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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 479 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (November 5, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886771005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886771003
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The best, or at least close to the best, of the "Earth woman abducted to Gor and made a slave" stories.
A. Smithee
Some would say, I don't understand the Gorean Lifestyle enough to see that she is having all these conflicts within herself.
Orchid Goddess
At one point Norman actually switches a main character out for another and doesn't seem to notice his error.
E. L. White

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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By John Ellam ( on October 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John Norman fell down with players of Gor which while godd was not great I have read all 26 books and found that there is a 27 out but not in print and unobtainable????
Dancer centers around the story of a young lithe librarian of Earth who is brought to gor by Kurii Slavers. The start of the book follows her search for truth and capture on Earth by Teibar of Ar.
On her arrival on Gor she is sold to a paga tavern and the owner finds her of interest as a dancer for his customers. She makes friends and enemies and through the work of a jealous rival is stolen and travel across Gor constantly chased and captured til finally she meets Teibar once again and realises that she has loved him from the moment she met him on Earth.
A love story, a bondage treatise, A great adventure as with all Gor books They cover many areas and as with all Gor books should be taken as what they are Fiction, Science fantasy.
This is one of the best in the series and recaptures the Mood of the earliest books perfectly. Ten out of ten (10/10)
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. L. White on November 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was the first Gor book I read, because I heard it had belly dancing in it. After forcing myself to finish it, I can honestly say it is the most poorly written book I have ever read. John Norman has the most annoying writing style I have ever seen. He somehow manages to fill an entire book with words that don't seem to say anything. He likes to drag out his sentences by adding extra words that don't need to be there such as "to, therefor, also..." and he seems to think that run on sentences will make him sound smarter.

Poor writing aside, his characters have as much depth as a sheet tray. The main character is supposed to be smart, but I don't recall one smart thing she did in the entire book. Apparently we are supposed to believe she is smart because people are always telling her she is. Mind you, the people telling her this are men who are her Masters and consider a "smart" woman to be one who obeys them at all times. The other characters are no better. The men are all sexist, controlling pigs who only care about war, drinking and reminding slave girls they are slaves (see dialogue example below). We are told that these Gorean men are somehow better than our Earth men, but I didn't see one example of a man who was in the least bit admirable either for his charm, intelligence, or any other characteristic aside from his ability to boss around naked women.

Which brings me to another point. Yes, this book is about women being slaves to men. I get that. It's not the pinnacle of feminist ideals. I could appreciate if it was the fantasy, sexy fun I figured it would be. Instead it's filled with pages full of Norman's own insistence that "modern women" are somehow denying their true femininity by not enslaving themselves to men. Norman *constantly* bashes feminism.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "meliciani" on April 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Doreen Williamson appeared to be a quiet shy librarian, but in the dark of the library, after hours, she would practice, semi-nude, her secret studies in belly-dancing. Until, one fateful night, the slavers from Gor kidnapped her. On that barbarically splended counter-Earth, Doreen drew a high price as a dancer in taverns, in slave collar and ankle bells. Until each of her owners became aware that their prize dancer was the target of power forces---that in the tense climate of the ongoing war between Ar and Cos, two mighty empires, Doreen was too dangerous to keep. DANCER OF GOR is a John Norman bonus novel---an erotic fever-pitched novel of an alien world where men were all-powerful and women were living jewels of desire. Good for those who wish to learn of kajirae dancing & a pleasant read by all means.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By graznichovna on December 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was a young feminist en route to Alaska, John Norman's "Captive of Gor" was my supreme guilty pleasure. In those days (the mid-70s) my mantra was "wildness!" Most of my peers were bowled over by Tolkien and his comparatively civilized Middle Earth, but I relished barbaric Gor. The heroine's outdoor adventures beneath the three moons of Gor thrilled me. John Norman's spare, haunting style enchanted me. (No long incomprehensible place names that all sounded alike.) The sex slave theme did not offend me (too much) because it was so clearly a fantasy and arguably represented a path of growth for the heroine.

I regret to say, however, that I find "Dancer of Gor" unreadable. What has become of the well-modulated style of its predecessor? "Dancer" is like the endlessly repetitive rambling of a person with dementia. A single paragraph will often run on drearily for pages and pages. I didn't mind long unbroken paragraphs in a "roman fleuve" such as "Remembrance of Things Past", but John Norman is no Marcel Proust! Furthermore, at every turn he bludgeons the reader with a dissertation on female sexual subjugation and degradation. "Dancer" is the polar opposite of erotic. It reads like a sex manual for the Taliban.

Gladly, though, do I award "Dancer of Gor" its one shining star--for Chapter Three, in which the heroine belly dances at night in her library workplace, while unbeknownst to her three Gorean slavers lurk in the shadows. (But where was the library's security guard? "Dancer of Gor" was published in 1985, and even in that remote era libraries had security guards.) A gorgeously costumed belly dancer nocturnally whirling and slithering, shimmying and shaking down the aisles of a sterile workplace is such a delicious fantasy! I like to transpose this scene to the office towers I see from my apartment. Reading Chapter Three, I remember why the early Gor novels resonated with me all those years ago.
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