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The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin and Elio Garcia and Linda Antonssen
The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire)

cthoop, October 29, 2014

This is a gorgeous book! Beautiful binding and tons of amazing art.

As for the content, it is told through the eyes of a maester, written by him for King Tommen in the description (although you can see Robert and Joffery's name clearly erased!). So it is presented as something you would find in the current cannon of the series, read by one of the characters.

This is essentially full of entries that provide descriptions of events or people mentioned throughout the series. There is nothing here that really moves the saga forward, but does flush out some of the events of the past to get to the point where the series starts.

I would say that if you purchase this book that you need to be a pretty big fan of the series and want to explore the world Martin has created in greater detail. A casual fan may not want to sift through these 300+ pages if you are only interested in the main plot of the series.

What is nice about this is that you can clearly read it over time, or in almost any order. This was my approach, using the index to get to the topics I was most curious about first.

Definitely worth some of your time!
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A Load of Hooey (Odenkirk Memorial Library) by Bob Odenkirk
A Load of Hooey (Odenkirk Memorial Library)

cthoop, October 27, 2014

Hilarious. I usually shy away from comedy books but picked this up when attending the Powells event with Bob Odenkirk. Glad I got this one.

It is a very quick read, including a hilarious manifesto, "unabridged" famous quotations, comics, and so forth. This is basically a sketch comedy show in book form, and as per usual, Odenkirk is the king of those sketches.

Be wary of reading in public, you will laugh out loud.
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Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
Tenth of December: Stories

cthoop, March 20, 2013

I'd been hearing the praise for George Saunders for years, and with the release of Tenth Of December I became a convert!

This collection of stories is fantastic. A look at some modern issues through such a unique lens, busting into the hilarious and absurd so quickly you can't help but wonder if you've missed a page or two. I know this phrase gets thrown a lot more than it should, but I am honestly of the opinion that Saunders has a voice unlike any other.

After finishing this book, I've devoured everything Saunders I could find, and he quickly has jumped the rungs of my favorite writer ladder almost overnight.
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