Priest-Kings of Gor

Priest-Kings of Gor

John Norman Ralph Lister / Jul 18, 2019

Priest Kings of Gor This is the third installment of John Norman s popular and controversial Gor series Tarl Cabot is the intrepid tarnsman of the planet Gor a harsh society with a rigid caste system that personifies th

  • Title: Priest-Kings of Gor
  • Author: John Norman Ralph Lister
  • ISBN: 9781441849045
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Audio CD
  • This is the third installment of John Norman s popular and controversial Gor series Tarl Cabot is the intrepid tarnsman of the planet Gor, a harsh society with a rigid caste system that personifies the most brutal form of Social Darwinism In this volume, Tarl must search for the truth behind the disappearance of his beautiful wife, Talena Have the ruthless Priest KingsThis is the third installment of John Norman s popular and controversial Gor series Tarl Cabot is the intrepid tarnsman of the planet Gor, a harsh society with a rigid caste system that personifies the most brutal form of Social Darwinism In this volume, Tarl must search for the truth behind the disappearance of his beautiful wife, Talena Have the ruthless Priest Kings destroyed her Tarl vows to find the answer for himself, journeying to the mountain stronghold of the kings, knowing full well that no one who has dared approach the Priest Kings has ever returned alive.

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information 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 married and has three children.


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    1. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.I’m not sure why I’m still reading the Gor books. I guess it’s partly because Brilliance Audio has kindly sent them to me (they are nice productions), but it’s also largely because these books have been maligned for years as poorly written sexist-BDSM-erotica, so I can’t help but want to see for myself before dismissing them as such. After finishing book 3, Priest-Kings of Gor, here’s my take so far:They are not poorly written. The quality of t [...]


    2. I'm in the middle of reading as many of the "Gor" S&M erotic fantasy novels as I can stand, as a sort of guilty holiday gift to myself; see my review of the first book, Tarnsman of Gor, for more on why these books came to my attention in the first place. This is the third book of the series and is an odd one, sort of the Gorean equivalent of Beneath the Planet of the Apes; for after two books that were naked ripoffs of Edgar Rice Burroughs' action-adventure "Barsoom" series, this third book [...]


    3. All I can say right now is that in my head the Priest-Kings look like giant golden praying mantises and its kind of awesome.As to the rest, if you choose to see mysoginy (which I care so little for that I can't even spell it right, heh) in it feel free but I disagree. In the reality of the world that the books are set in, its simply the natural way of things. Just like in Planet of the ApesCertain stories require not only a suspension of disbelief but a suspension of self, setting aside pre-conc [...]


    4. John Norman's Priest-Kings of Gor is about a Hero whose city has been destroyed, whose friends and family have been scattered and isolated one from another, and who knows exactly who to blame for it. The responsible parties are the planet's alien overlords, the Priest-Kings, whom the Hero, Tarl Cabot, has hated since first learning of their existence. So it follows that Tarl will travel to their mountain domain and kick the crap out of them. That's the way these stories go.But it isn't quite the [...]


    5. The number three book in my quest to read all of the Gor series does not disappoint. In this one we find Tarl meeting the Priest Kings, the alien overlords of Gor. Again the writing is progressively better than book two and book one. This time sword and sandal meet aliens and lasers. I would call this book more science fiction than fantasy but there is a healthy dose of both. The tech described practically screams early 70's (think early Star Trek) with "silver tubes" that shoot deadly "sparks" [...]



    6. Spoilers Ahead!!Things I liked about Priest-Kings of Gor:The action, the meeting with the Priest-Kings and the war, the mul's learning what it means to be human and of course, Tarl's reunion with his father.Things I hated about Priest-Kings of Gor:The constant attempts to defend slavery for women and the author's obvious chivalry fetish. I mean, Tarl Cabot begins by being shocked at the slavery on Gor and his taking of Telana as a slave seems initially reluctant. He hasn't really spent that much [...]


    7. This is my favorite of the first three. I love the world that is being built here, I love the idea of the Priest-Kings and what is revealed about the nature of Gor in these novels.I do wish that the author (and thus the narrator) would either accept the culture of Gor, slaves and all, or decide to reject it. The pages full of internal monologue about the true nature of women, slaves, natural selection, etc get a bit tiresome.(But, I will guiltily admit to continuing to the next story.)


    8. Hate to admitt how many of these I read "back then". If you look up "objectfies women" in the dictionary I'm pretty sure you'll find a picture of some of these booksft core porn. Read some when i was young.


    9. I started and stopped this third entry in the infamous Gor series back in 2012. I pretty much only tolerated the first book, and I absolutely hated the 2nd book, but there was a kind of progression introduced in those, so I went to see what would come in book 3. Like a lot of 60s/70s sword-and-planet series, John Norman's Gor books borrow from Burroughs's Barsoom series. If I'm a broken record about the Barsoom series, it's because I'm more than a little obsessed with it. Based on that, I was e [...]


    10. furiouslyeclectic/priestkiThis volume is thicker than the previous two. It starts off right where the last ended.Where the first volume is a fast moving fun house and the second volume a similar adventure as an excuse to get to the third volume. This third volume is about the truth behind the myths of Gor. It starts well and moves into deeper description and explanation. Tarl, our protagonist becomes more distant from the hero I could associate with or wish to be. As a child the Tarl shown in th [...]


    11. Great book! I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire book. The battles are crazy good. Sometimes the history of things and explanations seem to drone on, so I skimmed in those parts. This book was really funny as well, especially two male characters that are twins. Hilarious. Can't wait to see what Tarl Cabot does next!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 pe [...]


    12. Cabot of earth seeks redress from the so-called "all powerful" Priest-Kings of Gor for the destruction of his beloved city, Ko-Ra-somethingorother. Oral servicing of the hive queen ensues (as well as lots of sweaty slave sex). (OK, actually, not so much of that.)This book had promise. The Priest-Kings were compelling antagonists, and the descriptions of their culture and physiognomy were interesting. Alas, about 60% of the way through the book, Norman once again descends into his strange misogyn [...]


    13. Top of the list of books no one should admit to reading this is a sample from what has to be some of the most mysoganistic fiction ever to make it into mainstream publishing. My excuse was that I was a teenager stuck in a caravan in a rural area with my parents on a 3 week holiday one summer and the Gor books was the only thing in the caravan shop that looked readable. I also read Battlefield Earth.Something brought them back to mind last year and I did some googling to find out more - the conte [...]


    14. I understand that the later books in the series got kind of weird, but I remember thinking this one was pretty good when I read it in High School. Funnily although I can remember nothing of the first book in the series, I have always remembered, well not a scene but more of a concept from this book; that the insectoid like Priest Kings could communicate by smell, and could leave messages in place for each other. I don't know why but I still remember that.


    15. It's just awful. I can see why it's popular though. It's on the same level as 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in that it allows people to read some tame (if slightly twisted) porn without it being labelled as such. Pretty much bottom of the barrel, but for those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like.


    16. I have to say that I think much less of myself for actually wanting to continue with this series. This book was misogynistic and "women should be subjugated" like, but did it in such an unapologetic and natural manner that I almost did not mind Otherwise, the author can tell an imaginative story, so I will keep on reading



    17. MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!I am reading all of the Gor stories in order and, so far, I am a big fan. Priest-Kings of Gor, however, is my least favorite so far for many reasons:1. I think Norman pulled the trigger on the Priest-Kings way too early in the Gor series. The Priest-Kings were a mysterious presence that always lingered in the background of the Gor stories. Their motivations were unknown and they could help as well as hinder. They also helped explain away some of the huge coincidences th [...]


    18. Sword-and-sandal story 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 third book changes the style, and we get a more science-fictional tale about the alien race of the Priest-Kings, who control the counter-Earth. More interesting because of this than the rather standard adventures of the first two books, but a bit [...]


    19. Priest-Kings at once amused and annoyed me.When the story was actually moving, and Cabot wasn't stopping to describe each and every minute detail of Priest King culture, language, or religion, things could be entertaining. There were a moment or two of genuine laughs in there, hidden among the lectures on how many morphemes the Priest King's have in comparison to the morpheme count for English, German, and French.I do not know whether there are more morphemes in the language of the Priest-Kings [...]


    20. This, the 3rd in the Chronicles of Gor series, very nearly got 5 stars, and perhaps it should still get those 5 really. One of the main reasons it didn't is because of the sheer alien-ness of the Priest Kings, great insectile creatures that immediately had me attempting to look away even as I continued to read about them. This wasn't at all unexpected since there's a nice colour piccy of one of them right there on the cover. Still, I had a little difficulty empathizing with them to quite the ext [...]


    21. What a piece of crap. Its hard for me to believe this slice of garbage even got written. To put the obnoxious ideology aside for a minute, it is in some serious need of a rewrite. I have seldom seen English butchered this badly. Run on sentences? CHECK. Absurd repetition? CHECK. Characters speaking in a totally unnatural way simply to give the reader information? Check. A fifteen year old can write better then this. If that isn't bad enough; The author seems to think that spiders are insects!!!! [...]


    22. I've been wanting to read some of these for years, just to see what all the brou-ha-ha was about, what with people actually living out roles in their relationships based on these fantasy books and whatnot, and the feminist outcrySo I picked some random ones up, and this was the first one I read.Basically, if you're expecting something kinky and pornographic expect to be sadly disappointed. There's no explicit sex at all (hardly any IMplicit sex, for that matter!)Much more adventuring and giant a [...]


    23. I have read the entire series, there simply isn't anything else like it; they are decadent and addictive, completely and wholly something everyone should have on their MUST READ list. Edgar Rice Burroughs BARSOOM series would be a faint comparison, I suppose; but Norman carries his characters to a depth of depravity that is reminiscent of a D/s or BDSM fetish fanatics dream. At the same time, they are not written in a way as to be entirely sexual, he merely casts about components and subtle subt [...]


    24. You can probably read the first three books without too much shame (Boris Vallejo covers aside), but you deserve all the scorn you'll get if you stick with the series, because after this, Norman really began descending into BDSM fantasyland.In the third book of the original trilogy, we get introduced to the bug-like alien "Priest Kings," making Gor really more of a science fiction series, though its feel is much more swords & sorcery. I maintain that the first three books are a pretty good r [...]


    25. 1976 grade A2017 grade C+Series book G3The Gor novels are rather dated in style and mores. They are verbose, pedantic, medieval, and sexist. They are what I would expect from Lovecraft or Boroughs. Even the wind down after the climax took too long. I did quite a bit of skimming and skipping. But they do hold a certain fascination because of strong world and character building. Still, I was only willing to read the first and third novels again. The first develops the world of the humans and the g [...]


    26. This book was for the first half to two thirds absolutely horrible. I nearly gave it a one star but the last part of the story saved it. I will say this has overall been one of the worst stories to date. The conversations were horrible, one lined and repetitive. The saving feature was the amount of information you were given concerning the other stories which were left hanging, who the Priest kings really are, what happened to Ko Ro Ba, and Cabots family and friends. Now with the mysteries unvei [...]


    27. This volume was little longer than the previous two. The author goes more into languages and technology and such as found on Gor, which at this time do not add a lot to the story and big it down. Perhaps it will be necessary for future books, to refer back to. The hero goes to confront the priest kings to discover why his beloved city has been destroyed. Not only does he find the answer, but is also embroiled in the civil war of the priest kings. Will the very world of Gor be destroyed? Spoiler [...]


    28. This is the third book in the Gorean Saga. I was very surprised with the development or "turn" the book took with the backstory of the Priest-Kings. I found it incongrueous and disconcerting. However, the ending of the book certainly swept the development under the Gorean rug. A guess a nice touch, since the Priest Kings, in my opinion, aren't your usual fantasy staple. But maybe this series is goign to explore and become more of a cross genre book series. I have not read them before - so I will [...]


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