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Guilty Pleasures

I have a selection of books that I know are guilty pleasures. The one that's hardest to confess (which is why I do it here, in such a public place), is that I really liked the first five or six books in John Norman's Gor universe. I know, I know, I know. No self-respecting male could admit to such a thing, but when I was in college, I really liked the story. The women as willing slaves part of the fiction didn't bother me--it was just a part of the universe. The first books promised this cool idea about a fantasy/science fiction world that seemed a cross between Edgar Rice Burroughs (except more intriguing world building) and E.E. Doc Smith.

The prose rhythm interested me too. Lots of short, declarative sentences that built into cool narratives. I often thought his dialogue was funny. The story arc interested me. Who were the Priest Kings? What was Tarl Cabot's role in all this? Would there be interaction between Gor and Earth.

Alas, somewhere around book six, the series degenerated into long, pointless stories about strong-willed women learning to accept their inner slave. Blah!

Now, I can't read him at all. I'll never know who the Priest-Kings were. As far as I know, Tarl Cabot just disappeared.

Later I'll have to write about my uneasy attitude toward H.P. Lovecraft.

In the meantime, I'm heading off to MileHiCon today, if the roads aren't too bad, where, hopefully, I'll not tell an entire room full of people that I once enjoyed a John Norman book.



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Oct. 27th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Never read any Norman. Not missing much, I guess. :)

Have fun at Mile Hi, and hope Who Else books (and you) sell lots of copies of SUMMER OF THE APOCALYPSE!
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