Tarnsman of Gor (Gor #1)
Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first twenty-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from...more
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[…. The following was discovered by investigators at the scene of the Tarnsman Incident in late April, 2011. The narrative report is reproduced in its entirety and a transcription of the audio recording made by Officer Honcho is reproduced to the extent possible...]
GOODREADS LITERARY POLICE REPORT
CASE No. TBD
OFFICER: Mike Honcho
DATE: April 29, 2011
NARRATIVE REPORT (Draft only....not for official release)
At approximately 06:15 am, I was
His transformation from comical figure to unrivaled warrior is swift and inexplicable. Such a man might learn to become a s...more
Anyhow... there it was. TARNSMAN OF GOR. Sitting on the bookshelf, beckoning me to pick it up. Earth man Tarl Cabot is transported to a fantasy world where he rides flying tarns, duels with swords, and protects beauti...more
If he'd written them as porn, he would have been long since forgotten; I'm still pretty ama...more
The first book, despite the Frank Frazetta cover, was not really about slavery, etc. It was a good sword and sandal story told through the eyes of Tarl Cabbot. I had just started getting into the DC's multi-verse and was f...more
1) Those who have read it many years ago as a teenager but are afraid to give an honest review as they have teenage kids now and spouses who may not like what they really thought about it at the time.
2) Those with an agenda - as this book was a controversy back in the bra burning days...
It seems as though women can read historical romance novels full of sex scenes and tight corsets and restrictive clothing that was nothing less than a lac...more
While walking in a New Hampshire forest, college professor Tarl Cabot unexpectedly receives a strange communication from his long-lost father. Suddenly he is whisked away by spaceship to Gor, the Counter-Earth, a planet which we never see because it lives on the other side of the sun. Its powerful priest-kings have been able to shield it from even our theoretical view and, though the society seems primitive, its aloof rulers seem to be hoarding and selecti...more
That said, the first three or four books we...more
Norman's writing wasn't terribly impressive, more like Lyn Carter than Robert E. Howard, as I recall.
I do not expect a great deal of fantasy reading from this book. At best I think it is just some pulp fiction, so I begin without high expectation. And actually it surpass my expectation. It is a standard fantasy. Consider that it is first published in 1967, maybe it is quite OK at that time.
The storyline starts from a modern world, and than by some magic high-tech, the main characters is tr...more
Vorausschicken möchte ich die Info, dass ich als Teenager 50 Bände der Dray-Prescot-Saga mit Freuden gelesen habe. Nachdem ich bis vor kurzem nichts vom Gor-Zyklus wusste, kam bei mir nach wenigen Seiten das Gefühl auf, eine stark von Dray-Prescot inspirierte Story zu lesen. Dabei haben vermutlich beide Autoren sich ihrerseits stark von Edgar Rice Burroughs "Princess of Mars" 'inspirieren' lassen. Da ich kürzlich den Film "John Carter" gesehen habe, kommen mir bestimmte Schlüsselelemente...more
I didn't expect to like...more
Tarnsman of Gor is everything a high fantasy book should be. Much along the lines of Conan, Death Dealer and such, Norman captures high fantasy extremely well in this novel. Men are men, lots of swords and action, and beautiful women are everywhere for the taking. This is one of the tales that young boys cut their teeth on when they want to get away from reality, and older men read to escape their boring existence pushing paper.
Norman does a good job tel...more
First reason: The author can spell words correctly and understands basic grammar.
Second reason: One star books are best left to disappear into the void. The Tarnsman of Gor deserves to continue to exist. In fact, I think it should be required reading. This book should be the epitome of misogynistic literature. It needs to be the piece of literature (if you can call it that) that we use ten, a hundred, a thousand years down th...more
It's obvious Morman has read his Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarl Cabot gets to Gor, Counter-Earth, almost as simply (and acceptably) as John Carter does in A Princess of Mar...more
Anyway, it's not a bad series. But it's not a great series either....more
The book is largely seems adoles...more
The story itself isn't bad, and the characters are interesting to say the least, I mean, who wouldn't lov...more
I did enjoy the mix of a tech-savvy world (in some castes) with the barbarianism of the rest of the setting.
I'm also a sucker for the different species created for this story.
I will say, however, that I'm really disappointed in the writers lack of general knowledge of an example he used to describe a bird taking flight.
Eagles and hawks DO NOT run along the ground to get lift to take off.
They're not geese or ducks.
One would think that if he was going to write about...more
Regardless of what you may have heard (or really, what the latest release's cover may imply) this is not a collection of fantasy-themed S&M er...more
This might sound familiar, and that's because it's a mish-mash Barsoom, the Hyborean Age, or Haggard's deepest Africa, or even Avatar. It...more
Contains adult sexual themes not for children, such as nudity and S&M. Based on the entertainment value of the rest of the book, I felt it could be looked past....more
'Good' being defined here as 'I liked it a lot', because pretty much every criticism being leveled at it by other people here is valid. Sexist, unrealistic, that slow 'old-timey' writing style ... yep, definately. I don't let that kind of thing intrude on my enjoyment while reading though - in retrospect sure, but there's not...more
John Norman 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 married and has three childre...more