The Dark World by Henr Kutner

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The Dark World by Henr Kutner

Post by donpimpom » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:21 pm

Just finished this book and I really enjoyed it.
It has all the ingredients for a good DCC adventure, patrons, dimensions, alignment, fantasy + sci-fi, etc.

Not in the Appendix N list but IMHO I think it deserves a chance.
Check what other writers say about him

"Influence
Marion Zimmer Bradley is among many authors who have cited Kuttner as an influence. Her novel The Bloody Sun is dedicated to him. Roger Zelazny has talked about the influence of The Dark World on his Amber series.

Kuttner's friend Richard Matheson dedicated his 1954 novel I Am Legend to Kuttner, with thanks for his help and encouragement. Ray Bradbury has said that Kuttner actually wrote the last 300 words of Bradbury's first horror story, "The Candle" (Weird Tales, November 1942). Bradbury has referred to Kuttner as a neglected master and a "pomegranate writer: popping with seeds—full of ideas".[4]

William S. Burroughs's novel The Ticket That Exploded contains direct quotes from Kuttner regarding the "Happy Cloak" parasitic pleasure monster from the Venusian seas."

(Quoted from wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kuttner

If you want to read it here you have it (rights expired)
http://manybooks.net/titles/kuttnerhoth ... world.html

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Re: The Dark World by Henr Kutner

Post by finarvyn » Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:37 am

donpimpom wrote:Roger Zelazny has talked about the influence of The Dark World on his Amber series.
This is actually what attracted me to the book in the first place.

I first encountered it in Amberzine, and later bought a copy through Paizio's "Planet Stories" series. (I think they still have copies, for those who like printed stuff.)
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Re: The Dark World by Henr Kutner

Post by ThatBunyip » Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:19 pm

I actually enjoyed The Dark World more than Amber. Maybe that's heresy, but I thought Dark World was an utter blast.

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Re: The Dark World by Henr Kutner

Post by finarvyn » Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:05 am

ThatBunyip wrote:I actually enjoyed The Dark World more than Amber. Maybe that's heresy, but I thought Dark World was an utter blast.
That is heresy! You aren't allowed to enjoy anything more than Amber.

Seriously, I like both but in different ways. 8)
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Re: The Dark World by Henr Kutner

Post by Gameogre » Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:37 pm

Amber rocked!

I always wanted to read the new books as well. I heard they were not as good but ..........AMBER! How I miss Thee!

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