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Outlaw of Gor (Gor #2)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,936 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
In this second volume of the Gorean Series, Tarl Cabot finds himself transported back to Counter-Earth from the sedate life he knows as a history professor on Earth.

He is glad to be back in his role as a dominant warrior and back in the arms of his true love. Yet, Tarl finds that his name on Gor has been tainted, his city defiled and all those he loves have been made int

Paperback, 254 pages
Published November 12th 1973 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1967)
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J.G. Keely
This book would be better if it were called 'Terb vs. the Blood Lesbians', which would have the combined benefits of precisely outlining the plot and sparking the audience's collective imagination. If I had written it, that's what I would have called it, but if I had written this book, I would be a damaged man trying to outweigh my insecurities with a chivalry fetish.

Now, kicking John Norman for being kinky is a tired game that's been done better, especially since he's no more sexually confused
Kat  Hooper
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Outlaw of Gor is the second novel in John Norman's cult classic Gorean Saga. After languishing on Earth for seven years, Tarl Cabot is finally returned to the Counter-Earth where he hopes to find his father and the woman he loves. Instead, he finds that things are not at all as he left them. After a bit of roaming, he winds up in a city he's never been to before and gets tangled up in a battle of the sexes.

Tarl Cabot is a bit like Richard Rahl — effortless
Jason Pettus
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm in the middle right now of reading as many of the "Gor" S&M erotic fantasy novels as I can stand; see my review of the first book, Tarnsman of Gor, for more on the reasons why. Like that one, this second book in the series has yet to start getting into the bizarro sexual-torture poetry-filled rituals that are what make this series so infamous (I've been told not to expect that until book 6 or 7); although this one does at least give us our first glimpse at one of these rituals, as our he ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outlaw of Gor begins with hero Tarl Cabot on a mission and it ends with the same mission looming before him. This book, then, is nothing but a long distraction. But it is a clever distraction, an adventure more enjoyable than his first.

Indeed, the gravity of his quest -- to confront the dreaded and feared Priest-Kings of Gor -- benefits from this sort of anticipatory development. The likelihood of his death (from his perspective, if not the reader's) is very high: no one who has ventured into th
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I rate this let me say, I am on a mission. I will read all 32+ books in this series. Like most people (boys) I started them in my teens. I made it through seven books which seems to be "the seven" most people get through. I am now back to book 6 and I will break "the seven barrier" this time. Now about this book,...

Its good. Its good like the first book was good; its a comic book without the pictures. People criticize John Norman as if since he's not Tolkien, he's not worth reading. That'
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm wondering if I might have been a little hasty in questioning this authors writing style last time. It seems to me that there are too few authors that make you want to immediately start the next book and in fact almost instill in you an intense desire to read them all as quickly as possible just so that you can begin again from the start. The funny thing is, it's clearly not just me and neither is it just male readers either. I've read many reviews that close with something along the lines of ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book was great as well. Not predictable at all, except one tiny part with a bird which I wont spoil. It too was action-packed, and a really exciting read.

Contains adult sexual themes not for children, such as nudity and S&M. Based on the entertainment value of the rest of the book, I felt it could be looked past. In my personal opinion it is more humorous than anything else, because it is so ridiculous a concept. It is definitely a barbaric depiction of an alien world, but sometime
Christopher Walls
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read this whole series in a marathon session, while stationed in England. The depth and volume of the stories is humbling for any writer and I consider this series very influential in my own approach to writing and world building in general; generic post for all the books in this series as I am finally getting around to recording my reading list in Goodreads.
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: outlaws, bdsm
This could be described as Conan the Barbarian and Lord of the Rings with BDSM thrown in. Lots of warrior code and ethics, violence, sex, booze, and epic adventures into the wilderness. Amazing cover art on the original series, was also reprinted into new editions but the cover art is horrible, and who knows what kinda great passages were taken out to please some fat feminist. Book is well hated by people I despise, so I had to check it out. Did not disappoint, light and fun reading, will defini ...more
T.I.M. James
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of the Gor books by John Norman is in many ways superior to the first, and to my surprise I found it a very enjoyable read.

Norman has a knack for world building that is probably overlooked due to the more controversial nature of his books. He takes the time to create a different environment, filled with fauna and flora. He talks about different politics in different cities and spends time creating a culture that is alien to our own but familiar enough to relate to. Apart from one thin
Oh, Outlaw of Gor. You were fun. You really were. But in the end, there were some things that I just couldn't overlook in regards to your execution.

Take, for instance, your approach to world building and exposition. It's good to want to build on the lore and science of your world, book...but there are ways to do that without stopping the entire narrative to describe (in depth) the time system of Gor.

The Gorean day is divided into twenty Ahn, which are numbered consecutively. The tenth Ahn is no
Sam From the Square Groot
For the first half of this book it feels like a good bad b-movie. A standard, typical story with characters that are not anything but what their roles within the story should be.
The first chapter is really good, the descriptions are very good, there isn't anything pretentious about it, it makes sense.
However, the second half of the book happens, and everything goes downhill. There is a lot wrong with the theme of this book, as well as the message, if there is indeed a message. To learn more of
Apr 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
"Outlaw of Gor" was, in theory, written for fans of "Tarnsman of Gor" who had, in theory, read that first book. If this is true, why does this book drag on and on and on recapping things from the first book? We just got done reading "Tarnsman of Gor", now we're here to read a fresh installment in what is, in theory, an intriguing science-fantasy adventure, not to absorb dreary padding that tells us what we already know!

The only redeeming moments in this sequel are the ones that recall moments f
Derpmond Blergson
In Outlaw of Gor, Tarl Cabot fights to free a city, Tharna, from the clutches of a totalitarian regime. In Tharna, an oppressive social system has developed over the generations in which women occupy the highest governmental offices and generally impose their will over men throughout society, from market to hearth. By the time Tarl Cabot arrives, Tharna has become a dull, glum place for everyone, presumably because women are naturally ill suited to leadership.

After many adventures, Tarl Cabot t
Raven Cain
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: gor
Well, obviously this book is nothing like the film of the same name. As a matter of fact, after reading this book I find that the movie makes even less sense than it did before! Some of the names are the same, but that's about it. No matter, though, as I'm not here to review the film.

I liked this book! It had lots of things: mystery, adventure, romance, action, and a terrific ending that makes me itchy to pick up the third book. It has a slave uprising as exciting as Spartacus and Norman really
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book reminded me of the movie Sparta with Kirk Douglas to some degree. the book held my focus and I finished this one in a few short days...only reading it a few hours each night. one's imagination has to be opened to fully appreciate and understand its hidden meanings. ❤it. ...more
Timothy Boyd
Ever read the old John Carter of Mars books? Well here is the more adult version of a man transported to a more savage world. Great adventure reads, but not for the faint at heart. Very adult material dealing with sex. Recommended
The second book of the series still hadn't devolved into BDSM fantasy yet; the slavegirls were more present on the covers than in the story. A decent adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, it's book 2....okay never noted the change. Like I said before Soft core some of these in my "wild youth". whoopee.
Kathy Chaplin
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am unashamedly hooked on the Gor series
Zachary Craft
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost can't believe someone wrote this thing. Its offensive. Seriously offensive. And repetitive. A man could read many books before they found anoter book that emits this much stench. See what I did there? OK. Srsly. Its not offensive because of nudity or sex. Its offensiove because of the philosophy. Sure people will tell you thats its just meant to entertain, and its not really about how the writer feels about women, but that thinking fails the show don't tell rule. No matter what anyone t ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tarl Cabot returns to the planet of Gor, finding what he left is gone and he no more than a commoner. He is enslaved, imprisoned by a fierce, masked female leader. Eventually he finds she is beautiful, and...well there are no surprises here, he fights for his freedom and encounters females as submissive sex slaves. Actually a pretty entertaining, (very) old-fashioned exotic adventure. Margaret Atwood would hate it but it was fun. Look forward to eventually continuing the series, though it appare ...more
Sword-and-sandal fun in the pulp tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Good worldbuilding. Barely adequate writing. This series is of course (in)famous for the weird BDSM-like slavery, but in these first few books it doesn't play that much of a role.

This second book is of a similar style to the first, so if you didn't like that one you won't like this.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More solid world building, maybe even too much in parts, but it moves along at a good clip with plenty of action in between the strange treatises on slavery that begin to creep in. Ends on a cliffhanger leaving you wanting to read the next one.
Natalia Bajeva
Вообще не понимаю на хуя я это читала. Из серии "и ее прекрасные голубые глаза широко распахнулись навстречу фигуре воина". Забыть, срочно забыть.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Read several Gor novels back in the 70s
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a teenager and loved it. It was more like a science fiction Tarzan than anything else.
Gary Peterson
An entertaining story, but not as good as Tarnsman of Gor. This one was less focused, and lacked the strong supporting cast of the first book. The Gorean French Revolution complete with casting off of chains and storming of barricades was overplayed, as was the celebration of Tarl of Ko-Ro-Ba as folk hero being carried through the streets. I was never sufficiently invested in Lara, Tatrix of Tharna, to care whether she was restored to her throne, so the final quarter of the book felt anticlimact ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut, fiction, sci-fi
Poorly written, blatant cognitive dissonance, repetitive, and predictable.
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John Norman, real name John Lange, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931. His best known works, the Gor novels, span 31 books written 1967 to 2012, plus three installments of the Telnarian Histories, two other fiction works and a non-fiction paperback. Mr. Norman is marrie
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Other Books in the Series

Gor (1 - 10 of 34 books)
  • Tarnsman of Gor (Gor #1)
  • Priest-Kings of Gor (Gor #3)
  • Nomads of Gor (Gor #4)
  • Assassin of Gor (Gor, #5)
  • Raiders of Gor (Gor #6)
  • Captive of Gor (Gor #7)
  • Hunters of Gor (Gor #8)
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