A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
By George R.R. Martin
“Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this audiobook compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.”
While waiting for The Winds of Winter to come out, I decided to start reading Martin’s prequels to the Song of Ice and Fire series. These three novellas feature the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (whom you may have heard name-dropped now and again as a legendary knight of the Kingsguard if you read the books, but at the beginning he was a humble hedge knight) and his squire, Egg. Game of Thrones super fans may already realize Egg’s secret identity… but I won’t give it away! While my hope in reading the books was to get some background knowledge to the secrets and intrigues of the main series, I can’t say that so far I’ve discovered anything like that. However, the novellas are entertaining and easy to read, and since Martin plans to write more, perhaps the later novellas will set up Westeros as we know it in the main series. So, if you’re looking for something to tide you over between seasons of the TV series and during the interminable wait for the next book, I would recommend checking this out!
“While fleeing from the cops, small time hood Harry Lockhart stumbles into an acting audition. He does so well he gets to go to Hollywood. While there, Harry pursues a girl he loved in high school and ends up getting caught up in twisted murder mystery. His only chance of getting out alive is a private detective named Gay Perry, who also works as a consultant for movies.”
A long time ago, I read An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. One of the central themes of that book is that the main character is a “bumbler,” who just bumbles his way through life– almost nothing happens as he plans and he generally stumbles from one accident to the next. The main character of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Harry Lockhart (played by Robert Downey Jr.), is most definitely a bumbler. The story is entirely driven by the fact that Harry, while robbing a toy store with his friend, is chased by the cops and finds refuge in what turns out to be an audition for an upcoming movie. He is overcome with emotion because his friend was shot, which the directors take as method acting, and before you know it he’s in LA at a party for Hollywood bigwigs. He is paired with Perry, played by Val Kilmer, who is a private eye/movie consultant, to prepare him for his role. Thus begins a series of bumbles where these two find themselves wrapped up in a murder mystery/missing persons case. The comedy in this is very dark but very funny, and Downey/Kilmer are a hilarious pair. Shane Black wrote and directed this movie, and it is similar in style to his recent release The Nice Guys (which I also very much enjoyed).
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