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Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Crying in the Car

Game of Thrones

It’s Game of Thrones, but not as you know it. In preparation for the launch of season three of the Game of Thrones television series I started listening to the audiobooks read by Roy Dotrice. Having read the books only a few years ago (after finishing the first television series), they are fresh in my mind. Hearing them read by an actor is an entirely different experience, especially as I can get impatient with such weighty tomes and speed read my way through those epic battle passages. With the audio book I have been forced to slow down, or hear the details I may have missed the first time around.

Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood

I frequently hear my fellow parents lamenting their loss of time and attention span for reading. At the end of a long day, it can be easier to fall onto the couch and flick on the television than to dedicate some time to read a book. With this collection from Melbourne author Karen Andrews, you have no such excuse. This small volume is a collection you can dip in and out of, with poems, fiction and non-fiction on offer. There are some lovely insights into motherhood and parenting, with a beautiful sense of rhythm to it.

House of Cards

Another show about politics, media and corruption in America? It feels like over-explored territory in television over the past few years, especially as some shows attempting to tackle the subject matter have failed to inspire. I was hesitant to start watching House of Cards for these reasons, but I’m glad I gave it a go. From Kevin Spacey’s southern accent to the morally ambiguous characters, this show is a rare television treat. Where Sorkin bored his audience by lecturing us with grand sweeping polemics in The NewsroomHouse of Cards perfects the ‘show don’t tell’ adage. This show works.

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