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Dreamsongs: Volume II by George R. R. Martin

Dreamsongs: Volume II

by George R. R. Martin

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Series: Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective (2)

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(Review of both Book One and Book Two)
Got both of these anthologies from the library. Together, they're a great retrospective of Martin's career.
They're worth reading, for any Martin fan, even completists who've already read nearly everything in them, as Martin introduces and arranges the contents. His commentary on the stories is worth the price of admission alone.
It starts off with a hilarious (and, admittedly, hilariously bad) fantasy story first published in an independent fanzine when Martin was a teen... and quickly moves into his excellent sci-fi and horror stories, includes some TV scripts, and more recent short fiction. Nearly all of it is 5-star material, with, (in my opinion) the exception of the 'Wild Cards' material... but that's just me; I'm just not a fan of the superhero genre, even when it's well-done, socially relevant and gritty as hell. I just can't force myself to love it.
That's OK, though, because I love everything else here - and that's a lot to love - this collection is two big, thick books. Go read. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I borrowed this from my local library, looking for signposts into Martin's books after reading the "Song of Ice and Fire" series.

His splendid introduction to Section 4 ("The Heart In Conflict") is well worth a read: I loved this piece of rhetoric on perceived boundaries in storytelling.
  ten_floors_up | Mar 18, 2014 |
My favourites from this collection: The Glass Flower and The Hedge Knight. ( )
  Rinnreads | Sep 24, 2013 |
Despite two annoying Tuf Haviland stories, I enjoyed this volume. Some stories I’d read before, but I liked the Twilight Zone script and the anecdotes surrounding it, ditto the pilot that never got picked up. And I got Wild Cards nostalgia from those stories. The volume is rounded out with a few other stories that never became series, including one about a seriously skeezy werewolf and the PI whose father was killed by a “wild animal” and one set several generations before Game of Thrones. ( )
  rivkat | Sep 10, 2013 |
I really enjoyed all the stories in this book. I bought it because of The Hedge Knight, which is set in the same realm as his Song of Ice & Fire series, and I wasn't dissapointed. The other stories just made me more interested in his other works. I have a Wildcard book, and though it's not the first in the series, from the way he presented his Wildcard stories in this book, I shouldn't have a problem keeping up. I am alos interested in the characters of other authors. I also really loved the Haviland Tuf stories, and his take on werewolves was interesting too. I'd have to say my least favorite story was the one about chess, but that's only because I have no interest in chess. Overall, the story itself was still compelling, and I enjoyed the twist, I just wasn't interested in the technicalities of the game. I definitely want to get Volume I, and this book has given me an appreciation for Martin's work outside Ice & Fire. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Sep 6, 2011 |
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Black, ClaudiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A Taste of Tuf -- A Beast for Norn -- Guardians -- The Siren Song of Hollywood -- The Twilight Zone: "The Road Less Traveled" -- Doorways -- Doing the Wild Card Shuffle -- Shell Games -- From the Journal of Xavier Desmond -- The Heart in Conflict -- Under Siege -- The Skin Trade -- Unsound Variations -- The Glass Flower -- The Hedge Knight -- Portraits of His Children -- Bibliography by Leslie Kay Swigart.
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Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R.R. 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, all collected into two stunning volumes, that offer fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

Whether writing about werewolves, wizards, or outer space, George R.R. Martin is renowned for his versatility and expansive talent, highlighted in this dazzling collection. Included here, in Volume II, are acclaimed stories such as the World Fantasy Award-winner “The Skin Trade,” as well as the first novella in the Ice and Fire universe, “The Hedge Knight,” plus two never-before-published screenplays. Featuring extensive author commentary, Dreamsongs, Volume II; is an invaluable chronicle of a writer at the height of his creativity—and an unforgettable reading experience for fans old and new.

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A collection of stories, novellas, teleplays, and commentary, features such works as "The Ice Dragon," "A Song for Lya," and "The Pear-Shaped Man."

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