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The Wizard of Lemuria [PDF / EPUB] The Wizard of Lemuria 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 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.

10 thoughts on “The Wizard of Lemuria

  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 SwordLemuria 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 AfricaIndia 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 HP 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 historyEditions 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 uickly 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 uniue 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 deficithyperactivity 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 goalsenemies 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 resurfacelike low densityhigh fat poop aka floatersCinematic Clonans Carter’s Thongor reads like poor fan fiction than it does a uniue 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 cinemassacrecom from 2010 It dissects the absurdity of the series even going as far as to uantify 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 uest 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 fortressCarter strings together every hoary set piece ever posited for eitherall 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 heshe has ever read I would pat himher on the head and hand over a copy of Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure seriesAt 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 uite good when in ERB or Clark Ashton Smith mode

  5. says:

    A Conan derivative with a carbon copy of the character some impressive scenery and setpieces the occasional good fight scene and honestly pretty terrible prose with poor word choices and narration Probably not worth your while unless you're really insistent on reading everything Sword Sorcery has to offer but not the worst of the lot either the setting all the flying ships and dinosaurs carries some of it

  6. 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

  7. says:

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

  8. says:

    I don't know whether to give this 15 or 55 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 euivalent but is drawn with the architype of Conan it just doesn't gel for meHis 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 thusthence 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 uest 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 adventureThe book uses fantastical and often unpronouncable place character and animal names none of which are explained at all and seem really sillyThe 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

  9. says:

    Over the top swords and sorcery adventure So I first encountered Lin Carter because he wrote introductions to some HP Lovecraft collections It wasn't until later that I realized that Carter was an author in his own right His work is listed in Gary Gygax's famous Appendix N the list of the original inspirations for the Dungeons Dragons game and so I felt motivated to check out his work Thongor is classic swords and sorcery adventure stuff Thongor himself seems like a sort of clone of Robert E Howard's famous Conan and the writing is really over the top pulp adventure style If you enjoy that sort of thing which I do it's pretty enjoyable stuff But the over the top writing will certainly not be to everyone's taste so be aware that Thongor might be a bit of an acuired taste if you like it at all I am looking forward to reading other books in this series as well

  10. 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

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