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Windhaven

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  4,439 Ratings  ·  368 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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Bantam (first published January 1st 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
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
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Daniel
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pa kažimo pre 3.5/5

Ovde imamo lepo ispričanu priču smeštenu u daleku budućnost na drugaj planeti prikazanu kroz život letača. Sama priča je podeljena u tri lepe celine čisto da se zaobiđe dosadan period kada se ne dešava ništa značajno čemu sam uvek zahvalan. Tempo je dobar, uvek se nešto dešava, imamo par interesantnih likova ali je nažalost većina dosta jednodimenzionalna.

Šta drugo reći sem knjiga je zabavna ali samo pisanje nije previše ambiciozno ili epsko. Ali nema ni smrti na svakom koraku
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Alendi
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hacía tiempo que un libro no me gustaba tanto. Qué personajes, qué historia, qué bien llevado todo. No sé si Martin aquí aún estaba joven y optimista, o es cosa de Tuttle, pero no tiene nada que ver con el enfoque de Canción de Hielo y Fuego. Aquí sí, pasan cosas malas, hay gente mala, pero siempre queda una esperanza de que las cosas pueden salir bien. Éste es el tipo de realismo que quiero leer.

Probablemente es el libro de Martin que más me ha gustado hasta el momento, y como de Tuttle no he l
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Javir11
Es un 3.5/5 pero lo dejo en tres estrellas porque cuatro me parece excesivo.

Esta novela de ciencia ficción tiene todo para triunfar, una ambientación sobresaliente, una trama que va de menos a más y el estilo narrativo tan adictivo de Martin.

¿Entonces por qué 3 estrellas solo? Pues porque es irregular, demasiado, tiene momentos muy buenos y otros mejorables. Además, los personajes no están a la altura de lo que Martin nos tiene acostumbrados en sus otras obras y encima el autor norteamericano no
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Eric
Windhaven is a good read but not one that got a lot traction for me. I listened to the audio book and narrator did good job bringing the story to life.

The planet Windhaven is place where star travelers crash landed. Salvaged from the ship were the materials to make wings so that some of the population could fly on the planet's strong and almost never ending winds. Eventually, the planet's islands were colonized and vital messages are carried by "flyers" to the people who inhabit the islands. The
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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
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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Ivana Books Are Magic
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Alexander Stormborn
It was an interesting book with a unique world, but although original I did find it lacking. It never had a clear direction other than recounting the protagonist's life and no real antagonist other thab tradition and society. Maybe some people would like this but it made me feel detached from the story.
Siobhan
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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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
Elihú
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda ya deberíamos saber que, George R. R. Martin, antes de su famosa saga del hielo y el fuego, ya era un narrador a tener en cuenta. Con Refugio del Viento demuestra una vez su capacidad para atraparte con su historia y no soltarte, a involucrarte como pocos logran, aunque en general, sea una novela irregular.

La primera y la tercera parte son las mejor hilvanadas y con mejor ritmo del libro. No así la segunda parte, que aunque añade a uno de los personajes más interesantes (incluso más que
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Ithil
Windhaven me ha generado sentimientos encontrados.

La trama me ha gustado mucho, sobre todo por el tinte ético y moral que tiñe la novela. No solo te cuenta una historia, sino que te hace posicionarte, te hace ver más allá. Personalmente, me ha conminado a reflexionar, no solo sobre la novela, sino además ha extrapolado ciertas ideas a mi vida y mi día a día. Toda novela que me hace reflexionar y pensar, ya solo por eso, es una novela que merece la pena, desde mi punto de vista.
Por otro lado, e
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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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Lau
Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Heather
Jul 22, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Alex
Feb 05, 2015 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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Tangleflower
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Quintin Zimmermann
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quaint tale in a truly unique and magical world, replete with well-defined characters that grow from cradle to grave.

My sole complaint is that this novel is divided into three distinct parts with major jumps in the time line. This can be rather jarring as it reads like three distinct novellas, instead of a composite novel.
Rachael
I wouldn't say this is something to write home about as it just felt a little lacklustre and mediocre.
The premise was very good as it seemed a bit more original than the usual flying humans trope. As a whole, though, I think this book could have been better. I quite liked Part One and if the story had been left at that point, I would have been happy. But for the most part, I sometimes found it slow while at other points, I felt like plot points were being skipped or given very little page time.
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K.K. Summer
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Rezensio folgt.

Allerdings ein sehr gutes Buch über einen Traum und die Verwirklichung von Träumen, allen Widerständen zum Trotz. EIn Buch das sagt "man sollte an sich glauben und niemals seine Träume aufgeben"
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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Sophia
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the stars in the world for this one. Amazing.
The Grand Shuckett
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Denise
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
For as long as she can remember, fisherman's daughter Maris has wanted to fly. Adopted by on of the fabled flyers, she is given a taste of soaring through the skies using the wings passed down from generation to generation in flyer families. Now that her younger brother, her adoptive father's true son, is coming of age, however, Maris will have to give her wings up - never mind that her brother doesn't even want them and she could not imagine a worse fate than remaining forever grounded. So Mari ...more
Sandro
Sep 07, 2012 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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Pamr
Aug 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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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Jiayun Yun
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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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.” 3 likes
“For as long as this song is sung they'll know about you - the girl who wanted wings so much she changed the world.” 1 likes
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