Somewhere out there, presumably, there's an abandoned draft that got things under way with an OED definition of the word "biography". Many have elements of tragic heroes or antiheroes in them; reviewer T.
Maybe he's irritated by the pet theories he's called on to deflect. Martin, who had several favorite series characters like Solomon KaneElricNicholas van Rijn and Magnus Ridolph, had made an attempt to create such a character on his own in the s with his Tuf stories.
His first novel, Dying of the Lightwas completed in right before he moved to Dubuque and published in He was previously married to Gale Burnick, from to Many find that this is what makes the series' story arcs compelling enough to keep following despite its sheer brutality and intricately messy and interwoven plotlines; as TM Wagner points out: There's great tragedy here, but there's also excitement, humor, heroism even in weaklings, nobility even in villains, and, now and then, a taste of justice after all.
Discovering details about his childhood, family, schooling, and preaching helps the reader to better understand his motivations later on in life.
He read nothing but comic books until his stepmother, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howardintroduced him to Jane Austenwhom he often names as his earliest influence.