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May 29th, 2012

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11:11 pm - Rise Up While You Can
It is very difficult to review Blackout, by Mira Grant, without spoiling the excellent Feed and Deadline, so I will say that I loved it despite recognizing several flaws presented in Tris's spoilery review, although I can't completely envision what the book would be like any other way. I love that each book in the trilogy has a different narrative structure, I love spending time with the After the End Times crew, I love the thought and detail that's put into the science and politics, I love the journalistic idealism that shines through the conspiracy, and I love explosions. Please allow me to express my opinions in blurb form.

"Blackout is so addictive that every minute you do not spend reading Blackout will be spent waiting to read Blackout. Assuming you can tear yourself away from it in the first place."

"At one point, Shaun Mason declares, 'Fuck it. Let's blow some shit up.' If only so we can describe Blackout as the EXPLOSIVE conclusion to the Newsflesh Trilogy."

"Grant's potent mix of sci-fi, horror, and thriller will have you up all night and listening for zombies at every corner."

"Blackout is like Fifty Shades of Grey except instead of erotica, you get zombies, instead of Twilight fanfic, you get zombies, and instead of clunky prose, you get zombies."

"There actually aren't a lot of zombies in Blackout. The real threat is all too human. In a post-zombie society, whom should we fear more, the zombies or ourselves?"

"Blackout is a great book to throw at your friends! It really leaves a mark."

Also, the book is dedicated to me. So there's that.

After many years, I am finally going to begin reading A Song of Ice and Fire. I have tried to remain as unspoiled as I possibly can, and the TV series has brought media saturation to an all-time high, so it is TIME. Here is everything I know about the series:
  • It takes place in a historical fantasy land called Westeros.
  • There are Starks and Lannisters, and they are playing a game of some sort, perhaps involving thrones.
  • [SPOILER]Eddard Stark dies.
  • Many Starks die.
  • Tony Stark lives?
  • [SPOILER]Arya Stark and [SPOILER]Sansa Stark probably do not die because I hear a lot about them.
  • Lannisters probably also die?
  • Basically everyone dies all the time.
  • There is someone named Joffrey and he is probably an asshole. I mean, come on, his name is Joffrey.
  • There is a Peter Dinklage-sized character named Tyron Leitso or Tyrol or Tybalt or some shit.
  • Sansa is the heir to be the Queen of the North or something?
  • Some female character has a father who was betrayed or wronged or something?
  • There are lots of descriptions of food.
  • There are dire wolves. And dire wolf cubs are adorable.
  • Something awful happens in A Clash of Kings.
  • Something REALLY awful happens in A Storm of Swords.
  • The first three books are great, but the fourth and fifth aren't as great?
  • There is rape and incest and possibly incestuous rape.
  • Winter is coming, whatever the fuck that means.
If you spoil me, I will take a page out of George R.R. Martin's book and kill you.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha, I love your description of the books. Yes, that is all exactly what happens :P

I am not as disappointed in the fourth book as a lot of people were, probably because I came in late to the series and only had a few months' wait before A Dance with Dragons after reading it, rather than years. I liked A Dance with Dragons quite a bit.

And yes, Winter is coming. Although apparently just for Westeros, as their crazy-ass weather doesn't affect the lands across the Narrow Sea, which is something that STILL BOTHERS ME and I hope you rant about it at some point because IT MAKES NO SENSE. EVEN IN FANTASY, IT MAKES NO SENSE.

But otherwise the books are awesome and I look forward to reading your opinions on them!
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Date:May 30th, 2012 11:36 am (UTC)
Heh. For once, *you* are not prepared! Right now, I am eating delicious cheese and laughing silently at your precious innocence.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
Blackout is too heavy! I can't put it in my purse and still bring both my iPad and my keyboard, and I like to write on the train, so I can only read it at night but then I'm too tired at night. I guess next weekend will be spent reading it, which I guess means I'll do no work between now and then because I'll pass all the time just waiting to read past chapter six?

And hahahah I anticipate all your flaily WTF?! posts re: ASOIAF. And maybe the fifth book will be better when you're not expecting it to be very good?
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Date:May 30th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
I will pass on to you what my nephew told me when I bought A Game of Thrones: and so the pain begins.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
But it is absolutely essential that you remember that Winter is Coming!

Descriptions of food - oh, that doesn't even begin to describe it!
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Date:May 30th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm 200 pages into Blackout and it's tech week. I think the gods are all laughing at me.

Also I saw your dedication and thought, neat.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Jaime Lannister is made of chocolate! But I haven't read the books or seen the show either, so I don't know WHAT TYPE of chocolate, which clearly is the important thing.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
Something awful happens in A Clash of Kings.
Something REALLY awful happens in A Storm of Swords

Ahahahaha. Hahahahah. Haha. Hah.

I thought the fourth book was the weakest and liked most of the fifth book except for one particular character.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I laughed out loud at Tyron Leitso. That does sound like a Westeros name. I wonder what he's been up to lately. Same for Caroline Dhavernas actually.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I think you're smart to read the books first. I tried reading the first book to help figure out who some of the characters on the show were, but I lost interest because I already knew everything that was going to happen.
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Date:May 30th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
The first three books are great, but the fourth and fifth aren't as great?

I don't know that I'd agree with that. Well, A Feast for Crows can go die in a fire, but I liked A Dance with Dragons.

Will you write up your reactions as you go along? And will you be reading physical books, or e-books?
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Date:May 30th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
I will be reading physical books. I hadn't planned on writing up reactions as I went along, but given that this post has gotten more comments than many other recent ones, it looks like there might be enough interest!
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Date:May 30th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Loved Blackout, and it's awesome that it's dedicated to you!

ASOIAF is totally worth reading. The reason people complain about books 4 and 5, imo, is...



.... that the wait was really long and then he actually had to split the book in half, so for some of your favorite characters they aren't really in book 4 cause most of their chapters got moved to book 5. So, books 4 and 5 occur mostly-simultaneously.
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Date:June 5th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)
Have you watched Being Erica? He's on that!
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Date:June 1st, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Your list of things you know about Song of Ice and Fire is hilarious. Also Blackout was so good.
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Date:June 1st, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
I haven't read ASOIAF but have been LOVING the TV show. Ideally I would watch all that and then read the books (because the books are gonna be better, right?), but I'm not sure I can handle the wait for new seasons.

I love your little list!
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Date:June 5th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
haha! Enjoy A Song of Ice and Fire! Although I haven't heard many people saying that the fifth book isn't as good - what I've heard is that after the first one, the books get a little packed and not edited as tight as they could be. The fifth book's my favorite after the first.

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