The Complete Dreamsongs ★★☆☆½

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Title: The Complete Dreamsongs
Author: George Martin
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 1146
Words: 494K



Combining Dreamsongs I and Dreamsongs II into one omnibus, this collects the majority of Martin’s short stories from the beginning of his career to its publication date in either 2003 or 2006.


My Thoughts:

I really liked how Martin talked about the stage of his life when he wrote each story. It gave some background and made him a person. Even in his own words he comes across as an arrogant jackass and anyone who thinks he’s going to finish Game of Thrones had better look at his own self-proclaimed track record. With that out of the way….

This was some of the best writing I have read in a while. Martin has talent and he’s spent the time honing his skill and it shows. Based on the writing alone, this deserves 5 stars. If you like good story TELLING, then you need to read this.

However, WHAT he writes about is what took this right down to its current rating. Almost every story is sad, melancholic, depressing, horrific or down right twisted. While Sandkings is a fantastic horrorific short story, 1100 pages of that kind of things wears you down. These stories also gave me vivid bad dreams, to the point where I stopped reading this in the evenings.

I read this in small doses (I started in mid-April) and I cannot imagine the affect of trying to read this straight through. I would not recommend that to anyone, no matter how much they might enjoy Martin’s writing. While I plan on re-reading Sandkings every decade or so, I think that will be the limit of my Martin reading. I will assiduously avoid all his others writings.



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Fevre Dream

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Title: Fevre Dream

Series: —–

Author: George Martin

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 440



A riverboat Captain who is down on his luck, takes on a partner who builds him the finest riverboat on the Mississippi.

All this partner asks is to not be disturbed during the day and to be able to come and go, no matter the boat’s schedule.

Of course, this turns out to be a battle between vampires and things never go well with that. This ends as you’d expect of a modern vampire novel ie, melancholic, sad and yet satisfying.


My Thoughts:

This was great writing. Some authors have it, that flair, some don’t and Martin is one of those that do. You can’t get around that.

This was moving slow up til about the 50% mark and I was enjoying it. It was just like riding on one of those riverboats. And then the badguy vampire leader shows up, cuts off a baby’s hand and things went to hell.

I couldn’t stand the idealist vampire, with his stupid naivety and I couldn’t stand the vampire badguy, as he was beyond being a psychopathic monster. Thankfully the riverboat captain was a great narrator. But by the end of the book, he is a tired old man who is obsessed.

This started bright and vigorous and ended in the dark and tired. As good as this was, it just wasn’t for me. I suspect that Martin as a whole just isn’t for me. I did enjoy a different take on vampires however.

Aces High


Wild Cards II: Aces High by George R.R. Martin
Ebook, 336 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Instead of dealing with old lefty politics, we move up to the Eighties and an alien invasion.

Find out a bit more about the bigger universe this storyline inhabits.

The short story format just isn’t really working for me. To much jumping around, with lots of details simply inferred. There were times I had to backup to make sure I hadn’t missed a whole story or something.

I’ll probably read one more as I am enjoying this series, just not really enjoying it. And I’d rather try new books.

Wild Cards


Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin
Wild Cards #1
Ebook,  496 Pages
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I like the premise, about aliens using our planet as a testing lab and the results.

Didn’t care so much for a jaded alt-history left leaning retell.

This just reminded me of Watchmen, in that the super powered are simply flawed humans. I don’t like that.


by George R.R. Martin
Ebook, 80 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually only read the short story “Sandkings”, not the entire book of short stories.

Anyway, what a deliciously gruesome story. It made me shiver with macabre delight 😀