The 100 Books Project: Seven from the Stars.

“‘Don’t judge either of us harshly, Clannon. This world is hard on the different ones, and there is no understanding. Only fear. “

“Seven from the Stars” by Marion Zimmer Bradly

When they are stranded on a far-flung planet after their ship meets danger, seven space colonists from the Dvanthey federation find themselves facing more than just a readjustment period. They’ve stumbled upon one of the greatest threats in their universe, the dreaded and mysterious Rhu’inn, which has the power to destroy them all. Even more, unless they find the right people, no one on this sleepy backwater planet called Earth will even know what hit them!

Seven from the Stars is a very classic sci-fi rag from the age of pulp, presenting us with a star travel and the final frontier before we even managed to make it to the moon, from one of the greatest names in science fiction and fantasy. It’s a fairly quick read and not a very deep story, but pretty entertaining, even if the ending did lack a little bit of a punch. I love how Bradley slowly works in the twists of her tale; she leads you towards making the conclusion yourself practically by hand, but it never feels as though she doubts you can figure it out. She brings you there, lets you have that ah-ha! moment, and then concludes it with satisfaction.

It’s a short book, just shy of 150 pages, and so the story is very cut and dry; the characters are there for this to potentially be a great, sweeping epic. You certainly like the characters and wish there were more, or that you got to see their relationships develop more. You’re definitely interested to see how their lives on Earth will continue, but the book just gives you a little slice of something, entertaining for the time being, and not much more than that. When you’re trying to blow through books to meet a certain goal, that can be nice, but I can’t deny that I would have loved to see these characters develop in more detail.

There was nothing too spectacular or grand in the book to really write home about, but it was a neat concept and a good read, but I’ll always be partial to these just classic pulpy sci-fi books I know I would have just devoured by the handful in that era.

Books read: 50 out of 100!
Halfway to the initial goal; a little less than two thirds of the way to the soft goal! Hooray!



    • These are pre-Avalon, I think. 🙂 I have always, always wanted to get around to reading those, but they’re forever getting jumbled up in the list of things to read. but I inherited a bunch of her old sci-fi stuff and I’m eager to get to devouring those. Om nom nom!

      What are your thoughts on the Avalon books?

      • The Mists of Avalon and her books that deal directly with the King Arthur legend were great. Priestess of Avalon, which comes after, wasn’t quite as good but still an interesting read… it just gets a bit preachy toward the end.

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