Synopses & Reviews
Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time
magazine, #1 New York Times
bestselling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for readers: a compendium of his shorter works, all collected into two stunning volumes, that offer fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.
Whether writing about werewolves, wizards, or outer space, George R. R. Martin is renowned for his versatility and expansive talent, highlighted in this dazzling collection. Included here, in Volume II, are acclaimed stories such as the World Fantasy Award-winner "The Skin Trade," as well as the first novella in the Ice and Fire universe, "The Hedge Knight," plus two never-before-published screenplays. Featuring extensive author commentary, Dreamsongs, Volume II, is an invaluable chronicle of a writer at the height of his creativity and an unforgettable reading experience for fans old and new.
"Equal parts short fiction collection and candid retrospective, this second and concluding volume of Martin's shelf-bending compendium highlights a wide variety of his later work, including two stories set in the shared, superhero-laden universe of Wild Cards; 'The Hedge Knight,' a prequel to the epic Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga (A Game of Thrones, etc.); and 'Doorways,' an action-packed, exceptionally plotted pilot script for a science fiction television series that never aired. Other notable selections include 'Portraits of His Children,' the Nebula-winning story of a self-absorbed writer forced to come face-to-face with the consequences of his own heartlessness, and two outstanding cautionary tales featuring space-faring ecological engineer and savvy opportunist Haviland Tuf. Science fiction, fantasy and horror fans alike will be blown away by the diversity and quality of stories as well as by Martin's extensive and frank commentary about his life and experiences in the publishing and television industries, backed up by a 24-page bibliography. Both physically and thematically immense, this extraordinary collection is one to cherish." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Dreamsongs is the ideal way to discover one of genre fiction's finest writers. The collection is punctuated by a number of engaging autobiographical pieces....Martin is a writer like no other." The Guardian (U.K.)
"Martin is a major influence within the speculative field, surely on his way to Grand Master status if he continues to produce writing of such quality, and Dreamsongs is a major body of work, one that feels like a career summation for his short fiction. It's a must-have for any serious student of speculative literature." Strange Horizons
"Dreamsongs covers an immense 40 years in George R.R. Martin's working life, and rolls like a safari though the fantastic land of his imagination....[A] master class of slow burn, subtlety, and an instinctive ability to truly connect with both characters and audience." The SF Site
Bestselling author Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature. Now he delivers a rare treat for readers: a compendium of his shorter works that offer fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.