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Elle qui chevauche les tempêtes

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,559 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
Analyse: Roman de science-fiction.
Paperback, 434 pages
Published October 19th 1999 by Denoël (first published 1975)
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Joanne The lightweight fabric the wings are made from is the remenants of the solar sails from the space ships which brought their ancestors to the world.…moreThe lightweight fabric the wings are made from is the remenants of the solar sails from the space ships which brought their ancestors to the world. They were cut up and used to make the wings, but the world they crash landed on does not have the natural resources to reproduce the wings. Therefore, the wings are heirlooms in the flyer families, and if they are lost or damaged beyond repair then that that's it.(less)
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Tati Dengo
Dec 06, 2013 Tati Dengo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpected yet welcome find at the bookstore, since I had never heard of this book before, and I've wanted to read more George R. R. Martin books that AREN'T from "A Song of Ice and Fire." Not familiar with Lisa Tuttle's writing, so I can't tell who influenced which ideas/events/characters, but Martin's plot-twisting ingenuity definitely shines through.

The story is not an ordinary take on flying humans. Usually these stories place people up in the clouds somehow, in floating islands
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Deborah Ideiosepius
In this almost flawless science fiction/ fantasy story, humans crash landed on the world of Windhaven. A world of large treacherous oceans with tiny volcanic island groups and a single large land mass frozen near a pole. For the survivors to flourish, they needed a safe fast way to get from island to island and the ships were cannibalised to create wings.

Many generations later the wings have become prized possessions passed on through inheritance and the classes of flyer and land-bound are entre
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Ryan
An early 1980s collaboration between a now-famous author and a less famous one, Windhaven demonstrates that the young George R.R. Martin had talent for world-building and character-driven storytelling. While not as sprawling and a whole lot less violent than A Game of Thrones, it’ll probably appeal to anyone who liked his more family-friendly Hedge Knight novella.

The story takes place on a distant, windswept ocean world, where humans lost advanced technology generations ago, but were able to can
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Natasha
This was my first George R.R. Martin book and it definitely won't be the last, I assure you.

Windhaven is relatively short for the average fantasy book and yet I was SO connected, so enthralled with the characters, the world, the system...EVERYTHING. This is the type of fantasy novel I yearn for when I think of the genre.

What sticks in mind is the way the authors deal with our protaginist: Maris. She's quite immature to begin with which goes hand-in-hand with her age and we watch her grow over t
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Carmo
Bem... acabei...o Mr. Martin costuma deixar-me sem palavras mas pelos motivros contrários. Não foi mau, mas esteve longe de ser fantástico. Não é um enredo empolgante mas tinha bases para isso. São poucas personagens, e com excepção da principal - Maris - não foram muito aprofundadas e a história patinou ao longo de mais de 300 páginas sem sofrer o impulso que a poderia ter tornado extrordinária. E foi pena, porque já se conhece a capacidade do autor. Por vezes, em algumas descrições das fortes ...more
Alex
Apr 26, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: Graeme Dunlop
Awesome YA SF/F with a complex female protagonist.

This is set on a planet with a crashed seed ship. It’s resource poor so society has technologically devolved. The solar sail that brought them here has been taken apart and built into one-person wings. The open seas are dangerous (Here There Be Dragons) so flyers using the wings are the best method to keep the scattered islands connected.

The story follows Maris, who wants to be able to keep flying and not have to pass the wings to her younger bro
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Lau
1.5

Este libro se divide en tres partes, aunque yo lo dividiría en dos: las partes que escribió George R. R. Martin y las que arruinó Lisa Tuttle.
Al principio, como de Martin sólo leí Canción de Hielo y Fuego, me preguntaba cuáles serían las partes escritas por él y cuáles las de Tuttle. Como es una obra anterior no estaba segura de si su estilo habría cambiado con el tiempo. Al ir avanzando se volvió muy claro, y cuando finalmente llegó el momento en que George Martin se puso a escribir, la di
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Florian Pekazh
Nov 17, 2014 Florian Pekazh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, sci-fi
Неспирни ветрове разкъсват последното убежище на човечеството. Малките останали острови са много отдалечени, а бушуващия между тях океан не позволява почти никакво предвижване. Единствената надежда са небесата...

Джордж Мартин и Лайза Татъл телепортират читателя в бъдещето, където космическа експедиция се разбива на непозната планета. Разделени на групи преживелите са пръснати из отдалечени острови, a бушуващия океан прави всякаква връзка между тях почти невъзможна. Използвайки материалите от няк
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Ivana Split
Jul 13, 2016 Ivana Split rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maris has got to be one of the most amazing female protagonists in the history of this genre. She is certainly what I think about when I think about a strong female lead. Her personal development during the course of this novel is nothing short of pure perfection. I mean Maris is an awe-inspiring woman and yet she feels very real during every step of the way. She is wonderfully written and totally convincing. She starts off as a young lady that is determined to change the world she lives in (and ...more
Siobhan
Jul 30, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows George R. R. Martin from his A Song of Ice and Fire series, yet a lot of his other books are fun reads as well. I admit that I have only read a handful of his standalone novels, but what I’ve read have been – mostly – good reads. Windhaven is another book to add to the list of non-ASOIAF books people should read if they’re a fan of Martin’s work.

Truthfully, this wasn’t a book I was going to go out of my way to purchase. I’d seen it whilst browsing online on more than one occasion,
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Adrienne
Review is always available on my blog The Shameful Narcissist Speaks.

This book is actually an amalgamation of three novellas: "Storms," "One-Wing," and "Fallen." A great deal of time passes in between them, though they do follow chronologically. The basis of the story reminded me a bit of Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green Sky Trilogy (which begins with Below the Root) where fantastic tales are told about "sky sailors" flying to this world. In Windhaven, they crash landed long, long ago and were unab
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The Grand Shuckett
As a fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, I was eager to read something else by the marvelous George R. R. Martin. As captivating as that series is, I was sure that anything else he wrote would be just as amazing.

What I Liked:

The world that George R. R. Martin created in A Song of Ice and Fire is so phenomenal, complex, and wonderful that you wonder if he could ever have the capacity to do it again. Well, Windhaven proves his skill. The cultural background and history, the geographical desc
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Sakura87
A lungo fuori catalogo (la prima edizione italiana risale al 1983 per la Nord), Il pianeta dei venti non è realmente un romanzo, ma una raccolta che contiene tre racconti lunghi di G.R.R. Martin e Lisa Tuttle, scritti tra il 1975 e il 1982: Le tempeste, Un’ala e La caduta, preceduti da un Prologo e seguiti da un Epilogo.
La protagonista dei tre racconti, cronologicamente ordinati, è Maris, una Volatrice: in un mondo di isole che si ergono su mari pericolosi per la navigazione, i contatti più freq
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Nicolas
Anciennement titré en français “Elle qui chevauche les tempêtes”(1), ce roman est en fait un recueil de trois grosses nouvelles (encadrées par un prologue et un épilogue). Et, histoire de gâcher complètement le suspense, je vous dis tout de suite que c’est un chef d’oeuvre du niveau des meilleures oeuvres de ma bibliothèque. Oui, j’ai adoré. Mais heureusement, je vais vous dire pourquoi.

D’abord, le monde décrit m’a parlé à un niveau difficilement imaginable. Forcément, en tant qu’ancien marin de
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Heather
Aug 10, 2007 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If like myself, you have enjoyed Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Series and been completely blown away by the honesty of his characters, the brilliance of his politics and spent countless hours awake at night, unable to sleep because you just HAVE to know what happens next, please don't read this book. George R. R. Marin may have the utmost respect for the talents of Lisa Tuttle, but after reading this book, I can't say I share his opinion. The concept is good but the characters are flat. Half-w ...more
Tangleflower
The first thing you notice reading this book is that both Martin and Tuttle got better at writing later on. The prose is pretty clunky, the characters aren't the most interesting or relatable, and the plot is mediocre. The setting is the most important part of the premise, and is fairly compelling. Fans of A Song of Ice and Fire might get a kick out of noticing names of people and places that Martin reused later on, as well as a sort-of cameo by the character that would eventually become Tyrion ...more
Jiayun Yun
Jan 31, 2010 Jiayun Yun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book because it was very real, in the sense that there weren't cliche elements such as ultimate triumphs of good over evil, and the exploits of the characters weren't entirely smooth-sailing. The book conveyed how there will always be disappointments in life, and things can't always turn out the way you want, no matter how much you want them too. And because it was so real, the story was really moving and several times I stopped reading to jump around with excitement. :)

However, the
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Tim
In an island society where communication depends on Flyers, they have become an elite class. The world-building on this idea is good, and likewise the plot driven by traditionalism vs. disruption, by elitism and class resentment. But there is no grand fantasy adventure here; all action is fleeting, if not merely setup, and while the conflict is occasionally political, even that is chiefly processed through dialogue -- so the characters are always at center stage.

The protagonist is sympathetic d
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Cheryl Hall
Aug 07, 2016 Cheryl Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice read.

Although not quite as rich as A Song of Ice and Fire, I still greatly enjoyed visiting another of George R R Martins worlds.
Russell Libonati
Aug 02, 2016 Russell Libonati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Some of the locations were the same as Game of Thrones and there were even some hints as to events in that series. I won't say anymore. I'm very unhappy with George RR Martin for not finishing Fire and Ice before proceeding even possibly NOT finishing it at all, but I cannot deny that he is a great writer. I enjoy listening even when nothing substantial is going on. This book is no exception. The story wasn't as gory or gritty as other books by Martin. It was a solid fantasy story.

Th
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Noelia
Jan 28, 2014 Noelia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nunca califico un libro en función de quién lo haya escrito, y esta no es la excepción: aunque no hubiera sido un libro de George Martin lo hubiera calificado con dos estrellas (y soy generosa). No obstante, la decepción que siento es ¡ENORME!
Espero muchísimo más de un autor de su talla, y esta novela es sencillamente sosa, aguada, sin alma. Probablemente la intención fue mostrar un planteo político y social, pero carece de fuerza y de solidez, el argumento sencillamente no te atrapa. Y menos cu
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Sandro
Jul 02, 2016 Sandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Windhaven is an amazing 35yrs old story/adventure waiting to be discovered.

Divided in 3 parts plus prologue and epilogue, the story advances at a steady pace. The third part being possibly the slower one and my least favourite.

Having to pick one, I would choose the second part as the one I liked most. This section is where all the action occurs and where the most interesting characters are introduced. Where you get the feel of the world and what it means to fly.

One possible criticism for this b
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Hazy A.
This is a beautiful book, with a straightforward but interesting story, complex characters and a captivating and original world. It is set in the fantasy world Windhaven, which is an archipelago consisting of several distant island groups. Due to frequent storms, the safest and fastest way to send messages is through flyers, skilled people who glide from island to island on silver wings. The entire book is about the life of Maris, a land-bound who challenges the tradition of wings being passed o ...more
Joshua
Dec 20, 2014 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know next to nothing about Lisa Tuttle, or how much of Windhaven is her work. I learned of this book through George R. R. Martin, and this feels like something he would have written Pre- Song of Ice and Fire, except simpler and lighter. While Fevre Dream was gothic, and Dying Of The Light was melancholic, Windhaven has the sense of a gentle flight. The characters are simple, as is the plot, but the emotions struck me as genuine and I did enjoy the novel.

Windhaven is a collection of three stori
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Anmras
Nov 08, 2011 Anmras rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Herein was a great disappointment, what with my expectations of GRRM much too high according to the Song of Ice and Fire series. I figured with another author this would add insight to commonly explored areas of his writing, but something about this collaboration is desperately uneven. I can only imagine that it was GRRM who created the world and story, and Lisa Tuttle was largely responsible for the writing.

Firstly, the story is split into three parts, each separated by several years in the ma
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Michael
This fantasy appears to me to be in the tradition of Ursula Leguin, replete with a coming of age story bound up with social development issues, moral choices, and fable-like messages. The descendents of marooned starfarers inhabit a world of many small islands. Aside from sailing in an ocean with dangerous sea monsters, the only link between islands is via a cadre of flyers who use wings made of metal struts and special indestructible cloth left over from the ancestors. The aristocracy of flyers ...more
Marita_z
Sinceramente nem sei o que dizer deste livro... Para começar foi uma desilusão... Depois de ler A Song of Ice and Fire, Sonho Febril, e várias histórias, estava à espera de mais..
Achei o livro um grande pastel.. Gostei do mundo, de algumas personagens, da ideia dos voadores, mas achei tudo muito pouco detalhado e demasiado apressado.. Na primeira parte, assim que a Maris ganha as asas saltamos logo sete anos no tempo.. Depois na segunda parte, quando começa a ser interessante, volta a saltar uma
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Harold Ogle
Jan 11, 2010 Harold Ogle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pieter Serrien
Eerlijk gezegd had ik meer verwacht van dit boek. Niet omdat ik als fan van the World of Ice and Fire van George RR Martin complexere personages gewoon ben, maar vooral omdat er te weinig spanning in dit boek zit. De politieke twisten en onderliggende segregatie tussen vliegers en landblijvers is goed gevonden, maar wat te beperkt uitgewerkt. Ook de geschiedenis van de wereld Windhaven blijft voor mij te vaag. Jammer, want dit verhaal heeft veel potentieel.
Ik heb het toch graag gelezen :-)
Laura Luna
Jun 20, 2014 Laura Luna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una pequeña joya, fruto de la perfecta combinación de George RR Martin con Lisa Tutle. Una historia sobre el conflicto entre tradición y revolución, que vivimos apasionadamente a través de los ojos de Maris, un personaje que me conquistó por su complejidad, fuerza y personalidad. En El Refugio del Viento no sólo vemos la evolución de una lucha en la que no existen los blancos y los negros, sino la de la propia Maris, con sus luces y sus sombras. Esta novela es toda una reflexión sobre los sueños ...more
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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“It was the feel of it, the love of it, not the thought: it was instinct and reflex and knowing the wind, and Maris was the wind.” 2 likes
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