Friday, June 28, 2013

Title: A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Cooking Companion
Authors: Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer
Genre: cookbook, books on TV

I did a Game of Thrones program last night at my library and I had checked out this book to get ideas on what kind of food to serve. This cookbook features more meal-type food and I was looking for finger foods to serve. I eventually found some cute Game of Thrones-themed snacks on Pinterest, but this fan cookbook was still interesting to read. This cookbook was the creation and brainchild of two women who have been fans of the Game of Thrones series since it debuted in 1996. They created a blog (Inn at the Crossroads)solely devoted to the food and dishes mentioned in the books. In this cookbook they divided dishes by regions, found a medieval version of a dish and modern version of the same dish. There are recipes here that can enjoyed by all cooking skill levels and would make wonderful dishes at a Games of Thrones viewing party and could be used to hold over a GoT fanatic until the next show season or book comes out (whichever comes first).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Title: A Dance with Dragons
Author: George R. R. Martin
Genre: fantasy, books on TV


The saga of Westeros continues...

Danaerys is in Meereen against the counsel of Jorah Mormont. The plight of the slaves fills with her pity; her infatuation with Daarion Naharis and fatigue from war make her stay.
Tyrion Lannister is on the run from King's Landing. He ends up on a fishing boast containing an odd assortment of folk who are part of a larger secret.
Arya Stark is in Braavos learning to be invisible...
Cersei is in religious prison accused of various crimes.
Bran, Hodor, Meera and Jojen journey beyong the Wall and into the earth.
We finally get into the head of Barristan the Bold, the prince of Dorne, Victarion Greyjoy, Asha Greyjoy (who is growing on me), and Melisandre.

Old alliances are broken; new alliances are forged. Characters thought dead reappear.

My only beef: no chapters about Sans or Sam and we still have no idea what happened to Benjen Stark.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Genre: supernatural fiction, zombies, apocalyptic

I read my first zombie novel this week and it was pretty darn good....

R is a zombie living in an abandoned airport. He doesn't remember his real name, the age at which he turned, or how long he has been Dead. He lives a static, zombie existence with his fellow dead which mostly consists of shuffling, moaning and occasional hunting trips. Even though R has lost the ability to read and his vocabulary consists of simple words and shrugs, his narration is very articulate. On a random hunting trip he captures Julie and brings her back to the zombie airport. While keeping Julie prisoner, R finds that the last brain he ate (it belonged to Perry, Julie's boyfriend) is slowly changing him. First, his hunger for human flesh slowly subsides, then, he starts to dream. The more Perry's consciousness invades R's brain the more articulate R becomes. Shrugs and one-syllable words turn into short sentences. His feelings for Julie deepen and he takes Julie back to the land of the Living, only to penetrate the stadium a few days later to be with her. Mingling with the Living changes R and Julie and ultimately the world...