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Dreamsongs, Volume I My 400th Review As expected I loved this anthology of works from George R.R Martin It was so cute how he included a couple stories from when he was young, 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 My 400th Review As expected I loved this anthology of works from George R.R Martin It was so cute how he included a couple stories from when he was young, 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 two.5 5Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict Buy 4.0 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. 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 Dre 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 well.GRRM 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 meet.The 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 vanquish 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 years, that I am way behind the curve That is true enough, but I am glad to have finally discovered him for myself 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 emphasis.His early stories were a bit 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 emphasis.His 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 It was 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 haddetail than I was interested in, especially when he was talking about the things he enjoyed reading in his youth Somebody who grew up around the same time, especially if they enjoyed comics and fanzines, would probably appreciate itthan I did.I 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 in 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 themmemorable 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 unique 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 , maybeso In general, I think it would botherwomen than men it s about a woman who has recently moved into an apartment with a very disturbing neighbor.More 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, though.I 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 quite a bit of it while I was reading it though, and some of the stories were particularly good I m going to rate it at 3.5 stars and round down to 3 on Goodreads I m awfully glad Game of Thrones was the first George R.R Martin I tried Had I stumbled across some of his early sci fi, showcased here in Dreamsongs, I d have never pursuedBut 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 read.Martin 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 I m awfully glad Game of Thrones was the first George R.R Martin I tried Had I stumbled across some of his early sci fi, showcased here in Dreamsongs, I d have never pursuedBut 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 read.Martin 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 that.But who cares about the so so stuff, right It s the amazing I want you to know about The book has sci fi, fantasy and horror, but the best stories combine all of the above.Even if you ve never tried Martin, it s worth picking up this volume to read select stories And once you 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 you don t like having your beliefs challenged, this one isn t for you A Song for Lya also has a strong dose of religion, but it s not one you ll recognize Plus there are parasites The Second Kind of Loneliness is poetic and beautiful And then it ll stun you 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 you want to know why Martin is a celebrated wordsmith, start there Ice Dragon makes me long for Dance of Dragons But even if you don t know what that means, it s a Gaiman esque children s tale Meathouse Man has a turn away kind of opening sequence The story never gets far enough away from the grotesque 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 here.And 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 One day I might write acomprehensive review of this For now I ll just put down my thoughts on some of the stories.The Fortress A lot of fun to read, it was interesting to see Martin s take on a piece of Finnish history.The Exit to San Breta A scifi ghost story Not earth shattering or mind blowing, but definitely original and clever.The Second Kind of Loneliness One of my favourites Hit very close to home, got me crying The ending is chilling.With Morning Comes Mistfall A very v One day I might write acomprehensive review of this For now I ll just put down my thoughts on some of the stories.The Fortress A lot of fun to read, it was interesting to see Martin s take on a piece of Finnish history.The Exit to San Breta A scifi ghost story Not earth shattering or mind blowing, but definitely original and clever.The Second Kind of Loneliness One of my favourites Hit very close to home, got me crying The ending is chilling.With Morning Comes Mistfall A very visual, beautiful story Martin has a talent for creating fascinating alien worlds.A 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 characters.This 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 great.And Seven Times Never Kill a Man Alien religion was part of what made A Song for Lya so intriguing, and the same stands true here.The Stone City An odd story, one that I can t really even remember any Have completely forgotten the ending Should read again.Bitterblooms The ending has a good twist A winter story I stopped reading here for a long time The Way of Cross and Dragon Can t say that I liked this one The main reason is probably that I m quite sick of the moustache twirling evil Catholic Church clich , it s gotten very old Even if I ignore that, however, the story feels weak.The 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 ve been the MC s lost lover.The 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 was nice, but nothing earth shattering when compared to Martin s other endings.In 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 intriguing.Meathouse 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 horror hybrid section I guess you could think of it as scifi romance, but that s really stretching it when you consider the ending The meathouse was disgusting, sure, but nothing really horrifying happened, and the twist ending was predictable.Remembering Melody One of those classic ghost stories fun to read, the ending twist catches youor less off guard, and you leave the story behind without thinking too much about it Liked it, but then I read Sandkings.Sandkings Deservedly won both the Hugo and the Nebula award Blew me away Couldn t put it down, no matter how scared I was Amazing.Nightflyers 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 end.The Monkey Treatment and The Pear Shaped Man These raised a lot of the same thoughts and emotions This is horror, if you ask me Wonderfully creepy, disgusting and relevant Made my skin crawl but impossible to put down Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine,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 young 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, Nebula, 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 FanboyOnly Kids Are Afraid of the DarkThe FortressAnd Death His LegacyTwo The Filthy ProThe HeroThe Exit to San BretaThe Second Kind of LonelinessWith Morning Comes MistfallThree The Light of Distant StarsA Song for LyaThe Stone CityThis Tower of AshesAnd Seven Times Never Kill ManBitterbloomsThe Way of Cross and DragonFour The Heirs of Turtle CastleThe Lonely Songs of Laren DorrThe Ice DragonIn the Lost LandsFive Hybrids and HorrorsMeathouse ManRemembering MelodySandkingsNightflyersThe Monkey TreatmentThe Pear Shaped Man 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. 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. 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 quantum 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 year, for the time being there is thankfully Dreamsongs, a two volume collection featuring George R R Martin s short stories and nove 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 quantum 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 year, for the time being there is thankfully Dreamsongs, a two volume collection featuring George R R Martin s short stories and novellas spanning his career.This 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, Martin gives 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 and publishing at a young age, when one would expect the work to be simple and undeveloped, and yet it is clear that George R R Martin was a talented writer from the start In each story are unique 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 evenancient 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 eternity.In Martin s science fiction, he establishes himself in a unique way, using the same world each time, but different planets, an distinct plot, and unforgettable characters that just add muchmeaning 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 escape.In 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 fantasy 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 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 Forbook reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter


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About the Author: George R.R. Martin

George 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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