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The author of the book: Marion Zimmer Bradley
Date of issue: September 1st 1982
ISBN 13: 9780886772390
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I've mentioned before that I find the terrestrial animals on Darkover a bizarre aberration. Like hawks, in this case. But there are some Darkovan creatures in this book, like the sentry-birds. This makes it a little less like a terrestrial story just displaced to a different landscape.
I think the character of the child Caryl is more important than he's often given credit for. For a pampered prince sent to Nevarsin to be toughened up (in the hope that he'll then survive threshold sickness and dynastic battles, I gather), he's remarkably adept as a hostage, saving the lives of his captors more than once. And he acts as peacemaker on more than one occasion.
It's always troubled me that Darkovan society never seems to have developed arbitrators. Wars and blood-feuds rage unchecked, but there's no class of negotiators. Judges are mentioned in one of the later books (more or less tangentially), but where are the 'reasonable men' (and women), who try to reconcile quarrels BEFORE they start resulting in mayhem and death? One would like to hope that Caryl would begin developing such a bloc, before fraternal strife further decimates a society already weakened by inbreeding and the unique reproductive problems associated with laran.
I observe that the nonsense about crying being worthless is compounded in this book by the ridiculous argument that anger is beneficial. This double whammy of balderdash has killed more people (men AND women) than many other less pernicious myths.
There's also a repeated argument (it's stated at least three times) that nonhuman animals have 'neither memory or imagination'. This Cartesian nonsense has been perpetuated too often. Is it plausible that creatures who have the EXACT SAME neurons as humans won't have ANY of the same characteristics, because they don't cross some arbitrary threshold of 'consciousness'? The idea that nonhumans animals don't learn (or retain what they learn)is preposterous--as is the idea that nonhuman animals have no concerns besides fear or immediated desires. It's been repeatedly proven that dogs (for example) do dream--what do these Cartesian dualists think they're dreaming ABOUT? In the final roundtable session of Wim Kayzer's A Glorious Accident, Stephen Jay Gould points out that many people have questioned whether Descartes ever owned a dog. If he did, they question, how could he argue that a dog is an unreasoning, insensate automaton? This is anthropocentrism at its worst. I would recommend Darwin's The Expression of The Emotions in Man And Animals as a corrective, except that it's fairly graphic in its description of emotional and physical abuse against zoo and domestic animals, and a better study of the issue is overdue.
2014--I've been rereading the whole series according to internal chronology. This is third on the list. It's a good book on its own, but it doesn't really fit in the series. If it had been written as an Earthbound fantasy, it would probably be more consistent. As it is, the Darkovan trappings seem a little extraneous. As, in a different way, the terrestrial trappings seem a bit extraneous--in a Darkovan setting.
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Read information about the authorMarion 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 Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about "the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be." Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly.
Early in her career, writing as Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter, and Lee Chapman, Marion Zimmer Bradley produced several works outside the speculative fiction genre, including some gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels. For example, I Am a Lesbian was published in 1962. Though relatively tame by today's standards, they were considered pornographic when published, and for a long time she refused to disclose the titles she wrote under these pseudonyms.
Her 1958 story The Planet Savers introduced the planet of Darkover, which became the setting of a popular series by Bradley and other authors. The Darkover milieu may be considered as either fantasy with science fiction overtones or as science fiction with fantasy overtones, as Darkover is a lost earth colony where psi powers developed to an unusual degree. Bradley wrote many Darkover novels by herself, but in her later years collaborated with other authors for publication; her literary collaborators have continued the series since her death.
Bradley took an active role in science-fiction and fantasy fandom, promoting interaction with professional authors and publishers and making several important contributions to the subculture.
For many years, Bradley actively encouraged Darkover fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley's that had similarities to some of the fan's stories. As a result, the novel remained unpublished, and Bradley demanded the cessation of all Darkover fan fiction.
Bradley was also the editor of the long-running Sword and Sorceress anthology series, which encouraged submissions of fantasy stories featuring original and non-traditional heroines from young and upcoming authors. Although she particularly encouraged young female authors, she was not averse to including male authors in her anthologies. Mercedes Lackey was just one of many authors who first appeared in the anthologies. She also maintained a large family of writers at her home in Berkeley. Ms Bradley was editing the final Sword and Sorceress manuscript up until the week of her death in September of 1999.
Probably her most famous single novel is The Mists of Avalon. A retelling of the Camelot legend from the point of view of Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, it grew into a series of books; like the Darkover series, the later novels are written with or by other authors and have continued to appear after Bradley's death.
In 2000, she was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
In 2014, Bradley was accused of sexual abuse by her daughter, Moira Greyland, who claims that she was molested from the age of 3 to 12. Greyland also claimed that she was not the only victim and that she was one of the people who reported her father, Walter H. Breen, for child molestation. In response to these allegations Bradley's publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd announced that they will donate all income from the sales of Bradley's e-books to the charity Save the Children.
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