Friday, April 3, 2009

Planets Of Adventure 3 - Jean Marie Stine

The third of the Duce doubles includes these two :-

Planets Of Adventure 3 : Black Priestess Of Varda - Erik Fennel
Planets Of Adventure 3 : Captives Of the Weird Wind - Ross Rocklynne

More along the science fantasy lines, Black Priestess Of Varda is also a little reminiscent of Henry Kuttner's 'The Dark World'.

There's also a pulp replica reprint of this, and given this is the lead, seem a pretty reasonable choice (and cover) for when you have run out of Brackett.

However, this version is available thanks to another Jean Marie Stine rescue mission, and Fictionwise, so you have a much more affordable option to get it than the paper variety.

Here, an earth man (a scientist) and woman end up in another world via Gateway and bad babe tech, ruled by-yes-you-probably-guessed it. Here, too, there are a group of rebels, with one female leader.

However, rather than having one man conflicted by which of his dual personalities will win out, either the rebel, or the witch and evil summoners of a dark entity types, here that role is filled by two people.

The only thing that worries Sin, our priestess (other than people not doing stuff the nanosecond she wants it), is the coming of a prophesied warrior.

Or to quote the slightly more hyperbolic intro 'She was well-named—Sin—foul witch and raving beauty. Black Priestess and beloved of Sasso, the Dark Power from another dimension who strove to capture, with her help, Varda, a lovely little world. Outlawed, sentenced to the Vat, a few foresters still defied foul Sasso's loveliest witch. Their only fear was a whispered legend—El-ve-don, the Savior ... But this crippled idiot blundering through a shower of sparks into their time and space—he could not be El-ve-don!'

Eldon, the man, fits the role, having only one arm. Certainly no idiot, either.

Our Black Priestess finds the woman, Margaret, a kindred spirit, in fashion and in attitude, and installs her in her hierarchy. Margaret also hadn't had the opportunities for psionic and life draining domination and sacrifice of a whole bunch of slave peoples like Sin had. Poor her.

Eldon's sympathies lie most definitely with the opposition.

You get monsters, you get swordplay, you get mental battles and mayhem. Pretty much exactly what you want in one of these things.

The end doesn't live up to the start, quite, but well worth a shot.

3.5 out of 5


Certainly not in the class of 'Black Priestess', this is a much more straightforward and less interesting story about a space captain, a rogue, a misunderstanding about her father (who admittedly did have his hand shot off by the less-than-legitimate-spacer) and some adventures in the spaceways with some nogoodniks.

Not bad, just very ordinary. Maybe slightly notable for female captain.

Call it a 2.75 perhaps.

He has an offsider called Mercury Bill (a proper nicname this one, it is because he is slow).

TheCertainly not in the class of 'Black Priestess', this is a much more straightforward and less interesting story about a space captain, a rogue, a misunderstanding about her father (who admittedly did have his hand shot off by the less-than-legitimate-spacer) and some adventures in the spaceways with some nogoodniks.

Not bad, just very ordinary. Maybe slightly notable for female captain.

Call it a 2.75 perhaps.

He has an offsider called Mercury Bill (a proper nicname this one, it is because he is slow).

They end up on a planet with bizarre rotation and metereology, which I think is the point of the title.y end up on a planet with bizarre rotation and metereology, which I think is the point of the title.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

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