"Sandkings" is great, I agree. I may have mentioned this before, but I really like Martin's Wild Cards series better than his Tale of Ice and Fire, which I honestly could never get into (though the TV series is a bit more accessible). http://www.wildcardsbooks.com/ /edit note the above website doesn't seem to be maintained anymore -- one below seems to be better http://www.wildcardsonline.com/ Warning though, the above websites do contain spoilers so try to resist exploring them too deeply if you intend to read the books (which I do highly recommend). Also, there is a Wild Cards movie in the works: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/game-of-thrones-george-rr-martin-wild-cards-254382. Wild Cards, btw, is VERY loosely based on an ongoing game of Champions (the paper and pencil RPG) which Martin and some friends (also writers) had been playing years ago. At least some of the characters are based on characters that some of the writers created in that ongoing game.