January 29, 2012

400+ And a Wishlist

Wow. I had no idea so many people read this blog. I'm definitely grateful to attract so many people of my thoughts of happenings in the entertainment field (sports (hockey & play off football) books, movies, TV music etc..)
Currently, I'm at 400 pageviews and counting. So thank you to readers in Canada, US, Russia, Germany, Belgium...

I planned to post this quick little snippet, but figure I'd combine it with my thank you post for length: an author I follow has a wishlist on amazon for Magic Cards.
I've adopted two methods from authors I like: George R.R. Martin posts about football, so every so often I'll post about sports myself.
Brandon Sanderson, referenced above, has an Amazon wishlist. Well, I've made one myself.

How it works is this: you see my list, and you buy the item online by clicking it on my list, select me as a recieptant etc.. and it gets delivered to me. So it's kind of like an online gift delivery service.
Am I expecting you to buy me anything? No. I am merely posting this so you can see what I would like (for my Birthday, Christmas, random gift, etc..) If someone wishes to buy me something, fantastic! Just another thing I wish to share with my readers, for 'interactive' purposes. The wishlist is on Amazon.ca; and the direct link to it is here: http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/334OHARFDHZKQ/ref=cm_wl_sb_v?reveal=unpurchased&filter=all&sort=priority&layout=standard&x=12&y=12

I recommend viewing it with the filter as 'Title' (alphabetical listing) or 'Priority' (how badly I want an item). I've also commented on when I would most likely buy the item.

Some highlights on there are: The Help book, Lord of the Rings Symphony CD, the toaster, the knives, Ice & Fire 2013 calendar, Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, some Porcupine Tree CDs (preferably Fear of a Blank Planet & Nil Recurring), and the Walking Dead comics (ideally I'd like Book 2 as I own book 1 already, hence by book 1 isn't up.). Also, I would like to express my preference that if you buy something in a 'series', I'd like the first or whatever in that series. Such as the case I explained above with Walking Dead, but, for example, if you buy me the Battlestar CDs, I'd prefer to get the earlier ones first, as opposed to the last one.

If my wishlist changes, I'll be sure to let you know, and of course, change it on the Amazon side of things. I doubt I'll add anything, but things may come off as time goes on. The next item I plan to buy off it will be Book 2 of Walking Dead, which will be early April, as I'll be participating in Black March - more on that later...

PS: If you know what the artwork I've attached is, then you'll know how I've oft talked about this item, and that I want it quite badly...

January 24, 2012

January 22, 2012

All Hail the New York Giants!

I'm not too much of a football or NFL fan, but I do like to follow & cheer on various teams throughout the finals & championships, depending on the match up.
This year I was hoping for a Ravens vs Giants match-up on Superbowl Sunday. It is now Giants vs Patriots (go Giants!). Both teams of both matches (Ravens, Giants, 49s, and Patriots) played well, and both wins (and losses) were quite close.

January 21, 2012

My Reading List

As you may have to come realize, I love reading and, well, actual BOOKS. I prefer to get a few, or a bunch and then read them once I have them, rather than wait. In terms of size, etc..nothing beats a paperback, but if it's a book I want to get right away, or keep for many decades, I'll nab it in hardcover.
Also, I like them to 'match' : I want all of a series in either paperback or hardcover. It would look odd to me to have the format 'change' during the series. And that goes for cover design, too - if it's a series, I want all the volumes to look similar and 'match'

I'd thought I'd mention that I am writing a story of mine own. It is a fantasy. But! It's not like a Tolkien, a Rowling, or a Paolini where it's 'hero, quest, villain'. The..."approach" I'm following is similar to that George R.R. Martin has taken with his Song of of Ice and Fire series. And, to a lesser degree (because I haven't read it yet), but also Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight books.

My story will be a fantasy, but I'm hoping to offer something different and new to the table. I'm not setting out to prove myself, but that's the method of writing I'll be attempting here. I've had some ideas since I was about 6 or 7, and well, now I'm laying the dots down, building the world, and then start the actual writing. I'm estimating the story (now forseen as a short story, and potentially a novel later) will be finished between 2015 and 2020. This factors research, characters, revision, proof, etc...

Anyway, back to the reading list though!

Anyway, at the time of this post, I'm currently reading Song of Ice and Fire Book 4 by George R.R. Martin. Here is what will keep my hands, eyes and brain busy for the next little while...

Song of Ice and Fire Book 5 by George R.R. Martin (Currently, 5 out of 7 books are out. He is writing Book 6, and there will be 7 total. If all 7 were out now, I'd list 6 and 7 next. But as it stands...)

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
(Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay)

Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
(Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Girl Who Played With Fire and Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest)

Dark Tower series by Stephen King
(Gunslinger, Drawing of the Three, Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah and Dark Tower)

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
(Eye of the World, Great Hunt, Dragon Reborn, Shadow Rising, Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, Crown of Swords, Path of Daggers, Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight, Knife of Dreams, Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight and Memory of Light.)  

Hopefully by that time, Song of Ice and Fire Book 6 (Winds of Winter) should be out by then. If not, well, the reading list will lessen a bit. I'll read single novels. (maybe a couple by Stephen King, some Dickens, the Steve Jobs bio, etc...). The next series I'll get into will be Jack Whyte's Camelot Chronicles I've mentioned previously, and a new one, which is Stormlight by Brandon Sanderson. The first book, Way of Kings, is already out. He hasn't started on the second one yet, and he projects the series will be 10 books long.

As you can see, I won't need to visit a bookstore anytime soon. But we all know I will...

January 17, 2012

Life is Awesome!

After last night's awful loss (awful because of how Ottawa played) against the Jets, the Sens brought it back and destroyed Toronto in tonight's round of Battle of Ontario. They trounced the Leafs 3-2. Aflie & Spezza were on top, the opposing team still had a higher shot on goal, but Ottawa's increased. Well done, Ottawa - I was at the game last night vs the Jets, so I was hoping you'd win that, but you beat Toronto's 'team' pretty well. Good victory! 

January 16, 2012

Life's Not Fair

It's one thing to lose a hockey game, but when the team isn't playing properly (over & under skating, missing passes, not shooting properly) and gets 35-25 shots on goal after a 4 game win, it makes one want to cry. At least Anderson was able to keep the loss at 2-0. They best beat Toronto tomorrow night!

January 15, 2012

The Best Series Ever

I've covered a few areas so far in this blog, including & mostly books and reading. This is another entry in that tradition. This time, I'm going to tell you about my favorite series. Ever.

January 11, 2012

Sens Topple Pens!

Last night's Sens game was quite something, aside from the fact that we won 5-1. Big props go out to Neil, Butler,  & Spezza, Michaelek. Way to go boys, you did well! Let's hope we can see these kind of results come playoff season....

January 8, 2012

Phly Home!!

...and the Sens make another win! They sent the phucking Philadelphia Flyers phlying home after a victory today. Philly is a team I root for during playoffs (but it depends who they're playing.)

The past week or two have been great for Canadian Hockey. Let's hope it continues, overall, right up until & including the Cup match.

January 7, 2012

Fantasy Author Name Drop

Previously (well, a few previouslies) I had mentioned some authors and series (mostly fantasy) to look into. Well, here are a few more distinguished names of the genre, who I am not that familiar with. I've never read any of their work, but heard of them by name / series. This compliments my other posts on books / fantasy series. Just putting that out there for anyone looking for something to read....

I'm not sure if any of these are 'good' (depends what you like) but here you go :

Author:                                            Known For:

Orscon Scott Card                        The Tales of Alvin Maker
Robert Silverberg                          Majipoor
Ursula K. Le Guin                          Earthsea
Raymond E. Feist                          Riftwar Saga
Terry Pratchett                                Discworld
Tad Williams                                   Memory, Sorrow and Thorn
Anne McCaffrey                              Dragonriders of Pern
Robin Hobb                                     Realm of the Elderlings
Diana Gabaldon                             Outlander
Tad Williams                                   Otherland
Elizabeth Haydon                          Symphony of Ages
Neil Gaiman                                    American Gods
Terry Brooks                                    Shannara

Life is Good....

...when your your hockey teams do well. Sure Canada had a bit of fumble at the World Juniors during Russia, but they managed to wake up & snag a bronze medal. Good thing we didn't go home empty handed. And how about Tanner Pearson? Keep an eye out fo him. I'm curious to see where he'll end up being drafted to.

On the NHL side of things, the Rangers beat the Flyers at the Winter Classic. I like both teams, but of the two I'd have to root for the Rangers. Sadly, the Senators lost to the Flyers in OT today. Vancouver beat Boston (again, like both teams, but hurray for Canada!). I like hockey, especially playoff season, where I choose what teams of each round or set up I like to see and cheer for them. Teams I was never fond of are Toronto, New York Islanders, Anaheim (even before the Stanley Cup match vs Ottawa), Nashville, both Florida teams...and 1 or 2 more. So you see, it depends on who plays who.

January 2, 2012

2012 - A Look at the New Year

Well, here we are - 2012. The year the world is supposed to end. I doubt very much it will, but still...cross your fingers in case, eh? Anyway, this blog post is a look at the upcoming things I'm looking forward to within the new year...