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Nomads of Gor (Gor #4)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,363 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Join celebrated tarnsman Tarl Cabot in his latest adventure on the parallel planet of Gor and its exotic lifestyle and social norms. Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest-Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest. To continue his quest, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, pri ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by (first published 1969)
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 22, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Nomads of Gor is the fourth installment in John Norman’s series about Tarl Cabot, the professor from Earth who is now a warrior on the planet Gor (the Counter-Earth). In the last book, Priest-Kings of Gor, Tarl was instructed by the Priest-Kings to find their egg — the last hope of the insectoid Priest-King race. The egg is in the keeping of the wagon people, a fierce group of nomadic tribes. Tarl needs to find these people, infiltrate their society, get t
Jason Pettus
I'm in the middle of reading as many of the "Gor" S&M erotic fantasy novels as I can stand, as a sort of guilty holiday gift to myself; see my review of the first book, Tarnsman of Gor, for more on why these books came to my attention in the first place. This is now the fourth book of the series I've gotten through, and the first that made me really start glancing impatiently at the clock every ten pages or so, wondering just how long it was going to take me to finally get through this slog, ...more
I originally set out to read the entire Gor series. Here I am, at the end of the fourth book...and I'm seriously rethinking that commitment.

Cabot just keeps getting more unlikeable as the series progresses. At this point, he's only heroic in comparison to uncivilized men around him. And it's not like Cabot's an anti-hero, where walking the line between "good" and "horrible" is the point of the character - Cabot is supposed to be all-around good guy.

Remember Talena? Because Cabot sure doesn't!

Jan 01, 2017 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the time I right this, I am finishing book six, and of the six this is my favorite. In this one Tarl is on a mission for the Priest Kings. Again Tarl is not much different, he's pretty much just the same old Tarl, but the other characters really make the book. Tarl has traveled to the plains to meet the Wagon People, which are obvious allusions to Native Americans (crossed with a bit of Mongol Horde). He ends up embedded with one of the tribes, the Tuchuks, and becomes close friends with thei ...more
I read this book long ago, long before the publisher started putting photos of real women in bondage on the covers, long before I knew anything of the freaky-deaky subculture this series has spawned.

So please don't all de-friend me when you see this...I just thought of Tarl Cabot on Gor as I was doing some broad reading on sci-fi this evening. Honest, I didn't even read it this century!

Somehow Tarl Cabot is transported to Counter-Earth, otherwise known as Gor. Don't ask me how; I don't remember.
Aug 01, 2015 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you ever want to know what John Norman's 'Chronicles of Gor' are like, all you need do is read 'Chapter 25 - I Am Served Wine' and be done with it. I am of course exagerating. Just not much.

This installment of Tarl Cabot's adventures in the strange world of Gor has him distracted yet again from finding his beloved Talena to spend years on end with the fierce Wagon peoples who it is said were given the last egg of the Priest Kings which he has now promised himself he would find and return to t
I finished. I really, truly finished. I'm not sure you understand how happy I am to be done reading this trainwreck of a novel.

It took me three months, but I finished. Three months of shoddy writing and horrible characterization. Three months of reading about men constantly pounding their chests and grunting about how manly and dominating they are. Three months reading about simpering women who love being helpless slaves to Big Strong Men.

Honestly, though, it's a shame that Norman jumps the shar
Dec 30, 2016 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book as a teenager and this volume was by far my favorite then and now (I read it again this year). I loved the story and the characters. This time however, I did question John Norman's seeming over-fascination with the thought of the female slave.
Mar 10, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well I liked it. There, I admitted it. Now apparently that makes me a bad person or something because the Gor novels are supposed to be ABOUT the misogynistic domination of women and gratuitous male-centered erotic tripe. Except that it isn't - at least, not yet. I know the books are supposed to devolve into rubbish as the series progresses but as of this one (#4) it's still a decent escapist read with some provoking questions about male-female relationships, will-to-power, and cultural relativi ...more
Spoilers Ahead, you have been warned!!!
What a struggle! Buried in this book is a potentially excellent high-fantasy adventure. But it is well buried!
The bones of the story:
Our "hero" Tarl Cabot finds himself sent to the Wagon peoples to rescue the last egg, and last hope, of the Priest-Kings. Finding his way to the Wagon peoples he befriends one, lives among them, learns their ways and culture. In the mean time the golden egg he is hunting for is stolen and the Ubar is killed. Tarl breaks into
Nov 05, 2015 Dwight rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at the Scorpion Bow Network on the Furiously Eclectic People site.


Note: This is the revised edition and an e-book (read from a Kobo Mini). I normally prefer the original editions of books but unlike the first three in the series, I could not find an affordable copy of this one.

Immediately the prose feels different from previous volumes; smoother, less arcane and far less fun. The heavy descriptions start coming at you and much information is given to the reader with statemen
probably read in fall 1969
Sep 19, 2014 Gabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: open minded people
Well I am glad I managed to finish the 4th book in the series and I'm on my way to finish them all one at the time.

I am no expert, nor claim to be one, but this is a very good read in my humble opinion, despite the controversy surrounded by the overall idea of male domination over the female, about the slavery institution - that is more or less present in today's modern society even many don't want to admit it in open - and much more.

The reader, especially the one knowing how to read between the
Christian West
This series appears to have gone downhill quickly.

Tarl (super warrior and the world's most desirable man) is now searching for the last remaining egg of the Priest-Kings (giant golden ants) in the realms of the wagon people (warriors who have wagons... although they don't spend much of the book in them).

After convincing the hostile wagon people that they should love him for his huge warrior attributes, he gets on with turning a poor earth girl into a slave, whilst causing every girl within sigh
Robert Jenkins
Nov 11, 2015 Robert Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gor
This book would have gotten 5 stars, except that the first 100 pages were solely concerned with world-building relative to the Wagon People's of Gor and was very dull. Afterwards the plot really took off and turned into a fine story concerning Tarl Cabot's mission to find and recover a certain object which is of great value to the Priest-Kings of Gor, which were the subject of the previous book in this series. Of course, the book is also laden with John Norman's rather bizarre views of what cons ...more
John Lawson
On a quest to find the lost egg of the Priest Kings, Tarl Cabot journeys into the vast grasslands of Gor and encounters the fearsome Wagon Peoples (Mongolian/Cossack analogues). Manly man things and womanly submissions ensue.

Once the blushing shock of the misogyny wears off, the best thing about the Gor books is Norman's world building. It isn't the story-telling, which is just a John Carter knock-off. It isn't the action, which is OK. It isn't the sex, because really, there isn't any (or it is
J.L. Day
Apr 12, 2015 J.L. Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the entire series, there simply isn't anything else like it; they are decadent and addictive, completely and wholly something everyone should have on their MUST READ list.

Edgar Rice Burroughs BARSOOM series would be a faint comparison, I suppose; but Norman carries his characters to a depth of depravity that is reminiscent of a D/s or BDSM fetish fanatics dream. At the same time, they are not written in a way as to be entirely sexual, he merely casts about components and subtle subt
Apr 14, 2012 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I keep reading these. The storytelling is not that good. At times it's too much detail that one is clearly not interested in. This book finally races past kinky and steps firmly into the realm of sadomasochism. Not really necessary. Tarl Cabot is a confusing character with shifty morals; most of the times I dislike him. The constant use of the deus ex machina device to tie the story together (common with Edgar Rice Burroughs as well, I might add) does not help. However, towards ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Lysergius rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Join celebrated tarnsman Tarl Cabot in his latest adventure on the parallel planet of Gor and its exotic lifestyle and social norms. Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest-Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest. To continue his quest, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, private band of nomads called the Wagon People or die trying. He is the only man alive who has not trembled in the presence of t ...more
I read the first in the series and it was okay. The world of Gor is pretty cool and the story was fun. I have read that later books get more and more misogynistic and more like porn, but I thought I'd give this one a try.

To be honest, I have not finished it. I quit maybe a quarter of the way into it. Maybe sometime I'll come back to finish, but I have the feeling it won't get much better. Early on it started to read like some adolescent fantasy written by a kid who couldn't get chicks in high sc
Nov 03, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-romance-k
Definitely my favorite of the series so far. I think my friend explained it best, this is basically like cowboys, but with cooler mounts! Considering I definitely have a thing for cowboys, it's no wonder this appealed to me. I'm reading the e-book, so I'm not sure if there are just a lot of spelling errors in this version, or if it's an overall thing for this book, but that was really the only thing I did not like about it. It became really distracting, and sometimes I wasn't sure if the spellin ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it
In which our noble savage warrior-hero seeks a mystical artifact and gets caught up in a conflict between Mongol-analogs and a nearby city-state ruled by morally corrupt merchants. The treatment of women in these books does make one squirm, but really it's nothing worse than what you would find in Shogun, and at least it's internally consistent. Plot and action is on a par with what you'd find in an original Conan story. Love the barbarians, who are played as comic relief with some skill. 2.5/5 ...more
David Teachout
Oct 04, 2012 David Teachout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Each book builds on the last in an every-increasing description of the slave/master mentality and while it is certainly based on a grossly simplified characterization of men and women, there are nuances that at very least serve as interesting bits to ponder and discuss. The story itself is largely simple though the writing keeps getting better with each book, but it is fun and that sometimes is all that's needed.
Grace Troxel
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Even though I know that objectively these books are godawful, I can’t stop reading them. They’re a guilty pleasure for evenings when I want to escape to a world where life is simple, heroes are brave and honorable, and there’s always something new to discover (but in a slightly overplayed pulpy way).
Dec 20, 2013 AmbushPredator rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tarl Cabot comes to the land of the Mongol Hordes ... Errr, that is, the Land of the Wagon People. His quest: to find and return the lost egg of Priest Kings.

This is one of the most cinematic of all the novels, and also the one with the most engaging supporting characters, and the most humour, too. It introduces Elisabeth Cardwell, and seques neatly into the one novel I love above all of them - 'Assassin'. What I'd give to see that one on screen.
William Norris
Mar 30, 2013 William Norris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as resplendent with painting the picture as the first three books in the series. I read the series when I was 19 and now I am rereading it a 55. It's been a trip through time for me so far. It took me a little work to find the entire series as they have been out of print for some time. I had accompanied my wife to her used bookstore to carry the book in and out and I stumbled onto the first 3 books. I devoured them in a few days.
Eric Johannson
Tarl Cabot continues his losing struggle schizophrenia...part of him clinging to the societal values of 'modern' Western Culture of Earth and part of him acclimitizing to the to societal values of Gor. This struggle sometimes takes more space in the book than is probably necessary - perhaps to bulk up the books as it is given more and more space as the series progresses.
Christopher Walls
Sep 03, 2011 Christopher Walls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read this whole series in a marathon session, while stationed in England. The depth and volume of the stories is humbling for any writer and I consider this series very influential in my own approach to writing and world building in general; generic post for all the books in this series as I am finally getting around to recording my reading list in Goodreads.
Jeff J.
May 27, 2015 Jeff J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Further adventures of earthling Tarl Cabot on the counter-world of Gor. In this episode his search for the lost egg of the priest-kings leads to an encounter with the mysterious wagon people, and an encounter with another refugee from Earth.
Buzz Ryan
Jul 27, 2011 Buzz Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mr. Norman really hit his stride on this one! All the others were not real bad, but this one it was like he pulled out all the stops and it read like a real book. Of all the ones in this series I read this one was the best!
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John Norman, real name John Lange, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931. His best known works, the Gor novels, span 31 books written 1967 to 2012, plus three installments of the Telnarian Histories, two other fiction works and a non-fiction paperback. Mr. Norman is marrie
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Other Books in the Series

Gor (1 - 10 of 34 books)
  • Tarnsman of Gor (Gor #1)
  • Outlaw of Gor (Gor #2)
  • Priest-Kings of Gor (Gor #3)
  • Assassin of Gor (Gor, #5)
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“The Gorean myths have it," I said, "that the woman longs for this identity—to be herself in being his—if only for the moment of paradox in which she is slave and thus freed.” 1 likes
“It should be worth the Courage Scar," said Harold from above, "don't you think so?" "What?" I asked. "Stealing a wench from the House of Saphrar and returning on a stolen tarn." "Undoubtedly," I grumbled. I found myself wondering if the Tuchuks had an Idiocy Scar.” 1 likes
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