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Marauders of Gor Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1975
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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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These are the Gor books I read. After each book I’ve included how many stars I gave the story. Notice how the page count increases as the series goes on. This is not a good thing as I explain below.
Book 1 – Tarnsman of Gor (1966) p166 – 4 stars
Book 2 – Outlaw of Gor (1967) p220 – 2 stars
Book 3 – Priest-Kings of Gor (1968) p328 – 4 stars
Book 4 – Nomads of Gor (1969) p372 – 3 stars
Book 5 – Assassin of Gor (1971) p392 – 5 stars
Book 6 – Raiders of Gor (1971) p332 – 4 stars
I skipped Book 7 because the POV character changes from Tarl Cabot to Elinor Brinton.
Book 8 – Hunters of Gor (1974) p372 – 2 stars
Book 9 – Marauders of Gor (1975) p313 – 3 stars
Book 10 – Tribesman of Gor (1976) p449 – 1 stars
Book 33 – Rebels of Gor (2013) p654 – 2 stars
I found some of the stories good. But many of the books are bloated bores, lectures on the wonderments of female slavery instead of adventure stories. I read for adventure, not boring slave lectures. The stories I rated the highest are the ones with a high adventure to lecture ratio. Most of the books could be cut in half without losing any of the story. I’ll use Book 33, Rebels of Gor, as an example. It’s a 200-300 page adventure wrapped up in a long, repetitious, boring, slave lecture. The same information and dialogue are repeated over, and over, and over, and over, and . . . (Get the idea?)
If I revisit the Gorean Saga I’ll probably only read a few of the books that I found interesting this time around. In the meantime I’ll be spending more time with some of my favorite sci-fi and fantasy writers, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, Jack Campbell, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, J.R.R. Tolkien and Andy Weir.
Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
Cabot is always the best at everything he does, but Ivar is even more so, and funny while doing it. Brave, lucky, courageous, stubborn, proud dynamo of a being and you cant help but like him. He is the star of this book more than Cabot, and his culture too.
One of the things I am discovering is that Norman just can not convey a story without s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g out what he's trying to say, bluntly and repetitively, and repetitively, and repetitively (yeah, like that). I appreciate, with enthusiasm, stories of domination and submission, but geez Norman, just pull out a baseball bat and hit me up side the head why don't you? Because I'm not sure I'm getting your message. Was it something about females naturally submitting to men and males naturally being dominant? The long soliloquies that he includes and REPETITIVELY are excruciating! I find myself constantly flipping past page after page after page where he drones on and on and on and on about females learning their place. Just tell the damn story already!
I WANT to like this story and to get into this world. He's got a wonderful setup and he did a good job in the first 6 novels. But if this continues much longer I'm going to have to find a Gorean pole and have myself impaled.
I realize this stuff was written a long time ago, and what I have left to read has already been written - but I am crossing my fingers and hoping it gets better (in other words I am not looking at future reviews and making my decision - just hoping for the best as I read).
However, absolutely none of these tensions or contradictions were used in The Marauders. Norman instead opts for a tired repetition of his "women all want to be ravished" philosophy. This novel is an unbroken saga of kidnapping, killing, and rape, with a little bit of "War of the World" justification thrown in. Again, my objection is the complete lack of any effort to get inside the characters of the slaves, or indeed of anyone. Cabot seems to be returning to his original identity, but there is no reason for him to do so, other than that he has taken part in enough battles.
I hope the books following this in the series are better. The Gor view is controversial, but up to this book, the setting has always provided a groundwork for actually thinking about the questions. To me, this novel is just a hack, cut-and-paste conglomeration of his previous work.