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Tuf Voyaging Paperback – 1 May 1988

4.4 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (1 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575042664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575042667
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,254,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Tuf Voyaging"
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"A rich blend of adventure, humor, compassion and all the other things that make being human worthwhile."--"Analog"
"A new facet of Martin's manysided talent."--"Asimov's"
Praise for George R. R. Martin
"Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien."--"Time "
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"Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers."--"The New York Times"
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"I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers."--Robert Jordan

Praise for "Tuf Voyaging"
""
A rich blend of adventure, humor, compassion and all the other things that make being human worthwhile. "Analog"
A new facet of Martin s manysided talent. "Asimov s"
Praise for George R. R. Martin
Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien. "Time "
""
Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers. "The New York Times"
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I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers. Robert Jordan" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A classic novel from George R. R. Martin, author of the hit HBO TV series A GAME OF THRONES. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I originally came across the stories of Havilland Tuf in Analog in the later 70's/early 80's, well before Game of Thrones, and was delighted to have the convenience of them all in one place. Tuf is a character I found very easy to relate to, rather happier to be accompanied by cats than irrational humans, similar in someways to Royd Eris in 'Nightflyers'.
As with the best SF there is some serious thinking going on within the tales, for example, playing the ecology game is seldom as simple as it appears (Guardians), as China discovered to it's cost when an ill thought out campaign to eliminate sparrows (to stop them eating grain) backfired in a major way, when the insects, not longer held in check by bird predation ate far more grain than the sparrows ever would.

In one of the later stories, Tuf makes the point that the ownership, and ability to operate the seedship 'Ark' gives him literally the power of life or death over entire planets would have made him god-like for most of human history, and those he deals with should be grateful that he uses such powers carefully, and ultimately benevolently, because he is no longer really answerable to the rest of humanity.

As we gain the sort of knowledge, (ability to control and manipulate the genetic code and it's expressions), that could evolve into things like the 'Ark', it is to be hoped that we also gain the ethical sense that Martin has characterised in Havilland Tuf.
In short, read the book, you'll meet an interesting character who thinks most problems are better solved with thought than firepower, some one you'd quite like to meet. Of course, if you get into trading. . . well, be very careful of what you are asking for.
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While being it's intricate stories are typical of Martin, this is a refreshing break from ASOIAC. The comical way in which Haviland Tuf presents himself provides light relief while the stories actually carry some weight and you find yourself becoming quite attached to the character. The episodic nature of the storytelling also lends itself to easy reading. I really wish he wrote some more of this.
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Brilliant, it is well worth looking beyond Song of Ice and Fire for George Martin (also highly recommend Fevre Dream!). Havilland Tuf is such a great main character, love the way he just meanders through the stories whilst all hell is breaking our around him. Really recommend this book.
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Not many will take the time to explore George Martins other novels but if you do Tuf Voyaging is one of the best ones he ever wrote, such a well contained story, well written and very interesting. A wonderful science fiction book.
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Whilst not a fan of a lot of Science Fiction/Fantasy books, I took a punt on this one based on how good Game of Thrones was..after an unsure beginning, the character of Tuf emerged and the whole makes for a delightful and different aspect to Mr Martin.

Worth a look for anyone who enjoys a little humour mixed with something different.
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Engaging and cleverly written.
A joy from the first page to the last. Lives entwined without obvious connections and a suprise around most corners.
I would gladly read more if available.

What a great read this was!
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This book starts with a borrowed scenario that I struggled to place, then I remembered a story about a mothballed spaceship, by Harry Harrison, I think. So, our titular hero, after surviving the ship's attempts to kill him (he's the sole survivor of a boarding party), gets to 'own' a relic from another era, with a technology almost lost in legend. What does he do with it? He uses the machine's abilities to solve a series of planetary sized problems in a largely benevolent fashion. It's unconvincing overall, a read to pass the time, interesting as a piece of the writer's development and certainly not what those coming to it from A Game of Thrones might expect. But that's all.
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After Game of Thrones I thought I would take a punt at some of George's others works, and was not disappointed. I loved the dry wit and humour of Tuf and look forward to trying other books from the same author.
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