Gods of Opar Hardcover – June 30, 2012
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"[The Song of Kwasin] possesses and organic, unified feel, and a high level of storytelling craft. The legacy of the Khokarsa cycle is continued in honorable and entertaining fashion." --Locus Online
"Farmer and Carey tell a realistically complex tale... [T]he trilogy is brought to a satisfying conclusion." --The British Fantasy Society
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- Item Weight : 2.45 pounds
- Hardcover : 576 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596064713
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 2 x 9 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1596064714
- Publisher : Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition (June 30, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The two novels focus on Hadon, a strapping young man from the ancient--as in VERY ancient--city of Opar. It is a city mentioned both in THE HOLY BIBLE (as "Ophir") and in the Africa of Edgar Rice Burroughs. In 10,011 B.C., the high priestess of the Khokarsan Empire has decided to marry. Her husband, who will become the future emperor, will be determined by he who wins a series of olympic trials. Hadon is one of the three winners of the preliminaries in provincial Opar. Now he travels to the imperial capital, Khokarsa, where he will compete in the finals.
At his best--and this duology is an example of his best--Philip José Farmer is a master of alternate realities. He provides ample details for scene and mood. If his characters are virtuous, they are likeable. If they are villainous, they are detestable. In this particular epic, the story is thankfully not straightforward and predictable. It has twists and turns. Some make you sad. Some make you exclaim, "Yes!" And there are even a couple of cameo appearances by Tarzan, who by any other name would smell as sweet.
The third novel, THE SONG OF KWASIN, is supposedly a collaboration of Farmer with Christopher Paul Carey. But it manifests itself as the work of Carey. The style is obviously Carey's, and it lacks the immersive convincingness exuded by Farmer. I suppose if I had read the third novel before reading the other two, I might have liked it. As is, it proved as appealing as a cup of decaf.
So why do I give this book five stars? Because it deserves it. Farmer's classic duology and the dust jacket's outstanding art make Subterranean Press's hardcover something special. The first two novels are worth your time, and the book is worth your dollars. If you can spare them.
This series was one of my favorites in the 1970s and I have eagerly awaited the promised sequel for 38 years. I had the privilege to read an advanced copy of "Song of Kwasin" and it showcases the wonderful imagination and story telling of Philip José Farmer completed with loving care by his collaborator. This is a terrific story and a fitting sequel to the other two novels in this series.
This omnibus volume published by Subterranean Press includes all three novels and contains bonus materials about the Khokarsan civilization. This is the first time that ANY of the Khokarsa series have been printed in hardcover. It is a large sturdy volume that will be a collector's item. The stories are great deal of fun and the various 'Easter eggs' relating to the Wold Newton Universe make this a must have for any Phil Farmer fan.
Those who have read the first two Khokarsa novels will be ecstatic to have them together in this volume. They have been waiting with anticipation for the sequel for almost four decades. Now the entire series is available in a well made heirloom volume with a magnificent cover and many extras.
Treat yourself to this wonderful collection of stories by the late Grand Master of Science Fiction, Philip José Farmer.