June 28, 2014

Potential Announcement From George R.R. Martin??



First of all, I realize that George R.R. Martin is not my bitch. 

I am looking forward to The Winds of Winter [Book Six of A Song of Ice and Fire] patiently and respectfully. I am eager forward it, shall we say.

This is a speculative post, so please take it with a grain of salt. 

July 3-14, George will be in Europe (France and Switzerland). Then, his next travel appearance will be July 24-27, for the San Diego Comic Con. 

I have a feeling that, depending on what he does at the con, he will make an announcement of some kind about The Winds of Winter. Seriously, think about it. What better place to make a big announcement than at the mother of all cons??

That is being being hopeful. Don't expect it...but don't rule it out, either. 

If he doesn't say anything about Winds, let's look at his appearances again. 

August 14-24 sends him back to the UK (a few months ahead of me). then, nothing until May of 2015. When he's home at Santa Fe, he does the theatre and his usual thing. 

By my guesses and observations, we should hear something this year at some point. 

In short, my estimate is this: George will finish the book (with an announcement) by the end of the year, but it will become a book early next year. 

In the meantime, there's the new edition of The Ice Dragon and The World of Ice and Fire to keep us occupied. Of course, any samples George chooses to release. 

June 25, 2014

That New Car Smell


"Ain't she beautiful?" 

That is the vehicle I would wish to have. The four doors and five passengers will be great because someday I wish to have kids, so it'll be a great 'family' vehicle. That, and I don't want to 'climb down' into a car - I want to step up into my mount.Plus, for youngsters the space inside will be great (trunk, leg room, etc.)

The Cherokee also has 4X2 and 4X4 options, making me feel safer while driving for 5+ hours in Canadain winter weather. I know - the tires are important, but the power of the engine, 'wheel drives' and height will make me more confident when driving. 

I have my eye on the 'North 4X2' model at the moment...but it'll be a couple years before owning a vehicle will happen, but if I were to get one right now, this would be it. I may end up getting the 2016 or 2017 model, but now I have a good idea on what I want. 

There are more pictures below. What do you think??






"The Ice Dragon" Returns



Today, George R.R. Martin announced via his (Not a) Blog that The Ice Dragon is being republished October 21

This new edition will feature new artwork and illustrations. It will be released in hardback with the ISBN: 9780765378774

"The Ice Dragon" is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults by the wildly popular author of the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Luis Royo enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon.In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember. Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara's home. And only a winter child--and the ice dragon who loved her--could save her world from utter destruction. This new edition of "The Ice Dragon" is sure to become a collector's item for fans of HBO's megahit "Game of Thrones." 

June 22, 2014

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" Review


I knew I was going to enjoy Dragon 2, but I was impressed by how good the film actually was.

I am a big fan of the first film, as well as the TV series (the first episodes are called Riders of Berk, the second called Defenders of Berk, and the upcoming batch will be Dragon Masters) so it was a no-brainer that I would be seeing the newest film.

The film picks up five years after the first, and presumably, five years after the TV show ends, though we don't know far into the timeline the show will go. The dragons don't look any older, but their Riders do, most notably Hiccup. He seems to have taken his theatric inventions to the limit with skydiving. Yup, vikings have invented skydiving. It is cool, and to me, strengthens the powerful bond between Rider and Dragon.

Speaking of, all the voices and characters are back. Cate Blanchette is introduced as Valka, Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones fame as Erret, and Djimon Hounsou as Bloodfist. 

The visuals are striking, the music (again by John Howell) epic and heartfelt, and the writing and voice acting top-notch. I had tears in my eyes when two characters were reunited, and my eyes were streaming when...well, when a character has to go to Valhala, as well as the resulting scene.  For most people, they will only have seen the first film. As mentioned, I watched the first film, as well as the TV series so it packed a bit of an extra punch because I was with the character longer than most.

The movie is bigger than the first - an improvement that doesn't shame nor take away from the first, but builds upon it. To me, the first film was a sleeper hit, so it had the element of 'surprise' going for it. On the whole, the first film was better in some areas, this one better in others. 

Let's not forget about the battle scenes too! Those were well done. Kudos to the film makers for making such impressive battle sequences. 

This is one that I will be adding to the collection, and I will definitely be there for Dragon 3 when it arrives in two Junes from now.

9/10

June 21, 2014

"Game of Thrones" Soundtrack listing


Here is the track listing for the fourth Game of Thrones soundtrack release.
 
The soundtrack includes a version of “The Rains of Castamere” as performed by acclaimed Icelandic post-rock artists Sigur Ros in a mid-season cameo appearance. The song, written by Djawadi and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, has appeared sporadically over the course of the series (most famously during the Season 3 episode which featured the fabled Red Wedding), and celebrates the heritage and power of House Lannister. The soundtrack is already out on itunes (June 10) but the CD for all you dinosaurs out there will be coming out July 1. 
Track Listing:
1. Main Titles
2. The Rains of Castamere
3. Breaker Of Chains
4. Watchers On The Wall
5. I’m Sorry For Today
6. Thenns
7. Mereen
8. First Of His Name
9. The Biggest Fire The North Has Ever Seen
10. Three Eyed Raven
11. Two Swords
12. Oathkeeper
13. You Are No Son Of Mine
14. The North Remembers
15. Let’s Kill Some Crows
16. Craster’s Keep
17. The Real North
18. Forgive Me
19. He Is Lost
20. I Only See What Matters
21. Take Charge Of Your Life
22. The Children
 
Some places such as Amazon and the HBO store are taking pre-orders for the fourth boxed set (this year's episodes) as well, even though that won't be out until early next year. 

Ottawa Rib Fest

Thursday (Thorsday, for all ye vikings out there) the rib fest began, and will end on Sunday - tomorrow! So get out there and have some meat!
Pretty much the entire Sparks Street is dedicated to the festival. And, as one of the platters is aptly, named it's a vegetarian's nightmare.
Ribs. Chicken. Brisket. Pulled pork. I was looking for Boss Hogs, who are said to be the best at the fest. However, I must have came in at the wrong side. Unable to find them, I went with a half rack from Sticky Fingers, and a pulled pork sandwich from Crabby's.
That definitely did it for me. I had a Propeller beer when I got in to wash it all down with. I would like to return but am unsure if I can make it out. Maybe this time some ribs and chicken...
While waiting to meet up with people, I went to Chapters which was a mistake...because I found another author / series of interest to me.
Joe Abercrombie.
He begins with The Blade Itself.... I am hoping to getting some more writing done this weekend, not counting blog posts. 

June 17, 2014

...And Now My Wait Begins

So now you've watched all of this year's episodes of Game of Thrones...now what?

Well, I have some suggestions for you. 

First up, since we're talking about TV, I'm going to recommend another show to help pass the time.



That show is Vikings. currently, it has about two seasons under it's belt and is also on hiatus, making catching up on that quick and easy. The first season is readily available to buy on blu-ray...but sadly not Netflix (Canada) yet. 

The show is 'doing' well, but was overshadowed by Game of Thrones, or perhaps lack of word of mouth. 





There is also the mini-series, Pillars of the Earth, as well as its sequel (also a mini series) , World Without End. 



 Covering similar interests, yet for a younger audience, is How to Train Your Dragon 2. It is also being very well recieved, and I look forward to seeing it this weekend. 




Now, onto another medium - books.




Yes, many of these may have appeared before. But how can I suggest passing the time for Game of Thrones without mentioning the books in which they're based? They are very good reads, and non-readers are missing tons. I myself am waiting for the next one, The Winds of Winter, so I have another wait ahead of me.

 


Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and (its sequel) World Without End cover some of the themes, although less fantastical and more political etc.




 

George R.R. Martin's friend, Daniel Abraham, also has a fantasy series which begins with The Dragon's Path. These are more closer to typical fantasy, and may be closer to Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire

 

Going more with historic fiction, Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles are worth checking out. The first book is titled The Winter King. These are Cornwell's favourite books, actually. 





 

Last but not least, is The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. He's still working away at Book Three, but his series begins with The Name of the Wind. Like Martin, he is a master story teller and one of fantasy's greats.

June 16, 2014

Episode 40 ("Game of Thrones") spoiler-free Review



Wow, what an episode! And what a way to end the Game of thrones Episodes for 2014. 

Episodes 31-40 could have easily been the show's best bunch yet. There were strong moments throughout them, and they ended Episode 40 quite well. Also, as a book reader (you know, "Based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin during the opening credits and all...) I was immensely pleased. I also noticed that the HBO series is noticably diverging from the book series. Before, these changes were minor. Now, they are noticeable. But they are in good taste and make sense. They don't just change it for the sake of changing it like The Walking Dead.

But are they bad? Not for these Episodes. Episodes 11-19 were a tad weak due to change, (well, in part) but this year's Episodes and last year's Episodes solidify the show's greatness. 

I have every confidence in George R.R. Martin, but I'd rather read what happens next as opposed to seeing it. that being said, seeing it is some very nice eye candy indeed. Waiting till next spring for more Episodes is nothing. Try waiting about 3-5 years for books. Yes, that's right - the book series isn't over yet. The author is at work on Book Six, The Winds of Winter, and wrap the series up with one more book after that.

I advise you to pick this up: http://www.bookdepository.com/Song-Ice-Fire-George-Martin/9780007477159

I give Episode 40 an extremely solid 

9.5 / 10

And Episodes 31-40 as a whole 
9 / 10

Game of Thrones continues to be one of TV's best shows (or, the best it has at the moment), and there are lots of things that make it 'work.' Some book fans may be nitpicky, but remember - "Based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, not based on 'Book X'. 

June 15, 2014

TV Alert: "Game of Thrones" Episode 40


Here we are again.

Tonight is the final episode of Game of Thrones for the year, which is Episode 40. Once I've seen it (Monday, I hope) I'll be sure to write up a review, as well as review the season as a whole. 

After that, it's waiting until next year for new episodes. For TV, in the mean time I myself will be starting Vikings and encourage others to do so too. 

Of course, I always suggest reading the books that Game of Thrones is based on - A Song of Ice and Fire. Y'know, it says it during the opening credits & all..... 

June 14, 2014

"Fire and Blood" Red Ale



I blogged about this a while ago. But, now I finally got some my self. 



I've been checking the LCBO's web site often to see if locations carried Ommegang's "Fire and Blood" Red Ale...which is the third Game of Thrones beer. I haven't tried it yet but am looking forward to it. 

I live in Canada, so getting a hold of American craft beer has been a bit tricky, especially since it's Game of Thrones

Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys' feared dragons.

If you live in Ontario, check to see if they have it HERE: http://www.lcbo.ca/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/details.do?language=EN&itemNumber=381947

For those who live in Ottawa : Go to 275 Rideau St or 222 Richmond Road. As you can see above, there are three labels (all the same beer) featuring each of Daenary's (no, not "Khaleesi") dragons.

Next up for their Game of Thrones beer is "Valar Morghulis"



 

Valar Morghulis is an Old Valyrian saying closely associated with the desire for vengeance. A Belgian-style Dubbel was chosen to capture the sweetness of revenge as well as the dangerous consequences that come with it.

That one will be out in the Fall sometime.

FIFA World Cup



With hockey finished, another one of the world's most popular sports has begun - football. More specifically, The FIFA World Cup.

It began on June 12 and closes July 13. 

I usually don't watch the sport except for tournaments, championships etc... so I'll be trying to catch as much of the FIFA as I can.  

Here are the countries I'm cheering for, round by round:


Brazil, Croatia, Netherlands, Spain, Ivory Coast, Uruguay, England, Switzerland, Honduras, Argentina, Nigeria, Germany, Ghana, Belgium and Russia. Those are the countires I'd love to see do well and advance.


Enjoy! And depending on where in the world you are, be careful.


Vote....Or Else!



On Friday, the Ontario premier was elected - the province is now governed by the Liberal Party.

On Thursday, I headed to the polls and made a choice I wanted to make, and was free to make.

But, I've got to say, it felt like I was bullied into voting.

Yes, you read that right. Bullied.

The thing is, Canada is a country in which we've earned our right to vote, to elect a person or party we would like to see come into power and lead our country, provinces and cities to what the person voting would like to see come of it.

The ads for voting don't promote a candidate, they point and wag a nasty finger at 'the other guy' which I've never liked. They don't work for me, personally. 

Same thing goes for if someone wins. Please. Keep your opinions to yourself, and don't go overboard. 

If a party you strongly disagree with or strongly dislike wins, I doubt it will be "Hell." Things may not be pleasant, or the way you want them to turn out, but I doubt it will be "hell". It's one thing if you lost your job due to a party's or leader's actions, and quite another to compare it to the worst thing in the history of ever. Sure, times may be tight and you may have had a rough year. Just be glad you're not in a warzone in a third world country. 

The other thing is, is people's attitudes towards voting when expressing themselves through social media.

"Go out and vote. It's your right." 

Well, thanks that's a very nice and polite way of posting a status update. Yes, we've earned the right to vote for who want to vote for....IF you want to vote. [I did vote, by the way.]

Instead, people should be saying: "You should go out and vote. Especially if there's a candidate or party you'd like to win, or you dislike the current leader."

What I'm saying is - voting is not mandatory, and people should be not 'ordered' or pressured in any way to go out and do it. We have the freedom and ability to go out and do it. Nasty remarks aren't helping any, especially with lower turnout these days.  


So when the Federal Elections happen next year, please be nice about yourself or hold your tongue. You can write articles about why one platform is better than the other. Back up your opinion with reasons, examples and facts instead of delivering a one to two sentence ignorant opinion.  Hell, if you're good enough, you may even turn people away from a leader or party just be good argument or debate alone (whether it's 'attacking the other guy, or promoting the one you're going for)

The world is in rough shape as it is. Let's not make it worse. Make it better by voting for who you will think will try and make it better, or take the power away from those who are making it wrong.

Negativity never helps.

Hail to the Kings



..and that's it! The LA Kings have won the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. What an interesting season and playoffs it's been for all the teams. I wished I could have posted about it, especially during the playoffs, but alas....

I'm looking forward to the fall (but I will enjoy the rest of spring, and summer, mind) because that means new hockey season,as well as a trip to the UK.

If you're feeling the hockey blues at any time before the season starts, I suggest playing Blades of Steel

June 11, 2014

Coming in a Month - Three Decades Aged


I myself cannot believe that in a month from now (July 11) I will be thirty years old. 

I don't feel it.

I feel like '25' seems a bit more appropriate. There are some things I wanted to accomplish by the time I'm 30, but they've been pushed back a couple years.

Also, there's Kalvel. I would like to finish writing Volume I in August of 2016 but we'll see if that happens. There's a few other things here and there...places to go, etc.

So how will I be celebrating? Nothing fancy. I don't have anything planned, that's up to friends / family etc but there are some things I would like to do.

For the 'family celebration dinner' I would like BBQ for supper. Not fussy as to 'what' but something nice and yummy, and summer-y. Beer can chicken, ribs.... with potatoes and perhaps a salad. And beer to drink.

Speaking of beer, I really like:

- Mill St (pretty much anything, but I haven't tried the summer seasonal sampler yet...)

- Beau's (Kismeyer Nordic Pale Ale (my favourite beer), Lug Tread Lager, Festivale, or Tom Green Milk Stout).
- Muskoka (Mad Tom IPA, Detour IPA, Craft Lager and Cream Ale)

For my close friends, I will be headed out to British Pub for supper and beers. Most like a few beers. It is my birthday, and I will be turning 30, but I'm not planning on having 'a few too many'.

Now what do I want?

Well, I'm not "asking" for anythng. Within the past year and a bit I sort of began to stop that. But I will say that when the back to schools specials hit, I will get a new desktop PC (I'm eyeing Alineware but keeping my options open. I will most like go for them.). Anything else I list, is basically my next purchases. If I were to win the lottery (like, say, $500) I would get some of the following next:

BOOKS



- I'm really digging the look of the leatherbound ('hardcover') Canterbury Classics by Thunder Bay Press. Titles I would love to get are: The Divine Comedy, Edgar Allan Poe (Collected Works), Bulfinch's Mythology (this one isn't out yet and is a pre-order), War and Peace, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Other Stories, Iliad & Odyssey. I would start by buying Sherlock Holmes first.

- Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Art of the Hobbit

BLU-RAYS



- Tangled (2D)
- Castle in the Sky
- True Detective  (Season One)

OTHERS

- itunes gift card. As I mentioned awhile back, I've pretty much stopped buying CDs in favour of getting music through itunes. On a gift-giving aspect, I say 'itunes gift card' so I can pick and choose music off my list.
-I mentioned beer early in the post, so no need to repeat myself here. Those who know me, know what I like. I shop at Chapters, Futureshop, Eddie Bauer, The Bay & American Eagle mostly.
  
        

June 10, 2014

Out to Buy: "True Detective" Ssn 1


Today the first season of HBO's newest and (second) great show at the moment is now out to buy on blu-ray, itunes etc....I'm talking about True Detective. I sense strong Emmy and Awards potential for this one.

E3



Initial Thoughts before E3:
For a video gamer, the best time of the year is coming up - E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). I see it as the Comic-Con for video games.
I'm sure XBOX and Playstation will show off some great titles; (who is winning that war, by the way? I think the winner is PS4 but nothing by a landslide by any means) but I'm interested and focused on Nintendo. So what would I like to see from Big N? A few things actually...
- The Legend of Zelda U . Remember that demo you showed us with Link fighting that monster, then again in the dark? Yeah...I want my game to look like that - adult Link, and 'realism' graphics. I don't want you to go changing your game now, Nintendo - remember the Space World demo? And no half cel shaded, half 'real'. Go full real. Also, no 'gimmicks' - no wolves, no bgiant birds. Just a 'basic' Zelda game in execution. Of course, new items, control scheme etc... but let's not make this Zelda too advacned, shall we?
- Mario Kart 8 Expansion Packs. Yes, that's right exapnsion pack. As in 'you need this game, to use THIS content.' Nintendo could do it as dlc or a physical copy (or both). There is so much potential for more characters and tracks. The course packs could be base don system, or theme. Like, all the Rainbow Roads. All the ghost houses. All the raceways. And the way some classic tracks get souped up for Mario Kart 8 was quite well done. You wouldn't have known by look that these courses were from another older title. Think on that Nintendo - expand on Mario Kart 8.
- Smash Bros. U . Just a little bit more info. We know we're getting the game this year, but things like a proper title, and just generally more info on the game.
- Star Fox . Another Star Fox like Star Fox 64. The space flying style. Of course, if there are land missions etc and things on planets, but I wanna fly a ship dammit.
- More titles from the Gamecube on the wii u. Great example would be Paper Mario. A Paper Mario title on this system would be great - whether it's a new game, or the one on the Gamecube re-done for wii u. Other gems on the Cube could shine on the wii u as well.
- Perhaps another Mario game? I mean Mario 3D World 2, or New Mario Bros. U 2 or something of the sort.
- anything new with the hardware. Be it Nintendo talking about future software updates, talk about how the system is doing and what you plan on doing with it.
- of course, surprises.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Nintendo will do and show, but I have my fingers crossed for a few things. I would love to see the wii u lean more in the direction of SNES, or the Nintendo 64, and less in the direction of the wii. 

I'm sure there is much better coverage than this blog on the event on the internet, so I urge you to check out gameplay videos, other articles etc. 
Reactions:

- Wow, Zelda looks great! couldn't be happier! It's like a cel-shaded Skyrim, and there doesn't appear to be any new 'elements' (wolf mode, etc..) The game is coming next year, apparantly and has no title yet.



- "Mario Maker" - that looks just plain cool. I'll be sure to have lots of fun with this.


- Hyrule Warriors - I'll most likely get this in Sept as physical. 


- Star Fox - I Hear there's a Star Fox game...? Sweet!


- Smash Bros U - Looking forward but I'm not really keen on that 'action figure' thing....it better not be mandatory.
- the other surprises...well, there was a few of them, so I mentioned, others I hadn't had time to 'digest' yet. For the most, and as far as I can tell, Nintendo definitely did a sweet E3 this year. Bring on the games! I'll do another post shortly about Legend of Zelda U. 

June 8, 2014

The "Frozen" Effect



My girlfriend & I had seen Frozen in theatres while it was playing a while ago, and we both loved it. For one, I was surprised by how much I did like it.

I'm a fan of Disney. I grew up with some of their classic cartoons, and so did my sister. Some of them appealed to her more than me, and me more than her. But should I watch one of 'her' movies with her, I'd always enjoyed them. I also enjoyed Pixar's films (well, most of them). 

Also, they aren't 'Disney' but I also enjoy Dreamworks stuff for the most part too. Just putting that out there. 

Anyway, I was not expecting reaction to Frozen being as wild as it was. Disney tried to re-enter their nostalgic / princess phase a few times in the past. I was glad for the 'non' CG look of The Princess and the Frog, but something from movie was missing. It was good, but I was expecting something 'different'. 

Brave by Pixar came along and I enjoyed that. Again, not the story I was thinking of, but still great anyway.

Then, came Frozen. And Disney nailed it. Everything about the movie works. I won't re-review it, but the songs are great (as are the singers), the effects are cool (yeah, I did that on purpose) and a few good twists about the whole 'true love' thing. 

Because the film caught on so well, there have been a few good things on the internet. One of my favorites, is the crossover / mashup of Else and Jack Frost from Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians: https://www.google.ca/search?q=elsa+jack+frost&client=firefox-a&hs=xDq&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=MA-VU8-SDcbD8AGF9oCQBQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=951

The other, the video from 'How It Should Have Ended' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dach1nPbsY8 
More scenes after the credits. Wait until the video ends.

Finally, the popularity of the film has resulted in a character from the film showing up in the season finale of ABC's fairty tale show...should the writers want, they could work in Jack Frost, or actually make...that character....the White Witch from Chronicles of Narnia. Now there's a crossover yet to be done - Frozen  and Narnia (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe)

June 7, 2014

Fabebook Blurb About Me







The following 'blurb' is my 'Description' as it appears on my facebook page. 


Summer Seasonals Are Here

The weather has gotten warmer, and we are now well into June, which most people seem to think summer is here! Even though summer begins June 21, and ends in September...either way, for a beer drinker, this is good news. The summer seasonal beers are now here.

First up, from Mill St is their summer seasonal sampler mix pack.


Inside this year's pack, you get:

Palomar Ale, 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager, Belgian Cherry IPA, Belgian Wit, Tankhouse Ale, and Organic Lager. I haven't tried the 100th Meridian, Palomar, or the Belgian Cherry, so I'll definitely pick this mix pack up at some point. 

Now, onto Beau's.




It is time again for Festivale, their summer seasonal. They describe it as:

FestivaleAltbier • 4.7% alc/vol
Festivale is based on a rare German style of ale, know as Alt (German for old, referring to how long this style has been in existence.) It originates from the northern part of the Rhineland, and is something of a cousin beer to our Lugtread. Festivale is an amber ale, with balanced high-intensity maltiness and hop presence. Caramunich malts give Festivale its colour and a rich caramel sweetness. Festivale bucks the trend of pale summer beers, offering up amber hues and tastiness for a unique result that is both quaffable and refreshing.
 
Hopefully you can try some of these great beers (responsibly, of course) I'll be sure to pick each of what I mentioned at least once this summer season. 



 

June 6, 2014

Best of Beau's 2014 Voting

 
 
Earlier today, Beau's has posted that voting had begun on selecting which four beers will go into the 'Best of Beau's 2014' Mix Pack. To vote and see the eligible beers, go here: http://www.beaus.ca/vote 
 
My ideal mix pack(s) would be:
 
"The Seasons of Beau's"
Beaver River, Festivale, Night Marzen, Bogwater
 
"Best of feBREWary"
Elmsmere's Regret, Mission Accomplished, Wag the Wolf, Collabbrewnaut
 
"Moumou's Selection"
Bottle Imp, Opa's, Strong Patrick, Hogan's Goat
 
So be sure to vote if you have a favourite you'd like to see in the pack. If you're unable to get Beau's where you live, vote on one of my three 'fan-made' mix packs I listed above.
 
Cheers!

New (UK) Editions of The Wheel of Time Coming on Sept. 18

What I've been blogging about lately is that the North American publisher has been steadily over a period of time been re-releasing the Wheel of Time series book by book every few months. I just posted the details for book 12 (The Gathering Storm).

However, the UK publisher (Orbit) has announced that on September 18 all the books are getting re-published with new cover artwork in paperback format. Below, you'll find the cover art for each as well as as the accompanying ISBN. All 14 books are listed in order. 


June 5, 2014

New Editions of The Wheel of Time - *Update* (Book 12)



The first of the last three Wheel of Time books (books 12-14 were completed by Brandon Sanderson) now has a date set in the nice trade paperback format. The info is:
ISBN - 10: 0765337835
ISBN - 13: 9780765337832

The release date is March 31, 2015. So keep that ISBN handy if you have the others in the trade paperback style. For reference (and newcomers), here are all the others books in the same format:

http://insurrbution.blogspot.ca/2012/09/new-editions-for-wheel-of-time.html 


The next title to get info on is Towers of Midnight.

June 4, 2014

The Big Summer Reading Book Blog Post


Recently, I got three 'new' books : The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, and The Fall of Arthur by Tolkien. The last two, it was because I found the physical book too 'small' for a dustjacket, if you know what I mean. I wanted a physical print edition so I decided to hold out for the paperbacks. The books I named aren't 'brand new' but they have been recently published in the format I wanted them, so they're new to me.


Anyway, this post is about me recommending some books to you, the blog readers, for your summer reading.


June 3, 2014

Out to Buy: "Breaking Bad" Complete Series blu-ray



Today is finally the day for me - Breaking Bad Complete Series blu-ray is now out to buy! The blu-rays for each season have been out for a while, but I wanted to get all the episodes in one shot. I'm aware that there was that collector's set, but it was over priced, and as much as I enjoy the series, I only wanted the episodes, nothing else. I'm hoping Amazon will ship it soon!

June 2, 2014

Brandon Sanderson: The ebook Author



I am a great fan of books. I of course enjoy reading, but I'm referring to the actual books themselves. However, I do enjoy and appreciate ereaders. For me, as I've mentioned before, they come in handy when a print edition is out of print (or otherwise very hard to find), and I dislike the $10 mass market paperbacks. They are too cheaply made, the font is often smooshed, and often times too thick and wide. Had ereaders existed way back when I was buying the Wheel of Time series, I'd most likely had gotten them as ebooks, as they are many and they are large.
This brings me to Brandon Sanderson.
Brandon Sanderson is an author whom I greatly admire in both reading and writing standpoints. The others being George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Stephen King, and a few others (Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bernard Cornwell, Ken Follett, J.K. Rowling, Daniel abraham, Chalres Dickens, Alexandre Dumas....) Brandon has a great interaction with his fans in regards to his writings.
At the very least, sample chapters of his books get posted. Once in a while, he'll post other interesting tidbits.
For example, if you venture to http://brandonsanderson.com/ and explore, you'll see there's some sample chapters, deleted scenes and even earlier drafts of some books available to download for free. What I did was make documents of these, and convert the file (.pdf or epub) so it can be read on my ereader. Also, the fact that his Stormlight series is projected at about 10 books long, and each one is about 900-1000 pages in hardback. Knowing this beforehand, I know it will take up a decent amount of shelf space, so I opted for ebooks about half the price of the hardback and available that same day. 
It seems like Brandon Sanderson is quite in touch with the modern world and is using technology to help him as an author, as well as to help give fans a little bit extra. Also, he is writing at a point where technology allows itself to become a tool in his hands, and he is realizing and utilizing its potential.
I still love print books, and will continue to buy them, but there are certain titles I want as ebooks, and Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight (and beyond...?) are among those.
 
To discover this magnificent epic, head here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/the-way-of-kings/ .
Head here for "sample chapters, complete stories and a novel, deleted scenes, and more. Bonus content is added frequently, so check back often!" http://brandonsanderson.com/library/
Other epic stories (not by Sanderson) you may not have heard of worth checking out are Gardens of the Moon, The Dragon's Path and The Name of the Wind.

June 1, 2014

"Homeland" Season 2 Now on Netflix Canada



Today I got a notification that Netflix (Canada) has uploaded more episodes (season 2) of Homeland. I'm watching House of Cards season 1 at the moment, then will watch Hell on Wheels season 2 before returning to Homeland. During the summer, I will also watch Vikings. Seems like I watch a lot of TV, but it's all spread out throughout the year.

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three Comic Coming



Well, it looks like Marvel isn't finished yet with Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

The project started out as kind of a prequel comic series, then Marvel re-told the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, in graphic novel format, while adding in a few things here and there. 

Next up, it looks like they're adapting the next book in the Dark Tower, which is The Drawing of the Three

EW posted this next little bit, so I'll share their links:

For some art: http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/04/25/dark-tower-drawing-three-marvel-prisoner-art/

For some behind the scenes stuff: http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/04/27/dark-tower-drawing-of-the-three-comic/

I collect this series in trade collections, in paperback format rather than hardback so I will have a little bit of waiting to do. Here's hoping Marvel will re-tell the entire story in graphic novel format.

The books in the series:


The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger 

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three 
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass Locus Award nominee
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla 2004 Locus Award nominee
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah 2005 Locus Award nominee
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower 2005 British Fantasy Award winner
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole 


The comics:

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home
The Dark Tower: Treachery
The Dark Tower: Fall of Gilead
The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill
The Dark Tower: The Journey Begins
The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria
The Dark Tower: The Battle of Tull
The Dark Tower: The Way Station
The Dark Tower: The Man in Black
The Dark Tower: Last Shots