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Playing a new game

Well, it’s not exactly new, but new to me. I started reading “A Game of Thrones” a few weeks ago because a friend recommended it to me. I had also heard that the new HBO series based on the book was good.

At over 800 pages, it’s the longest book I have attempted in a while but it was also worth the entire two weeks it took me to read. Not to mention it was a great way to waste some time in these three-weeks-that-will-never-end.

The book is set in a fake supernatural/medieval time that really reminds me of the computer game Heroes of Might and Magic that I used to play a million years ago. It follows the families from different areas of the map that all have certain things in common (ie. the king is BFF with a lord of the north, he became king when he and the lord killed the past king whose children escaped death and are another storyline, etc.)

I like that each chapter is a little story from a certain character’s perspective – it’s easier for me to read in well-defined chunks like that.

Scary zombie, aka "White Walker"

I finished the first book last week and was excited to start the second even-longer book and start watching the television series. Unfortunately I learned during the first episode that it’s not a show you can watch while eating/not feeling well/stressed/etc. The first scene of the first episode goes down like this: hunters find a bunch of dead people in the woods with oodles of dead blood gushing from their bodies. Dead bodies become zombies and kill hunters by cutting their heads off graphically and with lots of additional blood spurts. One hunter escapes only to be beheaded in the next scene, re: blood spurts.

Best part of book and show: super cute wolves 🙂

While I can’t really appreciate the ridiculously bad effects of the beheadings (and there are quite a few), I can appreciate the overall show. The sets are pretty good and the actors are very good. The creators did a good job of finding appropriate thespians for each role – and they paid attention to character traits like hair color, body type, etc. which I think more movies-based-on-books should do. There’s really no excuse not to – it’s just sad when movie makers take your favorite meek blond 14-year-old and make them dark-haired, muscular and 18.

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Crazy week

So much has happened around town in the past week.

First off, seven people got shot blocks away from where I was walking with some of my family in the French Quarter on Saturday night. It must have happened just after we left and we literally walked right over where it would happen just about an hour later.

Second, a chemical leak happened at a plant in Norco and I was sent to take some breaking news pictures. Also, a fire happened at this nature preserve. Both of these happened the day before the paper went out, so we had to change everything around and write new stories. Super fun. But seriously, it was pretty exciting.

Finally, today I got a little break by going to the Muses‘ Thirsty Thursday at this bar called the Rendon Inn in the Uptown/Midtown area. It was kind of small but very clean and the owner was extremely nice. I didn’t win any of the raffles, but who was I kidding thinking I would actually win something with my bad luck?

I’ve been reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter lately and it’s pretty humorous – I finally know the truth about what happened at Roanoke Island!

Reading about that really got me thinking about how much I love historical mysteries, like Roanoke, such as the Shroud of Turin, Easter Island, that book that predicted the Titanic, etc. My friend showed me this site called Unsolved Mysteries (I’m not sure if it’s the same as the tv show) that has a pretty decent collection of information on them. And I’m not sure if the Donner Party is so much an unsolved mystery since there were survivors, but I just read an article stating that they may not have become cannibals after all.

If anyone knows other interesting “unsolved mysteries” please comment! I know there are a bunch but I just can’t remember them.

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