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Winter has Come, and The Song of Ice and Fire Beckons: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jul 02, 2016

The sixth season of Game of Thrones ended with a bang—literally. Titled “The Winds of Winter” as homage to the forthcoming sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga, the tenth episode leveled the board and readied the pieces for the final showdown. A lot of long-standing characters met their demise, thereby setting the stage for the beginning of the end. The players in King’s Landing were preparing for the trials to come as those accused of crimes to the Seven would be finally facing judgment in the Sept of Baelor. The atmosphere was somber with an undercurrent of anticipation as if everyone knew something big would be happening. Ser Loras Tyrell, heir to Highgarden, was fir......

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What Brexit Means for the Publishing Industry 

Jun 29, 2016

British voters on June 23 made the historic decision to leave the European Union in a once-in-a-lifetime vote. It’s a choice that has made its mark not just on Britain but also on the entire European continent and the rest of the world. While it’s too early to assess the full impact of Brexit, the vote to leave has come as a shock for the UK publishing industry. Twitter reactions from various authors and leading figures in the book trade have come in an outpour of grief, shock, and regret. Literary agent Johnny Geller expressed that there was no need to read a dystopian thriller anymore. J. K. Rowling lamented the breakup of the UK in a couple of tweets, particularly the possibili......

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When Winter Comes, Only The Wolves Howl in The Night: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jun 25, 2016

The penultimate episode of epic fantasy saga Game of Thrones’s sixth season was quite, in a word, phenomenal. Titled “Battle of the Bastards,” it showed the much-awaited clash between Wolves and Flayed Men in the ultimate bid for Winterfell and the North itself, with armies led by the Stark bastard Jon Snow on one side and the Bolton bastard Ramsay on the other. It opened in Meereen: the Dragon Queen Daenerys Targaryen was not at all pleased by the destruction the Masters’ fleet brought upon the ancient city. And if looks could kill, her advisor Tyrion surely would have been struck dead already; he clearly had some explaining to do. He admitted that he severely underestimated the......

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Battle of the Bastards - May the Best Bastard Win: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jun 18, 2016

The eighth episode of Game of Thrones season 6, titled “No One,” accomplished three things: ended the Blackfish’s rebellion, kick-started the Battle of Meereen, and concluded Arya’s quest in the House of Black and White (or signal the end of the worst internship ever as many fans dubbed it). In King’s Landing, several Faith Militants, led by Lancel Lannister, sought out the Queen Mother who was being summoned by the High Sparrow. Of course, Cersei refused to listen, and she let her personal bodyguard, the Mountain, handle the rest. Later, however, whatever smugness she was feeling was wiped away when King Tommen the Blessed decreed that trials by combat would not be allowed anymo......

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No One - Can You Become No One When You Are Someone: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jun 11, 2016

Green fields. Blue skies. Chirping birds. Happy folks. Wait, are we watching the right show? Game of Thrones season 6 episode 7, titled “The Broken Man,” opened with such a serene sequence that made the audience wonder whether they were tuned in to the correct channel. It was quite jarring to see tranquility in a show known for its violence and gore, and it could honestly cause quite a whiplash. But the audience’s doubts were immediately assuaged when Sandor Clegane, the Hound, was shown, chopping wood blocks and apparently leading an unexciting life after Arya Stark left him for dead in the season 4 finale. The Hound was living with a small peaceful community led by Brother......

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Write And Live: On Your Palms Lie Your Own Universe

Jun 07, 2016

Long before I knew what stories I wish to tell, I knew that I want to be a storyteller. I have always been a reader who loses herself in worlds made of ink and imagination, and deep in my bones is a longing to let others experience the same thing with my own creations. I wrote poems. I wrote prose. I still do. When I was just beginning to understand what it meant to have the ability to put something out there, to let others see what I made, a certain kind of thrill filled my veins, and I knew that it was something I never wanted to tire of. I knew, though what I had produced were mediocre and hardly worth a second glance, that I would never stop striving to be better so that the w......

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The Broken Man - Is It True that What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

Jun 04, 2016

Last week’s Game of Thrones was, in a word, quiet, especially compared to the previous episode’s heartrending narrative. “Blood of My Blood” heralded the second half of the sixth season, and it was the calm before a storm; paced carefully and masterfully, it set the table for more pieces of the political game, slowly but surely letting everything come together and readying them for the forward march. It might seem like the characters were moved around the board like hapless chess pieces, but in the end, isn’t that what everything really boiled down to—pitting pawn against pawn, knight against knight, king against king, all the while protecting your own? It started in the Nort......

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Blood of My Blood - Will Blood Prevail or Will It Fail: A Game of Thrones Season 6 Review

May 28, 2016

Last week’s episode, the fifth in the season, was both exciting and emotional. “The Door” featured revelations that had the audience gasping and, in the final moments, even weeping. First, there was the scene in the North, wherein Sansa finally confronted Petyr Baelish regarding his hand on what she had endured at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. “You said you would protect me,” she said, and in those few words was imbued the blame she placed on him for breaking what he vowed to do when he offered her sanctuary after Joffrey Baratheon’s assassination. Later, back at Castle Black, Sansa joined her brother Jon in going over the maps of the North and figuring out how many Northern house......

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