The Written Word

I love books. Do you love books? Sometimes I write about the good books I’ve read or want to read. Sometimes the bad ones, too. In the past, I read mostly sci-fi and especially fantasy. Lately, I’ve been more into non-fiction, history and science. Sometimes enjoying literary works becomes difficult as I strive to learn all about stuff and things, so I’ve put that aside. The only “recent” fantasy books I’ve kept up with are Harry Potter and George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is now the most popular thing on the planet. Also, Brandon Sanderson keeps spewing forth some very enjoyable books. He is the anti-GRRM in regards to his prolific publication schedule.

Below is a collection of posts that have been tagged with book-related keywords. That’s my lazy solution to get out of actually categorizing things by hand.

2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Winter is Coming Magic Mug

Now you see it, now you don’t! Just like the year of 2012.

Ring in the New Year with this “magic”, heat-sensitive mug full of coffee, tea or cocoa. Warm liquids turn the black mug white, while the words “Winter is Coming” are a dark reminder that beverages can’t drive away the chill of winter forever.

Available from the HBO Shop, the Game of Thrones Winter Is Coming Heat Sensitive Mug is only $17.99 and boasts an impressive 11oz capacity. Care instructions aren’t given, but you might want to hand wash as the dishwasher might turn the cup grey and funky as I have experienced with heat sensitive mugs in days past. Made of mammoth bone ceramic.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Stark Direwolf Pin

Starks rule, Lannisters drool!

Show your support for the true King(s) and Queen(s) in the North with this Stark sigil pin featuring the snarling head of a Direwolf! Poor Ned couldn’t… cut it… as a Hand but here’s a badge that his children can wear. Like Robb when he takes the Throne and brings in a new era of peace. His mom Catelyn will be by his side and all will be right with Westeros once more.

This miniature (2-inch diameter) shield replica from Dark Horse is a modeled from actual Game of Thrones show props as seen on TV! This high-quality, versatile pin can be worn with casual clothes as well as formal attire, perfect from war tent to high table.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Baratheon Stag Hoodie

Walk the woods with style while staying safe from hunters with this yellow Stag Sigil hoodie!

Baratheon Stag Hoodie

Featuring the mock-vintage, acid-washed symbol of House Baratheon, the Game of Thrones Baratheon Distressed Sigil Hoodie is a must for all King Robert fans! Although living in King’s Landing is nothing like keeping watch at the Wall, the nights still get a bit chilly, and Winter comes even to the southern lands. This yellow, poly-cotton blend is available from the HBO shop for $49.99

Nothing says “Ours is the Fury” like a crowned stag emblazoned on your cozy fleecey hoodie!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Westeros Map Phone Case

Never get lost when you are out and about in Westeros with this map phone case!

Westeros Map iPhone Case

The map of the western lands of George RR Martin’s world of A Song of Ice and Fire, as depicted in the TV show Game of Thrones, is lovingly re-created on this phone case, available from the HBO Shop for $14.99. The Game of Thrones Westeros Map Phone Case will fit select popular models of cell phones, be sure to check the specs on your phone. May not fit iPhone 5 or later due to the longer design.

A great way to protect your phone and show your love for the show and the books!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Hodor, Bran & Reeds Diorama

Hodor! Hodor Hodor Hodor!

Gentle Hodor carries Bran Stark to safety, accompanied by the Reed children, Meera and Jojen, as Winterfell burns. This diorama piece from Dark Sword Miniatures depicts the fear and confusion of the group’s escape from Theon Greyjoy’s rising madness and flee north to the Wall in hopes of help from the Night’s Watch. Sold as a combo with individual statue bases and a bonus pewter diorama base that positions the crew together.

The confusion on Hodor’s face is priceless as he scratches his shaggy head. Bran rests in his woven basket as the Reeds prepare themselves for wargs and wizards.

The Hodor diorama is available from the Dark Sword store page for $39.99. Sculpted by Tom Meier, each scale miniature is cast in pewter and resin and is sold unpainted. It is up to you, as artist and collector, to paint according to your own whims. The images of the painted versions on the website feature the work of artist Matt Verzani.

HODOR!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Night’s Watch Oath Hoodie

Today is the time of year when we should be reflecting on life’s meaning and the value of brotherhood. What better way to commemorate this special day than with the Night’s Watch oath emblazoned on your sweatshirt?

Night's Watch Oath Hoodie

Show your support for your fellow Crows – your family and friends at the Wall – with the Game of Thrones Night’s Watch Oath Hoodie. This poly-cotton blend, soft fleece pullover will help keep you warm up at the Wall and remind others of your commitment.

Available in black, of course, for $44.99 at the HBO Game of Thrones Store while supplies last.

Wear your hoodie proudly!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Complete ASoIaF Audiobooks

What better way to spend these long holiday nights than by listening to the complete A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks?

This CD bundle includes the first five books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series from George RR Martin. They are all read by Tony Award winner Roy Dotrice… older versions of A Feast for Crows are read by John Lee but these are updated and shiny and new. The first two books, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are HBO Tie-in Editions, although I don’t know how that works with the Audio CDs. There seem to be issues with the print versions of this collection, so best to stick with the audiobooks or Kindle version to avoid any problems. A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons are included here in the audio. Other hardcover or paperback sets available in the US only include the first 4 books and don’t include Dance.

This set is “complete” for now… the complete series won’t be ready for 5-20 years. Looks like this will keep you busy until the next book comes out.

Download the Kindle version to get this complete set just in time for Xmas!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: Sansa Stark Diorama

Baby, it’s cold outside. Let’s make a snow castle!

Sansa Stark Diorama

Sansa Stark wasn’t in the merriest of moods when she built a tiny version of Winterfell out of the snow while up in the Eyrie. Far from home, she makes the frosty model to remind her of better times, before her father became Hand, before she met Joffrey, before being whisked away to “safety” by Littlefinger.

It is likely that Sansa represents a chain of nested symbolism from the prophesies of A Song of Ice and Fire: “I dreamt of a maid at a feast, with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow.” What this moment in Sansa’s life foreshadows is a change in world orders; the rise again of the Starks sits within Sansa. She must be crafty; she must be cunning. But most of all, she must survive.

The Sansa Stark diorama is from Dark Sword Miniatures; buy it from their store page for $9.99. Sculpted by Tom Meier, each scale miniature is cast in pewter and resin and is sold unpainted. It is up to you, as artist and collector, to paint to fit your own flight of fancy. The images of the painted versions on the website feature the work of artist Marike Reimer.

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: GoT Pop!

These little guys are POP!ing up all over the place.

You might want to just give in and buy the entire lot of POP! vinyl dolls featuring some of the more… interesting… characters from GoT. The Game of Thrones Pop! Television Figurines, set of six, includes a teeny tiny Dany, a noble Ned, a super scary White Walker, rugged Khal Drogo, tricksy Tyrion, and scarred Sandor Clegane. The HBO shop has the complete set of six figurines for $59.94

Each doll is 3 and three-quarters inches high and make great stocking stuffers!

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2012 Holiday Gifts Roundup: GoT Shot Glasses

Complete your Game of Thrones poker night with these House sigil shot glasses!

Game of Thrones Shot Glasses

Now that you have your set of playing cards, you need to liven up your game with these shot glasses featuring 9 of the Great Houses of Westeros, plus the weird stag-burning-heart thing that Stannis made up. This ten glass set features the Stark Direwolf, the Greyjoy Kraken, the Baratheon Stag, the Arryn Eagle, the Targaryen Dragon, the Martell Spear-pierced Sun, the Tyrell Rose, the Tully Trout, the Lannister Lion, and the bastardized Stannis sigil for the splinter House Baratheon of Dragonstone. The House words are on the back; except, of course, for the Stannis cup, which only has the GoT logo because he just made all this up five minutes ago. Bottoms up!

The Game of Thrones House Sigil Shot Glasses, an HBO Store exclusive, are available for $59.99.

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