking his arms and horses to the Tourney at Ashford Meadow in an attempt to win a place in a lord's house by winning a tilt and becoming a champion if only for a little while. Unfortunately Dunk finds himself broiled in a family feud, but this family happens to be the dynasty of the dragonkings--the Targaryens. Not only does Dunk find his temporary squire to be a Prince, but he punches and kicks Egg's older (cruel) brother Aerion which could either leave him dead or maimed. Dunk's fate comes down to a unique form of trial by combat, which has ramifications not only for him but knightly families and the realm itself.

 

Of the work surrounding the graphic novel itself, I can only praise the work of Miller and Crowell who not only brought into visual life Dunk and Egg but so many other historically important characters in very consistent way throughout the entire book. It is hard to find fault with the work of these two men save with pointing out a few continuity errors, which unfortunately happen in every graphic novel. If anything after viewing their work I'm tempted to find more graphic novel either man has worked on given the good quality of work each put in this book.

 

If you're a fan of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" world and haven't gotten this book yet I recommend you get it; if you're a television fan of "Game of Thrones" I highly recommend you get this book to see how the ancestors of some of your favorite and least favorite characters interacted while also seeing the Targaryens on the throne.

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