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The Wizard of Zao (The Chronicles of Kylix #2)

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Taking place on a planet revolving around the star Kylix in the Constellation of the Unicorn, it is Lin Carter at his most imaginative. For the story of the wandering green wizard, the most powerful wonder-worker of that amazing sphere, of his newly purchased slave girl who knew nothing of civilized ways, and of the mythical beasts and curious humans they encountered is a ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 6th 1978 by DAW
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Derek
Mar 06, 2015 Derek rated it did not like it
Why, oh why, do I keep getting taken in by Lin Carter? I read it on the strength of The Quest of Kadji and came out of it feeling cheated.

Even the entire series is a cheat: a solar system of heroic fantasy stories is an interesting idea with plenty of places to go with it (Heroic fantasy space travel! Heroic fantasy star wars!) but there's no arc that connects the stories of this (aborted) series and no setting details linking them. In his Author's Note, Carter even admits to having "no particu
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Garrisonjames
Aug 15, 2014 Garrisonjames rated it it was ok
The initial premise is wonderful--an entire solar system devoted to heroic fantasy as opposed to scifi, which was sort of what Rdgar Rice Burroughs was developing as he moved outwards from Mars/Barsoom to Venus, but it never quite came together for E.R.B., not like what Lin Carter described in his back cover copy. Mr. Carter was much better at pitching an idea than executing it in this regard. I was disappointed that far from being any sort of solar system based adventure, we were presented with ...more
Ben
Apr 26, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it
Lin Carter was a solid 3 star writer but a genius level editor. IMO he was quite foundational in science fiction and fantasy rise in popularity in modern times with his work with Ballantine. Sadly he's seen as a hack or unoriginal, mainly in reviewers who hate sci-fi and fantasy due to much of his work being a 'tribute' in one form or another to many great authors of the past, a number he saved from obscurity.

And thus this is a tribute to Clark Ashton Smith's "Xiccarph" - kind of a non-entropic
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Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft (for an H. P. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin.

Carter had a marked tendency toward self-promotion in his work, frequently citing his own writings in his nonfiction to illustrate points and almost always including at
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The Chronicles of Kylix (3 books)
  • The Quest of Kadji
  • Kellory the Warlock

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