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.