• Title: Raiders of Gor
  • Author: John Norman
  • ISBN: 9780345331090
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Raiders of Gor Tarl Cabot Norman s heroic Gorean Tarnsman descends into the depths of Port Karthe darkest most degenerate port city of the Counter Earth There among pirates cutthroats and brigands Cabot learns
    Tarl Cabot, Norman s heroic Gorean Tarnsman, descends into the depths of Port Karthe darkest, most degenerate port city of the Counter Earth There, among pirates, cutthroats and brigands, Cabot learns the ways of Kar, whose residents are renowned for the iron grip in which they hold their voluptuous slaves.

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    1. There is no way to review this book without spoilers. So first a general review, then a warning, then more review (with spoilers).This book is a departure from the first five books. In each book the writing and style evolve (for the better), but this one makes a bit of a leap. In the last few books I complained about Tarl being one dimensional or at least not growing as a character. That changes here. Tarl undergoes a transformation very early on in the book which changes everything in the way h [...]

    2. After the very slight downturn of "Assassins," Norman turned up the heat with "Raiders." This is my second favorite of the Gor novels and is really the book where Tarl Cabot finally "becomes" Gorean. Again he is made a slave, and nearly broken. I really enjoyed this book, but in retrospect I can see that this is probably where the books begin to take a slight turn toward the over focus on sexuality to the exclusion of adventure. My judgment on this one, though is: Not sexist.

    3. 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 .

    4. Everything comes apart here. Our hero becomes the antihero. The next 19 - 20 books are just more and more of the same "all women want to be slaves" idea. Books 1 - 5 are great. The rest can be used as fireplace starters.

    5. **SOME MINOR SPOILERS, THOUGH NOT MANY AND I CAN'T BE ARSED TO GO THROUGH AND SEEK THEM OUT INDIVIDUALLY SO I'M TACKING THIS ON THE FRONT HERE INSTEAD!**.Volume 6 of The Gor Chronicles and we see Tarl Cabot the great warrior originally of Earth becoming first a slave, then a pirate and a captain, and finally an admiral. It's all rather exciting stuff as Tarl assumes an alter ego, namely Bosk of Port Ka, which apparently is much like Mos Isley(from Star Wars) in that it is a veritable hive of vil [...]

    6. This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:bookswithoutanypictures/20John Norman’s Gor series is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s set in a world where the men are big and brave and half naked all the time, and the women are content to be sex slaves, which should offend me, but instead I find myself sucked into the story and craving more. The world of Gor values honor and glory, and beneath its outward appearance, it’s secretly ruled by a race of insectoid aliens [...]

    7. Ahoy me hearties, it be Talk Like A Pirate Day and I be finishing reading me book.Badly, me book turned into bilge water. Arrr. That thar Tarl Cabot becomes a slave to a wench to save his lubber neck. He then loses his pride and becomes an emo pirate after about 5 minutes of being a slave. Arrr.Him be a scurvy dog for the rest of thar book, and him be abusing them thar wenches all over thar place. Tarl Cabot be an arrrrrse. Arrr.Worst book so farrrr.

    8. Maybe the deepest Gor book in the series to this point. I know that may sound antithetical, depp and Gor book, but in this volume our hero finds out a little more about himself and what it means to be human in general. The story is still inane, and the treatment of women VERY badly short of todays standards of political correctness, then again, that is the best part of this series ;-)

    9. I read the first 5 of these books way back when and remember them being rousing adventure stories. 30 years on this one does not seem to have the same thrill as the ones I remember. Either this volume is not as good, or more likely, I have read a great deal of better fantasy in that time.

    10. Tarl Cabot becomes a bit more Gorean in this book, a bit less of a good guy, but still there is a lot of adventure, this time involving warships.

    11. Raiders of Gor was the best of the Gor books in my opinion, helped by a largely static geographic focus, and on a setting that resembled medieval Venice in many ways.

    12. The Gor books were great adventure books with some pretty repulsive "women are best as slaves" commentary. Then the commentary overtook the adventure and I stopped reading.

    13. A writer doing detailed summaries of Norman's books on a Gor website prefaced his RAIDERS OF GOR synopsis with an astute quote. Up until RAIDERS the writer (nicknamed Socrates) pointed out:"The stage appears to be set for many adventures in which Tarl, aided, abetted and occasionally hindered by Elizabeth, will foil the plots of the Others in city after city of Gor, while Tarl enjoys James Bond-like romantic encounters over and above Elizabeth's considerable charms and sees many a deserving and [...]

    14. Terrible, terrible read. However, I do like the world described and I am interested in philosophy so I made myself to finish it.

    15. 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 [...]

    16. Tarl Cabot is forced by a bunch of swamp hillbillies to choose between honorable death and ignoble enslavement, and much to his surprise (and ours), he crumbles and chooses enslavement. High seas piracy, derring-do, and light BDSM ensue.Tarl's stint as male slave doesn't last long, and the femdom he endures (enjoys?) is novel but unimaginative, but this experience resonates throughout the rest of the book. He abandons all pretense towards honor, courage, and love, considering himself unworthy. H [...]

    17. This is the one where it all starts to get a bit dark, and the fun & swashbuckling comes to an end. Tarl Cabot is captured en route to Port Kar and, to his shame, made slave. We learn that Elisabeth Cardwell has deserted him, fearing to be sent home to Earth, forcing him to attempt a solo journey, and so causing him to lose his innocence and his ideals.Following an attack that kills the only one who had shown him any compassion, Cabot gets his inner Rambo on and reverses his situation, becom [...]

    18. I was a little bit put off by the beginning of this book, in which Tarl Cabot makes a completely human and understandable decision to avoid a pointless death, and then spends the rest of the book berating himself mercilessly for it. However, the book picked up considerably after that and I enjoyed the tale of the (admittedly improbable but hey, it's Gor) rise to power of the famous Bosk of Port Car. Also, this book did have some of the usual misogynistic views of women that this series has long [...]

    19. Tarl Cabot goes bad and feel sorry for himself because the tables get turned and he becomes enslaved to a woman (serves him right). But alas, he rescues himself and turns himself into Port Kar's principal merchant/pirate. This is the point at which the Gor books start to decline - it's a pivot. The ones before had pretty good stories about an earth man making his way in Gorean society. Now Tarl has just become another Gorean male with all their bullying ways.Mind candy of the lowest order

    20. this is high on my list of the Gor Books.Most people find John Norman an acquired taste when I first started reading him it was because of rp, and he was wordy and repetitive and I thought boring, but the more I read, the more I got involved these stories. People try to compare these to BDSM, but I don't really see it - maybe it was erotic back when it was written, but it there are MUCH more harsher and demeaning books out there now. This is about a male dominated world I ask you, men Really? Yo [...]

    21. Finally, a book that answers the age old question, how many times can one man write "rence" in a single novel. The answer is just over 8 billion. Yes, "rence" appears more times in 312 pages than there are people on this grossly overpopulated planet. That being said, I thought this was, perhaps, the most purely entertaining of the series so far, but definitely not the most well written. It's an easy read, and it's a hard read, for Gor fans only, that's for sure.

    22. Hero becomes less heroic after a humilation at the hands of some hunter/gatherers, and descends into a state of Conan-ness (i.e. only out for wealth/power/the bodies of women) in a maritime pirate city that is a bit like Venice, if Venice was ruled by a cartel of pirate gangsters. Will he rediscover himself? Of course. Rated MA15+ for violence, sexual references, nudity, adult themes. 3/5

    23. Quite a good book, if you've established a background in the Gorean system and life, apart from a fallacious justification for an armed citizenry, all in all as parts of the Gorean chronicles it wasn't bad, and John is nothing if not consistent.

    24. Ok, this was one of the better Gor novels in the past 2 or 3. Tarl actually shows some fallibility.But, oi, the double standards. A man is destroyed by accepting slavery over death. But a woman is only truly free by accepting slavery.Somebody gag me.

    25. This is a turn from the earlier books to a darker look on what is man. Gone is the timeless hero and bring in the pirate. I had trouble getting through a few paraphrases for sure. With that said I recommend others to read and enjoy.

    26. 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

    27. I remember liking the Gor series well enough in junior high and high school when I read them but I don't think I would enjoy them as much 25+ years later so I will recuse myself from rating any in the series.

    28. Raiders of Gor includes Sword Fights, Battles on Land and Sea, and Beautiful Sex Slaves. But this book is . . . Boring

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