Saturday, August 13, 2011

Good News, Everyone!

"There are no men like me. There's only me."

Jamie Lannister in A Clash of Kings (1998)

For my 25th Name Day, I ordered the present I have promised myself earlier this year from a bookstore here in Kuching.

My Hardcover Copy of a Dance with Dragons
Hell yeah!

It arrived just a couple of weeks ago and I'm already about a quarter of the way through it. I would very much like to take a two-day leave from work and meditate on the tome cover to cover in one long unbroken marathon - that's the best way to digest an epic, if you ask me - but that would also mean I would sooner have to start weathering another few years of waiting for my next fix of A Song and Ice and Fire while hoping that George R. R. Martin remains hale and would not pull a Robert Jordan or a Terry Pratchett. So far, the book is burning rather slowly and that's a bit uncharacteristic for the series in general, but it remains just as engrossing as ever.

Oh, when will The Winds of Winter blow through my life?

I also just finished watching the Game of Thrones HBO miniseries based on the first book before I relocated to Kuching and I must say it surpassed all expectations I harboured for it. I will not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who have not read the books, and to everyone who had.

On a completely unrelated note, I was apparently named the "Blogger of the Week" on DiGi's myInternet homepage last week - something I was unaware of till quite recently. How dare they award me accolades without informing me?!

I was Digi Blogger of the Week
The important question is: did I win an iPhone 4 or iPad 2?

The bloke or sheila charged with cooking up a cookie-cutter introduction to my weblog clearly hadn't a clue what he or she was talking about. For example, I am no longer a medical student from Malacca but is currently a house officer in the general hospital in Kuching; a major oversight on his or her part considering that most of my recent posts orbited around the renovations in my alleged life. Also, he or she evidently only read my latest post at the time of writing, which was the one about Eddie Izzard.

Um, if there is a good, non-stupid, gender-neutral substitute phrase or word for "he or she" or "him or her", please let me know. And no, I will not consider "shkle", you crazy Futurama fans.

Anyway, I confess that the half-assed measure by which my personal site was described did not feed very effectively into my delusions of grandeur. Besides, any description of your truly is not complete without the inclusions of words such as "godless" or "can be a bit of an asshole". I certainly approve of and appreciate the comparison of my person to a delicious sundae, though.

P.S. I was never one for promoting my blog since I mostly write for my own amusement, but if you like what I'm doing here and think that more people should know about it, do kindly +1, tweet or share my posts on Facebook. These buttons at the bottom of my every post are begging to be clicked on.

k0k bL0k's Blogger of the Forever,
k0k s3n w4i


TMBF said...

I have seen "they" used as a gender-neutral singular 3rd-person pronoun.

Liz said...

Ahaha, they did not compare you to a delicious sundae--only the CHERRY on top of that delicious sundae. So, it's either a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether you love cherries or hate 'em! xD

Anyway, congrats! And I do think they should've informed you =.= How DID you find out???? @.@

Andrew Jaden said...

Cool book (at least in terms of the cover jacket). Is it fantasy? If you're a fan of that genre, go try Forgotten Realms; I think you'd love it.

shanaz@RS said...

Congratulations, you sure deserved the award. And would it be weird if I told you that the thickness of that book delights me? haha.

Phoebs said...

boost your ego much? xD

c3rs3i said...

Did you mean birthday? (in which case Happy Birthday!)
I'm pretty sure 'Sen Wai' doesn't feature in any of the calendars of saints. Or did you have another name, a holy one?

Congrats on being featured.

nicoletta said...

Well, that certainly was a very misleading introduction to your blog...but then that will heighten the degree of (pleasant) surprise in the stray reader.That last line really got to me.

"Find out why Eddie Izzard is his hero at!"

And of course, congrats on being featured.

McGarmott said...

Yeah, not having 'asshole' somewhere in the description is a major oversight on the part of whoever wrote the blurb.

And Sen Wai: I told you so.

Jen said...

Let's see if anyone in Sarawak will be asking for your autograph when you're poking around between their legs.


k0k s3n w4i said...

TMBF: will not work in the singular sense, unfortch :/

Liz: a commenter in the cbox and in an older post alerted me to it. i like maraschino cherries, and i like the cocktails they come with even more :P

Andrew Jaden: yeap - the best fantasy series according to many spec fic fans. i subsisted on a steady diet of fantasy novels most of my life, but i was never moved to check out the forgotten realms series. their derivative d&d nature turned me off. the only forgotten realms novels i read are r.a. salvatore's drizzt do'urden books. i've read the icewind dale trilogy, the dark elf trilogy, and the hunter's blades trilogy. the dark elf trilogy is actually not bad - not so much the rest.

shanaz@RS: is that double entendre i'm detecting :P i like the thickness too. after all the years i've waited for it, it better last me a long time.

phoebs: nope. my ego had gathered enough mass to collapse into a black hole a long time ago.

c3rs3i: isn't a person's name day equal to his birthday in westeros? the characters seem to treat it as such. what sort of fan misses this reference? i sentence you to rereading the entire series!

nicoletta: that last line made me want to introduce my forehead to my desk. anyhow, the feature didn't really boost my traffic noticeably - so it was purely an ego trip (which was severely mitigated by how halfhearted the intro was).

McGarmott: i know right?! and i recall that you told me something entirely different.

Jen: i can totally stitch my name in situ when i'm stitching their torn vaginas.

c3rs3i said...

It was a lot of text but I'm pretty sure the relationship was never explicitly established and thus was one you assumed. It was my understanding that birthdays are birthdays whilst name days are days with patron saints relegated to them and celebrated by their namesakes on the day. Apparently in Westeros name days were the thing to commemorate, not birthdays. Of course, the name day would equal the birthday if the person were named after the saint of their birth day but I don't recall this being mentioned of any of the characters in the books.
So you reread the entire series!
I have the close to a million pages of Robert Jordan to go through before I'm allowed to reread anything >.<