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Dirk è richiamato su Worlorn dall'amore per Gwen che pensava di aver perduto. Il pianeta, però, non è il mondo che Dirk immaginava e Gwen non è più la donna che aveva conosciuto, è infatti legata a un altro uomo e a un pianeta che sta morendo, in cui niente può sopravvivere perché sta precipitando in un buio eterno. Questa terra desolata è il luogo di scontro tra culture dDirk è richiamato su Worlorn dall'amore per Gwen che pensava di aver perduto. Il pianeta, però, non è il mondo che Dirk immaginava e Gwen non è più la donna che aveva conosciuto, è infatti legata a un altro uomo e a un pianeta che sta morendo, in cui niente può sopravvivere perché sta precipitando in un buio eterno. Questa terra desolata è il luogo di scontro tra culture diverse dove, con uno stile che ricorda Tolkien, inseguimenti e duelli si susseguono in un continuo crescendo. Epica, sesso e nostalgia si mescolano in un mix che catturerà il lettore....

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In fondo il buio Reviews

  • Bradley
    2018-09-07 18:27

    I had absolutely no issues in giving this a full 5 star rating, because even though the novel was nominated in '78 for the Hugo, that it comes out of the mind of one of the more well-beloved SF/F authors of our times, the novel is absolutely gorgeous all on its own.Why? Because we're getting such depth of world-building, from the science of the solar/planetary, to the culture it spawned, to an absolutely amazing depth of social explorations, to a very cool discourse on the sexes as seen from multiple cultures and their conflicts.Sound impressive? It only gets better, because the story is oh so solid and very complex. This is the novel highlights all the things we truly love about his SoIaF series, establishing characters as one thing only to break the mold completely, crossing all the boundaries of evil to good and back again. No one is a secondary character, either. This is the precursor to the series we know, only it's Science Fiction.It's easy to get carried away with the misogynic society of men and the desire of a single woman to free herself after having got caught, and it is a major theme, at first, but then we begin to see how truly disturbing the society is not because it does such male-centered things, but because of it's tragic history and how it had almost died out because it had lost most of its females, and as such, had changed them into true treasures and communal properties over a few generations despite the original star-faring society being perfectly egalitarian. It sounds bad, but then you start to see a particularly complex bond/love relationships between men, almost like honor, almost like romance, and it's made even more complex by the deep rules of duels, warfare, and conquest, all while having such strange mixes of old and rediscovered tech.And of course we get to see and explore it all through both their eyes and an outsider's eyes in the greater galactic civilization, full of misunderstandings, surprises, hate, love, little heroisms and subversions.Sound like a deeply complex storyline full of surprises and adventure? Well it is, and we get to see a deeply imagined physical world, too, not just of the people and the social structures. The planet is within a strange and chaotic start system and they cannot even see more than twelve stars. With so many multiple suns, we also discover that the planet had a near brush with a sun and is now on it's way out of the system entirely. The planet will go from great heat into an eventual iceball. See a theme? Only this time, it's explained in science, even if the inhabitants truly have little recourse or satisfaction in the knowledge.When I first read SoIaF, I loved to speculate about the planetary system that would cause centuries of winter and a few small generations of summer. It's a very SF thing to do for an epic fantasy. Imagine how delighted I am to learn that he'd been long thinking of these specific plans within his fantasy? It's obvious from this book. :) This should be a must read for all his fans, and even of fans of LeGuin. The deeper social aspects are quite fascinating, indeed. :)

  • Maria
    2018-09-06 20:02

    Vai, cum bântuie disperarea și deznădejdea în lumea asta...Rătăcind la nesfârșit prin spațiu, planeta Worlorn este sortită neființei. O lume a ghețurilor și a nopții infinite, ea poposește pentru puțină vreme în apropierea lui Satan cel Gras, un sistem solar spectaculos format dintr-o stea roșie gigantică, orbitată de șase stele mai mici (Roata de Foc). "Împrumutând" căldură și lumină, Worlorn se transformă într-o sărbătoare a celor 14 civilizații care au colonizat-o. Dar iată că timpul vieții și luminii se apropie de sfârșit, planeta îndepărtându-se încet și implacabil de Roata de Foc. Pe această lume muribundă ajunge Dirk t’Larien, răspunzând la chemarea fostei lui iubite, Gwen Delvano, care studiază interacțiunea dintre formele de viață ale planetei. Confuz și încă suferind din cauza trecutului, Dirk descoperă că Gwen este prinsă într-o relație destul de complicată cu kavalaanul Jaantony Vikary, patrician Ironjade și teyn-ul acestuia, Garse Ironjade Janacek. Șocat de brutalitatea culturii kavalaane pe care nu o înțelege, Dirk decide să facă tot ce îi stă în puteri pentru a o elibera pe Gwen din încorsetările unei tradiții ce reduce femeile la statutul de obiect, de proprietate. Dar nimic nu merge cum trebuie, iar Dirk se trezește provocat la duel de către Braith, cea mai tradiționalistă castă kavalaană și contestându-i-se chiar calitatea de ființă umană. M-a îngrozit universul întunecat și violent creat de Martin, fiecare pagină șoptește disperarea unei lumi pe moarte. Complexitatea și absurditatea sistemului social de pe Înaltul Kavalaan încă îmi dă fiori, ideea de om copie, vânătoarea de oameni și ușurința cu care oamenii își motivează sadismul cu umbra unor tradiții incerte și îndepărtate mă vor mai urmări o perioadă.Anyway, se pare că am supraviețuit primei întâlniri cu George R. R. Martin, să vedem ce va urma...

  • Lau
    2018-09-01 14:23

    3.5Este es el primer libro que escribió George R.R. Martin, y se publicó antes de que tuviera 30 años. No esperaba encontrar la misma calidad que se ve en sus novelas más actuales, es más, casi tenía miedo que fuera un libro malo... pero si hay algo que afortunadamente ya se evidencia desde el principio, es su imaginación y gran habilidad para narrar.El prólogo nos cuenta un resúmen de la extensa historia de Worlorn, un planeta vagabundo que no pertenece a ninguna estrella, por lo que flota libremente por el espacio.En un punto de su existencia, Worlorn  pasó cerca de un conjunto de estrellas conocido como La Rueda de Fuego, un aro de soles que gira alrededor de una estrella aún mayor llamada El Gordo Satanás. Atraído por su gravedad, Worlorn se volvió temporalmente un lugar apto para la vida, y fue de este modo como pudo albergar El Festival de los Mundos, una serie de colonias de diferentes planetas que llevaron su tecnología y cultura mientras el calor de El Gordo Satanás lo permitió.Pero ahora Worlorn se aleja de La Rueda, y en él sólo quedan unos pocos habitantes, además de los fantasmas de ciudades que ya olvidaron sus días de esplendor.Si esa imagen no seduce a los fans de la ciencia ficción, no se qué puede hacerlo. Quizás llamar 'romance' a este libro sea un poco excesivo, pero es una historia donde el motor principal es el amor, o mejor dicho, el amor es lo que hace que la historia comience.Dirk t'Larien es convocado a Worlorn con un pedido de ayuda de Gwen Delvano, la mujer que amó y perdió años atrás. Él, con la esperanza de poder recuperarla, hace el largo viaje hasta el planeta moribundo para encontrarse con ella... y enterarse muy pronto de que está casada –o algo así– y sólo quiere ser su amiga.Gwen es ecologista, una de las pocas que quedan en el universo aparentemente, y junto con un grupo de investigadores está analizando la fauna y flora de Worlorn antes de que todo muera. Ella tiene un vínculo llamado jade-y-plata con un hombre perteneciente a una cultura violenta, estructurada y dura.Dirk cree que está yendo para rescatar a Gwen de ese mundo, pero la realidad que encontrará es bastante diferente y peligrosa, y él va a quedar en el medio de todo. No esperaba menos.Esta es una historia que probablemente tenga varias interpretaciones, de acuerdo a la forma de pensar de cada lector. Tiene una cierta oscuridad que lo rodea, además de su buena dosis de nostalgia camuflada. Sólo por la idea del mundo ya vale la pena leerlo.Me sorprendí durante casi todo el libro con la imaginación del autor. Las descripciones de los diferentes lugares del planeta son increíbles, con sus animales y plantas completamente distintos a lo que conocemos. El contexto que armó es realmente fascinante, y sería interesante leer más historias ambientadas allí.Cada sector de Worlorn es diferente, desde los bosques donde habitan animales extraños, tétricos y peligrosos, hasta las ciudades que tenían construcciones tan imaginativas como tecnológicas, a su modo. La historia en sí avanza lento. Hay muchas explicaciones en el medio, la mayoría dedicadas a la cultura del hombre con el que Gwen está enlazada, que llegado un punto me resultaron un tanto largas. Esa sociedad es extraña, opresiva y machista aún para los mismos hombres. Por momentos me perdí un poco con el licuado de honor, lealtad ciega y burocracia que es esa sociedad, y le encontré detalles que me hizo pensar en la forma de organización de las manadas de los hombres lobo.  De todos modos todo el resto está narrado de forma tan linda que no importa la lentitud en la historia. Hay capítulos con mucha acción y otros con muchas explicaciones, pero todo tiene una razón para estar ahí.Hay algo muy raro que sólo lo puedo adjudicar a lo bien que escribe George R.R. Martin. Muchas de las cosas que se cuentan, explican y ocurren en teoría deberían ser aburridas y hasta monótonas, pero este hombre tiene un don. Ciertas partes de este libro no son interesantes, y sin embargo son interesantes. Todavía no entiendo bien cómo ocurrió eso.Respecto de los personajes, Dirk me resultó simpático pero todo el resto (Gwen incluída) me generaron una desconfianza casi constante. Son todos extraños, escondedores y parecen estar a punto de explotar unos contra otros en cualquier momento.Cuando se habla de la vieja relación de Dirk y Gwen, durante mucho tiempo no supe si él era un poco obsesivo o ella un poco paranoica. Hacia el final del libro me formé una idea, pero me parece que está hecho de forma poco clara a propósito, para que cada uno se lleve su opinión.De todos modos mientras leía iba cambiando de idea constantemente sobre si quería que los dos terminen juntos o no. Los momentos que pasan solos son tiernos y distantes a la vez. Siempre me encanta ver historias de amor contadas por hombres que escriben fantasía o ciencia ficción, tienen un estilo distinto (y de algún modo más espiritual) del que le suelen dar las mujeres.En lineas generales me gustó, creo que George R.R. Martin puede hacer una buena historia con cualquier cosa. Probablemente si lo reescribiera ahora sería distinto (más complejo y más claro), pero es innegable que ya desde el comienzo sabía lo que hacía.Reseña de Fantasía Mágica

  • KatHooper
    2018-09-23 17:14

    3.5 stars http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...In the outer fringe of the inhabited universe, the rogue planet Worlorn falls darkly through space. But years ago it circled the Wheel of Fire, the brilliant wheel-shaped star system that is worshipped by many in the outworlds. Worlorn, the Wheel of Fire’s only planet, was lit for fifty years before it wandered off again. During that half-century, the outworlds held a cultural diversity festival on Worlorn, with each world trying to outdo the others when building their extravagant temporary cities on a planet they knew they’d only inhabit for a few decades.Now that Worlorn is fading into darkness again, the cities are almost completely abandoned, but there are a few people left on the planet. When Dirk t’Larien is summoned there by Gwen, the ex-girlfriend he still loves, he discovers that Worlorn is no longer a festival planet. Now it’s dark and dangerous. Worse, though, is that Gwen is now mated to Jaantony Riv Wolf high-Ironjade Vikary, a leader of the Kavalar race which, in order to protect its few women and children, has developed some barbaric customs and codes. Most notably, men form high-bonds with a male partner and may have a wife as a shared piece of property. Jaantony, both a warrior and an academic, is eager for his peoples’ culture to become more liberal towards women, but his is a minority opinion. The man he is bonded to, Garse Janacek, does not agree. And the larger faction of the Kavalar race, including some who are hunting non-Kavalar humans on Worlorn, is happy to find any reason to pick a fight with Jaantony Ironjade. When Dirk gets to Worlorn, he unwittingly walks right into the middle of a tense situation and only makes it worse.Dying of the Light, first published in 1977, is George R.R. Martin’s debut novel and it’s impressive. The setting is wonderful: a dying planet getting farther and farther away from its sun; abandoned cities; jungles with strange and deadly life forms; fascinating cultures. My favorite feature was the city of Challenge which is a 500-story building housing thousands of apartments and lots of cool amenities. Because it’s run by machines, much of Challenge is still operative though only a handful of people still live there. The most exciting action in Dying of the Light occurs in Challenge — I loved this part of the story.The clashing cultures that Martin creates are also imaginative and fascinating and he hints at plenty of history and backstory that he never gives us but that make this world feel real. I wish he’d write more about it. I’d love to read about the fifty sunny years on Worlorn, for example.Unfortunately, none of George R.R. Martin’s characters are likable. Dirk is passive and Gwen is flighty and indecisive. It was hard to root for them as a couple, especially when Jaantony Ironjade was more interesting than Dirk. I’d classify Dying of the Light as a science fiction romantic tragedy (in fact, Dirk, who calls Gwen “Jenny,” likens their situation to the disastrous love triangle in the Arthurian legend) but the romance and the tragedy would have been more effective if Dirk and Gwen had been admirable characters. As it was, I didn’t really care what happened to them in the end.Overall, Dying of the Light is impressive and surprisingly sophisticated for the first novel of a young author. If you’re a fan of GRRM, it’s a must-read. Dying of the Light was initially serialized in Analog Science Fact/Science Fiction with the name After the Festival in 1977. The novel was nominated for the Hugo and the British Fantasy Award. I read Subterranean Press’s recent publication which has wonderful artwork by Tom Kidd (both glossy color sheets and black and white drawings). I also tried Dying of the Light in audio (recently produced by Random House Audio) and was pleased with Iain Glen’s narration.

  • Jan
    2018-09-17 16:18

    All right, I’m writing the first half of this review while I haven’t finished the book, but I’m having too much frustrated thoughts without an internet connection to put them into status updates, so I thought I’d write everything up into this preemptive review, and then later paste it all together into Goodreads. Seriously, I’m having massively mixed feelings about this book. In one hand there’s the hero who just doesn’t learn and the heroine who’s just so stupid and insensitive. But in the other hand there’s the huge history (with wars, colonization and independence stuff), and incredible culture building, with both mythical and plausible cultural footings. There so much here that is made of pure awesomesauce, but unfortunately we’re forced to see it all through the eyes of an arrogant dimwit. Needless to say, I didn’t really like Dirk.I’m still not entirely sure what kind of book this is, even after I peeked to see the ending (it didn’t make anything clearer alas). It’s an adventure novel at the surface, but it’s so much more, only all the rest is only touched at the surface as well. I’m just not sure. It’s so different from all other books I’ve read by Martin. It’s not bad, I’m just not sure how to exactly wrap my head around it. I think at heart, even though Martin didn’t intend it that way, this is a Science Fiction Romance… Only, the hero of the romance is not the hero of the story. The hero of the story isn’t really a hero at all, even if he comes around a bit at the end.Everybody just has their own truth in this story, and most of these truths are based on entirely different cultures and ways of viewing the World. Strangely enough I had more sympathy for the the two anti-heroes who were part of one of the most mysogynist societies I’ve encountered in fiction, than for the main character who fought against their culture, only for all the wrong reasons.This book is as much a conflict between old and new lovers as it is a culture clash, and it is filled with so much lies, half lies and misunderstandings it makes me sad. These people are stuck on a dieing World, and I’m pretty sure they’ll die there as well, and I don’t really care, because most of them have used up my sadness by now, and Dirk, he’s still just a bit too stupid and easily manipulated and superficial for me to really care. If he had acted like he was acting now from the beginning I might have sympathized, but by now, I feel I’m definitely in the anti-hero camp of things, and I just want the book to be over, because I want a happy ending for him, and Dirk made that accidentally impossible, and I’m just tired.***Now that it’s finished, I’m surprised how spot on I was. The only thing I didn’t catch half way down, is how tragic it all was. I also didn’t expect the ending to be as open ended as it was (which is something I dislike in general, and Martin better not do this for the ASOIAF books). But, as is usual for Martin, a lot of people die, even some of the ones you expect to survive. Some die in a very sad and tragic way. And the way everyone has been manipulated just made me feel tired, because it was such a waste of people and their happiness. If not for the meddling this book didn’t have to happen, and everyone could have been spared their lot. I guess it still works as a happy ending in the romance area of the book, but I’m not entirely sure, and well, It’s only two thirds the way I wanted it to be. It isn't an Unhappy Ever After, so I'll have to give it some credit.All in all, I’m not satisfied by this book. It did evoke emotions, but never without me being annoyed. I just think this story could have been more if it had been told by someone different. Or at least by multiple POVs. And while it has a lot of the things that make Martin one of my favorite authors, it never really hit the spot for me, so I’m a bit disappointed.

  • Nigel
    2018-09-09 18:31

    An interesting, complex debut novel from George RR Martin, Dying Of The Light is an old-school planetary romance that reminded me quite strongly of both Cordwainer Smith and CJ Cherryh, oddly enough, though the setting is pure Jack Vance. Worlorn is a wandering world that enjoyed a brief heydey when, passing near a specatcular star system, it was transformed into a festival world where all the primary centres of human civilisation built cities to house thousands and even millions of inhabitants in an extravagant display of wealth and technology. Now the planet is drifting back into the dark and the cold is closing in and only a few last remnants of the festival throngs remain.One of those remnants, a former lover, summons Dirk t'Larien to Worlorn. Gwen is caught in an odd marriage to a Kavalar, a marriage that in the eyes of Kavalar society, reduces her to the status of property. Furthermore, a particular faction of a die-hard conservative Kavalar holdfast are on Worlorn hoping to revive a forbidden tradition: the hunting of humans for sport. Caught between his love for Gwen, his growing respect for her husband, who is on Worlorn to thwart the hunters and his troubled search for his own sense of self, Dirk becomes enmeshed in the struggle and the divided loyalties and the battle between the old and the new, haunted by the spectre of death on a dying planet.Martin's strengths as a world-builder and a story-teller are on full display here. The universe he creates is far bigger, richer and deeper than the planet of Worlorn, though nearly all the action takes place there. Did he ever revisit it, I wonder? Did he intend to? His facility for conjuring history and romance and mystery out of a few brief asides and suggestive comments and names is part of what makes him such a pleasure to read. His frank examination of a martial culture, bound by codes of honour and formal bonds and the attraction it holds for both the romantically inclined and the aimless and the lost prefigures the proud medieval chivalric culture of the Seven Kingdoms, as does his unflinching study of its dark side: the horrifying misogyny and the violence inflicted on those deemed unworthy or outside that culture. The books ends oddly: after a frantic, edge-of-the-seat hunt, there is a period of waiting and then an anti-climax, followed by a coda that ends without a resolution, though not without resolve. It fits the setting and the theme perfectly, though, and speaks to Martin's integrity as a writer and fidelity to his vision. I hope that once the Song is finished he might consider a return to science fiction. It's clearly his first love.

  • Scot Eaton
    2018-08-25 22:19

    I only gave it a 5 because I couldn't give it a 6. This is truly one of the best books ever written. Martin creates a culture that jumps right off the page, and before you even get to appreciate the beauty of it, he throws it into conflict with a culture modeled after 20th century America. The planet Worlorn itself is also very believable. But the characters... my gosh, the characters! You will not find a single character in this novel that is not fully formed. There is a depth of writing that other authors can only emulate. You will love them at times, hate them at times, and watch how, by the end of the book, they grow and change.Why this isn't included in the overall corpus of literature, I will never know. Probably because the only genres that could be applied to it are "sci-fi" and "western", two genres that don't get the respect they deserve. But next time a teacher tries to tell you how wonderful "The Great Gatsby" is, roll your eyes, buy a copy of this book for them, and introduce them to what true American writing can look like. At less than 300 pages, it is not a significant time investment, though it will stick with you for years.Am I gushing? It's only because this is one of my favorite books of all time. If you haven't read it, put it at the top of your list.

  • Bryn Hammond
    2018-09-19 16:25

    I was in love with this novel early in life and have it indelibly stamped upon me. The atmosphere: ruins on an abandoned planet, a few people left there, devoted to things lost or old-fashioned or with nowhere else to go. It used to be a festival world and different races built their festival-houses, alien architectures now derelict. The mood known in the planet's name, Worlorn. A war culture (on its way out) where teyn is the closest bond, a chosen brother, fight together, sleep together, women are irrelevant. An Earther steps in with his Earther ideas of love, instead, and not a clue. Sadness and ends, lost causes and left-behinds... nothing if not atmospheric. Science fiction poetry. It's true that I found both Dirk and Gwen ignorable; Garse was my guy, along with bit-parts from his world. Also I skip the botany lessons near the start. I've tried his famous stuff these days, doesn't have the emotional clout for me. I think I like early George R.R. Martin.

  • Gertie
    2018-09-15 15:30

    This book is annoying. Well, I didn't finish, so I guess I can only say that about 22% of it.So much backstory and history and characters I frankly just don't get. It's a little much for me. I like a little of that for sure, because all simple dialog makes a story dull. But at some point I just feel like saying "Get to the point already!". As a very straightforward person it's a little painful to listen to people speaking in riddles. It just feels a little too dragged out for my tastes. So, clearly this is just a mismatch.Oh, and lamest excuse to break up with someone ever. Ever tried communicating?So, I'm not deleting this from my iPod YET, since I might just try again later when I'm feeling more patient, but for now I have happily moved on to another book, which was interesting from the start. Quite a contrast.

  • Javier Muñoz
    2018-08-28 20:08

    Interesante historia en un mundo crepuscular, un planeta de los mundos exteriores cuya órbita le va alejando de un cúmulo de estrellas, "la rueda de fuego"... un mundo condenado a la oscuridad en el que ya apenas quedan habitantes.Dirk t’Larien viaja a Worlorn con la esperanza de reencontrarse con su antiguo amor Gwen Delvano cuando esta le envía su joya susurrante en señal de que le necesita a su lado, pero Dirk encontrará a Gwen unida por jade-y-plata a Jaan Vikary y a su teyn Garse Janacek, dos miembros de la cultura Kavalar con los que mantiene una extraña relación difícil de entender a ojos de un poblador de los mundos interiores.Me ha gustado el libro sobretodo por la habilidad del autor a la hora de mostrarnos con bastante detalle detalle la cultura, las costumbres y la historia de los Kavalares y por la descripción de algunas de las ciudades que quedan en este mundo moribundo, pero me ha resultado muy difícil empatizar con los personajes, son personajes bastante coherentes y puedo entender sus motivaciones y las razones que les pueden llevar a la toma de decisiones hasta cierto punto, pero me resulta en la mayoría de las ocasiones un proceso bastante forzado... yo desde luego no creo que llegara a las mismas conclusiones o decisiones si me viera en la mayoría de las situaciones que se presentan ante los personajes principales: Gwen, Dirk y Jaan.Por otro lado la trama me parece bastante predecible, me he encontrado pocas sorpresas.En todo caso la prosa de Martin está muy bien construida, y el libro tiene bastantes puntos a su favor, he disfrutado la lectura.

  • Vagner Stefanello
    2018-09-15 21:18

    Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:O primeiro livro escrito por Martin já começa a mostrar uma das várias características do autor: a complexidade dos personagens. Este foi um livro que não me prendeu a atenção no começo, pois eu havia ficado um pouco confuso com os nomes dos planetas e seus mundos, mas no momento em que a história de Dirk t'Larien e Gwen Delvano começou a se desenrolar eu não conseguia tirar o olho do livro em algumas partes. A ação no livro é frenética, misturada com uma dose legal de fugas e reviravoltas, mas nada além disso.No entanto, acabei não gostando muito do livro, tanto é que o final deixou muito MESMO a desejar. Havia pensado em algo bem mais grandioso, mas o que aconteceu no fim não me deixou nada satisfeito... Tudo ficou em aberto e não haverá continuação, então não tinha por que o Martin finalizar o livro daquela maneira e deixar os leitores de mão abanando.Não julguem o bom velhinho Martin por esse livro, já que ele não tem absolutamente NADA A VER com As Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo e jamais chegará aos pés da série de fantasia épica escrita pelo autor. Recomendo que passem bem longe desse e partam direto para Westeros!Pontos fortes: as (poucas) partes de ação.Pontos fracos: o blábláblá em relação aos planetas e mundos (muito enrolativo).Avaliação: 2/5

  • Sabrina Kammer
    2018-09-13 20:24

    Dirk t'Larien folgt dem Hilferuf seiner Jugendliebe Gwen, die seit längerer Zeit auf der sterbenden Welt Worlorn lebt. Doch als er dort eintrifft, scheint sie ihr Meinung geändert zu haben und möchte, dass er Worlorn wieder verlässt. Denn Gwen ist inzwischen verheiratet und liebt ihren Mann Jaan über alles. Was Dirk zuerst nicht weiss: Gewn ist mit der Heirat auch einer Kultur beigetreten, die Frauen unterdrückt und ihnen keine Eigenbestimmung erlaubt. Dirk kann nicht glauben, dass sie dieses Schicksal freiwilig gewählt hat und es gelingt ihm, sie zur Flucht zu bewegen. Doch damit nehemn die Probleme erst ihren Anfang...Die Geschichte klingt wirklich unheimlich gut und ich war sehr auf das Erstlingswerk von George R.R. Martin gespannt.Science Fiction lese ich sehr gerne und auch die Idee hinter dem Buch fand ich echt gut. Aber an der Umsetzung hat es ziemlich gehappert. Und es tut mir wirklich leid, das sagen zu müssen: Man merkt sehr gut, dass es das erste Buch des Autors war.Der Schreibstil war zwar nicht schlecht, aber auch nicht überragend. Einige Sätze waren zu abgehackt, zu kurz. Es gab Momente, in denen mich dies massiv im Lesefluss gehemmt hat. Auch die vielen Fremdbegriffe, die zu einer der Kulturen gehören, haben sehr beim Lesen gestört. Ich habe mich erst beim letzten drittel des Buches daran gewöhnt, als die Begriffe nicht mehr so oft gebraucht wurden.Worlorn als Welt war echt toll gemacht. Durch die Beschreibungen der Welt, hat George R.R. Martin einiges wett gemacht, was mir an dem Buch nicht gefallen hat. Er hat hier eine Welt geschaffen, die es kein zweites Mal gibt, einen Planeten, der durch seine Einzigartigkeit besticht.Auch verschiedene actionreichere Szenen waren gut durchdacht und haben mir gefallen. Es gibt Abschnitte, die durchaus ziemlich blutig sind und die zeigen, was der Autor wirklich kann. Das Potential ist auf jeden Fall zu erkennen.Bei den Charakteren bin ich mir nicht schlüssig, was ich von ihnen halten soll. Einige sind sehr gut gelungen, andere eher weniger. Dirk ging mir gegen Ende ein wenig auf die Nerven und auch mit Gewn bin ich nicht richtig warm geworden. Besonders mit ihr hatte ich meine Probleme.Mir haben die Nebencharaktere wesentlich besser gefallen, als die Hauptprotagonisten, was mir bisher noch in keinem Buch unter gekommen ist.Das Ende war... mir gefällt es nicht so gut. Ich bin der Meinung, dass noch ein oder zwei Dinge besser hätten ausgeführt werden sollen. Die Richtung, die das Ende genommen hat, hat mich verwirrt und ich verstehe nicht richtig, was damit angedeutet werden sollte. Das fand ich wirklich schade.Das Cover ist aber definitv ein richtiger Hingucker und ich finde es klasse! Es passt perfekt zur Geschichte und zu Worlorn. Einfach super durchdacht.FazitMit Game of Thrones hat der Autor gezeigt was er kann, doch mit 'Die Flamme erlischt' hat er keine Glanzleistung erbracht. Leider ein Buch, dass viele Schwächen aufzuweisen hat. Durch die gute Idee dahinter und weil mir die Darstellung von Worlorn richtig gut gefallen hat, bekommt das Buch knappe drei Sterne von mir.

  • Althea Ann
    2018-09-02 15:06

    Written well (1977) before Martin's highly-acclaimed but not-yet-with-an-end-in-sight Song of Ice and Fire series, Dying of The Light is a novel that shows many of the skills that that series has been appreciated for - complex interpersonal relationships, deft characterizations, believable world-building, to the degree that you want to just step right in and look around the corners to see what else is there - because you *know* that something is...I actually finished this book really wishing that Martin had written other books in this universe because it was so fascinating - even though the story itself takes place in an extremely small, isolated sphere.The scenario, I thought, was very Iain Banks-ish...A 'rogue' planet in a parabolic(?) orbit is only swinging close enough to its stars to support life for 50 years. The civilized universe decides to take advantage of this and throw a festival much like a World's Fair, each planet displaying their arts, technology and unique culture - but only for a brief time.At the time of the book, the festival is over. The vast majority of the participants have left, as the planet slowly plunges back into cold and night.But one man (Dirk T'Larien) races through space to that planet - because he has received a token from an old love, one that he had promised, no matter what, to answer...But when he arrives, things are not as he expected. His welcome is odd. His old lover, an ecologist, is busy studying the dying of the planet's ecosystems.She's married - or 'betheyn' - to Vikary, a man from a harsh, warlike culture, and is also bound sexually and culturally to his partner.But another old friend of hers is also there - and he speaks, in confidence, telling Dirk that she really wants to be rescued - that she is enslaved and oppressed.A psychosexual drama ensues between these four - one with plenty of action and violence, but also dealing with the frictions and attractions between personalities, the complexities of human relationships and the differences between cultures.Really a great book.

  • Lilja
    2018-08-31 16:26

    I completely loved this book. I think the biggest accomplishment of this stand alone novel is that it never feels dated. It was written in the late 1970s. I've read lots 70's sci-fi. Many (not all) of GRRM's contemporaries were ripping off Asimov, Bradbury, Herbert, Roddenberry, and the Star Wars movies, as well as many others. This book is stand out for feeling fresh and new, as if it were released just last week.Another great accomplishment of this book is that it is a perfect example of Martin creating a rich and layered mythology in a vast universe while successfully telling a very intimate story. This could easily have been a series much like ASOIAF, but it isn't, and to its benefit. This is an entire universe, completely different from our reality, and that makes it thrilling. But the story is simply told so as to be contained in one book, and that makes it powerful.I highly recommend this book if you are in to epic scale science fiction or fantasy, but want a break from the daunting mega-series' that are the fashion these days.

  • Youssef
    2018-08-26 20:26

    George R.R. Martin created an incredibly rich universe where human civilisation is rebuilding itself after war and collapse, then, in its midst, placed an ephemeral planet in advanced decay. Used, then discarded by civilisation, it's being slowly engulfed by cold and darkness. But then, he chose to put against this backdrop the sorriest characters in that universe. Dumb, fickle, inconsiderate, cowardly and thoroughly uninteresting. The result is a tedious story where you grow frustrated by the very same protagonists you are supposed to identify with, and not feel sorry at all for their sad fate.The ecology of Worlorn is never successfully explored, the history of the worlds beyond the veil, their cultures and politics, aside from Kavalaar, are not addressed, nevertheless these remain the highlights of this book.Martin's writing is beautiful as well, but in my opinion, any other story in that universe would have made a far superior novel.

  • Liviu Szoke
    2018-09-23 15:22

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  • Jesse
    2018-09-23 20:23

    Absolutely AMAZING.This is the first book of George R. R. Martin's that I've read, however I am in the middle of watching the Game of Thrones series, and debates about not judging movies by their books/books by their movies aside, since Mr. Martin is quite involved in the production of Game of Thrones, I think it is safe to say that you can learn more about his style than watching some other adaptation where the author has little or no say in the final product.So with that being said, I recognize a few themes right off the bat: the long summer followed by an (in this case, eternal) dark winter for the planet Worlorn. The struggle to rise above. The battle between good and evil, which is nothing of black and white and everything of shades of grey. One of the things I love about George R. R. Martin's writing is how he takes a character that you really like, and make you despise them; or how he takes a character that is loathsome in the beginning and then slowly brings them around, but the good and the evils is all mixed up and swirled together, just as it is in life, and oftentimes you're left not really knowing how you feel about certain characters. And with that comes angst, at times, but it really makes for a better story.And that's another thing. This is a book that really makes you think (and oh, how I do love those) because it doesn't spell every little thing out for you. Sometimes all you get is a sentence or two, and you have to fill in the blanks yourselves. And in today's literary world, you don't seem to get that much. (Part of that is quite possibly because this book was written nearly forty years ago...yet it ages well and is still very relevant, and doesn't seem dated much at all outside of the very 1970s sci-fi clothing and furniture...) A prime example of how much is not being said is the relationship between Jaan and Garse. There are just a few brief sentences to describe, very circumspectly, what their intimate relationship is really like. It isn't just dropped on your head out of nowhere, like it would be in a movie or TV show (ahem, Game of Thrones...though I do love Game of THrones...)The social structure and relationships of High Kavalan are intriguing. Hints are dropped, again very subtly, about historical events, leaving us, as readers, to piece it all together to figure out how modern men and women went from having an egalitarian society to one where the main bond is not "husband and wife" but (male) teyn and (male) teyn, sometimes as a woman as a betheyn which isn't really a wife, but somewhere between concubine and slave, depending on the context. There isn't really a lot about High Kavalan society that doesn't come off as sounding extremely oppressive--especially if one happens to be female--yet I was intrigued by the teyn-teyn relationship, this male-male bond in all senses of the word, warrior-brothers and lovers (in a sense) which when compared with modern society would still be considered non-traditional to many, especially in the 1970s when this was written. Still, the teyn/teyn relationship isn't one built primarily on romantic love, and it has its faults as well.More frustrating, still, is the position of women. Yet in writing a story about an oppressive misogynistic society, there are certain benefits: namely, writing a formidable female character who breaks the mold and refuses to conform to what the oppressive society says she must do. Gwen is a great character--full of her own strengths and flaws, at times sympathetic and at times not--but always full of fire and someone I admired very much. It is amazing that, in all of the relationships in this book--Dirk and Gwen, Gwen and Jaan, Jaan and Garse--none of the characters plays second fiddle to any of the others. All of the intricate connections and tangled-up feelings somehow still let them each shine as their own person, detracting nothing from the others.Once you really get into the thick of this story, it is hard to dislike any of the characters. About three-quarters of the way through, I felt something for Garse, in a way that, at the outset I never expected I would feel. And the same for several of the other characters, in varying degrees.And then...there's the setting. One both original and darkly alluring. A planet at the very fringe of our galaxy, beyond the only fuzzily-explained Tempter's Veil, cutting it off from the rest of the galaxy. I love space, and thinking about what might be out there that we just don't know about yet. This plays well into that: imagine a world with six or seven suns, only a few stars in the sky at all (how strange and unnerving would a sky be with only about twelve stars in it?) The planed Worlorn has quite literally had its 'time in the sun' and is now retreating forever, back to being a rogue planet wandering the cold, dark galaxy on its own, its rivers, lakes, and its very atmosphere frozen once again into solid ice. But before that happens, we are given a glimpse into what would happen out there, in the wilderness and the abandoned cities of a planet where almost everyone has left for brighter places, and only a very few people hang on.I only have one gripe, and it's (view spoiler)[ about the ending...I want to know what happened between Dirk and Bretan!! Was the undercurrent I sensed right at the end just a figment of my imagination? Or is the story between these two just beginning? I didn't really care much at all for Bretan all the way through the story, yet in that last scene...I felt something unexpected. I think that Dirk did, too, and I very much want to know what happened with that duel, and afterwards. I hope they didn't kill each other. I hope they found something unexpected in each other, as things seemed to suggest. But either way, I really wish we'd found out. (hide spoiler)]This book knocked it out of the park for me. Fascinating, intriguing, surprising, conflicting, humorous at times, and even downright horrifying (the scene where Dirk and Gwen were in Challenge and the power started to fail...I felt absolute terror! And loved every delicious second of it!) In truth, there is a lot to love, here. I never wanted the story to end.

  • Luca De Rosa
    2018-09-09 22:10

    Martin built an enormous universe just for this tiny world. It built an entire culture made of feudal violence, that fights to cope with the modernity of space travel, lost and found in the centuries.The planet is dying, and life will end in cold darkness.Remind of anything?

  • Andrew
    2018-08-27 19:28

    I went back this month to re-read some of Martin's early SF. This was his first published novel, I believe -- he already had a short-fiction Hugo and a couple of nominations in his pocket.Like nearly all of Martin's SF, this book is set in the Thousand Worlds: a loose far-future history spanning millennia of time and a range of narrative styles. The planet Worlorn is wonderfully named and wonderfully gothic: a rogue planet which happened to drift into the multiple star system called the Hellcrown, beyond the Tempter's Veil. The nearby stellar nations jumped on the opportunity for potlatch, and spent years terraforming and building temporary cities for a decade-long planetary Festival. And now the Festival is over, the tourists are gone, and empty Worlorn is drifting back into the interstellar night.Tell me that isn't the best SF setting ever.Dirk t'Larien is haunting some backwater of the Thousand Worlds when he gets a message from Worlorn: a psi-jewel etched with memories of his ex-lover, Gwen Delvano. They once traded promises to come, either to the other, if so summoned. So off he goes. It turns out that Gwen is studying the ecology of the dying planet, and is married... sort of.The story centers on the society she has married into. The world of High Kavalaan has a history which will be familiar to Bujold fans: loss of spaceflight in a great interregnum, invasion by aliens, nuclear and biological assault, mutation, near-extinction -- and thus a societal swing to xenophobia, obsessive genetic purity, and over-the-top patriarchal wingnuttitude.Unlike Barrayar, High Kavalaan isn't so much obsessed with honor as with face. Kavalars go armed and ready to duel for called insult. Their women are legally property, which brings us back to the storyline, of course. Jaan, Gwen's lover/husband/owner, is a cosmopolitan guy -- they met on the high-tech world of Avalon -- and their relationship wasn't a problem until he brought her home to meet the family. Specifically, to Jaan's shieldbrother/lover/husband Garse, who is, well, more progressive than Kavalar average but still a shock to Gwen.The societal clash has pushed the trio out to Worlorn, nominally for ecological research, actually to get away from it all. Inevitably, they brought it with them. Plus there are *other* Kavalars on Worlorn, for their own not-so-progressive reasons. That's where Dirk walks in -- blind to the whole mess and still carrying a torch for the young Gwen. Tragedy encued.This is unquestionably a novel about relationships, and unquestionably *not* a romance; I don't think Martin writes romance, ever. Don't go into this looking for hot OT3. All the relationships are broken, and the characters are trying to feel out new ones. The science-fictionality is that Gwen's position -- emotionally abused, caught between at least four men who all care for her and are hurting her in different ways -- is nonetheless a privileged one; most women on High Kavalaan are rape-fodder locked in basements. I think the point is to knock over the cultural norms and focus on the brokenness. (Readers may disagree about this. But it's safe to say that Martin *never* implies that Gwen should be grateful for what she's got, and at the end of the book she's created something better.)Bujold, of course, spends books and years trying to draw what's admirable about Barrayar out from the mountain of blood and pain it rests on. Martin asks the same question about a tougher target. I think he's somewhat clumsy about it -- seriously, rape-fodder in basements, and people hunting humans for sport. We're supposed to believe that most of High Kavalaan has modernized, and is building starships and so on instead of fighting world-wars, but we don't get any sense of social change on this human level -- only Jaan's personal rebellion, and the varying attitudes of the other Kavalars. I think the story would have been stronger for a little more display of Kavalar society and its layers.(Also, every other planet we might contrast it with is a total cipher. Dirk's viewpoint might as well be 1977-Earth-normal, and the other major society represented in the plot -- Kimdiss, home of another ecologist -- is pacifist cardboard.) (Although, to be fair, Bujold has the same problem in _Shards of Honor_. We really see nothing of Beta Colony, except as a "sane" foil to "mad" Barrayar, until that brief scene late in the book.)Nonetheless, and after all that, Dirk *does* (and we do) get a sense of what High Kavalaan has that is valuable. It may not be much, it may not be what he was hoping for, and it may cost him -- the epilogue makes that clear. But it's better than clinging to a relationship that died seven years ago.

  • Terry Pearce
    2018-08-27 18:26

    Exceptional for a first novel. Still a really really good sci-fi novel forty years later. Martin has always had a talent for depicting power relations between characters, and there's always a lot of subtle stuff going on between characters -- I saw it the first thing I read of his, the werewolf novella Skin Trade, and then in Fevre Dream, and then in A Song of Ice and Fire, but it was on display all the way back here, in spades. There's also some amazing world building and ideas on show. The pacing, particularly in the last couple of chapters, is not as good as some of his stuff, but the actual ending is satisfying, and the whole well worthwhile.

  • Gaby
    2018-09-13 14:32

    Well, GRRM has come a long way since 1977’s “Dying of the Light”. Set in a distant dying planet, Dirk is called for by his long lost love, who is embroiled in a strange relationship with men who are basically early sci-fi prototypes of the Dothraki. It was interesting to see how some of the elements in this book eventually became part of A Song of Ice and Fire (the Dothrakis are somewhat similar to the Kavalar, also the scene in which (view spoiler)[Dirk is hunted through the woods reminded me a bit of Roose Bolton’s hunts (hide spoiler)]). And there were some pretty descriptions about the emptiness and decay of the planet. I liked the ending. But overall, I didn’t like this book much. There was way too much lore and world-building exposition crammed in a very short book, and sometimes the descriptions overshadowed the action. Characters left something to be desired. Maybe I’m being unfair because I’m comparing this book with what the author has achieved elsewhere. I’d recommend this for people who are really passionate about sci-fi AND really passionate about GRRM.

  • Daniorte
    2018-09-01 17:09

    Un libro que va de más a menos. Al principio crea un mundo genial. Crea mundos ricos en detalles, los describe a la perfección así como la fauna que los rodea y la cultura que esta detrás. Muchos toques al estilo Canción de Hielo y Fuego; el crear una historia de clanes, muertes contadas de la manera más brusca, personajes con dos caras (El kimdissi bien podría ser la araña de Canción de Hielo y Fuego) y la historia de amor que vertebra el libro. Digo que el libro va de más a menos porque, tras crear el mundo y meternos en su historia, termina cayendo en la repetición en donde el pobre protagonista va saliendo de una para meterse en otra y a mi me queda el mal sabor de boca de que la historia no termina de estar bien hilada. Aún así un libro que se disfruta y que viniendo de quien viene, acostumbrado a leer la fantasía épica suya, da gusto leer ciencia ficción con su sello.

  • Marquise
    2018-09-05 20:11

    For being his first-ever, this novel by GRRM is quite good. Took me time to get into the plotline, and wasn't particularly impressed by the protagonists but rather was more drawn towards the secondary characters. There's a number of small details that will have veteran "A Song of Ice and Fire" fans (amongst which I am) chuckling in recognition, because certain details that are read about in the much more famous ASOIAF series germinated here.Overall, a decent book and great for comparison and analysis on how this author's style has evolved.

  • Sita_belen
    2018-08-29 17:25

    Esta novela me ha cautivado.Con el estreno de la última temporada de GOT y teniendo en cuenta que hace dos años que terminé los libros publicados de la saga me apetecía muchísimo leer algo de George RR Martin y me decidí por su primera novela.La escribió antes de cumplir los 30 y tengo que decir que no tenía grandes expectativas. Ilusa. Este libro es una auténtica pasada. La maestría de G. RR M. para crear mundos y razas es indudable. Y aquí encuentras una gran muestra de ello. Las descripciones de Worlorn y sus ciudades te atrapan llegando a imaginar cada rincón al mínimo detalle. En cuanto a los personajes, me he quedado fascinada con los kavalares, no por su raza en sí, altamente machista, sino por su honor a los vínculos que crean con sus parejas y/o amistades. De los cinco personajes principales, tengo que decir que mi preferido ha resultado ser el que menos esperaba, Garse Janacek.Quiero dejar claro que si eres un fan de GOT y pretendes encontrar aquí más sobre los Siete Reinos, mejor no pierdas el tiempo, las historias no son comparables, principalmente porque no puedes comparar 300 páginas con más de 5.000 y, además, porque no tienen nada que ver una con la otra. Pero si eres un enamorado de la forma de escribir de Martin, de sus descripciones, de su imaginación... Te recomiendo que la leas.No le he dado las cinco estrellas porque el principio me costó muchísimo engancharme, el prólogo no tenía ningún sentido y, en los primeros capítulos, no me enteraba de nada y a cada momento tenía que consultar el glosario que incluye la novela. Esto no favorecía la fluidez. Pero poco a poco los personajes van explicando como funcionan los clanes y qué ha ocurrido en Worlorn y una vez te metes de lleno en la historia ya no puedes salir.Como diría un miembro del Alto Kavalaan: "Honor a tu clan. Honor a tu teyn".

  • Derek
    2018-08-25 16:10

    This is one of the shorter GRRM works I've read, but still, the depth of detail and setting is amazing, it's like what you'd expect of A Song Of Ice And Fire. The writing is amazing, very impressive and the story, though practically a love story is one helluva fun read. there's no doubting it, GRRM is the master of fantasy writing.

  • Петър Панчев
    2018-08-26 22:24

    Самотната Ворлорн по пътя на смърттаЦялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.com/2015/... Лично аз не съм чак толкова голям фен на Джордж Р. Р. Мартин, но с удоволствие бих прочел преведените му на български книги. Вече доста години неговата поредица „Песен за огън и лед“ шества триумфално на пазара ни и няма признаци интереса към нея да угасне, още повече че се обещават шеста и седма книга. Има и сериал, тъй че нещата отиват към един вид обожествяване на Мартин. Но Мартин не е само „Песен за огън и лед“, и това се вижда във вече няколкото книги, които си проправиха път покрай фентъзи поредицата. „Смъртта на светлината“ („Бард“, 2015, с превод на Валерий Русинов) е от периода на Мартин, когато е писал повечко фантастика и доказва съвсем недвусмислено, че е майстор и в този жанр. Годината на издаване е 1977-а, но и това не е пречка тази книга да получи голямо внимание и сега. Просто четенето ѝ си заслужава. В „Смъртта на светлината“ има любов и нещо като любов, ако става въпрос за странните жители на Висок Кавалаан. Всъщност действието е пренесено на самотно скитащата из космическото пространство планета Ворлорн. Човечеството вече се е разселило из ръкавите на галактиката и е създало на всяка що годе подходяща планета условия за съществуване. С течение на времето големите разстояния между световете са променили хората и на всеки един свят се обособява особен вид култура, която понякога е толкова ексцентрична по своя замисъл, че напълно изличава единния произход на човечеството. (Продължава в блога: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.com/2015/...)

  • Thomas Watson
    2018-09-12 17:18

    A strange, dark, violent story set on a dying world. The setting is a tale by itself, with the planet Worlorn arguably one of the characters. The story is largely driven by each character's inability to deal with life as it is, rather than how they wish it could be, with naive pride, confused love, and misguided devotion to an obsolete code of behavior defining what happens along the way. None of the characters emerges unscathed; change comes to them all by the end. Beautifully written and realized. I've known about Dying of the Light for years, and just never gotten around to reading it. Sorry I waited!

  • Metodi Markov
    2018-09-10 20:13

    Отново не съвсем изпипана според мен книга от Мартин...Доста по-интересна ми се видя страничната сюжетна линия - тази за хората, историята и кодекса на живот на планетата Високи Кавалаан. Естествено, на това е отделено малко място, а потенциал определено има.Като цяло има един дъх на остаряло и не е нещо, към което ще се върна отново, въпреки че не е неприятна за прочит. Някак претупани ми се виждяха историята и героите в нея.Оставам заклет фен на Тъф, Пясъчните крале и Ланистърите. ;)

  • Daniel Garrido
    2018-09-20 19:23

    El universo de los Mil Mundos es la ambientación imaginaria creada por George R. R. Martin donde transcurren varias novelas (como la que hoy reseño) y una larga lista de relatos distribuidos en diversas antologías (podéis encontrar la mayoría en los tres volúmenes de la autobiografía literaria de Martin publicados por Gigamesh). El escritor célebre por Canción de Hielo y Fuego inició su carrera novelística con esta Muerte de la Luz publicada en 1977 y en la que se aprovecha de esta abigarrado y bien construido universo de ciencia ficción para narrarnos una historia de amor, sacrificio, choque de culturas y supervivencia. El resultado final no llega a ser todo lo redondo que uno querría pero aún así construye un potente narración donde el protagonista no deja de debatirse entre sus sentimientos y el vínculo a una nueva "familia".Desde luego la ambientación de la obra es uno de sus grandes puntos fuertes. Martin nos presenta el asombroso mundo de Worlorn, un planeta errante que gira alrededor de siete soles diferentes. Durante un tiempo se ha mantenido a la luz de estos soles, pero mientras sigue su curso inevitablemente se aleja de la luz, el calor y la vida. Durante su época de máximo esplendor Worlorn fue el lugar donde se celebraba el grandioso Festival de los Mundos Exteriores, donde diversas culturas y razas se unieron para poblar el planeta y lleva hasta él muestras de sus diversas civilizaciones. Ahora que el planeta agoniza, es un gigantesco cementerio casi abandonado, donde solo la vegetación y los animales reinan bajo una luz que cada día mengua más.Desde este planeta le llega a Dirk t'Larien un mensaje inesperado: su antigua pareja, Gwen Delvano, le pide que vuelva con él. A pesar del tiempo transcurrido desde su ruptura, Dirk es incapaz de negarse y vuela hasta Worlorn sin saber muy bien que se encontrará. Lo que no tarda en descubrir es que Gwen está unida por jade-y-plata con Jaan Vikary y su teyn Garse Janacek. Una relación de amor, odio y supervivencia que caracteriza a la brutal y estratificada sociedad kavalar, donde los clanes enfrentados luchan despiadadamente por su honor, y donde cualquier debilidad es duramente castigada por su código de conducta donde los duelos a muerte y los enfrentamientos están a la orden del día.Dirk tendrá que descubrir cuál es la verdadera razón que ha hecho a Gwen llamarlo ahora, y que se esconde en la extraña relación que mantiene con los dos hombres de Alto Kavalar. Mientras tanto disfrutará de su 'hospitalidad' en el agonizante mundo de Worlorn, donde restos de 14 culturas diferentes se encaminan hacia la noche eterna y el frío de la muerte.Como es habitual en él, Martin logra construir sociedades y culturas con una profunda pátina histórica, dotándolas de gran realismo y de la suficiente originalidad como para atrapar la atención del lector. Por supuesto, es el mundo de Alto Kavalan y la sociedad kavalar la que ocupa gran parte de la trama de la novela, presentándonos un cultura donde el honor, la estratificación social, la dominación sobre los más débiles (directamente definidos como causi-hombres) y la violencia son las normas. El trío de amantes-pareja, que se mueven entre la fidelidad, la devoción y el odio, tampoco son bien vistos por el resto de kavalares al no ser lo suficientemente tradicionales y alejarse de algunos de los modos sociales de su mundo original.Dirk se encuentra enfrentado a un mundo que no comprende y a una sociedad que le causa rechazo, y sobre todo, desconcertado por la extraña relación que mantiene Gwen con Jaan y Garse. Los dos temas principales de la novela son el motivo del amor perdido (con Dirk en busca de una nueva chispa u oportunidad de ver renacer su antigua relación con Gwen) y las estrictas cadenas del condicionamiento cultural, que se entrelazan a lo largo de la trama de toda la novela. Este último está manejado con gran habilidad, para mostrarnos claramente como cada cultura nos restringe y limita nuestra forma de ver la realidad.Aunque durante el último tercio de la obra se pierde un poco de ritmo, a pesar de que la historia se convierte en una brutal cacería por el mundo abandonado, Martin logra imprimirle la suficiente fuerza a la lucha interna del protagonista. Lo que está claro es que el final elegido por el escritor desde luego no dejará indiferente a ningún lector.Muerte de la Luz es una historia de amor y sacrificio, y sobre todo de lucha contra los condicionantes culturales que nos convierten en lo que somos. Martin nos transporta hasta un entorno decadente, agonizante, para hablarnos del amor perdido, de la esperanza y de hasta que punto estamos dispuestos a sacrificarnos por aquellos a quienes amamos. Con un ritmo más pausado, el escritor recrea una cultura tan original, brutal y extraña como la kavalar, donde sus miembros son despojados de la humanidad (o al menos de la humanidad suficiente para reconocerla en los que no son como ellos) y que nos demuestra que todas nuestras convicciones culturales pueden ser una mera fachada para ocultar lo monstruoso de nuestras forma de vivir.http://caballerodelarbolsonriente.blo...

  • Cres
    2018-09-09 21:12

    I really enjoyed Dying of the Light, George R.R. Martin's first full length novel. Despite being published in 1977, the story has stood up really since it was written 40 years ago. No flip-top data tricorder, hokey gadgets or technology that couldn't easily fit into a modern space epic. I think that is due in large part to while technically being labeled Science Fiction", the story felt more a mash-up between it and High Fantasy. Aside from the opening travel to the planet in which the story takes place, there is no actual intergalactic travel or adventures to be had. Lot's of talk of various characters home worlds though helps to build the universe in which the story is set and Martin does well at this. This is where the High Fantasy style story comes into the forefront. You can definitely feel the writing origins of his epic A Song of Ice and Fire with the way he describes cultures both friendly and foe and how he builds their backstories. The focus on houses, honor, dueling and love both lost and won at times make you forget that we are in a futuristic world and can easily picture this taking place in Middle Earth or Westero's. That said, there are enough tinges of futurism (flying cars, laser pistols/rifles and the City of Challenge) to keep it interesting and well into the Sci-Fi realm. I really only have two problems with the story. First is that the conversations and descriptions at times seemed to drone on, especially in the later chapters but that is not uncommon for his style. Second, and more egregious to me, is that towards the end when the action was hitting it's climax, I felt that he kind of cheated both himself and the audience by use of a Deus ex Machina. There was no real reason for it and he could have easily written a better solution to the problem literally facing the main character. With or without the DEM, the story would have gone on to the satisfying end that it had.