The Witches of Karres (The Witches of Karres #1)
Nominee: Hugo Award Best Novel.
And in the midst of it there is the Captain who only wanted to make enough money and gain a good reputation to marry his secret fiancee. But there is a little witch who has other plans ....
This book is just a lot of fun, very good written and with an original storyline.
Lots of fun, I love the mix of SF and witchcraft, and the sly sense of humor the sisters have.
There aren't any structure or order in any of the story elements. It was like I was swimming in a torrent of meaningless words and sentences which do not connect with each other to form a shape to suck you into the story. The story itself was interesting but the execution fails miserably. Most of the time I had a hard time figuring out what was going on since the logic and flow of the story made huge jumps. Most of all, there are not any explanations behind the mechanics. Even th ...more
It's hard to believe this was written in 1966! I felt like there was nothing that really dated this. It was fun, humorous, exciting... I loved it.
Calling this science fiction is really to distort the term beyond all meaning, this is a perfect example of what is sometimes referred to as science fantasy. Sure, there are spaceships and ray guns and various unexplained technological devices but there are als ...more
Look I don't want to spoil any of it for you but nothing was what I expected. Nothing.
That was refreshing and engaging in a genre where everything is usually by the numbers. The characters were so UN-endearingly endearing it's ridiculous,(yeah try to wrap your head around that and you'l ...more
Now he finds having actually met the witches he is subject to laws concerning contact with this group an ...more
The Witches of Karres started life in 1949 as a short story, and then in 1965-1966 Schmitz expanded it into a full novel by adding a couple of short novellas. In 2005 Eric Flint did a bit of editing work (Mainly removing a lot of references to smoking and some other points that badly dated the story) and it was released as part of Baen's reissue of Schmitz's most popular works.
Witches of Karres is classified as a space opera, but really it's more like a space operetta - Light, fun, and f ...more
Captain Pausert thought his luck had finally turned-but he did not yet realize it was a turn for the worse. On second thought, make that a turn for the disastrous! Pausert thought he had made good with his battered starship, successfully selling off odd-ball cargoes no one else could sell. And then he made the mistake of freeing three slave children from their masters (who were suspiciously eager to part with them). No good deed goes unpunished, and those harmless-looking yo
This is a typical J. Schmitz adventure, not stuffy sci-fi, very charming. It didn't disappoint. (78/100)
If anyone is going to give Schmitz a try, read Demonbreed/The Tuvela first, it's even better!
There are no glaring flaws with this novel, solid structure and competent writing.
However it simply didnt do anything for me, i felt no connection whatsoever to any of the characters or really cared what was going on.
Also the science aspect of the science-fiction is pretty much non existent, only serving as a cardboard cutout backdrop to the story, the same with the fantasy/magic aspects
With a title like 'The Witches of Karres', you might expect a fantasy novel revolving around fairytale magic with perhaps some unicorns, a shining knight, damsels in distress, and an evil wizard or two thrown into the mix. Instead, what we have here is an old-fashioned space-romp complete with alternate universes, evil aliens, a run-amok space-ship AI, time-travel, cosmic entities dabbling in the affairs of humans and... yes, a planet of witches. Don't worry. It all works wonderfully.
...And there it was, he thought. Something he was neither seeing—it couldn't be seen—nor imagining, because it was there and quite real. It came closest to being a visual impression of a pa ...more
I decide I'd like to re-read the book, since what I recall of the book wouldn't fill a book. Lo and behold! Apparently I read an excerpt of the book from the first chapter, wherein the Captain rescues (or is captured by) three young witches. Ware the Leewit. I am now reading the rest of the book for the first time, and reveling in it. These witches from Karres certainly ...more
If you love character-driven novels, magic, and a great trip of the imagination, take a journey into space with Captain Pausart and the three witch children he rescues from slavery in The Witches of Karres.
... and watch out for the vatches!
The story of the young Captain Pausert's meeting with the even younger Witches of Karres is delightful. By now some details are dated, but much of the story is timeless.
The book as a whole basically describes th ...more