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Some Summer Lands

(Atlan #4)

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Some Summer Lands (Book 5 Of The Atlan Saga)
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Orbit (first published 1977)
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Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final volume, but really more of a coda to the story that wrapped up in The City -- it didn't come out until a good ten years after the previous volume, and this time the narrator is Seka, Cija's young daughter who spends most of the book unable to speak (due to events in the preceding volume), but that in no way means she doesn't have thoughts about all manner of topics, not least being a rather jaundiced opinion of her mother. (And fair warning -- there's also more discussion of various ty ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, bechdelpass
Somehow I missed this series in my misspent youth. I don't know why I never picked them up: I remember seeing them, and they had the lush barbaric distorted romantic grotesque covers that made them look exactly like Tanith Lee. Much truer advertising than the respectable black-clad hardcover of the edition I just read. Like The Birthgrave, this is a fantastical female picaresque whose heroine is stubbornly passive and relentlessly desirable -- adventure, like sex, happens to her despite herself, ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Some Summer Lands is my favorite work in the Atlan Saga. Take Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan, H. Rider Haggard's Lost Civilizations and John Norman's Gor in a land "before the continents were formed" and dinosaurs and human coexist and you have Atlan. The heroine of the first three books (or four, since sometimes The Serpent is split into two) is Cija. Raised as a princess in a tower to believe she's a goddess and males are extinct, through the books she has more perils than Pauline, going from Em ...more
Damn, damn, damn.

I really wanted to be able to come back and say "This series is a vastly underrated masterpiece, all ye nonbelievers, read it now." But the ending was a non-ending. This entire book, in fact, was kind of a non-book. Stuff happened but it never felt like it was happening.

This book is told from the point of view of Cija's daughter, Seka, who is mute. I thought that an interesting choice, and it actually went over quite well. Seka is constantly saying how her mother just lets thing
Some Summer Lands by Jane Gaskell (1977)
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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*Tina Belcher groaning noise*

it was my favorite of the Atlan series... and then Part Three happened. probably the most '70s fantasy i've ever read.
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Gaskell was born Jane Gaskell Denvil on 7 July 1941, in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, England (previously in the county of Lancashire). She is the great grandniece of the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. Her first novel, Strange Evil, was written when she was 14-years-old (published two years later, in 1957). In 1963 Gaskell married truck driver Gerald Lynch; and in 1965 their daughter, Lucy Em ...more

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Atlan (5 books)
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