Chronicles of Ryebone
 
 

Game of Thrones

Ah, Christmas morning. It was beginning to look like a green Christmas, until the day of, when the snow begun falling and resting outside. It would provide for a brief afternoon of testing my snowman making skills (which are poor, as it turns out) and my patience as I spend an inordinate amount of time with family. But there was a special gift under the tree this year: the Kindle. We had bought one for my dad earlier that year for his birthday, and he promptly fell in love with it. I tried reading a few pages and gave it my seal of approval - it was really my first experience with e-ink in any form, aside from the screen savers on the display models in stores, which I would never fully trust. Everyone at work was getting them too - not necessarily the Kindle, but other models - and they all got nothing but praise. It was time for me to take the plunge, and there it was.

Setting up the Kindle was a breeze and quite convenient. I had to look up my crazy password, and once I had that I punched my information in and I was surfing the Kindle store in no time, through the wireless at my parents house. The Kindle I have has no keyboard, and I don't miss it. I'm thinking that it's the lifetime of punching in initials and names on video game displays that makes the process a breeze, but the rare time that I do use the keyboard are just that: rare. Why take up all that real estate and weight of a hardware keyboard when I don't use it 99% of the time? Not to mention that search engines are scary-smart these days and just know what you want: if I type in game on the Kindle store, it knows I want either the Game of Thrones series or the Hunger Games. Likewise, just punching in martin is going to bring up the author. In any event, I eagerly wanted to read something, so I purchased A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. The reason I'm excited for this book is because of the television series, which is no doubt why so many people are getting into it now.

Purchasing the book was too easy, click the buy option and you literally have bought it, only being given the option to quickly reverse your decision immediately afterword, so it's really a two click system, which is fine by me. But you definitely don't want to leave this device unlocked around people you don't trust: they can rake up quite a few dollars on your Amazon account. In any event, I started reading the book and couldn't stop for quite some time. When I was reaching around 50% of the novel though, I began to doubt my resolve.

Attack the Block

After trying to play this movie a few times over the past little while and encountering nothing but sound problems (the audio would just quit after a few minutes), it's perhaps ironic - if I'm using the word appropriately - that the movie would be so acoustically involved. It's certainly not something I would have expected, as the main draw to the film would be the promise of aliens, attacking and something about a block. I read a slight blurb comparing Attack the Block to another great film, District 9. I don't think the comparison is fair, so I'll leave it there.

Perhaps you would like a brief plot synopsis. Basically, some aliens start crashing down to Earth around this block and it's up to a small group of unruly teenagers to put an end to them. Or at the very least, run around scared out of their wits by these monster/alien creatures, providing many opportunities for surprise, gore and - to top it all off - humour. The gang is led by Moses, and they start off fairly despicable, by mugging a poor helpless woman. This immediately forms a stereotype in my mind about England in general, and that would be to be very careful of kids. They are all out to mug you: they have a system that should be patented, and seems to be present in any movie coming out of the country. As the movie progresses though, it becomes clear that they're the heroes, and it doesn't become difficult to cheer them on.

Walking Dead - Season Two

The problem with having read six years worth of The Walking Dead comic series, then taking in the "new" television series is that you have a certain level of expectation. You know what happens to the characters; you know who lives, and who dies, and you know where they go. Or at least, you thought you knew, because the television series throws a lot of it out the window. They first ventured off the pioneered path wildly by not killing Rick's buddy so immediately. This was a good decision, and would structure the entire second season. Shane is wild, unpredictable and angry. He's devious and has ulterior motives: he's the perfect antagonist to Rick and the group of survivors.