Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shambleau and Others - C. L. Moore

A collection of Northwest Smith and Jirel of Joiry stories. Excellent stuff. Shambleau and Others : Black God's Kiss [short story] - C. L. Moore Shambleau and Others : Shambleau [short story] - C. L. Moore Shambleau and Others : Black God's Shadow - C. L. Moore Shambleau and Others : Black Thirst - C. L. Moore Shambleau and Others : The Tree of Life - C. L. Moore Shambleau and Others : Jirel Meets Magic - C. L. Moore Shambleau and Others : Scarlet Dream - C. L. Moore An escape from a captor leads Jirel basically into a Clark Ashton Smith story, and a passionate revenge. 4 out of 5 Shoot vampire gorgon women, don't ask them in for dinner. 4.5 out of 5 Jirel looks for a way to undone some of what she has done when she decides that the Black God's Kiss was rather an extreme solution to her earlier hatred. 3.5 out of 5 "Not even the lowest class of Venusian street-walker dared come along the waterfronts of Ednes on the nights when the space-liners were not in. Yet across the pavement came clearly now the light tapping of a woman's feet." This leads him to monstrous vampiric alien, and to the aid of one his thralls, above. ""The-Guardians-still rove the halls, and unleashed now -so keep your ray-gun ready, Earthman. . , ." 4 out of 5 Women who commune with trees and others in ruined temples are best avoided. Failing that, there is the trusty raygun solution. 3.5 out of 5 Northwest's fondness for markets leads him to a purchase trapping him in a dream world. 3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5

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