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Nightflyers af George R. R. Martin

Nightflyers (udgave 2019)

af George R. R. Martin (Forfatter)

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Forfattere:George R. R. Martin (Forfatter)
Info:HarperVoyager (2019), Edition: TV tie-in edition, 176 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Nightflyers {novella} af George R. R. Martin


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Avoid all spoilers. This review has none.

"A haunted house story on a star ship" GRRM

The ship Nightflyer is chartered to meet up with a mythical ancient species called the volcryn. A team is gathered. Experts in alien language, psychology, biology, technology. The novella starts when they get picked up on their planet (Avalon) and head out on their mission.

I had to re-read the first 40 pages because I struggled getting into the story. I consider it a rough start because sometimes he uses their first names, sometimes last names and yet still, at other times, their job titles. Until I got it all matched up, I struggled. None of the below is spoilers but it may just help you get over the hurtle I faced. (I pretty much copy and pasted the descriptions GRRM used in the book).


volcryn “an ancient alien species thought by some to be mythical/legendary. It will soon pierce the Tempter's Veil. Nightflyer is following.

Royd Eris - the mysterious owner and captain of the starship Nightflyer, who is never seen except as a hologram therefore is often thought of as a "ghost".

5 women and 4 men boarded the ship from Avalon

Karoly d'Branin (male) the leader of the expedition. He chartered the ship to find the volcryn. He is the one with the passion to make contact with the ancient species. He often says "my volcryn".

Melantha Jhirl (female) a genetically engineered 'improved model/human' from the planet Prometheus, who is larger, faster, brighter, and stronger than a normal human. She is the child of 2 genetic wizards.

Thale Lasamer (male) level 1 Telepath (capable of reading the thoughts of others around him.) Frail, young, nervous, temperamental, afraid of everyone yet given to bouts of arrogance in which he taunts his companions with thoughts he snatches from their minds.

Agatha Marij-Black (female) level 3 psipsych (idk what that is but she is also called an empath "a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.") hypochondriac, given to black depressions. FYI 'querulous' means "complaining in a petulant or whining manner"

Lommie Thorne (female) cyberneticist (computer/systems master) talked to her computers, preferring them to humans. She has a port in her arm to direct connect to the system.

Rojan Christopheris (male) xenobiologist (studies extraterrestrial life forms) Surly, argumentative. A cynic whose contempt for his colleagues was barely kept in check. A drinker.

Dannel (male) linguist (studies languages) *

Lindran (female) linguist (studies languages) *

* The above two behaved as a couple in public but in private they quarreled bitterly. They "sexed often but not with each other" (Idky GRRM says that because later they do "sex").

Alys Northwind (female) Xenotech (studies alien technology) she ate constantly and never washed.

"Nightflyers, as well as the Hugo and Nebula-winning novelette Sandkings, was the direct result of a writer being told he couldn't do something: "The inspiration for both of those stories," Martin explained, "was a statement I read somewhere by a critic, to the effect that SF and horror was opposites, and fundamentally incompatible. As a lifelong fan of both, that assertion struck me as nonsense, so I set out to prove it wrong by blending the two genres together. Worked out pretty well for me."

Everything You Need to Know About George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers Tor.com

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  Seayla2020 | Nov 21, 2020 |
There were aspects that I enjoyed, and some that bothered me.

There were many moments of beautiful prose, complete with vivid descriptions that set the stage well. The plot was interesting and the ending relatively satisfying.

However, the characters felt very flat to me. I had no connection with any of them and could honestly barely tell them apart. The sexual references/language felt very forced and contributed nothing to the story.

Overall, I did somewhat enjoy it, though I won't likely ever return to it or recommend it to others. ( )
  crleverette | Oct 5, 2020 |
Interesting, yet underwhelming. The ending felt flat and anticlimactic. Maybe it was the audiobook effect? The complex names didn’t help either... I’ll blame the audiobook for my subpar experience.

6/10 ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
Well, there is the usual GRRM blood and guts - I think this was supposed to be a horror novellet but I wasn't particularly horrified. There was an old idea with an interesting twist, of sorts. Mediocre writing - the same descriptors and odd, made-up words used throughout. The charaters were forgettable and flat. I simply didn't give a damn what happened to them. The dialogue was also rather flat. We have a team leader that is insipid and apparently can't lead, and a know-it-all team that don't seem too interested in their project, that stupidly repeats the same mistake repetitively, and is surprised when they get the same bad results. Lets just say I was hoping for some random space monsters to gobble up the space-ship people just to make things a bit interesting and raise the intelligence quotient on the ship. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
This is a book big on ideas, but doesn't go big enough, or it should be a bit more compact. The characters follow stereotypes, but at times manages to break out of the roles. The best character is Melantha Jhirl - an enhanced human being, tall, dark skin, capable. For a book originally written in 1980, its incredibly ahead of its time.

Unfortunately, it suffers from parts that are at times, too sparse. Other times, it falls back on tropes from the 70's, specifically ESP type powers. The mystery was a bit of a let down, and the ending of the book is odd, but awesome.

I can see why it is still in the pubic eye, and its worth a read. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Aug 14, 2019 |
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Als Jesus von Nazareth sterbend am Kreuz hing, passierten die Volcryn den Schauplatz des Leidens in weniger als einem Lichtjahr Entfernung auf dem Weg hinaus.
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A shorter version of this novella was first published in Analog in 1980.
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