The Wizard of Karres (The Witches of Karres #2)
It just wasn't fair! Captain Pausert had foiled the deadliest of space pirates and eliminated the threat of the Worm World, yet his troubles kept piling up. Sent on a secret mission to stop the nani ...more
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I adore James Schmidt’s The Witches of Karres - enough so to pick this book up. I thought it was fun brain-candy. It felt (and really is) just professionally done fan-fic. I enjoyed re-visiting the universe. However, the characters don’t ring quite true to me: Hulik du Eldel and Sedmon of the Six Lives are almost unrecognizable as the same people, except for their positions. I think that’s caused by their being thrust willy-nilly into a romance. Captain Paussart and Goth ar ...more
One of the things that I liked was that the authors did not re-explain everything, just a few things. For example, we don't redo that The Leewit is The Leewit. For that reason, and since this book picks up at exactly the same moment The Witches leaves off, you may want to reread ...more
The concept of a circus in space that goes from planet to planet was a lot of fun. It took me a while to figure out just what some things in the book were but I really, really loved it. I was actually very sad when it ended.
The Wizard of Karres is a delightful homage sequel to the 1966 classic The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz. Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and David Freer definitely capture the rollicking, zany tone of the original. Recommended for fans of Diana Wynne Jones.
Adult/High School–James H. Schmitz's The Witches of Karres, a far-future space opera combining screwball comedy with psi powers, has remained one of science fiction/fantasy's best-loved classics since its first publication in the 1960s. Decades of readers have been disappointed that Schmitz himself never revisited his richly imagined universe, but now there's a sequel that should satisfy all but the most nit-picking fans. Wizard seamlessly picks up the story where Wi
Writing Style: 3/5
38 years after the publication of James H. Schmitz's Hugo-nominated "The Witches of Karres" comes the continuation of the adventures of Captain Pausert, Goth, and the Leewit. This new chronicle picks up right where "Witches" left off and is stamped as work of nostalgia.
As an ode from Mercedes Lackey and company, the new volume manages to maintain consistency with the characters from the 1960s era original. It retains the lighthearted, thou ...more
I thought the 1st book was ok. I think this is...meh. The whole premise of the adventure makes absolutely no sense. We have a plague, so we have to get across the universe to warn everyone, and either through miscommunication or foul play we end up stranded and forced to join...the circus!!!??? Seriously? We're indentured to the circus, the somehow managed to clear up the miscommunication ...more
Mercedes Lackey does a good job of remaining true to Schmidt's vision of the universe and characters Schmidt created, I'd I'd recommend this book to readers who like the space odyssey character-focused style of science fiction.
For me, The Wizard of Karres lacked the magic feel of the first book. This might have bee ...more
I'll let ya'll know what I think.
Update: couldn't finish it. Bogged down about a third of the way into it and decided instea ...more
Overall I would say it was okay. I didn't think there was much substance to it. I found the story a bit blah. I thought it was worth reading if only to confirm I don't like this series of books.