Un'astronave terrestre viene espulsa dalla galassia da una tempesta magnetica che la costringe a un atterraggio d'emergenza su un pianeta lontano dalle rotte abituali. Gelido, ostile, illuminato da un fioco sole rosso e spazzato da un terribile «vento spettrale»: questo è Darkover, il quarto pianeta della stella di Cottman. Ed è su questa terra inospitale che un piccolo gruppo di sopravvissuti darà vita, nei secoli, a una grande civiltà senza tecnologia e basata sul misterioso potere delle «pietre matrici».
- ISBN: 8850203144
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 244
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 Leggi tutto
It is very difficult to read this in 2011. One of the characters assures himself he's "no male chauvinist!" while thumping around, whinging about how he has to include female scientists on his survey team and telling them to zip up their parkas because their t-shirts are indecently clingy. I get tha Leggi tutto
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 flirte Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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
This is the first Darkover books in terms of internal chronology, showing the emergency landing of a Terran colony ship on the remote planet, and the subsequent struggle to create and maintain a viable society on an alien world without high technology. It doesn't feel anything like the main books of Leggi tutto
I'm well aware of the scandal that's emerged since Marion Zimmer Bradley's death; but I loved this series when I was a kid, and so when I stumbled on an old paperback, I thought I'd revisit it. ...maybe the rest of the series was better? This book exists solely to explain how the society the series f Leggi tutto
AHAHAHA 1970s. My favourite part: the bit where the male lead goes 'I'm not a chauvinist, but HERE ARE SOME TOTALLY SEXIST OPINIONS EVEN FOR THE 70s.' (I paraphrase.) I wish there was more detail about everyday survival stuff. It feels more like a sketch to explain some backstory than a novel.
(Not a review of any particular edition.) Coming to this after Thendara House was a bit of a letdown for me. I wanted to like the characters a lot more than I did, and I wanted to embrace their philosophies more than I could. I was able to sympathize with exactly two: Judy Lovat and Camilla Del Rey. Leggi tutto
There has been some debate about how good of writer MZB was. If I am being totally honest, I would have to say that she is not the best writer in the world, and considering the massive amount of work she put out, some of it is "hack" work. The Darkover novels always stand out, however. Part of this f Leggi tutto
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