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Hastur Lord: A Novel of Darkover Hardcover – 5 Jan 2010


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406226
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.3 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grey Lady on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting for quite some time for this book to be published. Any fan of Marion Bradley's world of Darkover will have known that it was expected any time, and the book certainly does not disappoint. Congratulations to Deborah Ross for reworking Marion's notes and manuscript in such a way that this intriguing world comes back to life once more, and - very important - in the way I believe Marion herself would have intended it to be. And the best part is that the book really adds something to what already exists. We finally get to understand how Regis turns from the somewhat insecure and naive (yes, he still was that at the end of Sharra's exile even though it was mostly by his intervention that the Sharra matrix was destroyed, and he was the one able to help Danilo who was even less certain of himself at the time)to the wily and sharp leader we encounter in Exile's Song and The Shadow Matrix. Excellent! Furthermore, it is highly interesting to find out how the threesome relationship between Regis, Danilo and Linnea comes about. After all, so far we only had a small glimpse of this in "World Wreckers" which only took Linnea into account, we knew about the way Regis and Danilo felt about each other from The Heritage of Hastur and Sharra's exile, and finally we see this relationship an established fact in Exile's song (again). For the fans it is also useful to know why Lew Alton had become such a morose character during his stay in the Senate, while he left Darkover with such optimism - being newly restored to his wife and daughter. Using the Alton Gift is never a recipe for becoming friendly and well-natured.

And then the plot itself...and I will not spoil it all, there must of course remain something to read for any new buyer of this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kian2002 on 22 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a great fan of Darkover and being red headed that isn`t surprising but still this is a good book and fills in some blanks about the characters of Regis and Danilo and others.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Darkover for many many years and always buy any new novel. I was very sad when M.Z.B. died but felt that Deborah Ross did very well with the Varzil the Good trilogy so was happy to have this one.
What a disappointment. For me it just doesn't work. Perhaps because Regis Hastur was very much Marian's 'hero'. To suddenly find he had a brother is like something out of Star Trek, and I do love Star Trek. Sorry Deborah but this one is not Darkover. But don't let it stop you writing others. Varzil was excellent and gets read again and again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R'man on 8 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've always been a Darkover fan. Some great, some a bit too romantic for my taste, especially the recent ones. This one is a disappointment - characters are weak and the narrative repetitive. How many times must one go through Danilo's and Regis' "issues"? I felt like a tenerezu reading their boring limited preoccupations.

Best to skip this and re-read the oldies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very interesting book, which basically does what it says on the tin, as it were. It deals with the life histories of ethnic minority women, and their experiences set against the dichotomy of religion and culture, both as residents in their own land and migrants within the UK. It focuses on FGM, known now as genital cutting, but also on the issues surrounding dowry, honour killing, suicide and divorce, and oppositely how the rise of the 'white rights' movement has also adversely affected minority women. It is also very careful not to portray the women caught up in these issues as victims, but explores, for instance, why women who have endured FGM have gone on to allow it to be performed on their daughters in turn. In short, it's a wonderfully researched book which allows normally silent women to speak out. There were a few issues I felt were not addressed - the position of the disabled in such ethnic minorities, women and children in particular. And, while certain women were able to tell their stories, they obviously had the 'freedom' to be able to do so, perhaps because of their higher caste, relatively affluent families ot their own educational background. This is not a criticism of these women, or indeed the book - I just wondered about those who didn't come forward, so their stories remain unheard. I understand that the book is just a representative sample but it would be great if a second volume was forthcoming. I shall be haunting the Zed books website in hope! So, this book isinteresting, informative, sometimes horrifying but always essential reading, whether for study or just because you want something to read that makes you think!
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By mrs p m manfield on 21 Sept. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again a Darkover novel that holds you spellbound from start to finish, Marion Zimmer Bradley has to up there among the greats of Fantasy writers.
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