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Magicians of Gor Paperback – June 30, 2007

4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 25 of 33 in the Gorean Saga Series

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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 (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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: e-reads.com (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759219869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759219861
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,580,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
With the capital city of Ar under the sway of the beautifultraitress Talena, a ruler placed in power by the Cosian invaders, TarlCabot and the Delta Brigade, the members of the underground force sworn to defeat Cos, must call upon the unique talents of master magician Boots Tarsk-Bit to recapture the precious Home Stone of vanquished Ar's Station. .... In MAGICIANS OF GOR, Tarl Cabot and his allies must work a unique magic with illusions and swordblades to root out the treachery at the heart of a mighty empire. Must read for Gorean enthusiasts!
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I am writing this review after having read the sequel, "Witness of Gor". The sequel actually revives for me the story line that seems to peter out in "Magicians of Gor". The previous novels all lead up to this one, the tragic suborning of the greatest city on Gor--"glorious Ar"--by the treacherous opponents of Marlenus of Ar, in collusion with the forces of the island nations, Tyros and Cos. Thus, one is expecting something of an epic conclusion. Only one does not get it. The story drags through the sordid occupation of the once great city by her ancestral enemies. It details the treachery of Marlenus' cast-off daughter (and one-time free companion of Tarl Cabot) Talena, the rewriting of history by Tyros and Cos to depict the heroic defense of Ar's Port city-Ar's Station-by its garrison as cowardly and derelict, and the rejection of Ar's citizens of her own glorious heritage.
The only really bright points in this story are 1) the efforts of Cabot and another defender of Ar's Station to recover that city's home stone from its place of ignominy in Ar, where citizens spit upon it regularly, 2) Cabot's formation of "The Delta Brigade", a band of veterans of the disastrous Delta expedition as a resistance force, and 3) Cabot's determination to subjugate the treacherous Talena to his own masculine will once more-as an act of abduction and rape in reprisal for the contempt she had shown him earlier, when he lay paralyzed from the stroke of a poisoned weapon, and for her treason to her home stone and her father-Ar's greatest Ubar.
Yet even these three elements could barely save the book's virtues for me. Having been dragged breathlessly through every one of the previous 24 Gor novels, I found myself struggling, wading, and forcing myself through the final third of this one.
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I have read all of John Normans Gor books up to this point. He spins a marvelously imaginative story but like many of his books his constantly overbearing beliefs on how women should be treated gets beyond tedious. We get the idea John you don't have to beat it to death over and over in virtually every chapter. Maybe he gets paid by the page, I don't know but I do know that his books would be several hundred pages shorter and a far more pleasurable read if he would just leave out some, just some of his misogynistic ramblings. I knew what I was getting into when I bought this book from another readers review which said basically it's the same old John Norman, but fight your way through it because it does a great deal to set up the next book. So I'm plodding through it by doing a lot of quick scans and skipping, sometimes nearly whole chapters. Will I buy the next book, absolutely.
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The story advances the plot of the War between Cos and Ar. It discusses the beginning of a resistance in Ar which has fallen by treason and propaganda. The book makes a sharp point about how the citizenry or Ar is manipulated to make them docile for conquest. Probably a point well taken in real life. Usual prattle about slave girls and their lot in life - pleasant but overdone. If you read enough of John Norman to get to book 25 you will not find anything new here but we soldier on. Boots Tarsk Bit the thespian makes an appearance. It's in good fun got me to book 26 - probably the Authors intention.
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I have enjoyed all of the Gor series by John Norman. However there are parts that are very repetitive throughout all the books. The theme of female slavery and the details that he repeats over and over do get old at times. I am continuing through the series because of the main story line and plot. I want to know how the story unfolds and how it will end.
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As was his tendancy, the books got longer and longer, this is no exception at over 500 pages. I enjoyed the book but it never led to anywhere as this, for many years, was the last book. #26 did not tie in well with this. If Norman could have kept the thread going from this book into 26 it would have been much more enjoyable, even going back to the themes from volumes 11-16ish but instead goes in a new direction. This is kind of a 'dead end' for the series if you ask me. I enjoyed the book but any questions you have will remain as such...
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another great book in the series, i noticed a lot less of the staple 'rants' that interrupted the storyline in previous books, i got through it from cover to cover in about 3 weeks of nightly reading.
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Honestly if you took out 70% of this novel you could have a good story here. The drivel about slave girls and mastery is getting to me. John Norman has created a marvelous world here but he doesn't explore it's richness enough. He mentions the Priest Kings in passing and the meeting with Talena could have been much better.
Oh well I will keep reading just for the 30% left.
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