‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 11 Recap, “The Outsider”

Have you ever had that moment when you realised you burned your bridges way too soon? Yeah, that’s how Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is feeling in the Season 2 return of History’s Vikings.

Now, Episode 11 is a slow one and I still think History should have showed the time jump here at the start of the Season 4 return rather than in the mid-season finale. Episode 11 of Vikings is a slow one, but bear with it, because Episode 12 and 13 are much better!

Source: ‘Vikings’ Season 4 Part 2: Episode 11 Recap, “The Outsider”

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HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 9, “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Recap

Welcome to my recap of HBO’s latest offering, Westworld. Here’s what I thought of Episode 9 (entitled “The Well-Tempered Clavier”) of Season 1.

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is bringing Maeve (Thandie Newton) back online to discuss what went on in Episode 8. But Maeve is onto it and reminds Bernard they have been here before. And so begins the quest for Bernard to find out who he really is because Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has wiped his memory and Maeve has to remind him that he is a host. She then instructs Bernard to put her back on the Westworld floor …

Source: HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 9, “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Recap

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‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7, Episode 6: “Swear”

Here’s what I thought of Episode  (entitled “Swear”) of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Season 7.

Surprise! A new community is added to the long list of Walking Dead groups that just seem to be pouring out of the woodwork of late. Remember those days where Rick’s group just wandered about without bumping into any survivors at all? Yeah, this is not how it is going down in Season 7 of The Walking Dead.

So, Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Heath (Corey Hawkins) are two weeks on the road and have absolutely no idea at how much the Saviors have fucked things up back at Alexandria. They haven’t found much by the way of supplies either. Tara wants to keep looking but Heath wants to go home. He also has survivors guilt about having killed all those Saviors. Tara doesn’t …

Source: ‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7, Episode 6: “Swear”

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Winner: The Year In Which I Wrote A Historical Account Of Lagertha And Ragnar


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So, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2016 is heading into the home stretch with only two or three days left, depending on what part of the world you are in. While the month started off slowly for myself, with having to juggle work and the dreaded lurgy that only seems to hit me during NaNoWriMo. However, by mid-month I was finally getting myself engrossed in my novel, which helped with the word count.

Things really started to come together though when I had a scheduled power outage a week ago. Seven hours with no power meant I could curl up on the couch with my cats and write like a maniac. I had on hand a fully charged tablet and two power banks to get me through the electricity-free day. On that day alone, my NaNoWriMo novel bulked out by 5,000 words.

Since that day, and the fact I was finally able to see the finish line off in the distance, I settled in for a writing frenzy nearly every day after that point. This meant I crossed the finish line at 11.30 p.m. on Saturday night. Except, thanks to my novel requiring a bucket-load of footnotes in the first half, when I put my novel into the NaNoWriMo validator, I fell 250 words short.

All I can say is, thank god for epilogues!😉

So, what is my book about this year?

Normally, this is where I start telling you about my latest paranormal horror. But, not this year. Since I have started working for the Inquisitr, I have been working on articles about TV shows. One of those shows is one I recap on The Snarking Dead Recaps, called Vikings. Thanks to the fact many of the articles are based on comparison between the historical truth about the Vikings and History’s interpretation of it, I have learned an awful lot about the stories and sagas based on them. (Plus, if you are a fan like I am, you can check out my non-spoiler review of the Season 4 return here.)

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Temporary cover at for ‘The Truth Behind Lagertha and Ragnar’ by Rachel Tsoumbakos

So, this year, taking all that knowledge, I decided to delve into the story involving what seems to be everyone’s favourite Viking couple, Lagertha and Ragnar Lothbrok. My NaNoWriMo novel covered a historical look at the story involving this couple as well as a fictional recount of their story (hence the need for footnotes in the first half of the novel).

The Synopsis for my NaNoWroMo novel, The Truth Behind Lagertha and Ragnar is below.

“Lagertha was known to be one of the wives of the famous Viking, Ragnar Lodbrok. But did you know they first met each other at a brothel? And just how long did their marriage last? Was Lagertha really the revered shield maiden we see her as today? ‘The Truth Behind the Vikings: Lagertha and Ragnar’ aims to unravel all these secrets.

This book is so much more than a history book though. While Part One examines the historical facts, Part Two brings their whole story to life with an historically accurate novel about their lives.

The Truth Behind Lagertha and Ragnar aims to discover just how much of what we know of the shield maiden, Lagertha, and the famous Ragnar Lodbrok in popular culture today is actually true.

The Truth Behind series explores the historical fact from present day fiction in regards to the Vikings and other key historical figures that existed in the Viking era.”

Yes, you read that right, this book is the first in a series, so tell me, which famous Viking would you like to read about next?

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HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 8, “Trace Decay ” Recap

Welcome to my recap of HBO’s latest offering, Westworld. Here’s what I thought of Episode 8 (entitled “Trace Decay”) of Season 1.

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) starts Episode 7 of Westworld freaking out about killing Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen). Luckily, Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) can alleviate his pain. But, not before Bernard gets some answers. Ford obliges and basically credits himself with giving the Tin Man a heart. This makes Bernard very old because Ford used his development to create the new hosts that had more emotional response 

Source: HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 8, “Trace Decay ” Recap

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