Stocktake Saturday 11 – 2014

March 22, 2014 Stocktake Saturday 2

Welcome to Stocktake Saturday! This feature is where I share some bookish news with you and then show you all the bookish goodies I got over the week.

The cover reveals from the last week – (links to Goodreads pages)

In Bookish News, HarperCollins will be publishing J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of the 11th-century poem Beowulf in May. From The Guardian: “The Lord of the Rings author’s version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father “enter[ing] into the imagined past” of the heroes.

George R.R. Martin has revealed his plan to prevent the Game of Thrones TV series from catching up or over-taking his books. He’s explained that the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones is based on the second half of A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3), which makes sense since that book was split into two as well – subtitled Part 1: Blood and Gold and Part 2: Steel and Iron respectively. Martin plans to consult with creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to split books four and five, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, to prolong the story. Which gives him more time to pen and publish the last two books in the series (but he has also said that if the story demands more books, then he’ll write them). He’s also floated the idea of a hiatus, noting that Breaking Bad and other shows didn’t suffer when they went on hiatus (off screen: someone screams SHERLOCK and begins to sob uncontrollably). You can read an excerpt of Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) here, and while you’re waiting, you can pick up one of these books I recommended earlier.

This week’s reviews:

My book hauls, beginning as usual with the physical copies, thanks to HarperCollins AU (links to Goodreads):

  • Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War #1) by Mark Lawrence
  • The Warring States (The Wave Trilogy #2) by Aidan Harte
  • Spira Mirabilis (The Wave Trilogy #3) by Aidan Harte
  • Disruption (Disruption #1) by Jessica Shirvington – that cover image doesn’t do it justice, because the actual book is all shiny and gold and pretty (see here)

And e-galleys from Netgalley and Edelweiss:

I hope you have some goodies to share as well, leave your links below and I’ll be sure to visit 🙂

Happy Reading!

2 Responses to “Stocktake Saturday 11 – 2014”

  1. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Ooh, I’m liking the covers on this haul. I’m tossing whether I want to read the Jessica Shirvington one, somehow her name rings a bell? Can’t remember why though. I actually really want to try Game of Thrones, book and/or tv series. But I’ve heard the books are actually less full on then the tv version??? Either way! I LOVE fantasy and I want to try them. 🙂

    • Shaheen

      Jessica Shirvington wrote the Embrace series (called The Violet Eden Chapters here), and Between the Lives.

      o0o0o. Yes do try the books. I love them 🙂 I don’t think it’s a case of the TV show being less full-on. I think that, like most books vs. visual adaptations, people can pick and choose what they imagine and to what detail with the books, but everyone gets the same thing in a TV show or movie, so there’s a difference in perception.

      I’ve heard stories of kids reading books like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games and not having a single problem, but then seeing the corresponding movies horrify them because whereas before they could just go ‘oh that person got hurt/died’ they’re now seeing it and it’s way worse than anything they’d imagined?

      So I believe that’s why people say there’s more violence/sex/blood/whatever in the TV show than the books – because when they’re reading the book they can control how the visualise everything. I personally think there’s just as much violence and sex and death in the books, but it’s more easily overlooked.

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