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The Warrior of World’s End Link Roundup

Okay, so there are those books where I end up saying pretty much what anybody else could tell you. Then there’s stuff like this one where there’s not even a whole lot to compare with. I mean… this is the first one I’ve done where there wasn’t a Grognardia post on the book. I don’t think there’s anything at Black Gate on this one, either. Did I get it right…? Was I off base…? Dunno!

What we do know now is that there are some particularly musty corners of the Appendix N list that really haven’t gotten a lot of attention. So as this series winds down, we have yet another reason why a comprehensive survey was worth doing in the first place.

RETROSPECTIVE: The Warrior of World’s End by Lin Carter

Below is about all I could find on the web that addressed this work. —  “This Lin Carter novel reminds us of the unrestrained promise of early D&D. As the game evolved and kind of solidified into what most people play as a relatively traditional fantasy setting, D&D lost some of the anything-goes bravado of its early incarnations. Gygax’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books had pages devoted to converting characters from D&D to the western rules of Boot Hill or the post-apocalypse of Gamma World. Reports of the adventures he used to run—as evidenced by modules like Dungeonland—show that Gygax’s game wasn’t a straightforward dudes-in-armor-exploring-ruins kind of thing. He had his characters teleported to insane worlds where parodies of Alice in Wonderland characters appeared. He wasn’t afraid to amplify the mythology-building in his games. The Warrior of World’s End reminds me of that. Anything can happen, but in the end it makes sense in its own way. And that’s only after reading one book in the series.”

Fantasy Literature — “The Warrior of World’s End, the first novel in Carter’s GONDWANE epic, is better than most of the books I’ve read by Lin Carter (though I’ve only read seven so far and he’s written so many more than that). Carter’s always got a cool (if not original) setting, but I especially liked this one which is a Dying-Earth-style story where society has regressed to a nearly medieval state but there is magic and remnants of technology to be found, including cloning and constructs. The Warrior of World’s End is a nice blend of science fiction and fantasy and there are lots of little imaginative details that enrich the story — metal automatons, tiger-men and other hybrid creatures, gigantic bubbles of vacuum that threaten to destroy whole towns, a floating island in the sky.”

An Amazon Review — “This sword & sorcery novel is strongly derivative of Vance’s The Dying Earth and Howard’s Conan stories. On the other hand, it displays a fine sense of humour that is absent from both of its prototypes. One is reminded of Leiber’s Fafhrd & Grey Mouser stories or even of Pratchett. For readers who find early Vance’s tendencies to earnest prose poetry in the Dunsany – Ashton Smith mode a bit cloying, this book is actually preferable to The Dying Earth. Not one dull moment.”


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