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Windhaven de George R. R. Martin
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Windhaven (original: 2017; edição: 1982)

de George R. R. Martin (Autor)

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A classic tale of a brilliantly rendered world of ironbound tradition, where a rebellious soul seeks to prove the power of a dream. The planet of Windhaven was not originally a home to humans, but it became one following the crash of a colony starship. It is a world of small islands, harsh weather, and monster-infested seas. Communication among the scattered settlements was virtually impossible until the discovery that, thanks to light gravity and a dense atmosphere, humans were able to fly with the aid of metal wings made of bits of the cannibalized spaceship. Many generations later, among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, who bring news, gossip, songs, and stories. They are romantic figures crossing treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms that could easily dash them from the sky to instant death. They are also members of an increasingly elite caste, for the wings--always in limited quantity-- are growing gradually rarer as their bearers perish. With such elitism comes arrogance and a rigid adherence to hidebound tradition. And for the flyers, allowing just anyone to join their cadre is an idea that borders on heresy. Wings are meant only for the offspring of flyers--now the new nobility of Windhaven. Except that sometimes life is not quite so neat. Maris of Amberly, a fisherman's daughter, was raised by a flyer and wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. By tradition, however, the wings must go to her stepbrother, Coll, the flyer's legitimate son. But Coll wants only to be a singer, traveling the world by sea. So Maris challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen on the basis of merit rather than inheritance. And when she wins that bitter battle, she discovers that her troubles are only beginning. For not all flyers are willing to accept the world's new structure, and as Maris battles to teach those who yearn to fly, she finds herself likewise fighting to preserve the integrity of a society she so longed to join--not to mention the very fabric that holds her culture together.… (mais)
Membro:KimmViebrock
Título:Windhaven
Autores:George R. R. Martin (Autor)
Informação:Pocket (1982), 324 pages
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I really loved this book. The world building was interesting and fantastic, and I loved Maris as a protagonist. I would recommend it to any fantasy fan. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Jun 7, 2021 |
As I understand it, this book is basically three short stories sewed together, with an added prologue and epilogue. Together, these five snippets of the character follows her from cradle to grave. It alls takes place on a archipelago world where spacewrecked humans in the distant past have given rise to a pre-industrial society whose main reliable means of speedy communication is the oral messages delivered between islands by "fliers" -- Icharus-esque users of wings built from the remnants of the spacefaring technology. These wings are inherited, causing a class of people separate from the rest of society, with no mobiity into it for outsiders. Enter the protagonist, who so desperately wishes to fly, she might just change the world to do so...

The first short story is OK, but didn't really grab me. The second was a lot more interesting and engrossed me thoroughly, and the third -- possibly because of the pathos of seeing the woman who was 'just' a young girl reaching the final stages of her life -- was actually rather moving. All in all, thus, this made for a very good and memorable read, but the buy-in of the first third of the book was perhaps a bit steep. Also be warned that due to the low-tech nature of this society, the book might feel more like a no-magic fantasy world than it does a science fiction one -- a boon to my tastes, but possibly not to everyone. ( )
  Lucky-Loki | Nov 5, 2020 |
A light sci-fi piece from a 1970s George R. R. Martin and his collaborator, Lisa Tuttle. It might seem unremarkable at first sight, but building a convincing world and populating it with characters to root for, all in under 400 pages, while keeping those pages turning, is no mean feat. When you appreciate that Martin and Tuttle then have the consequences of their characters' actions influence the dynamics of the world they have built in ways that are convincing, then you start to respect the craft a bit more.

You might say this is all nothing more than what storytellers are meant to do – and should we praise them for doing as they ought? – but Windhaven kept me engaged and, speaking personally, that is becoming increasingly rare in my reading for whatever reason. The growth through the story is very much welcome; the believe-in-yourself-and-your-dreams-will-come-true moral of the first part gives way to a more mature outlook as consequences take effect. We follow Maris in a bittersweet progression from youth to old age, and it's pretty fantastic. The romance of flying is never lost, nor is the hopefulness in Maris' story, and Windhaven has commendable balance and deftness throughout. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 19, 2019 |
Martin and Tuttle have created an alien but recognizably human world where the descendants of stranded spacefarers have cannibalized the solar sails of their ancestors' ships to create wings allowing a few, specially-trained men and women to fly on the planet's unceasing winds.

That's all backstory, though, as the story centers around a young woman whose desire to fly leads her to batter down barriers that have stood for generations. The average run-of-the-mill fantasy offering might stop there. In fact, the first section of the book does end on that note, and would have been a fine (if somewhat short) YA novel. This one, however, is a book for grown-ups, and it goes far beyond the Brave Young Heroine Challenging Tradition to take a look at what happens to the song when you change a single note.

Well worth reading. And, since I have an utter aversion to series books, it's good to see a stand-alone fantasy novel that doesn't require the reader to make a career out of wading through 27 volumes of high fantasy set in a pseudo-medieval world of magic and myth. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Dec 14, 2018 |
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A classic tale of a brilliantly rendered world of ironbound tradition, where a rebellious soul seeks to prove the power of a dream. The planet of Windhaven was not originally a home to humans, but it became one following the crash of a colony starship. It is a world of small islands, harsh weather, and monster-infested seas. Communication among the scattered settlements was virtually impossible until the discovery that, thanks to light gravity and a dense atmosphere, humans were able to fly with the aid of metal wings made of bits of the cannibalized spaceship. Many generations later, among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, who bring news, gossip, songs, and stories. They are romantic figures crossing treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms that could easily dash them from the sky to instant death. They are also members of an increasingly elite caste, for the wings--always in limited quantity-- are growing gradually rarer as their bearers perish. With such elitism comes arrogance and a rigid adherence to hidebound tradition. And for the flyers, allowing just anyone to join their cadre is an idea that borders on heresy. Wings are meant only for the offspring of flyers--now the new nobility of Windhaven. Except that sometimes life is not quite so neat. Maris of Amberly, a fisherman's daughter, was raised by a flyer and wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. By tradition, however, the wings must go to her stepbrother, Coll, the flyer's legitimate son. But Coll wants only to be a singer, traveling the world by sea. So Maris challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen on the basis of merit rather than inheritance. And when she wins that bitter battle, she discovers that her troubles are only beginning. For not all flyers are willing to accept the world's new structure, and as Maris battles to teach those who yearn to fly, she finds herself likewise fighting to preserve the integrity of a society she so longed to join--not to mention the very fabric that holds her culture together.

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