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The Ice Dragon [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

George R. R. Martin , Luis Royo
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21. Oktober 2014

The Ice Dragon is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults by the wildly popular author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Luis Royo enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon.

In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember. 

Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.

This new edition of The Ice Dragon is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 112 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books (21. Oktober 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0765378779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765378774
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 18 Jahre
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 22.495 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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George R. R. Martin gehört nicht nur in den USA zu den prominentesten Science-Fiction-Autoren. Den weltweiten Durchbruch schaffte er mit dem mehrbändigen Werk "Das Lied von Eis und Feuer". Er schrieb anfangs Kurzgeschichten, arbeitete dann erfolgreich als Drehbuchautor und Fernsehproduzent. Doch das Schreiben von Fantasy- und Science-Fiction-Romanen entspricht seinem Vorstellungsvermögen und seinen schriftstellerischen Neigungen am meisten. Der 1948 im US-Staat New Jersey geborene und studierte Journalist lebt in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Er wurde mehrfach mit dem "Hugo Award" ausgezeichnet.



The Ice Dragon brims with the magic and beauty of Martin's velvety rich prose. […] Audiences of all ages will be enchanted by the fantastic delivery of this timeless tale of heroes and dragons, the strength of a family, and the coming-of-age of a very special girl. It is a great book to share.” —VOYA

“[T]his fantasy is a slim but rich introduction to the genre, one that should appeal to both boys and girls.”
School Library Journal

 “A must-buy for all Martin fans.” —SFRevu

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

George R.R. Martin, a six-time Hugo and two-time Nebula Award winner, is the author of the most wildly acclaimed and anticipated fantasy series in recent history, A Song of Ice and Fire, the basis of HBO’s megahit show, Game of Thrones. TIME named him “One of the Most Influential People of 2011.” He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM.

LUIS ROYO is a prolific Spanish artist best known for his lush fantasy illustrations. Over 30 books of his collected art have been published including Women, Dead Moon, and the Malefic Time series. Royo’s artwork is featured in Spectrum 3 and has been exhibited in Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, New York, Seattle, and St. Petersburg.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another great story 16. Mai 2007
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At first, this book seems to be a mixed bag. First of all I was disappointed by the volume. The font is big and just about 150 pages...not enough for a "Game of Thrones" fan. But then I gave the book a chance and started reading...and...finished it in one evening. I just could not stop. The story is sad in some ways and hopeful in others. The illustrations are wonderful. The whole package turned out to be worth the money.

But the disappointment regarding the volume still holds. I would have loved another 200 pages or so, but that is a positive, right?

I highly recommend the book, but beware: no gore or profanity here. Just a lovely "fairy"-tale.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen schöner Anfang, langweiliges Ende 30. April 2008
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Ich lese auch als Erwachsener öfters gerne Kinderbücher und Fantasy-Romane. Von diesem schmalen Band war ich sehr enttäuscht.

Die Geschichte beginnt ähnlich magisch wie Patricia McKillips Fantasy-Märchen (z.B. "Die vergessenen Tiere von Eld"), in "The Ice Dragon" nimmt ein seelisch vereinsamtes Mädchen Kontakt auf zu einem Eisdrachen, aber dann nimmt die Geschichte eine Wendung ins Stereotype (Krieg wie im 19. Jahrhundert, nur dass die Reitersoldaten Drachen statt Pferde reiten) und endet so sentimental und klischeebeladen, dass ich dieses Buch einfach nicht weiterempfehlen kann.

Zwei Sterne gibt es von mir, weil der Anfang des Märchens mir gefiel.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good but not good enough 12. Februar 2008
I read every book of A Song of Ice and Fire and couldn't stop. Now I searched for something to continue while waiting for the sequel of ASoIaF. I read the comment above and thought: well, why not? Give it a go.
So I bought it and read in one fell swoop. And as quickly as I had finished the book disappointment set in. Not because it was short but because it was sketchy and felt like it was not properly finished. True, it's a nice little fairy tale and its melancholy and beauty are undeniable. But the narrator skips through the story like an overexcited little kid trying to impress with what happened during vacations.
Therefore it's only three stars from me: nice ideas, beautifully written but sketchy and not thought through properly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Ice Dragon 28. September 2006
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I got this book on Sept. 26th, 2006, in Dubuque, Iowa. George Martin was on a book signing for the release of this book, and due to this, the bookstore he was at was selling it early.

Let's start this review off with the obvious. The Ice Dragon is not another book in A Song of Ice and Fire. It's set in a different world, with none of the same characters, and has none of the adult content that those books do. In fact, this book is exactly what Martin said it would be from when he announced that it was being published separately: a children's book. Also, Martin didn't take much time off ASOIAF at all to write this book - in fact, it's been published in an anthology work (Dragons of Light) in 1980. All that has been changed is an editing to remove some of the more graphic content, and illustrations have been done.

Nonetheless, even though this is a children's book that most people who are used to Martin's work will read in about half an hour, the book is quite good. The story is touching, and is not afraid to hide kids from the realities of what can happen in life. There is symbolism a-plenty within this book, and a lot of different concepts to think about, especially for a young reader.

Parents, if you are considering getting this book for your children, I'd just like to say this: make sure you read it with your child. They'll want you there to explain a lot of what happens in the book. Martin, as usual, doesn't pull any punches with the emotional impact of the character's fate, and while I appreciate him not trying to hide the world from kids, some of the concepts may be difficult for them to grasp or easily misinterpreted.

Furthermore, the artwork within the book is stunning. Yvonne Gilbert really outdid herself with the drawings - either they serve as a perfect visual representation of the scene or they continue to reinforce the idea behind the scene.

All in all, The Ice Dragon is an excellent book, and is one I will be keeping on my shelf for many years to come.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is truly a "song" of ice and fire 16. Oktober 2006
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How interesting that Martin's short story, written in 1980, bears minor resemblances to his grand work of today.

While reading this, I had an image of Farmer Giles of Ham, by Tolkien, and wondered if a smart publisher would dig that up and sell it as a children's story. I would personally be very interested to see how well that book would do in today's environment. The Tolkien family, I'm sure, could always use the extra money. (That, of course, was a joke.)

This is a lovely story, and, as another reviewer pointed out, exactly what you would expect from Martin after toning down one of his short stories or novellas for younger readers.

In a world that seems mostly inhabited by "fire" dragons, the "ice" dragon in this story stands out starkly (pun intended for readers of ASoIaF). It appears to be a creature unsuited for its distinctive qualities, only capable of appearing and thriving in winter, and making land barren wherever it lands. Even its very distant cousins, the ice lizards, find themselves uniquely suited for ice and snow, any hint of warmth that touches them is like poison.

Adara, the seven-year-old main character of the story bears striking resemblances to both the dragon and the ice lizards. This isn't a straightforward story - there is a strong symbolic statement that runs quietly from the beginning of the story until the end.

It's truly a gorgeous tale from one of the most decorated writers in fantasy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Story... 28. November 2006
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The Ice Dragon is a great little story. It was written long before the seven kingdoms had even been contemplated by Mr. Martin. His skills were clearly honed even then... This is the tale of a young girl with ice water coursing through her veins. She has no love, except that which she has for the cold winter. For that is when the ice dragon comes. A creature so cold that no human can touch it without their warm flesh melting its icy scales. No one but young Adara. The ice dragon remained her only friend - the only one who would visit her. Until one day when the helms of the intruders crested the horizon.

Adara must chose between the cold life that she loves, and the warmth which is coupled with uncertainty.

Buy this book for your daughter, and then after she is done with it, read it for yourself.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Hurried childrens' book 31. Dezember 2007
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The story was rushed and written for children. When it was over, I felt like there were holes in the story. Compared to other GRR Martin books, I felt a little cheated on character development but it might be a decent intro to Fantasy reading for a child.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Dad-Oriented Kid's Book 8. Januar 2007
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This author of adult-oriented fantasy fiction seeks to prove to his predominantly-male fans that he can write for their little daughters too. He fails.

Martin normally writes for adults. It might not be 100% clear to online shoppers that this volume, when one actually gets one's hands on it, is clearly presented as a kid's book. It contains perhaps 20 to 30 pages of normal text, stretched out to over 100 pages by child-friendly formatting and numerous (but mediocre) pictures. The cover art, picturing a little girl riding an ice dragon, defines the target audience. I understand a different version of this tale, not specifically intended for kids, appeared in the "Dragons of Light" fantasy anthology in the 1980s. I have not read that version. I review this version as a kids' book, since that is what it purports to be.

The main character is a little girl, but the story is, at best, inconsistent about presenting things from the little girl's perspective. It could hardly be otherwise, for this little girl has a heart of ice, never smiles or laughs, and cares nothing for her family. She only loves the winter, and the Ice Dragon that is its personification. She seems quite satisfied with her situation, so we view her from without, as adults might, as a bizarre child with a strange abnormality.

At one point, someone acuses the father of being to blame for the child's strange condition. He is cold to the child (he is told) because he blames her killing her mother in childbirth, and this has caused the child's emotional coldness. The father defends himself again this charge: He loves his little ice girl most of all, but she is cold towards him, and so he is merely reacting to her behavior. The real reason for the child's coldness is that she was touched in the womb by the Ice Dragon. And as far as we can tell from the story, the father is 100% correct. This seemingly endorses the idea that the child is responsible for the parent's behavior -- an odd reversal.

But in the course of defending the poor, falsely-accused father, the author puts forth, almost gratuitously, the idea that the child is to blame for her mother's death. He just lets this notion lie there, uncontradicted and unaddressed, for the remainder of the tale. Any idea that this notion could cause guilt and anguish to some child who has lost a mother seems not to have crossed the author's mind. As long as Daddy is held blameless, it seems, everything is fine. Nobody need worry about the Ice Child's feelings, because the Ice Child has none. Pity instead the poor widowed father whose little girl does not love him enough.

Meanwhile, the author draws a totally-inappropriate contrast between the abnormal ice-hearted little girl, and her normal older sister who flirts with all the boys. Uh -- what do you expect, Mr. Martin? She is only five! The hormones don't kick in for a few years yet.

SPOILERS will follow:

Meanwhile, battle looms on the horizon, and as defeated soldiers flee the Enemy we are treated to descriptions of gruesome battle wounds that leave little to the imagination. The old fashioned trick of hinting at horrors, and permitting children to imagine as much as they are prepared to handle, is not one we get from Mr. Martin.

But don't worry. When the enemy reaches the family homestead, and the little girl hears her Daddy scream, her heart will melt. She will sacrifice her beloved Ice Dragon to save Daddy from the foe, and be a normal little girl from then on. Turns out the little Ice Girl loves Daddy after all. So it's a happy ending -- especially for Daddy!
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