Articles by " Adam"
12 Sep

Fantastic Mr. Dahl and Other Stories

Roald Dahl is somehow one of the most loved and most obscure writers ever. This phenomenon probably has something to with the fact that, in addition to being an amazing author, he was a fighter pilot and intelligence officer during WWII.

Let me repeat that for you.  A fighter pilot and intelligence officer during World Frickin' War II.  (And, point of interest, not only a fighter pilot but a flying ace.  In case fighter pilot wasn't cool enough for you.)

Point being, Mr Dahl obviously had a lot of experience being both dashingly heroic and a secret ninja.  I can't go into all the amazingly dope things Roald Dahl did in his life here, because you'd be reading for years, but suffice it to say that five minutes worth of research into this man's life will cause you to wonder what you've been doing with your life a minimum of three times.

Interestingly, Dahl's work is probably best known (in this country) through film adaptations.  Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are hysterical as Matilda's deadbeat parents, Anjelica Huston frankly disturbs as The Grand High Witch, George Clooney is - there's no other appropriate word - fantastic as Mr. Fox, and Gene Wilder is iconic as Willie Wonka.  That's not to mention Dahl's dozens of other works, including his work for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and his many works that weren't adapted to film. All these movies are great fun, but the books they're based on are out of this world.

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10 Sep

George R. R. Martin’s Nameday Celebration!

September is a month of many fantastic birthdays (including that of yours truly). One that has become more notable in recent days is that of best-selling author and world-class literary sadist (seriously, no one delights in my psychological anguish on behalf of his characters like this guy) George R. R. Martin.

Martin has, of course, been delighting audiences with A Song of Ice and Fire for years (the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, was first published in 1996 and was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in July of 2011), but the airing of HBO's hit television series in April of last year caused a fairly meteoric rise in Martin's popularity.

I love Martin for his challenging but accessible prose, his incredibly well-imagined fantasy world, and for the complex political systems that he presents. I really appreciate what his best-selling works have contributed to the legitimacy of fantasy, which is a genre that tends to be sneered at in some circles.

Here at Kards Unlimited, we sell both A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones graphic novel, and A Feast of Ice and Fire, a companion cookbook to the series, which features recipes for many of the foods mentioned in Martin's books. It's like Mastering the Art of French Cooking, except Westeros is better than France in literally every conceivable way.

Why not celebrate this man's awesome writing talent on his birthday, September 20th, by curling up with your favorite book from A Song of Ice and Fire and a home-cooked Westerosi meal? Now that I mention it, I think I will.

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