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  1. says:

    Carter s Thongor of Valkarth, a True FloaterLin Carter s Thongor is a clonan, a clone of REH s 1930 s barbarian Conan Thongor has all the expected traits a broadsword, hails from northern cold climates, disdains civilization, and wears a loincloth In addition to Thongor, other notable clonans emerging 1970 include John Jakes s Brak the Barbarian and Gardner F Fox s Kothar of the Magic Sword.Lemuria, and Weird Fiction History Let us highlight the titular location Lemuria is akin to Atlantis, being a lost continent mired in myth and history It is not entirely fictional In fact, many scientists in the 1800 s including Ernst Haeckel famous Darwin supporter claimed the Lemuria was a sunken continent off of Africa India and hypothesized it was the origin of man s evolution rather than Africa In short, Carter chose a land that was rich in history, but did not capitalize on this much There are a few call outs to Hyperborea ancient northern Europe essentially, another mystical land with real history.Hyperborea being the key one that inspired weird fiction originals Robert E Howard and Clark Ashton Smith H.P Lovecraft was a pen pal with Howard and Smith, and championed his own flavor of horror which influenced REH s adventures Lin Carter had several Lovecraft call outs as well However, Carter fails to tap the potential of Lemuria s rich history.Editions, Covers, and Expectations This reviews the 1969 second edition Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria , which expands the original 1965 The Wizard of Lemuria with an author s foreword in which he reveals that the 2nd edition has a few thousand extra words this is interesting since the novel is near novella length and still seems short Paying tribute to a master REH is an honorable gesture and this is admittedly Lin Carter s first published work, so we do not expect his best What should we expect Let s start with the covers The original 1965 cover by Gray Morrow was representative, featuring a dragon like pterodactyl eating a spaceship The 1969 edition has an arguably attractive cover by Jeff Jones, which looks Frazetta like and promises serious, dark fantasy than it does cheezy, sci fi Thongor is arguably a mix of sci fi and fantasy, so either approach could work upon reading, it is obvious we have been duped Floaters and ADHD Style Moments of decent storytelling are interrupted by ambiguous self parody an air ship is quickly introduced and is unfortunately called a floater , which brings to mind a type of low density, egested waste Since our uncivilized barbarian chances upon said floater, a unique prototype among all Lemuria, it is outright amazing that he can master the controls and fly away But he does, and this nonsense is ever present and consistent Our naked, loin clothed hero is called Thong or I assume he is wearing a thong he is characterized as being naked , but half way through, we suddenly learn Thongor is actually wearing high boots to protect himself from vile serpents Wild disconnects are characteristic of the book Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD is a real disorder aptly named it also suits the style of this book One could easily argue Lin Carter had ADHD, and got a thrill of introducing, then instantly discarding, random goals enemies To wit random wizard needs randomly found warrior and his randomly high jacked floater to guess what save the world in two weeks Without this random confluence of events, the wizard would have not prepared to save it WTH Fortunate coincidence on every page attempts to mop up plot holes too big too fix unlikely encounters bring shallow danger and instant reprieves The faux drama is so over the top that each encounter deflates the previous Hopelessly lost characters and magical weapons somehow always resurface like low density high fat poop a.k.a floaters.Cinematic Clonans Carter s Thongor reads like poor fan fiction than it does a unique tribute to the Sword Sorcery genre There are parallels between the written Conan Clonan development and the cinematic evolution Those of us who lived through the 1980 s were generally a impressed with the cinematic adaption of Conan The Barbarian 1982, with Arnold Schwarzenegger , and less impressed with the movie clonans that followed that were shallow rip offs The worst of the worst of these was Deathstalker There is a stunningly hilarious and through review of the Deathstalker series on cinemassacre.com from 2010 It dissects the absurdity of the series, even going as far as to quantify the ratio of fight scenes to women s breasts shown per movie These movies are terrible, like most clones What is sad is that many of these had great covers by artist Boris Vallejo, which promised to deliver serious Sword Sorcery Great marketing I suppose, but reminiscent of this Thongor book disappointing delivery wrapped in a great oil painting.


  2. says:

    Nominally a sword and sorcery adventure set in prehistoric Lemuria of legend, Carter draws in sword and planet influences visible later in the series and a save the world plot from high fantasy The resulting amalgam has the worst excesses of each The story is rife with unlikely coincidences, plot immunities, last minute rescues and reversals, and also seems to be driven on rails by an extended fetch the foozle quest that reads like the world s worst grocery list They have two weeks They did have seven thousand years, but Sharajsha the Wizard is a busy man, and it s so difficult to get to the shops much less hire reliable help from his mountain fortress.Carter strings together every hoary set piece ever posited for either all genres, as though he suspected he d never have another opportunity to sit with the Big Kids As a result, he dumps out his entire toolbox the midnight raid on a tower fortress, protagonists slated for sacrifice to elder gods, a prison break, an arena battle, and various encounters with large and dangerous wildlife It s a style that gets the job done or at least A job but contains nothing remarkable or memorable If an eleven year old described this as the best he she has ever read, I would pat him her on the head and hand over a copy of Jack Vance s Planet of Adventure series.At one point, Carter describes a scene p 117 under which the Dragon Kings of a bygone age disported in peculiar garments too complex to be noted merely in passing It s a weird sentence, both self referential and lazy, that seems to encapsulate the whole of Carter s writing, especially his later works.


  3. says:

    This book stunk Lol No, actually my used copy of it smells like stale mint gum It really bothered my sense of smell If it wasn t good enough I was going to give it up And then I had to finish it in a blackout with a booklight Okay, but enough about me This book is from an era when fantasy was simply told to be entertaining No messages No political agendas And sometimes it s nice to get away from the seriousness of it It wasn t earthshattering great, no surprises, no twists, but I enjoyed it If you like Joe Abercrombie give these books a chance If you re a fan of fantasy give any of the oldies a chance They re the roots of fantasy today afterall.


  4. says:

    Do not read this book looking for a fine pastiche of Conan Do not read this book hoping for a fine pastiche of Edgar Rice Burroughs s Mars novels But if you love Conan and ERB, this is Conan as ERB would have written him Highly recommended In my opinion, while Carter deserves some of the criticism against him he was definitely derivative is that truly a bad thing he has been unfairly maligned as an author He is really quite good when in ERB or Clark Ashton Smith mode.


  5. says:

    Probably my favorite in the Thongor series Maybe just because it was the first.


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    I don t know whether to give this 1 5 or 5 5 its soooooooooo bad it s hilarious Simply cannot believe this is not a parody The story is a cross between Edgar Rice Burroughs and Conan with a dash of Lovecraft thrown in for good measure The Hero Thongor is a dumb, lusty barbarian often most often denoted by his iron thewed legs or naked bronze chest he s supposed to be brainless and yet actually comes up with some pretty intelligent plans of escape he wants to be John Carter or equivalent, but is drawn with the architype of Conan it just doesn t gel for me.His main companion is Sharajsha of Zaar a wizard of overcomplicated and stupid sounding name as are the majority of names and characters in this book but thank the gods its spares us overuse of the apostrophe it does every other cliche you care to name who has no secret agenda whasoever what you see is what you get how dull this guy is a good and noble wizard who s sole plan is to save the world from the dragon lords led by a villain called Sssaaa I kid you not opening a portal to let in the elder gods The writing is apalling and full of archaisms thus thence etc and malapropisms and hell simply made up mumbo jumbo we have Thongor nervous of the wizard s alchemystical warlockery he s read about ghosts in shuddery accounts , the snake people are loathly undulent and we have the clanger the druid s eyeballs crawled to the left not to mention the actual misuse of words like his quest to impregnate the magic sword and some badguy s transcendtal wrath The pace is so fast you don t have time to think this happens then this happens then this the only breaks are when the characters fall into blissful unconsciousness which they do practically at the end of every chapter Usually hit on the head by a villain only to wake up in some kind of cell and proceed to escape to find villains to fight and be rendered unconscious again There s one point where Thongor s on the run from some soldiers enemy 1 lizard hawks enemy 2 appear in the sky Dwarks jungle dragons burst from the under growth enemy 3 he runs away into the clutches of slith vampire flowers enemy 4 that not only drink blood but have a vapour that reneders you unconscious before he finally gets rescued by the wizard All this takes about 5 pages I was shattered just reading that adventure.The book uses fantastical and often unpronouncable place, character and animal names none of which are explained at all and seem really silly.The Wizard of Lemuria is a perfect textbook of how not to write fantasy fiction So bad its hillarious and I couldn t put it down, but sadly, not for the right reasons


  7. says:

    Having read all of the Thongor s novels I must say that they are a cross over between Conan and John Carter of Mars In a bizarre kind of way, Thongor s saga works and works well In this prediluvian continent, while evidently prehistoric and were dinosaurs still roam, conjures up regular comparisons with ERB Barsoom series, which seems to be its blueprint than the world of Conan This series are a combination of two bigger than life heroes, and a must have for every sword and sorcery and science fan The battle with the Dragon Kings was a blast Good read.


  8. says:

    This is highly derivative sword and sorcery, with a penchant for coincidence that would embarrass Edgar Rice Burroughs, and yet it is kind of fun if you remember to drink some alcohol while reading I liked this better than the same author s first two World s End books featuring the bland Ganelon.


  9. says:

    Cheesy, Conan esque goodness with rich descriptions, corny dialogue and loads of adrenaline Don t go in looking for a cohesive and emotional plot or complex characters, just some mindless fun that can easily be read in one sitting Not on the same level as Robert E Howard or Edgar Rice Burroughs as it s lacking in terms of plot and direction, but still fairly enjoyable for what it is.


  10. says:

    Thongor and The Wizard of Lemuria was the first fantasy novel by Lin Carter written in 1965 It should be read as such and appreciated as a good first effort by a man who loved the sword and sorcery genre, at a time when it was barely in vogue Carter loved the earlier pulp works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, H P Lovecraft, and Robert E Howard among other and this is glowing tribute to those early masters of fantasy adventure Detailed in plot, it is not, nor is it a long labyrinthine read of political intrigue and arcane sorceries like Game of Thrones Thongor is simply good old fashioned adventure fiction action leaps out at every page and Thongor faces infinite myriad of dangers and horrors from Giant reptilians to blood mad death cults meeting all with fervent gusto and incredible fighting skills Carter went on to write four Thongor novels, and at least two other sword and planet series Jandar of Callisto and Under the Green Star and he also became editor of the Flashing Swords fantasy anthologies published by Dell books in the 1970s Carter was then chosen by Lancer books to write a Conan novel in their projected original set of 12 Conan novels, named Conan the Buccaneer He must have been proud to be chosen to write a novel of the beloved Robert E Howard character In those days only a few were chosen to elucidate the gaps in Conan s career by writing tribute novels, and Lin Carter was one of those chosen few I will continue looking in old bookstores for the rest of the Thongor series and put them proudly on my bookshelp next to other 70s fantasy heros such as the Tarl Cabot of the Gor series, the Richard Blade novels and Brak the Barbarian by John Jakes These books are just a shelf under all my Robert E Howard Conan books and my ER Burroughs Tarzan books all beloved stories not quite A class fantasy literature but entertaining nonetheless.


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The Wizard of Lemuria summary pdf The Wizard of Lemuria, summary chapter 2 The Wizard of Lemuria, sparknotes The Wizard of Lemuria, The Wizard of Lemuria 43229fa Thongor Of Valkarth Mightiest Warrior Of The Ancient Continent Of Lemuria, Before The Dawn Of History Launches Into This Saga With This Rousing Adventure Of Swordplay And Sorcery The Ancient Dragon Kings Have Deemed That The Hour Is Right To Regain Their Dominance Over Earth And Only Thongor And His Companions, Aided By The Science And Magic Of The Wizard Sharajsha, Stand Between Mankind And The Night Of Doom

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 143 pages
  • The Wizard of Lemuria
  • Lin Carter
  • English
  • 10 October 2019

About the Author: Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic He usually wrote as Lin Carter known pseudonyms include H P Lowcraft for an H P Lovecraft parody and Grail Undwin.Carter had a marked tendency toward self promotion in his work, frequently citing his own writings in his nonfiction to illustrate points and almost always including at