Showing posts from August, 2018

The Shadow of The Wind

Saturday Stories August 25, 2018

In the first part of the last century in Barcelona, Spain, there was a library called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It was big, designed like a maze, and not a few have found themselves lost. For those who respect memories long forgotten, it was hallowed ground.

There is a tradition known only to those with a deep reverence for books and what they represent. When you go there for the first time, you have to choose a book that will be yours forever, but you have to take care of it, for you also keep the memory of its author alive.

Daniel was nine when his father, the bookseller, SeƱor Sempere, took him there. The boy went around the labyrinthine corridors, and of all the literary treasures within those shelves reaching up to the ceiling, he found himself fascinated with an obscure novel titled "The Shadow of The Wind" by someone named Julian Carax.

He chose it, or perhaps it chose him, then strange things begin to happen.

With a good bo…

Why I Don't Want To Be In Westeros

Saturday Stories August 18, 2018

The most significant insight I gained from reading and watching Game of Thrones is the sense of gratitude about living in the world as it is today.

I am grateful that I'm not in the medieval era when no one – not good men like Lord Commander Jeor Mormont of the Night's Watch, and not even the powerful like Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King to King Tommen and the real force behind the Iron Throne – is safe.

We here have the rule of law. No man can take a life without facing the consequences of his actions, unlike the renegade knight, Sandor Clegane, known and feared as The Hound.

An accused has the right to speak for his defense, unlike Tyrion Lannister, The Imp, who was denied the right to question the witnesses during his trial for the death of King Joffrey.

The justice system, like most things made by men, is not perfect, but I'd rather be in a democracy than in any feudal society.

Here and now, we have freedom. A man can say w…

A Storm of Swords and Sorcery

Saturday Stories August 11, 2018

The god R'hllor, the Lord of Light, has proclaimed Stannis Baratheon as the rightful King. Melisandre, the Red Priestess, has seen his victory in a vision.

But the god demands a sacrifice.

A King's blood has power. Stannis' offering is a boy named Edric Storm – the illegimate son of the late King Robert Baratheon.

Melisandre used the boy to cast a spell to bring death to their enemies.

Stannis gave three names.

The first was King Joffrey Baratheon.

Joffrey is about to be wed to Margaery Tyrell, the young widow of Renly Baratheon – who been slain by Melisandre through sorcery.

And on their wedding day feast, the entire kingdom was shocked at what happened.

The second name is Balon Greyjoy, who had declared himself as the Lord of the Iron Islands.

Balon's son Theon had grown up with the Starks. Robb told Theon to get Balon's support, but instead, Theon betrayed Robb by invading Winterfell.

One night, Balon came face to face with his …

The Clash of Kings

Saturday Stories August 4, 2018

Three men: a king, a priest and a wealthy merchant. Then there is a fourth man: a peasant with a sword. Who lives? And who dies?

He does not have authority like the king, nor has favor with the gods like the priest, nor gold like the merchant. He is, like the Faceless Men assassins of Braavos, "No one."

Yet with his sword, a mere piece of steel, he holds the power of life and death.

"Power is a curious thing," said Varys, the master spy known as The Spider, in "Clash of Kings," George RR Martin's second novel in his epic saga "A Song of Fire Ice" – which inspired Game of Thrones.

Joffrey is now the King in a swift power grab by his mother, Queen Cersei Lannister, at the moment King Robert Baratheon died.

Joffrey's first act, on orders from Cersei, was to execute Ned Stark, the Hand of the King whom Baratheon appointed as regent until Joffrey comes of age, and one of the few honorable men in all the Seven …