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A Song for Lya: And Other Stories [Paperback]

George R. R. Martin
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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Babbage Press (Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930235119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930235113
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George R. R. Martin's First Publication! 11 Dec 2002
Format:Paperback
It was twenty-years old, and had an ugly cover, so I figured A SONG FOR LYA was out-of-print for a good reason. But since being blown away by A GAME OF THRONES, I have yet to find anything of Martin's less than superb. This short, but fabulous book turned out to be no exception.
Sci-Fi and Horror are blended to excellent result in this collection of 10 short stories, featuring telepaths, ghosts, strange life forms, and very imaginative worlds. The standouts were "With Morning Comes Mistfall", "Override", and the Hugo Award-Winning title-story, "A Song For Lya", but in truth- there wasn't a bad apple in the bunch.
My personal favorite was, "Dark, Dark Were The Tunnels" where Nuclear Armageddon has destroyed the face of the Earth long ago, and only two groups of people have survived. It took me a few pages to realize just what I was reading, but then it really pulled me in!
Finally, this great collection has been reprinted, and every last one of the stories within are certainly worth your effort. G R R Martin is an amazing short story writer, and I've read a bunch of his out of print collections- They are all excellent! I've been praying for two years now, that he would come out with a giant collection containing ALL of his novellas and short stories, but I guess they are going the route of simply rereleasing the old collections.
Keep an eye out for these stories:
The Hedge Knight
Sandkings
Nightflyers
In the House of the Worm
A Song For Lya
Portraits of His Children
With Morning Comes Mistfall
You'll be glad you did!
-Lysander
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent short story on love and religion 16 Jun 2012
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One of the earlier works of George R.R. Martin, 'A Song for Lya' is a pretty intriguing short story. Two 'talents' are sent amongst the Skheen on a mission to understand why they all engage in a sort of ritual suicide. Over a period of days, they explore why an ancient civilization is perfectly happy not developing further and why they all merge with a parasitic being that devours them in the end.

The writing is certainly compelling and one can recognize elements of what later made George R.R. Martin so successful with his A Song of Ice and Fire - Volumes 1-5 Box Set. At the same time the issues of love, religion, etc. are perhaps a bit big to be dealt with in ca. 70 pages. Not saying that the treatment was unsuccessful, only that some readers may find it a bit rushed and if you do not like open endings, you may find it unsatisfying.

Still, an interesting short story and something to read while you are waiting for the new installment of 'A Song of Ice and Fire'.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic 21 Dec 2010
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I read this novella many, many years ago and it still remains one of my all time favourite. If you can get hold of a copy of the complete collection of stories - With Morning Comes Mistfall, Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels, etc. then do, you won't be disappointed. Beautifully written and will bear reading over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George R R Martin, Sagas and shorter stories. 20 Mar 2012
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George R R Martin is a natural story teller. Whilst strictly speaking the quality may vary. The creative story lines are still compulsive reading. It is great to read and learn from this man's writings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very different view 1 Jun 2014
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Wow ... How different from Game of Thrones. This is so far in the future ...or is it? This book is very thought provoking ... And it's all about choices ...
Some know where they are going ... Some don't care ... And others need to be lead ... Which one are you ?
I know who I am :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story 14 Mar 2014
By Barbara
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Thought the story was good, readable and interesting, but too abrupt a finish. Would have liked to have read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars emotional.. 24 Feb 2014
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I loved the world George R R Martin manages to create in a small amount of time and the emotions this story inspires of love. Once did started I literally did not stop I was very moved. Definite recommendation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One to think about 25 Dec 2013
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Strange but compelling read. This book touches on areas other authors steer away from. Had to finish reading so I could settle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Not as good as game of thrones. I found it a bit boring could work out at first what it was about
Published 1 month ago by Youngalot
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what expected but enjoyable
Set far into the future rather than the past, this early work of George RR Martin is defiantly worth a read if you are a fan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Barker
2.0 out of 5 stars A Song for Lya
Having read all the published Song of Fire and Ice as well as The Hedge Knight, I was not expecting a completely different genre. From epic fantasy to introspective sci-fi. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly enjoyable sci fi read
I only read this because I so enjoyed the game of thrones series. I was really impressed with the book and found it a refreshing read.
Published 12 months ago by Andy Wardleworth
1.0 out of 5 stars dirty
fit for the bin. something you would pay 20p.,instead of nearly £5. for and it read with rubber gloves. my with wanted to disspose of it on opening the packet.
Published 13 months ago by Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual take on a love story
I enjoyed this short story. The theme was unusual. I would not usually finish what is essentially a love story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Colm Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars A song for lya
Excellent book. a dip into martins imagination - he is such a good write he keeps my interest from start to finish r
Published 14 months ago by Angels huyton
4.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting story
I enjoyed this short story very much . The characterisation is good enough to make me interested in the characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Different.
a little disappointed that the stories seem to end abruptyl, but saying that they did make you think for yourself,
Published 17 months ago by Shirps
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