Category: Fantasy

George R.R. Martin Kinda, Sorta Reveals Whether His Books Will Match The Show’s End

According to CNN George R.R. Martin has broken his silence on The Winds of Winter. He’s revealed when the next book is coming! Rejoice, everyone! Or…not? As Martin, as usual, was very coy in his statement and revealed things while also not revealing anything at all.

George R.R. Martin confirmed that the next book ‘will be’ complete but refused to say when it can be expected, only that he promises he will finish it, along with A Dream of Spring. Will the ending will be different? He had this to say:

 

“How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different? Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”

 

Cersei rolls her eyes as she sits in a chair
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Thanks George, that clears that up. George continued in his statement by noting books are a wholly different medium than television and his novels will explore characters in detail that never appeared on the show, such as Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny, Darkstar, Aegon VI, and more. But that’s all he goes into. In any case, it’s safe to assume his books will be quite different than the show’s ending but of course, all we can do is theorize until he finally, finally releases the next book.

Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait!

 

 

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#UnsubscribeHBO Trends After GOT Finale

It’s safe to say that the series finale of Game of Thrones left a bad taste in the mouths of many viewers. So much so that some are quitting HBO entirely.

The day after the finale aired and the fates of all the main characters were revealed, #UnsubscribeHBO began trending on Twitter. Those who are not happy with the way the season played out have made it their mission to punish the network that aired the series. Here are some examples:

 

The finale of Game of Thrones ended on a somber note, with many beloved characters meeting grim fates while others left the world on their own accords. There were some happy endings to go around, but the final revelation of who will rule Westeros from now on didn’t satisfy many.

 

This isn’t the first public display of displeasure from GOT fans about the final season. A petition to remake season 8 has over 1 million signatures so far.

 

Are you unsubscribing to HBO after the GOT finale?

 

 

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Introduce New Readers to the World of Literature With These Young Adult Picks!

Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent young adult books for your reading pleasure. Young adult novels are generally written with a twelve to eighteen age bracket in mind but over half of the audience for YA novels are adults (as Bookstr readers can attest!) Young adult novels are often just as sophisticated as their adult contemporaries, often exploring themes self exploration, coming-of-age, relationships, trauma and love. Below, are some of our favorite recently published YA must-reads!

 

5. THe Haunted by Danielle Vega

 

A young girl lit by psychadelic neon stands in a dark void

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The Haunted is a spooky new novel filled to the brim with ghosts. A teenage girl named Hendricks moves to the small town of Drearfield. Hendricks wants to a start a new life, trying to forget her dark and traumatic past, but things don’t work out as planned. She learns from her new friends about the notorious Steele House, a dark house, said to be haunted. And then, Hendricks ends up moving into Steele House with her parents. Here, she finds herself dealing with, whispers in the night, doors that lock on their own, and frightening apparitions that torment her with her own memories. Hendricks now has to grapple with the hauntings and take down the ghosts, if they don’t get her first!

 

4. Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

 

A young African-American girls stands amidst a group of sunflower seeds with a parrot flying off her shoulder

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Dealing In Dreams is a dystopian thriller following a young woman called Nalah, leader of a gang of girls who roam the fierce streets of Mega City. Nalah, however, wants more out life than violent showdowns with the other gangs that prowl the streets at night. She wants a life in the esteemed Mega Towers, where only the elite get to go. To prove herself, Nalah must journey beyond the bounds of the city in search of a mysterious gang. As she journeys, she encounters peril, both outward and within, and begins to lose sight of everything she cares about as she grows closer to her goal.

 

3. Let me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

 

A group of street kings sit around a graffiti strewn wall listening to hip hop

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On the streets of Brooklyn in 1998, hot on the heels of the murder of Biggie Smalls, another musically talented kid, Steph is murdered. But his friends, Quadir and Jarrell plan to make sure his music lives on. Promoting his music under the name the Architect, Steph becomes huge. As everyone listens to the Architect, a hot new music exec wants the Architect’s mixtape for himself. And as they become more famous, they must confront Steph’s past and figure out what happened to him, revealing secrets they kept from each other along the way as well.

 

2. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

 

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The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, head of the once great Grisha Army, is leader of a country threatened by a bloody civil war. Nikolai must forge new alliances and stop an army gathering at his country’s borders. But inwardly, Nikolai is facing his own struggle. Dark magic rots him from within and slowly but surely, he’s struggling to beat the darkness that threatens to overtake him. Nikolai must journey across his country to conquer the darkness, even as the rising tide of the country’s war threatens to engulf all.

 

1. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan 

 

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The Love & Lies Of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan tells the story of seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali who is secretly a lesbian. Unable to come out to her conversative Muslim parents, she can’t wait to go to college and escape her family. But her parents catch her kissing another girl and drag her off to Bangladesh for an extended vacation. In isolation, Rukhsana is met with her worst nightmare as she faces religious intolerance, bigotry, and homophobia. But she finds allies in this world and may even find strength within to forge her own future. This heartfelt novel showcases an aching portrait of isolation in your own culture and shows that love is love, no matter where it comes from.

 

 

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First Look at HBO’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Trailer

HBO’s long-running, hit series Game of Thrones has officially come to an end, but that doesn’t mean HBO is short of material. They have plenty on the deck ready to go, and one major project is the adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

There are three installments in Pullman’s series: The Golden CompassThe Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Each book features the adventures of Lyra (who will be played by Dafne Keen) and Will, two seemingly ordinary kids who find themselves on a thrilling journey through a world of fantasy. It’s no wonder HBO wants to stick with the fantasy genre, it did work out pretty well with Game of Thrones. And who are we kidding? The trailer is absolutely stunning!

 

 

The show appears to be jam packed with adventure, giant bears, magic, and so much more! What isn’t to love? From the trailer it is easy to ascertain that the first season will be adapted from the first book in the trilogy, but it will be interesting to see where the series goes from there. Originally premiering on BBC, an announcement with the season two renewal revealed the signing of HBO as a co-producer for the series.

They have not given a specific date for when we can expect the premiere, but the trailer promises it will be coming soon.

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Sansa Queen of the North

Sophie Turner Responds to Sansa’s Fate

It’s official. After nine years, eight seasons, and five books with two more to come, we finally have an answer to who wins the Game of Thrones. The answer: no one. The Iron Throne is melted by Drogon, leaving only molten iron behind. What happens to the Seven Kingdoms? Well, they are now six kingdoms ruled by Bran the Broken, while Sansa Stark rules the North as an independent nation.

Sansa began the series as the girl who just wanted to be queen. She wanted to marry Joffrey and have baby princes and princesses. The match was made between Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark, and Sansa took this betrothal very seriously. She lied for Joffrey instead of telling the truth for her sister, and she was always by Joffrey’s side when she needed to be. But throughout the series, Sansa develops into a strong, independent, not-to-be-messed-with character in her own right.

 

a younger Sansa Stark

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner said of Sansa’s fate, “I wasn’t bummed at all…She knows her place is in the North and she can rule the people of the North and rule Winterfell.” After watching her father beheaded in front of all of King’s Landing, Sansa no longer cared about ruling. She didn’t want to be queen, and she didn’t want to marry Joffrey. She just wanted to go home to Winterfell, something that will take her another four seasons, two husbands, and much worse than Joffrey Baratheon.

She was a favorite to end up as the occupant of the Iron Throne, despite the fact that she didn’t necessarily want it. Turner believes Sansa would definitely have been capable of ruling seven (now six) kingdoms, especially with the help of wise advisors like Tyrion, but we believe she will be much happier home in Winterfell.

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