Go Go Whacky Gadget
From making diet water bottles to 'stick-type' butter, people would go to extreme lengths to prove that they can. The gadgets are getting weirder and weirder and if you start to think that something looks remotely ordinary, it probably has an USB drive attached to its back. Here's some pretty whacked out and some quite useful list of gadgets:
The Inkless Pen
Bubble Wrap Keychain
Sources : Thinkgeek.com
Other than the fact that he's a fabulous writer and screenwriter, and is probably sitting on piles of money for his books, games and the brand new television show, there are two things you must know about George RR Martin before you commit yourself to reading A Song of Ice and Fire.
The first is that he writes a LOT. Seriously. The series is populated by a large cast of characters, and the author has a backstory for each of them. The second thing you need to know is that he's a sadist. That's right; you heard it here first, and those who caught the controversial ninth episode of the television show will know exactly what I'm talking about. He'll punish you for liking some characters, force you to feel sorry for the ones you don't like, and in general keep you guessing.
This has never been more true for the series than in the case of the third book, A Storm of Swords. The longest book in the series to date, the paperback edition was split into two separate novels in the UK and four in France. It opens with the war; the aftermath of Stannis Baratheon's attack on King's Landing and the prelude to the Wildlings' assault on the wall, and, of course, the conflict between Robb Stark and the Lannister forces. And while the men are busy killing each other, or trying to, the women are trying to survive the consequences. Sansa is still subject to the court politics, which will have her betrothed to one person at one moment, married to someone else the next. Arya continues on the run from just about anyone and everyone, living in the rough, taking up new identities wherever she goes. Catelyn makes a desperate bargain to save what remains of her family, and loses the one leverage her party has. Daenerys Targaryen moves onwards in her journey to strange lands, seeking alliances, dealing with betrayal and loss.
As is the case with the other books, the story is told through multiple perspectives, and weaves several separate plot lines into one narrative. There are twists and surprises aplenty, and lots of character development. There will be times you will want to hurl the book at a wall, only to go running to pick it up to find out what happens next. Martin keeps his prose clean and simple, and his dialogues, while badass, are easy to follow. Non-fantasy readers will be happy to know there's no high magic in here, no thunderbolts and lightning and talking horses, just plain action and intrigue.
As we welcome the release of the much-awaited fifth book in the series, this is the book you don't want to miss reading. Just remember: don't get too attached to any of the characters.
By Sabrina F Ahmad
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