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Tarl Cabot will tell you more then you ever want to know about his Earth Born, Gorean Transported ideology. He thinks out loud, he reminds me of Anne Rice's Louis the Vampire in this constant self analysis. The books are written in "Translation" and Narrator Lister brings the first person inner dialog to life. He is the perfect voice for Tarl. Cabot will repeat himself and share details that make me want to grab him by the red hair and shake him, and then an arrow will fly over his shoulder and swords will be drawn. If you are OK with the subject matter by now, there is a great deal more adventure, and introspection, musing, self-analysis, "Kajira Psychology," and "Arrows Over the Shoulder" to come. Keep going. If you have a problem with the subject matter, you are a masochist for having read this far. I was thrilled to see he is going all the way through the series and I'm excited to catch up with what happens to him after "Magicians." I thought that was the end of the series for a number of reason, but I'm glad to see it is not. I believe that these are the original versions of Norman's novels, some parts are new to me, but I have not gone back to check. They do state that they were all the versions that he approved. It would not surprise me if some of the novels were edited against his will. In any event, I clearly missed important plot details when I read them year by year as they came out in paperback. I'm very pleased to see that they are now available to be loved and/or hated by readers once more.
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