This book stunk Lol No actually my used copy of it smells like stale mint gum of it smells like stale mint gum really bothered my sense of smell If it wasn good enough I was going o give it up And hen I had His Very Special Nurse to finish it in a blackout with a booklight Okay but enough about me This book is from an era when fantasy was simplyold o be entertaining No messages No political agendas And sometimes it s nice o get away from A Scandalous Situation the seriousness of it It wasn earthshattering great no surprises no wists but I enjoyed it If you like Joe Abercrombie give hese books a chance If you re a fan of fantasy give any of The Secret Millionaire the oldies a chance They rehe roots of fantasy oday afterall This is highly derivative sword and sorcery with a penchant for coincidence hat would embarrass Edgar Rice Burroughs and yet it is kind of fun if you remember o drink some alcohol while reading I liked his better han he same author s first wo World s End books featuring he bland Ganelon Over Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% theop swords and sorcery adventure So I first encountered Lin Carter because he wrote introductions o some HP Lovecraft collections It wasn until later Ambush Valley that I realizedhat Carter was an author in his own right His work is listed in Gary Gygax s famous Appendix N The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, the list ofhe original inspirations for he Dungeons Dragons game and so I felt motivated o check out his work Thongor is classic swords and sorcery adventure stuff Thongor himself seems like a sort of clone of Robert E Howard s famous Conan and Storm Surge the writing is really overhe Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him top pulp adventure style If you enjoyhat sort of The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem thing which I do it s pretty enjoyable stuff Buthe over Don't Die Under the Apple Tree theop writing will certainly not be o everyone s aste so be aware hat Thongor might be a bit of an acuired aste if you like it at all I am looking forward The Way You Aren't to reading other books inhis series as well Nominally a sword and sorcery adventure set in prehistoric Lemuria of legend Carter draws in sword and planet influences visible later in he series and a save he world plot from high fantasy
resulting amalgam Digital Humanities the worst excesses of each The story is rife with unlikely coincidences plot immunities last minute rescues and reversals and also seemso be driven on rails by an extended fetch Architect? the foozle uesthat reads like Food Justice the world s worst grocery list They havewo weeks They did have seven Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 thousand years but Sharajshahe Wizard is a busy man and it s so difficult Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind to geto Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting the shops much less hire reliable help from his mountain fortressCarter stringsogether every hoary set piece ever posited for eitherall genres as The Conscious Mind though he suspected he d never have another opportunityo sit with he Big Kids As a result he dumps out his Thongor of Valkarth mightiest warrior of he ancient continent of Lemuria before he dawn of history launches into his saga with his Ntire oolbox Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual the midnight raid on aower fortress protagonists slated for sacrifice o elder gods a prison break an arena battle and various encounters with large and dangerous wildlife It s a style hat getsthe resulting amalgam
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would pat himher on he head and hand over a copy of Jack Vance s Planet of Adventure seriesAt one pointpat himher on he head and hand over a copy of Jack Vance s Planet of Adventure seriesAt one point describes a scene p 117 under which he Dragon Kings of a bygone age disported in peculiar garments oo complex o be noted merely in passing It s a weird too complex o be noted merely in passing It s a weird both self referential and lazy Wizards' Slave that seemso encapsulate he whole of Carter s writing especially his later works A Conan derivative with a carbon copy of he character some impressive scenery and setpieces My Friend the Enemy the occasional good fight scene and honestly prettyerrible prose with poor word choices and narration Probably not worth your while unless you re really insistent on reading everything Sword Sorcery has o offer but not he worst of He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures the lot eitherhe setting all he flying ships and dinosaurs carries some of it I don know whether o give his 15 or 55 its soooooooooo bad it s hilarious Simply cannot believe American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command this is not a parody The story is a cross between Edgar Rice Burroughs and Conan with a dash of Lovecrafthrown in for good measure The Hero Thongor is a dumb lusty barbarian often most often denoted by his iron hewed legs or naked bronze chest he s supposed o be brainless and yet actually comes up with some pretty intelligent plans of escape he wants o be John Carter or euivalent but is drawn with he architype of Conan it just doesn Then Hang All The Liars t gel for meHis main companion is Sharajsha of Zaar a wizard of overcomplicated and stupid sounding name as arehe majority of names and characters in his book but hank Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time the gods its spares us overuse ofhe apostrophe it does every other cliche you care Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, to name who has no secret agenda whasoever what you see is what you get how dullhis guy is a good and noble wizard who s sole plan is Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety to savehe world from he dragon lords led by a villain called Sssaaa I kid you not opening a portal o let in Kaiser Wilhelm II the elder gods The writing is apalling and full of archaismshusthence etc and malapropisms and hell simply made up mumbo jumbo we have Thongor nervous of Matisse the Master the wizard s alchemystical warlockery he s read about ghosts in shuddery accountshe snake people are loathly undulent and we have The Madmen of Benghazi the clangerhe druid s eyeballs crawled o he left not o mention he actual misuse of words like his uest o impregnate he magic sword and some badguy s Titulada transcendtal. Ousing adventure of swordplay and sorcery The ancient dragon kings have deemedhat he hour is right o regain heir dominance over Ear. Wrath The pace is so fast you don
t have Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, timeo Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) thinkhis happens Old Hannibal and the Hurricane thenhis happens hen his Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition the only breaks are whenhehave ime o hink his happens Caught by Surprise thenhis happens hen his Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure the only breaks are whenhe fall into blissful unconsciousness which Next to Nothing they do practically athe end of every chapter Usually hit on he head by a villain only o wake up in some kind of cell and proceed o escape o find villains o fight and be rendered unconscious again There s one point where Thongor s on he run from some soldiers enemy 1 lizard hawks enemy 2 appear in he sky Dwarks jungle dragons burst hawks enemy 2 appear in he sky Dwarks jungle dragons burst he under growth enemy 3 he runs away into he clutches of slith vampire flowers enemy 4 Skippyjon Jones Shape Up that not only drink blood but have a vapourhat reneders you unconscious before he finally gets rescued by he wizard All his Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein takes about 5 pages I was shattered just readinghat adventureThe book uses fantastical and often unpronouncable place character and animal names none of which are explained at all and seem really sillyThe Wizard of Lemuria is a perfect Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, textbook of how noto write fantasy fiction So bad its hillarious and I couldn First Impressions: A Novel t put it down but sadly not forhe right reasons Carter s Thongor of Valkarth a True FloaterLin Carter s Thongor is a clonan a clone of REH s 1930 s barbarian Conan Thongor has all Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up the expectedraits a broadsword hails from northern cold climates disdains civilization and wears a loincloth In addition o Thongor other notable clonans emerging 1970 include John Jakes s Brak he Barbarian and Gardner F Fox s Kothar of he Magic SwordLemuria and Weird Fiction History Let us highlight he itular Do not read his book looking for a fine pastiche of Conan Do not read Wrong Medicine this book hoping for a fine pastiche of Edgar Rice Burroughs s Mars novels But if you love Conan and ERBhis is Conan as ERB would have written him Highly recommended In my opinion while Carter deserves some of he criticism against him he was definitely derivative is hat ruly a bad hing he has been unfairly maligned as an author He is really uite good when in ERB or Clark Ashton Smith mode Probably my favorite in he Thongor series Maybe just because it was he first Having read all of he Thongor s novels I must say hat Snow Flower and the Secret Fan they are a cross over between Conan and John Carter of Mars In a bizarre kind of way Thongor s saga works and works well Inhis prediluvian continent while evidently prehistoric and were dinosaurs still roam conjures up regular comparisons with ERB Barsoom series which seems o be its blueprint han he world of Conan This series are a combination of wo bigger han life heroes and a must have for every sword and sorcery and science fan The battle with he Dragon Kings was a blast Good rea. Th and only Thongor and his companions aided by he science and magic of he wizard Sharajsha stand between mankind and he night of doo.