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Rolling Stone recently published an interview with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin (which you can read in full here). Martin makes it clear both in his writing and in his interview that if there’s one thing he wants you to know, it’s that the world is full of moral ambiguity. There aren’t any real heroes or villains; there are only people who do good things and bad things and more often than not, most people do both.

I found Martin’s interview exceptionally interesting because he talks about killing your darlings, the limitations of J.R.R. Tolkien (who happens to be one of my favorite authors) and a myriad of other topics. I highly suggest reading the interview in its entirety but there are certain quotes that really popped out at me that I felt like noting. I think that the quotes I have chosen to list here (and the interview as a whole) can serve a great deal of purpose for readers, writers, and Game of Thrones fandom nerds alike.

On History

We have the untold-history book coming out later this year, where I’ve written a fake history. I find it amusing, and secretly pleasing, that I have so many fans who are interested in the history. I’m not sure if they would so eagerly study real history, you know?

On Imagination 

Ideas are cheap. I have more ideas now than I could ever write up. To my mind, it’s the execution that is all-important.

On Tolkien

The Tolkien model led generations of fantasy writers to produce these endless series of dark lords and their evil minions who are all very ugly and wear black clothes. But the vast majority of wars throughout history are not like that.

On Violence

We’re setting up mechanisms where we can kill human beings with drones and missiles where you’re sitting at a console and pressing the button. We never have to hear their whimpering, or hear them begging for their mother, or dying in horrible realities around us. I don’t know if that’s necessarily such a good thing.

On Killing Your Favorite Characters

The more I write about a character, the more affection I feel … even for the worst of them … Whoever it was who said ‘Kill your darlings’ was referring to his favorite lines in a story, but it’s just as true for characters.

On Forgiveness & Redemption

Our society is full of people who have fallen in one way or another, and what do we do with these people? How many good acts make up for a bad act? If you’re a Nazi war criminal and then spend the next 40 years doing good deeds and feeding the hungry, does that make up for being a concentration-camp guard? I don’t know the answer, but these are questions worth thinking about. I want there to be a possibility of redemption for us, because we all do terrible things. We should be able to be forgiven. Because if there is no possibility of redemption, what’s the answer then?

On Moral Ambiguity 

We have the angels and the demons inside of us, and our lives are a succession of choices. 

I personally believe that we can learn just as much from authors as they are–breathing, sweating, struggling human beings like the rest of us–as we can from their books. And I believe that every one of the excerpts I have listed from the interview serve as some serious food for thought. What do you think?

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Gimme! Books is looking for some help. The blog is growing daily, and that means I have the opportunity to add another book loving person to the team.

Gimme! Books is looking for someone who can help out with a few specific things. The new intern will contribute to the blog (one to two posts per week) and help run the Twitter Feed. It would also be a huge plus if you could dedicate the time to developing a Facebook page (as I haven’t had the time to get around to it yet).

Though there is no monetary compensation offered for this position, in turn for a modest time commitment you can expect to receive some thank-you swag which will be discussed upon acceptance. You will also have the opportunity to show off your writing and review skills to a wide audience of readers.

The Details:

What I’m Looking For:

  • A voracious reader—The ideal candidate will be well-read and have a solid knowledge of literary and commercial fiction and poetry.
  • A social media guru—Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
  • Experience with WordPress is a huge bonus but not a requirement.
  • Someone who can correspond through email on a regular basis

Responsibilities:

  • Writing at least one unique blog post per week
  • Maintaining the Twitter account
  • Creating and maintaining a Facebook page
  • Coming up with new and fun ideas to utilize the above

I don’t think this time commitment should take more than five to ten hours per week. You’re schedule, for the most part, would be up to you and how many posts you write per week will be up for negotiation. As long as you can meet a deadline with as few grammar mistakes as possible you’ll be in good shape.

I’m looking for at least a three month commitment but I can be flexible about the duration. I think this would be a great fit for a college student, but anyone (over the age of 18) who can read and write is welcome to apply.

Why Should You Do This? Gimme! Book reviews may be young but it’s growing fast. By joining the team as an intern you have the opportunity to help build something great and gain a ton of useful experience while doing it. It will be a killer addition to your resume, not to mention all of the engaging writers and avid readers you’ll have the opportunity to network with.

You’ll get to hone your writing skills, voice your thoughts and opinions, and flaunt your creative side all within a flexible schedule. This is a 100 percent virtual position. It’s also a lot of fun.

How to Apply:

*Please send the following to gimmebookreviews@gmail.com with Intern Applicant in the subject line of the email:

  • A resume, with cover letter stating why you would be perfect for this position
  • Blog post sample (300 to 500 words)
  • If applicable and willing to share, Twitter account.
  • Any other cool stuff you’re responsible for online
  • A list of the last three books you have read

The deadline to apply is May 1st, 2014.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Welcome to my little corner of the blogging world!

Gimme! Books has been established as a blog that will soon be filled with book reviews that will hopefully inspire anyone who stumbles upon it to dedicate a little extra time each day between the pages of a good book. (There will also be fun tips, helpful lists, and exciting challenges scattered throughout.) Reading is an adventure for the mind, body, and soul and I think it’s a shame that so many people miss out on such an opportunity. Even if you don’t read now, all it will take is one good book and you’ll be hooked for life.

My goal for this blog is to share the joys of reading with anyone I possibly can and read countless engaging, exciting, and inspiring books along the way. I hope to spark interests and new friendships, delve deep into thought provoking conversations, and I intend to have fun throughout the entire journey. Mama always said you can’t go wrong doing what you love and it just so happens that I love to read and write.

I will soon being publishing every Tuesday and Thursday and intend to stick to that schedule with consistency.

I have several reviews of books that I have read in preparation for the launch of this site ready to go and I can’t wait to share them with you! In the meantime, you can keep up with what I’m reading for a batch of reviews in May under the My Bookshelf page.

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