Tom Recommends: The Dresden Files

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My very first Gabbing Geek column was on urban fantasy.  Anyone who follows that subgenre knows who the 800 pound gorilla is for fans, the one all other urban fantasy characters will be compared to.

That would be Harry Dresden.

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Tropebusting! One Thing I Dig About The Song Of Ice And Fire

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My wife is, as I have often said, not a Geek.  She doesn’t like superheroes, Star Wars, science fiction, or a host of other things that routinely appear on this site.  She has two exceptions.  One is YA distopias.  We always go see a new Hunger Games movie.  Actually, that’s the only one she’s really interested in.  She watched The Maze Runner but wasn’t overly impressed.

Her other, bigger weakness is high fantasy.  If it’s based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, she’ll be there.  She loves Harry Potter.  And, though it took me a lot of effort to convince her to give it a shot, she goes for Game of Thrones in a big way.  Why did it take me so long to get her into that one?  Well, I had to sell it for what it was:  the opposite of Tolkien, and in a good way.

Explanations and SPOILERS after the cut.

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Beautiful Dragon Artwork Drawn Only With Colored Pencils

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Alvia Alcedo is something of a genius with colored pencils. She is a fantasy artist from Saint Petersburg, Russia who loves sculpting and drawing different fantasy creatures, using different art materials. She loves bringing her ideas to life, and you can tell it’s a passion when you visit her gallery. Alvin Alcedo has hundreds of wonderful art to view – definitely take the time to check her out, and some of our favorites after the break:

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15 Unsolved Mysteries From A Song Of Ice And Fire

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The recent season finale for HBO’s Game of Thrones did its usual job of shocking viewers who maybe thought they had the whole thing figured out.  By this point, even book readers are likely to be a little shocked since the show has more or less used up all the material George R.R. Martin had published officially to date, with changes made and some characters (Lady Stoneheart for example) being completely omited.

But Martin has said there are two more novels to come, and while The Winds of Winter may be finished next year (or it may not), the books do have a number of unsolved mysteries left to be explored.

After the cut, I’m going to write up 15 unsolved mysteries from the novel series.  I’m not ranking them.  That’s for other people.  The list is no doubt not exhaustive either.

Obviously, there are MAJOR SPOILERS below the cut, and some of the mysteries listed may be true for the show as well.  You’ve been warned.

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Awesome Cosplay Of The Day: DRAGON KITTY

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Okay, Okay – you got us. This really isn’t cosplay, per say – but, it is a really awesome way to give your cat a shave during these hot summer months. Remember those lion cuts that people were doing a while back… well guess what, The Main Lion cat grooming salon of Paoli, Pennsylvania just upped the stakes. This is a must if you are a game of thrones fan…. you know why? (see after the break)

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Game Of Thrones Season Six Predictions

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Season five for Game of Thrones ended on HBO last night.  My wife and I watched and she declared for all the world to see on Facebook that she had not been this upset by the show since Season 1, Episode 9.

Seriously, my wife almost stopped watching at that point.

For myself, I read the books and more or less knew what was coming.  But aside from some Iron Islands stuff and a bit more of Arya in Braavos, there isn’t much left for even book readers to feel smug about seeing coming for the uninitiated (red wedding anyone?).  Besides, major changes were made this year the instant Sansa turned up in at a certain northern location.

Does that count as a SPOILER?  I don’t think so.  There may be more after the cut where I make my predictions for next year.

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Discworld Read-Along #8: Guards! Guards!

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Continuing my occasional series where I work my way through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, one book at a time.

This week’s entry covers the 8th book, Guards!  Guards!

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Valar Morghulis With These Game Of Thrones LEGOS!

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Okay,  how cute and adorable are these Game Of Thrones LEGO characters made by Etsy shop Demon Bricks? I mean nothing is better than seeing tiny Daenerys Targaryen with her tiny dragons, in tiny LEGO form! And what’s better, is that there are also many other versions! Want to revel in the dynamic duo of Arya and the Hound? No problem! Want to stare all day at Jon Snow? Sure thing! Need Brienne of Tarth to guard your bedside table? Who doesn’t? See all the Game Of Throne LEGO characters after the break:

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Daenerys Qarth Replica Dress! Because Why Not?

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This is a beautiful replica of Daenerys’ Qarth Blue/Gold dress. I mean, every detail is exquisite! Not only is the color of the material perfect, but so is the gold placement of the belt and shoulders. The dress is hand made to order by Etsy shop owner Tavariel. She makes the dress from from 14 yards of silk chiffon that she hand-dyes blue and hand-paints gold. The dress closes with a side zipper. She offers a plunging neck to the waist, which is more screen accurate, or she can do a more modest version. Everything is lined and professionally finished. The shoulders and belt are made from carved thermoplastic that I sculpt with a heat tool and paint gold. See a comparison to the real thing after the break:

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Discworld Read-Along #1: The Color Of Magic

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Beginning the occasional series in which I work my way through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, one book at a time.

Up first:  the first novel obviously, The Color of Magic.

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