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The Warlock in Spite of Himself

author: Christopher Stasheff (1969)
series: Warlock #1
date read: 2020-02-20
pages: 384
lists: fantasy
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜† β˜† β˜†

The Warlock in Spite of Himself has a really good setting.

That’s it, that was the good part. It also has the height of 60s sexism in Fantasy: Protagonist (who is always right and good) disdaining help from women, recommends spanking arrogant women, falls in love with every pretty one, one violent graphic assault/rape/coercion (later justified b/c she was faking him out), … I could go on.

Then there are politics more blatant than in Sword of Truth (literal Marxists itching to shoot the aristocracy) – though that part was pretty fun, really. I can get behind “it’s so bad it’s good”, but I can’t get behind the sexism and to be honest plain middling writing.


26/ The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff. Really good setting. That’s it, that was the good part. Apart from that, strong 60s sexism, blatant propaganda, self-insert hero. Not my kind of thing. https://books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/the-warlock-in-spite-of-himself/
26/ The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff. Really good setting. That’s it, that was the good part. Apart from that, strong 60s sexism, blatant propaganda, self-insert hero. Not my kind of thing. https://books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/the-warlock-in-spite-of-himself/ #rixxReads