John Norman's epic Gorean Saga is one of the longest-running and most successful series in the history of fantasy. It is also one of the most controversial. Over the course of more than thirty books produced over a span of six decades, the series has sold millions of copies and built legions of fans unrivaled in their devotion.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 of the Gorean Saga John Norman takes you on a journey to "World's End," a set of once-unknown islands far west of the continental mainland.
Lying across vast, turbulent Thassa, these mysterious islands were reached for the first time during the historic voyage of the ship of Tersites. Now this remote locale has been chosen by two warring, technologically advanced species - the bestial, imperialistic, predatory Kurii, and the retiring, secretive Priest-Kings, the "gods of Gor." On this all-too-real "gaming board," a roll of the dice will determine the fortunes and fate of Gor - and perhaps that of Earth. Few realize the momentous nature of the conflict, seeing in it no more than a local war for territory and power. Those who grasp the dimensions of the game realize that the stakes are nothing less than the world itself.
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A good story totally ruined by Norman's obsessive slave ramblings. Just tedious!!! Gave up in the end I just couldn't put up with ten minute long (very repetitive) nonsense on the natural place of women. If you could get an edited and abridged version it would be great.
"Finally a book like he wrote in the beginning!"
I have read this series since the early 80's. This was one of the better books since the 80's. More story and less 'me man, you woman'. That's an interesting concept and true in many ways (look at the success of 50 Shades) but it does not need repeating 200 times in one book, as the previous most recent books seem to. This book is narrated from Tarl's point of view. It has great turns and twist but it waits so long to reveal them that you've already figured it out and so lose some of the 'OMG' effect. Otherwise, a good read. Hoping to see more like this.
Tarl, of course, then Pertinax
yes and no there voice changes were good but the written one you can paint your own picture
the ending when he finialy put the daughter of the Ubar of Ar in her place
the changing of voices
no it was to longto listen to in one sitting
"The best Gor novel in decades"
I enjoyed the playing out of the story of the 2 battles, the battle between Lords Yamato and Teemu and the battle between Priest-Kings and Kurii. It seems both struggles ended in stalemate. Unlike many, I have never believed this to be the end of the series, despite John Norman's advanced age.
Tarl Cabot. His time on the steel worlds and at World's End seem to have changed him. He's much more cerebral now than in earlier books, and it makes him a far more dangerous foe than just his infamous skill with weapons.
I did not particularly like Ralph Lister's performance of this book. He is good at voices, but when reading the parts of the Pani (Japanese), while I appreciated his accent, the "hurky-jerky" delivery of Pani lines really detracted from the performance.
Yes. I even saw the two horribly bad Gor movies from the 70's, so I would definitely see this one.
It has always been my opinion that eventually, Tarl Cabot will need to call together all the allies he has made over the course of the series.
He will gather the Wagon People, the Blood Warriors, the giants for Torvaldsland, the warriors from Schendi and the Talahari desert, and now the Pani, bringing all the peoples of Gor together for a final battle against the Kurii.
His new skills at planning and stealth will work well when he is the commander of the forces of Gor in the battle against Kurii. I believe this was even foreshadowed decades ago when Tarl, suffering from poison, deliriously dreamed of marrying Talena and becoming Ubar of all Gor. Being appointed commander of the forces of Gor would essentially make him, at least temporarily the Ubar of Ubars, Ubar of all Gor.
"All that for this?"
This book marks the end of a long sweep of books regarding the 'Japanese' on Gor. It took a whole book for our hero to get to the World's end and then he joins the war and really nothing happens. Yes there were fewer of the slave, slave, slave stuff (but it is also harder to skip over that repetitive nonsense in an audiobook so it seems like there is more).
The story is entertaining enough, but it feels like John Norman has fallen in love with the minutia and cares less for the big scenes the way he once did. There was a sweep of grand war in the whole Ar vs Cos conflict but that just feels missing in this one.
Props to the reader. The guy is awesome. With his voice he made it clear who was Pani (not sure of the spelling) and who was from Continental Gor. Even if John Norman didn't feel the need to tag every sentence with 'he said, I said' or the abominable 'said the one I presumed to be the tavern keeper'.
Despite all that it was entertaining. His Tarl Cabot books always are.
"Gorean sage still great !"
When is scroll 34 can not wait. Really got hooked again on this stories of John Norman must read for all generations.
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