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Hunters of Gor (Gor #8)

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Former Earthman Tarl Cabot is now a powerful Tarnsman of the brutal and caste-bound planet of Gor, also known as Counter-earth. He embarks on an adventure in the dangerous and mysterious wilderness of Gor, pitting his warrior skills against treacherous outlaws, bandits and fighters.

Three different women are working to bring change to Tarl's far-from-peaceful life on Gor:

Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1974 by DAW (first published 1974)
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The worst of the Gor books so far. The story was turgid, the only highlight being that Tarl Cabot is seriously injured at the end of the book. He totally deserved it the arrogant arsehole.
E.D. Martin
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Hunters of Gor is good but not great. Unlike its immediate predecessor its a decent installment to the Gor series. The writing quality and complexity of this book is somewhere between the first and second book, which is not a bad thing after Captive of Gor. Unfortunately like its predecessor, the story telling of Hunters is a little thin. If Captive of Gor could have been one chapter in a good Gor book, then Hunters could be three. The story of Hunters starts at the end of Captive when Bosk (Tar ...more
Ah, so then, #8 - Hunters of Gor. How on earth did I ever get to book number 8 without going entirely nuts? Anyway, this one sees bosk of Port Kar(as Tarl Cabot calls himself these days) going into the Northern forests to hunt for and supposedly rescue Talena who has been taken as a slave by the Panther girls. On the way he encounters one of his seemingly numerous past ladyfriends, now living out her life as a paga slave in a tavern. She turns out to be Elizabeth Caldwell, someone whom he was qu ...more
I'd read that the Gor books have a steady decline from fantasy tinged with a bit of kink to full blown misogyny tinged with some fantasy. And here is evidence that this is true. Probably about 100 pages of fantasy adventure with pirates and amazons and the rest repetitive, oft-disturbing slave/rape fantasy. In earlier books you could pretend that women were valued (in a way) on Gor. But no longer. Treated like animals is a fair comment. Approaching vile status. Rated MA for torture, sex scenes, ...more
J.L. Day
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
Christian West
Tarl (or Bosk as he is now known) is back, and he's more of an arse than ever. I don't really understand why Captive of Gor was in the series before this, apart from to ensure that we all knew that every woman really desires to submit to any man. And submit they all do, especially to super warrior turned merchant, Tarl.

These books are getting crappier and crappier. And they are so repetitive. I'm hoping that Tarl turning into a mean spirited man who sees women as mere animals (although I believe
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man of Port Kar in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a Free Companion.”

And so Tarl Cabot, hearing that his old flame is held captive by panther girls, resolves to find and free her and wed her. For political power, of course. The old romantic...

And so we are off to 'the Northern forests', a sort of temperate jungle that seems not to fit with any of the other thinly-disguised Earth regions Norman often uses. Hi-jinks, hilarity
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I remember liking the Gor series well enough in junior high and high school when I read them but I don't think I would enjoy them as much 25+ years later so I will recuse myself from rating any in the series.
This might have been the best Gor book to date. Tarl Cabot / Bosk of Port Kar gains more depth of character, more experience, and though he spends all book coming off like Jack Know-it-all, in the end he finds out he could have saved himself a lot of time and trouble if he had just listened to his friends who know better - but I get it, it IS hard when you think you know better than everyone else... I share his weakness.
Christopher Walls
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.
Following "Captive" with this one nearly killed the series for me. At least it had Tarl Cabot and there was some adventure, but again the focus was on female slavery, although not quite as much as in Captive. I did think this book had more purpose than Captive, at least.

It was pretty sexist.
Having read Hunters of Gor the 8th book. It's showing signs of page count boosting, with repeat paragraphs or sentences showing up. One or two paragraphs or sentences later. So it could have been four or six pages smaller. With repeat paragraphs or sentences showing up.
Ah yes, the first of the Daw editions where we get two parpagraphs of story and ten pages of philosophy.
If I remember right Tarl loses all three of the women in his life. That is not very good for a hero.
Shane Sherman
This book is just ok

This book is just ok

John Norman is obsessed with demeaning the women,of Gor. Men are awesome and woman is onlyworthy of being slave bait
not as much action as the last book lots of detail for such a short peroid of time. also found a few editor errors of direct repitions of the same paragraph on the same page.
No more Vallejo covers. I was sad. But I learned to appreciate the new artist, although I don't remember his name.
Eric Brown
That's it. Starting to feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day - every book is the same.
What a freakin' waste of time.
Looking forward to the next one.
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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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