- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Babbage Press (Dec. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930235119
- ISBN-13: 978-1930235113
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,125,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Song for Lya: And Other Stories Paperback – Dec 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
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
In the House of the Worm
A Song For Lya
Portraits of His Children
With Morning Comes Mistfall
You'll be glad you did!
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'.
You'll find better short stories than this in his two anthologies, Song Of Stars and Shadows, and Sandkings, but neither sadly is yet available in kindle. But if you read for the joy of the written word alone, with no other requirement, this is a must in any collection. You'll want to read it many times over to wring out every last bit of enjoyment.
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Not as good as game of thrones. I found it a bit boring could work out at first what it was aboutPublished 18 months ago by Youngalot
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