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Kristofer Hivju Says an Alternate ‘GoT’ Ending Exists

According to CNN, Kristofer Hivju claims that an alternate ending to the legendary, infamous, and notorious series finale of Game of Thrones exists.

“We shot an alternative ending,” the Hivju said at the British Film Institute in London. “That was mostly for fun, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you about that.”

 

 

Like legions of fans, Hivju explains that he was surprised by how the series ended.

“The funny thing is after Season 7, I had my theories, fans had theirs’, everybody, the cast had their theories, so there were thousands of theories,” he continued. “To choose one path would be difficult to say but there were many things I didn’t see coming; there was the element of surprise, which I liked.”

An HBO representative was contacted about the claim, but suggested Hivju might have been joking.

Either way, fans may never find the closure they’re looking for. #ReleasetheSnydercut. I mean GOTcut…

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 11/21/19

Thanksgiving is coming up. We’ll have license to feast, families will resume internal feuds, the Goku balloon will make its return to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Dragonball Z still counts as a book too). Anyway, there’s plenty of stuff and stuffing to be thankful for, including these new book releases!

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

 

Our Hot Pick

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

 

 

Synopsis:

An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history.
Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.
The legends in this book span centuries and continents, but what they have in common is that each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

 

Why?

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Vashti Harrison returns with her latest addition to the hit Little nonfiction series. Harrison provides an enlightening crash course on some of history’s most iconic figures and unsung heroes that may have been previously overlooked. Their achievements span across all fields of study and professions you can think of, and surely will inspire future icons in the making.

 

 

Our Coffee Shop Read

Ronin Island Vol. 1

 

 

Synopsis:

After a mysterious attack devastates a great swath of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean farmers, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: the Shogun has returned and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new threat…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

Written by bestselling author Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, Star Wars) and beautifully illustrated by Giannis Milonogiannis (Old City Blues, Prophet), Ronin Island explores an idealistic coming-of-age story against the backdrop of a morally grey time of war where the reasons for fighting are questioned at every turn.

 

Why?

Comics superstar Greg Pak has written epic contributions to the superhero genre before, but is now taking on an ambitious reinterpretation of history with some mythic flare. It’s Seven Samurai meets monster-invasion-apocalypse—brought to life with the art of Giannis Milonogiannis. Pull a Samurai Jack and travel to another land and time from the seat of your local coffee spot (he went to the future, but you get the idea).

 

 

Our Dark Horse

The Bromance Book Club

 

 

Synopsis:

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

 

Why?

It seems as though men have feelings too, and they show it when and where you least expect it. Some guys hype you up for a touchdown, other guys hype you up to save your marriage. With heart and humor, author Lyssa Kay Adams captures one of life’s many beautiful and nourishing occurrences that is the bromance—the loving companionship between dudes that lifts them up, and genuinely makes their lives better. If you can’t get enough, Booklist promises that, “Readers will look forward to more books in the Bromance Book Club series after this promising start.”

 

 

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Sarah Dessen Apologizes to Grad Student for Twitter Outrage

Sarah Dessen is well known for her Young Adult contemporary novels. This past summer she released her fourteenth novel, The Rest of the StoryAll of her novels focus on a teen girl, so of course her key demographic is teen girls, but apparently Northern State University found her novels compelling enough to add to their “Common Read”, which is a book the entire university is asked to read. One of the students attending the school at the time decided to voice her opinion, in which she stated according to Newsweek, that Dessen is great for teens but is not up to the level of Common Read, so she worked closely with the program to stop them from choosing one of her books.

 

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Dessen then took it upon herself to post a screenshot of the comment, which then led to fans and authors rallying to her side. Authors such as Jodi Picoult, Angie Thomas, Jenny Han, Roxane Gay and many more.

 

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Then a couple days later, Dessen decided to apologize for the twitter outrage she caused and the attack on the student that made the comment.

 

 

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Other authors followed suit and even the school tweeted an apology. The girl however had to deactivate her social media accounts due to backlash from fans for her comment, which was made in 2016. She now studies languages with a focus on cyber harassment. According to her, she is using her experience as a guide to help her understand how language is used to express many different perspectives.

 

 

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Five Fiery Hunger Games Memes

Oh the Hunger Games. Truly the best of the pack from the dystopian craze, at least in my opinion. It had everything. Fire, social commentary, death, crazy outfits. More movies than you can count. It’s been a while, but I know we’re still hype, and the second Mockingjay movie came out four years ago today, so let’s open some old wounds and have some laughs.

 

I’m Just Saying

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Look. If we were married, we would live in the same place, and therefore we’d have tons of time to work on the project. Just smart thinking, right? The only group project anyone ever wants to do. Yeah, this part of the story was insanely depressing, but don’t we all sometimes feel like we’re tap dancing just a few inches ahead of death? Just me? And if you’re asking someone to marry you in literally any other situation, you need to look happier about it. Just a tip.

 

No Games

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The Hunger Games didn’t invent killing all your characters and breaking everyone’s hearts. If anything, The Hunger Games was more metal about it, because those books were directed at a younger audience. I mean, maybe younger people thank I think watch GOT, but the audience for this was potentially young. I was a teenager when the last book came out, probably, but imagine reading it and being Prue’s age, younger. Rooting for her. Too soon?

 

Advice vs. Execution

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If it ain’t me. He’s just lucky he didn’t fall over. I know the act natural trope is crazy overused, but I just can’t be mad when it’s always so funny. As someone who’s never succeeded at seeming unbothered in my life, I can just relate on a really deep level. Sure, I’ve never gotten to the point of wearing a white suit about it, but I did once back into a table and fall over trying to act calm and professional. That might just be a me thing. Peeta does look awkward, though. Maybe because that collar’s clearly stabbing him.

 

Why?

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Look, I like to think I’d say to hell with the capital too, but at the same time, cushy job, probably some crazy hats, literally more food than you can eat… Sure, it worked out for him, but he really rolled the dice, didn’t he? For most of the rebellion it was like, hmm, do we fight or do we accept death? They could only profit. Maybe he saw an opportunity, maybe he was just a really good dude deep down, but his character really shows you the limits of first person narrative.

 

So Punny

 
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*air horn sound* Alright, it’s probably not that funny. I just love it when people laugh really hard and I don’t get it like that. Look at the reaction image! Is it that funny to someone? Is it ironic laughter? Either way I’m amused. I also have a bunch of questions about snow. He was basically omnipotent, and he couldn’t make that work for him. For all he seemed clever in the books, I really don’t know how he let himself get killed by an excited crowd. What a fall from grace.

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