The Sci-fi Fantasy Reader's Review

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

Friday, April 26, 2013

Game of Thrones trilogy, Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin

I finally finished the trilogy and I must say they are intense. The poor Stark family along with the Lannister's have had a their numbers decimated with treachery, parenticide, homelessness, and all in the name of loyalty to the crown.

In the end the Stark children are orphans, Sansa, Arye, Brandon, and Rickon are scattered in hiding throughout Westeros. Jon Snow, bastard brother of the Stark children has his own difficulties as a Brother of the Night's Watch.

The King is dead and Tyrion is accused of his murder along with his wife. Jaime Lannister is a captive of the Northerners but due to betrayal becomes a prisoner that is to be exchanged for the Stark girls. Cersei is the Queen regent to the King and is struggling to keep her position from being taken away by her father, Tywin Lannister who is the Hand to the King.

Two marriages are performed at King's Landing but none see the consummation of the wedding night. One of the groom's dies a horrible death at his wedding reception and the other is too kind to his wife to force her into his bed.

As I alluded to earlier there are many deaths in this book. The war has many causalities of the battlefield and due to betrayal over the family honor, as well over status positioning, and just for the power. There are many bit part players in the book who share in the problems of the main characters. Try not to get too confused if your watching the HBO version of the books, because there are differences between the show and the book.

I recommend this trilogy for anyone who likes reading intense but engaging novels.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Denver Comic Con 2013

It is going a really fun time at the Denver Comic Con this year, which starts on May 31-June 2. There are some really cool guest that will be at the Con. If you're attending for out of state, the Con will be at the Denver Convention Center again which is in the heart of the city.

The latests news is that the doctor will be in the house, Colin Baker aka the 6th Dr Who will be there along with Paul McGann's (8th Dr Who) companion, Daphne Ashbrook.  This coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr Who. I am so excited, not that Colin Baker was one of my favorites but that a Dr will be at the 2nd Denver Comic Con is huge.

Of course there are many other reason to attend this years Denver Comic Con.  The father of comics will be there, Stan Lee along with Mr. Solo, George Takei.  I'm not knowlegeable of comic artists or writers but the Denver Comic Con website will have a list of those attending but I can tell you who are the TV stars that will be there.  Eddie McClintok of the SyFy series Warehouse 13 will be there. Eddie plays the goofy character, Pete Lattimer who is a Secret Agent.  Erin Gray from Buck Rogers of the 25th Century will be there. She was Colonial Deering in the series. If you watch, The Guild or Eureka, then you will know this actress, Felicia Day.  For the vamp fans, Nelsan Ellis of True Blood will definitely be on my list for an autograph. Will Wheaton from the Star Trek Next Generation will be a Con favorite.  He has appeared on some top series such as The Big Bang Theory, as the nemesis of the character, Sheldon Cooper.  I have just mentioned a few of the guest at this years Denver Comic Con, for more info check out the website.

The Denver Comic Con is family friendly and children are very welcomed. There is a cosplay contest, panels on subjects related to all genres, autograph booths where you can get photos or your comic signed for a small fee, artist alley is a where you can meet comic book artist, and then the trade alley with booths selling all related products.

I enjoy the most is watching all the fans of comic, sci-fi fantasy, and gamers who cosplay as there favorite character. The costumes can be quite intricate in realism.  I will be there taking photos at the Con so I will be updating this post.

Denver Comic Con 2013 is produced by local based Comic Book Classroom were every ticket sold goes toward socio-economically challenged communities in Colorado that helps with after school learning to read programs using comic books.

Denver Comic Con- Convention Center
700 14th St