By the Light of the Green Star: Mindless entertainment

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By the Light of the Green Star continues the adventures of the crippled man from Earth who has taught his spirit to travel to an unknown planet where he inhabits healthy bodies and has exciting adventures. The previous volume, When the Green Star Calls, ended on a cliffhanger. Our hero is still in the body of the savage youth and he’s still trying to rescue the princess who he loves but who will not know him if he even manages to find her.

The story continues to be told in the first person, but our hero, who is now stranded with some unscrupulous companions on the dangerous forest floor, also narrates the events occurring simultaneously to the princess who is now a prisoner in a city in the air. Our narrator justifies his omniscience by saying he heard her side of the story later, but it doesn’t really work — it’s rather clumsily done.fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

But, this isn’t a novel to expect better from. This is something you read just for mindless entertainment, and mindless entertainment is something that By the Light of the Green Star does quite well. This time we get to visit an ornate flying city, fight giant worms, ride huge birds of prey, drink from cup-sized acorns, and travel down the river on a canoe made from a gigantic curled up leaf. The princess spends most of her time being a laboratory specimen. It’s nice to get to know her better (she actually has a personality!) and we meet several other fun heroes and villains.

This is the third GREEN STAR novel (there are five in the series) and though the adventure is still fresh, there is much repetition in the narrative. I haven’t decided if I’ll read the next installment or not. If Wildside Press produces it on audio, I probably will.

I’m glad that Wildside Press is starting to put old SFF on audio. These productions are well done and I plan to listen to several more I’ve seen in the Audible catalog. This is a great way for busy people to easily consume some classic SFF.

Green Star — (1972-1976) Publisher: On Earth, life held for him only the fate of a recluse — confined to daydreams and the lore of ancient wonders but apparently destined never to share them — until he found the formula that let him cross space to the world of the Green Star. There, appearing in the body of a fabled hero, he is to experience all that his heroid fantasies had yearned for. A princess to be saved… an invader to be thwarted… and otherworldly monsters to be faced! A thrilling adventure in the grand tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, as only Lin Carter can tell it! This edition includes an afterword by Lin Carter.

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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches and conducts brain research at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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