Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Game Of Thrones Is Cooler Than You’ll Ever Be

You might think that someone who looks at smokin’ as I do simply doesn’t have the time to read a lot. But surprisingly, I do.

(And yes Earl, before you start in with your shit, mostly these days I have been listening to more books on audio than reading…. This way I can keep reading my book while I’m sculpting my near-perfect body at the gym.)

But all that’s neither here nor there.

The IMPORTANT thing to remind you all is that, after YEARS of being in development, The Game Of Thrones television series will FINALLY begin this Sunday Night on HBO!!!!

To most of the non-nerdy public, that probably doesn’t mean much. But to anyone who is familiar with The Song Of Ice And Fire books (Game of Thrones is book 1), this is absolutely incredible news.

Seriously, my pants are tight with fanboy anticipation.

For those of you who don’t know, The Game Of Thrones tells the story of the Stark family, a small royal family in the fictional land of Westeros. Think of it kind of as The Lord Of The Rings, but which much less (almost non-existent) fantasy, and more realism. These books are filled with action, sex, intrigue, warfare, and most importantly, some of the best written and most complex characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Honestly, I think these books (there are currently 4, with book 5 due this summer, and 7 planned overall), are the best written series of books I have ever read. Ever. Ever Ever ever.

Did I say, “Ever”?

Normally, I’d be quite leery of anyone trying to take the magnificence of these books and attempting to build a TV show out of them, but if anyone can do it, HBO can.

I am BEYOND stoked for the first episode this Sunday night.



Interesting side note:

As awesome as these books are, their author, George R.R. Martin, was a bit of a jerk-off to me a few years back. When I wanted to begin reading these books, I sent him an email asking him where I could purchase the audio books, because I didn’t see them listed at the time ANYWHERE on the web.

To his credit, he wrote me back, and gave me a link to where I could buy them, but the link took me to a site that was only selling the “Collector’s Editions” of the books (whatever the hell THAT is), at about $120 each! I wanted to read these books, but not at the cost of almost $500!

So, I very politely wrote him again and asked if there was a place I could purchase the standard, non-collector’s editions. His email contained only this:

“I only writes em. I don’t sells em. You’re on your own.”

To which I responded:

“Well then, I don’t buys em. I only steals em. I just pirated them off the internet… thanks for being an asshat!”

Meanwhile I keep waiting for my application to his fan club to be approved.

I think it might be a long wait.

24 comments:

2abes said...

I am looking forward to this. The previews look real good. It looks like they stick pretty close to the book. If it gets great reviews and good ratings we may have an HBO series to look forward to for a number of years.

B.E. Earl said...

I'm finishing up a book right now, but Game of Thrones is next for me.

I actually have read a fair share of Martin's earlier works. Back when he was mostly writing science fiction. And he edited the Wild Cards series that I was into for a little while. Plus, Sandkings is one of the great sci-fi stories of all-time. Terrible tv adaptation of it though. Terrible.

sybil law said...

I am knee deep in book recommendations, but I love it. :)
Thanks!
And, to be fair, it isn't the guy's job to tell you wear to buy the books. You couldn't just google that shit? (I guess it depends on how many years ago...)

Slyde said...

abes: agreed.. it looks awesome.

earl: i am very glad to hear that. with as much as you read, i cannot believe you havent read these yet.

sybil: but thats the thing.... i looked all over and there was NO PLACE on the web selling the audio books.. i looked everywhere before i asked him.

Annabelle said...

The books sound amazing, I'll be checking those out asap.

I've yet to not be disappointed with the transition from print to screen. Good luck. I don't do the HBO, so do tell me if they stink it up.

Slyde said...

will do.. i think the books are safe tho in hbo's hands...

Brandy Rose said...

I have yet to read the books but I have seen the previews for the show. If I read the books, I won't watch the show. Too many of my favorite books have been ruined by television. Most recently, The Walking Dead comics.

i am the diva said...

I'm so stupidly excited for this series, i nearly creamed in my jeans the first time i saw one of the trailers!!! OOOOHHHHHH EMMMMMM GEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Bouncin' Barb said...

A lesson learned for when I write my book and publish it. Note to self: Don't be an asshat!

Sounds interesting!!

Slyde said...

Brandy: i am a walking dead fanatic too. while im liking the series, i wish they had kept it EXACTLY like the books.. they are straying too much.

diva: i have never wanted you more than right now. did you read the books?

barb: you could NEVER be an asshat :)

meleah rebeccah said...

"The Game Of Thrones television series will FINALLY begin this Sunday Night on HBO!!!!"

OH HELL YES!!!!!!!!!

Mrs. Hall said...

wait. what now? 120 for what? for A BOOK~!!

and everyday ya'll get diamond grade posts of love from me. for FREE!

I need to start charging. but then noone would read my stuff. and I would be sad.

guess i'll keep giving it away for free.

Lotus07 said...

For some reason, I bet there is a minor character in the final book named Slyde, who meets a grizzly end for attempting to steak the kings treasure.......just sayin.

Malka said...

Interesting... I think I'll add this to my reading list. Books make me hot.

Marlene said...

I wish I had time to read more! I've recently started reading again (but I used to read a shitload compared to now). I like the idea of books on audio!

AlleyCat said...

that'll teach him!

I don't beleive I've ever tried an audio book. I like me a paper back/hard back.

Thanks for the recomendation - I'll be looking for them soon!

Slyde said...

meleah: word.

holly: i'd gladly pay $120 per story for you. maybe double that.

bruce: that would be fucking AWESOME!

malka: makes me hot too.. maybe we should read something together? :)

marlene: you should def try it... it makes things MUCH easier...

alley: you should.. they rock!

Cocaine Princess said...

I've been looking forward to this new series since they showed the promos during True Blood. Looks spectacular.

i am the diva said...

slyde - fuck yes, i read the books...

Slyde said...

princess: yep, the promos have looked outstanding.

diva: you did? see? thats why i love you...

MarkD60 said...

What is, I wonder, the difference between the downloadable "Collectors Edition" and the downloadable regular edition?
Glad you got the books, my way! I download everything!
Also, what's the definition of "Asshat"?

21,000 comments, I'm jealous....

Slyde said...

its not really CLOSE to a ZILLION!

thats what really bothered me about the different editions.. it made no mention ANYWHERE of what you got in the collectors version. bah

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oh now that's funny! I was actually sort of surprised that he answered you at all though. :-)

Happy Mommy said...

I found your blog through you whining about how Faiqa doesn't think you're cool enough for her good daddy blogger list. And then I found this post. I, too, am a big fan of the Song of Ice and Fire books. I, also, thought George R.R. Martin was a bit of a douche when I finished reading the fourth book and found a "See your favorite characters in the next book... don't worry it'll be done by May 2005" message, and i was reading in 2010. While hunting for the fifth book, I found his blog. His response to where is the fifth book (from other readers, I don't do fan mail)? 'Leave me alone about it! Writing is hard! I'm trying to make the show, so who has time for books?' Ok, that was paraphrasing, but you get the point.