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Jandar Of Callisto (Callisto #1)

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on Callisto, moon of Jupiter, a world of black and crimson jungles where the hand of every man is lifted in eternal enmity against every other... a savage, hostile world on which he is first held prisoner by the fearsome insect-men, only to be freed for a more binding slavery in the deadly clutches of the insidious Sky Pirates... and in the incalcu
Mass Market Paperback, Dell #4182, 224 pages
Published 1973 by Dell (first published 1972)
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Brad Sheridan
Jun 27, 2011 Brad Sheridan rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Just found this in my local hole-in-the-wall used bookstore. It's totally awesome. The first of a series but the store only had this and I think #4 (Mind Wizards of Callisto). Gotta hunt up the rest. I feel like I could read the whole series (six books I think) in about a weekend. Out of print these days I think. It's an ERB-type thing about a military guy in Vietnam who gets whisked away to Cllisto, one of Jupiter's moons, there to encounter six-legged tigers, evil bad guys, red-leafed ...more
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Jun 17, 2015 B. Reese rated it really liked it
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This book was a fun and somewhat fresh take on Burroughs' A Princess of Mars. Pretty much the same formula, but new environment. Some of the elements are certainly contrived and a bit of a stretch to get the protagonist to fit into the John Carter mold. Certainly it would be rare that someone going to war in Vietnam would have had fencing practice as a kid, but just go with it. This is not high literature, it's a fun adventure.

If you're looking for more Barsoom-esque tales, here you go.
Aaron Meyer
Aug 23, 2016 Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it
If you like Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars series then this is right up your alley. It is pretty much a fanboy kind of story which mirrors the Mars stories alot. Lots of adventure, a princess, and good friends made. Though I did find the princess to be quite annoying and I believe the story would of been better if he would of kicked her to the curb and said Bro's before Ho's! But I know that you got to have a lovely princess to save so, nope, it just didn't happen. Now on to book two!
Philip Athans
Aug 31, 2015 Philip Athans rated it it was amazing
More than simply "inspired by" the John Carter novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, this is still a fun example of the sword and planet sub-genre from one of fantasy's great "hacks"--and I use that word with great respect, believe it or not. Jandar of Callisto succeeds at being good old fashioned goofy FUN.
Aug 05, 2011 Lucas rated it liked it
If The Green Star Saga Is Carter doing ERB's Venus then Calisto is Carter doing ERB's Mars. Oddly enough were Burroughs falls flat, Carter soars, and in reverse were Burroughs Mars is wonderful Calisto is slightly less than. Although not completely without merit, Carter was doing much better elsewhere.
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Jul 03, 2016 Matt Reagan rated it liked it
This was the first novel by Lin Carter I'd ever read. I wanted to like it, but by the halfway point I was worn out by Carter's windy and overblown style. Although it strives to be colorful and imaginative, the ideas often seemed lazy and uninspiring, and the actual reading experience at times was like being hit over the head with a pocket thesaurus. It's clear that Carter enjoys writing - so much so that he seeks out ways of being overly wordy and forcing his readers to re-read the same cliches ...more
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Jul 01, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
The initial wave of Barsoom's popularity, in the '20s and '30s, spawned imitators in the form of Ralph Milne Farley and Otis Adelbert Kline who were very close to Burroughs in their own environment and sensibility.
This second wave in the latter half of the 20th century spawned its own tribute series the most notable being Michael Moorcock's Mars trilogy, Leigh Brackett's ‘Eric John Stark’ and Martian novels and stories, and Lin Carter's Callisto series.
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Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft (for an H. P. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin.

Carter had a marked tendency toward self-promotion in his work, frequently citing his own writings in his nonfiction to illustrate points and almost always including at
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