Darkover Landfall

Here is the tale of the arrival of humans on the mysterious, uncharted world of Darkover, the story of what happened when a Terran colony ship crashlanded on Darkover, and colonists and crew were divided between those who sought to repair the starship and escape this unknown world and those who wished to stay and build an Earth colony, little realizing the dangers they wouHere is the tale of the arrival of humans on the mysterious, uncharted world of Darkover, the story of what happened when a Terran colony ship crashlanded on Darkover, and colonists and crew were divided between those who sought to repair the starship and escape this unknown world and those who wished to stay and build an Earth colony, little realizing the dangers they would face and the future possibilities that awaited them until the Ghost Wind began to blow and the powers of Darkover woke to claim them completely.
Darkover Landfall Here is the tale of the arrival of humans on the mysterious uncharted world of Darkover the story of what happened when a Terran colony ship crashlanded on Darkover and colonists and crew were divi

  • Title: Darkover Landfall
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • ISBN: 9780886772345
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Darkover Landfall”

    1. Night settled over the world of the four moons; the dark sun sank in a strange clear twilight and the rare stars appeared. One after another, the moons climbed the sky; the great violet-gleaming moon, the paler green and blue gemlike discs, the small one like a white pearl. In the clearing where the great starship, alien to this world, lay huge and strange and menacing, the men from Earth breathed the strange wind and the strange pollen borne on its breath, and curious impulses straggled and eru [...]

    2. It is very difficult to read this in 2011. One of the characters assures himself he's "no male chauvinist!" while thumping around, whinging about how he has to include female scientists on his survey team and telling them to zip up their parkas because their t-shirts are indecently clingy. I get that this was published in 1972, when MZB had no idea what gender equality would look like in a more ideal form, but this ain't it. A hysterical woman has already been slapped into sense, by the way. And [...]

    3. I know I have a lot of reviews that have become "backed up" but I must admit I have been righting a few outstanding wrongs - like the story of Darkover.I first came across the series in the early days of my getting in to reading what I wanted to read (as compared to what school told me to read). It was during the early days of book hunting where I would rummage through any old box of books I would stumble across at the charity stores or car boot sales (sorry English thing). Now it did mean my li [...]

    4. Two thirds into this book and I'm setting it down for good. While it begins an interesting enough crash-landing and survival story, there is too much relentlessly sexist material here for me to sit by and endure. Perhaps I was expecting something different from a woman author who has at times flirted with feminism, but this is ridiculous. A woman is denied an abortion because apparently the colonists will need all the babies they can get. This is frustrating enough. But then a man explains to th [...]

    5. I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn't care for, but her Darkover series. Darkover is a "lost colony" of Earth that falls back into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychically gifted aristocracy, after centuries it's rediscovered by a star-spanning high-tech human federation, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. The Darkover series as a whole features strong female characters, but it has enough swashbuckl [...]

    6. This is the first Darkover books in terms of internal chronology, showing the emergency landing of a Terran colony ship on the remote planet, and the subsequent struggle to create and maintain a viable society on an alien world without high technology. It doesn't feel anything like the main books of the series, which are high science fantasy with psychic powers, but I enjoy it anyway. It works perfectly for me as an unabashed fantasy about exploration and colonisation. MZB tries to depict the da [...]

    7. AHAHAHA 1970s. My favourite part: the bit where the male lead goes 'I'm not a chauvinist, but HERE ARE SOME TOTALLY SEXIST OPINIONS EVEN FOR THE 70s.' (I paraphrase.) I wish there was more detail about everyday survival stuff. It feels more like a sketch to explain some backstory than a novel.

    8. (Not a review of any particular edition.)Coming to this after Thendara House was a bit of a letdown for me. I wanted to like the characters a lot more than I did, and I wanted to embrace their philosophies more than I could. I was able to sympathize with exactly two: Judy Lovat and Camilla Del Rey. Well, three, but the third is a spoiler.(view spoiler)[If only this had been written after 1972.Falling in the early days of Bradley's SCA involvement, it seems natural to me that she should create a [...]

    9. I'm well aware of the scandal that's emerged since Marion Zimmer Bradley's death; but I loved this series when I was a kid, and so when I stumbled on an old paperback, I thought I'd revisit itybe the rest of the series was better? This book exists solely to explain how the society the series focuses on came about. Since I only dimly remember a lot of the details, I probably missed some subtle cues. But there's basically no plot. It starts post-crash. Then some stuff happens. But there's no real [...]

    10. There has been some debate about how good of writer MZB was. If I am being totally honest, I would have to say that she is not the best writer in the world, and considering the massive amount of work she put out, some of it is "hack" work.The Darkover novels always stand out, however. Part of this for me is that there is almost consistent theme of the good of the society versus the rights of the inidivual in the books, even in the earlier ones. That theme is one full view here.Landfall tells the [...]

    11. I am going through quite a phase with Marion at the moment, and it was her Avalon series that got me hooked on her work. It made sense to progress to the critically acclaimed Darkover series next. I also decided to find more background information on Marion Zimmer Bradley and this can be found on readaroundtheclock. In terms of internal chronology, Darkover Landfall is a good starting point as it tells the story of the first earthlings stranded on Darkover following the crash landing of their sp [...]

    12. The is excellent novel forms the science fiction basis for the fantasy in the Darkover series. Bradley is often credited with successfully blending the elements of science fiction and fantasy, and she does so brilliantly in this book.Darkover Landfall is largely a “hard” science fiction novel; it tells the story of how a colony ship, forced badly off course by a gravitational anomaly, crash lands on the only planet it can find with a habitable atmosphere. The planet has an abnormally large s [...]

    13. This is an amazingly hard book to write. Some have called it a Robinson Crusoe story. I disagree. This wasn't about just one man being marooned on a desert island. It was an entire spaceship full of people. Call it a Lord of the Flies story instead. There's a reason not many of these have been written. They're hard. The author has to realistically figure out how the marooned characters are going to set up society in the absence of all controls and influences, thus realistically answering philoso [...]

    14. La serie di Darkover è così stratificata che reputo opportuna una più o meno prolissa introduzione prima di parlare del romanzo oggetto della recensione. Va subito detto che Darkover non nasce come serie, lo diviene nel corso della pubblicazione: nell'idea dell'autrice, ogni romanzo doveva essere fruibile a sé, e, per lo stesso motivo, talvolta viene a mancare la coerenza interna tra un romanzo e l'altro.La pubblicazione dei romanzi non segue la linea storica della colonizzazione di Darkover [...]

    15. Erf. I've started re-reading this series, because I remember how much I loved it when I was a teenager but damn, I didn't remember this one was so bad. (Or is it because I sometimes used to like shite as a teenager, and that was part of it?)The story in itself is not uninteresting, all the more since it's THE origins book in the Darkover series, but the relationships especially the way women are viewed and treated Wow. That was one special level of bad.(view spoiler)[I can sort of accept a patri [...]

    16. The original meaning of the word 'cartoon' was more like a preliminary sketch. This book is something like a POSTliminary cartoon--an attempt to explain logically how people got in to the sort of situations we see them in in 'later' (though often written earlier) books. There's some effort at explanation, but not much. Why, for example, do the ships not have distress beacons? There's a later book in which contact with the Terran Empire is reestablished--but there's a lacuna of hundreds of years. [...]

    17. Kann mich den vielerorts negativ geäusserten Stimmen zum chronologisch ersten Band der Darkover-Reihe nur anschliessen (schlechte Dialoge, unfassbar sexistisch, trashig, uvm) Da man seine Meinung (dieser ansonsten gefeierte Serie) jedoch nicht gleich mit diesem als Prequel gedachten Start bilden soll, wage ich mich mal an den Folgeband; kann eigentlich nur besser werden.

    18. An ok book but it just doesn't really go anywhere - it's clearly written as a nothing more than a prequel filling in Darkover's history. A spaceship crashes - but no reason is given as to why. No-one seems to know, much less care. It's a colony ship, but the colonists don't seem to have basic equipment like personal communicators or any kind of transportation, and the captain doesn't mention any standard emergency procedures for crashing on an alien planet, surely a basic part of officer trainin [...]

    19. I had a hard time getting into this book. I already knew how it had to end, being somewhat familiar with Darkover, and the journey of getting to that point was not holding my attention. The characters were largely two-dimensional, though they improved towards the end, and the chauvinistic hero (whatever he claims) grew tiresome. The ending was not what I would have liked to happen, and I'm not sure it was necessary.**** SPOILERS ****Still, I gave it 3 stars, not 2, because of the moral, psycholo [...]

    20. I remembered it as quite simplistic, and misogynistic. I'm no longer so sure. It sets a frame for the other darkover novels, with the male/female imbalance. Sometimes, its awkward/clumsy ("the girl") but gives some reasons for the imbalanced society of darkover, prejudiced against women. On the whole, I liked it

    21. Choisi et lu pour mon cours de Paralittérature. J'ai choisi ce livre car Marion Zimmer Bradley était apparemment l'une des rares femmes de son époque qui avait su s'imposer en science-fiction. Et bien pour moi ce livre a été une grosse déception et honnêtement si ce n'était pas pour un cours je ne l'aurais même pas terminé.

    22. I like MZB although at times, her characterization is lacking. I've read the entire Darkover series and I like them all. I like her fascination with linguistic minutiae and genealogy. The only thing I regretted about this book is that I had hoped it might reveal the origins of some of the later Darkover mythology about Hastur, the Lord of Light and his counterparts. :sigh:

    23. I read this book a few times during my Darkover period,otherwise known as the 1990's. I pulled it out recently, expecting to be back in a familiar world.Oh my. The book hasn't changed, but I have. The rampant sexism was appalling. A man declares he isn't a male chauvinist but slaps his female companion when she gets hysterical? Camilla is brainwashed into believing that she was brainwashed to not want children?There is a lot that I do like about the book. I love books and stories about colonizin [...]

    24. Maybe a 3.5 but not quite a 4 for me. I enjoyed it, will probably look for other Darkover stories, but just didn't get drawn into the story the way I expected. When a colony ship crashes on an uncharted planet, the survivors must decide on their focus. Captain Leicester finds himself at odds with many of the others. He sees rebuilding the ship and saving technology as the new colony's focus where others want to jump into planting crops and building shelters, accepting this planet as their new ho [...]

    25. Relecture de mon adolescence. A l'époque j'avais bien aimé la série, bien que l'ayant lue dans le désordre. ^^ Je l'ai donc redécouverte car il ne m'en reste aucun souvenir. J'ai bien aimé la théorie improbable de la population viable minimale pour peupler une planète avec le chiffre dérisoire invoqué par Bradley, mais bon, ne chipotons pas trop Il faut juste voir ce volume comme une introduction à l'univers de Ténébreuse dont il donne la clé.

    26. This was hard going. The sexism left a bad taste. The writing wasn't great. And the characters weren't particularly fleshed out. But A very interesting premise, a colonising space ship getting stranded and rediscovering certain innate extra sensory powers - probably more fantasy than science fiction. I believe there are other books about Darkover and this one is recognised as not a good 'un. So I will try another I reckon.

    27. I read the first book in this omnibus, Darkover Landfall in 2008. I'm now continuing with Two to Conquer. I am following my own reading order for the Darkover novels as described on my blog - brigidsflame/feymorgai - except that I read Darkover Landfall earlier and am reading Two to Conquer now after Hawkmistress! instead of after City of Sorcery.The 5 star rating on here is for Darkover Landfall. I'll adjust the rating, if necessary, after I read Two to Conquer (and maybe write a review of the [...]

    28. I can see why this is a classic in Science Fiction. The author draws you in with descriptions of the planet and makes you care about all the Characters. It has a good plot and the story move from one scene to another where you want to see what happens next. I enjoyed it very much.

    29. I lost my previous review and I feel depressed :(I'm taking a break from the love stories I was reading lately and I decided to read this amazing series again, this time in its chronological order.It's wonderful, having the benefit to know what will happen, to relate the Darkover culture to that beginning. The religion, the classes, the society organization, most of those things depend from the first days of Earth people on Darkover.Lately I read bad things about the author, I'm going to detach [...]

    30. Loved it. I'm 46 and have meant for years to read the Darkover novels. Finally finished this one. Great fiction by one of sci-fi's greats!

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