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Hunters of the Red Moon (Hunters #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  821 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
This long unavailable novel by Bradley, the bestselling author of The Mists of Avalon, and her brother, a well-known science fiction author in his own right, tells the story of the Hunters--fierce killers and shapechangers who promise fabulous wealth to any opponents who can survive being hunted by them for the time between two eclipses of the Red Moon.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 1984 by DAW (first published September 1st 1973)
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
I was voting on a list of Sci-fi books and I realized that this book hasn't had a lot of attention. I read this in High School and it's affected everything sci-fi wise from what I read to those things I tried to write and even Television Shows.

This is an adventure story into the vast unknown void of space. It's full of rich and interesting characters from a huge 9 foot tall Protosaur (lizardman) with a wonderful sense of humor to a beautiful empath and a sexy lady warrior. The Protagonist is in
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Miriam
Jul 22, 2015 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I suspect that if I reread this as an adult I'd find it dated and extremely cheesy. As I kid I just thought it was bad.
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 21, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
At first glance four stars might seem high for this book, but i give the high marks for pure enjoyment value. I read this long ago and it was just the thing for an adrenalin charged hormone engorged young man who got into action packed thrill rides.

Kidnapped, carried away from earth...the hero gets involved in an attempted takeover of the slaver's ship. This shows a certain amount of...appitude for what is needed by the Hunters. Once delivered there, all he has to do is survive till the Red Moon
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Glen Stripling
Jan 05, 2012 Glen Stripling rated it really liked it
I read the 1973 edition, (George Barr cover). Until I found this book I have never heard of Marion Zimmer Bradley but I am pleased she is in my idea of sci-fi. Her take on alien worlds and unique beings is imaginative and her command of theme and philosophy is great.

Hunters is the story of Dane Marsh, who is abducted from Earth to an alien slave ship. He befriends a group of fellow captives who join together for an attempted escape. And one sees his new friends as a whole spectrum of unique char
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David Nix
Nov 20, 2014 David Nix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How have we forgotten about this novel? An why the heck has no one made this into a film? The plot could be ripped straight from a video game, even though Bradley wrote the story long before Atari. Or Pac-Man. Or Nintendo. Or Play Station. Or whatever your generation thinks of as the first "real" gaming system. The plot goes something like this. Random Earth Man is kidnapped by aliens to fight to the death on an alien planet against creatures that can assume any form. Man must choose alien allie ...more
Brian Lewis
Jul 21, 2015 Brian Lewis rated it liked it
I like the book as a whole, although you might not notice from my rating. I would definitely utilize a half extra star if they had one. However, it's not quite a 4 star book. The first two-thirds of the book is rather dull and the author's wording is a bit hard to interpret some times. I had a hard time picking up the book, or reading for more than 2 pages at a time until late into the book. Although the concept might have been fresh at the time of the original publishing, I've seen and read qui ...more
Chris
May 24, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I found the idea of this book to be interesting even thought the central character makes you want to kill him. He isn’t quite as annoying as Anita Blake, but then again who is? In some ways, it reminds of me of Spell for Chameleon, at least in terms of the love interests.
David Cowan
Sep 03, 2013 David Cowan rated it liked it
I remembered reading this pulpy sci-fi novel out of the 70s when I was a kid, where some guy was abducted out in the middle of the ocean and put in some sort of intergalactic jail. One of his fellow inmates was this ten-foot-tall philosopher lizard, and it was this big, imprinting experience to meet this character. I've had this great love of philosopher-giants ever since, from the Ogier in the Wheel of Time novels to the Gurahl in White Wolf's Werewolf: the Apocalypse game. I wanted to double b ...more
Matt
Jun 09, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
Luckily, with Science fiction, you can judge a book by its cover and this one is no exception. An early pot-boiler by Bradley, this one clocks in at just over 200 pages. A pretty quick read. The characters are rather engaging and Bradley does a fairly decent job of tying in what would be a macho fighting yarn into a question of ethics and the classification treatment of sentient life.
Bradley does good fight scenes. She knows ancient weaponry and nothing seems to overly dramatic.
The novel is set
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Valerie
This is the first book by Bradley I ever read. She wrote it with her brother, and I remember doubting whether her work would be as good when writing alone.

Though the story is presented as a simple story from the perspective of the prey in a hunt of sapient beings, I was most impressed by the discussions of extraterrestrial sapientology and variances. I did later realize that Bradley tended to regard the way Earth zoology worked out as universal (Stephen Hay Gould's point that even vertebrates di
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Francesca Romana
forse il legame affettivo, o semplicemente la mia giovane età durante la prima lettura, mi avevano fatto sopravvalutare questo libro. Purtroppo la Bradley, maestra di un genere a cavallo tra lo storico-medievale, lo SciFi e il Fantasy, non dà il meglio di sé nella Fantascienza pura. Il libro è piacevole, ma ahimè molto ripetitivo, le scene di lotta sono difficili da ricreare da parte del lettore nel proprio immaginario e dunque risultano spesso noiose. Il finale troppo sbrigativo lascia con l'am ...more
Maddalena
Apr 25, 2014 Maddalena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, american
Un pianeta con un'immensa luna di sangue, un gioco all'ultimo sangue tra prede e cacciatori, un incontro tra esseri di pianeti diversi.
Interessante, molto interessante.
Elisabeth Waters
Dec 08, 2011 Elisabeth Waters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a straight-forward science-fiction adventure book. I read it years ago, and I'm glad to have it available on Kindle, so I can appreciate it again.

Marion wrote this book with her brother Paul; he didn't get cover credit on this one, but he did on its sequel, The Survivors. They used to joke that he provided the violence and she provided the sex--and certainly the detailed description of the Samurai sword didn't come from her. But even if there are places where I can tell which one of them
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aliens kidnap individuals from various sentient species of different worlds to serve as challenging prey for their hunt--including in this book Dane of Earth. Think of a cross between an abducted by aliens fic and "The Most Dangerous Game." Or a pulp fiction Survivors including a bipedal saurian and feline. Only 176 pages, this is a fast-paced, adventure filled story, which no one will mistake for great literature. I don't think it's as good as the better of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover book ...more
Mike S
Jul 28, 2015 Mike S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
Really good, much better than I thought it would be. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
John
Nov 03, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1980 grade A-
2009 grade B+

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Dale Bazan
Oct 03, 2012 Dale Bazan rated it really liked it
I read this twice at different times during my adolescence, and I recall it being one of the "best books" at the time. I'm not sure how much I recall, or how it would stand up when read now, I just recall it turning me onto reading and opening up a door the first time I read it. I wasn't really a reader (beyond TinTin and Asterix & Obilisk!) at the time. This, then the Hobbit, then Lion Witch Wardrobe were some of my first books (probably sixth grade??) and launched a great enthusiasm for re ...more
Robert Riddell
Mar 31, 2016 Robert Riddell rated it really liked it
Excellent book. One of my favorites.
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Kirsten
Dec 29, 2009 Kirsten rated it liked it
Though I am a big fan of MZB, I like her fantasy better than the scifi. This is a very slender, stand-alone book - and it takes half the book to get to the main action. That section (the second half) is somewhat reminiscent of the Hunger Games (though not as good). There are also some hints of old-school misogyny (ah, the 70s!). But overall, it's a pretty good romp.
Surreysmum
May 15, 2010 Surreysmum rated it liked it
Shelves: 1984, fantasy-fiction
[These notes were made in 1984:]. Not a Darkover novel. Dane Marsh (lone wolf Earthman), Dallith (spirituality) and Rianna (sensuality) form a love triangle. The story is about the hunt - pleasantly mythopoeic. Some loony feminist nonsense, but not obtrusive. The 'moral' is the need of mankind for social union - superiority of group action over individual.
Caroline
Jul 07, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Fantastic story full of suspense and danger this story tells of an Terran abducted as prey for a hunt with big prizes if he can survive. I must have read this book at least a dozen times and now I am re reading it yet again as I have found a sequel and like to refresh before starting part 2
Robert
Oct 23, 2009 Robert rated it it was amazing
This book was my first salvo into Sci-Fi (or at least the first that I remember choosing for myself), and I have often gone back to it fondly and always enjoyed it. I wish I had a copy. I guess it is time to go and see if I can track one down.
Ranmaru
Sep 13, 2014 Ranmaru rated it liked it
Shelves: calibre-test
This story takes a long time until it kicks off. It's worth holding through though, the second half turns into a quite exciting fighting story. Although it's set in space, I'd classify it more as sword and sorcery than science fiction.
Bryan457
Dane Marsh, adventurer, martial artist, swordsman, is abducted by some alien slavers who sell Marsh to a race who live to hunt intelligent prey. If they survive, they will be set free and rewarded with great riches.
Lindsay
Apr 27, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2014
A fun, action-packed, diverting adventure.
Mark
Jan 09, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing
The date I read this book is an estimate. It was one of the first adult novels I read and stands up nicely over time. As swashbuckling sci-fi it's tremendously entertaining and imaginative.
John Barnard
Aug 24, 2013 John Barnard rated it it was amazing
I admit there is an element of nostalgia in my high review here. I read this book when I was a kid and have always loved it. I retread it once every year or two.
Jenna
Jul 04, 2008 Jenna rated it really liked it
Great sci-fi read! This was a fun book to enjoy in a day or two that had great characters and a good plot line. If you like far out adventure pick it up!
Sarah
Nov 24, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
It was a little thin on plot. Also, the main character's "Woe is me. I've got too many women" melodrama was tiring.
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham
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