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The World Wreckers (Darkover - Chronological Order #22)

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Planetary Investments Unlimited--that was its official name. But unofficially it was knows as Worldwreckers, Inc.. For a fee, its agents would infiltrate any world unwilling to give up its independence, and do enough damage so the natives would be forced to allow Terran investors to step in and salvage their planet. And now, once again, its agents were at work.

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Published 1979 by Arrow Books (first published January 1st 1971)
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Apr 30, 2008 Ken rated it really liked it
I've been reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels in order of publication, and if you've seen my fairly negative reviews of the last few, you may be wondering why I keep reading them. Well, before The World Wreckers, Marion Zimmer Bradley was wondering why she kept writing them. They hadn't sold well. She felt like she was repeating the same stories. She was ready to call it quits -- and then she found inspiration. (So she says in her introduction to this book.)

That inspiration shows he
Jul 05, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omnibused, 1999
Not one of the more memorable or well-loved Darkover novels, it is nonetheless pivotal in the Danvan/Regis timeline. I just think the whole psychic experiment was worthless time as it meant about squat in the continuing storyling.

Or maybe I just don't appreciate books where assassins target newborns.
Feb 19, 2009 Cera rated it liked it
This is the 'last' Darkover book by some chronologies, detailing the events after The Sword of Aldones (which was rewritten much later into Sharra's Exile), with a fair amount of continuity between the two books. It depicts a last-ditch effort by some eager investors to force Darkover into the Terran Empire by means of a 'world wrecker' -- someone who will destroy the culture and economy of a planet sufficiently that it begs Terra for help, even at the price of autonomy. The book is rife with co ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Chuck rated it liked it
Continuing my Marmion Zimmer Bradley kick. She, by the way, created the0s world of Darkover while living in Abilene, Texas, a place where I also lived for 15 years. She is reputed to have maintained that living in Abilene was enough to make nearly anyone make up a preferable world to live in.

This is another of the early 70s books that's half SF half fantasy; a mysterious woman named Andrea has been hired to "world wreck," a highly illegal activity that involves creating instability on a planet
Jan 29, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read a lot of the Darkover novels while I lived in San Francisco. I don't really remember a lot of details of each one, but I liked the world in general. She handled psi powers in a believable way and created a really authentic culture.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Darkover Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kenji
I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn't care for, but her Darkover series. Darkover is a "lost colony" of Earth that falls into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychic aristocracy it is later rediscovered by a star-spanning high-tech human federation after centuries, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. The series as a whole features strong female characters, but it has enough swashbuckling adventure to dr ...more
[These notes were made in 1984:]. I have mixed feelings about this one. The last, chronologically, of the Darkover series, it comes about in the middle of the sequence of composition, and reflects Bradley's growing courage about and fascination with the implications of the telepathic mental union she has posited. And dealing with the implications of mental union involves, essentially, the nearest thing we mere humans have to it - that is, sex. This is a novel about sex, specifically about sex be ...more
I have the 1971 edition. It's of course not sensible to rebuke it for not incorporating the elements of later books. But the fact that it's quite late in Darkovan chronology (Regis Hastur is described as being 24, and Desideria Lanart-Storn is in her late 80s or early 90s) means that people who have read the books in order of internal chronology will find repeated inconsistencies. Can't be helped, of course, but it can be irritating.

The World Wreckers in the title are really almost irrelevant to
Oct 04, 2011 Contrarius rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have a deep and abiding love for this series...but I must admit that this is not my favorite Darkover book, for several reasons. A few examples:

First, there is little real action or conflict in this book. Despite the dramatic title, there is no ongoing struggle -- no concrete plan of action -- which saves the Good Guys from the Bad Guys. They are, instead, saved in large part by chance. Not exactly a good way to build narrative tension.

Second, I am as always a big fan of emotional drama -- but
Mike Smith
This is the sixth Darkover book Marion Zimmer Bradely wrote; it was published in 1971. This edition includes a new introduction written in 1979 by the author. She comments that she was at a low point in her career and wanted to kill off the Darkover series. So this story was an attempt to wrap up the major theme that had dominated Darkover novels to this point, which was the cultural tension between the feudal Darkovan society and the high-tech Terran Empire that wants to establish a foothold on ...more
Nicole Diamond
Apr 30, 2016 Nicole Diamond rated it did not like it
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
Christopher Sutch
Dec 26, 2011 Christopher Sutch rated it liked it
Upon rereading, this novel is less interesting than I found it 25 years ago. The plotting and execution is shoddy and clumsy by turns, the interpersonal relationships too stereotyped, and the resolutions much, much to optimistic and easy. Much of this can be attributed to the editorial reluctance and interference at Ace Books, which objected to the subject matter. And some of the problems may also stem from Bradley's rush to write for the income (in just three or four years should would show inc ...more
Nov 07, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, scifi-fantasy
1983 Grade B+. Book D14. Year 2140.

2013 Grade A-.

Becomes a bit to introspective at the end and I speed read as necessary but otherwise exceptional SciFi.
Joel Carlson
Aug 28, 2012 Joel Carlson rated it liked it
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It's rare for me to respond so strongly with a text, but I loved The World Wreckers. More to come later.
Feb 23, 2013 Bruce rated it liked it
I am not too fond of Darkover novels. They smack rather too much of mysticism and all the dark aspects of human nature, even among the good guys. This one is better than most, IMHO. Sadly it is rather too short to get one more than halfway across the continent so its value as a sky terror pacifier is limited.
Marcello Tarot
Mar 30, 2013 Marcello Tarot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artù-darkover
La storia dei chieri

Anche se nella cronologia interna di Darkover questo romanzo si colloca dopo L’EREDE DI HASTUR e L’ESILIO DI SHARRA, è stato scritto prima e, se si leggono i libri in ordine cronologico interno alla saga, si notano alcune discrepanze o, per meglio dire, si nota che alcuni concetti erano solo in nuce e che sono stati sviluppati successivamente – e con che maestria! – dall’autrice quando si dedicò alla scrittura degli altri due romanzi.
IL RIBELLE DI THENDARA presenta, più di R
Emily Dahl
Jun 17, 2013 Emily Dahl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I picked this one up at a book sale because I was curious to see what else MZB could do -- and I thought the concept (essentially, non-biological terraforming) was interesting. Unfortunately, there wasn't much about this book that I enjoyed.

Morgan Dhu
Jul 04, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it liked it
The World Wreckers (pub. 1971) is, in terms of internal chronology, the last book set in post-Contact Darkover written by Bradley alone, without a collaborator. It is a story of catastrophic endings and unlooked-for new beginnings, and is the book that gives us the most information about the original non-human inhabitants of Darkover, the chieri.

Andrea Closson is a world wrecker. For a fee, her company will destroy the economy of a planet, making it easier for her clients to step in and take it
Aug 22, 2014 Seikaiha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't tried Darkover yet, I think this could be a good introduction to it. This book has almost of all the elements in the series.
Questi primi libri di Darkover (primi in ordine di pubblicazione, quasi ultimi all'interno della cronologia darkovana) sono parecchio differenti dagli ultimi, o meglio dai centrali (gli ultimi scritti da Marion Zimmer Bradley da sola, per intenderci): si sente che la maturità artistica della scrittrice non ha ancora raggiunto l'apice, e sono molto più fantascientifici rispetto ai successivi. Comunque una lettura interessante per chi ama la saga.
Gregg Wingo
Dec 19, 2014 Gregg Wingo rated it it was amazing
"The World Wreckers" is what I call mature Bradley. She knows what she wants to say and how to say it. The tale is slickly done and covers the nature of the sexual being, the definition of femininity, culture shock, and, more than usually, the nature of capitalist exploitation of the environment and the peoples who inhabit it. It is also Marion's story about the chieri and their ancient heritage and the second tale of Jason Allison.

As is so often the case, Bradley gives us a glimpse into her se
Jan 22, 2015 Jeff added it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
Interesting the foreseeing of the world gathering together to save the planet, led by Hastuer. It delves into non-Darkoven telepaths, lost Cherie, coming home, inter-species love, and a telepathic orgy.
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing
The World Wreckers (1971) 215 pages by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

This is the first one of Bradley's Darkover novels that I've read. Looking at her wikipedia entry it's the sixth that she wrote. Darkover is a planet that has remained mostly free of Terran influence. It's the only planet with developed telepaths.

The story begins with some entity hiring Andrea Closson to "wreck" Darkover. The deal being that the Darkovan's have refused to join the Terran empire, and that if through a series of "natural
Jeanne Johnston
Nov 26, 2015 Jeanne Johnston rated it really liked it
Well, we've turned a corner on the decline of the Comyn and Darkover in general. Hated the world wreckers--never identified except the one in charge, and I'm not totally clear on her rationale, given who she'd been. Just not logical.

Again, lots of this revolves around sexuality and the fluidity between telepaths in general and the Chieri in particular. I'm still curious to know how the Terrans could have evolved so much in some ways but are so weirdly homophobic and judgmental in others. Would
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Originally intended as the last Darkover novel"," this book provided closure for many of the storylines in the series. Happily"," MZB decided to write many more!
Bryan Cebulski
Interesting ideas on sexual fluidity that Ursula K. LeGuin handled better (if a bit more dryly). Focus on the attractiveness of adolescent-looking aliens distinctly creepy after discovering what a sexual predator Bradley was. Felt a bit rushed too--lots of plot stuffs the last third while the first hundred pages trudge along. But, uh, otherwise pretty decent.
Marion Zimmer Bradley writes another great installment in her originally creative Darkover series that is both exciting and an adventurous novel as the stakes are escalated against the Closed Planet. The Darkovans are still staying divided on whether to keep to their traditional way of life, or embracing the Terran ease of life with their advanced technology. Worldwreckers are the illegal yet effectively productive company that works in secret and gets the Terran Empire what it needs from resist ...more
Lucy Takeda
Feb 01, 2016 Lucy Takeda rated it really liked it
I am reading and re-reading MZB to try to understand her ( according to her daughter) pathology. This novel suggests the " best" folk have both male and female physical attributes: they live for centuries, they can link telepathically with others, they have strong connections to Nature, they can exhibit incredible empathy. The Empire doesn't trust them; one of their own agrees to destroy Darkover in order for corporations to get more money and power. There are several suggestions that the chieri ...more
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How should I go about reading the series!? 1 3 Jul 01, 2014 11:37AM  
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  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXI
  • Shadow Man
  • The Lion Game
  • The Starfollowers of Coramonde (Coramonde, #2)
  • Dream Dancer (Kerrion Empire, #1)
  • The Ginger Star (The Book of Skaith, #1)
  • Cuckoo's Egg (Age of Exploration, #3)
  • Lost Dorsai (Childe Cycle, #6)
  • Sword and Sorceress 25
  • Volkhavaar
  • The Wings of Pegasus (Omnibus: To Ride Pegasus \ Pegasus in Flight)
Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham
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