Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams
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
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
Black God's Kiss is a 5 star story, just excellent in every way s ...more
Though these stories dovetail theme-wise with the SF and sword-and-sorcery pulps of the first half of the 20th century, her writing stands out from the usual fare, both fo ...more
A delight. One to be savoured and returned to again and again.
Moore's style of writing is beautiful without being waffly but it does feel sort of cloying. Not sure if this is an age thing (most stories were written in the 30's). That said, Moore writes very vivid settings with very archetypal characters and narratives which is a recipe for making a beautiful and impressive stories, more focused on bringing old romantic tale elements into SF than really saying anything original I think.
Jirel of Joiry is absolutely amazi ...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