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Another Great Thing About Barack Obama

He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics.


That's so cool that I'm willing to forgive him for being a Harry Potter fan.

I bet I have a better Spidey collection than he does, though.

Let's just hope his spider-sense starts to tingle whenever the country is in danger.


Nov. 11th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I hadn't realized you didn't like Harry Potter. I've never read any of them, though, and don't expect to get around to it. I did recently read The Lies of Locke Lamora because someone told me that I'd like it since I like your work. And I saw a blurb from you on it. I blew through it way too fast, though. So if you have any reading recommendations for me to pass the time while I wait for ADWD, they'd be welcome!
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Nov. 11th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I did read the sequel. And I've pre-ordered the third book. You're right that it wasn't as good as the first. Locke got on my nerves from time to time in that one, but I still enjoyed it. :)

And I loathe infodumping, so that actually is a good selling point there that you made.
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I am also not GRRM, but I'll happily recommend another great series which also features cover blurbs from George --

Check out Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quartet, which is made up of A Shadow in Summer, A Betrayal in Winter, and An Autumn War, plus the forthcoming The Price of Spring. Much more deliberately paced and character driven than the Locke Lamora books, but quite good reads.
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
reading recommendations
Go and pay a visit to the "What I'm Reading" page on my website, and you'll find plenty of recommendations.

And if you haven't read my older books, you might want to check them out as well.

There's also the WILD CARDS series, which I edit. Eighteen books published to date and volume 19 to be released on December 9. That should keep you busy for quite a while.
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: reading recommendations
Fevre Dream is the only one of your books I've read outside of ASOIAF. I'll definitely be working on the other books. Thanks.
Nov. 13th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Re: reading recommendations
Tuf Voyaging is another awesome collection of stories from GRRM. Great Sci-fi in my opinion....one of my favorite characters ever written by GRRM. Super fun to read...you should be able to find them in one volume somewhere...there are around 7 (novellas?) stories....so good....so fun...just thought id throw that out there...:)
Nov. 13th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Re: reading recommendations
And don't forget Dreamsongs, his two-volume collection of stories.

Two other books that I'd fully recommend to both GRRM and his readers are Brian Daley’s excellent Doomfarers of Coramonde / Starfollowers of Coramonde. Great action and magic in the spirit of "Jason and the Argonauts" meets "Lord of the Rings," written by a Vietnam veteran and scriptwriter for the NPR Star Wars series.

And for a more serious, historical epic, there's James Clavell’s Shogun, which actually reads much like a fantasy – you have the Dutch pilot entering a magical new realm and having to deal with power struggles for the throne, legendary swords, a corrupt Church, assassins, prisons, and subterfuge. Fascinating history (much of it based on actual people and events), with plenty of action and swordplay and sex, all written with complete control of the language.


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