Search Results: "George R.R. Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

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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THE ARMAGEDDON RAG by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 1983

"The result, then, is a busy, ambitious hybrid—too shallow to engage thoughtful Sixties veterans, too pretentious to please thrill-seekers, but energetic and flashy enough to keep a fair-sized audience reading."
Simpleminded, heavy-going nostalgia for the Sixties-rock counterculture—gotten up as lurid melodrama, with a murky mixture of psycho-whodunit, conspiracy-thriller, and (in the feverish, limp final chapters) vague occultery. 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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NIGHT VISIONS 5 by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1988

"And reader—a more sophisticated horror collection by far lurks in the forthcoming Prime Evil (p. 570)."
Seven old-fashioned, mostly dead-weight horror tales by three high-profde monster-mongers; only Martin's closing—and rousing—werewolf novella saves this collection from the Hall of Shame. Read full book review >

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THE ICE DRAGON by George R.R. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Adult fans will find neither gore nor sex, but kids will find an evocative original fairy tale with an unexpectedly complex protagonist. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In a clear attempt to capitalize on the wild popularity of the HBO series Game of Thrones,Martin's 1980 novella sees a second repackaging with new illustrations by Royo, replacing the 2006 edition illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS WOMEN by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Everyone will find something to like here."
Bold and deadly female characters of many genres stride through the pages of this massive anthology. 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 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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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 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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WINDHAVEN by Lisa Tuttle
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 24, 1981

"A pleasant, undemanding read, then, without subtlety or surprises."
A longish, predictable, charming but syrupy expansion of the linked stories The Storms of Windhaven (1975) and One-Wing (1980). Read full book review >

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ROGUES by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 17, 2014

"Rambunctious, rowdy and occasionally R-rated: a worthy entertainment, without a dud in the bunch, that easily moves from swords and sorcery to hard-boiled Chandler-esque."
Avast, ye varlets, intergalactic and otherwise: There are new bad boys and girls afoot on Mars and in Middle Earth, and you'll like them, even if you'll count your silverware after they leave. Read full book review >