The Door through Space

The Door through Space

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Door Through Space 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book to review - and in some ways that's my fault. This is one of MZB's very early books (it was first published 4 years before I was born), but I'm reading a reprint from after she died.The story is, of itself, perfectly competently told and engaging. A Terran intelligence agent on a distant planet on which he has an awkward past having spent 10 years undercover gets called off the ship transporting him to another planet for one last mission - to rescue his niece his from the father he has a blood feud with. The story skips along with that path, on a suitably alien planet with some suitably alien attitudes and adds some extra twists and turns along the way. All in all, it should be very satisfying.But then the planet is called Wolf, but it has a red sun, a ghost wind, cat-people and ya-men, a red-headed psychic child, Dry Towns where they chain their women and suddenly it feels like a Darkover novel. There are differences, but they're small and fussy and they make it hard to take in - this book set in a totally new alien culture would have been much better I think, but a bit like speaking to an American who misuses English a bit, it's more jarring than speaking English to a French person where the missteps are much more common and so you accept them and go with them much more smoothly.If I didn't know the Darkover books, or if the differences between Wolf and Darkover were bigger, or it was set on Darkover without the disguise, I'd be giving it more stars I think - if you want something quick and accessible in the series it's a decent enough place to start.I also want to know if there was ever a series planned of the old empire... that spread the cat people, the ya-men and the like across planets with suns now gone red... but I guess we'll never know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ii It was fun to read an old fashend space story, it has benee a lone time,
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OK story but for me not enough hard sci-fi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never heard of Elisabeth Waters, the editor, but she's listed first, which means the book won't alphabetize properly. I've bought three other books with the same problem lately. Come on, BN, this is not rocket science. The author is the author. Not the editor, not the translator, and certainly not someone who wrote a foreword.