“In the end, my reaction to this book was, “Oh. So GRRM is just a normal fantasy writer now. Okay.” That’s pretty much the point. His methods and plotting is no longer vanguard, different, or really, much above average for the genre. I mean, that isn’t a horrible put down. Says a lot about the quality of at least the first three books, or at least my experience of them. It’s just run of the mill fantasy, from a plot perspective, with some writing skill and ideas that rise above, at times. Just not enough times. Not nearly enough times.”

Always interesting to read a review that I completely agree with. This little bit was basically the point of my own goodreads review of this book…

From Goodreads | Kelly’s review of A Dance with Dragons

I wonder if I should get worried about these graphical glitches. When my last iMac started doing this, my imac’s motherboard was on its way out…

She stood. It was time to go. I am not objective. I gave her a hug. I told her I wanted the world to see her, and to see Jordan. She said she thinks I want the world to see “him.” She was nodding to my son. She added, “And him representing all of us.” He was sitting there just as I have taught him—listening, not talking.

Now she addressed him, “You exist,” she told him. “You matter. You have value. You have every right to wear your hoodie, to play your music as loud as you want. You have every right to be you. And no one should deter you from being you. You have to be you. And you can never be afraid of being you.”

She gave my son a hug and then went upstairs to pack.

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“In 2010, when New Jersey lost out on the Race to the Top funding by failing to provide budget data, the governor, in Christie style, thundered that the data had been supplied to Washington. He inveighed at the bureaucracy’s “mindless drones” for missing it. But they hadn’t missed it. Schundler had failed to supply it, as was proved by a quickly released videotape of the state’s presentation. Looking foolish, Christie immediately turned on Schundler, publicly claiming he’d misled Christie into believing the data had been supplied, inducing the governor’s ill-informed tirade. Except Schundler hadn’t lied. He admitted screwing up on the missing data, but he had been up front about it with Christie’s office. Offended at being branded a liar, Schundler produced e-mails proving he had given Christie’s staff advance warning. He also recalled speaking personally to Christie before the governor went out to blast the Washington bureaucrats at his press conference.”

More background in the piece. This guy would not make a good President.

New Scandal, Same Old Christie | National Review Online

“But at the same time that the party is shifting its focus to poverty, many Republicans are pushing for deep cuts to food assistance programs and unemployment insurance, while 11 million Americans are jobless and poverty rates remain elevated in the wake of the recession.”

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