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Book Title: Down and Dirty|
The author of the book: George R.R. Martin
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Date of issue: November 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780553274639
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That's more like it. This volume is a major improvement over the previous volume, which I found a bit tedious at some points. This brings the action back to New York, specifically Jokertown and environs, and the action is fast an furious, violent, bloody, and with heaping doses of death. Zelazny is as usual one of my favorites, and I love his sections. Croyd/Sleeper is a particularly complex character now, and it's impossible to say whether he is just an irregular person trying to get by as best he can, or is a villain needing to be taken down, as viewed by some of the other characters. I love how he uses every stimulant he can get his hands on to stave off the sleep and subsequent change. Bagabond continues to develop as an interesting character, as well as Water Lily, who has to suffer through some pretty tough times in this book. The backlash against the jokers parallels various neo-con attitudes occuring right now in the US, which either makes this book prescient, or just points out how much attitudes stay the same in minority subsets of the population. Oh, and how can I forget to mention the return of Modular Man, and his tormented life due to the nastiness of his creator.
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Read information about the authorGeorge R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.
In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.
As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.
In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.
Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.
Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.
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