- Series: Karres
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (August 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743488393
- ISBN-13: 978-0743488396
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adult/High School–James H. Schmitz's The Witches of Karres, a far-future space opera combining screwball comedy with psi powers, has remained one of science fiction/fantasy's best-loved classics since its first publication in the 1960s. Decades of readers have been disappointed that Schmitz himself never revisited his richly imagined universe, but now there's a sequel that should satisfy all but the most nit-picking fans. Wizard seamlessly picks up the story where Witchesended, sending the still overly honest Captain Pausert and his oddly assorted crew of spies and precocious child-witches on a new mission to save humanity (and friends) from imminent disaster. Soon they are pursued by competing Empire factions, pirates, and alien gremlins, all with agendas of their own. Much of the time, the gang hides in plain sight–in an intergalactic traveling showboat/circus, working as sideshow artistes and Shakespearian thespians (the Bard would have been delighted with these productions of his plays). Though the plot might seem at first to be hurtling randomly from crisis to crisis, soon the elements come together in a wacky Karres sort of way that matches Schmitz's narrative style and high standard of humor, imagination, and absurdity.To bring new readers up to speed, numerous references to the first book are skillfully worked into the narrative; for those already familiar with Karres, Wizardexpands satisfyingly upon many elements of that universe that Schmitz merely touched upon. Fans of humorous science fiction will enjoy this outing.–Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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A sequel to James Schmitz's cult classic The Witches of Karres (1966), this collaboration continues the saga of Captain Pausert and his ship, the Venture, now on its way to the imperial capital, smuggling Hantis, the Nartheby Sprite, and her grik-dog, Pul, past imperial security. The nanite plague that decimated Hantis' people long ago has reached the empire, which aims to foil its invasion. Pausert attracts the attention of a little vatch, occasionally useful but often just mischievous, and then they are captured on Pidoon during a routine fueling stop. Thereafter, realizing more thorough disguise is necessary, they head to Vaudevillia. There they secure passage and jobs with Petey, Byrum & Keep, the Greatest Show in the Galaxy, and proceed to the imperial capital--slowly, of course, because the show must go on, regularly. This satisfying revival of Schmitz's fantastic characters is entertaining enough, even if one lacks knowledge of its progenitor; the Leewit and Goth, in particular, are made for circus living. Regina Schroeder
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Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer's _The Wizard of Karres_ (2004) is "the long-awaited sequel" to _The Witches of Karres_. The action picks up right where the first novel ended. I approached the novel with some trepidation. Sequels by Other Hands rarely match the original. _Wizard_ is not the classic that _Witches_ is. Most of the characters are from the original novel, and some of the scenes (i.e., the use of the nova guns to teach manners, the escape from a dungeon of torturers) repeat themselves. But it is a good space opera, written by authors who respect Schmitz's original material.
In Charles Dickens' rambling, picaresque novel, _Nicholas Nickleby_ (1838-39), he brightens up his story when he has young Nicholas fall in with a troupe of traveling actors. So it is with _Wizard_. Here, Captain Pausert and his companions make their way to the planet Vaudevillia, home of the Petey, Byrum and Keep circus (the greatest show in the galaxy) where they end up acting in Shakespearian plays.
Captain Pausert remembers the first (and only) time that the circus came to his home planet of Nikkeldepain. That beautiful, smart, and tough secret agent, Hulik do Eldel, confesses that when she was a little girl she wanted to run away and join the circus. And even the Leewit, that bad-tempered little witch, dances with joy and gives her verdict of "Clumping awesome!" (86). The authors have as much fun with the circus and acting background as Barry Longyear once did with his Momus stories.
Would Schmitz have used a circus background if he had written a sequel? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But that question is irrelevant. The real question is twofold: First, does this setting mesh well with the background of the original novel? Second, is it done well? The answer to both questions is a hearty "yes".
Readers of _Wizard_ will learn more about Sedmon of the Six Lives and why he has that title, the pranks of baby vatches, the behavior of Narthby sprites, intergalactic politics, and the love of Ms. Eldel that she is not fully cognisant of herself. Recommended with enthusiasm. This is a novel that is just plain fun to read.
I've read some of the reviews that dis this book a bit, but actually it's a pretty good sequel to the "Witches of Karres." It carries the story forward very nicely and had plenty of interesting twists and turns. I do recommend hanging on tightly because the ride does get a bit bumpy in spots, but never so bad as to make you want to put the book down unread. All in all, really, it's not too shabby a read.
Therefore, it is still a five-star effort in my experience. The first book would be like a six-star effort -- if it was possible to rate it as such. In particular, I feel that the characters and adventures in "Wizards" are, indeed, in well-and-good direct continuum from "Witches" -- and, fun, funny and spicy as before. They do have a long interlude with a vaudeville-and-circus-like series of adventures -- and, at first, I wondered what I was getting-into with this. But, I feel it all works-out just fine -- with fitting rationales for this interlude. So, overall, I see "Wizard" as a fitting sequel to "Witches" -- with the same characters -- getting into quite different settings than in "Witches" +++
I wonder what comes after "Trilogy"?....Hmmmm?