Search results for: George R. R. Martin

Fun Facts Friday: George R. R. Martin
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 20, 2013

While I’m not a big fan of fantasy books, I do love the movies and TV shows. Games of Thrones, the HBO show, has been a favorite of my wife and I since the third season (we watched the first and seconds seasons on demand and got hooked). The author George R. R. Martin was born this day in 1948 in Bayonne, NJ. As the oldest of three children, George liked to watch such shows as The Twilight Zone. In high School Mr. Martin wrote fan fiction based on comic books and even created new superheroes. During the Vietnam War Mr. Martin worked with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation as part of his alternative service, since he was a conscientious objector. The first story Mr. Martin sold was called The Hero. The story was sold to a science fiction magazine called Galaxy in 1971. In the 1980s Mr. Martin became involved in script writing. He was involved in the 1986 remake of the Twilight Zone and on TV shows.  However, whenever he handed a screen in the producers would say: “George, this is wonderful, but it would cost five times our budget to produce it” (as told in a…

Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / February 22, 2017

About: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a fantasy novel which is the base to the successful TV show. This book is number on the series known as A song of Ice and Fire. 694 pages Publisher: Bantam Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0553103547 My rat­ing for A Game of Thrones  —4 Buy A Game of Thrones from Amazon.com* More Books by George R.R. Martin Thoughts: I am not a fan of the fantasy genre when reading. I love the movies and TV shows, but the books just don’t resonate with me. I tried to read and listen to Lord of the Rings about five times and never made it past 150 pages. When the TV show came out, my buddy Ray gave me A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin to read. Again, I couldn’t get past 150 pages and gave it back. Sadly, a short time later, Ray passed away (he was 25 or so at the time) leaving behind a young wife. The author took his time telling the story, which is why I believe I gave up on reading the books. If you don’t know anything about the characters, you only start to figure out…

Top 15 21st Century Novels Destined To Become Classics
Latest Posts / September 5, 2013

While visiting the blog River City Reading, I noticed a post about 21st Century Novels which were destined to become classics published by The Inquisitr (original post). As with any list, it is a point of contention and debate. I don’t feel that reviewers decide what is or what is not a classic, but the people do as well as time. After all, many books which we consider classics these days were serialized adventure stories in newspapers (The Three Musketeers for example). But first – here is the list: 15. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 14. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 13. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver 12. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin 11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 9. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron 8. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon 7. American Gods by Neil Gaiman 6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 4. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett 3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 2. The Road by Cormac…

Books by Title M – Z
/ January 24, 2013

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z – M – Macbeth by Jo Nesbø – A retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy, set in a small European town as a police drama. Machinehood by S.B. Divya – A science-fiction story about the way legal drugs, artificial intelligence, an- s d big corporations can inherit the future. Maggie’s Wars by Phil Pisani – A novel about Mag­gie Hogan is a strong woman, an ace report who just wants to be treated fairly. She fights, and sleeps, her way through the bat­tle­fields, the Nurem­burg tri­als and the after­math of the World War II, includ­ing the cold war. Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin – An autobiog­ra­phy of the famous astronaut. Malinalli of the Fifth Sun by Helen Gordon Heightsman – A his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel tak­ing place in South Amer­ica dur­ing Hernán Cortés’ time focusing on native woman Mali­nalli who was an impor­tant per­son in Cortés’ entourage who have been vil­i­fied through­out the ages. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – A historical fiction which imagines the axis winning World War II….

Books by Author M – Z
/ January 16, 2013

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z – M – Mac Donald, Elizabeth A Matter of Interpretation – A historical fiction book, taking place in the 13th Century following Michael Scot, a scholar and translator working for Emperor Frederick II. MacDonald, Alexander The Private Life of Victoria: Queen, Empress, Mother of the Nation – A non-fiction book, about the Queen’s personal relationships before, and during her reign Macintyre, Ben Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War – A non-fiction book about the founding and early years of the British Special Air Service (SAS). MacKenzie, Alastair Pilgrim Days: From Vietnam to the SAS  – A memoir of the author who served in the special forces of several countries over his life, documenting his life from serving in the New Zealand Army in Vietnam, to the SAS, South Africa, Oman, and finally as a private security agent. MacLean, David Stuart How I Learned to Hate in Ohio – A novel which take places sometime in the 1980s about…

National Bookmobile Day Giveaway (Over)
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / March 21, 2012

Join Regal Literary in celebrating the ALA’s third annual National Bookmobile Day! In appreciation of our nation’s bookmobiles and the library professionals who keep them running, we’re giving away signed copies of THE NIGHT BOOKMOBILE and HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by fellow bookmobile lover Audrey Niffenegger, international bestselling author of THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE. See more about the books below, and enter to win at http://www.regal-literary.com/contests/bookmobileday2012/. This sweepstakes ends on April 11, 2012. For contest updates, follow us on Twitter @regal_literary. Enjoy National Bookmobile Day, and best of luck! ======================================= The Night Bookmobile By Audrey Niffenegger  The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful young woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels. This library includes everything, and only everything, she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But over time her search turns into an obsession as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and therefore, her memories. The Night Bookmobile is a haunting tale both of transcendence and the passion for books, and features the evocative full-color pen-and-ink work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. Her Fearful…

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