Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey collects for the first time anywhere all three novels of the epic Khokarsa cycle, including the never-before-published conclusion to the trilogy, The Song of Kwasin.
12,000 years ago the vast empire of Khokarsa stretched along the shores of ancient Africa's two great inland seas. When an evil tyrant bent on attaining immortality overturns the beneficent rule of the priestesses of Kho, the young hero Hadon and his mad giant cousin Kwasin find themselves caught up in a struggle between the very gods themselves.
"Fans...will find the entire collection an accessible and enjoyable throwback." —Publishers Weekly
"[The Song of Kwasin] possesses and organic, unified feel, and a high level of storytelling craft. The legacy of the Khokarsa cycle is continued in honorable and entertaining fashion." —Locus Online!doctype>
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I'm also rereading Donnelly's Caesar's Column. I think it's fair to say that this is the author's best work. I do appreciate the fact that Donnelly tried to weave a human story through the novel, rather than just spout out pontifications book-ended by "this is how the main character got to the utopian/distopian society" and "this is how the character left it," which was the case with a great deal of the similar literature from the period. In this way, it's a superior work to Bellamy's Looking Backward. The depiction in Caesar's Column of bloody revolution is also told with chilling realism, certainly the result of the then recent horrors of the Civil War and also Donnelly's recollection of the Nativist riots in Philadelphia in 1844 when he was a child. While in his writings Donnelly frequently wondered in the marvels of the human spirit, he was at heart a realist, and often a cynic when it came to human nature.