DREAMSONGS, VOLUME 1
New and old readers alike will enjoy
this retrospective collection from Martin, who, although best known
for the Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, is also an accomplished science
fiction and horror writer. From the mundane to the bizarre, this first
volume is an engrossing and worthwhile anthology.
Spanning the years 1967 through '87, this retrospective
collection highlights the first half
of Martin's 40-year writing career. With an introduction by Gardner Dozois and short autobiographical essays from Martin explicating each stage of his career, there's plenty
of meat for old and new fans alike.
From the pulpy "Only Kids Are Afraid of the Dark" to the heartbreakingly lyrical "A Song for Lya," Martin
shows his mastery of short-form fiction. Horror fans will get a kick out of
the delightfully creepy "Sandkings," and the fantasy novella "The Ice Dragon" is deeply moving in its
simplicity. This is, of course, just
the tip of the iceberg. There are
23 tales here, grouped by genre, painstakingly crafted and all entertaining. (Bantam Spectra, Nov., 704 pp., $27.00)