Last year for the premiere of “Game of Thrones” season two, I embarked on a seemingly never-ending quest to find the best lemon cake recipe inspired by the Song of Ice and Fire series. This resulted in countless trips to the grocery stores to buy lemons and bags of flour, hours of trial and error and a whole lot of oven related burns. Although none that burned like having a pot of molten gold poured on my scale-less skin.
Thankfully, for season three (WHICH COMES OUT ON SUNDAY, OMG IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!) I know exactly which lemon cake to make, so I don’t have to waste my time. Bonus: Ommegang brewery has graciously provided Iron Throne Ale to drink while watching everyone you love die.
In anticipation of the season which will contain a whole lot of weddings and funerals- as in more than any Hugh Grant movie- I decided to share my lemon cake journey in a culinary adventure I like to call: Battle Lemon Cake.
This was originally posted during season two, throughout 2012, over on my personal blog (which gets very little use): Fli Brish. It has been touched up/edited accordingly to reflect all the shenanigans in season two and I have included appropriate yelling because I still have serious Team Lemon Cake feels.
Rick Yancey’s Viral Campaign for the YA Sci-Fi Series The 5th Wave Has Begun (via Hypable)
The campaign for Rick Yancey- the author of The Monstrumologist trilogy’s- new series The 5th Wave is well underway. Which is a lot farther along than it was during NYCC when all we knew about it was that it was an alien series with an intriguing if confusing poster. Now we know that it’s about an alien invasion dubbed the Arrival, featuring a main character named Cassie (NICE NAME!) who despite trying to elude the alien scourge and locate her brother has time to maintain her own Tumblr. The first 54 pages of the novel have also been released. We’re already sold.
Neil Gaiman Writes Short Stories Based on Tweets, Asks Internet for Fan Art (via The Mary Sue)
Fantasy author and all around amazingly inventive guy Neil Gaiman partnered with Blackberry to create short stories based around the twelve months of the year and inspired by tweets submitted by his followers to create the collection, A Calendar of Tales. All the short stories are available for your reading pleasure in PDF form HERE. In response to his collection, Gaiman has asked for art and videos inspired by the short stories. Some of which will eventually be featured in a limited edition book. Talk about a collaborative effort.
“Game of Thrones” Season Three Gets a Trailer… Kind Of (via On Wednesdays We Wear Pink)
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” At least according to the slimy Lord Petyr Baelish who narrates the new “Game of Thrones” trailer. Sadly no new official footage is available from this season three video, just some eery close-ups of the characters faces while Littlefinger creepily discusses the nature of chaos. (Reminder: everyone you see will probably die.) We’ll take it though. It sure beats a trailer of a three-eyed raven flying around a modern city.
Happy 2013!!! It’s a new year already, which means a blank slate in which to read new books, enjoy new worlds and start a brand new list of books read in 365 days. This is the 5th year in a row (since I started keeping a book log) that I made my reading goal and I’ve definitely come a long way from my 50 book goal in 2008 to the 150 I aimed to read in 2012. Yay for meeting goals!
Although to be fair, I was unemployed (yet again) January through part of October, so that might be why I was able to read so much. Here’s hoping I can still hit at least 150 for 2013 since it’s already set in stone on GoodReads, which apparently counts the number of books and the page count. Social media never made being a bibliophile so easy.
In 2012 I read a grand total of 156 books (see full list HERE), hitting my goal and landing on a nice even number. YAY EVEN NUMBERS! 39 of those were novels, 3 were anthologies, 16 were non-fiction, 45 of them were young adult novels, 36 were graphic novels and trades, 16 were children’s books and 1 was a poetry collection.
“Game of Thrones” the Imaginary Video Fighting Game We Wish Was Real (via The Mary Sue)
Sadly this isn’t a real video game that you can play by frantically mashing buttons, nor is it even concept art for a future game. Sadly, it’s just some fan art from Robert Flores, albeit really really awesome fan art. Oh how we wish it were real! Check out more stills from this imaginary game over on Flores’ Deviant Art page. including a battle between Tyrion/Bronn and Cersei/Joffrey. Tyrion’s special skill is the ultimate slap fight.
Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman (Galley)
Release Date: November 8, 2012
Genre: Fiction, fairy tales, short stories, fantasy, magic, OMG PHILIP PULLMAN WROTE A BOOK OF FAIRY TALES!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary: Fifty tales from the Brother’s Grimm retold by fantasy author extraordinaire, Philip Pullman. From the well known to the more obscure, Pullman rewrites the stories in a colloquial way while still keeping the essence of the fairy tale alive and well in his stories. Complete with added commentary on the stories themselves, how they have changed and other various reincarnations they have lived through, Pullman leaves no fairy tale stone unturned in this fabulous new edition of folk tales.
When I heard there was a new collection of fairy tales being rewritten by Philip Pullman I practically wet myself in excitement (I seem to do that a lot for the sake of these reviews). This collection combines two of my favorite things: classic fairy tales- particularly of the Grimm variety- and incredibly well-written fantasy, which is where Pullman comes in. If you have yet to do so, I highly recommend checking out the His Dark Materials series. It will amaze and break your heart simultaneously. Please don’t judge a book by its movie.
The collection opens with a lengthy introduction discussing the nature and tradition of oral stories (their prominence in the middle class) and how anyone could have ended up being the well known collector of fairy tales, the Grimms just happened to beat everyone else to the punch. Fun fact: the brothers also worked together on the first German dictionary and it was their interest in the nature of language that led them to collect the oral and written fairy tales in one place. I never thought I’d say this, but thanks linguistics!
Scientists Create an Invisibility Cloak: Nerds Imagine Best Marauders Cosplay Ever (via The Mary Sue)
While we would love to discuss the scientific and militaristic ramifications of an invisibility cloak, all we can think about is OH MY GOD, ONE THIRD OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS IS NOW REAL! At least in box form, because it’s more an invisibility box than a cloak. But, it does cloak things in the verb sense of the word so it’s still technically an invisibility cloak. Get it? Get it!?! In scientific terms, it splits light into waves which travel around the cloaked object and blah blah blah blah technology.
Hey everybody, we missed you all during our no-power related Hurricane Sandy outages. Thankfully we were all restored in time to enjoy and watch the election coverage in elation and okay, maybe some fear. Good thing all those worries came to naught! FOUR MORE BEERS! FOUR MORE BEERS!
Help Save the Best Lil’ Childrens/YA Bookstore: Books of Wonder (via Indiegogo)
Our favorite NYC children’s and young adult themed independent bookstore Books of Wonder needs a little community help to revitalize their shop. With amazing author events, old and rare books and signed copies on every shelf, we have spent hours wandering their selections and fighting off the desire to buy all the books. ALL THE BOOKS! A small $10 donation will get you a specialized postcard (our favorite of which was drawn by Gregory Maguire and features a doodle of Elphaba) and all the joy of doing a good deed.
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret (via Goodreads)
We’ve seen, read and occasionally reviewed our fair share of mash ups here on Bibliomantics, but we have yet to come across one as weird as Pride and Platypus. Especially when we thought the mash up literary trend was over. In this novel, every man in Regency-era England turn into wild animals at the full moon because of a curse? Because they’re too repressed? To be honest, we really don’t understand, we just wanted to share the ridiculousness that is Mr. Darcy the Platypus.