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R’s Thoughts: A Storm of Swords – Part 2

The first part of my commentary regarding George R.R Martin’s A Storm of Swords can be found here. A Storm of Swords is the third book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire and will be basis of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. As I’ve said, other than finding that my heart was shattered after finishing it, the book was simply brilliant and became my favorite out of the three books I’ve read so far in the ASOIAF saga. I suggest you jump to the first part of my commentary on it here before going further. Basically, for me the experience of reading A Storm of Swords was:

And if you haven’t read the book yet or avoiding any spoilers for the possible events of HBO’s Game of Thrones’ third season, I suggest you stop reading beyond this cut because this will definitely be spoiler-filled. Hodor?

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R’s Thoughts: A Storm of Swords – Part 1

Finally finished ‘A Storm of Swords’ the 3rd book in George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga months ago and it was a joy to rediscover it all over again yesterday while I was waiting for patients to come by. Getting shipped into the world of ASOIAF is something I look forward to every time I turn a page; all at once I’m somewhere chaotic, breath-taking, turbulent and interesting and that’s how reading books should be! Supposedly, I planned on reading it once HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 2 ends but I just couldn’t fight against the irresistible to urge to open it and find out what happens after A Clash of Kings‘ ending because that definitely left me hanging.

Thank you for the copy, N! I love you and I can’t help but think of you every time I fan girl over it. I wish you were so much closer ♥

There’s nothing like the first time reading and finishing the 1127 pages of the intense continuation of Martin’s epic and re-reading it by snippets just made those raw feelings then come back. Will this be a coherent and objective commentary? We’ll see. Again, this won’t be spoiler free like the last entry I did for A Clash of Kings. I suggest you don’t go beyond this cut if you haven’t read the book and wouldn’t want to risk knowing what happens next. Hodor? Hodor. Thank you!

Initial thoughts after putting it down?

Thank you random dude for summing it all up for me and bless the one who made this perfect .gif for a perfect indescribable emotions. And I’ll probably continue on abusing .gifs as a perfect illustration of my battered emotions.

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Erté Elegance Dolls Featuring the Ladies of ASOIAF

Help! I just love virtual dress-up games, alright? And one of my good friends introduced me to Erté Elegance, which is an interactive doll maker which is inspired by the elegant fashion designs of Romain de Tirtoff, a famous Russian-born French artist whose designs perfectly capture art deco and I’ve become hopelessly addicted to it overnight! I’m way having too much fun with it and it has an easy to use interface with lots of options so you can personalize your dolls as much as you want.

For my first batch, I made dolls inspired by the epic ladies of George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series! I’m still experimenting what to do with the patterns, color combinations and gradients. Every time I finished one character, I was practically giddy and realized I could design a whole wardrobe for them (god, I’m such a dork)! The possibilities are endless and I’m even thinking of making a set inspired by my favorite Marvel and DC ladies so… this probably won’t be the first and last post you’ll be seeing about Erté Elegance Dolls.

Sansa Stark, Princess of Winterfell.

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A Little Bit of …

Manila weather is bipolar as ever. Almost 6 years ago when I was still in high school, usually the cold weather from November lasts until mid-Februrary. Now, this kind of heat is surreal and the sky had a bright yellow cast, which we normally don’t see until early March when summer starts to creep in. Solar disturbances are annoyingly painful and it makes a lot of people unhappy, particularly me and OctoP. We have a low tolerance for hot and dry weathers. We fret and we sulk but yesterday was fine enough for the both of us. It was a Lazy Spong Day— happy cuddling, great movies and silliness.

I let him watch Perfect Blue, which he found to be a complete mindfuck-uncomfortable-movie but liked it nevertheless.  I would love to get him into anime movies a bit since there are really interesting ones there if you tried to watch one.

Fright Night was really awesome. We thought it was really fun and at the end we just both agreed on: Fuck you Edward Cullen! It’s nice to watch a vampire movie in a long while that has a different take from the overly saturated vampire movie genre. It wasn’t particularly scary but it had that creepiness to it and they made good use of the lighting haha! Colin Farrell really killed it in this role. That whole intensely creepy, sadistic, smug, savage vampire role was really made for him. Anton Yelchin’s performance was great too, like the rest of his roles in other movies which I enjoyed as well. What susprised me was David Tennant was there. He’s gotten a lot of raves in Dr. Who (which I haven’t watched yet) but it was clear enough in this film that he had pure unadulterated English swag. For sure, P and I both recommend it for you viewing pleasure!

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, we watched in Greenhills after P bought a new Marvel Universe figure for his collection.It was a fun movie although not as good as the first but it was still great on it’s own. Good plot and wonderful cinematography. No major spoilers from me although P and I loved the chase scene at the forest. Great dialogue too (Moriarty + Holmes) although it was pretty hard to follow with the quick conversations in their British accents + all the craziness going on. Lots of bromance going on and there’s a good deal of sympathetic potrayal on the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Lots of hilarious moments and I just thought Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. had great on screen chemisty… even if it was the scene when you strip your partner of his shirt during a fight while you are positioned over him and between his legs.

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I took a quiz and I ended up being in House Tyrell. Not entirely sure what this means but reading the sneak peak for the third book gave me the impression that these Tyrells, particularly the Tyrell women are conniving and snarky especially Olenna Tyrell. Not sure if I trust them although I think I’ll grow to like them along the way. Margaery, I hope, will surprise me. All I know is that Sansa and Margaery have their similarities: both are particularly beautiful, sweet and gentle and very courtly but Margaery has what Sansa lacks– wit and a sense of recklessness in her. I haven’t watched The Tudors but they say Natalie Dormer is particularly very good there so I’m hoping she’ll be a awesome Margaery. There’s not much material for Natalie Dormer to work with in the second book but I hope HBO does something interesting about that, especially if Margaery knows about Loras and Loras’ relationship with Renly.

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I’m can’t wait to see A Dangerous Method! Just finished watching Viggo Mortensen on Late Show with David Lettermen and he’s such a lovely gorgeous man and I don’t really care how old he is. He’s hot! I just really cracked up when Viggo was telling David about Michael Fassbender on the set of A Dangerous Method. Viggo just had to jump on one foot and cover one of his eyes and he’s just making a lot of people fall in love with him more.

Sometimes you have unusual choices made by your fellow actors. You never know what they’re gonna do. And I try to you know adapt and overcome whatever situation there is. Well for example in this movie, there is an actor called Michael Fassbender – fine actor. He’s in a lot of movies this year and he plays Carl Jung who’s kinda of you know, his first his student in a way, great friend, and then they kinda in way come apart. The friendship comes apart.

Michael is a very- he’s an Irish actor, fine, fine young actor. Very physical actor. Very fit, he’s always running around doing calisthenics and stuff. And he had a funny thing he’d do and I mean I’ve seen a lot of things but never seen this: before every shot, he had a thing that he’d do ‘cause he wanted to be very like sorta on the verge of leaping at you kinda thing, kinda off balance. So he would jump around on one foot. You know he would get up and he’d just stand there going like that. Sometimes he started skipping rope. And he wanted to have a lean, angry look, intense stare so he’d cover one eye like that. Seriously! And he would do this for a while. Keira Knightley like I say she is very correct, very proper young English actress and she would just kinda look away and she’d be alright with it. But I didn’t know what to make of it. You can’t see it in the movie but every time I did a scene with him he would be kinda like that, takes his hand away last minute – he’d be kinda cross-eyed lookin’ at me like that kinda mouth breathing and stuff.

There is one scene where we were in a sailboat. That is the one time where I was really worried. And I am sitting on a sailboat and he’s steering the sail and everything and he starts doing this and I am thinking, “He’s gonna put a hole in the bottom of the boat!” It was really scary.

—     Viggo Mortensen on Michael Fassbender in A Dangerous Method

  Oh Viggo. Already in your 50s and still naturally sexy. I just finished my Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon the other day and he just naturally kicks ass. I recommend you guys watch his other films particularly: A History of Violence and Eastern Promises (where this lovely image from taken from). I just thought both films were really great and Viggo’s just stellar in both of them (when he’s got that Russian accent going on it *was hagsjasghaj*).

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R’s Thoughts: A Clash of Kings

Finally finished my copy of A Clash of Kings the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin and I’m just like:

I’m terribly happy and satisfied with the book and it took me a little over two weeks to finish it. Not sure if you consider that fast for 1000+ page book because I just can’t put it down and I’ve been at it pratically everyday given the luxury of time I have. Initially, I planned on reading it come February given the time span till the premiere of HBO’s adaptation of it on April but having it sit there on my bookshelf with it’s bright yellow gold cover (it’s hard to miss), the temptation was just too strong. Awesome boyfriend is awesome of course since he was the one responsible that I get a copy of it as a New Year’s gift.

Can I just share first how cute is my cat bookmark? The gap in his mouth opens up so it can fit snuggly in a page or even a whole chapter so I can keep track of where I stopped.

For this entry, I’ll try my best to be as coherent as possible. Note that I will be using .gifs to further emphasize my point on how I found the book. At this point though let me just say I loved it better than the first book.  I’m still not over the effect it has on me after reading it and I just re-read my favorite chapters this morning and I just …

  This won’t be spoiler free, I assure you. So if you haven’t read the book yet or don’t want to be spoiled on anything season 2 has in store for us this April 1st, I suggest you don’t go beyond the cut. Hodor? Hodor.

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Clash of Kings Moments: Cersei Lannister

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones

“When we were little, Jaime and I were so much alike that even our lord father could not tell us apart. I could never understand why they treated us so differently.
Jaime learned to fight with sword and lance and mace, while I was taught to smile and sing and please. He was heir to Casterly Rock, while I was to be sold to some stranger like a horse, to be ridden whenever my new owner liked, beaten whenever he liked, and cast aside in time for a younger filly. Jaime’s lot was to be glory and power, while mine was birth and moonblood”

Cersei Lannister in A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

I’M DONE WITH A CLASH OF KINGS! A total of 1009 pages! It’s wonderfully made and I definitely took my time with it since Papple gave it to me. I love it, I love it, I utterly love it. Most days I was stuck here moping around without much to do and it’s been a dreary routine of waking up, eating, Internet, movies and sleeping. If it hadn’t been for this book, it would’ve gotten much worse and I could’ve ended up being depressed about nothing. It practically saved me and I couldn’t put it down. The whole Westeros and even the Free Cities and everything going on was running through my head the whole time with the occassional “WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!” and a few moments of tossing and turning. God I just love the characters but I did get a bit pissed and teary eyed a bit for some of the characters. Don’t get me started.

I am officially obsessed.

I’ll give a proper entry about the book in general (yes more ASOIF entries to come in this little blog) but for now let me just appreciate Cersei Lannister, who became (once I finished the book) one of my favorite characters. It’s a complicated relationship with her– I love her, I get really ticked off by her sometimes (I can’t really use the word “hate” with her) but more importantly I admire her. She’s what a Lannister is supposed to be– a lioness on the rock.

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Favorite Game of Thrones Moment #2: Robert and Cersei

I’m not the biggest fan of Robert Baratheon’s character and Cersei Lannister is definitely one you’d love to hate, but I have to say this is one of the scenes in Game of Thrones that I loved the best and probably one of the greatest scenes I’ve watched in a television series. It’s not in the books, so I have to thank the producers for including this interesting bit.

(SPOILER ALERT – PROCEED WITH CAUTION)

In this particular scene, King Robert Baratheon and his Queen Cersei Lannister share a moment of honesty with each other about their 17 years of a sham marriage (“How long can hate hold a thing together?).  I wish that Robert’s character in the book would’ve been more like the on-screen Robert; he seemed more real. In this scene, I find it ironic to see that Robert is most comfortable as himself in front of his wife, the one person he detests most.  We could see his desperation to hold on to something he lost and the pain this brings him (“And seven kingdoms couldn’t fill the hole she left behind”) in contrast to his strong resolve and shows he isn’t as dumb as he seemed to be (he just got lazy). Cersei has a terrible iciness to her but then and there she’s vulnerable as Robert in front of him. I felt for her when she admits that she had once had true feelings for Robert and he can’t say the same back to her because he always loved Lyanna Stark even after she died.

This scene was handled wonderfully and I have to commend the actors for the gentle yet realistic portrayal of the strange kind of intimacy Robert and Cersei shared. It was priceless to see them laugh over the same thing.

I’m stoked for Book # 2 ♥ In the mean time, I’ll be recalling more GoT favorite moments. Why should I forget Arya, Daenerys, Sansa, Bran, Tyrion, etc.

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