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The Empire of a Thousand Planets (Valerian #2)The Empire of a Thousand Planets by Pierre Christin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


An enjoyable second book in the long-running series. The book clearly served as an influence for Star Wars and other sci-fi adventure. Heavy on the matinee cliffhanger format, light on character development but still entertaining.




The Land Without Stars (Valerian #3)The Land Without Stars by Pierre Christin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


The age of this book is particularly telling in this story, the third book in the series, where Valerian is cast in a culture where women are dominant while Laureline becomes trapped in a male-dominated culture. Of course, they both garner the attention of the culture's leaders. We have (I hope) come a long way since this was first published in 1972 because I think the role reversal is meant to be shocking and innovative, but without stronger characters, it just comes off as gimmicky and misogynistic.



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