The Queen of the Tearling

UnknownThe Queen of the Tearling
Erika Johansen
Published July 8, 2014
434 pages (hardcover)

As a general rule, it’s fair to say that I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy as a genre. It tends to be too long and drawn out, overly complicated, and requires too much suspension of disbelief.

That said, I do make exceptions. For example, I have seen every episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But I draw the line at reading the books. Honestly, I’d rather listen to South Park’s “A Song of Ass and Fire” for a day straight than read the GoT books.

Why am I so opposed to reading Game of Thrones? Continue reading

City of Thieves

UnknownCity of Thieves
David Benioff
© 2008

If you’ve watched Game of Thrones (and I hope you have), then, perhaps unbeknownst to you, you’re familiar with author David Benioff’s work.  Benioff is one of the show’s executive producers, showrunners, and scriptwriters.  Along with his partner, D.B. Weiss, he has written a majority of the episodes, which are adapted from George R. R. Martin’s novels.

In addition to writing Game of Thrones, Benioff has written several screenplays (TroyThe Kite Runner, Wolverine) and three books (The 25th Hour–for which he also wrote the screenplay adaptation, the shorty story collection When the Nines Roll Over, and City of Thieves).

As an aside: he’s only 43 years old (um, when did I get so old that it became OK to say that someone is only 43?), and he’s married to Amanda Peet.  The dude is doing all right for himself. Continue reading