The Book of Ptath

This cover is amusing – you couldn’t make one that’s more irrelevant to the story inside. I imagine that with Van Vogt being an ‘SF writer’ the publishers were struggling to give what is fantasy an sfnal look. 200 million years in the future the god Ptath wanders back into his realm after a long absence. He has no memory, is virtually indestructible, and is immediately snared up in the machinations of the goddess Ineznia to seize his power. I found my mind wandering with this one – too much introspection and plain dumb behaviour from Ptath, ideas not used properly (like the 1944 mind in his skull), the idea of Ineznia’s oppression increasing worship for him wasn’t clearly expressed (these gods derive their power from worship) and it all fizzled a bit at the end.

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