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The Ice Dragon por George R. R. Martin
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The Ice Dragon (edição 2014)

por George R. R. Martin (Autor), Luis Royo (Ilustrador)

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Leaving in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, the legendary ice dragon has never been tamed until it meets Adara, a winter child who looks to the creature to help save her world from destruction.
Membro:KarenMizzi
Título:The Ice Dragon
Autores:George R. R. Martin (Autor)
Outros autores:Luis Royo (Ilustrador)
Informação:Tor Teen (2014), Edition: First, 128 pages
Colecções:young adult
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The Ice Dragon por George R. R. Martin

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3.5 stars

I enjoyed this short story. It's bittersweet, but I wouldn't expect anything less from the author. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
'Dragon de glace' ('Ice Dragon' in its original, English version) was first released in 2011 via Éditions ActuSF. This bundle of 4 short-stories was recently (June 2019) re-released in pocket format via Collection Hélios, a label shared by Éditions ActuSF, Les Éditions Mnémos, and Les Moutons Électriques.

This little book contains 4 stories, each dating from the 1980s and previously published in various magazines.

1) Dragon de glace (Ice Dragon, 1980)
This one was previously published in the (French) magazine Bifrost (no. 28, 2002). It's a story about a introverted, 7 year old girl, Adara, who lives with her little brother (Geoff), elder sister (Téri) and their father on a farm. The eldest girl also works as a waitress to have her family have a higher income. The little brother is a curious kid, not really afraid of anything. He was their father's favourite. Adara was born in winter, her favourite season. The cold, the snow, the ice... didn't bother her at all. The warmth and clarity of the summer was something she could never really feel comfortable, especially not when their uncle Hal, a dragon-rider and valiant warrior, came to visit them, which he did on a regular basis. Each time he brought them some gifts.

This time, a war was being waged and uncle Hal had to help fight off the enemies, who largely outnumbered Hal's troops. Adara, on the other hand, had become friends with the ice dragon. So much even, that she wanted to flee with him. Until the war hit home and she felt remorse for her actions and thoughts. All's well that ends well, except for the ice dragon.

A beautiful story, no question about that. (5/5)

2) Dans les contrées perdues (In the Lost Lands, 1982)
This story was first published in France in the magazine Asphodale (no. 4, 2003). A knight visits a witch in her cottage in the woods to fulfil his mistress's wish: to be able to change shape, more precisely that of a werewolf. Her credo is: I've never refused a client. On the other hand, he has a wish of his own: his mistress must not succeed in her desire to change shape. Of course, the witch will be richly rewarded for her services. She goes out on a mission to satisfy both demands. She gets in touch with someone who can lead her to a werewolf. It will later turn out that her contact is the werewolf, changing shape as the full moon approaches. However, the witch can also change shape and is quick-witted, difficult to be fooled. And so, one thing leads to another: the werewolf dies, is stripped of his fur. The fur is then brought back for the knight to give to his mistress. The result of the mission is positive, both demands were fulfilled. But the knight, who's madly in love with his mistress, will have wished he could "order" something else from the witch.

Another good story. (4/5)

3) L'Homme en forme de poire (The Pear-Shaped Man, 1987)
This story was first published in France in the magazine Bifrost (no. 33, 2004). It's the weirdest of the pack, more realistic in setting. Not really fantasy, more like magical realism. The key role is played by a female illustrator, who has a secure job, thanks to a trustworthy collaboration. She delivers quality and on time. However, in the building where she lives with a friend, there's also a pear-shaped man. His behaviour is peculiar, weird, to say the least. He eats only a specific kind of crackers (Cheez Doodles) and drinks large amounts of cola. Nobody has ever seen him eat or drink anything else. He doesn't even have a job. He doesn't even have a name, it seems, nor does he have a record anywhere. And nobody seems to care about all this, since he lives his life and they theirs.

He seems to have fallen for Jessie, who is anxious to find out more about him, yet is also terrified of him, as he looks creepy. At some point, her flatmates assure her that nothing can go wrong. So he finally pays him a visit. The end is quite expected. She seems to have been swallowed by him, becoming him afterwards. Her flatmates don't even realise this.

A creepy story, not so much to my liking. (3/5)

4) Portrait de famille (Portraits of his Children, 1985)
I don't think this one was ever published in France, until now. There's no information in this little book about any previous publication, except Asimov's, November 1985. The story revolves around a writer who has lost his wife and his daughter, as he considered the characters in his books better family members than his own wife and daughter. His wife divorced from him, but went over to the other side a few years later. His daughter never forgave her father for his silly and selfish decisions. She decided to send him paintings, portraits of his characters - whereas previously she sent some of her own. These paintings are haunted, as each character comes alive at night. Both writer and character then have a talk about the writer's life and behaviour, to make him see the error of his ways.

There's a red line in the order of the paintings, but his daughter skipped a few books in the series. In the end, he can't stand it any more, as he can't lead a proper life any longer. He calls his daughter, asks her for forgiveness. She pays him a visit, but not to forgive. On the contrary even. She's furious. She was raped in the period she had left her father and lived on her own. Her father used that event for another book, though with a few changes in names, of course. He would pay dearly for this mistake. In the end, the writer does recognise that he's been a fool, that he followed a wrong path. The price that he pays, is very high, though.

A very dark story, very confronting, too. (5/5)

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A bundle of 4 diverse stories, each very well written, also thanks to the translators' efforts. The diversity makes it a worthwhile object and shows that there is more to George R.R. Martin than 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. Very much recommended!

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I was sent this book by Éditions ActuSF for review. Many thanks to them for the trust. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
That was a quick fun read. Makes me wish I had kids to read it to. ( )
  aldimartino | Nov 25, 2020 |
That was a quick fun read. Makes me wish I had kids to read it to. ( )
  Andy_DiMartino | Nov 25, 2020 |
As a child I would of been too sensitive to enjoy this. As an adult, dang, it still hurts a bit. The new pond that was walked around... and the death of another that was trying to save... Wah!
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  Seayla2020 | Nov 21, 2020 |
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Gilbert, YvonneIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Royo, LuisArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Royo, LuisIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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