The outlaw band is led by a female, Siona, who falls in unrequited, as he loves Niamh love with Chong. Chong makes friends with one of the rescuers, Yurgon—but an enemy of another of the band, weasel-faced Sligon who manages to find out about the secret of Niamh and Chong. Later, Sligon reveals the secret to Siona whose father was banished by Niamh's and strikes Chong with a poisoned dagger—only to be immediately slain by Siona.
Chong aids Niamh in getting to the zaiph pens to escape prior to succumbing to the wound and poison—at which point the narrator on earth regains consciousness. Lester del Rey reported that Carter's writing here had more of the virtues of Edgar Rice Burroughs 's adventure stories than other novels where Carter attempted to imitate Burroughs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Under the Green Star Cover of the first edition. Works by Lin Carter. Tara of the Twilight Warriors and Wizards Flashing Swords! The series is written in the style of the 'Barsoom' books, and in particular the five book series in many ways follows the general arc of the first three Barsoom books.
Carter describes them in an afterword as 'love letters' to the man who inspired him to be writer. Although Carter suggests that he strove not to immitate the 'Barsoom' books directly and simply tell an advent 'Under the Green Star' is the first book of a five book series by Lin Carter written as a tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Although Carter suggests that he strove not to immitate the 'Barsoom' books directly and simply tell an adventure in the same style, readers of that series will recognizable innumerable similarities between the two works in plot points, style, and even particular turns of phrase. The books are short, almost more novellas than full novels, and can be read easily in an evening or afternoon.
This being the first book of the series, it is primarily concerned with introducing the lovely but brave Princess which shall thereafter be the object of all the quests and hardships that follow after. Whereas 'Barsoom' is the Mars of early 20th century fantasy, in the 'Green Star' series Mars is the dead world of late 20th century science and the series is set on a world orbiting a fictional green star.
Real stars are never green, though some few stars in the sky - such as Algol - appear green because they are actually binary stars where one star is yellow and the other blue. Whereas Barsoom is a dying desert world, the World of the Green Star is a faerie world of mountain sized trees and carnivorous flowers. In some fashions it reminds of Burroughs depiction of Venus. But other than the fact that they were a good deal more clothing, it might as well be Barsoom.
Although they have some novel features, I don't really feel that Lin Carter's semi-derivitive works quite stand up to those of Burroughs, either in imagination, the charisma of the characters, or thier ability to compel thought and excitement. They are perhaps more professionally written with fewer overt flaws, but somehow the flaws are missed.
I read them once and enjoyed them well enough to make it through all five books, but have never really felt the need to revisit them. Jun 26, Mjhancock rated it liked it Shelves: Our nameless protagonist is a recluse, independently wealthy, but crippled. Learning the Eastern art of soulcasting, he projects his soul from his body and sets off to search the cosmos. On one of his first stops, however, he is compelled to enter the comatose body of a warrior, and quickly becomes the foremost protector of a beautiful alien queen.
The world is at a different scale than ours, and so much of the action involves fighting alien equivalents of giant spiders and other such monsters, Our nameless protagonist is a recluse, independently wealthy, but crippled. The world is at a different scale than ours, and so much of the action involves fighting alien equivalents of giant spiders and other such monsters, in trees massively larger than anything we know.
This was my first Lin Carter book, and it didn't really give me much a sense of his style, because it's not really his style at all. Even before I read the afterword, I got the sense that this book was an homage to the early Bourroughs "John Carter of Mars" serials. Given that, it's hard to criticize the book; to paraphrase a programming maxim, for most things that I found offputting about it, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
There's a tendency to overexclamation and purple prose.
There's a heavy colonial overtones, as the narrator forms the perfect warrior by merging his human intellect with the natural brute strength of a native. There's weird gender issues, as our 30 year old shut-in protagonist falls in love with a teenage queen who relies on him to keep her throne and safety. And all of that, arguably, is in tribute to the original source material. Plus, the original was written in the 70s, which was a phase in sci-fi and fantasy hardly known for its writing restraint or being particularly sensitive to racial or gender concerns. But while I don't condemn the book for those things, I can't say I particularly like it either.
And if I'm being totally honest, I probably could have excused the last two, if the first one wasn't so eye-rolling. It's a style not to my tastes, but I appreciate Carter's intentions, and the accuracy with which he draws out the sense of the original material. It has an ending that's a lot darker than I was expecting, and the afterword does a lot to impress the accomplishment here. It's a good model of the Borroughs style, but unless that's a draw in itself, there isn't really a lot else here. Jul 05, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Lin Carter makes it clear he's writing an homage to Burroughs' books, though anyone who has also read those books will recognize Burroughs' style and tropes immediately.
One crucial difference is that unlike the adventurous-on-Earth before he goes to Mars John Carter, Lin Carter's hero is not a man of action on Earth, and is in fact incapable of action, being confined to bed but rich enough t A quirky little sci-fi adventure, told in the manner of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars books.
One crucial difference is that unlike the adventurous-on-Earth before he goes to Mars John Carter, Lin Carter's hero is not a man of action on Earth, and is in fact incapable of action, being confined to bed but rich enough to be waited on hand and foot. So it's a great release to the protagonist to find himself suddenly on the planet of the Green Star, in the body of a great recently deceased hero.
He goes through all manner of adventures--battling giant insects, rescuing the beautiful and creepily underage princess, and saving the day. Only to be whisked back to Earth much like John Carter was. The book is entertaining if mediocre, but is much illuminated in the afterword by the author, who makes it clear why he wrote it.
Under the Green Star is a science fantasy novel by American writer Lin Carter. Published by DAW Books in , it is the first novel in his Green Star Series. Under the Green Star has ratings and 24 reviews. Michael said: My fascination with pulp science-fiction and fantasy novels continues, as I take up Li.. .
Not just as a tribute to Burroughs, but also to address some unnamed sadness. It doesn't take a genius to figure out he felt emasculated in his own life, and thus imagining himself as a massive hero from another age had a great attraction and maybe therapeutic benefit.
The "bad guys" are generally everyone who isn't a hulked-out masculine paragon of virility. Lin Carter's disdain for the effeminate is clear. The afterword really is quite illuminating, and much more honest than the book itself. The author says he hopes the reader enjoyed the book, because he wasn't very happy when he wrote it.
Sep 16, Cormacjosh rated it really liked it. Yes, it is indeed a second -rate John Carter of Mars story, but Lin Carter freely admits of his inspiration, referring to it in the afterword as " The nice thing is, he was successful in it coming off as an homage, rather than a rip off, and therefore this is a very pleasant read, especially for vacation reading. I read this during the later part of Pennsic War XLV, completing nearly half of it before the conclusion of that event so it is a very quick read at only pa Yes, it is indeed a second -rate John Carter of Mars story, but Lin Carter freely admits of his inspiration, referring to it in the afterword as " I read this during the later part of Pennsic War XLV, completing nearly half of it before the conclusion of that event so it is a very quick read at only pages.
If you've just finished John Carter or Tarzan and are searching for something in a similar vein, you can't go wrong with this. I probably read this not too long after it came out in the early seventies. At the time I was quite the Lin Carter fan. This series started out pretty well, but towards the end I was getting bored with it and with the genre itself. He had a lot of short lived series most 6 books or less ; Zarkon, The Green Star, and Callisto were probably my favorites. Feb 11, Brent rated it really liked it Shelves: Is it great literature?
Well, that would be a hard argument to make. It is, however a great adventure, and that is good enough for me. I also enjoyed the afterword. Carter's story about how he stumbled onto Edgar Rice Burroughs very closely resembles mine. We even picked the same book first. The biggest difference between his story and mine is I also discovered him on those dusty shelves set about eye level to a twelve year old.
Oct 13, Joel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Really enjoyed this book. Followed by As the Green Star Rises. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By the Light of the Green Star Cover of the first edition. Works by Lin Carter. Tara of the Twilight Warriors and Wizards Flashing Swords! Barbarians and Black Magicians Flashing Swords!