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As the Green Star Rises Fourth entry into Lin Carter s Green Star series, which is a fun planetary romance Lots of interesting adventures to be found, as our band of heroes, led by Karn, battles various menaces and has lots of exciting escapes and scrapes.Lots of this one take place on what is apparently the only ocean on the Green Star world, so naturally there are pirates and galley slaves and uprisings and princesses in peril and brave men forced to battle terrible odds and worse men It reminded me a lot of some o Fourth entry into Lin Carter s Green Star series, which is a fun planetary romance Lots of interesting adventures to be found, as our band of heroes, led by Karn, battles various menaces and has lots of exciting escapes and scrapes.Lots of this one take place on what is apparently the only ocean on the Green Star world, so naturally there are pirates and galley slaves and uprisings and princesses in peril and brave men forced to battle terrible odds and worse men It reminded me a lot of some of James Feni Cooper s later novels, where someone s always rescuing someone else, who later needs rescuing himself though with a whole lot less description than Cooper, to be sure.You kind of get to missing the giant tree world of the Green Star when this turns into a nautical novel, though it s still fun Carter does a good job of world building, and everything makes about as much sense as it can in such a book Naturally it ends in a cliffhanger that sets things up for the fifth book But because these are all about 170 pages, reading oneisn t much of a demand on your time At best, Lin Carter was an uneven writer, and even having read an unreasonably large quantity of it, I can t say if this is because of a short attention span or because the minimum level of diligence was sufficient to fulfill the task at hand This series is evidence that he was capable of producing better than his usual Faint praise, perhaps, but there it is.Unfortunately this book felt like it was batting cleanup after theinteresting events of the previous one Where book three had a fl At best, Lin Carter was an uneven writer, and even having read an unreasonably large quantity of it, I can t say if this is because of a short attention span or because the minimum level of diligence was sufficient to fulfill the task at hand This series is evidence that he was capable of producing better than his usual Faint praise, perhaps, but there it is.Unfortunately this book felt like it was batting cleanup after theinteresting events of the previous one Where book three had a flying technological city of racist supermen and worm riding subterranean troglodytes, this one was tasked with the elimination of a surplus villain and the regrouping of the heroes, only introducing as a new complication a port city conquered by piratical barbarians.Which, after flying cities, troglodytes, science magicians, assassin s guilds, and robot armies, is a radical shift to the mundane for the series, honestly.Though, equally honestly, with the port city, Carter is playing in some interesting material a city conquered by a barbarian horde without the ability or inclination for rulership, where the infrastructure and people are slowly being pillaged and destroyed by the malice and indifference of the occupiers I ve seen this situation variously its grandpappy is likely Hour of the Dragon but never developed to my satisfaction As the Green Star Rises is the fourth novel in the Green Star saga Nice SiFi series If you are a fan of the John Carter Planetary Romance or Swords and Planets if you prefer that category title style stories then you will enjoy this one as well Good enjoyable quick read Recommended Fun fluff Number 4 in the series The Green Star books was Lin Carter s best series in my opinion Good action and, although there are a lot of similarities to ERB s work, I thought Carter achieved some pretty good originality here. Light reading is my favorite thing to do over the summer, and I have enjoyed Lin Carter s homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs known as The Green Star Saga This is the 4th book in the series and it certainly delivers, continuing the story in ERB s style Not like a rip off, but like an actual homage, which is nice This book does pick up where 3 left off, so it really helps to have read the preceding novels, but there is a nice overview at the beginning which really helped me out after a year off, b Light reading is my favorite thing to do over the summer, and I have enjoyed Lin Carter s homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs known as The Green Star Saga This is the 4th book in the series and it certainly delivers, continuing the story in ERB s style Not like a rip off, but like an actual homage, which is nice This book does pick up where 3 left off, so it really helps to have read the preceding novels, but there is a nice overview at the beginning which really helped me out after a year off, being that I only read these on vacation during The Pennsic War Lin Carter generally has utilized better writing skill here than he did in Conan of the Isles, but in the part of the story about the Snake God the one line about ravenous, bloodthirsty, snaky hungers greatly amused my camp mates, and now I frequently use the term snaky hungers to describe when I am very hungry I wonder how it is that such a decent writer as Carter would allow such cheese into his prose Perhaps he found the term as amusing as I I highly recommend this series for summertime reading It s the weakest one yet Everything is very shoe horned together It almost gets fun at a few points but it s a disappointment overall. As The Green Star Rises is the fourth and penultimate volume of Lin Carter s aptly named Green Star series My standard disclaimer is to steer you away from this as a starting point for the books You can t come in at this point in the tale without extensive knowledge of what has come before You can catch up on my reviews of the previous volumes here here finally here As The Green Star Rises is the fourth and penultimate volume of Lin Carter s aptly named Green Star series My standard disclaimer is to steer you away from this as a starting point for the books You can t come in at this point in the tale without extensive knowledge of what has come before You can catch up on my reviews of the previous volumes here here finally here you ve been with me this far then you already know the basics of what author Lin Carter was trying to accomplish with this series For the most part he was pretty successful in dredging up the ghost of Edgar Rice Burroughs in a tribute to the classic Barsoom stories Carter was smart by choosing not to mimic the classic Burroughs style, and the Green Star books always seem at once familiar and yet strangely original Lin Carter s biggest strength was as an editor and anthologist It was here that his talents and contributions to the field of speculative fiction really stood out He also wrote some excellent critiques of other authors which provided depth and historical significance to their respective works I recommend Tolkien A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings, and Lovecraft A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos as standouts among his contributions to literary criticism Carter may not have been a particularly original writer of fiction, but he had an immaculate understanding of the intricate mechanics of how great fantasy and science fiction should be constructed from a classical point of view As The Green Star Rises takes place in sequence with the events of the last volume The cliffhanger ending is resolved nicely and the adventure continues on Karn and his sidekick Klygon the Assassin are rescued by ship from their barren strip of sand only to be thrown into slavery at the hands of the Blue Barbarians, a warlike assemblage of tribes that has become a power under the command of a mysterious Warlord who seems to have an intelligence greater than that of the average barbarian But Karn and Klygon manage to turn the tide of their predicament around, as they discover hidden allies aboard the vessel that saved them The standing Prince of Komar and his retinue take back their stolen ship, though Karn is washed away during the battle He finds himself adrift in the sea, but as fate would have it he is not alone as a castaway Karn, still blinded after the events of the previous book, is marooned on an island with a young female Feelings are aroused, but this is family friendly fare so the narrative is justly chaste and you get nospoilers from me at this juncture You can hit the Wiki article if you want the CliffsNotes version of the plot, but it s better to just read the damn book.Carter takes the action in this installment from the treetops to the land below, as Karn and his friends discover that the world of the Green Star possesses an immense inland sea Trees and other flora and fauna arehuman sized in this region of the planet, and it turns out that there are kingdoms and other societies scattered about on the islands of the massive waterway This is a refreshing break from the treetops and allows Carter to bring some of hisLovecraftian influences to the forefront As such, this volume playsalong the lines of traditional swords sorcery when compared to the other books in the series Carter even manages to bring a genuine Wizard to the party, so you KNOW you are in familiar SS territory by the time that the book wraps There is still another cliffhanger ending to contend with, though..I ll state for the record that I believe Carter got a bit sloppy by this time in the narrative He makes a couple of continuity mistakes and just generally seems like he s getting tired of the whole thing at this point He repeats himself a LOT and pulls a couple of plot stunts that are just TOO coincidental, even for a series that requires a high suspension of disbelief in the first place As such, it s probably my least favorite of the books thus far On the plus side, you still get the great cover and interior art by Roy Krenkel and Michael Kaluta Yes, THAT Michael Kaluta Oh, man..I was GEEKING OUT when I saw that Kaluta had contributed some of the interior line art in this volume You can check out the man s work on his website, but be prepared to spend some time there looking at his excellent artistic vision line Not the best book in the series, but not too shabby when all is said and done I liked the creepy Lovecraft elements and the battle scenes are written with Carter s typical enthusiasm and flair for descriptive passages As The Green Star Rises is still a good example of pulp fantasy written by an author who knew the form inside and out and thoroughly respected the art form Now it s on the final volume of the series In The Green Star s Glow 2.5 Originally posted at FanLit.http www.fantasyliterature.com reviI picked up As the Green Star Rises, fourth in the five book GREEN STAR series by Lin Carter, only because it was cheap at Audible The last book, By the Light of the Green Star, was mildly entertaining but I didn t feel compelled to go on At this point, probably nobody is reading further in this review, but for the sake of a sense of closure, I ll go on just a bit After all, it is possible that readers looking for a mind 2.5 Originally posted at FanLit.http www.fantasyliterature.com reviI picked up As the Green Star Rises, fourth in the five book GREEN STAR series by Lin Carter, only because it was cheap at Audible The last book, By the Light of the Green Star, was mildly entertaining but I didn t feel compelled to go on At this point, probably nobody is reading further in this review, but for the sake of a sense of closure, I ll go on just a bit After all, it is possible that readers looking for a mindless audio adventure series might be enjoying GREEN STAR In As the Green Star Rises, our hero gosh, I forgot his name , who has been blinded and separated from his friends and the princess he loves, is pulled out of the sea by pirates and turned into a galley slave He makes new friends and enemies and pines for his lost princess A string of various adventures occurs daring escapes, near drownings, unexpected rescues, encounters with frightening animal life and weird pseudo human races, etc Some of it we ve seen before.This installment simply feels like a stepping stone from book three to book five I feel like Lin Carter is dragging us around, making up little side adventures, just to prolong the romantic tension Will our hero ever find the princess, will she know him, and will she love him I m sure Because nothing seriously bad ever happens to our hero Every other page he is sure he s going to die, but then some amazing miraculous event occurs which saves him I see how it is.Some of Lin Carter s plot, when not repetitive, is actually creative and slightly exciting, though I never felt the urgency and danger of it Some of it is just silly, such as the tiny knife called The Avenger of Chastity which noblewomen have sewn into their intimate undergarments If a woman is forced to suffer the ultimate indignity she unsheathes this hidden blade with a ritual gesture and sheaths it again in her own heart I snickered at this and wondered how long she practiced the ritual gesture Lin Carter s writing style is also a bit silly This tale is so low brow, yet if there s a big word that can do half the job of aperfect small word, Lin Carter will choose it For me, this added to the entertainment, though I m sure that wasn t Carter s intention.There s another cliffhanger at the end of As the Green Star Rises I actually have book five, the final GREEN STAR book, because it was also cheap when I bought book four It s been a month or two and I haven t started it, but I will eventually simply because I bought it, it s short, and it ll be nice to be able to review the entire series I feel like I already know what s going to happen, though.I m listening to GREEN STAR in audio format, narrated by Joel Richards He s doing a fine job with what he has to work with


About the Author: Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic He usually wrote as Lin Carter known pseudonyms include H P Lowcraft for an H P Lovecraft parody and Grail Undwin.Carter had a marked tendency toward self promotion in his work, frequently citing his own writings in his nonfiction to illustrate points and almost always including at least one of his own pieces in the anthologies he edited The most extreme instance is his novel Lankar of Callisto, which features Carter himself as the protagonist.As an author, he was a member of the all male literary banqueting club the Trap Door Spiders, which served as the basis of Isaac Asimov s fictional group of mystery solvers the Black Widowers Carter himself was the model for the Mario Gonzalo character He was also a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America SAGA , a loose knit group of Heroic fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose work he anthologized in the Flashing Swords series Carter is most closely associated with fellow author L Sprague de Camp, who served as a mentor and collaborator and was a fellow member of both the Trap Door Spiders and SAGA.Carter served in Korea, after which he attended Columbia University He was a copywriter for some years before writing full time Carter resided in East Orange, New Jersey, in his later years, and drank and smoked heavily It may have been his smoking that gave him oral cancer in 1985 Only his status as a Korean War veteran enabled him to receive extensive surgery However, it failed to cure the cancer and left him disfigured.In the last year before his death, he had begun to reappear in print with a new book in his Terra Magica series, a long promised Prince Zarkon pulp hero pastiche, Horror Wears Blue, and a regular column for the magazine Crypt of Cthulhu 5 Despite these successes, Carter increased his alcohol intake, becoming a borderline alcoholic and further weakening his body His cancer resurfaced, spreading to his throat and leading to his death in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1988.


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