Broadside No. 13 – George R.R. Martin

Ahoy there me mateys!  Welcome to the thirteenth broadside – the George R.R. Martin edition.  Yes, I know he wrote the Game of Thrones series.  Yes, I adore it.  No, I haven’t watched the HBO series.  Yes, I want the next book.  That is not the focus of this post ye scurvy-livered dogs!  Did ye know that besides the Westeros books, Mr. Martin has also published other things!  Egad!  This post will talk about some of me other favorites by him . . .

Please note: All book descriptions are from Goodreads and the book title links lead to Goodreads.

windhaven (co-written with Lisa Tuttle)

This novel is one of me favorites that I reread every couple of years.  The world building is what draws me in again and again.  Centuries ago, a space ship crashed on a new planet that is made of islands.  Humans made silver wings out of the debris of their ship.  They can fly (Arrrr!) with the help of these wings.  But of course there are not enough wings to go around so politics ensue.  Marit is not in line for the wings even though she wants them badly.  She comes up with a plot to get her own.  And that is only the beginning.  I love that the novel also explores the flyer traditions throughout Marit’s lifetime.  This book captured me fancy long ago and I enjoy it with every re-read.  It is a good comfort read.  For a more “modern” flying wing story check out me review of the sci-fi book the pilots of borealis by David Nabhan.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

The planet of Windhaven was not originally a home to humans, but it became one following the crash of a colony starship. It is a world of small islands, harsh weather, and monster-infested seas. Communication among the scattered settlements was virtually impossible until the discovery that, thanks to light gravity and a dense atmosphere, humans were able to fly with the aid of metal wings made of bits of the cannibalized spaceship.

Many generations later, among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, who bring news, gossip, songs, and stories. They are romantic figures crossing treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms that could easily dash them from the sky to instant death. They are also members of an increasingly elite caste, for the wings—always in limited quantity—are growing gradually rarer as their bearers perish.

With such elitism comes arrogance and a rigid adherence to hidebound tradition. And for the flyers, allowing just anyone to join their cadre is an idea that borders on heresy. Wings are meant only for the offspring of flyers—now the new nobility of Windhaven. Except that sometimes life is not quite so neat.

Maris of Amberly, a fisherman’s daughter, was raised by a flyer and wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. By tradition, however, the wings must go to her stepbrother, Coll, the flyer’s legitimate son. But Coll wants only to be a singer, traveling the world by sea. So Maris challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen on the basis of merit rather than inheritance. And when she wins that bitter battle, she discovers that her troubles are only beginning.

For not all flyers are willing to accept the world’s new structure, and as Maris battles to teach those who yearn to fly, she finds herself likewise fighting to preserve the integrity of a society she so longed to join—not to mention the very fabric that holds her culture together.

fevre dream

This involves an old Mississipi riverboat captain and old-school creepy vampires.  Awesome.  Need more proof?  Check out this review from me matey Erin @ the paperbackstash.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare…and mankind’s most impossible dream.

Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.

hunter’s run (co-written with Gardner R. Dozois and Daniel Abraham)

This was written with the help of one of the best editors in his own right and oh yea that other guy that helped write the novels that the Expanse sci-fi show is based on.  With talent like that how can ye go wrong?

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Like so many others, Ramon Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world–joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of Sao Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.

Tough, volatile, and angry–a luckless prospector hoping for that one rich strike that will make him wealthy–Ramon is content only when on his own out in the bush, far from the dirty, loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him, resulting in sudden bloodshed and a high-profile murder. Ramon is forced to flee into the wilderness for however long it will take for the furor to die down.

Here, mercifully, almost happily alone, Ramon is once again free. But while searching for his long-elusive lode, he stumbles upon something completely unexpected: a highly advanced alien race in hiding; fugitives like himself on a world not their own. Suddenly in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret, Ramon must battle for his freedom from alien captors and also against the hostile and unpredictable planet. And so the chase begins.

Police, fugitive aliens, and a human murderer weave a web of shifting alliances as Ramon enters the greatest manhunt the alien world of Sao Paulo has ever known. If he is to survive, Ramon must overcome inscrutable aliens and deadly predators, but his greatest enemy is himself. With every move in the desperate game, he struggles to outwit his enemies and solve the mystery of a murder he himself committed.

A rip-roaring adventure tale and character study of a fascinating and twisted mind, “Hunter’s Run” showcases three masters of the form at their best.

And lastly . . .

the ice dragon (illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert)

Because duh dragons!  This is an illustrated children’s story.  I love the illustrator’s work.  Cute and fun.  Apparently this book was also published another time with a different illustrator’s work.  I will have to check out the difference sometime.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Seven-year-old Adara was born during the coldest chill of the coldest year ever, a chill that killed her mother during the girl’s birth. Ever since then, she has been a remote and chilly child, living for winter when the ice lizards come out and forming a bond with a mysterious ice dragon. When war comes and dragon-riding invaders threaten her home and family, the ice dragon helps her to thwart them, leading to its own demise.

So that be me introduction to George R.R. Martin’s OTHER novels.  If ye haven’t read any of his novels I would suggest ye hoist those sails and get moving!

To visit his website go to:

George R.R. Martin – Author

To see a complete list of all books he has written visit:

George R.R. Martin – Books

To add this author or his novels to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

If ye missed me other author broadsides:

Garth Nix – No. 1

Sharon Shinn – No. 2

John Scalzi – No. 3

Tamora Pierce – No. 4

Brandon Sanderson – No. 5

Robin McKinley – No. 6

Michael Crichton – No. 7

Mercedes Lackey – No. 8

Dean Kootnz – No. 9

Justine Larbalestier – No. 10

Neil Gaiman – No. 11

Kate Elliot – No. 12

18 thoughts on “Broadside No. 13 – George R.R. Martin

  1. I’ve been curious about Hunter’s Run and Windhaven, although I haven’t read any of his non Ice and Fire stuff yet. I met him at a signing and he was very personable, but like some of the commenters above I do have a little problem with how long it’s taking him to get the story out. Glad I’m not his editor… 🙂

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      1. The years between books in Fire&Ice series and his attitude about said wait. Which is pretty much “fuck the readers, I’ll write when I want, etc, etc].

        If an author undertakes a project, they need to see it through in a timely manner. It’s by no means a legal contract but it sure is a social one. Taking fans for granted, or dismissing then, isn’t something I want to see in any author I read.

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      2. Okay those are all points I can certainly appreciate and agree with. It feels like we are very under valued even though the fan base is his success. I complain about this often as well. I thought maybe there was something else I missed 😉

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