Tuesday, March 12, 2013

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

“Oh, my sweet summer child," Old Nan said quietly, "what do you know of fear?

Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet
deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north. Fear is for the long
night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children
are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and
hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods” 

Today, I had the good fortune of enjoying the Game of Thrones Exhibit devoted to the HBO series. It was awesome.

Cool fanart from the show
I had a chance to see some props of the show, seat on the Iron Throne and daydream about the fantastic characters of this world.

I *heart* Jon Snow
Ohhh Tyrion, you're too smart

Daenerys Targaryen, you're awesome
(and I love your hair)

I'm still listening to book one, and only watched 6 episodes of the first season, however this has been in the course of one month, so lets say that my fangirl devotion is seriously building up. The exhibit was cool, but some of the things were obviously spoilery....  I just chose not to read many of the explanations, and simply enjoy the experience!

At the end, the Iron Throne suffered from our shenanigans, which I am sure will make part of it's history and our tumultuous rein.

“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.” 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"Evil, in my books, was a million times worse than ghosts."

Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror, #1)Darkhouse by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First impression after reading:

This book was simply brilliant!!!
Scary as shit. Creepy, funny, suspenseful and full on nail gripping. Perry Palomino, it's been freaking fantastic being in your head.
This book deserves a good review. I'll come back here later once I get some sleep.


My thoughts:

Darkhouse is written from the POV of Perry Palomino. A 22 year old woman that lives in Oregon with her parents and younger sister. In her life she has tried to be many things: musician (she has a guitar), stuntwoman (she owns a motorbike, has taken karate and classes) and went to communications school focusing on advertisement. Her life so far has a taste of simplicity, where she wishfully craves hidden doses of awesomeness in the future. However, her story will change once she decides to explore a lighthouse located in her uncle's property. I won't spoil anything else so you may dive at your own pace into this book.

What impressed me the most is how real Perry Palomino feels. Being in her head made everything told better. Her train of thoughts, descriptions, insecurities, solutions, observations and wits made her real. I feel strong kinship with her in some of her life choices. Even fashion wise (I love my Docs and Chucks),music wise (Radiohead and Massive Attack) and her hair dye.

Then, there is Dex who I feel extremely confused about as I'm sure Perry is. I have no clue what to expect from him. He is indescribable as a character. He is just weird. But in a 'I want to know mooooaaaarrr' kind of way.

The plot gives you lots of suspense. Perry is having awful vivid nightmares. On her visit to the lighthouse I was shit scared and some of the things that she sees.... Oh my. It was a good book for reading at night during a winter storm.

I feel this book touched all my geeky + curious + scary + dark + witty core. That side of me that used to love mosh pits, cussed the world, got a tattoo at 15, took forensic anthropology courses and devoured books by Sherlock Holmes. Such is the way with some books that bring that strange side of you.

I read this is a 8 book series (arghh why so long? I'm only in book #1 of Game of Thrones), but let me tell you: I'm willing to sign up for it.

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