Game of Tennis

I’m fond of fandom crossovers, and while I’m sure many of you guys don’t particularly care about what’s going on in the tennis world, I happen to be an avid follower of the sport. So when my friend sent me these pictures he made in a flash of inspiration the other day, I knew I had to post this book-tv-tennis mashup. I now present the top contenders in the Game of Tennis (Game of Thrones-style).

Rafael Nadal as Khal Drogo is: Khal Nadal. The Merciless Leader Who Nearly Never Loses on His Home Turf.

David Ferrer as Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister is: Kingacer. The Handsome Soldier Looking to Dethrone the Reigning Champ.

Novak Djokovic as Robb Stark is: Novak Starkovic. The Young Gun Who Seems Unbeatable Since Recent Rise to Power.


Roger Federer as Jaqen H’ghar is: Feder R’gar. The Smooth, Sneaky Assassin with Unparalleled Skills.

Andy Murray as Theon Greyjoy is Andy Greyanger: The Underdog with Heaps of Expectation But Too Flustered to Deliver.


Meandering Around the Interweb

In my various hours of wandering through book blogs far and wide, I’ve come across some pretty fantastic posts lately, so I thought I would spotlight my favorites. Hopefully I can make this a semi-regular feature, although my laziness will test the bounds of my determination to do so, so stay tuned for now.

  • The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby popped up last night. I’ve been drooling over set stills for months now (Leo…I mean, pretty clothes and sets, yes, that’s right…) but seeing the first glimpses of what the finished film will present is exciting. I’ll admit, Luhrmann’s films have always been somewhat hit-or-miss for me, but I’m oddly thrilled to see that this one appears to have a distinct Romeo and Juliet bent. Jack White’s shrill wails layered atop Nick Carraway’s dialogue gave me chills.
  • I recently read and raved about Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. Her UK publishers have created a website that allows you to go on your own virtual tour of the delightful circus in question, and while I haven’t yet completed my journey, the sparse black and white depictions are quite lovely.
  • I live for the moment when you open up a newly-acquired old book and some creased, forgotten memento falls out from between the pages. Forgotten Bookmarks catalogues hundreds of such experiences in brilliantly simple photography, even typing out the contents of notes and inscriptions found within.
  • Ilona Andrews revisited an earlier blog post this week, recounting her school’s disastrous production of Romeo and Juliet. I couldn’t help but think back to my own equally calamitous experience as Romeo. You read that correctly, Romeo. Apparently, none of the guys were up to the task, and I said to myself, what the hell? Unfortunately, I rued the decision later as my female classmates scampered about in diaphanous gowns, while I was stuck in a tunic and tights, my hair scraped back like a drowned cat. Follow that with a sword fight in which Tybalt spontaneously decided that he would rather not die, leading to a comically ill-choreographed routine in which we chased each other about stage. And to top it all off, Juliet, unfortunately, simply couldn’t seem to reach the poison bottle in my hand, so I had to hand it to her, being a corpse notwithstanding. My theatrical career was short-lived.
  • Some spoilers for Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones follow, so you’ve been warned. For those who have seen the aforementioned literary film adaptations, you are probably aware that Sean Bean meets his grisly end in both. What some of you might not be aware of, though, is the fact that Sean Bean seems to die in every. single. movie.
  • I love books; it’s no secret. Yet I love them for more than the enjoyment that can be found within the pages. I adore them as an aesthetic accent. Those who have seen my home know that there is more shelf space than there is bare wall. The English Muse has an excellent post on ways to incorporate books into room design.
  • The long-awaited film adaptation of On the Road is presently premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, and I cannot wait until it hits theaters. Carlo, Sal, Dean, this has been a long time coming. From the snippets I’ve seen so far, I think the filmmakers just might have pulled it off.
  • And because just one drinking game isn’t nearly enough, I’ll probably follow up my Game of Thrones marathon with Anne of Green Gables, with drinking games for both movies.

Ways to Escape Grad School Lectures: Game of Thrones Edition

Hello, all. I’m happy to report that I’ve officially been done with finals for a couple of weeks now and have been indulging in rest and reading as a reward for having completed yet another year of grad school. Unfortunately, not all of my friends are similarly fortunate to be done with their own school years yet. One such friend recently showed me a list compiled during a tedious lecture that I knew I had to post for my readers’ benefit. So without further ado, I bring you the Top Ten Ways to Escape a Grad School Lecture, as inspired by characters from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

1. Ned Stark – Professor would consider my actions “treason” and would remove my head with a big sword. I would no longer have to listen to the lecture…

2. Tyrion Lannister – I would toss Professor several gold coins, and convince him to let me leave, in order for him to receive many more where that came from.

3. Khal Drogo – I would stand up in class, slam my books down, and walk over to face Professor. After a series a battle chants and dances, he would be too scared to tell me not to leave.

4. Lady Catelyn Stark – After the first rest break, I would find myself blinded by emotions of anger and sadness, which would urge me to confront Professor and bargain with him. I would agree to the terms of my release from his lecture, but upon returning to my seat, realize that I had made a poor decision of agreeing to stay for the next 5 hours, when we only have 3 hours of lecture left.

5. Lord Baelish – I would tell Professor “not to trust me” and then ask him if I could leave. He would then proceed to trust me and let me leave. All while wearing a devious smirk.

6. Bran Stark – I would fall to the ground, after being pushed out of my chair by Classmate, and paralyze my legs. Using a specially designed harness, Classmate would carry me out of the lecture hall.

7. Jon Snow – I would be conflicted if I should stay or leave. Deciding to act on my urge to leave, I would make a break for it, only to be corralled in the hallway and convinced to return before I was counted as absent.

8. Arya Stark – I would raise my hand, and demand that I be let out of class. When told no, I would call Professor a liar and lunge at him, stabbing him with the pointy end of my pencil.

9. Joffrey Baratheon – Once Professor finished a discussion of a really boring topic, I would sit back in my chair and slowly clap, then ask the class if anyone learned anything from his discussion of the previous topic. After agreeing with my sarcasm that they didn’t learn anything, I would order to have his tongue, which would get us all out of the lecture early.

10. Bronn
 – I would just get up and leave.

Well, there you have it. I hope you all found it as instructive as I did, and for those of you soldiering on through another week or two of lectures, just remember: though “the night is dark and full of terrors,” there’s got to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Authors I’d Like To See On A Reality Show

1. George R.R. Martin on Survivor

Considering how fond Martin is of killing off his characters (particularly those I actually happen to like), I’d get a kick out of seeing how long he would last before getting kicked off himself.

2. Stephanie Perkins on Project Runway

If Lola and the Boy Next Door convinced me of anything, it’s that I would love to see all of the fashions that Perkins described hit the runway for real.

3. Neil Gaiman on Face Off

Gaiman’s imagination seems to have no bounds, particularly when it comes to describing the strange and unexpected. I would love to see what crazy creatures he would come up with on this special effects makeup show.

4. Sarah Addison Allen on Top Chef

Allen’s descriptions of food culture set the perfect tone for her evocative, whimsical stories. I’ve lusted after so many of the dishes described in her stories, so I’d like to see her come up with some new culinary masterpieces.

5. Maria V. Snyder on Hell’s Kitchen

In contrast to Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen is louder, bawdier, and seemingly more cut-throat, so perhaps Snyder could put some her poisons knowledge to the test and cut back on the competition. (Of course I’m joking…sort of…)

6. Rob Thurman on Fear Factor

Thurman is one tough chick, as her kick-ass characters attest. I’d love to see how far she could make it, and whether she would ultimately succumb to chickening out or getting grossed out.

7. John Green on The Real World

Judging by his vlogs, it’s clear that Green is one of the most likable and hilarious people on the planet. I’m not even sure if The Real World is still on air (I suspect it isn’t), but I would resurrect it just to see more of A Day in the Life of John Green.

8. Seanan McGuire on American Idol

I’ve not actually heard any of McGuire’s music, although I’m aware that she has released several albums. It would be great to see someone mix things up on Idol for once, and perhaps drop a few hints about one Toby Daye in the process.

That’s all I’ve got for this week, since I don’t tend to watch much reality television.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.


  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  • An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  • On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
  • It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  • The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
  • Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
  • Hidden by Kelly Armstrong
  • I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn


  • Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook (plus tons of swag)