September 17, 2017

A Long-Overdue Update

Good day all!

I'm back. Well, I never left.

Things have been busy, so apologies that I have not been posting and writing as much as I wished. Looking for work, domestic life, and enjoying my self (reading, shows, movies and games) has put my blogging onto the back-burner.

Let's see what's new......

Let's start with TV.

I watched Game of Thrones Season 7, which is always entertaining. I watch the show to enjoy the spectacle of it. At this point, and looking back, I think it's safe to say that the show and the books have differed greatly ever since the Red Wedding has happened. I'm looking forward to both Season 8, as well as Books 6 and 7, and any other Seven Kingdoms material that Martin publishes. Regardless of when Book 6 is published, I'm going to re-read Books 1-5 anyway. I finished Book 5 sometime in 2012, so it's been awhile. That, and the books and the show are so different, by starting fresh with Book 1 again, it'll be better for my mind.

I've also picked up Suits again, going through Season 3. New on my watching of TV is Ray Donovan, of which I've seen seasons 1 and 2 thus far. Next up on my list of ones to watch that I haven't seen yet is Black Sails. I recently finished reading Treasure Island  - Black ails is a prequel to that book.

Now for movies.

My lady and I have seen a few movies here and there. At the cinema, I believe around the time that I left you, we saw Pirates 5. After that, was King Arthur. I enjoyed both, but I'd like to talk about King Arthur for a moment.

Because of the style of which the film was made in, I believe if the director did a Robin Hood movie instead, it would have worked better. Or, if it was its own unique fantasy. If you're attempting to build a cinematic universe, and your first entry doesn't feel stand alone, or 'sequel teases' too much, it may not work well at all. I can understand the complaints about the film, however I enjoyed it.

In terms of reading, as I mentioned above, I have just finished reading Treasure Island, which I immensely enjoyed. On the e-reader, my next read will be The Heritage of Shannara by Terry Brooks. On "Hobbit Day" (Sept. 22) I'm going to start reading my copy of The Annotated Hobbit, followed (or possibly with) Exploring the Hobbit.

So, what's next??

TV:

Suits Season4
Ray Donovan Season 3
Black Sails Season 1
Vikings Season 5 [Part A]
Knightfall (new series)
Outlander Season 3

Movies:

Kingsman 2
Thor 3
Planned Reading, in no order:

The Annotated Hobbit
Exploring the Hobbit
Various ebooks
Various Myths and Legends
an eventual re-read of His Dark Materials
an eventual re-read of Harry Potter
re-read of A Song of Ice and Fire (starting the day after the show ends)
Some classics
More Tolkien (The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, Tales From the Perilous Realm, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The Fall of Arthur, Beowulf and The Story of Kullervo....)

So that's an update for the time being. I do wish to blog more, and more often. I have a few Tolkien related posts coming up in the near future to watch for, but after those I plan on posting about a few other things.

Sorry for the delay and silence, all! 

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