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Windhaven

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  2,867 ratings  ·  221 reviews
“Told with a true storyteller’s voice: clear, singing, persuasive, and wonderfully moving . . . a truly wonderful book.”—Jane Yolen

From #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Lisa Tuttle comes a timeless tale that brilliantly renders the struggle between the ironbound world of tradition and a rebellious soul seeking to prove the powe
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ebook, 268 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Bantam (first published 1975)
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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
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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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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
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
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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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
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
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
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Alex
Apr 26, 2015 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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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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
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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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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
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Laura Luna
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
Virginia
Ho dato due stelle invece di una solo perché l'idea di partenza era molto accattivante. Il problema è che ho faticato veramente tanto a finire questo libro, francamente non mi è proprio piaciuto... Magari dipende anche dal fatto che è stato scritto da due diversi autori o forse avevo semplicemente aspettative troppo alte, ma sono rimasta proprio delusa. La trama non scorre affatto bene, è proprio debole, alcune parti poi potevano benissimo non essere presenti per l'utilità che hanno. Mi sono dav ...more
Leona
I loved the idea of flying... I could almost imagine myself as one of them, free up in the sky, being one with the wind. I do, however, think it could've been written a bit differently. I disliked the 'jumps' we've made in Maris's life. But all in all, a great book, hard to put down once you've started reading it. :)
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
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Jorge F.
Una mezcla de fantasía y ciencia ficción con una ambientación interesante que plantea cuestiones que invitan a reflexionar sobre nuestro propio mundo. Es entretenida, aunque el interés decae de una historia a otra, y se queda pequeña al lado de otras grandes novelas y personajes de Martin.

Reseña completa: http://persiguiendodragones.blogspot....
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
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Hillary Pincus
3.5 Exceptionally long listen. I really enjoyed the entire story, but I feel some parts really could've been left out and not effected the story overall.
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
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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Christian
Windhaven is a solid piece of sci-fi tinged fantasy, but it fails to fully deliver on its tremendous potential.

It seems clear that George R. R. Martin created the universe and the main storyline, while Lisa Tuttle filled in the narrative; whereas the world itself is beautifully constructed, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Martin's ability to make any given character – no matter how good or evil – relatable on some level is largely absent in Windhaven, as the even main characters here a
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Danyo
http://www.landeincantate.it/pianeta-...

Il Pianeta dei Venti è una storia di cambiamenti, sia interiori, sia su scala sociale. Non si può non rimanere affascinati dai volatori e i loro voli, dai loro costumi e tradizioni, che saranno sempre messi in discussione nel corso della vita di Maris. Lo suggerisco a chi vuole approfondire la produzione di Martin, e a chi vuole leggere un fantasy un po’ leggero e senza troppe pretese.

7-/10
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
On the many scattered islands of Windhaven, messages are carried by people using metal-and-cloth wings to fly from one island to the next. Meris has wanted nothing her whole life but to be a flyer, and the dream is within her grasp--until tradition decrees that she passes her wings to her adopted brother. Maris decides it's time to change tradition, and sets in motion a decades-long upheaval to Windhaven and the flyer community.

I saw somewhere that Windhaven was adapted and lengthened from a nov
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Tvrtko Balić
The reason I decided to read this book is because it had George R. R. Martin's name on it and I wanted to see what his science fiction stories that initially got him famous. Maybe it isn't the best book for that purpose because it has one more author (one that I have never heard of), but it was the first book of that kind that I got my hands on. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed because my expectations were too high and I'm definitely not the only one. The characters are a bit bland and ...more
Amy
For a book I downloaded on a whim, I really enjoyed Windhaven. The worldbuilding is excellent, as you'd expect from GRRM. Lisa Tuttle is new to me as an author. It is very different than Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire, though, so don't expect an experience like GoT. It's not nearly as graphic and it's really focused on Maris's journey throughout her life. And Maris is a great character -- determined, passionate, but also flawed; she can be self-centred and naive, which is part of her journ ...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.” 1 likes
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