Books to the Sky

Archive for the ‘Gor’ Category

After a long absence that involved moving to New York City, a seemingly unending series of disastrous dates, and a few epic nights of drinking, I am back with a recap of Book Two of the Gorean Saga, Outlaw of Gor.  Perhaps the first one, filled with monologues and characterization which would seem to indicate the author has some deep psychological issues with women, was simply a fluke and we’ll see a huge upswing in the quality.

When we left off, our hero Tarl was trapped back on Earth swearing he would return to Gor; the plot contrivances, brutal wars, and sexual slavery of Earth apparently just lack that Gorean flair.

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Hello. I’m a new recapper, and my beat is “The Chronicles of Gor.” It’s a series of 26 books, written by Professor John Norman, which straddle the line between “so bad they’re good” and “so bad they’re horrible.” This recap is of the first book of the series, Tarnsman of Gor.

The books take place on a “Counter-Earth”– a planet purportedly in our solar system but hidden– and are infamous for egregious abuse of scifi/fantasy tropes and a depiction of women as sexually submissive and enjoying slavery.

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Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
--Arnold Lobel

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
--Groucho Marx

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