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Book Title: Double Solitaire|
The author of the book: George R.R. Martin
Date of issue: March 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780553294934
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.66 MB
Read full description of the books Double Solitaire:The problem with Double Solitaire is that it follows directly in the footsteps of "Lovers", quite possibly the worst story in Wild Cards history, and most definitely the least pleasant, the least comfortable, and the least fun to read. (Because it wasn't just rapey-rapey, but it actually used superpowers to weaponize rape.) Double Solitaire is by the same author and directly continues with the same storyline. I'm sure I'm not the only reader who dived off the Wild Cards train somewhere between book 9 and 10 as a result — at least I did the first time I read the series, in the '90s.
I think one of the problems with "Lovers" was that it was the first half of a Hurt/Comfort story. And there was definitely (excessive, unpleasant, unnecessary) Hurt. Then we had to wait until Double Solitaire for the Comfort. It's a fanfic-ish genre that I'm not entirely fond of, but Snodgrass carries it off well, with the Comfort being quite an interesting and surprising contrast for who it involves.
Overall, Double Solitaire is totally unlike its predecessor. It's much more what I expect from Snodgrass, which is a great character piece. It's actually impressive how many characters she manages to give great arcs to. That includes Tachyon, Zabb, and Jay, definitely. Mark Meadows gets a somewhat truncated arc, but it's an interesting one. Even minor characters like Kelly and Bat'tam get great attention. Overall, Snodgrass made me care about and understand a lot more people in the Wild Cards universe.
And, yes, it's a science-fiction political story. It's very different from other books in the Wild Cards series. Personally, I think that's one of the strengths of the series, the ability to move into other genres like this. I also found it fascinating to see Wild Cards involved in a globe-spanning war.
Finally, I'm quite impressed with the conclusion of Double Solitaire. It's a real milestone in the Wild Cards universe that feels like it closes the door on a few different characters. And as for the other characters, they've been changed, and I'm intrigued to see how that affects them going forward.
If it weren't living under the shadow of "Lovers" this might easily have been one of the top Wild Cards books. As is, it's still very good. You just had to flinch a bit whenever Blaise came on screen and started issuing yet more rape threats.
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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