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One and One

November 30, 2008 at 7:26 pm
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I figured the Giants were going to have a tough game today against the Redskins. Divisional games are always intense, the Skins have a hard-hitting defense, the G-Men were coming off this huge Plax-shoots-himself distraction, and Washington figured to be sky high off the Sean Taylor anniversary and his induction into their Ring of Honor.

On the other hand, I figured the Jets would win easily. They were at home, the weather figured to help their running game and hamper the Bronco aerial attack, Denver hasn’t been able to stop the run all season, and the Jets had just defeated two much tougher teams in New England and Tennessee.

Show what I know.

Or, as Chris Berman likes to say, “that’s why they play the games.”

It was one and one alright, but just the reverse of the way I had it. Total domination by the Giants, but the Jets got embarassed on both sides of the ball. The only good moment in the Jets game was the amazing Thomas Jones roll-over-a-defender-bounce-up-again-and-score touchdown, which had to be seen to be believed.

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Win a Signed Copy of BUSTED FLUSH

November 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm
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The latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, BUSTED FLUSH, will be released on December 9 in hardcover (and the previous volume, INSIDE STRAIGHT, is just out in paperback).

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is marking the release with another of their famous giveaways. Two ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) of BUSTED FLUSH, signed by me and all of my contributors, will go to the lucky winners. Pat’s also giving away two signed posters of the BUSTED FLUSH cover, with that great Michael Komarck artwork. (This time the cover girl is Lilith).

Anyone can enter the contest, and no purchase is required. To check out the rules, go to the Hotlist at

Good luck.

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Plax, Plax, Plax

November 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm
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Accidentally shooting yourself in the leg while dancing at a nightclub?

This is not the recommended treatment for a bad hamstring.

And this is not how a New York Giant behaves, Plaxico.

You’re not a Dallas Cowboy.

But you might be soon, if you keep up this kind of crap.

Thank god for Domenick Hixon.

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2008 at 3:13 pm
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I had a great Thanksgiving yesterday with a great bunch of friends.

The turkey was great and the company was greater.

Before and after the feast, we played tennis, golf, and bowling on the Wii that Parris got me. Good thing too, since the NFL offered up three really lame-ass football games.

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The Literature of Ideas?

November 26, 2008 at 4:27 pm
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I’ve got a new interview online with Wisconsin Public Radio. Me and Ursula K. Le Guin discuss whether science fiction is truly “the literature of ideas.”

(No, we weren’t on together. Separate interviews).

Check it out at

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Product Placement

November 25, 2008 at 12:09 am
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And now for a brief word from our sponsors.

For the latest news about the Ice & Fire minibusts from Valyrian Resin, and the Ice & Fire calendar from Dabel Brothers Productions, check out the News page on my website.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so if you’re looking for Christmas gifts for that hardcore Ice & Fire fan you know…

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New York, New York

November 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm
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New York Giants 37 Arizona Cardinals 29

New York Jets 34 Tennessee Titans 13

What can I possibly add? Life is magical and full of joy.

The Jets win a huge one, upsetting the previously unbeaten Tennessee team that stole their original name (guess this was a true ‘clash of the titans’). Not only did they win, but they dominated throughout.

And the Giants went down to Arizona and defeated a game and explosive Cardinals team that had not lost a home game all season. That one had me on the edge of my seat all the way. With that receiving corps, the Cards are never out of it till the last tick of the clock.

Two great wins.

I know, I know, the odds are against it… but for the first time since 1986, it now appears that there exists a slim chance that we could actually get a Subway Superbowl. And wouldn’t that be something? Of course, since I love both teams, there is the danger that my head would explode.

Don’t want to get ahead of myself, however. There’s a lot more football to play.

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More Miniatures

November 22, 2008 at 8:02 pm
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So many things I’d meant to post about, so little time in every day.

This one is for the painters, the would-be painters, and the miniature collectors out there. A few more examples of the wonderful figures that Dark Sword Miniatures are putting out, and the incredible things that talented painters can do with ’em.

First, four versions of the queen you love to hate, the one and only Cersei Lannister.

The first is by Marike Reimer, of Destroyer Minis. A classic in Lannister crimson.

Next we have Cersei in mourning dress (she does a lot of mourning, though black is not her
favorite color). This one is from Viking Lodge Studios, where Linus Svensson wields the brush.

Third up is Matt Verzani’s seductive Cersei in see-through silk, no doubt slinking through the halls to seduce her latest catspaw.

And our last lady comes from New Zealand, painted by Rachel Borthwick of Iron Halo Studios.

I’d love to hear which version is your favorite. Myself, I love all four of them… and for those of you who are no more talented with a paint brush than I am, be advised that all four of these painters take commissions. (But be warned, none of ’em are cheap).

Or you can order your own Cersei straight from Dark Sword, and paint her as you like.

To close with something different, some more of the women of Westeros — a wildling spearwife by Matt Verzani, and a court lady painted by Marike Reimer.

Comments are welcome… about the miniatures. Stay on topic, please.

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G-Men Win Another

November 16, 2008 at 6:50 pm
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I was nervous about this Ravens game. Maybe I was having flashbacks to the Giants/ Ravens Superbowl.

Turns out my fears were misplaced. A convincing win for the G-Men.

Their schedule is horrendous the rest of the way, not a single game against a team with a losing record, but I think they’re equal to it. Their three-headed running back is monstrous.

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J – E – T – S, Jets Jets JETS!!!

November 13, 2008 at 11:36 pm
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Sorry, Stego. (But only a little).

My heart stopped several times this evening.

What a game.

I hate the prevent defense. Hate it, hate it, hate it. But that was a sensational catch by Randy Moss. Though the Jets should have jammed him, as they’d been doing all game.

Where the hell do the Patriots keep getting these great quarterbacks? Matt Cassel was amazing, I have to say. Four-year college benchwarmer, hasn’t played since high school, but he gets better every game, and tonight he looked like the reincarnation of Johnny Unitas. And he was what, a seventh round draft choice? And Brady was a sixth rounder? Scott Pioli has an amazing eye for quarterbacks. The Jets back-up is Kellen Clemens, a second round choice and a major college star, but in the NFL so far he has been less than ordinary. Let’s just hope that Brett Favre never goes down.

Much as I despise him, Evil Little Bill is still a great coach. Just when it looked as though the Jets were going to blow the P-men out on their own home field, BB goes to a no-huddle offense, and exhausts Gang Green’s gigantic man in the middle, Kris Jenkins, negating our most effective defensive player. No one else thought of that, all season. Fortunately for truth, justice, and the American way, Jenkins was able to find a hidden reserve of strength in the fourth quarter, when it counted, but… I may despise Belichek, but I never make the mistake of underestimating him.

But enough props to the Patriots. The Jets won. Finally. When Moss caught that TD with one second left, I felt like a dagger had been thrust through me, and the words “Same Old Jets” came inevitably to mind. It felt like we’d already lost. These were the Patriots, after all. Even when we won the overtime coin toss, things looked grim… especially after the first two plays, when the Jets faced third-and-fifteen.

Then Brett threw that rope to Dustin Keller, and the world changed.

Favre was… well, Favre was Favre. He’s done it before, he’ll do it again. Jericho Cotchery had that astonishing catch, snatching the ball out of the air in the crook of his elbow while falling forward with a defender draped all over him. Leon Washington returned a kickoff for a TD. But Dustin Keller was the one who really made me sit up. It looks as though the Jets knew what they were doing when they traded up into the end of the first round to get him (and a good thing, since their other first round pick, number four overall Vernon Gholston, shows every sign of being a bust). Tannenbaum and Mangini struck gold with Keller, I think. We have our tight end for the next decade.

Anyway… great game, great win, and I’m a happy boy.

Life is magical and full of joy.

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