[Ebook] The Hostage of Zir By L. Sprague de Camp – serv3.3pub.co.uk

[Ebook] The Hostage of Zir By L. Sprague de Camp – serv3.3pub.co.uk [PDF / Epub] ✈ The Hostage of Zir ☀ L. Sprague de Camp – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Outside the walls of the starport Novorecife Earthmen on the warrior planet Kishna are on their own So when he is chosen to lead the first ersuma Earth tourists through the sorcerer kingdoms of this p Outside the walls of the starport Novorecife Earthmen on the warrior planet Kishna are on their own So when he is chosen to lead the first ersuma Earth tourists through the sorcerer kingdoms of this protected medieval The Hostage MOBI :ç world Fergus Reith must first learn to speak Durou; must take the chemical oath against imparting technical information; and must above all else learn to handle a broadsword All these skills are needed when Reith finds himself and his ersuma trapped as pawns in a deadly war between a sorceress and a sterile kingdom under three moons The Hostage of Zir is the third of L Sprague de Camp's Krishna book interplanetary romance in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian Tales.


8 thoughts on “The Hostage of Zir

  1. Derek Derek says:

    There's a point in Hostage where a helpful Earthman recites the problems faced by Tashian bad Garin a Krishnan prince regent of the kingdom of Dur Tashian wishes to modernize the country in the face of class warfare rebellion banditry feuds amongst landed gentry weird cults gaining influence suabbling neighbors and so forth This comes after Fergus Reith reluctant hero led a herd of idiotic entitled and ignorant tourists in a display of tiresome comic malarkeyHaving reached that three uarters point I had to ask why we weren't reading about the problems of Tashian which sounded far interestingThe planet Krishna is a reformulation of the familiar sword and planet concept in a way that reminded me of Skaith or Xuma but with less outward emulation In fact Burroughs is name dropped by way of comparison The result is an intriguingly swashbuckling setting in a 'realistic' backdrop of suabbling petty kingdoms clawing up the technological ladder but de Camp seems to adhere to a lightly humorous approach that sacrifices these interesting bits for the farcical scenes of a human man trapped as the 'divine consort' of a Krishnan ueen or forced into marriage with amorous princess


  2. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    Swashbuckling silliness by an otherwise good science fiction writer who devoted much attention to Howard's Conan character and here with different characters and settings recaptures the tone of such things The alternate history angle however helps make this something than just another sf fantasy adventure novel


  3. Bruce E. Bruce E. says:

    Edgar Rice Burroughs meets Mark Twain minus the racism de Camp brings his usual excellent writing skills to turn out a good read if a bit silly in places


  4. Leo Knight Leo Knight says:

    L Sprague DeCamp enjoyed the planetary romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs but couldn't abide the scientific innacuracies so he set out to write his own but do it right He came up with the Viagens Interplanitarias setting Sometime in the future ships travel to the stars DeCamp accepted the limits of slower than light travel positing medicines that extend human lifespan This way a sightseeing trip that will last 25 years seems like less of a burden He also posited convergent evolution that similar conditions lead to similar life forms The humanoids of the planet Krishna may have green skin little scent fronds like a moth's over their eyebrows and lay eggs instead of having live birth but when Earthling boy meets Krishnan girl all the parts fit like a well oiled lock He added a non interference directive aimed at keeping human high tech out of the hands of the mostly medieval Krishnans If all of this sounds familiar some people maintain that Star Trek may have cribbed a bitIn The Hostage of Zir DeCamp has a group of tourists and their overwhelmed tour guide Fergus Reith visit Krishna the first such sightseeing group to set foot on the planet The novel follows Reith's misadventures as he struggles with the languages the art of self defense and the whims of his spoiled and clueless touristsAs a science fiction story this has very little science DeCamp had a keen interest in history and his planet Krishna feels like a pre industrial wonderland Walled cities castles armor swords sailing vessels oared galleys infreuent sanitation all find a place on Krishna Petty nobles scheme warlords raid odd cults including the new Earthling cult the Lords of Light vie for followersIn general the author keeps the tone light The first third of the novel consists mainly of Fergus Reith trying to keep his wayward tourists out of trouble Each chapter begins with a local prohibition such as Don't photograph the ship or Don't touch the statue Guess what happens next? And wackiness ensues About the midpoint the tone of the novel shifts when a warlord takes the party hostage The party witnesses firsthand brutal killings Even then the tourists continue to behave thoughtlessly It falls to poor unprepared Fergus Wraith to save them all The characters mostly seem like broadly drawn caricatures which seems in keeping with the almost comic tone The dozen tourists whine get lost complain violate local customs and generally behave uite badly Fergus comes across as a well meaning somewhat prudish young man intent on doing his best Don't look for deep characterization It reminded me a bit of movies like The Great Race light breezy adventures in exotic localesL Sprague DeCamp wrote the first of these stories in 1948 Then the ideas of nations other than the United States languages other than English and skin colors other than white becoming dominant in the world seemed radical By the time he wrote Hostage of Zir in 1977 the real world had almost caught up I found it an interesting look back at the work of a man once regarded as a master of the genre and nowadays largely forgotten


  5. Stephen Brooke Stephen Brooke says:

    “Interplanetary romance in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian Tales” says the blurb But where Burroughs was a master of plotting and action De Camp is plodding Where Burroughs winked at his occasional implausibilities De Camp reins in any flights of fantasy and grounds them rather too thoroughly There is no wonderWhich is not to say he is a bad writer just a somewhat mundane one There is a good bit of clumsy exposition The attempts at humor are sometimes rather leaden The characters tend to be exaggerated types than actual humans and non humansThe novel is on one level a bit of a spoof on those Burroughs style interplanetary romances On another it is a fairly decent science fiction adventure on its own The idea was to present such a tale ‘realistically’ But it is De Camp’s reality a reality in which a few level headed individuals face off against all the foibles of human and again non human society There is a snobbery of sorts that might not appeal to everyoneOccasionally amusing and not always intentionally ‘The Hostage of Zir’ can provide a few hours of entertainment Almost worth three stars — but not uite


  6. Robert Gilson Robert Gilson says:

    Fun story in the Sword and Planet genre This was the Audible version of the book The reader did a great job I loved the fun accents and he kept it entertaining through out the book There was some silly little non PC isms but considering the age of the book it was easy to forgive them Fun book and fun series I will continue with it


  7. Il Futuro è tornato Il Futuro è tornato says:

    Ne abbiamo parlato sul blog nell'articolo sul planetary romance


  8. Chris Chris says:

    Pretty standard Sprague de Camp fare enjoyable light reading


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