Reviews of Sandkings (1981)
Review by clong (2004-09-10)
This collection features seven Martin short stories from the late 70s, including two Hugo winners. For the most part these are stories about people set on interesting and dangerous alien worlds. The title story, Sandkings, is probably Martin's best known short story, and is very well done, if not exactly my cup of tea (it's more of a horror story set in a sci fi world). My favorite was Bitterblooms, a sad and strangely beautiful story about a young woman's struggle for survival on a world that endures winters that last for years. The Way of Cross and Dragon, In the House of the Worm, and The Stone City were also pretty good.