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I was OK with purchasing I and II, but when the stories were the same as in the original dream-songs version I was very disappointed! I bought 2 and 3 and the stories were the same as in the original? What's with that? Why didn't you indicate that it was the same as the original?
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Don't sell an volume 1 and 2 with the same exact stories on the original volume!
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
This is a wonderful tour through Martin's short stories, with comments from the author himself that are both insightful and entertaining. This volume has three parts, the first contains a couple short fantasy stories (The Ice Dragon and the lovely Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr). The second part is the bulk of the book, and it consists of science-fiction horror stories. Some of these are quite frightening, or at least gory, but it also includes Martin's most famous story, Sandkings. The final two stories in the book are excerpts from the story collection Tuff Voyaging.
The whole thing is read by wonderful readers (though the reader for the Tuff stories set my teeth on edge a bit, as he made the phlegmatic interstellar ecological engineer sound like a 17th century pirate), but this is probably not the volume to get if you don't like horror stories, though there is plenty else here to keep you interested. For those who are willing to give horror a try, or who love everything Martin does, this is a no-brainer.
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