The Sci-fi Fantasy Reader's Review

My Comments on Science Fiction / Fantasy Books and other related media.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Game of Thrones

second episode of the Game of Thrones was as riveting with intrigue, suspicion, and betrayal as the first and hopefully it continues through out the season.  I am addicted to this HBO series.  I didn't realize that I've read 2 3/4 of the trilogy.  I remember bits and pieces that watching on TV is like watching something new.  I do know a little bit of what's going to happen but that doesn't matter. The acting is superb, and the nudity, violence just adds to the whole feeling of a medieval time.  You know that HBO doesn't hold back with their adaptations.  If you don't have HBO, have a friend who does tape this series for you because it is a keeper.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Game of Thrones

I watched the HBO series, The Game of Thrones and was blown away.  I have read two of the books from the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series and didn't really expect the quality that I saw watching this on TV.  Sean Bean is an excellent choice for playing one of the main characters, Lord Eddard Stark, and the rest of the cast is wonderful. I read the books a few years ago but a the story unfolded  I started to remember the characters and situations of intrigue.  It is a complex story with many characters and plots. I was so glad that the first episode followed the book.
The story line is complex but there is murder, political intrigue, with the growth of the characters.  The imagery of the scenery and the sets were amazing.  This HBO series should hold me until the next season of True Blood.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Charlaine Harris "Dead in the Family"

Charlaine Harris announced recently that she was a few books from completing the Sookie Stackhouse series. I read "Dead in the Family" and though I like the book, you can see that the end is soon.  Sookie is now lover, girlfriend to Eric Northman, vampire sheriff of the area and I wonder where that relationship is leading.  I was a firm advocate of the books compared to the HBO True Blood series but now I think the storyline in the TV series has more intrigue and depth. 

As usual the story in the book is in first person and Sookie is having vamp trouble again with Eric's maker coming to visit.  Harris likes to put some historic person in her books, like Bubba being Elvis who's crossover didn't go well, now she has one of the Romanov's who was rescued by Eric's  maker.  The beginning of the book is slow but it picks up and I couldn't put it down.  Her books are so easy to read that time isn't a real issue when reading them. Alcide and the weres are back in this book along with Claude, the brother of Claudine who died in the last book.  There are some faeries who were left in our world after the closing portal between faerie and here.   Sookie doesn't end up injured in "Dead in the Family" as she has in some of the past books. 

If you are a devote fan of Sookie Stackhouse than you will enjoy this installment.