Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Game of Thrones

I’ve never really been a big fan of fantasy genres purely because the books that I’ve selected in the past had been bulky reads with confusing plots that require a lot of focus...I’m a lazy reader what can I say. A Game of Thrones was something which my friends (Jacques and Remona, names MUST be mentioned as I truly credit them for introducing me to this book) were raving about and I thought that I’d give a shot at reading it and I’m so glad I did.
George R.R Martin’s A Game of Thrones is the first of seven novels in the award winning A Song of Ice and Fire series. The book is very character driven and is told from the perspective of each individual character featured mainly from the Stark family. The pacing is impressive and despite having many characters and multiple plots from different continents all happening at the same time, each new element was introduced well enough without confusion and definitely got me glued to its pages to find out what’s next.

My favourite character in the book is definitely Tyrion Lannister hands down; intelligent, sarcastic and funny with a psychical disability that adds more interest to his personality. I also love Jon’s character, Eddard Stark’s bastard son as well as his daughter Arya. The character I really dislike the most is Sansa, Eddard’s other daughter who has her head up in the clouds most of the time.

The epic fantasy is filled with political drama with a storyline filled with ill-suited kings, honourable knights, bad and deceitful advisors. It is a gripping and original read that kept me wanting to read all 800 pages of the book every minute of my waking hour (unfortunately I couldn’t because I DO have to work for a living damnit!)

I started the first 200 pages going back and forth in the book trying to remember who’s who but the introduction of characters and plots were smooth enough to understand and follow once you get further into the book. I have the second book A Clash of Kings on my TBR pile and hope to pick it up soon before I forget the storyline from A Game of Thrones, which is by the way an absolute MUST READ!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rod Sterling's The Twilight Zone

I recently stumbled upon an illustrated series based on Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone. I grew up watching the Twilight Zone and decided to buy two of the Graphic Novel titles; The Odyssey of Flight 33 and The After Hours. Here’s a quick view of what each title is about:

The Odyssey of Flight 33
The graphic novel is set on a jet liner en route from London to New York. Just fifty minutes away from its destination, something happens and they are unable to communicate with air traffic control in JFK. They soon realize that they have been thrown back in time and thus stuck in the Twilight Zone.

The After Hours
Marsha White is browsing in a departmental store to purchase a gift for her mother. She is taken to the 18thth floor at the store. Distraught, Marsha faints and finds herself trapped in the departmental store after hours and the rest of the story could only be explained as the Twilight Zone experience... floor where she is attended by a sales woman who clearly knows who she is. After she purchased the gift, she realizes the gift is defected and complains to the management only to be informed that there is no 18.
The graphic novels are an adaptation from the original Twilight Zone TV series. Targeted to young adults, the novels are quite easy to read. The illustrations are kept simple and clean and have a good flow to it. Between the two titles, I preferred The After Hours, it had a bit more excitement, mystery and suspense to it.

I absolutely love this series of graphic novels and intend to collect the rest of the titles.


A couple of weeks back, I managed to catch the trailer for Coraline the movie (believe it or not, they haven’t released the movie in Malaysia yet). The trailer looked so good that I decided to read the book first before catching the movie and I'm so glad I've read it.
I won’t go into too much detail about the book since I’m sure almost everyone has heard or read it already. Reading Coraline was definitely an experience. It is a beautifully written, dark fairy tale that was simply unputdownable. The creepy settings and the scary plot held my attention till the last page. I also absolutely loved Coraline’s character; she was smart, resourceful and brave. An excellent book filled with dark adventure. Can’t wait to watch the movie.

PS- To eager Malaysians who await the release, news is Coraline will be showing in September... woo hoo!
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