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Darkover Landfall (Darkover #1)

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Darkover, planet of wonder, world of mystery, has been a favorite of science fiction readers for many years. For it is a truly alien sphere--a world of strange intelligences, of brooding skies beneath a ruddy sun, and of powers unknown to Earth. In this novel, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells of the original coming of the Earthmen, of the days when Darkover knew not humanity. T ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 15th 1987 by RH Canada UK Dist (first published December 1st 1972)
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Grace
It is very difficult to read this in 2011. One of the characters assures himself he's "no male chauvinist!" while thumping around, whinging about how he has to include female scientists on his survey team and telling them to zip up their parkas because their t-shirts are indecently clingy. I get that this was published in 1972, when MZB had no idea what gender equality would look like in a more ideal form, but... this ain't it. A hysterical woman has already been slapped into sense, by the way. ...more
Cera
This is the first Darkover books in terms of internal chronology, showing the emergency landing of a Terran colony ship on the remote planet, and the subsequent struggle to create and maintain a viable society on an alien world without high technology. It doesn't feel anything like the main books of the series, which are high science fantasy with psychic powers, but I enjoy it anyway. It works perfectly for me as an unabashed fantasy about exploration and colonisation. MZB tries to depict the da ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Darkover Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kenji
I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn't care for, but her Darkover series. Darkover is a "lost colony" of Earth that falls back into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychically gifted aristocracy, after centuries it's rediscovered by a star-spanning high-tech human federation, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. The Darkover series as a whole features strong female characters, but it has enough swashbuckl ...more
A.
Two thirds into this book and I'm setting it down for good. While it begins an interesting enough crash-landing and survival story, there is too much relentlessly sexist material here for me to sit by and endure. Perhaps I was expecting something different from a woman author who has at times flirted with feminism, but this is ridiculous. A woman is denied an abortion because apparently the colonists will need all the babies they can get. This is frustrating enough. But then a man explains to th ...more
Clarice
Mar 21, 2010 Clarice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: MZB fans, science fiction readers, vintage science fiction readers
Recommended to Clarice by: no - one
I am going through quite a phase with Marion at the moment, and it was her Avalon series that got me hooked on her work. It made sense to progress to the critically acclaimed Darkover series next. I also decided to find more background information on Marion Zimmer Bradley and this can be found on http://readaroundtheclock.blogspot.com.

In terms of internal chronology, Darkover Landfall is a good starting point as it tells the story of the first earthlings stranded on Darkover following the crash
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Chuck
The is excellent novel forms the science fiction basis for the fantasy in the Darkover series. Bradley is often credited with successfully blending the elements of science fiction and fantasy, and she does so brilliantly in this book.

Darkover Landfall is largely a “hard” science fiction novel; it tells the story of how a colony ship, forced badly off course by a gravitational anomaly, crash lands on the only planet it can find with a habitable atmosphere. The planet has an abnormally large sun,
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E.
(Not a review of any particular edition.)

Coming to this after Thendara House was a bit of a letdown for me. I wanted to like the characters a lot more than I did, and I wanted to embrace their philosophies more than I could. I was able to sympathize with exactly two: Judy Lovat and Camilla Del Rey. Well, three, but the third is a spoiler.

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Chris
AHAHAHA 1970s. My favourite part: the bit where the male lead goes 'I'm not a chauvinist, but HERE ARE SOME TOTALLY SEXIST OPINIONS EVEN FOR THE 70s.' (I paraphrase.) I wish there was more detail about everyday survival stuff. It feels more like a sketch to explain some backstory than a novel.
Sarah
I really enjoyed the general plot and concept of this book, but I was SO distracted by the misogyny and 1950s-esque gender tropes I don't think I'll read any more in the series. It's such a shame too, because I'd technically like to see how this lost colony and it's interaction with he planet's alien life forms goes forward. But after finding it hard to connect with the beliefs and minds pace of the characters, it just doesn't seem worth reading anymore of the series.

I kept hoping for some epiph
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Sakura87
La serie di Darkover è così stratificata che reputo opportuna una più o meno prolissa introduzione prima di parlare del romanzo oggetto della recensione. Va subito detto che Darkover non nasce come serie, lo diviene nel corso della pubblicazione: nell'idea dell'autrice, ogni romanzo doveva essere fruibile a sé, e, per lo stesso motivo, talvolta viene a mancare la coerenza interna tra un romanzo e l'altro.
La pubblicazione dei romanzi non segue la linea storica della colonizzazione di Darkover: il
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Valerie
The original meaning of the word 'cartoon' was more like a preliminary sketch. This book is something like a POSTliminary cartoon--an attempt to explain logically how people got in to the sort of situations we see them in in 'later' (though often written earlier) books. There's some effort at explanation, but not much. Why, for example, do the ships not have distress beacons? There's a later book in which contact with the Terran Empire is reestablished--but there's a lacuna of hundreds of years. ...more
Robert
An ok book but it just doesn't really go anywhere - it's clearly written as a nothing more than a prequel filling in Darkover's history.

A spaceship crashes - but no reason is given as to why. No-one seems to know, much less care. It's a colony ship, but the colonists don't seem to have basic equipment like personal communicators or any kind of transportation, and the captain doesn't mention any standard emergency procedures for crashing on an alien planet, surely a basic part of officer trainin
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X
Jul 03, 2013 X rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Darkover
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Melody
Choisi et lu pour mon cours de Paralittérature.

J'ai choisi ce livre car Marion Zimmer Bradley était apparemment l'une des rares femmes de son époque qui avait su s'imposer en science-fiction. Et bien pour moi ce livre a été une grosse déception et honnêtement si ce n'était pas pour un cours je ne l'aurais même pas terminé.
Valerie
Now that I've finished the entire series (I hope), I'm going back to reread the whole series, according to internal chronology. This becomes tricky, since Bradley herself often wasn't clear where things fit.

I'll be adding new comments as I go along, but for the main reviews, I won't be altering them much.

What occurred to me here was that the involuntary 'colonists' didn't seem to be looking much into adhesives, gels, and other fastenings. Also, whatever they needed metal for, they did need it fo
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Nancy King
I like MZB although at times, her characterization is lacking. I've read the entire Darkover series and I like them all. I like her fascination with linguistic minutiae and genealogy. The only thing I regretted about this book is that I had hoped it might reveal the origins of some of the later Darkover mythology about Hastur, the Lord of Light and his counterparts. :sigh:
William Quest
I read this book as part of a reading challenge. It was interesting seeing how different the writing styles are let alone the topics covered. Marion Zimmer Bradley may be a well known author, but just in terms of writing, I doubt it would have been published if it had been submitted today. The book is almost entirely without description. The author explains the story quite well, but uses very little detail to tell the story. It feels like one big summary. The premise was very good, and I enjoyed ...more
Eze
I'm not entirely inclined, based on this book, to pick up the rest of the series. The story itself could have been far more interesting than it was if it didn't fall back so heavily on misogynistic/chauvinist subjects every moment the opportunity to point out the 'vast differences between the capabilities of men and women' came up. Over all it distracted greatly from the story itself. Whereas I'm usually heavily for character exploration and getting to know the characters I found myself disguste ...more
Jamethiel_bane
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Cátia  Pereira

Marion Zimmer Bradley na minha opinião é uma excelente autora de fantasia, no entanto nunca a considerei como escritora de ficção ciêntifica. Mas como sempre está de parabéns, este é um livro muito bem conseguido.

Este livro pode ser considerado como o primeiro de entre cerca de 30 livros da série Darkover, no entanto antes deste livro vários outros foram escritos.
Como foi escrito em 1972, observa-se assim um grande contraste entre o pensamento actual e o passado.

Retrata a história de uma colóni
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
L'autrice statunitense Marion Zimmer Bradley è divenuta nota al grande pubblico dei lettori per il fantasy a tema arturiano Le nebbie di Avalon (cui sono seguiti altri romanzi con cui costituisce il cosiddetto ciclo di Avalon), ma la stragrande parte della sua produzione (circa quaranta tra romanzi e antologie di racconti) ruota intorno al pianeta di Darkover. Naufragio sulla terra di Darkover è idealmente il primo romanzo della serie, uscito però solo nel 1972, quattordici anni dopo Le foreste ...more
Chris
There has been some debate about how good of writer MZB was. If I am being totally honest, I would have to say that she is not the best writer in the world, and considering the massive amount of work she put out, some of it is "hack" work.

The Darkover novels always stand out, however. Part of this for me is that there is almost consistent theme of the good of the society versus the rights of the inidivual in the books, even in the earlier ones. That theme is one full view here.

Landfall tells the
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Cass 크리스티나
I read the first book in this omnibus, Darkover Landfall in 2008. I'm now continuing with Two to Conquer. I am following my own reading order for the Darkover novels as described on my blog - http://www.brigidsflame.com/feymorgai... - except that I read Darkover Landfall earlier and am reading Two to Conquer now after Hawkmistress! instead of after City of Sorcery.

The 5 star rating on here is for Darkover Landfall. I'll adjust the rating, if necessary, after I read Two to Conquer (and maybe writ
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Mike Smith
This is, chronologically, the first book in the Darkover series, but it's the seventh book the author wrote set on this fictional planet. So this book engages in retroactive continuity (also called "retconning") to establish some of the characteristics of Darkover that were described in previously published novels in the series.
For that reason, I find that the structure of this novel feels a bit forced. It tells the story of how an off-course Earth ship full of colonists crash lands on Darkover
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Lindsay
This is the first book (chronologically) in Bradley's Darkover series, of which I've been a fan since middle school. This is the origin story of human life on Darkover, and is about a crashed spaceship that had been on its way to colonize a new planet but ended up somewhere wholly unexpected. The book tracks a few main characters as they deal with injuries and deaths of fellow passengers resulting from the crash, establishing their location on the planet and in the galaxy, encounters with the na ...more
Donovan
OK, what you need to know outright is that there are more than 40 books to the Darkover series. The good news is that you don't need to read them all to enjoy them and they can be read as stand-alone novels. I've read about half a dozen before I found myself outgrowing the series - and that is the clincher, it's written for a younger audience. The setting is as full and rich with wonders that young reads will find enchanting. The characters can be related to.
I went back and reread a couple and f
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Casusangelus
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Nachdem das terranische Raumschiff unter Captain Leicesters Führung von seinem Kurs abgekommen ist und auf einem unbekannten Planeten notlanden musste, hat die Reparatur für ihn erstmal oberste Priorität. Moray, der Führer der Siedler, die mit an Bord waren um auf einem bereits erkundeten Planeten eine terranische Kolonie zu gründen, ist da allerdings anderer Ansicht. Er hat nicht viel Hoffnung, dass das Raumschiff überhaupt repariert werden kann. Er versucht den Captain zu überzeugen, da
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Ken
In a refreshing departure from her previous Darkover entries, Marion Zimmer Bradley takes us back to the first human presence on the planet. A ship containing colonists from Earth crash lands on Darkover, and its crew struggles -- first, to repair the ship -- and then, just to survive.
Bradley creates an interesting dynamic here. A schism develops among the survivors. Some would bring their Earth technology, culture and religion to Darkover... to remain in their comfort zone. Others feel that Dar
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Isabell
I've already read the darkover books six years ago and enjoyed them. This first volume wasn't among my favorites then. The reason for this might have been that I read this book somewhere in the middle of the series and missed some of the recurring themes of the series, which of course aren't present in this book. Another reason might be that the last time I might have been a bit young for some of the adult themes.

This book describes how the planet later to be known as Darkover is first discovere
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Chazzbot
I avoided this series for years, mainly because the covers of the paperbacks looked incredibly doofy. But then I found the entire series available at my college library, so I decided to give the first volume in the series (though not the first one written) a try.

Turns out the writing is decent, and this is a good variation on the "spaceship crash-lands on a strange world" genre with which any SF fan will be familiar. It takes a while for things to get going in the novel, and the character develo
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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.

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