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Dying of the Light

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  3,422 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
A whisperjewel has summoned Dirk t’Larien to Worlorn, and a love he thinks he lost. But Worlorn isn’t the world Dirk imagined, and Gwen Delvano is no longer the woman he once knew. She is bound to another man, and to a dying planet that is trapped in twilight. Gwen needs Dirk’s protection, and he will do anything to keep her safe, even if it means challenging the barbaric ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Bantam (first published 1977)
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Brad
Jun 21, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
I had absolutely no issues in giving this a full 5 star rating, because even though the novel was nominated in '78 for the Hugo, that it comes out of the mind of one of the more well-beloved SF/F authors of our times, the novel is absolutely gorgeous all on its own.

Why? Because we're getting such depth of world-building, from the science of the solar/planetary, to the culture it spawned, to an absolutely amazing depth of social explorations, to a very cool discourse on the sexes as seen from mul
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Lau
3.5

Este es el primer libro que escribió George R.R. Martin, y se publicó antes de que tuviera 30 años. No esperaba encontrar la misma calidad que se ve en sus novelas más actuales, es más, casi tenía miedo que fuera un libro malo... pero si hay algo que afortunadamente ya se evidencia desde el principio, es su imaginación y gran habilidad para narrar.

El prólogo nos cuenta un resúmen de la extensa historia de Worlorn, un planeta vagabundo que no pertenece a ninguna estrella, por lo que flota libr
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Kat  Hooper
Nov 01, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

In the outer fringe of the inhabited universe, the rogue planet Worlorn falls darkly through space. But years ago it circled the Wheel of Fire, the brilliant wheel-shaped star system that is worshipped by many in the outworlds. Worlorn, the Wheel of Fire’s only planet, was lit for fifty years before it wandered off again. During that half-century, the outworlds held a cultural diversity festival on Worlorn, with each world trying to outdo the oth
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Jan
All right, I’m writing the first half of this review while I haven’t finished the book, but I’m having too much frustrated thoughts without an internet connection to put them into status updates, so I thought I’d write everything up into this preemptive review, and then later paste it all together into Goodreads.

Seriously, I’m having massively mixed feelings about this book. In one hand there’s the hero who just doesn’t learn and the heroine who’s just so stupid and insensitive. But in the othe
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Nigel
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An interesting, complex debut novel from George RR Martin, Dying Of The Light is an old-school planetary romance that reminded me quite strongly of both Cordwainer Smith and CJ Cherryh, oddly enough, though the setting is pure Jack Vance. Worlorn is a wandering world that enjoyed a brief heydey when, passing near a specatcular star system, it was transformed into a festival world where all the primary centres of human civilisation built cities to house thousands and even millions of inhabitants ...more
Bryn Hammond
Jul 18, 2016 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagined-fiction
I was in love with this novel early in life and have it indelibly stamped upon me. The atmosphere: ruins on an abandoned planet, a few people left there, devoted to things lost or old-fashioned or with nowhere else to go. It used to be a festival world and different races built their festival-houses, alien architectures now derelict. The mood known in the planet's name, Worlorn. A war culture (on its way out) where teyn is the closest bond, a chosen brother, fight together, sleep together, women ...more
Scot Eaton
Apr 06, 2013 Scot Eaton rated it it was amazing
I only gave it a 5 because I couldn't give it a 6. This is truly one of the best books ever written. Martin truly creates a culture that jumps right off the page, and before you even get to appreciate the beauty of it, he throws it into conflict with a culture modeled after 20th century America. The planet Worlorn itself is also very believable. But the characters... my gosh, the characters! You will not find a single character in this novel that is not fully formed. There is a depth of writing ...more
Vagner Stefanello
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

O primeiro livro escrito por Martin já começa a mostrar uma das várias características do autor: a complexidade dos personagens. Este foi um livro que não me prendeu a atenção no começo, pois eu havia ficado um pouco confuso com os nomes dos planetas e seus mundos, mas no momento em que a história de Dirk t'Larien e Gwen Delvano começou a se desenrolar eu não conseguia tirar o olho do livro em algumas partes. A ação no livro é frenética, misturada com
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Gertie
Feb 05, 2015 Gertie marked it as partial
This book is annoying. Well, I didn't finish, so I guess I can only say that about 22% of it.

So much backstory and history and characters I frankly just don't get. It's a little much for me. I like a little of that for sure, because all simple dialog makes a story dull. But at some point I just feel like saying "Get to the point already!". As a very straightforward person it's a little painful to listen to people speaking in riddles. It just feels a little too dragged out for my tastes. So, clea
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Sabrina Kammer
Dirk t'Larien folgt dem Hilferuf seiner Jugendliebe Gwen, die seit längerer Zeit auf der sterbenden Welt Worlorn lebt. Doch als er dort eintrifft, scheint sie ihr Meinung geändert zu haben und möchte, dass er Worlorn wieder verlässt. Denn Gwen ist inzwischen verheiratet und liebt ihren Mann Jaan über alles. Was Dirk zuerst nicht weiss: Gewn ist mit der Heirat auch einer Kultur beigetreten, die Frauen unterdrückt und ihnen keine Eigenbestimmung erlaubt. Dirk kann nicht glauben, dass sie dieses ...more
Lilja
I completely loved this book. I think the biggest accomplishment of this stand alone novel is that it never feels dated. It was written in the late 1970s. I've read lots 70's sci-fi. Many (not all) of GRRM's contemporaries were ripping off Asimov, Bradbury, Herbert, Roddenberry, and the Star Wars movies, as well as many others. This book is stand out for feeling fresh and new, as if it were released just last week.

Another great accomplishment of this book is that it is a perfect example of Marti
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Youssef
Apr 29, 2013 Youssef rated it did not like it
George R.R. Martin created an incredibly rich universe where human civilisation is rebuilding itself after war and collapse, then, in its midst, placed an ephemeral planet in advanced decay. Used, then discarded by civilisation, it's being slowly engulfed by cold and darkness.
But then, he chose to put against this backdrop the sorriest characters in that universe. Dumb, fickle, inconsiderate, cowardly and thoroughly uninteresting. The result is a tedious story where you grow frustrated by the v
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Andrew
Dec 10, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went back this month to re-read some of Martin's early SF. This was his first published novel, I believe -- he already had a short-fiction Hugo and a couple of nominations in his pocket.

Like nearly all of Martin's SF, this book is set in the Thousand Worlds: a loose far-future history spanning millennia of time and a range of narrative styles. The planet Worlorn is wonderfully named and wonderfully gothic: a rogue planet which happened to drift into the multiple star system called the Hellcrow
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Gaby
Jul 14, 2016 Gaby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, GRRM has come a long way since 1977’s “Dying of the Light”. Set in a distant dying planet, Dirk is called for by his long lost love, who is embroiled in a strange relationship with men who are basically early sci-fi prototypes of the Dothraki. It was interesting to see how some of the elements in this book eventually became part of A Song of Ice and Fire (the Dothrakis are somewhat similar to the Kavalar, also the scene in which (view spoiler) ...more
Daniorte
Un libro que va de más a menos. Al principio crea un mundo genial. Crea mundos ricos en detalles, los describe a la perfección así como la fauna que los rodea y la cultura que esta detrás. Muchos toques al estilo Canción de Hielo y Fuego; el crear una historia de clanes, muertes contadas de la manera más brusca, personajes con dos caras (El kimdissi bien podría ser la araña de Canción de Hielo y Fuego) y la historia de amor que vertebra el libro.

Digo que el libro va de más a menos porque, tras
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Marquise
Jul 03, 2015 Marquise rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
For being his first-ever, this novel by GRRM is quite good. Took me time to get into the plotline, and wasn't particularly impressed by the protagonists but rather was more drawn towards the secondary characters. There's a number of small details that will have veteran "A Song of Ice and Fire" fans (amongst which I am) chuckling in recognition, because certain details that are read about in the much more famous ASOIAF series germinated here.

Overall, a decent book and great for comparison and ana
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Jesse
Mar 03, 2014 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Absolutely AMAZING.

This is the first book of George R. R. Martin's that I've read, however I am in the middle of watching the Game of Thrones series, and debates about not judging movies by their books/books by their movies aside, since Mr. Martin is quite involved in the production of Game of Thrones, I think it is safe to say that you can learn more about his style than watching some other adaptation where the author has little or no say in the final product.

So with that being said, I recogniz
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Althea Ann
Sep 26, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written well (1977) before Martin's highly-acclaimed but not-yet-with-an-end-in-sight Song of Ice and Fire series, Dying of The Light is a novel that shows many of the skills that that series has been appreciated for - complex interpersonal relationships, deft characterizations, believable world-building, to the degree that you want to just step right in and look around the corners to see what else is there - because you *know* that something is...
I actually finished this book really wishing tha
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Thomas Watson
Jul 07, 2016 Thomas Watson rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A strange, dark, violent story set on a dying world. The setting is a tale by itself, with the planet Worlorn arguably one of the characters. The story is largely driven by each character's inability to deal with life as it is, rather than how they wish it could be, with naive pride, confused love, and misguided devotion to an obsolete code of behavior defining what happens along the way. None of the characters emerges unscathed; change comes to them all by the end. Beautifully written and ...more
Nici
Mar 06, 2016 Nici rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Die Welt Worlorn liegt im Sterben, die meisten Bewohner haben ihr den Rücken gekehrt, nur noch wenige sind geblieben. Als Dirk t’Larien einen Hilferuf seiner Jugendliebe Gwen erhält, die sich auf Worlorn aufhält, zögert er nicht lange und begibt sich auf den verlassenen Planeten. Doch leider fällt das Wiedersehen anders aus, als Dirk erwartet hätte - Gwen hat das Mitglied eines frauenfeindlichen Klans geheiratet. Dirk kann sie zur Flucht überreden, aber damit fangen die Probleme erst an.

Meinung:
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Sakura87
C'è un pianeta che vaga nei profondi abissi dell'universo: avvicinatosi al sistema solare Ruota di Fuoco, Worlorn è stato identificato, esplorato e parzialmente colonizzato. Ora che la sua orbita lo sta conducendo nuovamente lontano dall'universo conosciuto, quelle città sono disabitate, il Festival del Margine è stato smantellato, e sulla sua superficie vagano poche centinaia di abitanti provenienti da diversi mondi. Quando Dirk t'Larien, avaloniano, riceve la pietra dell'anima appartenuta a ...more
prcardi
Storyline: 2/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 4/5

I was captivated by the prologue. "This is going to be good", I thought. I don't know if I'd seen a better setup for a big dumb object story. Sure, it had been done before: Clarke, Niven, Clarke (again), but I really liked those tales. I would happily sit down, buckle in, and endure another first contact story with a mysterious object taunting scientists and explorers from space. As I read on, I came to a well...okay place where I realized
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April
Feb 01, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Dying of the Light is George R.R. Martin's first published novel. Originally released in 1977, it shows Martin as a rising star in worldbuilding. As a debut effort, it's outstanding, but not without flaws.

Worlorn is a rogue planet, cold and lifeless. As it approaches the great black sea, a vast empty area of space, it is terraformed and made into a place of celebration for a few short years before continuing on into the void. The nearby "Fringe" planets each build a city on Worlorn and celebrat
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Elena Rohleder
Meine Meinung

Prolog ist Since Fiction pur! Man wird regelrecht von dem bisherigen Geschehen, dem Wandel der Welten, der Entwicklung der verschiedenen Gesellschaften und Geschehnisse im Kurzprogramm bombardiert. Dann erst kommt die eigentliche Geschichte und das Liebesdrama, wenn man es als solches beschreiben mag.

Vorab sei gesagt, dass ich ein großer Fan von diesem Autor bin, aber George R.R. Martins erster Roman ist sicher ganz anders als ich es erwartet habe. Das der Roman im Sciene Fiction Ge
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Mark
Sep 07, 2014 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I'm saying this, but this book was just awful! I've spent quite some time now trying to understand how it is possible for such a large disparity amongst the work of a single author. Having read quite a few other books by George R. R. Martin, I began this experience with a certain expectation. I have come to find that all authors exhibit a relative spectrum of success in their work. Dying of the Light, to me, seemed as if it were written by a completely different person! That ...more
Ryan
Nov 22, 2013 Ryan rated it really liked it
This is George RR Martin’s earliest novel, and I daresay it anticipates A Game of Thrones in a few ways. The notable difference is that it’s science fiction instead of fantasy. Regardless of genre, though, Martin has always had a talent for imaginative world-building, for conveying a sense of universes that are very old, full of history, and home to many other stories besides the immediate one.

The setting here is cool and gothic, a rogue planet named Worlorn which had a brief heyday as a sort of
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Callum Shephard
Sep 24, 2015 Callum Shephard rated it liked it
With the success of A Song of Ice and Fire and its adaptations, some often forget George R. R. Martin’s other accomplishments. Having written varied series of tales across a broad spectrum of genres, his works show his true versatility as a writer. Despite this however, Dying of the Light is sadly not a good book to start moving beyond Westros. While it certainly has its strengths, they don’t fully overshadow its failings.

Summoned to the dying world of Worlorn in search of a woman he lost, Dirk
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Milena
Jun 15, 2015 Milena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Дай на нещо име и то някак си започва да съществува. Цялата истина е в назоваването, и всички лъжи също така, защото нищо не изкривява така, както може да изкриви едно име, фалшиво име, което променя реалността, също както и привидността.“

Настоящият сезон на „Игра на тронове“ по HBO е към своя край. Публикуването на шеста книга „Ветровете на зимата“ от епичната фентъзи поредица „Песен за огън и лед“ на Дж. Р. Р. Мартин пък тепърва предстои. И докато всички фенове тръпнат в очакване за последния
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Jeremy Baker
Feb 22, 2012 Jeremy Baker rated it really liked it
This, Martin's debut novel, reminds me of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Just as we can see the seeds of Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello in Shakespeare's first tragedy, Dying of the Light gives us an excellent preview of Martin's complex characters, richly detailed worlds, and compelling storylines.

For my fellow Game of Thrones aficionados there is an added bonus on page 203 during a discussion about the history of a Vance-esque dying world:

"Perhaps they are no longer in place. Once, th
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Pablo Bueno
Cuando comencé esta novela no sabía que fue la primera que publicó Martin y, sin embargo, incluso bajo esta premisa se pueden reconocer algunas de las características que lo han convertido en lo que hoy es (y que, en justicia, puede que debieran haberlo hecho merecedor de un mayor reconocimiento mucho antes).

La historia transcurre fundamentalmente en el planeta errante Worlorn, haciendo referencia en el título a su progresivo alejamiento de las estrellas que, durante un gran período de tiempo,
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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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