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My Summer Reading List

With 90 degree temperatures baking Chicago, and the Memorial Day behind us, Summer has already started unofficially. That means I only got one more season left for fooling around before I go back to school. So, I’m going to make the most of this Summer. I’ll squeeze every fun I could get out of it.

Like last year, with school expenses and all, I’ll be too poor to travel. So, I’ll just stay local, go see concerts and hang out with friends. I’ll also bury myself in books, before I bury myself in textbooks when the semester starts this Fall. I know I gave up books to minimize my hobbies. But, during Summer, my room gets too hot from around 2 PM until the sun sets. So, I can’t play video games in there. With nothing else left do, I’d rather read.

I’m not going to challenge myself this time, however, like I did last summer. I’m just going to read as much as I can.

I’d start re-reading some of those old favorites that I haven’t read in a while:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1984 by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Once and the Future King by T.H. White
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Then, I’d read my backlogs:

Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Everything Matters by Ron Currie Jr.
Great House: A Novel by Nicole Krauss

And, if time and money allows, I’d finish the Summer by reading some new books:

Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The End of Money by David Wolman
The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura
Quiet by Susan Cain
Trapeze by Simon Mawer

So, these are the list of books for my summer reading. I probably won’t read them all. But I hope that I, at least, knock the first 10 books.

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What’s Missing in A Game of Thrones?

Arya Stark training with Syrio Forel, The First Sword of Braavos

Season two of A Game of Thrones (aka A Clash of Kings) was aired last Sunday. Unfortunately, since I can’t afford to pay an HBO subscription, I’ll just have to miss the entire show. Downloading the torrent isn’t an option for me either. Because my internet service provider is Comcast, who limits torrent traffic and also sends out piracy warnings if you download a certain movie or TV show.

This was also the case with me during season one. I was a bit left out while everyone else was talking about this awesome show called A Game of Thrones, even though I was already a fan of The Song of Ice and Fire saga before it landed on the TV.

But, as a fan, who read the books years prior to the show, and knowing that it’s too huge for a 10-hour season, I have something that these TV greenhorns don’t: Details. And I was right.

Not to besmirch the work of HBO on A Game of Thrones though. I just finished watching the entire season one on Blu-Ray, and I think they really did an excellent job. All of the essential parts that makes this saga so good are there. But, like I said, the book is just too huge. So, some of its details got lost in its adaptation to the screen.

So, what’s missing in HBO’s A Game of Thrones? Well here are some that I missed. They’re not essential to the story, but they add color.

1. Where are the history flashbacks?
One of the best things I love about A Game of Thrones is its rich history. So, I was really expecting a lot flashbacks on the show, like when Lyanna’s died or the battle of Rhaegar and Robert at the Trident. But, no. There were no flashbacks. The histories in the show were only mentioned in passing.

2. Where are the huge fights?
For a TV show that was based on book with lots of war, the huge battles here are almost non existent. I was really looking forward to see Tyrion swing a battleaxe during the Battle of the Green Fork. But, no, HBO has to knock him out instead.

3. Where are the damn direwolves? 
The direwolves should be, at all times, beside the Stark children. But they’re not, however, and only appear (from out of nowhere) whenever they need to bite someone. It is disappointing.

4. Where’s the Blackfish, Brynden Tully? 
Brynden Tully is also missing from the story. While his character is not essential, he’s Catelyn Stark’s uncle and screened Robb Stark’s advance against Jaime Lannister. If they can add fingering prostitutes in the season, why can’t they add him? (Because he doesn’t have boobs. That’s why.)

5. Where’s Thoros of Myr?
Thoros of Myr is even a minor character than Brynden Tully. But Ros, the red-headed whore that everyone fucks in season one, didn’t even exist in the book! A red priest who lights his sword on fire before battle deserves a spot on this show!

6. Where’s Cersei’s Boobs?
Cersei did a lot of fucking in the books. And yet they’re showing fingering prostitutes instead of Cersei’s Boobs?

So, these are the few things I missed seeing in A Game of Thrones TV adaptation. But it’s understandable why they weren’t included. The cost of the production would be too high. As it is, I think it’s already an expensive TV show, with casts like Sean Bean. What more if they include every character in the book? Like I said, they’re not an integral part of the story, just flairs that made the books so great. As long as they got Bronn, Tyrion, Arya and Syrio Forrel right, which they did, I’m happy.

Oh, a little factoid: The actress that played Tyrion’s whore, Shae, was a former pornstar under the name Dilara.

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