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Marauders of Gor Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1975

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About the Author

John Norman, born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931, is the creator of the Gorean Saga, the longest-running series of adventure novels in science fiction history. Starting in December 1966 with Tarnsman of Gor, the series was put on hold after its twenty-fifth installment, Magicians of Gor, in 1988, when DAW refused to publish its successor, Witness of Gor. After several unsuccessful attempts to find a trade publishing outlet, the series was brought back into print in 2001. Norman has also produced a separate science fiction series, the Telnarian Histories, plus two other fiction works (Ghost Dance and Time Slave), a nonfiction paperback (Imaginative Sex), and a collection of thirty short stories, entitled Norman InvasionsThe Totems of Abydos was published in spring 2012. 

All of Norman’s work is available both in print and as ebooks. The Internet has proven to be a fertile ground for the imagination of Norman’s ever-growing fan base, and at Gor Chronicles (, a website specially created for his tremendous fan following, one may read everything there is to know about this unique fictional culture. 

Norman is married and has three children.

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  • Series: Gor (Book 9)
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: DAW (March 1, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886770254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886770259
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,564,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By silliman89 on July 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read the Gor series as a boy in the 70's and early 80's. IMHO the series is most appealing to teenage boys. I recently pulled �Assassins of Gor� off the shelf one night while bored, and re-read it. I was shocked that there was no real sex, and only a handful of pages of philosophy and psychology that I had to skip over. The book was really excellent, although in a straight forward, uncomplicated sort of way. These are escapist novels, richly detailed, which immerse you in an exotic world, not real thinkers. My enduring memories were of the later books in the series, which were almost unreadable because whole chapters were devoted to philosophy and psychology.
I am not offended by the idea that it is natural and enjoyable for women to be submissive to men. Although I recognize it as wish fulfillment fantasy, still I consider it harmless, especially in such an obviously fictitious setting. I even found it mildly interesting the first time it was mentioned. It is the umpteenth repetition that I find boring. I just turn those pages, skipping ahead to the next action sequence. Speaking of wish fulfillment, I wish someone would edit the series, and re-publish it without these parts. Maybe Eric Flint could do it? He likes to edit, according to his afterword to �1633� and he�s good at it. Of course, if you take the sex out of Gor you get Barsoom, and that story has already been written.
I looked on Amazon to see if there was anything new going on with the series, and there was. It is being reprinted, starting at the beginning, and at least 2 new books seem to be published, or at least in the works. I was disappointed though that Amazon didn�t have the whole series listed under one easy to find heading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are a Tarl Cabot(Carl Tabot-see Tarnsman) fan (even if you are not a John Norman fan because he later sinks into strange social and gender commentary) this is your book. If you read the preceding novels, starting with Tarnsman, it is a better read. They are all good summer reading. Skip Kajira, though. After Assassin, the focus is on Kurii and men. They are similar. The series is fascinating and Marauders displays Norman's insight into the basic nature of man (but not Woman). Read it
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Agisthos on January 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all the Gor books. But this was the first I ever did read so prehaps I view it through rose tinted glasses.
It really is one of the best.
Tarl travels north to a Viking type country and we finally see open battle with the ferocious Kurii.
If you have not read Norman before you will be suprised. His descriptive style of writing is like no other author I have ever seen. Meticulous descriptions of weapons, objects, places, set pieces, give Gor a flavour unlike any other land.
And now onto the controversy. It is all about the ultimate in co-dependant roles with males being the domintator and females the submissive partner.
Now I can understand the viewpoint but we dont need to hear it over and over again. Just do what I do, and skip over these pages. Thankfully you will not have to do it that much in this book, unlike say the last few in the series where over half of the text is taken up with it.
Despite that quibble get this book now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald B on June 22, 2008
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I have read the Gor books sequentially, the last being The Marauders of Gor. This book to me is the weakest by far in the series. The previous books had revolved around the differences and tensions between Cabot's values as brought from Earth, and the cultural norms of Gor. These values often involved the status of women with respect to submission and their domination by strong men. These same tensions were reflected in the Gor characters themselves, although they generally did not have the philosophical background that Cabot, being from Earth, had. An example of this is when the ultimate leader, Marlenus, fell in love with the panther, Verna, whom he had captured and subdued as a slave. Marlenus released her.

However, absolutely none of these tensions or contradictions were used in The Marauders. Norman instead opts for a tired repetition of his "women all want to be ravished" philosophy. This novel is an unbroken saga of kidnapping, killing, and rape, with a little bit of "War of the World" justification thrown in. Again, my objection is the complete lack of any effort to get inside the characters of the slaves, or indeed of anyone. Cabot seems to be returning to his original identity, but there is no reason for him to do so, other than that he has taken part in enough battles.

I hope the books following this in the series are better. The Gor view is controversial, but up to this book, the setting has always provided a groundwork for actually thinking about the questions. To me, this novel is just a hack, cut-and-paste conglomeration of his previous work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 14, 2002
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"Marauders of Gor," the 9th volume in John Norman's Chronicles of Counter-Earth, was the last of the Gor novels that I really enjoyed. One of the Others comes from the north bearing a token of the death of Talena, Cabot's one-time free companion. Cabot heads north, as much out of a sense of vengeance than to continue in the service of the Priest-Kings, from whose cruel control he has been trying to free himself. In many ways the book is quite reminiscent of the most popular novel in the series, "Nomads of Gor," with Tarl Cabot finding comradeship with the barbaric transplanted Norseman of the north. The parallels are clearly the same, with Cabot having to gain acceptance with a group of fierce warriors who do not trust outsiders, helping his new friends with their endeavors, and having them help him with his own in return. The character of Ivar Forkbeard is more boisterous version of Kamchak the Tuchuk, and my favorite sequence in the novel is when Forkbeard comes up with a way of defying his liege lord for an unfortunately slight. The book also offers a pitched battle between the Kurii, as the Others call themselves, and the warriors of Torvaldsland. Of course, it would not be a Gor novel without a couple of choice examples of women being taught by a strong master than only by accepting total dominance can they achieve true happiness, but at least in "Marauders of Gor" the focus is still more on the conflict between the Priest-Kings and the Others rather than on the Gorean philosophy, which pretty much dominates the rest of the series. The idea of transplanted Norseman also finds Norman borrowing another Edgar Rice Burroughs tradition of "lost" civilizations, as we shall see with in future novels with transplanted Native American tribes and the like.Read more ›
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