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This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

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A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin
published by Bantam
release date: October 29, 2013

Books as of this day and age really don’t get talked about nearly as much as they used to. You don’t see them advertised on the television an maybe every once in a while you’ll see a bestseller on the shelf of your local grocery store. With modern technology booming like World War 2 veterans returning from duty, you seem to be drowned in too much television, video games, movies, and porn…oh, so much porn. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are some pretty damn good books out there. They aren’t nearly as talked about as their flashy movie counterparts.

Now between work and sleep, I don’t really have enough time to crack open a book next to a crackling fire with a corn cob pipe. I get my books in when I can, usually when I work. Believe me, it’s not easy to start a fire in a call center without somebody getting all uppity. So, after bargain shopping at a local supermarket chain in search of some visual entertainment, I stumbled upon George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”.

I had already watched “Game of Thrones” religiously. I’ve always wanted to read the series and here it was wrapped up in a tiny little package. Thousands of pages that inspire the imagination and take you on an adventure into a captivating world of magic, murder, incest, and dragons. So, you know, fun for the whole family.

The books themselves are told from the perspectives of several characters, each with their own unique personalities, situations, and world views. This shows the emotional struggle of the men and women who have their stories unravel in front of you, their triumphs and their defeat. Depicted is the harshness of their world, filled with war, poverty, and disease. All of that hardens those who are able to survive, while killing those too weak to do so. This is a series that is not short on blood and dismemberment, but it is more than that.

The story is filled with so much story, lore, and fine details that you fell like you are there. It’s easy to imagine laughing with the brothers in black and dining with the lords and ladies, while sinking your teeth into crackling pig smothered with honey and spices. You actually feel these characters, an emotional attachment that doesn’t come too often from a book.

Another thing I would like to talk about are the combat strategies placed throughout the books. Believe me when I say that there are a lot of fucking battles in this story, and why wouldn’t there be? Seeing these battles rage in your mind, hearing the clash of steel and bone, flesh and fire, is enough to get a rise out of anybody. It makes your heart beat just a little faster or maybe, makes you lean a little more forward in suspense. That is what makes a good fucking book, the suspense-the wanting to know what happens on the next page. These battles are nothing short of brilliant. From single combat to epic wars, it’s like the author just sat there playing the world’s most bloody game of chess with himself.

Now don’t get me wrong. There is a lot of sitting, a lot of talking, and a lot of well…not doing much. The story itself drags out. There are scenes where you just want to skim through a page or two to see where it starts to get juicy. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. The only reason the slow pace is there is so you can soak it all in. The details put into the world, as I mentioned earlier are there. He wants you to be there, to be in that character’s head, to know their surroundings, and to immerse yourself. When those juicy little tidbits do come up, when the tale goes to a bloody twist or turn, it makes you feel that rush of excitement so much more!!!

I mentioned earlier that I had watched the series before reading the books. This gives me a different kind of perspective than someone who would have read the books first. I do see all of the small and big changes in the storyline and character’s plot line. Plus the new episodes themselves are going in almost a completely different direction than the books. This isn’t really a bad thing. I’d love to see the books play out in the story, shot for shot and word for word, but there is a completely different process when it comes to filming.

First think about what the average reader enjoys in a story and then think of how a person who doesn’t read a lot of books, but is more of a connoisseur of television enjoys a show. Those two people have a marginally different idea of what entertainment is. Producers have to work with that without making anyone too pissed off. All of us know that is going to be nearly impossible.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone about this story. It would be wrong to spoil even the smallest detail to someone who has never watched the series, but still plans to.

If you’ve ever considered watching the show or reading the books, then I would recommend them in a heartbeat. George R.R. Martin has mixed in a beautiful world of long seasons, a variety of cultures, good food, and a story that will leave you wanting for more. So sit back, open up a bottle of wine, and immerse yourself in one of the best stories of its generation.

You can buy the 5 book set of A Song of Ice and Fire here on Amazon. (Note: This is a referral link.)

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Check out my above unboxing video. Plus, view the below photos, links and additional info. This is my first Nerd Block.

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Note: Some links are Amazon affiliate links. If your cookies are cleared and you make a purchase after clicking through, then a small commission will be yielded for this site.

bttf tee
Back to the Future 88MPH Tee
by Shirt Punch, exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $10
This is an okay tee for a great movie. Personally I would have liked something more innovative. I can’t find this particular tee online. Here’s one on Amazon that includes 88MPH. This one is more of a cosplay style. It actually has Marty’s shirt and vest printed on it. Now I would have LOVED something like this! BTTF tees seem to retail online for about $10-20. This actual shirt was made exclusively for Nerd Block from Shirt Punch. Shirt Punch is a site that has a tee for a limited amount of time. Tees on there go for $10.

kevin smith book
Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (paperback book)
by Kevin Smith
retail $13.49
I love Kevin Smith, but I have a huge stack of books to read. Hopefully this will be entertaining when I actually get around to reading it. IMHO-Books shouldn’t be a main item in a crate because it’s been my experience that they have the lowest resale value right after you buy one, even if it’s brand new. For instance, you can buy this used for 15 cents right now on Amazon. Why do I mention resale? I will resell items that I don’t want.

ecto 1
Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Car
by Titan(s) Vinyl Figures exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $20
This is exclusive to Nerd Block. I immediately resold on eBay for $10, because it’s not my style. It would probably have a projected retail price of around $20. This is the Funko that I refer to in the video. If I had received this, it would be proudly displayed in my home right now.

pacman mug
Pac-Man Heat Changing Mug
by Paladone Products
$10.99
This mug sells for $10.99 on Amazon. The design changes with heat, which is cool, but I most likely would not pay over $5 for it.

nerd block cards
Nerd Play Cosplayer Playing Cards
by Nerd Block
approximately $1
I’m being generous at estimating these at any type of price point as I think they are a ridiculous product.

Actual Price
almost $30

Approximate Retail Value
$55.48

nb card 2

This box did not live up to my expectations. It proves that even if the items are technically worth an adequate amount, if they are not worth it to you, then it’s a waste of money.

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Please watch my above unboxing video. In addition, you can check out the below photos, links and additional info. This month’s box was quite spectacular.

Note: Some links are Amazon affiliate links. If your cookies are cleared and you make a purchase after clicking through, then a small commission will be yielded for this site.

fantasy mag
Loot Crate April 2015 Fantasy Pin
approximately $1
Yes, that value is made up, but I just feel that based on my experience this pinbacks are usually priced around there. This is a neat addition to the set of Loot Crate pins I’m slowly starting to collect.

me dnd tee
Dungeons & Dragons T-Shirt
from dndmerch.com
approximately $12
This particular tee was manufactured by the company Wizards of the Coast. They have many Dungeons & Dragons tees for sale here, starting at $14.95. Their Zazzle store doesn’t feature the exact tee in this box though. I’m going to base the price off of dndmerch.com’s site since theirs is more accurate to the design.

dragon tie
Red & Gold Dragon Bow Tie
from Black Tie Geek
approximate value $14
Their site isn’t up yet. A tie by them that was previously featured in a Loot Crate goes for around $14 on Amazon. This is fun. Not a frequently wearable item, but cool for every once in a while.

crown
Inflateable Crown
from Loot Crate Labs
approximately $1
I’m basing the above price on buying a dozen from Amazon. This is silly and would be fun to wear around at a renaissance festival or house party when you get in your cups.

princess bride cards
The Princess Bride Playing Cards
from Albino Dragon
$14.99
The main characters from the film are prominently illustrated on this set. I don’t think a deck of cards should cost almost $15, but if you were going to buy this anyway, then these are basically almost equal to the price of the entire box. They are very nice cards though. I just wouldn’t personally pay more than $10 for them.

potter tag
Harry Potter 9 3/4 Bag Tag
from Bioworld
$11.76
In the video, I said this would probably sell for around $10, I was so close. This is a very nice, large PVC luggage tag. I’m not even a Potterhead and I appreciate how well made it is. Definitely worth the retail price.

got usb
Game of Thrones Stark Sigil USB Drive
from CustomUSB
approximately $17
This is a 4GB drive. It was manufactured exclusively for Loot Crate. The shinier 8GB drive that is from the same company retails for about $34, so I’m giving this one a value of half of that price. In the video above, I mention that USB drives typically go for around $8-$12 around here. However, this is a themed drive, so it would cost more. This is one of my favorite items in the box!

got magnets
Game of Thrones House Sigil Magnet Set
from Dark Horse
approximately $9.99
The above GOT magnet set is very similar to this one, but includes 3 more magnets. My guess at a price of these in the video was $6, so if you factor in the extra magnets in the set above, I’m probably pretty spot on. I’m going to leave it at $9.99 though, because this particular set isn’t currently listed online. I really like these. I’m not super into magnets at this point in my life, but they are definitely fun. You can’t go wrong with anything Game of Thrones related when it comes to me.

april box empty

Actual Price
$19.95

Approximate Retail Value
$81.74

I’d definitely recommend this month’s Loot Crate. Everything was up my alley. It’s a great monetary value and a great value for me because I actually like the items.

If you are interested in signing up for Loot Crate, please use my referral link here.

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photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

As you may recall, I’m a huge fan of the annual Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con. This year, I’m as excited as ever. The wonderfully fun to watch stars of the CW’s Arrow are on the guest list. Yes, both Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Laurel herself (Katie Cassidy) will be appearing!

oliver queen makeup

If you haven’t checked out Arrow yet, I’d recommend doing so ASAP. This superhero show does get suspenseful, but isn’t always serious. You gotta love a show in which multiple characters know the lead’s secret identity, which is mainly covered by green eye makeup.

oliver queen eyes

Amell is able to portray Oliver Queen skillfully in both the present and in flashbacks, when he was still a spoiled rich boy. Not to worry, he’s not really like that anymore, due to “5 YEARS ON THE ISLAND!” Oliver, aka the Arrow, aka the Hood is one hell of a vigilante. His parkour game is on point.

laurel

Katie Cassidy plays attorney Laurel Lance. She’s one tough cookie. Of course, Oliver and Laurel have a history. It’s awesome to be able to watch Ms. Cassidy regularly. I’ve been a fan of hers since her role in the Black Christmas remake.

Getting the chance to meet two of the fab stars of Arrow is definitely one of my top reasons for attending the Philly Wizard World show this year. It could only get better if Diggle were enlisted.

You can find out more about the upcoming Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con here. This year, it runs May 7-10th. For info about all of Wizard World’s conventions, go here.

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“Never let yourself get this sick again!”-she practically screams in my face, while letting go of my hand.

“Can you walk?”. I nod. “Get on the gurney”. I do, clumsily. I thought it would feel odder being lifted, but it it’s barely noticeable in my current state. I can’t feel my feet.

“Her blood pressure is 70 over 40”. He tries to poke a needle in my left arm twice, but only my left arm. “Her veins are small but I still need to get a central line in her!”. “I’m going to drill a hole in your leg to give you an I.V”. “I’m scared. It’s gonna hurt”. He just looks at me.

The pain, the pain, it’s searing. I smell burning. I smell MY LEG, BURNING! I’ve never been in this much pain before, ever.

“I’M SORRY, I’M SORRY”, I wail, the entire top half of my body lifting, as he drills. (I do not want to lift my leg). Now, he starts squirting fluids into what I am imagining is a giant hole. I can not look. Again, I apologize, as if this were my fault. “And now”, he says, “the numbing agent”. Now he’s gonna numb me? Now he’s gonna fucking numb me!?! One last time, for the cheap seats, “I’M SORRY!!!”.

I look out the window. We haven’t left the clinic yet. The paramedic says, over a type of cb, “ETA 3 minutes”. 3 minutes, 3 minutes??? We were 3 minutes from the actual hospital this whole time.

Within 15 minutes I’m being asked the same questions for the tenth time. As I nod and explain my leg, I am met with the same stare, over and over. One nurse even voices it, “That was unnecessary”.

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