Game of Thrones: Rhaegar Targaryen

Yes, I am a Game of Thrones fan. If you’re like me, welcome to new misery of 2 years long wait until next season. Huff. But, I think it will be worth it, though, since HBO has been delivering killer show so far. So, let the long wait begins.

Anyway, what I want to highlight the most is the appearance of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen! (It genuinely took me years to correctly spell ‘Targaryen’ without cheating) I can say he’s my favorite character as of late (since, Rob Stark and Oberyn Martell were brutally killed off), plus he’s already dead, so I would not be depressed if George R.R. Martin killed him off (not sure, though).

Why he’s my current favorite character in Game of Thrones right now? Because, the author presents him in layers upon layers upon layers, just like peeling an onion.  His character is never directly described. It was always through someone else’s opinion. Some who harbors deep resentment towards him and some keeps him in loving remembrance. Isn’t it a genius way to present a character?

Honestly, I still can’t put a stand on whether I think Rhaegar is a ‘good’ character or ‘bad’. I can only say that he’s intriguing. What we can be sure of is that he cared about the White Walker’s return but he also caused the end of his house as well as the collapse of Westerosi politics. First of all, he was described as a great but ruthless fighter. He was thought to kidnap a lady from a noble house (Lyanna Stark) and raped her after he ignored his legal wife that caused her humiliation in a prestigious tourney. The statement made his image even worse. But then, the former Kingsguard who served in his father reign said all good things about him (Barristan Selmy), ‘Rhaegar never liked killing, he loved singing’, even his little sister was surprised by this, because all she ever learned of his late eldest brother is that he was similar to his late father, The Mad King. So, I thought that he might be a good prince but the incest blood got him crazy somehow like some previous Targaryens before him. Then, it turned out that he didn’t kidnap Lyanna, he married her secretly and they had a son. He loved her and she loved him. Okay, then. He’s probably a hopeless romantic but still an asshole for leaving his wife for no clear reason (so far). Then, we know more about him reading a prophecy of a three headed dragon. He thought that the dragon is his 3 children, but his first wife can only bore him 2 children. There might be something more behind his annulment, then. What else can we learn about him? How is the real Rhaegar Targaryen? Continue reading “Game of Thrones: Rhaegar Targaryen”

All The Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See is a Pulitzer Book Winner 2015 for fiction aaaand I don’t read Pulitzer books. Well, call me shallow but, I really can’t enjoy Pulitzer books. I think I’m not sensitive enough for that, I am too barbaric, I guess.

Whenever I see Pulitzer books hanging in front of a book store (usually in best sellers shelf), I would just pass them by. But, somehow I am intrigue with this one. It has been on the front shelf of many bookstore for forever and everyone seem to read it, so I thought why not give it a try.

This post contains SPOILERS, by the way.

First of all, if you happen not to know what this book is about, here is the synopsis from goodreads.com :

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

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