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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,280 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
When Simon Kress returned to his home planet of Baldur from an offworld business trip, he was amused to find that his tank of Earth piranhas had cannibalized themselves into extinction, and of the two exotic animals that roamed his estate, only one remained. Now, in search of some new pets to satisfy his cruel pursuit of amusement, Simon finds a new shop in the city where ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 1986 by Baen Books (first published December 1981)
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Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sandkings is a collection of short stories from George R.R. Martin in the 80s. I plan on reading them all, but so far I've only read the title story, Sandkings, which is the last story in this book.


You should NOT read this:

- if you don't like short stories
- if you don't like science fiction
- if you don't like elements of horror
- if you don't like tiny 6-legged creatures
- if the thought of tiny 6-legged creatures crawling around gives you the creeps and makes you imagine things are crawl
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This collection feels like it’s an emanation from some platonic concept of “story”. At least for someone who grew up on E.C. Comics, Poe, and Lovecraft. “In the House of the Worm” is an evocative novella filled with squirming horrors and wonders that will bring to mind Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” and Vance’s Dying Earth, the title story is a rightfully hailed classic; part fairy tale, philosophical piece, and Sweeny Todd horror story, “Stone City” is ‘At the Mountains of Madness” and hints o ...more
K.J. Mecklenfeld
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Am citit-o când a apărut în românește pentru prima dată (yay! mi-s bătrân!) și mi-a plăcut nemaipomenit de mult. Pentru vremea aceea a fost senzațională și o consider încă cea mai reușită scriere a lui George RR Martin (da, nu vă supărați pe mine, cărțile cu care a devenit celebru nu m-au impresionat cu nimic).
Recomand Regii Nisipurilor pentru orice pasionat de SF. Lectură obligatorie, de fapt :-)
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just re-read this one today for at least the fifth time! This story never fails to impress me with its depth...
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you love George R.R. Martin's "The Song of Ice and Fire" series, if you can't wait for the next one to be released, and want to spend all your time re-reading the series and reading anything that reminds you of it, then "Sandkings" probably not for you. This book is nothing like that.

In fact, none of the stories in this collection are even similar to each other. In one book you get : a space-traveling Inquisitor, a coming-of-age stone age fairy-tale with a twist, an end of the world (sor
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel made my hair stand on end, so I guess horror would be better suited than sci-fi. It is more than interesting and a real page-turner, but I don't recommend it to those who have phobia of insects, although it is very good.
I had no idea that GRRM can write so many genres so well. I'm in awe.
Evans Light
I loved the television adaptation of the story SANDKINGS back in the nineties. It was the premier episode of the new OUTER LIMITS series on SHOWTIME, I think. I had no idea it was written by Martin. Look forward to checking this collection out.
Tudor Vlad
5 stele pentru Regii Nisipurilor.
3-4 pentru celelalte.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simon Kress is a rich man who collects dangerous, exotic animals. When most of his pets die due to starvation and neglect when he was called on an extended business trip, he goes on the hunt for replacement pets.

He walks around the city looking for a new and exotic pet to impress his friends with and chanced upon a newly opened store that sells all sorts of odds and ends from artworks and alien artifacts to all sorts of (alien) lifeforms. Inside the store, he discussed his requirements for a new
Philana Walker
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-lost-years
For lovers of the dark and cynical. This is a story that has stayed with me over the years and I have suggested it many times over- yes, I loved it that much. I decided to pull it out again and have found a new affinity for the story all over again.
A wealthy collector of rare animals buys insect-like highly intelligent life-forms only to find that his cruel and sadistic pleasures plunge him into the very game of survival that became a way of life for the creatures in his menagerie. You know what
Apr 05, 2008 added it
What if you could play god to a race of tiny creatures?

"Look to your faces"
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-sci-fi
The first sci-fi short stories I ever read. My grandma gave me an early edition copy as a 13 year old, and because of this I'm one of the few who know Martin for his sci-fi more than his fantasy.

If my house was burning down, this and the other short story collections by Martin would be the books I would save.

The brand of sci-fi that Sankings is a truly unique one. All the intrigue and futuristic developments that come with the best sci-fi are here, but so is a stunning element of wistful melanch
Melinda De Ross
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could almost worship the man whose imagination and cerebral labyrinths gave birth to such a strange story, so well crafted it seems surreal. It makes me wonder what demons and what power of genius could haunt a mind and result in a work of such epic proportions on a scale of values. Although it's cruel in places, scary and even grotesque, resembling the human nature itself, this story is a genius' work!
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It felt weird at first reading a sci-fi story by GRRM. Upon reading the first 20% of the book, I knew it was going to be a scary read. If you find tiny creatures unsettling, then stop and drop this book. If you can muster enough courage (like I did), then prepare yourself. One thing's for sure -- GRRM truly likes his characters twisted.
Kathy Chung
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is terrific. gripping from the beginning to the end.
Out of all the novellas/short stories/whatever they are, I've only read Sandkings.
I never read anything like this before. Speed reading wasn't an option. I was terrified. Completely terrified.
Калоян Захариев
След "Бягащия ловец" и "Треска блян" бях наистина разочарован от Мартин. "Пясъчните крале" обаче ми хареса, въпреки че чистата фантастика като цяло не е моята стихия. Сборникът е добър с няколко отлични разказа, които си струват да бъдат прочетени. Мартин рисува една много интересна вселена, пълна със странни раси и още по-странни хора. Най-добрия и оригиналния за мен си остава "Пясъчните крале".
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Me lo habían recomendado muchas veces pero nunca había tenido la ocasión de leerlo, hoy me lo han dejado y lo he leído del tirón, impresionante, la tensión va en aumento hasta desembocar en un final grandioso, un genio este hombre.
Бранимир Събев
По принцип Джордж Мартин ми е известен основно като писател на фентъзи, по-точно авторът на поредицата „Песен за огън и лед”. Затова когато видях фантастиката „Пясъчните крале” бях, меко казано, заинтригуван и любопитството ми се пробуди.
Сборникът съдържа седем кратки новели, които много ми харесаха. Издаден е за пръв път през далечната 1981-а и една сега вижда бял свят на български. Ако ви допадат книги от типа на „Хиперион”, „Небесните господари”, „Галактически хазартни войни” и прочее предста
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ainda que se tenha tornado mais conhecido com a adaptação, para série televisiva, de A Guerra dos Tronos, há muitos anos que o nome George R. R. Martin é um nome sonante nos géneros da ficção especulativa. com a história que dá nome ao livro, Sandkings, a vencer os prémios Hugo e Nebula.

Apesar de ser, efectivamente, a melhor história do conjunto, existem outras histórias aprazíveis nesta colectânea, começando por The Way of Cross and Dragon
Lindsay Boitnott
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did not make it through my projected reading list once again. Who knew that searching for a new house would be so time consuming! I will get to the books I listed earlier but for now I decided to share one of my favorite short stories to get you ready for next month. October is my favorite month of the year and I am prepared to spend those 31 days sharing all things creepy, spooky, scary, haunted, and gloriously cheesy! Be very excited folks!

Now for my review. I first read Martin's Sandkings i
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, we encounter a short story that is powerful enough to embed in our memory no matter how long ago we've read it. I read Sandkings more than ten years ago when I randomly picked it up at our school library, long before George Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire became household names.

For many years after I chanced upon it, I tried recalling and remembering the title and author of the book to no avail. All I had was the memory of the story. Every now and then, I test my luck on
Книжни Криле
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Веднага си признавам, че не съм от най-големите фенове на Джордж Р. Р. Мартин. Въпреки, че покрай „Игра на тронове” Мартин е по-популярен от всякога, и легионите от почитатели се множат, мен все още не ме е грабнал до такава степен, че да скачам от вълнение при всяка нова негова книга. Съвсем не съм експерт в творчеството му, и не съм изял цялата му библиография с кориците, просто защото имам противоречиви впечатления от писането му. Някои от работите му (не само като писател, но и като сценарис ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los mejores, sino el mejor, relato de ciencia ficción que he leído en toda mi vida (quizás con el tiempo me de cuenta de que estoy exagerando, pero ahora mismo no tengo esa impresión)

Con esa presentación ya vais entendiendo el motivo de puntuarle con cinco estrellas nada menos.

La historia es fascinante y a las pocas páginas te sientes atrapado y no puedes dejar de leer. Al ser corto en una hora o menos lo has terminado, quedándote la sensación de que has disfrutado de algo realmente bueno
Julie Davis
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I've been curious about George R.R. Martin but never enough to approach one of his tomes in the Game of Thrones cycle. Then Lightspeed's podcast read his short story The Way of Cross and Dragon. I really enjoyed it and Martin's talent as a story teller came to the fore in the depth of thought and detail that went into the tale.

Luckily the library had the collection that the story came from and I now have it in my hands so I can sample a bit more.

Ho hum ... Loved The Way of Cross and Dragon. Foun
Marco Zadra
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sandkings is a collection of several little stories by George R. R. Martin. The title of the book is as well the the title of one of this stories of which you can read the plot above. I have read all of the stories and I really liked them. Perhaps the first one is a little bit hard to understand. George is a very talented author and he proved it once more by writing these stories. The sandkings story is a very good one, perhaps people are not going to like it if they're easily impressionable but ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
My boyfriend and I read George R.R. Martin's novelette, "Sandkings," and it was one of the best short works I've read in a while. I've had some trouble concentrating on reading lately, but this story kept me interested and riveted the entire time. I hated the protagonist as a person--but that made it even more gratifying to see the story unfold the way it does.

This story clearly shows that George R.R. Martin is a terrific author, and re-invigorated my efforts to read A GAME OF THRONES (which I'v
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Доста добър сборник на Джордж Р. Р. Мартин, известен повече с поредицата си "Песен за огън и лед" или като нашумя последната година "оня, дето е писал дебелите книги на якия сериал на HBO Игра на тронове".
Особено добри са първия разказ "Пясъчните крале" и повестта "Нощен летец", препоръчвам за любителите на фантастиката и хоръра стил Стивън Кинг. В сборника има още 2 средно добри разказа и 2 откровено слаби за мен, но като цяло сборника си заслужава прочитането.
Barrett Bailey
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

george was known as the great writer of plot twists in genre stories well before game of thrones fame. Back in the eighties i read his stories of superheroes, monsters, sci-fi and fantasy. Sandkings is typical of his best back then.
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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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