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M. A. R. Barker (1930–2012)

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Værker af M. A. R. Barker

The Man of Gold (1984) 226 eksemplarer
Flamesong (1985) 151 eksemplarer
Lords of Tsamra (2003) 30 eksemplarer
A Death Of Kings (2002) 28 eksemplarer
Prince of Skulls (2002) 28 eksemplarer
Book of Ebon Bindings (Tekumel) (1991) 21 eksemplarer
Spoken Urdu: A Course in Urdu (1967) 17 eksemplarer
Growing up on Tekumel (1992) 16 eksemplarer
The Tekumel Bestiary (1992) 14 eksemplarer
Beyond the Borders of Tsolyánu (1993) 12 eksemplarer
Coming of Age in Tékumel (1992) 12 eksemplarer
Mitlanyál, Vol. 1: The Gods of Stability (Tekumel) (2004) — Forfatter — 10 eksemplarer
Beneath the Lands of Tsolyánu (1994) 10 eksemplarer
Mitlanyál, Vol. 2: The Gods of Change (tekumel) (2004) — Forfatter — 9 eksemplarer
The Tsolyani Language, Part 1 (1981) 8 eksemplarer
The Tsolyani Language, Part 2 (1981) 6 eksemplarer
Klamath Texts (1964) 4 eksemplarer
Klamath dictionary 3 eksemplarer
Klamath Grammar (1964) 2 eksemplarer
A Course in Baluchi (1969) 2 eksemplarer
The Game of Kévuk 1 eksemplar
Klamath gramma 1 eksemplar
A Course in Baluchi volume 1 (1969) — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar
Klamath grammar 1 eksemplar
Demonic Powers 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Dragon Magazine, No. 9 (1977) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
The Dragon Magazine, No. 6 (1977) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
The Dragon Magazine, No. 7 (1977) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
The Dragon Magazine, No. 4 (1976) — Omslagsfotograf/tegner/... — 5 eksemplarer
The Dragon Magazine, No. 11 (1977) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer

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I need to sit on this one and process what I actually read, but for now it's definitely a solid three stars.
sarahlh | 5 andre anmeldelser | Mar 6, 2021 |
This is fantasy as Tolkien intended it. If post-Lord of the Rings fantasy resembled Barker's "Tékumel" rather than Brooks' "Shannara," we'd live in a better world. Barker, I imagine, was one of the few who understood what Tolkien was after on a molecular level (language being the basis for mythology and world-building). His vision is different, of course, honing in on non-Western cultures. The influence of the pulps is present, but rather than cheap exploitation, Barker seems to utilize it to further the development of his world and distance it from that which we are used to (in other words, it's good fantasy). Tékumel is cosmopolitan and complex, just like what one would expect from a land based on the Subcontinent or pre-colonial Mexico. While the plot is relatively simple, the setting is what grabs the reader's attention. It's overwhelming, in fact. Imagine staring at a Aztec mosaic and perseverating upon the intricacies of each line and angle, so much that it might even distract you from the image of the whole - that's what exploring this novel feels like.

I first learned about M.A.R. Barker in November 2012, less than a year after he died. I've wanted to read his work ever since. I've been happy to finally have a chance (his work was out-of-print). I don't play "Dungeons and Dragons"-type board games, but it would be nice to see Tékumel return in force as a computer-based RPG, or in literature as a short story collection.

5 stars. Highly recommended. This is fantasy as it should be.
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Sylvester_Olson | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jul 1, 2018 |
The novel itself is pretty unremarkable, honestly about the same level as most fiction based around a published RPG setting. But I really love the setting in this case and it was pretty engaging to see it brought to life like this. I think it would have been even better if it had been written with less clunky setting exposition though - there is absolutely no reason why you'd want to read this if you weren't already into the setting and it makes the dialog flow awkwardly at times.
jhudsui | 1 anden anmeldelse | Oct 27, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this book more than I had expected to, maybe because I did not expect too much. M.A.R. created the world of Tékumel and its gods and languages for a game: Empire of the Petal Throne. It is a very original science-fantasy setting and I had read a bit about it before reading this book. Like J.R.R. Tolkien, Barker was a linguist whose invented languages helped shape his fantasy world. However Barker's fictional work never received the literary acclaim of the Lord of the Rings.

The hero of this story, Hàrsan, is a bookish scribe whose knowledge of an obscure ancient language embroils him in a palace and temple intrigue which threatens the whole Tsolyani empire. He finds himself pursued across the empire by numerous factions. He flees through ancient dungeons looking for a mysterious artifact called the Man of Gold. Along the way he meets various villains, creatures, friends and lovers.

There are a lot of words in the invented Tsolyanu language but they are presented in the text with their English translation, for example Chtin-flies or Chlen-beast. This was an ok approach -- it added a foreign atmosphere without requiring a glossary or dictionary.
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questbird | 5 andre anmeldelser | Apr 20, 2017 |

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