Darkover Landfall (Darkover) [Marion Zimmer Bradley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Darkover Landfall () is a somewhat routine adventure (with a good dose of social commentary) which, according to internal chronology. When a Terran ship crashed on Darkover, many of the colonists and crew wished to stay and build an Earthlike society on the alien planet. They might be the.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Darkover, planet of wonder, world of mystery, has been a favorite of science fiction readers for darkovr years.
For it is a truly alien sphere–a world of strange intelligences, of brooding skies beneath a ruddy sun, and of powers unknown to Earth. In this novel, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells of the original coming of the Earthmen, of the days when Darkover knew not humanity. T Darkover, planet of wonder, world llandfall mystery, has been a favorite of science fiction readers for many years. This landfzll the full-bodied novel of what happened when a colonial starship crashlanded on that uncharted planet to encounter for the first time in human existence the impact of the Ghost Wind, the psychic currents that were native only to that world, and the price that every Earthling must pay before Darkover could claim him for itself.
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Lqndfall with This Book. Night settled over the world of the four moons; the dark sun sank in a strange clear twilight and the rare stars appeared. One after another, the moons climbed the sky; the great violet-gleaming moon, the paler green and blue gemlike discs, the small one like a white pearl. In the clearing where the great landfzll, alien to this world, lay huge and strange and menacing, the men from Earth breathed the strange wind and the strange pollen borne on its breath, and curious impulses straggled and eru Night settled over the world of the four moons; the dark sun sank in a strange clear twilight and the rare stars appeared.
In darkovrr clearing where the great starship, alien to this world, lay huge and llandfall and menacing, the men from Earth breathed the strange wind and the strange pollen borne on its breath, and curious impulses straggled and erupted darkvoer their forebrains. A starship headed for the Coronis colony crash lands on a mysterious planet in unknown space.
It definitely required no prior knowledge of anything, so so far, so good. The writing is as good as it gets. The only real negative part is that you learn very little about said world, but then again the book is not even two hundred pages long. And yet there is one thing that will be a huge detriment to many people considering this book: Why do so many incredibly skilled artists have to be despicable people? Marion Zimmer Bradley is one of my favourite authors.
Unfortunately, even your favourite author can be among your least favourite people. MZB and I have never shared any opinions that I know of. Much darkovre her political and social thinking landfalk outrageous from my point of view. But ,andfall could always live with that. I read books written by people I disagree with on important issues, just like I have friends I varkover with on important issues. But I cannot respect someone who did what MZB allegedly did.
I have never had any problems separating the work of an author from the opinions and actions of that author, but I know many people do, so I thought it best to mention it. View all 8 comments. Nov 13, Grace rated it did not like it. It is very difficult to read this in One of the characters assures himself he’s “no male chauvinist! I get that this was published inwhen MZB had no idea what gender equality would look like in a more ideal form, but A hysterical woman has already been slapped into sense, by the way.
And I’m only on page I’d hoped that by going back llandfall the spaceship part of the Darkover saga, I’d get something with men and women on equal footing – you know, sort of like the same era in Pern? The first third of the book is relentlessly sexist, the second is some sort of psychadelic drug trip involving orgies, and then the last third?
It’s allll about babies. Specifically, about how every woman in the colony will have to have many children, and how they’ll not be able to do any real work while breeding, and they’ll enjoy it. I do not react well to any exchange where a man is laying down the law in a “look, missy!
And that happens constantly in this wretched book, even on topics where the male character has no authority to speak of. Do I remotely think that women who signed up for working on a colony ship would be oblivious to the implications if they were to be stuck on a colony?
No, I do not. It’s just so bizarre, this endless litany of women behaving like spoilt children by following careers at least, this is how it’s written and then refusing to recognize the biological imperative of childbirth and having to be set straight by men. There’s an actual argument put forth about how modernization and career-mindedness has unnaturally bred maternal instinct out of women.
Was this a leading gender studies theory in the 60ss?! Gender idiocy aside, this was just a boring book.
MZB isn’t particularly good at intrigue or politics or Having inexplicably read through almost the entire pile of books my friend loaned me reading anything at hand is a terrible compulsionI’m ready to say MZB’s a mediocre sci fi writer. They’re all surface, no depth to them, she’s incredibly inconsistent not just between books but within a single manuscript, her characters are boring, and if you’re going to use telepathy in a book, then probably best to not also put the character’s non-audible thoughts in italics as well.
In almost every book, I had the feeling that something interesting might be happening in Darkover Having wasted a massive amount of time on Darkover, all I can say is get out now, save yourself.
Dec 09, Leah rated it did not like it. Two thirds into this book and I’m setting it down for good. While it begins an interesting enough crash-landing and survival story, there is too much relentlessly sexist material here for me to sit by and endure. Perhaps I was expecting something different from a woman author who has at times flirted with feminism, but this is ridiculous. A woman is denied an abortion because apparently the colonists will need all the babies they can get.
This is frustrating enough. But then a man explains to th Two thirds into this book and I’m setting it down for good. But then a man explains to this woman that her unwillingness to bear a child is a mental illness! Even back in the 20th century, they did experiments on rats and ghetto populations and things, and found that one of the first results of crucial social overcrowding was the failure of maternal behavior.
Man is a rationalizing animal, so sociologists called it “Women’s Liberation” and things like that, but what it amounted to was a pathological reaction to overpopulation and overcrowding. Women who couldn’t be allowed to have children, had to be given some other work, for the sake of their mental health.
But it wears off. By the time the baby comes, you’ll probably have normal hormones too, and make a good mother. If not, well, it will at least have your genes, and we’ll give it to some sterile woman to bring up for you.
As for me, this one goes in the dustbin. Sep 15, Andrew rated it really liked it.
Darkover Landfall (Darkover, book 1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I know I have a lot of reviews that have become “backed up” but I must admit I have been righting a few outstanding wrongs – like the story of Darkover.
I first came across the series in the early days of my getting in to reading what I wanted to read as compared to what school told me to read. It was during the early days of book hunting where I would rummage through any old box of books I would stumble across at the charity stores or car boot sales sorry English thing. Now it did mean my li I know I have a lot of reviews that have become “backed up” but I must admit I have been righting a few outstanding wrongs – like the story of Darkover.
Now it did mean my literary vocabulary was rather limited but it did bring some real gems to light even if I didn’t realise it at the time. Now at the time I sort of recognised the name as being linked to an epic world building saga which it is but so much more but I didn’t really know much else, so for a few pounds – one of the joys of such hunting was the price you paid – I walked away with a lot of books. And so I started to explore the world of Darkover, its inhabitants and their strange relationships.
Now some years later I learn that to the true aficionado this is more science fantasy than science fiction, dont worry I am not going to poke that one but it does explain something. Anyway I digress as I usually do.
Book Review: Darkover Landfall, Marion Zimmer Bradley (1972)
I finally found the first book in the series something that I think I should have looked for long ago as even thought this is a short book it does explain what is going on and how the foundations were set for what would then develop in to the series and the books I read which I enjoyed reading so many years ago. So if you want to read the story that set up the world in a modern classic this is a fascinating read but one thing I do realise now, one that does not affect the other books, its is more curiosity rather than required reading.
Apr 21, Lisa Harmonybites rated it liked it Recommends it for: I’m a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn’t care for, but her Darkover series.
Darkover is a “lost colony” of Earth that falls back into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychically gifted aristocracy, after centuries it’s rediscovered by a star-spanning high-tech human federation, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. The Darkover series as a whole features strong female characters, but it has enough swashbuckl I’m a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn’t care for, but her Darkover series.
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The Darkover series as a whole features strong female characters, but it has enough swashbuckling adventure to draw the male of the species, and indeed this series was recommended to me by a guy when we were in high school! Although some books are loosely connected, having characters in common, they were written to be read independently and were written out of sequence. This makes it difficult without a guide to know what story to start with.
Darkover Landfall comes first chronologically in terms of the timeline of the events of the series, but it isn’t where I’d recommend you start. First, it comes relatively early in MZB’s career, when she was just coming into her own as a writer, and there are much stronger books in the series. Second, I think you get more pleasure out of this origins landfa,l if you first enjoy other books in the series, so as to get the most enjoyment out of seeing how it all started.
I’d suggest the version of The Bloody Sun or The Spell Sword and its sequel The Forbidden Tower or The Shattered Chain my own introduction or Heritage of Hastur as better starting landfakl and books that should be read first before tackling this one. Feb 19, Cera rated it liked it. This is the first Darkover landfaall in terms of internal chronology, showing the emergency landing of a Terran colony ship on the remote landfa,l, and the subsequent struggle darlover create and maintain a viable society on an alien world without high technology.