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Dying of the Light

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,045 Ratings  ·  272 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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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
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
Kat  Hooper
Nov 01, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars

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
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
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
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 02, 2014 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
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
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
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
Jul 01, 2015 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
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 Sc ...more
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
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
Jul 03, 2015 Marquise rated it really liked it
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
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.

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
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
Христо Блажев
Jun 01, 2015 Христо Блажев rated it really liked it
Смъртта на светлината, краят на света:

Зимата идва. Но тая ще е от вечните. Планетата Ворлорн е скитник без собствено слънце, която милионолетия лети през тъмното, студено космично пространство. За кратко обаче е под светлината на прожекторите – в най-буквалния смисъл. За няколко десетилетия тя се оказва в удобна близост до сложна конфигурация от слънца, които ѝ дават живителната си топлина и светлина. Човешката цивилизация от бъдещето се е разселила из га
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,
Edward Davies
Dec 01, 2015 Edward Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first George R. R. Martin book I’d ever read, and also the first he wrote, and I was instantly drawn in by his characterisations. That being said, the plot of this story is almost non-existent, which shows what a fine writer he is to keep me engrossed in a story that amounts to nothing. He manages to create a world of characters who have their own cultures and diversity, and a story filled with love and hate on a world that is hurtling to its doom, yet it is the very idea that from ...more
John Stammers
Apr 29, 2016 John Stammers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This review and others can be found on my blog among other posts:

I had considered getting this book shortly after finishing A Dance With Dragons back in 2014, but a few negative reviews dissuaded me. But I've been watching YouTube videos by Preston Jacobs, a fan theorist with some great predictions for the future of Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF). He's worth checking out if you can't get enough of the book series and enjoy speculating abo
Петър Панчев
Aug 25, 2015 Петър Панчев rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Самотната Ворлорн по пътя на смъртта
Цялото ревю тук:

Лично аз не съм чак толкова голям фен на Джордж Р. Р. Мартин, но с удоволствие бих прочел преведените му на български книги. Вече доста години неговата поредица „Песен за огън и лед“ шества триумфално на пазара ни и няма признаци интереса към нея да угасне, още повече че се обещават шеста и седма книга. Има и сериал, тъй че нещата отиват към един вид обожествяване на Мартин. Но Мартин не е само „Песен з
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 isn' ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
A strong planetary romance in the tradition of that genre, with a constant element of suspense. This is a book about life and death which lives and dies by its science-fiction premises, more than by its characters' own confrontations with its life and death motifs. For the most part, this is simply because its characters aren't all they could be, and their relationships are in many cases not at all well fleshed out. Some resolution is offered in its final ten pages, but this is really all that i ...more
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
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
Apr 28, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Worlorn is an asteroid that is floating through space and, for the first time, a solar system that will allow it to sustain life (for the 50 years it will be in the solar system). In honor of this, it is being used as a festival planet, with each culture of the 13 other planets creating a city on it. But by the time Dirk finds himself drawn there by a former lover, Worlorn is dying. Leaving the system, it is getting colder and darker by the day, and Dirk finds himself in danger from the world's ...more
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 Gw ...more
Terry Barker
Nov 27, 2012 Terry Barker rated it really liked it
Take Game of Thrones and move it to outer space, and you've got this novel. Not that Martin can only write only one type of novel--it works very well, and Mr. Game does a very nice job of writing in a completely different genre. The world that we're taken to is in another solar system, where this particular planet (Worlorn) has such an extreme elliptical orbit that it has seasons that are decades long.

In the story, the planet is headed into Fall, and because of the coming harsh winter, most peop
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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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