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Planet Savers/swords Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044167027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441670277
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,993,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books.

Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends -- Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others -- entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Simon on February 25, 2008
This is a review of one of the two novels in this book: "The Sword of Aldones." It is Bradley's second Darkover novel -- at least in terms of when it was published. Darkover is not really a "series," in that the story did not continue chronologically as the books came out.

It took me a couple of weeks to get through this short (164 page) novel. I just wasn't motivated to pick it up! Especially during the first half of the book, there were just too many characters, peoples and concepts introduced all at once. When you create a fictional world, you have to bring the reader into it, not just throw made-up terms around without enough context to give them meaning. That's what happened here -- lots of "stuff" and not enough plot to move all that baggage along. Even some additional exposition would have helped, as I often didn't understand what role certain prominent characters were supposed to be playing when I was clearly supposed to know.

After I read the book, I took a look at the user reviews here on Amazon. It was interesting to learn that Bradley herself may not have been pleased with this early effort; regardless of her motive, though, she later rewrote this under another title, Sharra's Exile (Darkover: Against the Terrans: The Second Age). For now, I'll continue reading the Darkover novels in the order they were written, and hope that they get better as they go along.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
The planet savers is magical novel, in it al the elements of darkover novels are present, but it reaches deeper into the conflict of the non-human and human relation with the aded confusion the telepatic contact brings into it. This novel brings back darkover known caracters such as Regis Hastur in contact with the non human habitants of their world, an with terrans, who are trying to place themselves in one world or the other, and finding it imposible.
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