Given that I haven’t written anything for a while and that a new year is upon us (at least the remaining 11/12 of it), I thought it would be nice to compile a list of interesting future releases again, just like I did in 2014. To that end, here are the books, movies and television series that I look forward to the most among stuff that might hopefully be released relatively soon. Let me know if I have missed anything good. Continue reading
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The modern world of liberal individualism has been described by many people in both good and bad terms, but I find its upsides are easy to appreciate when one considers the alternatives. Most people in western Europe now have opportunities and freedoms that their ancestors could only dream about, they can try their luck in a profession other than that of their parents, books are nowdays rarely burned and the bond between state and faith has mostly been severed. Young men and woman can be friends and, if they choose to, lovers, without the matter concerning the entire tribe and ending in bloodshed and sorrow. Though some of us may take such things for granted, they didn’t appear out of thin air, they had to be fought for. They can however, swiftly, disappear into thin air, if not properly maintained. Continue reading
Since this is the part of the year when people gather every week to watch Game of Thrones and talk about A Song of Ice and Fire in general, I thought I might go ahead and re-read some parts of the books. I decided to begin with Samwell Tarley’s chapters in A Feast for Crows, the fourth book of the series. The following are my thoughts about the what main points about Sam’s story seem to be, as they occurred to me when I re-read his chapters a few days ago. Continue reading
I‘m back from travels in Portugal and have now watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, so it is time for another, slightly delayed, review. Continue reading
One of the earliest articles I wrote on this site was a tribute to the memory of the Brittish-American author and journalist Christoper Hitchens. In that article I expressed a lot of sympathy for the general message, if you will, of Hitchens’ collected works, in the sense that I often (but not always) agreed with what he said and wrote. But there is also something to be said for the “packaging” of said message. I have for a while thought about writing a few words on the language of the Hitch, the wit and the way in which he obviously went to some lengths to express himself in an artful manner. Continue reading
At a glance the first two installments of Patrick Rothfuss fantasy trilogy, the Kingkiller Chronicles, may resemble a certain other best-selling series a little too much. A young boy sees his family slaughtered, grows up as an orphan and attends a magic school, we’ve heard this story before, haven’t we? But a few pages in, one quickly realizes that this is something different, this is something interesting and new. The Kingkiller Chronicles is also the kind of deep and serious story that shouldn’t necessarily scare away people averse to classical fantasy, it focuses a lot more on character development than dragons or goblins or the like. Here I will write a bit regarding what I like about the trilogy so far, what I perhaps like less, and some predictions for what could happen in the third and last book. Continue reading
Around this time last year I wrote a post on this blog about what books, movies and television shows that were to be released in 2015 or 2016 I was looking forward to the most. Now that we are getting near the end of the first of the two mentioned years I want to do a quick follow-up on that topic.