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Unread 29th of October, 2005, 01:19
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Well, it falls under the subcategory of 'science fiction', but Lois McMaster Bujold's 'Miles Vorkosigan' books are funny and well-written. The main character is a self-described 'ugly cripple' who uses quick thinking and a silver tongue to get through situations rather than muscle and blind luck.

And I believe the Miles books were starting to get published well before A Game of Thrones came out, so it's not a Tyrion Lannister clone

Anyway, those are highly recommended. There are two or three prequel books that involve the main character's parents (I think, I haven't read them), but the first Miles book is 'The Warrior's Apprentice'. And you can get the first two books and a related novella in a single bundle called 'Young Miles', here:

http://http://www.amazon.com/exec/ob...books&n=507846
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