Nomads of Gor

Nomads of Gor Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest To continue it Tarl must unravel

  • Title: Nomads of Gor
  • Author: John Norman Ralph Lister
  • ISBN: 9781441849106
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest To continue it, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, private band of nomads called the Wagon People at risk of his life He is the only man alive who has not trembled in the presence of this mysteTarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest To continue it, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, private band of nomads called the Wagon People at risk of his life He is the only man alive who has not trembled in the presence of this mysterious tribe Now he is embarking on the most perilous adventure of his time on the counter world of Gor Will he be accepted by the tribe and learn the secrets they guard with their lives or will he die trying

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    1. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Nomads of Gor is the fourth installment in John Norman’s series about Tarl Cabot, the professor from Earth who is now a warrior on the planet Gor (the Counter-Earth). In the last book, Priest-Kings of Gor, Tarl was instructed by the Priest-Kings to find their egg — the last hope of the insectoid Priest-King race. The egg is in the keeping of the wagon people, a fierce group of nomadic tribes. Tarl needs to find these people, infiltrate their society, g [...]

    2. I originally set out to read the entire Gor series. Here I am, at the end of the fourth bookd I'm seriously rethinking that commitment.Cabot just keeps getting more unlikeable as the series progresses. At this point, he's only heroic in comparison to uncivilized men around him. And it's not like Cabot's an anti-hero, where walking the line between "good" and "horrible" is the point of the character - Cabot is supposed to be all-around good guy.Remember Talena? Because Cabot sure doesn't!Much lik [...]

    3. 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 now the fourth book of the series I've gotten through, and the first that made me really start glancing impatiently at the clock every ten pages or so, wondering just how long it was going to take me to finally get through this slog, [...]

    4. If you ever want to know what John Norman's 'Chronicles of Gor' are like, all you need do is read 'Chapter 25 - I Am Served Wine' and be done with it. I am of course exagerating. Just not much.This installment of Tarl Cabot's adventures in the strange world of Gor has him distracted yet again from finding his beloved Talena to spend years on end with the fierce Wagon peoples who it is said were given the last egg of the Priest Kings which he has now promised himself he would find and return to t [...]

    5. I read this book long ago, long before the publisher started putting photos of real women in bondage on the covers, long before I knew anything of the freaky-deaky subculture this series has spawned.So please don't all de-friend me when you see thisI just thought of Tarl Cabot on Gor as I was doing some broad reading on sci-fi this evening. Honest, I didn't even read it this century!Somehow Tarl Cabot is transported to Counter-Earth, otherwise known as Gor. Don't ask me how; I don't remember. Al [...]

    6. At the time I right this, I am finishing book six, and of the six this is my favorite. In this one Tarl is on a mission for the Priest Kings. Again Tarl is not much different, he's pretty much just the same old Tarl, but the other characters really make the book. Tarl has traveled to the plains to meet the Wagon People, which are obvious allusions to Native Americans (crossed with a bit of Mongol Horde). He ends up embedded with one of the tribes, the Tuchuks, and becomes close friends with thei [...]

    7. I finished. I really, truly finished. I'm not sure you understand how happy I am to be done reading this trainwreck of a novel.It took me three months, but I finished. Three months of shoddy writing and horrible characterization. Three months of reading about men constantly pounding their chests and grunting about how manly and dominating they are. Three months reading about simpering women who love being helpless slaves to Big Strong Men.Honestly, though, it's a shame that Norman jumps the shar [...]

    8. I don't know why I keep reading these. The storytelling is not that good. At times it's too much detail that one is clearly not interested in. This book finally races past kinky and steps firmly into the realm of sadomasochism. Not really necessary. Tarl Cabot is a confusing character with shifty morals; most of the times I dislike him. The constant use of the deus ex machina device to tie the story together (common with Edgar Rice Burroughs as well, I might add) does not help. However, towards [...]

    9. As far as I'm concerned you can't go wrong with the first four Gor books. Any fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert E. Howard will find plenty to enjoy here so don't believe all the naysayers. At this stage in the game the books are all action and swordplay and they are very well-written. I will admit however that even though Norman's critics tend to go a little overboard about it they are correct in one respect in that the later books largely lose their focus and become repetitive (though some [...]

    10. Well I liked it. There, I admitted it. Now apparently that makes me a bad person or something because the Gor novels are supposed to be ABOUT the misogynistic domination of women and gratuitous male-centered erotic tripe. Except that it isn't - at least, not yet. I know the books are supposed to devolve into rubbish as the series progresses but as of this one (#4) it's still a decent escapist read with some provoking questions about male-female relationships, will-to-power, and cultural relativi [...]

    11. Originally posted at the Scorpion Bow Network on the Furiously Eclectic People site.---Note: This is the revised edition and an e-book (read from a Kobo Mini). I normally prefer the original editions of books but unlike the first three in the series, I could not find an affordable copy of this one.Immediately the prose feels different from previous volumes; smoother, less arcane and far less fun. The heavy descriptions start coming at you and much information is given to the reader with statemen [...]

    12. Spoilers Ahead, you have been warned!!!What a struggle! Buried in this book is a potentially excellent high-fantasy adventure. But it is well buried! The bones of the story:Our "hero" Tarl Cabot finds himself sent to the Wagon peoples to rescue the last egg, and last hope, of the Priest-Kings. Finding his way to the Wagon peoples he befriends one, lives among them, learns their ways and culture. In the mean time the golden egg he is hunting for is stolen and the Ubar is killed. Tarl breaks into [...]

    13. Well I am glad I managed to finish the 4th book in the series and I'm on my way to finish them all one at the time.I am no expert, nor claim to be one, but this is a very good read in my humble opinion, despite the controversy surrounded by the overall idea of male domination over the female, about the slavery institution - that is more or less present in today's modern society even many don't want to admit it in open - and much more.The reader, especially the one knowing how to read between the [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Definitely my favorite of the series so far. I think my friend explained it best, this is basically like cowboys, but with cooler mounts! Considering I definitely have a thing for cowboys, it's no wonder this appealed to me. I'm reading the e-book, so I'm not sure if there are just a lot of spelling errors in this version, or if it's an overall thing for this book, but that was really the only thing I did not like about it. It became really distracting, and sometimes I wasn't sure if the spellin [...]

    16. Each book builds on the last in an every-increasing description of the slave/master mentality and while it is certainly based on a grossly simplified characterization of men and women, there are nuances that at very least serve as interesting bits to ponder and discuss. The story itself is largely simple though the writing keeps getting better with each book, but it is fun and that sometimes is all that's needed.

    17. Tarl Cabot comes to the land of the Mongol Hordes Errr, that is, the Land of the Wagon People. His quest: to find and return the lost egg of Priest Kings.This is one of the most cinematic of all the novels, and also the one with the most engaging supporting characters, and the most humour, too. It introduces Elisabeth Cardwell, and seques neatly into the one novel I love above all of them - 'Assassin'. What I'd give to see that one on screen.

    18. Not quite as resplendent with painting the picture as the first three books in the series. I read the series when I was 19 and now I am rereading it a 55. It's been a trip through time for me so far. It took me a little work to find the entire series as they have been out of print for some time. I had accompanied my wife to her used bookstore to carry the book in and out and I stumbled onto the first 3 books. I devoured them in a few days.

    19. 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 .

    20. 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, and in this fourth book it starts playing more of a role, although it's still not the whole focus.In this fourth book we go back to pulp fantasy adventures after the science-fiction detour of the previous book. It's fine, but Norman is gradually spending more time with philosophical disquisitions and conversations [...]

    21. I've now read four books into the Gorean Saga. After four books, I still don't know what I like about Gor. It is kind of like Konan the Barbarian met a 10-year-old script writer. So, this is not fine literature. However, it is entertaining and somehow engaging. The endless action gives the book a nice pace, and the mindless plot is sort of relaxing because you won't have to think much to keep up. There is a bit of a turn toward the end of the book where John Norman goes off the rails and starts [...]

    22. Great bookAnother well perhaps one of the best stories of GOR. Excellent series. Superb indeed.Years into the future these books will hold

    23. Good readExcellent action-adventureA engrossing Tale in an exotic worldOriginal story concepts and great character developmentA truly great story

    24. These books are difficult to rate (and, honestly, pretty difficult to read). This story was pretty interesting, the Wagon People were an interesting group, but the whole slavery / sexism thing is getting worse in every book. It's like it started as a something that exists (and was accepted) in the novels' world to a focal point and topic of philosophy (that is promoted). I saw someone's comment on for an earlier novel in the series that this is like watching a slow-motion train-wreck that is ha [...]

    25. This series appears to have gone downhill quickly.Tarl (super warrior and the world's most desirable man) is now searching for the last remaining egg of the Priest-Kings (giant golden ants) in the realms of the wagon people (warriors who have wagons although they don't spend much of the book in them). After convincing the hostile wagon people that they should love him for his huge warrior attributes, he gets on with turning a poor earth girl into a slave, whilst causing every girl within sight t [...]

    26. This book would have gotten 5 stars, except that the first 100 pages were solely concerned with world-building relative to the Wagon People's of Gor and was very dull. Afterwards the plot really took off and turned into a fine story concerning Tarl Cabot's mission to find and recover a certain object which is of great value to the Priest-Kings of Gor, which were the subject of the previous book in this series. Of course, the book is also laden with John Norman's rather bizarre views of what cons [...]

    27. On a quest to find the lost egg of the Priest Kings, Tarl Cabot journeys into the vast grasslands of Gor and encounters the fearsome Wagon Peoples (Mongolian/Cossack analogues). Manly man things and womanly submissions ensue.Once the blushing shock of the misogyny wears off, the best thing about the Gor books is Norman's world building. It isn't the story-telling, which is just a John Carter knock-off. It isn't the action, which is OK. It isn't the sex, because really, there isn't any (or it is [...]

    28. Join celebrated tarnsman Tarl Cabot in his latest adventure on the parallel planet of Gor and its exotic lifestyle and social norms. Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest-Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest. To continue his quest, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, private band of nomads called the Wagon People or die trying. He is the only man alive who has not trembled in the presence of t [...]

    29. I read the first in the series and it was okay. The world of Gor is pretty cool and the story was fun. I have read that later books get more and more misogynistic and more like porn, but I thought I'd give this one a try.To be honest, I have not finished it. I quit maybe a quarter of the way into it. Maybe sometime I'll come back to finish, but I have the feeling it won't get much better. Early on it started to read like some adolescent fantasy written by a kid who couldn't get chicks in high sc [...]

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