[The Boulder Free Zone Blog] An Introduction

2012, according to some misinterpreted Mayan calendars, New Age prophets and Roland Emmerich, is the end. On December 22nd, we’re all going to brush up on our Katniss Everdeen skillz and fight our way into creating a new world which probably looks all shiny and clean, but is mostly likely corrupt and powered by forsaken children. Think of the children.

Nowadays, with the dystopia boom in literature and the news reports of everything from crashing financial markets to real life zombie attacks, it does feel like we’re living in the dystopia, but we just haven’t admitted it yet.

So what happens if something, like, say, one of those remaining smallpox vaccines just happened to get out into the world?

Stephen King’s The Stand wasn’t the first post-apocalyptic work I was exposed to, but I think it left a very lasting effect on me. It’s my favorite of all of his novels, to the point where I was reading it at least once a year. Which is saying something, as it’s over eleven hundred pages. With illustrations. But as much as I love this book, I haven’t sat down and given it a good read in a long time.

As part of a longer project, I’ve been rereading my personal library, but didn’t quite know how to retackle The Stand. I’ve loved following the various Second Time Around blogs here and the Mark Reads blog and thought “Why not?” It’ll certainly be an experience. Also, because I’m a masochist, I’ll be hitting three chapters in each review. This may or may not change depending on my schedule.

NOTE: I’m putting this out here now, I’m probably the only Stephen King fan who hasn’t read the Dark Tower series. I’ve read one story, and aside from the numerous characters who pop in and out of the ‘verse, that is the extent of my familiarity with it. I plan on getting to it one day, just not…soon. So, please, no major spoilers for the Dark Tower specifically. (All other King works are fair game and will be discussed. That may or may not also include Faithful.)

[Red Pen Reads] Wrapping up A Game of Thrones and future plans

I’m so glad I did this.

Writing down my thoughts as I’m reading proved a really interesting experience. It made me analyzes the book, think about it, much more so than I ever have before. It’s more work, what teachers call “active reading,” but with the right book, it’s a worth-while experience. Especially so when reading one for a second time, specifically looking to get something new, something more out of it.

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[Red Pen Reads] A Game of Thrones – Daenerys

The last chapter! We started this book north of the Wall and we’re ending it across the Narrow Sea. I think this is symbolic of the series as a whole, since I suspect that it will come down to dragons versus ice-zombies. Well, it’ll be a long time before the series gets there, meanwhile we’re on Essos, getting ready for Dany to finish her transformation from scared little girl into ass-kicking warrior queen.

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[Red Pen Reads] A Game of Thrones – Catelyn

Ned and Catelyn were married at Riverrun, it was there he left her when he rode off to war, and there that she gave birth to Robb. Now, Riverrun is indisputably Robb’s birthplace, and it is Catelyn’s home, but I wonder at her considering Robb’s return to it as a homecoming. There’s something really wrong about calling Riverrun his home, and I don’t think it’s just my prejudice against Catelyn talking. Robb may have the Tully looks, but as Ned’s heir and Lord of Winterfell, I think his ties to the North are of paramount importance to him, and I don’t know that Catelyn is doing him any favours if she influences him any way towards divided loyalties.

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[Red Pen Reads] A Game of Thrones – Jon

You know what scene at the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are sneaking out to go after the Stone and Neville stands up to them and asks them not to go so as to not get the Gryffindors into trouble? This scene is exactly like that, with Jon, his horse, and FYC being Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and Sam being Neville. This makes the horse the smartest person in the scene.

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