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Sandkings Paperback – Jul 1992


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good book to read on a dark night 14 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's only a collection of short stories, and an overlooked one at that. You have to scrounge around used book stores to find a copy, but it is worth the trouble. The rest of the stories are okay, but the kicker is the title story. With a moving plot, plenty of action, and irony that has made me read it again and again, it's the best 60 page story I've read. Sandkings tells of one man whose intrest in savage and ruthless pets goes too far when he purchases the quasi-psionic haveminds that are sandkings. Sandkings are insect like creatures with a combined mind nearly as intelligent as a human's. They war, make alliances, call truces, and worship their owner. Despite the warnings to the contrary from the merchant, the main character artificially sets up war by starving the sandkings, and in doing so twists them to hatred against him.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
imagination with stars and void 30 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is probably one of my favorites of all time. Although dark it is not without heart and is full of what i found to be absolutely wonderous places and filled with interesting people. These are stories about people who, for the most part, are not heroes but simply people who are trying to make it in a world filled with wonder and darkness. Mr. Martins imagination is wonderful to me and his stories fill me with an intense appreciation for his ancient wonders and future visions of incredible color. It is a bit of a minefield though and people who are not quite careful may fall into the philosophical traps present in it and become just as troubled as many of the characters are. I hope that it is reprinted in the wake of his recent success and if you are reading this Mr. Martin, as I have told you before, you have brought great love to my life and I thank you deeply for it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
imagination with stars and void 30 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is probably one of my favorites of all time. Although dark it is not without heart and is full of what i found to be absolutely wonderous places and filled with interesting people. These are stories about people who, for the most part, are not heroes but simply people who are trying to make it in a world filled with wonder and darkness. Mr. Martins imagination is wonderful to me and his stories fill me with an intense appreciation for his ancient wonders and future visions of incredible color. It is a bit of a minefield though and people who are not quite careful may fall into the philosophical traps present in it and become just as troubled as many of the characters are. I hope that it is reprinted in the wake of his recent success and if you are reading this Mr. Martin, as I have told you before, you have brought great love to my life and I thank you deeply for it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Masterful plot escalation in this SF classic. 27 Oct. 2007
By Scott Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fans of George R. R. Martin's current fantasy bestsellers almost universally say that the highlight in his writing is the characters. Martin does craft some of the most captivating and complex characters in genre fiction, but equally important is his skill for gripping plots. He constantly raises the tension and stakes for his protagonists with shocking but completely plausible escalations on nearly every page. This breakneck plotting was just as finely honed almost thirty years ago in the Hugo and Nebula award-winning the novella Sandkings. Along with fascinating science-fictional zoology and a captivating unsympathetic protagonist who keeps digging himself deeper into jeopardy, the tense plot makes Sandkings still as gripping a read today as it was thirty years ago.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of my favority short story collections! 8 Jan. 2009
By Tactitles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The title story, Sandkings, is tremendous as a horror and a sci-fi story. It alone vaults this collection into excellence. But the other stories are competent or above average. Bitterblooms and The Way Of Cross And Dragon particularly stood out to me. There was a gothic/horror feel to many of the stories, with a sci-fi twist. An overall outstanding collection!
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