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Dancer of Gor Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 1985
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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, three-installment 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 Invasions". "The 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 (www.gorchronicles.com), 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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Top Customer Reviews
Of these categories of stories this one is better than most to my taste. The action takes a bit larger portion of the book the chief protagonist has a lot happen to her. It's not a bad read although it took me a while to get through it as it got put aside for months - something that doesn't happen to better reads of Norman's.
But why does he have to go on and on about the same "all women need to be dominated, they just don't know it yet"-scenario?? Honestly!! Most of what he drones on about lasts for ages (it seems) and he puts it right in the middle of the action, as if the characters stop and rethink their whole lives every other minute. Okay, it's not really like that, but that's the feel I got when I read it. If he could just manage to refrain from all of this speculating and droning on about the same stuff, and improve his vocabulary to include other ways of adding to the story than "Too, ...", he would revolutionize the whole series! It's not a science project to be debated and justified, it's a fictional story! There are very few typos in his books, but he doesn't vary much in how he leads the reader on. So please Mr Norman, if you by chance read this: have someone help you vary your language and try reading other captivating books with an eye to see how the authors can keep their reader's interest. You have so much potential!
Personally, I'm a marathon reader: always lost in the books I read, devouring their words and characters - not wanting to miss a thing. With these books, I find my self skipping pages, anxious to know what will happen rather than read the justifying arguments he so lovingly dives into. I will dutifully read more of his books though, learning more about his planet of Gor - but in the future I hope his books will captivate me so that I wouldn't want to skip ahead.
(not my real name :-p)
I personally, don't believe this book was written by Norman. The writing style was very different it felt as if the writing and tone was a bit modern for this Gorean planet. I read Captive of Gor, Kajira of Gor, and Slavegirl of Gor, and all written from the time and perspective of the planet the women were on. Not Dancer of Gor, poor Doreen might have been with earthly men who staged a planet called Gor. This is exactly how I felt this book read, like a play by totally different characters and concept.
I was given a piece of fake material and told to believe this was something genunine. So I eventually became annoyed with the characters. The description of Doreen's experience while interesting didn't seem authentic. I found Doreen a little likable, but the author focused so much on her negativity- I had to stop reading book several times and force myself to try to gain some new respect for the character and the author. This is suppose to be a character who is quite differet than most Earth women- a woman who wants no desires wait- NEEDS to be captured and made a slave, she longs for it, but it seems the author wants to make the reader run around and suffer though pages of details, experiences, and through things that did not seem realistic for the main character. For example, Doreen is about to be sold, she comes to the realization that she is about to be sold, and is taking through slave paces, suddenly out of no where she becomes frigid. I was like huh? What is happening? This is a woman in which the author built the character to be more submissive and more ready for her experiences on Gor than any other character in his books. But right at the moment of compliance the author gives Doreen a fake insecurity that is never explained. Everyone in the book wonders what is wrong with her? I was wondering the same thing too. Simply unrealistic.
I tend to agree with one reviewer who doesn't understand why Doreen is begging for slave sex. She is always frightened and scared, why would she? Some would say, I don't understand the Gorean Lifestyle enough to see that she is having all these conflicts within herself. But her conflict does not match the kind of woman the author portrayed her to be. I felt so for Doreen- would have been better off dancing on earth.
Norman or whomever wrote this, is so focused on slavery and manacles, hoods, and chains, whips, and sex- the author forgets that there has to be fairness in the writing. If you write your character one way don't try to change them in the middle of the book- it won't work. At least it didn't for me.