Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams
I really, really wanted to like this book - I had read all about the author and I am a fan of the Weird Tales magazines from which these stories originated - but I struggled all of the way through it.
Essentially, this collection of short stories is split into two halves: the first half features the character Jirel of Joiry who is like Joan of Arc's evil twin (i.e. an armoured, sword-wielding noblewoman in a medieval pseudo-France). In her adventures, she is pitted against all sorts of e...more
Many of these stories are a little deceptive because they seem to offer, at first glance, the type of blood and guts thrills of a Conan\John Carter tale, but inevi...more
Jirel of Joiry, the bold, beautiful, vengeful and fearless queen who lets nothing steer her from here course or divert her aims. She overcomes her adversaries almost by sheer force of will and fury. Whether it's following her enemies into magical realms, demonic dimensions or haunted castles, she will not balk.
Northwest Smith on the other h...more
Jirel of Joiry, the first of the great female warriors, the beautiful commander of the strongest fortress in the kingdom, would face any danger to defend her beloved country. She wielded her bright sword against mighty armies, the sinister magic of evil sorcerers and fearsome castles guarded by the dead, even daring to descend into Hell itself...Northwest Smith, the scarred and weathered outlaw, the legendary hero of the spaceways, forced to confront the terrible mysteries, the terrifying, myth
Catherine Lucille Moore was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, as C. L. Moore. She was one of the first women to write in the genre, and paved the way for many other female writers in speculative fiction.
Moore met Henry Kuttner, also a science fiction writer, in 1936 when he wrote her a fan letter (mistakenly thinking that "C. L. Moore" was a man), and they ma...more