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4.1 out of 5 stars
Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective: Bk. 1 (Gollancz)
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on 15 February 2018
By some margin this is the better of the two "Restrospective" anthologies and contains no less than 4 award-winning short pieces. Sadly missing from both volumes are Martins really early works, from 1971 and the few years after that -- they are among his finest writings and you can only get hold of them at the moment in a small collection called Songs Of Stars And Shadows. They include FOR A SINGLE YESTERDAY, NIGHT SHIFT, MEN OF GREYWATER STATION -- the stories that first got him noticed. Not included here!!!!

Mostly excellent stories, well written and good ideas -- but there are a few stinkers, as you always get in compilations like this. The story "Bitterblooms" is, for instance, a fine example of "well written rubbish" -- no real idea behind the story but it gets wri about anyway, and some halfwit editor bought it off him. Ah well, nobody said the world is perfect. Always with Martin, though, a thoroughly engaging read, whatever the actual story content of his narratives.
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on 14 February 2018
Martin has proven himself to be an extremely talented writer in many genres with this anthology; from SciFi to horror, it's fascinating to see him craft worlds and characters so effortlessly in such short novellas, and touch upon very real and human desires, fears and curiosities. I loved the interspersion of the stories with biographical background details which give us an insight into Martin's creative process. I have a lot of questions, however, and I think I shall be disappointed not to ever discover the answers!
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on 26 March 2015
another of the dreamsong books,there is book1 and 2,ca'nt wait to read this one,as i have read most of george r r martins books,always something different to add to his list of various characters etc.
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on 15 September 2015
I would recommend this collection of stories to anyone who is new to George R R Martin. The stars of the show are Sandkings and Song for Lyra
This was a great read
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on 9 February 2017
GRRM writes great SF. I highly recommend his stories.
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on 18 August 2015
Yet another A1 publication by George RR Martin.
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on 11 January 2015
Interesting reading. This man is a pure storyteller.
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on 1 May 2015
Great stories.
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on 30 November 2014
A great read
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on 17 February 2015
I hadn't come across G R R Martin before reading "A Song of Ice and Fire". This collection of short stories and novellas revealed a versatile and talented author I had not been aware of. Can't wait to get to grips with vol 2.
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