This book! Book of my youth!
January 11, 2013 2:23 AM   Subscribe

I have vague memories of two fantasy/scifi novels I read back when I was a child in the early-mid 90s, and I wish to seek them out again on the basis of these memories. But I can't remember enough to be able to find them. Help me?

Book 1: This read like some sort of tribal myth fiction, in prose form. I only remember three things about this book: first, it starred a youth named Torak; second, at some point a horse with a really long name is involved; third, it's not the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, because I read it long before 2004. Everything I search for related to "Torak" is either Eddings or Paver, and neither of those are right, but I'm about 99% sure that was the name of the main character, because I was an Eddings fan from a young age and the name struck me as odd.

Book 2: This was a science-fiction thing my dad had somewhere. Some guy goes around different universes, is kept by a woman and in one scene explains to her that she has essentially introduced prostitution into her world, and the last line of it was something like "You got any dragons that need slaying?". This is ... all I know. It sounds trashy and it probably was trashy, but my lack of memory is really digging at me on this. Given when my dad was assembling his scifi collection, this probably dates back to the 70s or earlier. Possibly it was a Zelazny?
posted by kafziel to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am pretty sure Book 2 is Glory Road by Heinlein.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:34 AM on January 11, 2013

Dang, GenjiandProust beat me to it: yep, Glory Road for book #2.
posted by easily confused at 3:07 AM on January 11, 2013

could it be something by Richard S. Tuttle, his forgotten legacy series perhaps?
posted by gryftir at 3:14 AM on January 11, 2013

Nothing to do with Turok?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:08 AM on January 11, 2013

could it be something by Richard S. Tuttle, his forgotten legacy series perhaps?

Nah, 2001 is way too late of a publication date.
posted by kafziel at 10:36 AM on January 11, 2013

The Legend of Tarik?
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 2:43 PM on January 11, 2013

I never read the book but it stuck in my memory - it was the first book I ever saw with my name on it and they spelled it wrong.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 9:32 PM on January 12, 2013

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