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2014 Story 98

From Titan Books' Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, edited by Win Scott Eckert and Christoper Paul Carey

98. THE LAST OF THE GUARANYS by Octavio Oragao and Carlos Orsi    Another John Gribardsun adventure, this one set in the 1700s in South America. This one was a reread for me, and my brief thoughts on the story from the first time I read it were:

Aragao and Orsi's tale is pure pulp-adventure with the usual Wold-Newtonian nods (I picked up some, I'm sure I missed others), but what perhaps is most enjoyable about the story (other than the fast-moving action sequences) are the scenes in which Gribardsun is forced to pretend to be a near-illiterate savage, the last of a line that has died out. Fans who know who "Gribardsun" really is will enjoy the nod to other, less faithful, interpretations of the character.

Upon rereading, that opinion hasn't really changed. It's a fun story, and I know want to see if I can find and read Jose de Alencar's 1857 Brazilian novel O Guarini, from which the authors pulled inspiration for Gribardsun's role in this story.  (The above very short thought was first posted here.)

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