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Leroni of Darkover (Darkover - Chronological Order)

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From the founding of the Comyn Council to a Terran's first encounter with Iaran, here are original tales that take readers from Guild House to Dry Town, from the Terran spaceport settlement to the heart of Hastur's Domain in an exciting new exploration of Darkover and its mysteries. Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 5th 1991 by DAW
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Let's start this with a quibble: there is obviously a dire need for a dictionary/grammar of Darkovan words. I was always under the impression that 'leroni' was a female plural. The male plural would be "laranzu'in" (where the apostrophe represents a glottal stop); the neutral plural (meaning males AND females) would be 'leronyn'.

This is an anthology, which means, pretty much by definition, that it's uneven in quality. But since the editorial decisions were made (apparently) by Bradley herself,
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Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Darkover Fans
Marion Zimmer Bradley is famous for her Avalon books, but I'm a fan of her Darkover stories, set in an original world and a blend of science fiction and fantasy. This is one of a series of anthologies that basically are collection of "fan fiction" by other authors based on MZB's Darkover. I was impressed on reread of the first such book, The Keeper's Price. Enough I ranked it just below five stars, and was tempted to give it full marks. Not that I would argue it's deathless literature, but as a ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Gregory rated it liked it
As uneven as these things are, anthologies I mean, I can't bring myself to rate this higher than three stars, but this one, like the last, was better than many of the preceding, and I found the last two VERY short stories very compelling. And the much longer story that immediately preceded them very good as well. There were also a couple very good and good stories sprinkled in amongst some meh ones, but such is the way of collections.
Perhaps the reason to read this somewhat weak collection is the story “There is Always Someone”. It isn’t a great story, but though it you can see how greatly Bradley embraced the fans of her Darkover series. Also good is “The Ferment”.
Oct 08, 2012 Jenny added it
Another enjoyable anthology. Years ago I read everything by MZB I could get my hands on. Once in a while one of them comes off the shelf for a re-read. Enjoyed all but the Trillium books.
Oct 01, 2007 Melody rated it liked it
I loved this when I read it over and over as a young woman. I think, now, that the writing is weak though the stories are interesting.
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