Lemuria is the legendary lost continent of the Pacific — basically a much larger, lesser known, version of Atlantis. While it lacks much precedent in reality, the great expanses of the Pacific, with their scattered islands home to mysterious ruins, all add to mystique of Lemuria. What if Lemuria was a land of banished horrors? And what if it rose from the depths through time into our own world? What would be unleashed? Mankind will find out in Book 2 of The Watchers of the Light, Awakening, coming in a year…
Buy Book 1 now.
In my continuing quest to find great “vintage” sci-fi and fantasy, I now turn to Lin Carter’s Thongor books. The six volume series takes place in the mythical lost continent of Lemuria. Thongor of Valkarth, the near-barbarian exile, finds himself on one near-death adventure after another across Lemuria. Not surprisingly, he rescues himself a princess and becomes a ruler and warrior of note. Often compared to Conan (which Carter also contributed to), but the stories ring closer to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tales of peril. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn into this series more than Conan. The first outing is rather brief and straight-forward, but the storytelling in book 2 reaches that Burroughs-level of constant, page turning escapades. I think this kind of quick and fun adventure will, if it hasn’t already, find success with modern audiences. Sometimes authors try a little too hard in their world-building and narrative. Unfortunately, this series is a short one.
Sometimes – if not quite often – readers want to be swept away into another world full of larger-than-life, sword-swinging heroes facing unimaginable peril and rescuing their beautiful women. Thongor is all of this.
Politically incorrect? Perhaps to some. Fun and entertaining? Most certainly.
Not as interesting as the scrolls themselves, but the identity of the Dead Sea Scroll authors is “possibly solved.”
Then there are supposedly Yeti nests in Siberia. Of course, these are the same people who claimed to have found “‘indisputable proof’ of the Yeti” last month which some have suggested was hoaxed.
Lost islands off Australia. Nice to see there is still “lost” stuff out there to be found. There’s a lot of mystery out there in the Pacific, home of the legandary Lemuria (the Pacific version of Atlantis). Maybe we’ll look into this a little more later.