Search Results: "George R.R. Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

A CLASH OF KINGS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"And since this one tips the scales at a gargantuan 896 pages, you can build up your biceps as you read."
Second installment of Martin's fantasy —A Song of Ice and Fire,— following A Game of Thrones (1996), that enormous yarn about the strife-torn Seven Kingdoms and the various powerful families that aspire to rule them. Read full book review >

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NIGHTFLYERS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1985

"Unusual treatments of familiar ideas, then, with generous dollops of nastiness but not much genuine horror—and little that's truly stimulating."
Two long stories and four short, from the author of Fevre Dream and Windhaven (with Lisa Turtle). Read full book review >

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A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R.R. Martin
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Another full-immersion experience and, once again, strictly for addicts."
Another gargantuan entry, the fourth in the Song of Ice and Fire series—indeed, while writing it Martin found the undertaking growing so vast and unwieldy that he spit the action into two novels, so A Dance with Dragons runs concurrently and features characters and locations barely mentioned here. The action picks up directly following the events of A Storm of Swords (2000). Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 9, 1983

"Painstaking, thoughtful work, but largely tepid and drab."
A better-late-than-never continuation of the defunct New Voices series, which presented stories by Campbell award nominees (for "best new writer in science fiction"); these four originals and one reprint are by the 1977 nominees. Read full book review >

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NEW VOICES IN SCIENCE FICTION by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1976

"Nice enough stories, but the flimsiness of the anthology-peg is annoying."
Another entry in the madly lucrative game of Pin The Raison d'Etre on The SF Anthology. Read full book review >

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A DANCE WITH DRAGONS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2011

"Is Ice and Fire drawing to a close? There's plenty of wiggle room for more volumes in the series, but on the evidence, one wonders if Martin isn't getting a little tired of it."
The fifth installment in Martin's (A Game of Thrones, 1996, etc.) Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. Read full book review >

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FEVRE DREAM by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 8, 1982

Good vampires vs. evil vampires on the ante-bellum Mississippi—with a fat, tough old steamboat captain perilously caught in between. Read full book review >

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DYING OF THE LIGHT by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1977

"Labored, inflated, intermittently arresting."
On the edge of the galaxy, the "rogue" planet Worlorn has drifted within warming distance of a star system for just long enough to attract a decade-long "Festival" created by terraformers, biologists, and architects from every neighboring world. Read full book review >

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QUARTET by George R.R. Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"For fans only."
Television fantasy-writer and SF novelist Martin (A Clash of Kings, 1999, etc.) empties his trunk of four longer works, two of which should have remained there. Read full book review >

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A STORM OF SWORDS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2000

"Yep, Doorstopper Syndrome for sure."
Third in Martin's massive fantasy series following A Game of Thrones (1996) and A Clash of Kings (1999). Read full book review >

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A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 12, 1996

"You won't get it: Be prepared for a lengthy series with an indefinitely deferred conclusion."
After a long silence (Portraits of his Children, stories, 1987), the author of the cult The Armageddon Rag (1983) returns with the first of a fantasy series entitled, insipidly enough, A Song of Ice and Fire. Read full book review >

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NIGHT VISIONS 3 by George R.R. Martin
Released: Dec. 1, 1986

"A sturdy collection, somewhat disappointing given the proven talents of the contributors, but still better than most of its kind."
A mixed bag of horror fiction from three of Britain's most innovative practitioners—Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, and transplanted Texan Lisa Tuttle—in the third volume of an ongoing series. Read full book review >