serene mistwood wrote:I've read all the Gor books, initially not in order, but then again chronologically, and about 2/3rds were in hardcopy book form, with some online/pdfs. I own quite a few and like Tamar prefer the publications with the Boris Vallejo artwork rather than the newer releases, though I have some of those too.
I should have mentioned that I read the new release ebook revisions in order in 07/08 and the new releases as they came out. Since then, I've only revisited chapters here and there, along with my notes and memory.
Tarnsman paperback and several online quotes and web articles from 98-06.
I think I could be missing some things from the pre-revisions. I'm working on a project to compare them thoroughly, though something of the sort was started by Simon_of_Tabor on Gorchronicles.com.
I like the PDF indexing and carrying the entire series in one ereader. Boris art is awesome, but I can see it on my tablet. There is something about the paperbacks being neat though. I will likely get a whole set for the comparison project, and then offer them for sale because I don't like having many physical books.
serene mistwood wrote:
I've also read all the 4 Telnarian books and would suggest if you read Gor to simply improve your RP knowledge and gain inspiration for that, they are worth a read. Same themes and the familiar expository prose and musings we all know and love.
I'm interested to know if they have an intriguing plot throughout the series and in what way they differ, if at all, in protocol and philosophy.
serene mistwood wrote:I've also read Imaginative Sex. It seems rather dated now on many levels, but perhaps using your sexual imagination was a much newer concept to the masses back then - being released around the time that the Joy of Sex was also published - a sign of the times.
He does talk about women being equal to men in this essay too, certainly not inferior, and praises monogamy and marriage as well as love and rationality. It's an interesting read - and I'd personally and happily shove it up the arse of any self-proclaimed lifestylers whom claim to revere and know Norman, yet have no clue about his real beliefs. There is no Madonna-Whore complex here. Women are fully the equal of their male partner regardless of the degree of submissive or dominant traits present in either.
Dated in some ways, agreed, though important enough in other ways for even the current times, if only it wasn't obscure.
It's interesting you mention women being equal and not inferior as a point of Norman's. I actually got a slightly different conception from this book, though I think I know what you are referring to by saying that. Imaginative Sex elaborates a lot of points that exist yet are less obvious within the Gor novels, such as there being a free companion and slave in every female, and both in one is desirable. It even explains that females should express a bit of dominance every once in a while (though not necessarily directed sexually at the partner) to feel happier. However, I think the main idea is that these fantasies are starting on our Earth mentality, rooted in this modern society, and therefore takes the form of consensual fantasy to break the barrier into M/s. Norman says that these fantasies are molding realities and they express the deep truth of women being the weaker sex and all her other natural complementaries to dominant males. It is hinted that Gor's difference is that there is nowhere to run in a society backing up such institution. Although Gor has legal slavery, I think there is a similar process involved there, of exploring partnerships that bring happiness and fulfillment.