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Windhaven

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  2,077 ratings  ·  161 reviews
George R. R. Martin has thrilled a generation of readers with his epic works of the imagination, most recently the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling saga told in the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords. Lisa Tuttle has won acclaim from fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy alike— most recently for her haunting novel The Pi...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1975)
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Carmo Santos
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
Tati Dengo
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...more
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 dife...more
Heather
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
Noelia
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...more
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...more
Anmras
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
Harold Ogle
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Pamr
Disappointment is not the right word however dispair is. There is not enough melodrama in the world to explain how awful this book is.

I am sure that I am not going to be alone in reading the 'Ice and Fire' books in awe at the characters, the comlexity, the story line. Geroge R R Martin's volume after volume of brilliance.

I then picked this up...I wanted to like it because of who wrote it but I did not believe in the characters, the plot was flimsy, the premise worse and I am not even going to go...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
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...more
Anna Cain
While reading Windhaven, I couldn't shake the feeling that I was reading a collection of novellas that were awkwardly shoved into novel format. I was rather proud when I discovered that is EXACTLY what happened. Although all the stories feature the same protagonist, they are separated by many decades and have an only loosely overlapping cast of supporting characters. This makes the overall narrative feel rather disjointed.
Although Windhaven has a superb premise, I would dissatisifed by the exec...more
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...more
Betsy
A 2.5, I think. I liked the setting (an ocean planet with only islands) and the idea of flyers (messengers who maintain communication between the islands) but I thought the plot was overly dramatic and the characters were poorly drawn. The story kept me reading but the bad writing had me rolling my eyes. (Sorry, T!)
Ric
A classic from the 70s, memorable for its wonderful depiction of the joys of flying, I mean with wings, like an eagle. The written version of the flight training segment of the movie Avatar. 30+ years after, the memories are fading but overall it was a good read.
Matt
2.5 stars

This was a pretty good book. I could certainly tell that this was one of Martin's earliest works because the usual early writer mistakes (namely writing too much and not leaving anything to the reader's imagination) were evident.

What I liked about this book was primarily the premise. The idea that humans had come to another planet (seemingly that planet wasn't the one they had planned on going to) after who knows what kind of catastrophe only to lose all of the higher technology that go...more
Tómas Zoëga
I was pretty excited about this book. First of all it is written by GRR Martin and having written Song of Ice and Fire I was expecting a complicated story with a lot of twists and turns and interesting characters. Secondly the world Windhaven is set in is very interesting and has a lot of possibilities. Third: The cover looked nice.

But I was disappointed. The world wasn't half as good as it could be and very litle said about it. A good idea thrown away.

The storyline was to foreseeable and, in my...more
Susan
Given that GRR Martin is one of the co-authors and the Amazon review included the phrase "...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" I kind of expected the story to be on a scale that affects the entire world and political-intrigue heavy. (I spent a significant portion of GAME OF THRONES just try to keep who's who and doing what straight.) This isn't quite as epic as all that,...more
Jon
Mar 06, 2013 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Martin
This thirty-year-old book is essentially a collection of three novellas, the first of which, "The Storms of Windhaven", was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards thirty-five years ago. Although the same main character (and many supporting characters) appear throughout all three parts, they really feel like distinct works.

The setting is a planet where a spaceship crashed hundreds of years ago. The inhabitants have lost much of the technology, but cannibalized the starship to make wings fo...more
Lisa H.
I was a little disappointed by this book toward the middle, but it came together as it went along and I was pretty satisfied by the end.

It's set on a world called Windhaven that is largely ocean, with widely-scattered islands. Long ago settled by star-farers from Earth, its remote pockets of population are kept in contact by a caste of flyers, who soar the air currents on wings made out of the indestructible fabric from the original ship's solar wind sail, flying between the islands to share ne...more
FantasyWereld
George R.R. Martin staat er sinds Het lied van IJs en Vuur om bekend dat hij niet zo zuinig omspringt met de levens van zijn hoofdpersonen. Met enige terughoudendheid begon ik dan ook Windhaven te lezen, een roman van George R.R. Martin in samenwerking met Lisa Tuttle. Hoe lang zou Maris van Klein Amberly het op de planeet Windhaven volhouden?

De wens naar vleugels
De planeet Windhaven bestaat uit honderden kleine eilandjes, omringd door stormachtige, woeste zeeën. Scheepvaart is bijna niet mogeli...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
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 fre...more
Brighid
Ok. So I'm going to give this a try as I like GRRM. The other reason I am trying this is that I also liked Anne McCaffery and her "Dragonriders of Pern" world. If anyone has read some of Anne's books they are going to look with suspicion and interest after reading the description of Windhaven. Personally I can't wait to see if its a lawsuit in the making. You can't get much closer to the same story without getting slapped in the face with it. Crashed colony ship? check. Strange planet that the c...more
Alex
Well... I checked out "Windhaven" from the library mostly because I liked George RR Martin's "Song of Fire and Ice" series otherwise known as Game of Thrones. "Windhaven" is just OK.

I'm a SciFi fan and while this book does take place on another planet, not much is made of that fact leaving the book devoted to character development and the basic story to carry the reader through. The characters are interesting but I didn't care enough about them.

The story is a three-part chronology focused on th...more
Rachel
Maris is a young girl who wants nothing more than to use the wings that she feels that she has earned. Unfortunately, flyer tradition states that wings are only to be passed from parent to oldest child when that child comes of age. Maris' stepfather and mentor didn't think he would have a child of his own, and so he adopted Maris and taught her to fly. However, a late-life surprise meant that Maris would have to give up the wings to her stepbrother, who never wanted to fly anyway. Maris is an ex...more
Zsor
As fascinating as the world of Windhaven is, I found it difficult to connect with the characters in this book. Too much is left unfleshed and the flyers themselves are inflexible specialists who have trained all their lives to do one thing. I've read too many stories like this, where the love of a profession or calling is everything. Sport is like this and maybe music and craft are too to some extent. Art on the other hand creates generalists who, if they can't do the one thing, find something e...more
Monica Ong
This story comprises of the 3 (or 4) main events in the life of Maris of Lesser Amberly.
A girl who's born as a fisherman's daughter, never to be a flyer, but then she protested and fought for change.

In this book, I saw how Maris struggled and fought for the break of traditions, how she battled through her imperfections, and how she tried to find a place to fit in.
Is she a one-wing/woodwing or a flyer-born?
She made some good and bad decisions, the latter earning her a bit too much trouble tha...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,...more
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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.” 0 likes
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