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HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya in Game of Thrones
06-15-2012, 01:04 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-15-2012, 02:37 AM by h3rm35.)
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HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya in Game of Thrones
Original URL: http://www.reghardware.com/2012/06/14/hbo_apologises_for_impaled_george_bush_head/
HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya

From Game of Thrones to Blame of Thrones

By Caleb Cox

14th June 2012 12:53 GMT

HBO has been forced to issue an apology after Game of Thrones' creators admitted a decapitated head - spotted in a scene at the end of the first series of the fantasy show - was actually a replica of ex-president George W Bush. Oops.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss - the chaps behind the big-budget series - explained in the DVD commentary that impaling Bush's head on a stake had no political motivation but was the result of a a shortage of props.
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George Bush in Game of Thrones

Some Republicans saw the matter differently. In an attempt to wipe the egg off its face, HBO quickly released a statement which said: "We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste... We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production."

The producers later said the mention in the commentary should have been omitted as well and apologised further for any disrespect caused to the former most powerful man in Westeros... er... the Western World.

Unfortunately, Bush - who now appears in a couple of scenes from Game of Thrones: Season 1 [1] - was unavailable for comment when I tried his landline earlier. His secretary said he was out for lunch with the Prince of Darkness.

We don't know if she meant Dick Cheney, or somebody even more unearthly, but either way we probably shouldn't joke around.

Links
http://www.reghardware.com/2012/04/03/review_game_of_thrones_season_one_blu_ray_disc_set/

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06-15-2012, 01:59 AM,
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RE: HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya
Yet another reason to love the show!
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06-15-2012, 02:33 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-15-2012, 02:40 AM by h3rm35.)
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RE: HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya
hehehehe... the Chimp´s head on a Pike... hehehe...


Anyone read the books? Are they worth the time?

I´m a huge fan of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, and the title of this series seems as though it was directly borrowed from WOT - specifically the ¨game of houses¨. If this series is based on that concept, I´m not really sure if I want to deal with the soap-opera expectation I have.
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06-15-2012, 02:54 AM,
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RE: HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya
(06-15-2012, 02:33 AM)h3rm35 Wrote: Anyone read the books? Are they worth the time?

I'm almost finished book 3 of 5 and I've enjoyed them. I like anything that is non-formulaic. Unfortunately pretty much the entire fantasy genre is one big boring formula (I was spoiled because the first fantasy book I read was The Hobbit followed immediately by The Lord of the Rings). The books are even darker than the HBO adaptation.
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06-15-2012, 03:06 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-15-2012, 03:25 AM by h3rm35.)
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RE: HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya in Game of Thrones
WOT was written in a non-formulaic way, but the publishers suggested he re-write it in a way that reflected Tolkien. He did so, but made it blatant so that it could be overlooked by those that could recognize it. Sadly, he died before he could write the last segment(s). His agent contacted Brandon Sanderson ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Sanderson ) to complete the last book, which has since been divided into three, the last of which is due out in January.

It´s the best non Tolkien fantasy series I´ve ever had the pleasure to encounter.

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1 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
2 1984 George Orwell
3 Dune Frank Herbert
4 Slaughterhouse 5 Kurt Vonnegut
5 Ender's Game Orson Scott Card
6 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
7 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
8 The Bible Various
9 Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
10 Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling
11 Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein
12 Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard P. Feynman
13 To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee
14 The Foundation Saga Isaac Asimov
15 Neuromancer William Gibson
16 Calvin and Hobbes Bill Watterson
17 Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
18 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
19 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig
20 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
21 The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins
22 Godel, Escher, Bach: An eternal golden braid Douglas Hofstadter
23 Tao Te Ching Lao Tse
24 House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielwelski
25 The Giver Lois Lowry
26 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
27 Animal Farm George Orwell
28 A People's History of the United States Howard Zinn
29 The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
30 Ishmael Daniel Quinn
31 A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
32 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
33 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
34 His Dark Materials Trilogy Philip Pullman
35 The Stranger Albert Camus
36 Various Dr. Seuss
37 The Road Cormac McCarthy
38 Lord of the Flies William Golding
39 The Monster At The End Of This Book Jon Stone and Michael Smollin
40 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
41 A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
42 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Phillip K. Dick
43 A Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 The Art of War Sun Tzu
45 How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie
46 Flowers For Algernon Daniel Keyes
47 The Hyperion Cantos Dan Simmons
48 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
49 The Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution, and the Bill of R Various
50 Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
51 A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr
52 Odyssey Homer
53 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
54 A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin
55 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
56 The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
57 Ringworld Larry Niven
58 A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin
59 The Art of Deception Kevin Mitnick
60 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exupéry
61 Freakonomics Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt
62 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Robert A. Heinlein
63 The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan
64 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
65 The Forever War Joe Haldeman
66 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
67 Lies My Teacher Told Me James Loewen
68 Notes From Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky
69 Everybody Poops Tarō Gomi
70 On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
71 The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X with Alex Haley
72 John Dies at the End David Wong
73 The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx
74 Contact Carl Sagan
75 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
76 The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli
77 Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
78 The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson
79 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
80 The Stand Stephen King
81 The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac
82 The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien
83 Moby Dick Herman Melville
84 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera
85 Why People Believe Weird Things Michael Shermer
86 Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky
87 Asimov's Guide to the Bible Isaac Asimov
88 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
89 Collapse Jared Diamond
90 Infinite Jest David Foster Wallave
91 Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
92 Chaos James Gleick
93 American Gods Neil Gaiman
94 Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein
95 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime Mark Haddon
96 You Can Choose to Be Happy Tom G. Stevens
97 The Geography of Nowhere James Howard Kunstler
98 All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
99 Candide Voltaire
100 Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler
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101 The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum
102 In Defense of Food Michael Pollan
103 The Dark Tower Stephen King
104 Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk
105 The Greatest Show on Earth Richard Dawkins
106 The Making of a Radical Scott Nearing
107 The Turner Diaries Andrew MacDonald
108 The Scar China Mieville
109 Steppenwolf Hermann Hesse
110 Going Rogue Sarah Palin
111 120 Days of Sodom Marquis De Sade
112 Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C Clarke
113 Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood
114 Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche
115 Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
116 Naked Lunch William Burroughs
117 Childhood's End Arthur C Clarke
118 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
119 The Book of Ler MA Foster
120 The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark Carl Sagan
121 Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
122 Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
123 Watership Down Richard Adams
124 Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut
125 Civilization and Capitalism Fernand Braudel
126 Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs Chuck Klosterman
127 A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge
128 The Saga of Seven Suns Kevin J Anderson
129 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
130 American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
131 The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
132 The Chomsky Reader Noam Chomsky
133 The Panda's Thumb Stephen Jay Gould
134 Flatland Edwin Abbot
135 On the Road Jack Kerouac
136 The God Delusion Richard Dawkins
137 The Classical Style Charles Rosen
138 Here Be Dragons Sharon Kay Penman
139 An American Life Ronald Reagan
140 Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space Carl Sagan
141 The Little Schemer Friedman & Felleisen
142 Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau
143 Black Lamb, Grey Falcon Rebecca West
144 Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
145 Sandman Neil Gaiman
146 The Game Neil Strauss
147 Good Omens Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
148 Mere Christianity CS Lewis
149 Walden Henry David Thoreau
150 The Collapse of Complex Societies Joseph Tainter
151 Cthulhu Mythos H. P. Lovecraft
152 The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester
153 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
154 The Prince of Nothing R. Scott Bakker
155 Perdido Street Station China Mieville
156 Man's Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
157 The Wasteland TS Elliot
158 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
159 Pi to 5 million places [kick books]
160 The Blank Slate Steven Pinker
161 The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin
162 Guts Chuck Palahniuk
163 fear and trembling Søren Kierkegaard
164 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey
165 Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami
166 Ulysses James Joyce
167 Macbeth Shakespeare
168 Basic Economics Thomas Sowell
169 Atheism: The Case Against God George H. Smith
170 The Handmaids Tale Margaret Atwood
171 For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
172 Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder
173 Women Charles Bukowski
174 Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
175 We Need To Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver
176 How We Die Sherwin B. Nuland
177 Philosophical Investigations Ludwig Wittgenstein
178 The singularity is near Ray Kurzweil
179 The Day of the Trifids John Wyndham
180 The Long Walk Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)
181 Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy
182 The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are Alan Watts
183 The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
184 The Elegant Universe Brian Green
185 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
186 Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe
187 King Lear Shakespeare
188 The Power of Myth Joseph Campbell
189 The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica Apollonius of Rhodes
190 The Baroque Cycle Neal Stephenson
191 Nichomachean ethics Aristotle
192 Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandlla
193 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
194 The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov
195 The Chrysalids John Wyndham
196 The Occult Colin Wilson
197 Cosmos Carl Sagan
198 The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
199 Hamlet Shakespeare
200 The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell

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I was not able to find all the books listed. I tried to include as much as I could in EPUB and MOBI but some are only available in PDF. I always look for the best quality uploads and included books that were apart of series.

I know some people will complain about certain books not being in the list. I didn't make the list but I found it a good reference for books to read. There's plenty of comments on the site if you would like to join the discussion on Reddit.

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24 House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielwelski * PDF Reduced size from http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/1660090/7234281/ *
36 Various - Dr. Seuss
39 The Monster At The End Of This Book
59 The Art of Deception - Kevin Mitnick
60 The Little Prince -
69 Everybody Poops - Tar_ Gomi
85 Why People Believe Weird Things - Michael Shermer
86 Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media - Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky
87 Asimov's Guide to the Bible - Isaac Asimov
89 Collapse - Jared Diamond
100 Mein Kampf - Adolf Hitler
110 Going Rogue - Sarah Palin
137 The Classical Style - Charles Rosen
145 Sandman - Neil Gaiman
150 The Collapse of Complex Societies - Joseph Tainter
156 Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
160 The Blank Slate - Steven Pinker
169 Atheism: The Case Against God - George H. Smith
172 Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
182 The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are - Alan Watts
184 The Elegant Universe - Brian Green
189 The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica - Apollonius of Rhodes
191 Nichomachean ethics - Aristotle
196 The Occult - Colin Wilson
200 The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell

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06-15-2012, 03:37 PM,
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RE: HBO 'sorry' for skewering Dubya in Game of Thrones
I love the books and the show too even though its slightly different.
I have most of them on Audio book too if you like that kind of thing. Ive pretty much found all of them on tpb or demonoid. Im on the most current book now A Dance with Dragons, great so far.

I was recommended those Wheel of Time books as well from someone else that liked the GoT books.
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