I liked "Anthem", even though it was so anti-communist/socialist/collectivism. Kinda smacked of Huxley's "Brave New World", but a whole lot bleaker. No sex!!!! What a way to live! More like 1984, I guess. And of course, AFOC is great, the continuing story of the war of the roses transposed to Westeros. I wonder though, when Martin sat down to write, did he assume all his readers would have already read the first three books? I suppose it's a reasonable assumption - after all, why would you start with book four? But there must be some poor readers who simply wander into the bookstore and pick up the latest one and only have enough money to buy one book so they get this one, and . . . they would be forever lost in the eternal twists and turns and hundreds of characters that Martin is so incredibly talented at coming up with. Most fantasy seems so repetetive, but for some reason, Martin's work, especially his characters, really appeals to me. It's more like "Historic fantasy", if there is such a thing.
Well, to respond to the comments left so far: Cabbie - bad luck dude. You shoulda read Tom's tips for breaking the news to the SO before you did it.
I think most people are mutl-sexual - they could really be open to or try different things as they go through life, are in changing circumstances, and meet different people. But most people are too constricted by our culture to actually act on their feelings. I think there are all varieties of sexuality, a spectrum you might say. But most people just think there's only gay or straight. Even bisexuality seems to be defined as people getting it off with both sexes at the same time, not literally but in terms of having a partner of each sex. But I don't think that's the way most "Bi" people are. I think they just don't care about the gender of the partner thay have, but they're monogamous usually, at any given time. Things just seem to have clicked for me and Toni, and as I was already with Robbie, she accepted that and it just worked out that she clicked with both of us. Maybe that's not the norm. But she has told me she has no interest in either other guys or girls, so that's cool. She said she'd be jealous if I wanted to see other women, but doesn't have a problem with me and Robbie being together, I'm not sure why. I'll have to get her to post on here sometime.
Honey - I read your blog, except the story thing. I thought I'd ask Toni to read it and get her opinion of what you've said there. I never realized dicks were that important to women - guess that just shows what a moronic male I am. I wonder if Toni ever feels that way . . . . . .
Tom - I left a comment at your site. Hang in there dude.
Thanks for reading and writing.