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Four Moons of Darkover

(Darkover - Chronological Order)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Here, readers will find stunning tales of the inhabitants of Darkover, the land where ancient power has awakened the humans to their own hidden talents. And here they must face great challenges: recontact with Terra, the native chieri, and the laran powers they must control at all costs.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by DAW (first published 1988)
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There are a few of the Darkover books I still haven't got copies of, but most of them are anthologies. This is the most recent anthology I've gotten hold of, and unlike most of them, I hadn't read any of these stories before, although I was familiar with some of the backstories most of the stories were based on.

As with most anthologies, the quality is uneven. And as with many anthologies, the author of the original series exercises fairly strict editorial control...which doesn't seem to have muc
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Mais contos da boa e velha Darkover. Eu sinto saudades imensas dessa série, uma das melhores de ficção científica que já li.

Como os contos são escritos por fãs, temos contos bons e outros nem tanto.
Um dos meus preferido é “A man of impulse”, do meu anti-herói favorito: Dyan Ardais! Que vai explicar como ele acabou com um herdeiro.
Outro conto que valeu a pena foi “My father’s son” sobre dois meio-irmãos, onde um deles é de uma raça menor, que sempre foi apresentada nos livros como meio-animais,
Christopher Sutch
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the issues with anthologies of (mostly) amateur writing is that the quality of the work is very uneven. This anthology, however, is the best of these amateur Darkover anthologies that I've read to date (I'm reading them in chronological order of publication...yeah I may have a mental illness, or at least OCD...). Before I get to some details, I just want to recognize Bradley's generosity. Much like HP Lovecraft (whom Bradley read when she was younger, and, along with Robert W. Chambers, i ...more
Jennifer Heise
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Obviously, I'm reconsidering most of my Darkover books.

This collection of short stories by various authors in the Darkover fandom had nothing that struck out as particularly engaging (there was a lot of set pieces) and was marred by 2 stories by MZB, including a *shudder* romantic one about Dyan Ardais-- both of them attempting to resolve complaints she had had about things she had written I think.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
5 star - Perfect
4 star - i would recommend
3 star - good
2 star - struggled to complete
1 star - could not finish
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't go into this with very high hopes, because it is basically just an authorized collection of fanfiction, but while it wasn't amazing--far from it--it actually wasn't as dire as I had feared. There were a few jewels within, a lot of mush, and some stories that tried to be clever but were brought down by one thing or another.

Probably my favorite story from the book was "Swarm Song." It's very simple, without any complex characters, long-term motivations, or ancient feuds, just a girl who'
Marcello Tarot
Qualità altalenante, ovviamente

Si tratta pur sempre di un’antologia, dopo tutto...
Se da un lato abbiamo perle come “Lo sciacallo” di Vera Nazarian, dall’altro abbiamo ciofeche come “Le api” di Roxana Pierson, per esempio. Ma sono diverse le letture piacevoli, con spunti non poco interessanti, e resta l’amaro in bocca se si pensa che non siano stati approfonditi in seguito.
Nota incomprensibile su quanto scrive la Bradley stessa #1: «Io avevo contato di compilare almeno un’antologia – poiché a lor
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Marion Zimmer Bradley is famous for her Avalon books, but I'm a fan of her Darkover stories, set in an original world and a blend of science fiction and fantasy. This is one of a series of anthologies that basically are collection of "fan fiction" by other authors based on MZB's Darkover. I was impressed on reread of the first such book, The Keeper's Price. Enough I ranked it just below five stars, and was tempted to give it full marks. Not that I would argue it's deathless literature, but as a ...more
This short story tells of a curse on Harksell Keep, but is the curse for real or is it just full of myth to scare the superstitious away?
Dyan Ardais will be surprised when he meets the Lady of Lindirsholme, Marilla Lindir.
Lora is faced with a decision to send her son away when he is five years old like in her previous house, or to change that rule in her own house to suit her.
Cadets face the consequences of practical joke gone a
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
like all anthologies there were some that I liked better than others. what hit me the most was the intros to the stories. One of them remind me of just how fast the internet and computers took off. taking about how one day it just might be everywhere and that books could become outdated. It was nice to here MZB's voice again it has been a whail since I visited her world. ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una raccolta di racconti con protagonisti di vario genere (nobili, esperti di laran, amazzoni, ecc.) ambientati naturalmente su Darkvoer, in varie epoche. Forse un po' troppo eterogenea, neanche le Lune di Darkover fanno abbastanza da filo conduttore, comunque tutti bei racconti, alcuni con idee veramente veramente particolari di aspetti del laran o di possibilità di vicende legate ad esso. ...more
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Darkover stories have always dealt with people's roles in society"," This collection of fiction"," by many authors"," is no exception. The underlying theme is the individual's right to choose his or her own role in life"," even when it means challenging the existing order of society.Many of the tales are desperate adventures"," but three are LOL funny. ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
It was pretty good, a couple were very good, but I find I am having less and less to say about these anthologies. I enjoy them, but I think you pretty much have to be a Darkover fan in the first place to really enjoy them.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Anthology of fill in stories in the timeline of Darkover. I really like the ones with familiar characters but there were some unique ones.
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: MZB fans
A very nice collection of stories. I particularly liked "The Death of Brendan Ensolare" although "Sin Catenas" was good too. ...more
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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.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham

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