Paragaea A Planetary Romance is the story of Akilina Leena Chirikov, who shortly after launching from Star Town in the Soviet Union, finds herself thrown into another dimension, a world of strange science and ancient mystery There she meets another time lost person from Earth, Lieutenant Hieronymus Bonaventure of the Royal Navy who left home to fight the forces of NapoParagaea A Planetary Romance is the story of Akilina Leena Chirikov, who shortly after launching from Star Town in the Soviet Union, finds herself thrown into another dimension, a world of strange science and ancient mystery There she meets another time lost person from Earth, Lieutenant Hieronymus Bonaventure of the Royal Navy who left home to fight the forces of Napoleon and never returned and his companion, Balam outlaw prince of the jaguar men Bonaventure is interested only in adventure and amusement, while Balam only wants distraction until the day he can reclaim his throne Having little better to do, they agree to help Chirikov find a way home.In the tradition of the planetary romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett, Paragaea is in fact a hard science fiction adventure, grounded in the latest thinking in the fields of theoretical physics, artificial intelligence, genetics, and There is a rigorously rational explanation behind all of the unearthly elements, with most of the magic the protagonist encounters being the products of a forgotten, transhuman, post singularity culture that has long since disappeared Chirikov, a strictly rational Soviet cosmonaut, interprets these as best she can, using the framework of early 1960s science Being a dutiful Soviet, she wants only to return home to Earth, to inform her superiors about what she has discovered But she soon finds herself developing ties to her companion Bonaventure that make her wonder whether she really wants to go home at all.
Paragaea Paragaea A Planetary Romance is the story of Akilina Leena Chirikov who shortly after launching from Star Town in the Soviet Union finds herself thrown into another dimension a world of strange sci
Science Fantasy at its finest. Chris Roberson crafts a Planetary Romance clearly influenced by Burroughs, Moorcock, and others.Leena Chirikov, a Russian cosmonaut from the 1960's, is the heroine of the tale. Her ship is pulled through a vortex shortly after takeoff and she ends up in Paragaea, a very Earth-like world. Leena's a resourceful lady and manages to escape drowning with her survival pack intact, complete with pistol and medical supplies. Shortly afterwards, she runs afoul of the first [...]
Written in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip Jose Farmer, Chris Roberson sticks to the tradition with everything except the use of his middle name. The story is ripe with elements traditional to the genre, right down to the cat-men, dog-men, fish-men, not to mention prehistoric life integrated almost seamlessly into the world -- and all with a scientific explanation, or at least as scientific as A Princess of Mars ever was.A thoroughly enjoyable read, if you enjoy a throwback to a [...]
Do you remember when you were a kid and you spent your weekends lost in the latest non-stop, quick-moving, sword-wielding, jungle-trekking, dinosaur-chasing adventure you were watching/reading at the time? Man oh man, how I loved that. So you can imagine how happy I was when I read Chris Roberson's Paragaea and got to experience that all over again: Russian cosmonauts, time-travelling adventurers, jaguar-men, reptile people. What more could you want?
Started out strong and interesting but after a while it was just too repetitivee group meets some new crazy character and gets into a crazy situation which don't add much to the story. It had a solid ending but the middle just started to lose me after a while.
Paragaea is a modern take on the old "other world" genre of science fiction (well, science fantasy), in which the protagonist is somehow transported to an Earth-like world that is definitely not Earth. The most famous example would probably be Burrough's A Princess of Mars (and its sequels) or L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz. In this case, Soviet cosmonaut Akilina (aka Leena) Chirikov pops through a wormhole in the midst of her Vostok 7 orbit and ends up crash landing onto a strange new world calle [...]
Second in Roberson's novels about the Bonaventue-Carmody clan, this rip-roaring, swashbuckling adventure story recalls Burroughs' "John Carter of Mars", Howard's "Conan" and winks wryly at Baum's "Wizard of Oz". In 1964, Cosmonaut Akilina "Leena" Chirikov finds herself transported to the strange world of Paragea where humans and "metamen" (animal-human hybrids) wage wars and go on grand quests in a land that mixes ancient cultures and strange magical sciences. Leena journeys with fellow Earther [...]
This book is exactly what it bills itself as. An homage to Edgar Burroughs, Flash Gordon, and even the Land of the Lost. If you like any of these then the book will probably suit you. I enjoyed it. I would love to give it higher ratings but I have to be honest that it felt very linear (as does some of the Burroughs that I've read). It was more like his Pellucidar (spelling) novels than John Carter Mars novels in my opinion. While it won't be for those without specific tastes, it will entertain t [...]
A Russian Cosmonaut from the 1960's finds herself on an alternate Earth quite different from the one on which she lived. This story has a little bit of John Carter of Mars in it: swashbuckling fun, sword fights, and weird creatures running around. When you're in the mood to indulge in the guilty pleasure of a space opera, Paragaea will satisfy your craving.
I definitely appreciated the character development and inclusion of fresh ideas to the fantasy genre, and the plot was definitely attention-holding. However, I did find myself questioning the author's syntax/other basic writing skills, and at times found the action scenes too lengthy.
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I wanted 'planetary romance ' and I got The Wizard of Oz. Not what I was after at all. Everyone mentions Burroughs, but that's what I didn't get. It started strong