So I've read up to Assassins of Gor
. Norman's thoughts on proper gender roles get progressively more page time and become progressively creepier (and I say this thinking that the happy slave girls are adorable
). It's worth mentioning that by the end of Assassins
it's still considered a positive thing to free a slave, the Gorean saying that only a fool does so is shown repeatedly to be wrong.
If you can get past that, but let's be honest you probably won't, it's clear that a good deal of thought has been put into these books. A Chekhovs Gun
that takes four books to fire is quite impressive as are the work put into the cultures. Even the Starfish Alien
"Priest-Kings" are well developed as different from humans in almost every way. Or to put it another way he's clearly smart and while that doesn't make him right (in fact I can guarantee that the series will offend you at some point) it does make taking a look at this series worthwhile even if find the slave-girls more disturbing than cute.