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Hunters of Gor (Gor #8)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  839 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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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Nov 01, 2008 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Jan 17, 2012 Nathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christian West
Sep 29, 2014 Christian West rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
E.D. Martin
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Eric Brown
May 05, 2013 Eric Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
That's it. Starting to feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day - every book is the same.
Jul 24, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
J.M. Scheirer
It took me over a month to get through this book. Why? Because it's boring, boring, boring, boring. Not that the previous book, Captive of Gor, was all that great because Norman tried going outside the box by writing from a female perspective, and utterly failed, but there is absolutely nothing new in Hunters.

The Goodreads description of the book does not do it justice at all, but I don't think I'm going to spoil anything by saying that our "darling hero," Tarl Cabot, now going by "Bosk of Port
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
John Lawson
Jul 13, 2016 John Lawson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tarl leaves his third wife to go searching for his first wife, and in the process runs into his second wife and meets several potential new wives, but instead decides to enslave them all. Giving up and going home ensues.

Worst. Hunting trip. Ever.

This book has some real howlers. Like how if a woman is enslaved, she's ruined for life and worth only what her sexuality and obedience can earn, even if she is subsequently freed. But if a man is rescued from slavery, it's just a minor blip in his resum
Sep 07, 2013 Butterflykatana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 05, 2009 Kione rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a freakin' waste of time.
David Mann
Nov 13, 2016 David Mann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I persevered and made it through the previous book, Captive of Gor, and this one is much better. For those who question my sanity (or morals) for reading this series, you might be right. I'll let you know when or if I finish all the books. In the meantime, the series thankfully returns to the story of Bosk, formerly Tarl Cabot of Earth, who is off again seeking Talena, daughter of Marlenus, Ubar of Ar, after being side-tracked in his search of the course of the series by countless slave- ...more
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
"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
Nov 01, 2010 Darth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gor
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
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.
Jul 18, 2008 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Timothy Boyd
Mar 03, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Ever read the old John Carter of Mars books? Well here is the more adult version of a man transported to a more savage world. Great adventure reads, but not for the faint at heart. Very adult material dealing with sex. Recommended
Almustafa Couch
Quite a good read as part of the Saga, though he did conflate genetic and memetic advance to explain gender difference, with regard slavery. Overall though it was a book that was consistent with past Gorean novels.
Aug 11, 2016 Rick added it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Dec 23, 2009 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Sep 02, 2013 Scotia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 01, 2010 J.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
No more Vallejo covers. I was sad. But I learned to appreciate the new artist, although I don't remember his name.
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
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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)
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  • Nomads of Gor (Gor #4)
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