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Trust me when I say that some intense fighting is about to happen.

My wife and I just finished watching the second episode of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. Yay Netflix!

I’ll probably write something more in-depth and specific to the new series later on (after I’ve seen it all,) but I wanted to talk a little bit now about the handicapable hero.

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Or it will in a few days, on Sunday April 12th. Season Five Game of Thrones!

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Watch it on a Giant TV!

Wanted to thank everyone who visited my blog and checked out my various Game of Thrones related posts.

I’m relieved that the season is about to start up, not only because I want to enjoy another ten hours of A Song of Ice and Fire adaptation, but I can ease off on writing about the show.

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This post will be dealing with plot points in Game of Thrones, you know, that awesome TV show on HBO. (Which is starting up again this weekend. FINALLY!)

Anyway, if you’re not caught up with the show, then

  • You smell.
  • This is your only spoiler warning.

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Four years ago (in “our” time, not TV time), Lord Eddard “while Cat’s away, Ned will play” Stark got some bad news. Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, had died.

It wasn’t revealed at the time, but the Hand of the King had been killed by a family member, who then quickly fled the capital.

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It’s April, so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of March.

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As a reminder, these represent story-essences composed using no more than 129 characters (so I could tweet them with the hashtag #MicroStory.)

Usually, I only tweet Science Fiction and Fantasy #MicroStories. March was pretty much no exception.

For really great #MicroStory action, please follow @MicroSFF, the Twitter account that inspired me to participate in this minimalist writing exercise. That feed puts out great science fiction and fantasy MicroStories all the time.

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This post will be talking about plot points that have been revealed on HBO’s Game of Thrones, the excellent televised adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. So, this will be spoilery to some degree, so unless you’re up to date on the show or just love being spoiled, consider this your warning.

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One horn blast for Rangers returning. Two for Wildlings. Three for the Others. Four blasts for Spoilers!

Talking about spoilers is particularly relevant at this time, since recently the Game of Thrones showrunners Benioff and Weiss have announced that the next 3 seasons of the show (with the seventh season anticipated to be the last one) will be revealing things that have not yet been published. And there will be differences.

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My friend over at Inertial Confinement solicited posts about songs relevant to the transition from youth to adulthood. I submitted a post, and it was accepted!

(Even if I wasn’t a guest poster, their blog is worth checking out, you. Yes you!)

Originally posted on inertial confinement:

 

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Hello, Awesome Readers!

Today I have a special treat for you. The one and only Pat Sponaugle of I Can’t Possibly Be Wrong All the Time will be taking the proverbial reins today, continuing the discussion of what it means to cross over into adulthood. His blog is a favorite of mine, centering around A Game of Thrones. Go for the in-depth analysis of the TV show and the books. Go for the talks of war strategy, economics, and in-depth defenses of each character. Stay for the hilarious picture captions.

 

And now, without further ado, I present to you: Patrick Sponaugle! *applause*

 


 

 

I WAS AN ADULT THEN

Recently, the engaging host of Inertial Confinement posted an article featuring the talented Sarah McLachlann and her song Wait.

That post was about the transition from childhood to adulthood and about the kind of emotional…

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This post is going to use HBO’s excellent show Game of Thrones as a thinly-veiled framework for me to provide anecdotes about my misspent youth, playing fantasy role-playing games with my friends. (To clarify, these would be pen-and-paper narrative-heavy role playing games, and not Fifty Shades of Grey style role playing games. More D & D than S & M. Capiche?)

The show’s been on for four years, and if you’re reading an article about Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones, I assume you’re up to date on the show, so this is your unnecessary spoiler-warning. (I won’t be spoiling anything from the books.)

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If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary. – Genia Bellafante, New York Times 04/15/2011

The above quote was taken from Genia Bellafante’s rather ill-conceived review of Game of Thrones, published a week or two into the show’s initial run. Her review, although not super-negative, was pretty dismissive saying that HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire was “boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.

The “boy fiction” crack has clearly turned out to be crazy talk, as the show’s demographics are very broad and inclusive.

Genia, really.

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