Watch & Read: ‘Game of Thrones edition – News – southcoasttoday.com

Winter is coming…

Tonight. On HBO.

Yes, Game of Thrones returns for season 7, its penultimate season, tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Twitter is probably already blowing up. #GOT.

In an age where we can watch what we want when we want it, “Game of Thrones” is one of the last cultural touchstones — millions of people watching the same show at the same time.

Jon Snow. Daenerys. Arya….Back, all back! I can’t even… Jus get the popcorn ready. 

(And if you haven’t watched the first six seasons, I envy you. You’ve got some amazing binge-watching ahead of you.) 

So today, BookLovers, is the second installment of my “Watch & Read” series.

I launched this series in March with Netflix’s “The Crown,” with my premise being this:

I have this idea for an update to Netflix — or Amazon Prime, or HBO GO, etc. — where if you click on a show, a list of related books pop up “for further reading.”

In that vein, “BookLovers’ Watch & Read” is an occasional series I started, where, every so often, we’ll look at further reading after awesome shows or movies.

“Game of Thrones,” of course, is a different animal, as it’s a TV series based on George R. R. Martin’s book series… Although technically, the HBO writers have been largely off-book since season 6, after they caught up and outran many of Martin’s characters’ storylines. So who knows what tonight will bring?

The obvious place to start: Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series: 

“A Game of Thrones” released in 1996, followed by “A Clash of Kings” (1999); “A Storm of Swords,”(2000); “A Feast for Crows,” (2005); and “A Dance with Dragons” (2011.) 

Rumor has it that Martin has finished the sixth book in the series, “The Winds of Winter,” so if you’ve already read the first five, cross your fingers that the fan theory is true. There’s also a seventh and final book slated, “A Dream of Spring,” according to Martin’s Web site.

Martin, 68, is a New Jersey-born Tolkien. 

After earning degrees in journalism from Northwestern University in 1970, he made a career for himself writing the opposite of facts.

He started out selling short sci-fi stories to magazines in the ‘70s, became a TV story editor for “Twilight Zone” on CBS in 1986. “A Game of Thrones” was published in 1996 to huge fanfare in the fantasy book world — but little fanfare outside of it.

It wasn’t until HBO’s first season aired in…

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