Book Review: Songs of Love and Death


Jen and I read the same book. That in itself is always surprising. “Rare those books are”, Yoda would say. It’s a book with a collection of short stories, co-edited by George R. R. Martin of A Song Of Ice and Fire fame.  Jen read it first and said it was not very good. This surprised me because, well, the editor is George R. R. Martin and all (one day I will have to write a post about this middle initial thing…what gives with that anyway?) and there are some fairly well known authors included in the book, such as Neil Gaiman. I love me some Neil Gaiman.

Anyway, after Jen was done I thought I would give it a try. Surely if Jen didn’t like it, I would.

Well I didn’t. Some of the stories were good, but mostly, they were just crap. In some stories, the writing was just plain bad. It’s like the authors couldn’t be bothered writing something. As I was reading, I was often thinking that they owed George Martin a favour, and had committed to providing a story for the book. Now they were caught. Shit. I have to write something. But I don’t want to. Screw it, let me pull out my short story I had to write in English class in high school and polish it up a bit. There you go, done.

I really tried to like the Gaiman story, I really did. But it ended in a weird way that left me dissatisfied. I just didn’t get where he went with that story. I won’t go into details, in case you want to read it for yourself. Even Diana Gabaldon was a bit of a snoozer. I’m fairly certain it was something she had written for some of her other books, but that she could not fit in to the main story.

It’s too bad really. I expected so much more from this book. I think Martin should focus on finishing the bloody A Song of Ice and Fire saga from now on! No more distractions!

Luc’s score: 3/10

Check out Jen’s review.


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