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Windhaven by [Martin, George R.R., Tuttle, Lisa]
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If you like A Song of Ice and Fire and want to see what GRRM's other work is like, or if you simply enjoy fantasy, this is one for you. (Bookbag.co.uk)

[Tuttle's] sensibility simply pours from the pages. However, the true strength of "Windhaven" is character of Maris - a strong female character that took my breath away. If you're ever interested in gentle romantic fantasy set in a socially challenged environment give "Windhaven" a try - you might be pleasantly surprised (Upcoming 4 Me)

If you are looking for a good summer read [...] Windhaven is an excellent choice (SF Site)

It's quirky, has something a bit different for fantasy fans and when added to prose that's reasonable alongside characters that more than keep the readers interest, all round generates a title that was a fun read (Falcata Times)

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A classic novel from George R. R. Martin, author of the hit HBO TV series A GAME OF THRONES, and award-winning author Lisa Tuttle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1473208947
  • Publisher: Gollancz (19 Feb. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MENIE22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Windhaven is a world where the only land is in the form of small islands in a stormy sea. It's only inhabitants are the descendants of a crashed Earth colony ship who live a low-technology existence on those islands. One of the major forms of communication on Windhaven is messages carried by the flyers who use wings crafted from the spaceship's materials to fly between the islands, the wings are highly prized and passed down only through the elite flyer families. The main theme of this books concerns the efforts of the ordinary citizens of Windhaven, particuarily the book's heroine, to be allowed the chance to be able to become flyers. The more conservative of the flyer families resist the idea of others also being allowed to fly and this book deals with the conflict between the two groups. Like Martin's other books the characters are what makes this book good, as well as the convincing and original world. Fans of his major series, A Song of Ice and Fire should not be disapointed although the theme and feel of the book bears more similarity to Anne Mcaffrey's Pern series than Martin's other books. In summary, an entertaining book that is well worth reading.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of George RR Martin's other works and was in two minds once I received it - the blurb reads like the worst of romantic fantasy and with commendations by Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley (sorry but...) and a "young girl achieves her dreams of flying and makes the world a better place" plot synopsis.
Frankly I thought there was no hope for this story by this point. Still, I'd bought it and, even if it sounded like it was turgid wishy-washy idealism and escapism, I was going to have to read it...
Early next morning I finally finished the book and managed to put it down and get some sleep. Yes, the main character is a somewhat foolish idealist with a dream of flying and breaking down the caste system, but the story is about much more than that, it shows that even great and noble actions like establishing equality can have disasterous consequences and that changing the law to be "fairer" may sound good in principle but when it hurts your friends then your idealism wavers.
Definitely recommended and slightly off the well worn track of mainstream fantasy.
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Format: Paperback
George RR Martin's early stuff is being reissued on the back the success of his 'Song of Ice and Fire' series. And a good thing too. This collaboration with Lisa Tuttle at first gave me the impression it would be predictable but a good read. In fact it was wonderful.
It follows Maris, who has no right to fly except that there is nothing she wants more in the world. Broadly in three parts, the books charts her difficult, thrilling and compelling adventures right through her life. Boldly imagined, adult and moving, this is a very welcome reprint.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of ice and fire a truly imaginative and great read. I kept it safe to read on my holiday, I started to read it and immediately was struck by the similarity to Jack Vance Blue world. Maybe bacause of this I found that in comparison windhaven suffered.
Yes its quite good, but its not great. It reads like 3 separate stories combined with very little cohesion running through it.
Overall its pales beside the blue world and ice and fire, not bad but...... could be better.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
On Windhaven Flyers play a vital role in the life of the community. The planet has no large landmass, instead consisting of thousands of small islands and the Flyers provide the only fast means to communication. The wings which make flying possible, are always passed on within families and the rules about who is eligible are very strict. Maris, though a fisherman's daughter was lucky to be adopted by a childless flyer and able to fulfil her childhood dream of flying. When her adopted father does have a son some years later after all, it looks like her flying days are numbered. To stop this from happening, Maris is prepared to do battle with tradition.

I bought this book mainly because I too have always dreamt of flying and reading a few sample pages felt that this book captured the thrill of having the sky to myself. So far, so good. The flying sequences are great (though pretty unrealistic) and the reader does feel the passion of the flyers. There is also the moral of the tale that actions have consequences, often beyond the obvious ones.

What lets the book down is the story itself. Rather than one good story, the book is really a collection of three novellas that have characters in common. Maybe I am too used to reading multi-volume epics, but the stories simply didn't feel fleshed out enough. Or should I use the words simply too short for me. They are like three snapshots, albeit good ones, when what I was looking for was a film.

There are some interesting relationships in the book, but I would definitely not call it a romance novel. All in all, a fantasy book for those who revel in beautiful descriptions and enjoy short stories.
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Format: Paperback
What can I say about this book..... well its excellent.
This is not a story about a poor village girl who finds out that she is the heir to a lost kingdom or set or wings... Just of a woman who tries to change the world for the better, but then comes to realise that it ain't as easy or ideal as she 1st thought...
If you want a book that deals with extremely well drawn characters who react believeably to a changing world, or just a well written thoughtful peice of art then this is the book for you...
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