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Nomads of Gor Paperback – May, 1997
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From Scientific American
..Replete with considerable action, sword play, descriptions of exotic lands, strange peoples, unusual customs and weird flora and fauna. And it is here that Norman really excels. he limns a rich tapestry, enveloping the reader in the strangeness of Gor, yet doing it so well, in such generally careful detial, that it seems less a novel than an actual recounting of one man's adventures. It is clearly apparent that he has sent much time in "building" his world...
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Edgar Rice Burroughs were alive today, creating new worlds and characters, and maybe continuing the adventures of John Carter of Barsoom? I would even settle for the next best thing: another writer who uses the style and brilliance of Burroughs. Well, friends, I believe we have the second best thing right under our noses! The young author John Norman has written a series which bears an amazing resemblance to the Barsoom chronicles; Tarl Cabot on the counter-earth planet of Gor.... If you long to live the glories of another Barsoom, come with me to Gor and enjoy more topnotch fantasy. -- Michael Bell
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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.
The book has a fulfilling adventure and you get to learn in depth about the culture of the nomads of Gor. They are similar to the other Goreans in their culture but they are not as civilized. The book has lots of action and the bad guy is really bad. It also has an appropriate monster for a book of this sort to have.
A note on the Star Rating: I really don't know how to give this rating either. One Star for the terrible writing? 5 Stars for the entertainment value? Heck with it! FIVE STARS Because writing this bad takes a special talent.
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