I have never read anything by George R R Martin before I am highly skeptical of science fiction writers unless they come highly recommended by someone whose opinion I trust because of the vast mountains of crap which exist in the genre I came upon Dreamsongs in my local library and decided to check it out to put my toe in the water as it were I am now interested enough that I have dug out my boyfriend s copies of the Song of Fire and Ice series I plan to dive in to those next and Dreamsongs Volume Two as wellGRRM is a brilliant writer and I have only just begun to know him I appreciate the autobiographical interludes in Dreamsongs as I love to know what inspires a writer what times and places in his history events in his life what other authors etc have shaped his stories I find that Martin is influenced by Heinlein and Tolkien two of my favorite writers of all time as well as Lovecraft and others whom I do not know but now wish to meetThe stories in Dreamsongs span decades genres and worlds They contain humans aliens and beasts gods demons and ghosts They are future history and mythology There are all the grand themes and archetypes of great literature heroes vanuish villians faith grapples with doubt good triumphs over evil There is irony and futility love and redemption loneliness and regret There are those who will say that Martin has been a critically acclaimed author for thirty odd ears that I am way behind the curve That is true enough but I am glad to have finally discovered him for myself One day I might write a comprehensive review of this For now I ll just put down my thoughts on some of the storiesThe Fortress A lot of fun to read it was interesting to see Martin s take on a piece of Finnish historyThe Exit to San Breta A scifi ghost story Not earth shattering or mind blowing but definitely original and cleverThe Second Kind of Loneliness One of my favourites Hit very close to home got me crying The ending is chillingWith Morning Comes Mistfall A very visual beautiful story Martin has a talent for creating fascinating alien worldsA Song for Lya I read this story after Tainaron and somehow the setting had a similar atmosphere to it Alien exotic beautiful Liked the ending and the developing relationship between the two main charactersThis Tower of Ashes The main character s journey is wonderful as is the world building This story is set in another of those beautiful strange worlds Martin creates and the way he paints it to the reader is greatAnd Seven Times Never Kill a Man Alien religion was part of what made A Song for Lya so intriguing and the same stands true hereThe Stone City An odd story one that I can t really even remember any Have completely forgotten the ending Should read againBitterblooms The ending has a good twist A winter storyI stopped reading here for a long timeThe Way of Cross and Dragon Can t say that I liked this one The main reason is probably that I m uite sick of the moustache twirling evil Catholic Church clich it s gotten very old Even if I ignore that however the story feels weakThe Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr Another wonderful twist ending The MC had a slight Mary Sue ish vibe but it wasn t too distracting This time wasn t that fascinated by the world only Laren Dorr Thought
#While Reading That He Might #reading that he might been the MC s lost loverThe Ice Dragon A Song of Ice and Fire seems to have drawn just a bit from this story which is normal and even unavoidable I pull from old stories or story ideas all the
time when I write I liked the atmosphere the idea of a winter child and the ice dragon The ending waswhen I write I liked the atmosphere the idea of a winter child and the ice dragon The ending was but nothing earth shattering when compared to Martin s other endingsIn The Lost Lands Interesting Once again great ending The world doesn t get much weight here but the characters make up for it Especially the main character was intriguingMeathouse Man Another story I didn t really like Didn t feel like horror to me and I wasn t sure why it was in the horrorhybrid section I guess Undercover Pregnancy you could think of it as scifiromance but that s really stretching it whenou consider the ending The meathouse was disgusting sure but nothing really horrifying happened and the twist ending was predictableRemembering Melody One of those classic ghost stories fun to read the ending twist catches ยอดบุรุษพลิกคดี เล่ม 1 you or less off guard andou leave the story behind without thinking too much about it Liked it but then I read SandkingsSandkings Deservedly won both the Hugo and the Nebula award Blew me away Couldn t put it down no matter how scared I was AmazingNightflyers Read this Sandkings and Remembering Melody all in one sitting Though Nightflyers didn t really feel like horror to me either it was definitely very tense and thrilling The mystery and danger kept me tied to the story until the very endThe Monkey Treatment and The Pear Shaped Man These raised a lot of the same thoughts and emotions This is horror if Hummer you ask me Wonderfully creepy disgusting and relevant Made my skin crawl but impossible to put down This is the first time I read something by GRRM that isn t related to ASoIaF The man in a proven genius and those stories are all little masterpieces Can t wait to read volume II My 400th ReviewAs expected I loved this anthology of works from George RR Martin It was so cute how he included a couple stories from when he wasoung while they were a tiny bit painful to get through it was amazing to see how far he has come with his writing As someone who discovered him from his Song of Ice and Fire series it was interesting to find out that he is actually famous in a wide range of genres Horror Fantasy Sci Fi he masters them all I don t think that there is a single story throughout this anthology that I didn t like I also really appreciated his thoughts on the stories it was a nice lead in I can t wait to read volume two55B. Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine #1 New York Times bestselling author George RR Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time Now he delivers a rare treat for readers a compendium of his shorter works collected into two stunning volumes that offer fascinating insight into his journey from oung writer to award winning masterGathered here in Volume I are the very best of George RR Martin's early works including never before published fan pieces his Hugo Nebul. ,
H and some of the stories were particularly good I m going to rate it at 35 stars and round down to 3 on Goodreads I m awfully glad Game of Thrones was the first George RR Martin I tried Had I stumbled across some of his early sci fi showcased here in Dreamsongs I d have never pursued But if I hadn t fallen in love with A Song of Ice and Fire I would ve never turned enough Dreamsong pages to get to some of the best short fiction I ve ever readMartin s commentary is honest he knows the early stuff isn t good And honestly a lot of my problems with it are genre specific I don t wholeheartedly embrace sci fi but in novel length I can get past the jargon if I love the characters In short stories there s little chance to do thatBut who cares about the so so stuff right It s the amazing I want ou to know about The book has sci fi fantasy and horror but the best stories combine all of the aboveEven if ou ve never tried Martin it s worth picking up this volume to read select stories And once ou re attached ask may about ASOIAF Sandkings is incredible hands down one I ll reread again and again Apparently it s what he was famous for before the whole Song thing It s creepy and weird and horrifying and fascinating The Way of the Cross and The Dragon is religion and sci fi twisted If The Alcohol Experiment you don t like havingour beliefs challenged this one isn t for Menggairahkan Perjalanan Halaqah you A Song for Lya also has a strong dose of religion but it s not oneou ll recognize Plus there are parasites The Second Kind of Loneliness is poetic and beautiful And then it ll stun ou The Hero has a classic short story format with GRRM s grim view of authority I read the first four graphs of the The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr aloud to Adam If ou want to know why Martin is a celebrated wordsmith start there Ice Dragon makes me long for Dance of Dragons But even if ou don t know what that means it s a Gaiman esue children s tale Meathouse Man has a turn away kind of opening seuence The story never gets far enough away from the grotesue for it be enjoyable but it s certainly memorable Nightflyers is like Norman Bates mom and Firefly s Captain Mal had a love child Yup as weird as that is The final two horror stories The Monkey Treatment and The Pear Shaped Man are decent on their own but don t stand with the best of the best in hereAnd the rest Eh Like I said sci fi than I d like and the words just don t live up to the Martin magic But it was worth reading all of those to find the gems and to get a sense of the man himself through his introductory chapters I can t say enough DREAMSONGS VOLUME I BY GEORGE R R MARTIN The two great mysteries of this world are when scientists will come up with a unification theory for uantum mechanics and relativity and when George R R Martin will release the very long awaited fifth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series A Dance With Dragons With a hopeful but doubtful release some time next ear for the time being there is thankfully Dreamsongs a two volume collection featuring George R R Martin s short stories and novellas spanning his careerThis first volume is split into five parts separating periods of Martin s life from the sixties and on through the seventies
At The Beginning Of Each Part Martinthe beginning of each part Martin an introduction telling his life story at this particular moment and what were the circumstances that led up to each particularly story
*and how they were published He begins from the beginning writing *how they were published He begins from the beginning writing publishing at a Demonica young age when one would expect the work to be simple and undeveloped andet it is clear that George R R Martin was a talented writer from the start In each story are uniue and memorable characters that stick with the reader long after the story is over In The Exit to San Breta the main character is driving his classic ancient Jaguar along the old and disused freeways of North America It is on a particular road in Arizona that he runs into an even ancient Edsel in incredible condition riding a perfectly flat and unblemished road Soon he becomes part of a horrific haunting accident set to continuously play itself out for all eternityIn Martin s science fiction he establishes himself in a uniue way using the same world each time but different planets an distinct plot and unforgettable characters that just add much meaning to the story In the last two parts Martin reveals his love for first fantasy and his development as a fantasy writer and finally as a horror writer His most well known story that won him the most prestigious science fiction awards involves a combination of these genres in Sandkings Kress is a collector of the unusual whatever the cost until the day he buys a terrarium of sandkings small insect like creatures that form alliances and coalitions fight wars over land and food live in peace when able even worshiping their owner if he feeds them and takes good care of them Kress seeks to control and make them his playthings until they become too intelligent and powerful breaking free of the terrarium increasing in size until Kress has no form of escapeIn this first collection one sees where the writer George R R Martin came from and what events and stories led him to becoming an important writer in the growing science fiction Genre The Barely Begun the barely begun genre and the growing popularity of the horror genre It is in these stories that one sees the beginning characters and story complexities that would later lead to the epic Song of Ice and Fire series In Dreamsongs Volume I Martin confesses that he would never be able to write as well as one of his childhood idols J R R Tolkien and Buckley and Wilberta yet has now been labeled as the American Tolkien of our time Clearly Martin is destined to become one of the most important fantasy as well as science fiction and horror writers of our time For book reviews and author interviews go to BookBanter. Breta 1972 The Second Kind of Loneliness 1972 With Morning Comes Mistfall 1973Three The Light of Distant Stars 2003 A Song for Lya 1974 The Stone City 1977 This Tower of Ashes 1976 And Seven Times Never Kill Man 1975 Bitterblooms 1977 The Way of Cross and Dragon 1979Four The Heirs of Turtle Castle 2003 The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr 1976 The Ice Dragon 1980 In the Lost Lands 1982Five Hybrids and Horrors 2003 Meathouse Man 1976 Remembering Melody 1981 Sandkings 1979 Nightflyers 1980 The Monkey Treatment 1983 The Pear Shaped Man 19. Uy Borrow or Bin Verdict Buy 40 stars Even his early work showed flashes of brilliance This is a mostly excellent collection of stories ranging from science fiction to fantasy to horror Definitely worth reading A good collection of shorts sci fi fantasy and some horror Some stories are much better than others but I enjoyed reading all of them And it was nice to read the work in chronological order observing how Martin s work progressed and grew over time Here s what George RR Martin said in 2003 I was a lot better at starting stories than I was at finishing them Isn t that just terribly hilarious But let s move onGeorge RR Martin is such a versatile writer His ease at switching numerous point of views is testimony to this in A Song of Ice and Fire But he has also written many other novels and short stories He s just as adept at writing science fiction as he is fantasy For Martin fans who don t read beyond his masterpiece are really missing out There s some good stuff in here A wide range of stories What surprised me the most when reading this was that I actually enjoyed each and every short story With collections like this there are almost always a few that stand and inevitably a few that are easily forgotten With this every short story stood out They are all uniue in their own way and demonstrate an author who is completely confident in his craft I have nothing bad to say about this at all It was thoroughly enjoyable I highly recommend it to his fansThe variety is uite astonishing I expected many of the stories to be fairly similar or at the very least of a similar style The Pear Shaped Man is a creepy story that had almost elements of Lovecraft to it The Exit to San Breta was thrilling and almost sounded like it was written by Stephen King Sankings was very uniue and very strange Certainly one I want to read again and provide a separate review for in the future The Ice Dragon is the sort of thingou would expect him to write it s a sad little tale that will really needs to be read by all lovers of A Song of Ice and Fire Simply because it shows how his initial idea developed into his epic An author s journeyThis isn t just an impersonal collection of stories shoved together it is a journey of the man himself It is divided into sections of his life sections in which he wrote different stories He provides a mini narrative in the form of an introduction to each part which is frank and revealing He explains why he took up writing and describes his early experiences in the field He is a man who has always been dedicated to what he does and one who had to work really hard to be successful Before A Game of Thrones he d written a couple of books that were considered failures or at the very least not very popular Such as the terrible Armageddon Rag That was just dull So these little additions made reading this all the interesting It s rare that an author gives such a glimpse of himself This was a good collection Dreamsongs is a collection of 22 short stories by George R R Martin written between the 60 s through the 80 s Mixed in with the short stories are brief segments where the author talks about his writing career how it started what influenced him the publishing process and the inspiration for some of the stories The stories are a mix of science fiction fantasy and horror with some being a blending of genres I d say science fiction had the heaviest emphasisHis early stories were a bit painful to read He was heavily influenced by comics in his childhood keeping in mind that he was born in 1948 That was particularly apparent in the first story in the collection Only Kids Are Afraid
Of The Dark Itthe Dark It very melodramatic and cheesy After the rough start the stories progressively improved and I particularly liked some of the ones at the end The biographical bits by the author were interesting but sometimes had detail than I was interested in especially when he was talking about the things he enjoyed reading in his outh Somebody who grew up around the same time especially if they enjoyed comics and fanzines would probably appreciate it than I didI d heard good things about Sandkings so I had pretty high expectations for that one My expectations were met It was a great story my favorite one My expectations were met It was a great story my favorite the book disturbing a bit creepy and memorable I also liked the last two stories in the book It s difficult to say if I found them memorable just because they re the last two stories I read but I suspect The Monkey Treatment at least will stick with me It s about a very uniue and unpleasant dieting method It was intended as horror I think but I mostly just thought it was funny I kept mentally offering suggestions to the main character as I read and he even followed some of them The last story The Pear Shaped Man was almost as creepy to me as Sandkings maybe so In general I think it would bother women than men it s about a woman who has recently moved into an apartment with a very disturbing neighborMore of the short stories were based on romance than I had expected Well romance might not be the right word because they weren t all particularly romantic and the relationships didn t all end well Looking down the list of stories it may not have been in as many stories as it felt like but there was a point when I started to feel like I was reading a collection of weird romance stories and I wanted it to stop There was less of it toward the end thoughI m not sure many of these stories will stick with me beyond the ones I mentioned Already there are a few where I can t remember what they were about just by looking at the title This is pretty normal for me with short story collections They re just so short and naturally they re often written with a similar style so they all start to blur
TOGETHER I DID ENJOY UITE AI did enjoy uite a of it while I was reading it thoug. A and Bram Stoker Award winning stories plus the original novella The Ice Dragon from which Martin's New York Times bestselling children's book of the same title originated A dazzling array that features extensive author commentary Dreamsongs Volume I is the perfect collection for both Martin devotees and a new generation of fansContents Introduction by Gardner Dozois One A Four Color Fanboy 2003 Only Kids Are Afraid of the Dark 1967 The Fortress 2003 And Death His Legacy 2003Two The Filthy Pro 2003 The Hero 1971 The Exit to San.