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The Golden Torc Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 1985


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345324196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345324191
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A.D. 2110 nearly 100,000 humans had fled the civilized strictures of the Galactic Milieu for the freedom they thought existed at the end of the one-way time tunnel to Earth, six million B.C.
But all of them had fallen into the hands of the Tanu, a humanoid race who'd fled their own galaxy to avoid punishment for their barbarous ways.
And now the humans had made the Tanu stronger than the Firvulag, their degenerate brethren and ritual antagonists. Soon the Tanu would reign supreme. Or so they thought . . . .

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Having read this series about 30 years ago, I remembered it with great fondness and decided to read it again.
ken morgan
It's delightfully complex, with hundreds of plot threads and references woven together into a compelling tapestry.
CAC
I really enjoyed Many Coloured Land and this was a vey good sequel that moved the story forward substantially.
Kelvin

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2012
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This book was not transcribed with any care or detail to attention and the story suffers because this is the case.
Some pages have multiple typos - key words like "torc" are almost always misspelled as "tore" and names of key characters are outright slaughtered!
Amazon should pull these books and have them done properly or refund people's monies until such time as the books are corrected.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Battaglia on May 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Following the fascinating first volume of the Saga of Pliocene Exile was probably a difficult affair, but May pulls it off with almost impossible ease. Somehow she manages to continue the story started in the first book while still having The Golden Torc stand mostly on its own as a separate novel. Of course, reading the first is required, but the continuity is not so dense that new readers can't figure out what's going on.
May keeps the action moving by shuffling all her plots around, and keeping tight rein on the huge cast of characters. Occassionally there are so many that you lose sight of some, but never enough so you lose the story. Julian May shows that none of her characters are safe, killing off some of the original cast, adding some more, and basically keeping the reader guessing to the end.
Better than a sequel, it's a continuation that leaves the reader satisified and at the same time wanting more. Good thing there's a volume three. Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I hear it calling my name . . .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2004
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I first read this series many years ago after a friend recommended it. Ever since, I've been searching in vain for more science fiction fantasy that captures me the way this one did.
The four Pliocene books are, in my opinion, May's best. The others in the Galactic Milieu series run a close second. Her other stuff is so-so, readable but not exceptional. I was struck initially by the story, and also by the quality of the writing. It's so different, and much better, than anything else I've read in the genre, and manages to largely avoid the usual time travel anachronistic and self-referential cliches.
I've recently finished reading the whole thing (including the other Milieu books) yet again, and I'm still amazed and moved by the experience, from the initial familiarity with the need of the misfits to leave, to the ultimate understanding of Atoning Unifex. Tremendous stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Williams on January 9, 2013
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Read this when I was I high school and still love it.
HOWEVER- one star deducted because this edition is rife with typos, as is each Kindle version in this series. It is clearly that these were scanned with an OCR algorithm. For $20 Amazon could hire someone to fix them all I am sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on August 29, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
None of the Tanu are operant metapsychially, they all use the Golden Torc to utilise their powers, or even communicate if they have no powers. They realise they are becoming more and more reliant on human technologists, as their own offspring are becoming very hedonistic. The Tanu king commissions Bryan, the anthropologist of Group Green to do a study on the long term ramifications.

Meanwhile, Claude, Stein, Felice, Amerie and Richard are aligned with the human rebels and alien sympathisers.

Elizabeth Orme, an operant, comes to the attention of Brede, a mystical figure, and Aiken Drum sees opportunity for advancement through the upcoming Grand Combat, where the Tanu and their Firvulag alien opponents get to ritually slaughter each other at an annual sporting contest.

The rebels see this as an opportune time to strike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CAC on July 11, 2003
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Julian May's series are phenomenal, and this book is no exception. The Golden Torc neatly concludes the first half of the Pliocene Exile series, but will leave you wanting more. The characters are fleshed out, the plotlines are advanced.

This series is rich in content, incredibly so. It's delightfully complex, with hundreds of plot threads and references woven together into a compelling tapestry. It's emotionally powerful without being sappy. It's rich in philosophical, historical, cultural, and etymological allusions, and it's meticulously researched. You'll need to flex your brain muscles, but you'll be happy to do it. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll stretch your vocabulary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Lin on October 9, 2003
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As I keep saying, Julian May is unmatched in sci-fi for prose
that is at once flowing and four-dimensional. She makes her worlds seem alive, ultra-real, and her characters are the deepest in the genre. How she somehow managed to create so many characters of such soul in so few pages for this series is beyond me.
I laughed with Aiken Drum, cried with Elizabeth Orme, sympathized with Bryan Grenfell, and trembled at Felice Landry's rage. Our heroes embark on escaping the servitude of the alien, psychically-powered Tanu. The plot thickens, the action escalates, the characters evolve-- some even die, sometimes fulfilled, sometimes not. This is space opera at its finest.
Even secondary characters-- certain alien Tanu that actually sympathize with enslaved human-- are touching. You understand something of their motivations, their soul.
All while reading in disbelief, wondering how May writes such effortless, vivid scenes. Her creativity is unmatched-- the world she sees must have color, sound, texture all magnified to the umpteenth degree.
Yes, you might need a dictionary to read some of her books. But what joy, to learn such new, colorful words, and savor how she uses them!
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