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Swordspoint and Game of Thrones

As my readers know, I have been reading books by Ellen Kushner.  I read Swordspoint and am now involved in The Privilege of the Sword. 


Swordspoint caught me quickly.  It was recommended by several fanfic authors whose opinions I greatly respect, so I purchased it for my Nook and buried my nose in electronic text.  Yesterday morning, I found the perfect musical accompaniment to the story.  It's not that I don't know the music very well, I have listened to this for many years.  But the understated elegance, the pull between the themes, the way that the music just snakes through the measures, it just spoke to me as being perfect for the magnetic attraction and unusual combination of Alec and Richard.  The music is JS Bach's "
Air on the G String".  




And Game of Thrones has started broadcasting on HBO.  I don't get the premium channels on my TV, so I'll have to wait to see it until the DVD gets released after the season is over.  The comments I am hearing from friends who are able to see it are generally quite favorable.  The books drove me, and still drive me, a bit crazy.  I'm not sure whether I want to read them again to refresh my memories of the world that Martin is presenting.  I think I would rather watch this for the costumery and to see Sean Bean wearing a sword again.  That, in itself, will be worth the watch.  For those who are fans of the series, Poster Revolution has some wonderful posters available.  So, today's post has been on entertainment.  What are you doing for entertainment this week?   
 
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I am easy to please :D I have so far been spoiled with updates to Elfscribe's superb 'Elegy' and Ziggy's amazing Sons of Thunder, so now I am looking forward to an update from Esteliel, which I hope will be quite soon. Sometimes the updates come along round about the same time, and I feel like a gourmand!
Isn't Ziggy's story so amazing! And I love Elegy too. Now, if Esteliel comes through too, it will be a feast for my mind indeed :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
A cluster of fine-fic! :D Lovely!

I think there is one element that is in all those stories which hooks me, and that is conflicted and/or dark characters. And wonderful character development of course, but in each of those (and another I am reading outside the fandom) there are characters that are going through some kind of internal or external (or both) conflict.
Conflict (and subsequent resolution) is usually considered central to most plot development. Indeed, for every hero there must be at least one villain, else that hero will never be tested and never truly be a hero in the eyes of others.

That's entertainment....

- Erulisse (one L)
Indeed, for every hero there must be at least one villain

and sometimes the villain is within a character's own soul.
Entertainment… You just had to ask. :P

Waiting very impatiently for the new season of Doctor Who that starts Saturday (and rewatching Season 5 in preparation), and reading Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
I'm sure my Assistant Manager will be glued to her computer/tv for the new season. I haven't watched the dear doctor for many years now.

I hope you have a great time watching it, though!

- Erulisse (one L)
Well, I am a Tom Baker fan. The next doctor (#5 I believe) was OK, but the one after that really didn't do it for my DH and I so we got out of the habit. I spend too much time with the TV on behind me as it is, and have no desire to be pulled back into it again :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Ahh. Yeah, Six is… unpopular. The only Tom Baker serial I've seen is "City of Death", so I don't really have an opinion about him.

I completely understand about not wanting to watch more TV. :)
//What are you doing for entertainment this week?//

Nothing!

... not quite true, of course; there was the end of the conference yesterday and today I've been out with an old friend. But for the rest of the week, I'll have to echo Spiced_Wine's reading and writing, with probably a splash of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion thrown into the mix.
I used to play Oblivion, a long time ago. It was rather fun, but then I got pulled into LOTRO and Oblivion went into oblivion (sorry ... couldn't resist).

- Erulisse (one L)
I still have not yet read Elfscribe's update to Elegy. Saving as a treat and have not had the peace or quiet to get to it when I wasn't too tried to enjoy it.

Still recovering from extra work yesterday and running around sick on Sunday. I am no fun at all to ask about entertainment.

Edited at 2011-04-19 04:57 pm (UTC)
Elfscribe's Elegy update is well worth your time, of course. It was WAY fun to read.

Recover from your overdoing things on Sunday. You need to indulge yourself for a bit.

- Erulisse (one L)
Hey welcome to the world of Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint. I enjoyed listening to Air on the G String, been a while since I'd heard it. It's interesting that it made you think of Alec and Richard. They do create a sort of safe haven for each other. Richard's calm, self-possession a place for Alec's batshit stuff to bounce off. Ellen did manage to create chemistry there.

I'll be curious what you think of Fall of the Kings, which I love, but other fans of Swordspoint were less pleased by.

And I agree, nice to see Sean Bean wearing a sword and long hair. Guess I may have to see if I can watch this show on-line.
Well, I just finished Privilege and started Fall. I have, of course, yet to form an opinion of this one since I just started it, but I like her writing. It's easy on the mind :-)

Alec and Richard are such perfect foils for each other, and Katherine ended up working well within their spheres without losing her unique personality. The only thing I found hard about Privilege is how quickly she "mastered" the blade, although by the end of it she was practicing very diligently. It is a series of books that I know I will happily read again and again, so I'm very pleased that I got them for my Nook. They will become old friends.

- Erulisse (one L)
Oooh - can't quite focus on the entertainment question for considering that you really can't beat a good picture of Sean Bean wearing a dead badger...

Entertainment - well I just took part in a twelve-voice reading of all of St Mark's Gospel for Holy Week - not sure if it counts as entertainment - but it was interesting!
LOL, I laughed so hard at your comment about Sean and the badger skin. I chose that particular pic because friend of mine is crazy for badgers so I knew she'd appreciate it.

I think your 12-voice reading would certainly count as entertainment for some people... It sounds interesting at least :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm curious about Game of Thrones, but I refuse to pay HBO for a series that there is no guarantee that they'll see thru to the end after they cancelled Carnivále. If I hear enough good reviews, I may have Bill order the DVDs thru Netflix to see if it's worth actually buying. As it is now, the only series we're gonna keep buying is Fringe.

As for entertainment, watching my new livingroom come together at last is sitting on the top of my list. Following that is the "fun" of getting back into the discipline of practicing the piano a minimum of 1 hr a day so as to rebuild muscle tone in a very painful shoulder. I have far too much in the way of performance demands coming my way this summer to put off this much longer. I'm hoping I don't have to go to a doctor and demanding a cortisone shot in order to weather it.

O yea. And playing LOTRO on Sunday afternoons/evenings with this friend of mine... :-D
According to Esteliel, HBO has already committed to Season 2 of GoT. I'll be patient, but eventually I'll buy the DVD because DH and I are always on the look-out for new armor and costume ideas.

And on Sundays there are a couple of Elves and a cadre of Dwarves who just happen to enjoy interacting with a fascinating musician from CA.

Here's hoping for stretched muscles and no cortisone shots.

- Erulisse (one L)