Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective: Book One (Dreamsongs, #1)

By George R.R. Martin

Rating: 4 stars

This is the first volume of a retrospective of Martin’s short fiction, split into four sections, each introduced by the author. It starts off with some of Martin’s very early work written for the fanzines in the 40s and 50s, moving on to his professional work in the 60s and 70s before touching on some of his fantasy work and ending with a selection of his horror work.

Newer readers may be mostly familiar with Martin’s fantasy work, most notably A Song of Ice and Fire but he has worked in all speculative fiction genres and started off in SF, for the simple reason that that was what paid. There are so many good stories in this collection that it’s hard to pick out highlights, but some that stand out are With Morning Comes Mistfall, about a journalist covering the search for the mysterious “wraiths” on the mist-wreathed world of Wraithworld; Sandkings, a disturbing story about an unpleasant man who purchases very distinctive pets; and Nightflyers, a ghost story with an SF flavour. A great collection, and volume 2 is waiting for me back home which I’ll look forward to diving into.

Book details

ISBN: 9780752890081
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Year of publication: 2003

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