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Over 400,000 words. More than 1,000 pages, including nine novellas, unpublished teleplays, rare, never before collected short stories, and a small volume's worth of introductions and commentary. Each of the more than 30 stories will feature a full-page black and white illustration commissioned especially for this volume by Tim Truman, Mark A. Nelson, Janet Aulisio, Ron Bro Over 400,000 words. More than 1,000 pages, including nine novellas, unpublished teleplays, rare, never before collected short stories, and a small volume's worth of introductions and commentary. Each of the more than 30 stories will feature a full-page black and white illustration commissioned especially for this volume by Tim Truman, Mark A. Nelson, Janet Aulisio, Ron Brown and other fine artists. Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a handcrafted traycase, with original art not in the Limited or Trade editions This is copy ZZ.


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Over 400,000 words. More than 1,000 pages, including nine novellas, unpublished teleplays, rare, never before collected short stories, and a small volume's worth of introductions and commentary. Each of the more than 30 stories will feature a full-page black and white illustration commissioned especially for this volume by Tim Truman, Mark A. Nelson, Janet Aulisio, Ron Bro Over 400,000 words. More than 1,000 pages, including nine novellas, unpublished teleplays, rare, never before collected short stories, and a small volume's worth of introductions and commentary. Each of the more than 30 stories will feature a full-page black and white illustration commissioned especially for this volume by Tim Truman, Mark A. Nelson, Janet Aulisio, Ron Brown and other fine artists. Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a handcrafted traycase, with original art not in the Limited or Trade editions This is copy ZZ.

30 review for GRRM: A RRetrospective

  1. 4 out of 5

    Psychophant

    This is a heavyweight book by a great author. Although not all his stories are in it, most shorts are, and all the best/well known are. As is unavoidable in a work of this kind, quality is changeable, as the writer learns his trade, some stories age badly while others improve with age. Individual stories range the whole set, from 1 to 5, but they average out, if only for having to wade through some bombs to get to the gems. A great addition are Martin's own musings, recollections and autobiographi This is a heavyweight book by a great author. Although not all his stories are in it, most shorts are, and all the best/well known are. As is unavoidable in a work of this kind, quality is changeable, as the writer learns his trade, some stories age badly while others improve with age. Individual stories range the whole set, from 1 to 5, but they average out, if only for having to wade through some bombs to get to the gems. A great addition are Martin's own musings, recollections and autobiographical fragments, both on his life and the American science fiction and fantasy scene, from the heroic 60's to the formulaic 80s and the reactions to it. A great read, the comments part, for anyone interested in writing profesionally. My own favorites, The Hedge Knight and A different kind of loneliness...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Христо Блажев

    Приказни песни възпяват разностранния талант на Дж. Р. Р. Мартин: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/p... От дебелия над 800 страници том са отпаднали някои творби от оригиналното издание, навярно защото ги има в други издадени на български преводи, не ми се рови да сравнявам, честно казано, и така селекцията е достатъчно внушително. Джордж Р. Р. Мартин започва с ранни свои творби като историческия разказ “Крепост”, който в края на антологията е симпатично трансформиран във фантастика: “Под обса Приказни песни възпяват разностранния талант на Дж. Р. Р. Мартин: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/p... От дебелия над 800 страници том са отпаднали някои творби от оригиналното издание, навярно защото ги има в други издадени на български преводи, не ми се рови да сравнявам, честно казано, и така селекцията е достатъчно внушително. Джордж Р. Р. Мартин започва с ранни свои творби като историческия разказ “Крепост”, който в края на антологията е симпатично трансформиран във фантастика: “Под обсада”, дяволито намигване от автора, който неведнъж заявява, че не изхвърля нищичко написано. “Само децата се боят от мрака” е наивен хорър за свръхзло, а “И смърт в наследство ни оставя” е както антивоенен, така и с привкус на “Мъртвата зона” на Кинг. Следват призрачни истории като “Героят”, отново в антимилитаристичен дух (и за мен с емоцията на “Вечната война” на Холдеман), “Пътят към Сан Брета” за бъдещите американски магистрали, които са досущ като нашите сега, “Втори вид самота” за полудяването в космически условия и “Мъглите падат на разсъмване” за вечното дирене на науката и жаждата да се запази мистиката вън от нейната разкриваща светлина (“…ще стигнат Луната и няма да има вече Луна”, кой бе написал това?). Издателска къща БАРД http://knigolandia.info/book-review/p...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Ryan

    A collection of short works from the master of speculative fiction. Each story charts the course of Martin's career from his days as a fanzine editor to his scriptwriting tenure on the Beauty and the Beast TV series and on to the phenomenon that is A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin provides short autobiographical sketches throughout, confirming the oft-repeated truth that, in writing, there is no such thing as an overnight success. Game of Thrones fans will not be disappointed, however, as the deli A collection of short works from the master of speculative fiction. Each story charts the course of Martin's career from his days as a fanzine editor to his scriptwriting tenure on the Beauty and the Beast TV series and on to the phenomenon that is A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin provides short autobiographical sketches throughout, confirming the oft-repeated truth that, in writing, there is no such thing as an overnight success. Game of Thrones fans will not be disappointed, however, as the delights on offer include 'The Hedge Knight', a novella set many years before the Targaryans lost the Iron Throne. Unambigious evidence, if any were needed, that Mr Martin fully deserves his current success.

  4. 4 out of 5

    kyknoord

    A mixed bag of somewhat variable quality. This is probably something that will suit GRRM completionists more than recent fans of the Fire & Ice series, but the autobiographical interludes between the stories are interesting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Оказва се, че Мартин е майстор не само на фентъзи романите и историческите доклади за собствения му измислен свят (които се четат като романи, he's that good), но и на разказите и новелите. Бард осакатяват оригиналните два тома Приказни песни, като премахват половината разкази (поради наличието им в други техни сборници и издания) и така издават само един том, така че ще се наложи още да наваксвам... Но въпреки това бе истинско удоволствие да чета тази книга. Мартин пише в различни жанрове, хибр Оказва се, че Мартин е майстор не само на фентъзи романите и историческите доклади за собствения му измислен свят (които се четат като романи, he's that good), но и на разказите и новелите. Бард осакатяват оригиналните два тома Приказни песни, като премахват половината разкази (поради наличието им в други техни сборници и издания) и така издават само един том, така че ще се наложи още да наваксвам... Но въпреки това бе истинско удоволствие да чета тази книга. Мартин пише в различни жанрове, хибриди от такива, или въобще отказва да поставя етикети на историите си - важното е, че те идват от сърцето му, и че перфектно успява да илюстрира човека (или извънземното), неговата душа и неговите взаимоотношения, без значение дали "обстановката" е фентъзи, хорър или научна фантастика. Любими разкази: "Крепост" "Терапия с маймуни" "Човекът круша" "Търговия с кожи" (новела) "Губещи варианти" "Портрети на неговите деца"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Riding on the first wave of success for his massive series A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin and Subterranean published this equally massive tome with an overview of his career up to that point in 2003. It has since been reprinted by Gollancz and Bantam under various tittles, sometimes in one volume, sometimes in two or three. I own the Gollancz edition from 2007. One of the one volume ones. It weighs in at 1185 pages and contains an introduction by Gardner Dozois, nine essays, thirty-four pieces o Riding on the first wave of success for his massive series A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin and Subterranean published this equally massive tome with an overview of his career up to that point in 2003. It has since been reprinted by Gollancz and Bantam under various tittles, sometimes in one volume, sometimes in two or three. I own the Gollancz edition from 2007. One of the one volume ones. It weighs in at 1185 pages and contains an introduction by Gardner Dozois, nine essays, thirty-four pieces of short fiction and a bibliography. It is, in other words, quite an exhaustive read. I've been going over it in the past few months for a Dutch language project over at Hebban. That project involves ten articles and will probably total something close to twenty-thousand words. It's a bit much to do the whole thing over again in English (it would have to be substantially rewritten for a different audience) so I figured I'd try for a more conventional review for Random Comments. With so much material to cover it turned out to be a bit on the long side so I am splitting it in three parts. part 1, part 2, part 3 For the people who read Dutch, the first part of a Dutch language series of articles can be found here.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Amazing collection. It was so great to hear the stories behind the wonderful stories in this collection. I found Martin to be someone who really believes in the literary merit science fiction and fantasy. As someone who has Never read a song of ice and fire (gasp!) I really enjoyed Martin's science fiction. His sf is not overtly technical maybe even a little dated by today's standard, but the stories are just so good! The themes of loneliness and isolation - in terms of geography and from other Amazing collection. It was so great to hear the stories behind the wonderful stories in this collection. I found Martin to be someone who really believes in the literary merit science fiction and fantasy. As someone who has Never read a song of ice and fire (gasp!) I really enjoyed Martin's science fiction. His sf is not overtly technical maybe even a little dated by today's standard, but the stories are just so good! The themes of loneliness and isolation - in terms of geography and from other human beings - are very recurring in his stories. A song for lya is a great example of this isolation from our loved ones, even when we occupy the same space. I really recommend this book to fans of the author and even to those (like me when I purchased this book a few years ago) have never even heard of George R.R Martin. There is something in here for everyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    c2003. I must have missed the explanation of why this is a "rretrospective" unless it is supposed to be a clever echo of the author's middle initial. I had the most strange relationship with this book. I resented its size and weight and frequently decided to stop and class it as a 'DNF'. But then, I would read 'just one more' and then before I knew it - I had finished the book. The tale of the Hedge Knight alone was worth the cost of the physiotherapist for the shoulder troubles. I found some of c2003. I must have missed the explanation of why this is a "rretrospective" unless it is supposed to be a clever echo of the author's middle initial. I had the most strange relationship with this book. I resented its size and weight and frequently decided to stop and class it as a 'DNF'. But then, I would read 'just one more' and then before I knew it - I had finished the book. The tale of the Hedge Knight alone was worth the cost of the physiotherapist for the shoulder troubles. I found some of the introductions to the various 'chapters' more interesting than some of the stories. A mention of Iowa City (Go Hawks) and now I understand after spending some winter time in Iowa, how Mr Martin was inspired to write about an encroaching and never ending winter. I found 'The Exit to San Breta' to have been a nice typical Twilight Zone-like story and was his idea of 'wraiths' ripped off by the Stargate franchise? I have to hunt me some more of the Dunk and Egg stories. Absolutely wonderful. Recommended to those of the crew who lift weights. 'Lonely? Yes. But a solemn, brooding, tragic loneliness that a man hates with a passion - and yet loves so much he craves for more.'

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katrin

    i finally got through this!! what a huge thing really. but it covers probably all of martin's pre-GoT stuff and even features one story in the same world. anyways, it was good, i cannot say i didn't like it. i was very surprised in his interest in the Finnish defensive structures called suomenlinna. he wrote two short stories about it! wow. there were some stories that i liked a lot, like the sandkings. what a great story. there were, of course, also enough stories that were not really my thing i finally got through this!! what a huge thing really. but it covers probably all of martin's pre-GoT stuff and even features one story in the same world. anyways, it was good, i cannot say i didn't like it. i was very surprised in his interest in the Finnish defensive structures called suomenlinna. he wrote two short stories about it! wow. there were some stories that i liked a lot, like the sandkings. what a great story. there were, of course, also enough stories that were not really my thing and not the style i normally read. i hate to give this only three stars, but this is only my personal opinion and it's not martin's fault that i'm not into some of the stories he writes. he seems to be a genius with a vivid imagination. he can write whatever style he wants, and he will be good in it. awesome writer, that is for sure. i will some time later read a bit of GoT, i have the first book here. i'm not sure if i will continue, though. martin is maybe too epic for me there, haha.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pavel Kolev

    Kind of ok. The autobiographic part was not that much interesting and the stories were nowhere near the level of his later works and although I am a huge admirer of his work I was not really impressed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol Marinho

    Esse livro me acompanhou por meses e não à toa, considerando seu grande comprimento – 1100 páginas ao todo. Se trata de uma coletânea de histórias, contos e roteiros do George Martin – escritos no decorrer de toda sua carreira – intercalados com trechos nos quais ele fala sobre sua trajetória pessoal e profissional. Apesar do tamanho do livro, que de início assusta, a leitura não é difícil. Os textos rapidamente capturam a atenção do leitor e não terminam na última página, habitando a mente de q Esse livro me acompanhou por meses e não à toa, considerando seu grande comprimento – 1100 páginas ao todo. Se trata de uma coletânea de histórias, contos e roteiros do George Martin – escritos no decorrer de toda sua carreira – intercalados com trechos nos quais ele fala sobre sua trajetória pessoal e profissional. Apesar do tamanho do livro, que de início assusta, a leitura não é difícil. Os textos rapidamente capturam a atenção do leitor e não terminam na última página, habitando a mente de quem lê por um longo tempo após seu término. Os excelentes contos “O dragão de gelo” e “O cavaleiro andante”, obras já bastante conhecidas e celebradas do autor, estão presentes integralmente. Destaco a parte dedicada à literatura fantástica – uma grande carta de amor do autor ao gênero – e os trechos nos quais ele questiona a própria divisão dos gêneros literários como algumas das melhores partes do livro. Quem não conhece Martin para além de “As Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo” pode ter nesse livro um maravilhoso início, uma vez que os textos incluídos passam por todos os diversos gêneros explorados por ele. Estão presentes alguns dos melhores trabalhos do autor, sendo “Reis da areia”, “O segundo tipo de solidão” e o “O tratamento do macaco” alguns exemplos. O único ponto negativo do livro, para mim, foi a vontade que fica de comprar toda a obra do autor para continuar a leitura. George R.R. Martin é um dos poucos autores atuais que escreve bem sobre tudo a que se propõe e faz belo uso disso, tendo uma obra extensa e variada. Destaco aqui também o “Retratos de seus filhos”, último conto da coletânea, no qual trata temas delicados como estupro de forma sensível, ao mesmo tempo em que reflete sobre o preço pago por escritores pela sua obra. Ao terminar a leitura é inevitável lembrar do ponto levantado pelo próprio autor no decorrer do livro: independente do gênero ou formato no qual se apresente, o verdadeiramente importante são as histórias – e Martin se atém ao que diz, nos trazendo acima de tudo histórias impecáveis nesse livro. Instagram literário @nodunquerque

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Marinov

    Има няколко страхотни разказа, но има и такива, които ми се сториха много скучни и ми оставиха малко "лош вкус", като хвърлиха сянка върху цялата книга. Дори тези 4 зезди, може би, са много за сборника, но ги давам, най-вече заради няколкото разказа, които наистина ми харесаха много. Най-добрите разкази, за мен, са: Играта на Костенурката Из дневника на Хавиер Дезмънд Под обсада Търговия с кожи Губещи варианти Портрети на неговите деца Тези, които също ми допаднаха: Крепост Втори вид самота Спомен от Мелъ Има няколко страхотни разказа, но има и такива, които ми се сториха много скучни и ми оставиха малко "лош вкус", като хвърлиха сянка върху цялата книга. Дори тези 4 зезди, може би, са много за сборника, но ги давам, най-вече заради няколкото разказа, които наистина ми харесаха много. Най-добрите разкази, за мен, са: Играта на Костенурката Из дневника на Хавиер Дезмънд Под обсада Търговия с кожи Губещи варианти Портрети на неговите деца Тези, които също ми допаднаха: Крепост Втори вид самота Спомен от Мелъди Терапия с маймуни Останалите 11 разказа спокойно бих си ги спестил. Така изброени, излиза, че са ми допаднали по-малко от половината разкази. За да съм коректен - трябва да кажа, че обясненията на Мартин за различните периоди и творби също са доста интересни и си заслужава да бъдат прочетени от феновете.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holly Williams

    Remarkable collection, loved the thematic structure. Came away feeling like I'd learned a lot about the craft of writing, publishing and weaving multi-genre stories as much as exploring RR Martin's back catalogue of stories. It was a beast to read but well worth it. Remarkable collection, loved the thematic structure. Came away feeling like I'd learned a lot about the craft of writing, publishing and weaving multi-genre stories as much as exploring RR Martin's back catalogue of stories. It was a beast to read but well worth it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Martin Doych

    Мартин не е само "Песен за огън и лед", и този сборник е едно добро начало на опознаването на другото му творчество. Някои от разказите (особено от по-ранните) не са нищо особено, докато други са невероятни... Определено ме насочи и към поредицата "Wild Cards"! Мартин не е само "Песен за огън и лед", и този сборник е едно добро начало на опознаването на другото му творчество. Някои от разказите (особено от по-ранните) не са нищо особено, докато други са невероятни... Определено ме насочи и към поредицата "Wild Cards"!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mystikas

    good view of how RR Martin writing started

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian Gaston

    This is a wonderful insight into the man who is George R. R. Martin. There is some outstanding material in the book but it the journey through his career that makes it such as fascinating read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue Chant

    A mixed bag - some good, most average, none that were really bad. I found myself skipping a lot. Disappointing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stoyan Vitekov

    Приятна антология. Доста интересно бе да прочета за творческият път на Мартин, подкрепен с разкази от съответния период.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chip Hunter

    In this monstrous collection of work by George R. R. Martin, you'll find a wide variety of short stories in a number of different genres, including horror, SF, fantasy, and mystery. Most of the stories are from the late 70's and the 80's and nearly every one of them is powerful in its own way. The book is broken up into groupings by genre and there is a brief introduction for each section by Martin himself, giving detail about his life and his motivations for the stories he presents. Martin is a In this monstrous collection of work by George R. R. Martin, you'll find a wide variety of short stories in a number of different genres, including horror, SF, fantasy, and mystery. Most of the stories are from the late 70's and the 80's and nearly every one of them is powerful in its own way. The book is broken up into groupings by genre and there is a brief introduction for each section by Martin himself, giving detail about his life and his motivations for the stories he presents. Martin is a master at capturing human emotion and thought processes on paper. From innocence to sadism, the characters in these stories cover an enormous range of behavior and feeling. Some characters you'll hate, some you'll love, and of some you'll not be sure what to think. The way Martin describes them though, they all seem very lifelike, making them either more frightening or more pitiful or more lovable, depending on what character you're reading about. My favorite stories of the book include Sandkings and The Hedge Knight, both of which are available in other collections. There are a number of good stories here that are no longer available however, and I'd consider this book vital to the collection of any Martin fan. You won't want to read this whole collection at one time (~1250 pgs), but it is perfect for a pick-it-up-now-and-then kind of treat between other books. Don't rush through it, take it nice and slow and enjoy each story for the maximum gratification.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    For those only familiar with a Martin's acclaimed Song of Ice and Fire this is a must read. It is also published as the two volume set Dreamsongs I & II. I highly recommend the audio version of this as well in case you've been wondering what Adrian Paul of Highlander fame is up to (seriously, check it out). I am giving this four stars mainly as an average. There are highs and lows as with any collection of short stories. However, this tome contains most everything of note that Martin has done in For those only familiar with a Martin's acclaimed Song of Ice and Fire this is a must read. It is also published as the two volume set Dreamsongs I & II. I highly recommend the audio version of this as well in case you've been wondering what Adrian Paul of Highlander fame is up to (seriously, check it out). I am giving this four stars mainly as an average. There are highs and lows as with any collection of short stories. However, this tome contains most everything of note that Martin has done in and out of the fantasy realm for the past 30+ years. Of particular note are some of my favorites: The Pear-shaped Man, The Second Kind of Lonliness, and A Song for Lya. These are more or less obvious choices as they are all award-winning stories, however, I would point out that they cover a wide swath of genres (Horror, Space Opera, Sci-fi, fantasy, etc.). These really bring to light Martin's versatility and any Martin fan should have a look to see what else he can do besides knights and Lords.

  21. 4 out of 5

    João Lamas

    First of all, I would like to say this was one of the best books, I've ever had the pleasure to read. My first contact with George's writing was made by A Song of Ice and Fire and I could not believe my eyes when I discovered how small that saga was in the tip of the Iceberg. The fact is that throughout his life, Martin has written in almost every gender, from horror to science fiction, from fantasy to suspense. His works reveal how complex a human be can be and all the aspects of one's personal First of all, I would like to say this was one of the best books, I've ever had the pleasure to read. My first contact with George's writing was made by A Song of Ice and Fire and I could not believe my eyes when I discovered how small that saga was in the tip of the Iceberg. The fact is that throughout his life, Martin has written in almost every gender, from horror to science fiction, from fantasy to suspense. His works reveal how complex a human be can be and all the aspects of one's personality. Most of all, he is able to captivate his readers with is writing manly because he is a truly fan of what reading is all about. Using is own words: "The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real... for a moment at least... that long magic moment before we wake". Let me finish with one last, final, quote: "They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to Middle Earth".

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Safeway

    What a treasure this book is. Not only the fantastic stories in these pages but also the fascinating insight into GRRM's life at the time of writing them all. This is a book that will always have pride of place on my shelf; it's one that can be read over and over again. Everyone will have their own favourite stories in here, but standouts for me were The Second Kind of Loneliness, With Morning Comes Mistfall, The Stone City, Bitterblooms, Sandkings and Nightflyers. Just writing about them here m What a treasure this book is. Not only the fantastic stories in these pages but also the fascinating insight into GRRM's life at the time of writing them all. This is a book that will always have pride of place on my shelf; it's one that can be read over and over again. Everyone will have their own favourite stories in here, but standouts for me were The Second Kind of Loneliness, With Morning Comes Mistfall, The Stone City, Bitterblooms, Sandkings and Nightflyers. Just writing about them here makes me want to go back and read some of them again... Highly Recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Bampi

    A personal anthology as it should always be. Well composed, well commented, HUGE. And made by the author himself. You can't simply miss this one if you're a GRRM fan, though many people will find themselves a bit lost, since most of Martin's fiction is very different from the Game of Thrones franchise - GRRM was and is a very versatile writer and during his career had at least a sip of almost every Speculative Fiction subgenre ever invented. Lucky us... keep writing George! A personal anthology as it should always be. Well composed, well commented, HUGE. And made by the author himself. You can't simply miss this one if you're a GRRM fan, though many people will find themselves a bit lost, since most of Martin's fiction is very different from the Game of Thrones franchise - GRRM was and is a very versatile writer and during his career had at least a sip of almost every Speculative Fiction subgenre ever invented. Lucky us... keep writing George!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is a bit of a slog but totally worth it. It's a collection of sci fi horror and fantasy stories as well as some early stuff. Highlights include the Exit to San Breta, A song for Lya, the Tuf series, all of the horror stories, Portraits of his Children and of course The Hedge Night (A song of Ice and Fire prequel). The writing is fantastic and it's great to get an insight into how one of my favourite writers puts pen to paper. A must read for all Song of Ice and Fire fans. This is a bit of a slog but totally worth it. It's a collection of sci fi horror and fantasy stories as well as some early stuff. Highlights include the Exit to San Breta, A song for Lya, the Tuf series, all of the horror stories, Portraits of his Children and of course The Hedge Night (A song of Ice and Fire prequel). The writing is fantastic and it's great to get an insight into how one of my favourite writers puts pen to paper. A must read for all Song of Ice and Fire fans.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Read this to fill the lack in library stock of a Dance with Dragons and was not disappointed. Proves without a doubt Martin's handle on genre and tone; horror, fantasy and science fiction all represented separately and even in hybrid to their full effect. Some of his earlier work was not particularly inspiring, but this is, after all, a retrospective, and the massive range of other works more than compensates. Read this to fill the lack in library stock of a Dance with Dragons and was not disappointed. Proves without a doubt Martin's handle on genre and tone; horror, fantasy and science fiction all represented separately and even in hybrid to their full effect. Some of his earlier work was not particularly inspiring, but this is, after all, a retrospective, and the massive range of other works more than compensates.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Mendez

    I'm just glad I listened to this as an audiobook and not as a back breaking behemoth of a book. So many sci-fi, horror and fantasy stories contained in this book. So far my favorites were the horror ones, followed by the sci-fi ones, and I keep hoping we can preserve his brain like they do on Futurama. But no matter how much I enjoyed his other work I hope he is using his time to finish the Song of Ice and Fire series....The suspense is killing me! I'm just glad I listened to this as an audiobook and not as a back breaking behemoth of a book. So many sci-fi, horror and fantasy stories contained in this book. So far my favorites were the horror ones, followed by the sci-fi ones, and I keep hoping we can preserve his brain like they do on Futurama. But no matter how much I enjoyed his other work I hope he is using his time to finish the Song of Ice and Fire series....The suspense is killing me!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Pratt

    If you are at all interested in George R. R. Martin, this is the book to read. It's very interesting to learn the back story of one of our time's greatest and most complex authors. Learning about his history and past in so many different genres and getting a glimpse into his "worlds" is amazing! If you are at all interested in George R. R. Martin, this is the book to read. It's very interesting to learn the back story of one of our time's greatest and most complex authors. Learning about his history and past in so many different genres and getting a glimpse into his "worlds" is amazing!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Janeiro

    Excelente escritor, supreendeu-me o facto de ele sair do Mundo do Game of Thrones, e contar historias de personagens sai fora do contexto para quem só o conhece no GOT. Este Livro é maioritariamente contos de terror, já havia algum tempo não lia um bom livro de terror.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I didn't actually read all thousand-odd pages of this collection as it was from the library, but what I read opened my eyes further to Martin's undeniable talent. Roll on The Winds of Winter! I didn't actually read all thousand-odd pages of this collection as it was from the library, but what I read opened my eyes further to Martin's undeniable talent. Roll on The Winds of Winter!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Justin Salisbury

    A great compilation of GRRM's short stories. You really get to know who GRRM is through both the dialog and the stories of this book. A great compilation of GRRM's short stories. You really get to know who GRRM is through both the dialog and the stories of this book.

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