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Ao descobrirem neste novo planeta a habilidade de voar com asas de metal, os voadores de asas prateadas tornam-se a elite e levam a todo o lado notícias, canções e histórias. Atravessam oceanos, enfrentam as tempestades e são heróis lendários que enfrentam a morte a cada golpe traiçoeiro do vento. Maris de Amberly, filha de um pescador, foi criada por um voador e nada maisAo descobrirem neste novo planeta a habilidade de voar com asas de metal, os voadores de asas prateadas tornam-se a elite e levam a todo o lado notícias, canções e histórias. Atravessam oceanos, enfrentam as tempestades e são heróis lendários que enfrentam a morte a cada golpe traiçoeiro do vento. Maris de Amberly, filha de um pescador, foi criada por um voador e nada mais deseja do que conquistar os céus de Windhaven. A sua ambição é tão forte que a jovem desafia a tradição para se juntar à elite. Mas cedo irá descobrir que nem todos os voadores estão dispostos a aceitá-la e terá de lutar e arriscar a vida pelo seu sonho. Conseguirá Maris vencer ou tornar-se-á uma testemunha do fim de Windhaven?...

Title : Windhaven
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ISBN : 9789896375225
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Windhaven Reviews

  • Tati Dengo
    2019-05-16 17:10

    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 or castles. This time, they are down in the ocean, living in a collection of extremely windy islands at quite a distance from each other, with no major landmass to serve as the population's center. In Windhaven, flying takes the lead over nautical travel since the ocean is quite dangerous, full of giant marine predators and frequent storms. The descriptions of flying were wholesome and fulfilling, constantly placing you in the character's shoes. Strong female character. Her story is divided into the three main revolutionary events of her life. Would have liked to see more of her story over the years she actually worked as a flyer, rather than solely finding out about it through allusions and retellings by other characters. Loved it. This needs to become a movie.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-02 10:24

    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 cannibalize their wrecked starship and build muscle-and-wind-powered wings to carry messengers over the dangerous seas between far-flung islands. Over time, a caste system has evolved in which wings are passed down by inheritance, with most people excluded from the chance to fly and be a citizen of the world. However, that changes when a young woman named Maris challenges tradition and brings about a new order. From there, the plot, which takes snapshots of Maris’s life over the next few decades, shows how change often brings complications.The writing isn’t too sophisticated, but I thought Windhaven worked well on the level of a Young Adult fantasy novel (sci-fi elements are barely present), conveying the poignant sense of having a privilege that’s hard to bear losing. What I really enjoyed though, was the nuance that the authors put into the story’s evolution. At each stage of her life, Maris finds her idealism echoed by younger people, who push things a bit further and bring about new shakeups in the political order of the world, not always with desirable consequences. The characters aren’t complex, but their varied perspectives are each given a fair hearing. Not surprisingly, there’s a quiet play on the Icarus myth that runs through the story, touching on its different chords.All in all, a well-constructed, bittersweet minor gem of a novel, and I’m glad someone saw fit to bring it out of the vault and produce an audio version. Its drama is simpler and more reflective than that of A Game of Thrones, but it’s an early highlight in Martin’s career, written along with a friend (I’m not so familiar with Lisa Tuttle’s work). And, unlike the aforementioned series, you can actually finish reading it! The audiobook narrator does a fine job, representing different characters with distinct accents.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-14 12:04

    Pa kažimo pre 3.5/5Ovde 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 što je uvek plus :PI da priča nije SF :)

  • Alendi
    2019-05-06 11:59

    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 leído nada más para comparar, pronto tendré que ponerme con algo suyo.

  • Javir11
    2019-04-25 12:22

    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 aprovecha el gran universo que nos plantea.Resumiendo, novela irregular, pero adictiva gracias a la prosa y estilo de Martin, por lo que a pesar de las tres estrellas, es una lectura recomendable.Como siempre os dejo el enlace a mi blog donde analizo la obra un poco más a conciencia:

  • Eric
    2019-04-30 18:28

    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. These people became the "land bound." The Flyers, due to their importance, became an elite class of people. Only the descendents of the original Flyers could be flyers. That is until Maris comes along and things begin to change.Maris is the main protagonist in the story. She is the first land bound person to become a Flyer. Well, in a manner of speaking. Since her lineage is not from the original Flyer people, is she really a Flyer? A good part of the book is about all aspects of this question. Not only for Maris but for others land bounds who manage get wings. Add to the mix, some land barons, some with dubious motives.Overall, the book is an interesting story. I found though, even in this exotic setting, themes that are unoriginal and well exploited in other books. The characters seemed bit anemic to me. In the story, one of the worst situations a Flyer can encounter is hitting a patch of calm air which could send them down into a monster infested sea. I felt the book was a little too long with too many "calm pockets" to navigate.Windhaven is an entertaining story that didn't knock my socks off. It could be a matter of taste. Others may find the book much more invigorating than I did.

  • Michael
    2019-04-22 10:08

    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, who pass the skills and limited set of wings down within families, is challenged when the daughter of a fisherman, Maris, becomes enamored with flying and seeks to become one against the wishes of her adopted father, who instead wants to pass his wings down to a younger son. Her brave persistence eventually succeeds in changing the class system into one based on merit, involving establishment of flying academies and annual open challenge competitions. But this doesn�t solve the problem of classism, and the next social evolution concerns the role of landed gentry in fighting over resources and control of the flyers and the dangers of flyers taking actions to prevent war. The power and roles of singers and healers is also explored though a set of engaging characters. The thrall of flying is captured well is the narrative, but it wore a bit thin for me after a while. The parables about classism, corruption of power, are the triumph of the good hearted and brave were not especially compelling. I wonder why the book is not classified as young adult reading.

  • Natasha
    2019-04-26 17:28

    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 the course of the novel. We learn the dangers of impetuosity and restlessness. We learn that revenge is a dish best served cold. The character development of Maris is quite remarkable, if she were human I wouldn't doubt it for a second.A Game Of Thrones here I come.

  • Ivana Books Are Magic
    2019-05-13 13:20

    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 what a world it is!) and she actually does it. Without revealing what happens next (and next and next) and what kind of person she becomes; I’m just going to say that the way she is written is outstanding. Flawless characterization that feels absolutely convincing during all stages of her life. If you are looking for a novel that examines the very soul of its protagonist, look no further. If you want to read a novel with a strong female lead, this is a story for you. If you want to read about an imaginary world that is endlessly fascinating once you dig under its simple surface, get this book. If you are interested in reading an exciting story filled with multidimensional characters, what are you waiting for? If you also happen to like fantasy, well you just hit jackpot!Fantasy lovers open your heart for another jewel, for Windhaven is a beautifully crafted world. Can I call it poetic? Would that be too much? It is not a world of ice and fire, but a world of sea and wind. What if I told you that while you are reading it you can smell the sea in the air and sense the wind on your face. Not just any sea or any wind…but the wind and the sea of this magical place. If you’re imagining Hawaii, think again. Windhaven is no paradise. It consists of islands that would be in a state of total isolation if there weren’t for fliers. Fliers are only able to fly thanks to two facts and one of them is that this world is in a state of permanent storm. Extemely windy. It is not a paradise, but a hard planet (and place) to live on. Yet I had this feeling of being able to sense its brutal beauty in my bones. It is so well described, the ecology of the planet and the way it influenced the human society living there.Isolation makes fliers almost mythical creatures. Their wings are made from materials saved from the mother ship (the only sf element in the novel) and they exist in limited numbers. Moreover, with every accident, with every flier who is lost, there is one less pair of wings. Can you imagine why having a pair of wings would be something that is to be desired, not only for its social significance?The joy of flying! Was there ever a novel that describes so well the sheer join of flying! Let’s get back to the start of this novel and our lovely protagonist. Maris is a natural born flier. She is marvellously talented at it and she knows it. All that Maris wants to do is fly. She was adopted and raised by a flier and he taught her all she needs to know about flying. However, there is a catch. Her father meant for her to inherit his wings, but in the meantime he had a son and now legally speaking, his son must inherit his wings. The problem? The boy is terrified of flying. What is left to our Maris but to challenge the system?Now, if that sounds like a start of a good YA, you’re right…. kind of. For this novel is much more than just a story of growing up in some (how well developed it may be) fantasy world. The society is not just some background for our protagonist to shine in, nor are the conflicts only there for the action aspect of the story (which is pretty good but that’s beside the point now). This novel is also about politics, power and government. This is a novel that shows us how complex life is. I think we can draw parallels between the society in Windhaven and our own despite the fact that the society described there lacks any technology and is basically medieval. For aren’t the games of power something that is in its essence timeless? Speaking of humans and our need to organize ourselves in groups, our need to fight for power over one another is something that is explored well in this novel. Windhaven has a lesson or two to teach. For example, how revolutions often eat their own childre or how we must always pay the price for the decisions we make. It is actually a well-rounded epic story. A whole lot happens in this novel. It is not terribly long, but it is packed with events. It is an entertaining read for sure, but also so much more.I would recommend this novel to:- anyone who has read and liked Machiavelli’s The Prince (because among other things this novel is about power and government)- fans of Lisa and fans of Martin (because they wrote it, though!)-pilots (because they would understand why life without flying is not worth much)- mountaineers and outdoorsy types (because they will appreciate the amazing nature descriptions)-fantasy lovers (because it is a fantasy worth reading)- literature lovers (because this is real literature)- just about anyone (because it is an awesome read any way you take it)I praised our protagonist, but she is hardly the only memorable character. I know that many fans of Martin will wonder if this is something that can be compared with his legendary series. It is. However, don’t read this expecting another GOT sequel for this is a world of its own. Windhaven is written by Lisa as well and that can be felt. I personally loved that! I think these two worked really well together. I liked the focus on one protagonist and I happen to think it was a good decision for this novel. One thing I did notice that seems to be typical of GOT is the depth of characterization. You really have a feeling of getting inside of a character’s head, of exploring their psychological states. Martin’s talent for creating credible characters certainly shines through. Nevertheless, there was something uniquely touching about Maris, especially when she got older, something that felt personal, something that made her special. In that sense that is focused merely this novel is different from GOT. I must also add; the descriptions of Windhaven are something I sign off to Lisa. I may be wrong, I cannot say who wrote which part, but I can say that I sensed both of them, not in the sense that you can feel divisions in the text (far from it) but more in a sense there was that something that wasn’t there when I was reading only Martin. Does that make sense? I haven’t read any of Lisa’s works but I can sense her there and I have a feeling this world is a product of her imagination.This story takes many twists and turns, develops in many different ways and it goes on to explore the world of politics, the conflict between the individual and the society, the dimensions of good and evil, the price we may for our decisions, the negative sides of any revolution etc. It is an amazing story on its own but the fact that the characters are masterfully portrayed is what makes it is very special. Did I mention that it also contains some interesting debates and moral dilemmas i.e. plenty of food for the thought? To conclude, this is a great fantasty novel. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, it would go something like this: Incredibly convincing, outlandishly brave and uncannily wise portrayal of an amazing life of one phenomenal woman.

  • Alexander Stormborn
    2019-05-18 18:00

    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.

  • Carmo
    2019-04-25 18:05

    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 tempestades que assolam Windhaven, é possivel vislumbrar a arte descritiva de GRRM, e pouco mais ...Este foi bem com:

  • Elihú
    2019-05-09 15:19

    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 la protagonista), creo se pudo haber recortado un poco. Aún así, fascina la manera tan vívida en que describen los "vuelos" de Maris, uno casi siente el viento y el mar en el rostro como ellos.Sentí una notable influencia de Ursula K. Le Guin y su saga de Terramar. No solo porque el mundo presentado es similar (archipiélagos), sino porque el tratamiento del personaje de Maris, es similar a la Tenar de Tumbas de Atuan, aunque sin hacer tanto hincapié en el mensaje feminista. Lo que sí resalta, son los dilemas morales y éticos que permean toda la narrativa, otra muestra más de que esos temas ya preocupaban mucho a Martin antes de su gran obra, en donde nadie tiene la razón y nadie está tampoco equivocado.Lo negativo es que el mundo no está tan explotado, aunque por ser una novela de poco más de 300 páginas, puede entenderse que no era el punto en ese momento. Aquí solo importa Maris, y el resto de personajes, salvo Val, no importan demasiado. La verdad, a veces la historia tenía un ritmo constante, pero de repente desaceleraba y no sé si eso sea consecuencia de que fue escrito a cuatro manos. No he leído nada más de Lisa Tuttle para identificar su influencia en Refugio del Viento y si eso provocó cierta irregularidad. Aún así, la novela se disfruta muchísimo. Tiene algunos toques de ciencia ficción (anecdóticos), pero sin duda, por el tono en que está contada, yo la pongo más como fantasía. Y la recomendaría a todos los que quieran descubrir más sobre Martin, pero también a los que busquen fantasía de otro tipo, no tan épica, pero contada con mucha soltura, con otro tipo de ambientes a los habituales. A mí siempre me da mucho placer leer obras de los 70 u 80 como esta que se alejaron de lo típico.

  • Ithil
    2019-04-26 11:20

    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, el ritmo me ha resultado un poco irregular. Como si fuera a saltos. Había muchas partes cargadas de acción y dinamismo, seguidas de otras partes mucho más lentas y casi sin avance. Esto es con partes del libro estaba totalmente enganchada y con otras partes me costaba ponerme con la lectura. Una vez que la parte más trepidante tenía su resolución, me costaba volver a meterme en la trama.De la misma forma hay algunos personajes muy carismáticos que contrastan con otros totalmente carentes de carisma. Ojo, son personajes que se equivocan, pasionales y muchas veces hasta irracionales. Son buenos personajes, pero sí que me dio la impresión que hay algunos que brillan mucho más que el resto de forma que, al igual que la trama, hace el libro bastante irregular.Cierto es que Windhaven es de las primeras obras tanto de Tuttle como de Martin por lo que puede tener algunos puntos flojos, pero la idea en sí me ha parecido fascinante. Finalmente, el nivel de inglés es bastante medio. Una persona habituada a leer en este idioma no creo que tenga muchos problemas con el libro. No tiene un vocabulario muy complicado ni es muy denso en ese sentido.

  • Nicolas
    2019-04-27 17:10

    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 mers pas forcément riantes, j’ai été séduit par ces îlots éparpillés dans une mer rarement calme. Ca m’a rappelé certaines images qu’on peut imaginer de la bretagne et du royaume uni, quand les tempêtes d’équinoxe font fumer la mer, et que les nuages traversent le ciel dans un galop ininterrompu. Bref, ça a totallement réveillé mon sens de la mer, mais aussi, et je pense que c’est assez logique, mon goût pour l’émerveillement. Et du coup, j’ai été totallement émerveillé, même si certains détails m’ont chagriné (mais j’y reviendrai plus loin).Donc le décor était beau. Mais ça ne suffisait pas. Dans cet archipel plus celte(2) que tahitien, les auteurs nous parlent d’une société stratifiée par ses personnages les plus emblématiques : les aériens. Ces aériens sont une caste qui, grâce à un héritage hélas en voie de disparition, peuvent transmettre rapidement des messages d’une île à l’autre en planant sur les ailes du vent. Et ça, forcément, ça ne peut que faire rêver. Imaginez, voler grâce à des ailes qu’on enfile comme un costume. Planer au ras des flots, ou au-dessus des nuages. Laisser les ascendances nous conduire plus loin. Joli, non ?Ca nous fait un beau décor, et un beau sujet. Reste à trouver une belle histoire. Connaissant l’auteur du trône de fer, on aurait pu s’attendre à un complot, à une machination, à du sang, à des morts tragiques … Je ne sais pas si c’est la présence de sa coauteur, et honnêtement j’en doute, mais il se trouve que ça n’est pas du tout ça. Le sujet choisi par les auteurs, c’est la lutte pour plus de fraternité et plus d’égalité dans un monde qui est loin d’être facile.Ca nous donne trois très beaux combats sur la thème de la tolérance. Un premier, d’abord(3) où l’héroïne lutte pour conserver ses ailes. Un deuxième, qui nous montre qu’il faut savoir accepter et se battre pour la différence, même quand elle nous rebute. Et un dernier enfin, où notre héroïne entreprend de réunir ceux qu’elle a divisés, malgré le drame qu’elle vit(4). Chacun de ces trois combats est décrit avec une justesse, une finesse dans le traitement des différents personnages, un désir d’éviter le manichéisme qui m’ont paru tout bonnement fabuleux. Bref, c’était génial.Pourtant, il y a quelques défauts dans ce roman si réussi. D’abord, un petit accroc dans la construction de sa réalité. En effet, la légende du peuplement de ce monde, c’est la panne d’un vaisseau de colonisation dans le système solaire de ce monde très océanique. Je ne sais pas, mais pour moi, quand on construit un vaisseau de colonisation, on s’arrange pour qu’il soit équipé pour coloniser. Et donc, on le munit de l’ensemble des outils nécessaires pour recréer une vie moderne sur ce monde. Ceci incluant des moyens de communication, de production d’énergie, des pllans de construction, ... Et ça, tout ça, semble avoir disparu lors de l’arrivée du vaisseau. C’est quand même rudement bizarre, non ? Bah, c’est pas bien grave, mais ça titille comme une dent creuse. Comme défauts, on trouve aussi ... on trouve, donc … Ben rien. Non, franchement, j’arrive pas à vous dire que c’est mièvre, parce que ça ne l’est pas. J’arrive pas à vous dire qu’il s’agit de nantis dans un monde pauvre, parce que ça n’est pas le cas. Donc, il n’y a qu’un défaut, pas forcément évident pour tout le monde.Est-ce que ça vous suffit pour en faire un chef-d’oeuvre ? Moi, en tout cas, ça me suffit pour le placer pas loin de Thomas le rimeur(5), de Kirinyaga, ou de Sans parler du chien, bref, tout en haut de la pile des chefs d’oeuvre.Du coup, bien sûr, je vais vous conseiller, vous ordonner, vous supplier, vous implorer de le lire, ne serait-ce que pour la beauté du geste. Vous verrez, ce sera bien. Et vous aussi, en le refermant, vous aurez comme le sentiment de rentrer d’une balade en bord de mer, sur un bord de mer battu par les vents, à peine pratiquable, mais beau et sauvage.(1) Un titre qui avait pour moi plus d’allure que le nouveau. M’enfin, je suis pas éditeur, moi.(2) ou, à la rigueur néo-zélandais, patagonien, ou norvégien, enfin bref, des tas d’endroits dont on dit que la mer est belle, mais où personne ne met son maillot pour s’y baigner.(3) Qui m’a inévitablement rappeler la nouvelle “Toucher le ciel” de Kirinyaga(4) Oui, c’est un drame, et il faut le comprendre comme tel.(5) Avec lequel il partage le privilège de m’avoir quasiment tiré des larmes.

  • Lau
    2019-05-16 14:59

    1.5Este 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 diferencia fue como entrar en un ambiente con aire acondicionado un día de 45ºC.Lisa Tuttle no escribe bien. O al menos en este libro dejó mucho que desear.La historia está situada en un mundo formado por archipiélagos donde existe una elite a la que llaman Alados, los únicos y privilegiados usuarios de unas alas antiquísimas hechas de un material irreproducible. Estos Alados son los encargados de llevar mensajes entre las islas, honor reservado a unas pocas familias que son venerados como semi dioses.Este sistema se cuestionará cuando Maris, una hija adoptiva de un Alado, deba renunciar a las alas que estuvo usando casi como juego mientras el verdadero heredero no las reclamara. Maris, al verse despojada de las alas, arma lo que pretende ser una compleja conspiración para ser escuchada por los Alados y que este sistema arcaico de sucesión se vuelva más flexible.Ser o no ser (Alado), esa es la cuestión... y el argumento.Las tres partes que componen el libro corresponden a tres diferentes puntos de la vida de Maris.Comenzó interesante, pero a medida que se avanza, el intento de mensaje de justicia e igualdad de derechos y posibilidades me pareció más una discusión de encaprichamiento que otra cosa. A medida que las páginas corren, los diálogos se vuelven repetitivos y llegado un punto me di cuenta que estaba leyendo las mismas cosas una y otra, y otra, y otra vez, dicho por diferentes personajes o dicho a diferentes personajes.Hay cosas importantes que se comentan tán rápido que las tuve que releer, y otras sin ninguna importancia que se repiten como si rezaran. También se desaprovecharon elementos que podrían haber sido muy interesantes, como la historia del origen de los alados (que se cuenta por encima en uno o dos parrafitos).Cuando llegó la parte de George Martin la historia comenzó a fluir, pero a pesar de sus evidentes esfuerzos (en el tiempo que Lisa Tuttle contó una cosa, George Martin hizo que pasaran al menos nueve) el libro ya me resultaba tan aburrido y monótono que había perdido por completo el interés.Los personajes son todos -o prácticamente todos- muy desagradables, empezando por la misma Maris y su doble discurso hipócrita que muta de acuerdo a su conveniencia.El resto de los Alados son tan o más desagradables que ella. Hay muchas cosas traídas de los pelos (si, me refiero a las partes escritas por Tuttle) y los personajes que se supone que son tradicionalistas son tan volubles que más que Alados deberían llamarse Veletas.La palabra Alados se repite 990 veces y 950 creo que fueron en la parte de Tuttle. No se si fue esa la intención o no, pero durante más de la mitad del libro el tener alas parece más una adicción insana que un privilegio. En ningún momento la historia me cautivó o me hizo comprender el padecimiento de los personajes. Tampoco hay un verdadero enemigo o conflicto, sino más bien una lucha de terquedad.El epílogo terminó de hundir al libro. Le iba a poner dos estrellas (por la parte de Martin) pero el epílogo me deprimió tanto (es muy triste y muy innecesario) que decidí que estaba siendo demasiado generosa.Reseña de Fantasía Mágica

  • Siobhan
    2019-04-25 12:13

    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, but I never went out of my way to purchase it. Of course, when I saw it in an offer my mind was made up. I never say no to books by my favourite authors when they’re on offer, meaning when I saw this one (along with a book by another of my favourite authors) in an offer I jumped at it. I didn’t pick it up straight away – my bookshelf is overflowing – but I worked around to it rather quickly. I was curious, after all.For me, I’d deem this book to be a fantasy novel with a bit of a sci-fi back-story. Set on another world, seemingly extremely far in the future, we have a whole new way of living. On this planet, travel between the distant islands is hard so flyers exist to take messages back-and-forth across the planet. I feel as though I could have done with a bit more information regarding how the whole flyer thing worked – what it was about the atmosphere and the gravity of the planet that made it possible – but even without these details it was a wonderful concept.As you would expect, though, things aren’t as straightforward as they should be. Like any good fantasy novel there is conflict. One group against another, trouble between the classes. There is a clear divide in the society and things need changing. What we’re given is the story of these changes taking place.Whilst we follow the same main character throughout, I do feel as though it was more about the story than about her. Yes, she was important. She was a great main character to follow, she was important in the events, and I loved watching her life at these main points. Still, her life took a backseat to the main story. Not that such a thing bothered me, as it was great to see such a thing. We are merely given glimpses, for the most part, into her personal story. The personal story takes a backseat to the important changes taking place in the world, our character being our focus simply for the role she plays – and it is this role we focus on.Honestly, it was a great read. The story is split into three parts, three points in time where big change happens. I’m not going to go into detail about what these things are, but throughout we get to see how the world has changed. As we shift from one point in time to the next, we get to see the effects of the last change on society and the characters that keep popping up. Speaking of characters, there’s quite a bit of fun to be had there. The cast is great, all having their own role to play in the story.Truthfully, this is the kind of thing I could imagine being made into a movie. Unfortunately, I fear as though it would be one of those movies that are terribly awkward. I guess it’s a good job I’m not really one for endorsing movie adaptations of the books I read.Certainly, though, I’d recommend this for fans of George R. R. Martin.

  • Florian Pekazh
    2019-05-14 11:25

    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 някогашният космически кораб те успяват да конструират сложни устройства, наричани просто "крила". С много тренировки и благодарение на здравите сплави, от които са изработени тези устройства, човек може да кръстосва небесата, носен от ураганните ветрове.Марис, която въпреки, че няма право по кодекса на летците, получава шанса да използва един от останалите вече ограничени бройки чифтове крила. Един ден обаче плановете й се сгромолясват и за да запази правото си да се рее в небесата ще трябва да се противопостави на самият кодекс...Класическа фантастика, написана най-вече от Лайза Татъл и поне според думите на Джордж Мартин - леко коригирана от него. Грабва още от началото със своят драматизъм и интересни идеи, а обратите държат читателя под напрежение до самия край.

  • Heather
    2019-05-04 15:13

    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-way through the book I no longer cared what they thought or what happened to them. I just kept reading in hopes that Martin would pull some of his last minute magic....and it never came. It isn't terrible or full of typos, it is just so typical template fantasy that any ASoIaF fan is going to be frustrated. There is nothing outstanding about this book. If Terry Pratchet were no longer funny and clever or Neil Gaimen were no longer quirky and dark they would lose what distinguishes them from the first time SF/Fantasy author who doesn't know what he/she is doing and there would be no reason to read them. If you are new to the genre, there is nothing wrong with this book, but if you are looking for something more i advise you not to waste your time.

  • Alex
    2019-05-01 11:27

    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 brother once he comes of age. This is effectively three connected novlettes from different periods of her life that focus on pivotal societal changes and aftershocks, some of which take decades to manifest. There are several points where the story could have been turned easily to make it more narratively convenient, and those paths were rarely taken. Misery escalates without being overbearing. Change happens, but everything has consequences, and nothing ends cleanly. I’m going to pick up a copy of this for my teenaged niece. I’m going to keep my copy and revisit.

  • Tangleflower
    2019-05-09 16:22

    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 Lannister. A pretty good book if you're into a certain kind of very romantic science fiction.

  • Quintin Zimmermann
    2019-04-29 12:23

    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.

  • K.K. Summer
    2019-05-16 11:07

    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
    2019-05-21 12:19

    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 frequenti e sicuri avvengono tramite uomini in grado di volare con ali metalliche. Costoro compongono una casta privilegiata: tramandandosi le poche ali rimaste da genitore a primogenito, i Volatori sfruttano le correnti per librarsi da un’isola all’altra trasmettendo in poche ore messaggi importanti che altrimenti impiegherebbero mesi a giungere. Ma l’essenza dei Volatori è ben altra: essi sono un tutt’uno coi venti e il cielo, sanno leggere le correnti e anticipare tempeste e bonacce, volare è in breve tutta la loro vita e sono consapevoli della loro fortuna e libertà, disprezzando pertanto i meschini Terragnoli costretti a vivere radicati a terra.Maris è figlia di pescatori, e ha potuto coronare il suo sogno di volare grazie all’adozione di un Volatore che ormai disperava di poter generare un erede. Ne Le tempeste viene narrata la sua battaglia contro la tradizione, che sta per strapparle le ali essendo giunto a maggiore età Coll, l’erede del patrigno tanto sperato e infine nato. Se Maris è disperata, Coll è spaventato, poiché le sue inclinazioni lo spingono a voler diventare un cantore piuttosto che un Volatore. Le tradizioni, tuttavia, non consentono al primogenito di un Volatore di rifiutare le ali, né queste possono essere cedute a qualcuno che le meriti o desideri maggiormente. Le tradizioni, però, possono essere sfidate e cambiate, ed è ciò che farà Maris. Un’ala mostra una Maris più vecchia di sette anni alle prese con le conseguenze delle sue azioni: ottenuta la possibilità di fondare delle Accademie che formino chiunque desideri imparare volare per sfidare i legittimi detentori delle ali, la donna deve cozzare contro il disincanto dei giovani che ha illuso di poter volare in un mondo cambiato nella forma ma non nella sostanza, e contro il razzismo dei Volatori di cui sente sempre meno di far parte. Infine, ne La caduta Maris dovrà fare i conti con l'età e un terribile incidente che la priverà della capacità di volare, nonché con il mondo creato dalle sue scelte, un nuovo capitolo della storia che ha privato i Volatori dell'aura leggendaria tanto conosciuta e amata dai Terragnoli.Sarà la presenza di altre due mani oltre a quelle del famoso autore americano, ma quelle di Martin si sentono poco.I tre racconti presentano un universo affascinante e curato, ma non si amalgamano abbastanza da creare una vicenda unitaria che catturi l’attenzione del lettore costituendosi come percorso organico. Non ci sono in realtà difetti sostanziali, solo una tale dose di insipidezza da rendere impossibile l‘imprimersi nella memoria dei personaggi o delle vicende che hanno accompagnato il lettore per quasi quattrocento pagine: il tema della strenua volontà che rende possibile ogni cosa, ma comporta sacrifici, perdite e disillusione, non è certamente nuovo ed è sviluppato in modo assai poco originale; altrettanto abusato è lo schema del giovane dotato di natali sfortunati cui è pertanto impedito di seguire il proprio sogno, che sfida un sistema di regole ingiuste e reazionarie – talmente tanto che risultano quasi incredibili in un mondo dove dalle poche ali rimaste dipendono i destini di così tante persone per poterle affidare a qualcuno che non ha le capacità per portarle; solo l'ultimo racconto, che narra il disincanto della vecchiaia, la necessità di riscrivere la propria vita e di fare i conti con le conseguenze delle scelte prese in gioventù, riesce a convincere e interessare.Ma nel complesso, volendo considerare le tre parti come un unicum e non giudicare separatamente i tre racconti, risulta un lavoro poco più che mediocre, formalmente (manca l’acutezza della pennellata di Martin, la sapienza nel costruire pause e attese e nel gestire i tempi narrativi, la profondità dei personaggi) e contenutisticamente, consigliato solo a chi desidera qualche ora d’evasione senza troppe pretese.Nota sulla quarta di copertina: come al solito, chi l'ha scritta deve aver letto o capito molto poco del libro, dal momento che fa riferimento a una società 'maschilista' che assolutamente non lo è; classista senza dubbio, ma nella casta dei Volatori una primogenita vale quanto un primogenito, e una donna quanto un uomo: le donne possono volare persino se incinte, fermarsi quando troppo pericoloso, per poi richiedere le ali subito dopo il parto. Immagino che sbandierare una rivoluzione femminista da parte della protagonista facesse troppo gola.

  • Sophia
    2019-04-24 12:21

    All the stars in the world for this one. Amazing.

  • The Grand Shuckett
    2019-05-01 18:22

    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 description, and the round, dynamic characters truly bring the water world Windhaven to life.There is only one point-of-view character. Yes, viewing a world and its issues from many points of view can be illuminating and create a depth unable to be attained otherwise, but there is a certain bond that you form with the main character, Maris, that would be lost if she were not the sole point-of-view character. You grow attached to Maris because you live through her life with her, experiencing her ups and downs as she does, waiting in suspense with her, and interacting with other characters through her.Maris is a well-rounded character. It is easy to connect with Maris as the heroine of the novel because she is so realistic. She is brave, friendly, and has a strong moral compass, but she is also selfish and rash. As with all great characters, the novel really shows her grow and develop into someone admirable.The concept of flyers is very inventive and interesting. Through the description of Maris’s flights and her viewings of other flyers, you really get a feeling for what it might be like to soar through the sky with only the wind to hold you aloft. It is easily one of the best things about the novel.He doesn’t brutally kill off every character you love. Yes, there is death, quite a bit actually; however, this is because of the inherent danger of flying and the fact that the novel is the full course of Maris’s life. As Maris grows older, many of the characters to whom you have been introduced die, either through occupational hazard or just good old fashion life, but you don’t feel robbed or indignant.The romance was very natural and realistic. It comes a bit late and is not overly lovey-dovey, but it is heartwarming.It is a completely accurate portrayal of human nature in terms of discrimination.What I Didn’t Like:It isn’t what I would call action packed. If you’re looking for the thrills and chills of A Song of Ice and Fire, then you need to look elsewhere. I was expecting major plot twists and triumphant victories, but what I got, while entertaining and well-developed, was tame in comparison.It was anti-climactic. This is probably due in large part to the epilogue, which I won’t spoil by explaining. This is a really big deal in terms of literature because it does not grant the catharsis that readers need to feel at the end of a novel. I was left feeling bereft of something that I still cannot explain.Overall:Windhaven is a good novel. The characters are believable. The setting is beautiful. It is not fast-paced but is still worth the read. I appreciated it for its story and the quality of the writing, but the catharsis that I expected never really came.Check out for more of our reviews!

  • Denise
    2019-05-23 15:22

    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 Maris challenges the ancient traditions of her world, demanding that the wings should be bestowed by merit rather than by bloddline. In doing so, she starts a revolution of sorts, with little idea of all the social and political repercussions her actions will cause.Windhaven accompanies Maris through all stages of her life, from early childhood until her deathbed, through three novella-length parts bracketed by prologues and epilogue. Unfortunately, this means that apart from Maris herself, we don't get to know a lot of characters more than superficially, as they pass in and out of her life over the long decades the story encompasses. Out of the three parts, I enjoyed the first one most, the last one least - Maris just spent entirely too much time wallowing in selfpity for my liking. A word of warning to George R.R. Martin fans who pick this up because they need something to tide them over the long wait until The Winds of Winter finally makes an appearance: If you go into this awaiting anything like ASOIAF, you will be sorely disappointed. It has none of the grim, gritty brutality, multitude of multifaceted and deeply intriguing characters, and sheer epicness. If, however, you go into it expecting nothing more or less than a nice fantasy read set in a fascinating world, you might enjoy it quite a bit. While it is my least favourite GRRM work read to date, it is by no means a bad book - I just didn't find it as dazzlingly awesome as the rest. 3.5/5

  • Sandro
    2019-04-27 14:03

    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 book may reside in the backstory of how the wings came to be and how it all began. There was so much potential there, but it was all explained in a paragraph or two.I could not help to recommend this book. So go ahead One-Wings and conquer your position as Flyers.Side notes:I really took the liking for flying. If the urge to fly again becomes too unbearable for me a previously "stuck to earth", I'm looking forward to read Updraft and see what it looks like.I don't know which author wrote each parts of the book. Yet, characters like "The Crow" assure us that G.R.R. Martin maybe was already tinkering with A Song of Ice and Fire at the time (Or maybe he just likes crows).

  • Pamr
    2019-05-07 17:02

    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 on to discuss the ending.I think if an amnesia pill is invented I would use it to erase reading this book. (See what I said about not enough melodrama).

  • Jiayun Yun
    2019-04-29 16:22

    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 writing wasn't extremely engaging. :(

  • Cheryl Hall
    2019-04-26 12:22

    A very nice read.Although not quite as rich as A Song of Ice and Fire, I still greatly enjoyed visiting another of George R R Martins worlds.