Teaser Tuesday: Tuf Voyaging

Teaser Tuesday post for 10 January 2017
from Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin

In the long, narrow communications room, Haviland Tuf moved from seat to seat, studying the planet on a dozen of the room's hundred viewscreens.  Three small grey kittens kept him company, bounding across the consoles, pausing only to slap at each other.

Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB (Jenn) at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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Review: Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

Fevre Dream by George R. R. MartinTitle: Fevre Dream
Author: George R. R. Martin
Published: April 2012 in paperback (1982 originally)
Author’s Website: www.georgerrmartin.com
Genre: Horror, Science-Fiction

Review:  Abner Marsh has had a dream of owning the grandest steamboat on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, but has had to content himself with smaller, not-so-grands boats.  Until a run of misfortune leads Joshua York to seek him out as a partner.  York agrees to finance the building of the Fevre Dream, the soon-to-be grandest and fastest steamer on the rivers…under the condition that his “odd habits” and demands be accepted and followed without question.  Abner agrees and the Fever Dream is soon complete and steaming along the rivers, and, indeed, the Fevre Dream quickly begins to show it’s one of the fastest boats around.

She went flying right on out ahead of the Southerner, and when she was safely clear of her Kitch eased her right in front of the other steamer's bow, leaving them to ride her waves.  All those worthless berthless pilots were chuckling and passing around smokes and yapping about what a heller of a boat this Fevre Dream was, while the Southerner receded behind them and Abner Marsh grinned like a fool.

Initially, the odd habits aren’t overly difficult to deal with, but when the demands are frequent stops at non-standard ports of call, the passengers complain and Abner finds himself questioning his partner, who reveals little, but reminds Abner of the terms of their agreement.

Eventually, though, as it becomes more and more difficult to pickup and deliver cargo and passengers in a timely manner, Abner confronts Joshua, who reluctantly reveals his nature and story, as well as his true purpose for partnering with Abner and building the Fever Dream.  This better understanding of each other marks the beginning of a tenuous friendship that will, ultimately, be sorely tested.

For a long moment he did not know which it would be, whether Joshua would take the bottle or tear open the veins in his wrist. "We all got to make our [GD] choices, Joshua," he said softly, in the grip of Joshua's strong fingers.

Bottom Line: In typical G.R.R. Martin fashion, he does a fantastic job of developing the main character Abner Marsh.  Joshua York and the other characters, while not as fully fleshed out, are more than just names on a page.  The action is good, the mood superb, and, the story is very well done.  This doesn’t read like your typical vampire novel.  It’s worth checking out.

Teaser Tuesday: Fevre Dream (again)

Teaser Tuesday post for 26 January 2016
from Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
For a long moment he did not know which it would be, whether Joshua would take the bottle or tear open the veins in his wrist. "We all got to make our [GD] choices, Joshua," he said softly, in the grip of Joshua's strong fingers.
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Teaser Tuesday: Fevre Dream

Teaser Tuesday post for 19 January 2016
from Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
She went flying right on out ahead of the Southerner, and when she was safely clear of her Kitch eased her right in front of the other steamer's bow, leaving them to ride her waves.  All those worthless berthless pilots were chuckling and passing around smokes and yapping about what a heller of a boat this Fevre Dream was, while the Southerner receded behind them and Abner Marsh grinned like a fool.
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BookBlogWriMo – Days Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen, Eighteen

BookBlogWriMo.  Book Blog Writing Month.  Created by “Book Bumblings” as a book bloggers’ version of NaNoWriMo.  I found it through “Shattered Hearts Reviews“.

Day Fifteen – Favorite Book Blogging Things

The Books, of course.  I love to read.  I like helping others, teaching others, giving great recommendations to others.  While I don’t necessarily categorize myself as a “book blogger”, I like to think that someone will read my review of a book and find their next favorite book or avoid reading a piece of crap.  I also like the occasional back and forth in blog comments about why a book was good or not.

Day Sixteen – Least Favorite Book Blogging Things

Finding/making the time to do it.  I think I’ve already established my super-slackerness.

Day Seventeen – Favorite Book Tropes

While I really like deep, multi-dimensional characters, I am also quite fond of the stereotypes.  I love a good fantasy with the haughty, law-abiding paladin, the sneaky rogue that the party doesn’t even know if they can trust, the bumbling gnome, the mighty moronic barbarian, the in-fighting between elves and dwarves, the wizard who can devastate and entire village with one fireball, but can’t fight off a kitchen rat.  In the horror, realm, I still love a good classic vampire story where they are burned by sunlight, can be kept at bay by crosses, and the older vamps are always more powerful than the younger ones.  I have no beef with the “our planet is dying, let’s take theirs” plot, or the search for a new Earth, or the “bug hunt” on one’s own ship.  Of course, I don’t mind when stories branch out and try to make their own mark, or create their own interpretation of classics, either…as long as the characters are well-written and the story is good.

Day Eighteen – Favorite Subgenres

Fantasy – Pretty much any subgenre, including high, teen, urban, paranormal romance.

Horror – Mostly by author:  Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Dan Simmons, George R. R. Martin, Poe.

Sci-Fi – Not the hard core sci-fi that gets into the weeds of how all the engines, drives, weapons, and such work.  I don’t care about all that, I just want the characters and story to be good…like those of Robert Heinlein.

Poetry – Keats, Frost, Wojtanik (if you don’t know his work, you should check out his latest collection: Dead Poet…Once Removed).

Self-improvement – Fiction and poetry writing, leadership, management, motivation.

 

Review: Dreamsongs (Volumes I & II)

Dreamsongs, Volume I

Dreamsongs, Volume I

Title:  Dreamsongs (Volumes I & II)
Author:  George R. R. Martin
Published: October 30, 2007 & November 27, 2007, respectively
Author’s Website:  http://georgerrmartin.com/
Genre:  Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, anthology
Review:  A two volume collection of George R. R. Martin’s short stories with a few novella (or near) length ones, as well.  Some of these were unpublished, but many were, and a few were awards winners, some almost-winners.  In a few cases, George has chosen to include original, unpublished versions of stories that were published.  In the mix, before each grouping of stories, George has provided a bit of what was going on in his life as he wrote some of the stories or was trying to get them published, which won awards, where the ideas for the stories came from, and other interesting bits of information about his life and writing.
Some of his award winning stories included in these anthologies:
  • “A Song for Lya” – 1975 Hugo Award
  • “Sandkings” – 1980 Hugo and Nebula Award
  • “The Way of Cross and Dragon” – 1980 Hugo Award
  • “Portraits of His Children” – 1986 Nebula Award
  • “The Pear-Shaped Man” – 1988 Bram Stoker Award
  • “The Skin Trade” – 1989 World Fantasy Award
The stories I liked most (not in any particular order):
  • “Sandkings” (I saw this on Outer Limits years ago)
  • “The Skin Trade”
  • “The Hedge Knight” (possibly because I so enjoy his realm of Westeros)
  • “A Beast for Norn”
  • “The Monkey Treatment”
  • “Nightflyers”
  • “Under Siege”
  • “Unsound Variations”
  • “Doorways”
  • “A Song for Lya”
  • “The Second Kind of Loneliness”
Before ever reading any of Martin’s philosophy on writing, I had said that what makes his A Song of Ice and Fire series different from most fantasy stories is that his stories are about the characters and how they interact with each other and alone rather than the plots.  His characters grow and change.  They have depth…almost every one of them.
In Volume II, as part of the introduction to the section titled The Heart in Conflict, Martin says this:
Stories of the human heart in conflict with itself transcend time, place, and setting.  So long as love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice are present, it matters not a whit whether the tall, lean stranger has a proton pistol or a six-shooter in his hand.  Or a sword–
This is why so many of us are enthralled by A Song of Ice and Fire…and why so many of the stories in these volumes, as short as some of them are, make the connection to the reader.
Bottom Line:  This collection of stories, some award winning, spanning decades, combined with intimate details of the author’s thoughts and life experiences, is well worth reading.  If for no other reason, reading through this collection proves the quote above…that regardless of trappings, a well-written story of hearts in conflict makes for an engaging tale.

Teaser Tuesday: Portraits of His Children (Dreamsongs, Volume II)

Teaser Tuesday post for 25 February 2014:

Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

Cantling stepped back, folded his arms, studied the four portraits.  Such excellent work; looking at the paintings, he could almost feel their presence in his home.

from “Portraits of His Children” from Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: The Heart in Conflict (Dreamsongs, Volume II)

Teaser Tuesday post for 18 February 2014:

Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

Stories of the human heart in conflict with itself transcend time, place, and setting.  So long as love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice are present, it matters not a whit whether the tall, lean stranger has a proton pistol or a six-shooter in his hand.  Or a sword–

from “The Heart in Conflict” from Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: Shell Games (Dreamsongs, Volume II)

Teaser Tuesday post for 11 February 2014:

Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

He imagined he had the Olds caught in a huge invisible fist, a strong fist, and he squeezed all the harder.  The crunch of breaking glass and the scream of tortured metal filled the parking lot, but there was no one to hear.

from “Shell Games” from Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: A Beast For Norn (Dreamsongs, Volume II)

Teaser Tuesday post for 4 February 2014:

Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

The Bronze Arena stood square in the center of the City of All Houses, at the point where sectors dominated by the Twelve Great Houses met like slices in a vast pie.  Each section of the rambling city was walled off, each flew a flag with its distinctive colors, each had its own ambiance and style; but all met in the Bronze Arena.

from “A Beast for Norn” from Dreamsongs, Volume II by George R. R. Martin

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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