Sunday, October 27, 2013

Paperback Gallery: TROS OF SAMOTHRACE (1967)




9 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I much have a later printing. The covers are more modern than these.

Richard said...

I have that edition of Tros, but don't have the others. Have you read these, Evan?

James Reasoner said...

I read this book in an enormous, one-volume, hardback edition, which is not something I'd really recommend. If I ever get the urge to read it again I'd try to hunt up these paperbacks.

Morgan Holmes said...

Published as a series of novelettes (8) and one short novel (the last paperback). Fritz Leiber and H. Warner Munn both mentioned the impact of this series on them. Lots of talk though in most of the story with some short but great sequences of action. Someone needs to edit up a "good parts" version.

Evan Lewis said...

I read the first two and needed a break before going on. I agree with Morgan. Some scenes were engrossing, others were tough going. The style here is sometimes archaic. I prefer Munday's Jimgrim narration, which is conversational and still seems modern.

Richard said...

To my memory, the style is archaic all the time.

Shay said...

He looks a lot like Steve Reeves in that first cover illustration.

Todd Mason said...

I picked up, in my second high-school library, a rebound edition of the same hardcover that James mentions, but the prose defeated me pretty quickly. (Much more interesting reading Leiber or Munn, or Dumas in translation.) But someone had read TROS complete enough to lead to it being rebound...perhaps twenty or more years before that turn of the 1980s moment...

Evan Lewis said...

For me, the first chapter was the hardest to get through. After that, the prose smoothed out a bit.