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A tale of good and evil, where neither is what it seems!

Aiden Fleischer, a bookish priest, finds himself transported to an alien world. With him is Miss Clarissa Stark, a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability, wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from society.

On the planet Ptallaya, under two bright yellow suns, they encounter the Yatsill, a race of enthusiastic mimi...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jason
4.5 Stars


“Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
—Saint Augustine


A Red Sun Also Rises is a very enjoyable read by Mark Hodder. I was already a fan of Mark Hodder before reading this book. I really enjoy his steampunk style as well as his Burton & Swinburn series. This book is much like his other in that it is steeped in steampunk, twisted with some science fiction, and finally mixed up in history to give it a unique flavor and style....more
Blodeuedd Finland
Now how to explain this book...I do not think I will able too. It's an adventure that you just have to read to truly get.

We have a hero and a heroine. Aiden, a priest who is not good at being a priest, and Clarissa, who is so smart but disfigured and therefore she has to beg for bread. But then she starts to work for Aiden, and they discuss religion. A theme through out the book, what is good and evil? Anyway the weirdness has not even started, that starts when he becomes a missionary and we end...more
Maya Panika
A Red Sun Also Rises:
5*
A corking tale of derring do on an alien world.
I love Mark Hodder and this might be my favourite of his to date. I was expecting another steampunk tale, but this is high Victorianesque, inter-planetary SF. It has more in common with HG Wells than Burton & Swinburn.
A Red Sun Also Rises is a first-person narrative, told by Aiden Fleischer, a weak and hopeless sort; a failed vicar turned useless missionary, who becomes a true and selfless hero on an alien world – A worl...more
edifanob
This is a bit unusual book.
You get a Victorianesque adventure mixed with science fiction and a dash of romance.
Furthermore there is an intelligent story with complex concepts - the name Charles Darwin should give you a hint.

For me it was definitely not a book easy to devour. I needed time to get an real understanding of the concepts behind.

If possible I would have rated it with 4.5 stars.

Sandy
Aiden is a young minister, a quiet bookish man who becomes involved in an adventure beyond belief when he goes to a missionary post. Not only is he faced with monsters and freakish creatures, but he is transported to another world. By his side is the crippled and disfigured Clarissa who is brilliant and acts as his sextant. Together, the two are subjected to multiple dangers and they must fight and help each other to survive. The world-building of Hodder is intricate and complex. There are multi...more
Mark
A Red Sun Also Rises is a cracking planetary romance that involves many of the tropes of Victoriana adventure-romp, whilst also managing to involve an intelligent plot and complex concepts.

Much of the start of the book has an HG Wells feel. The tale begins with the story told by Aiden Fleisher, who whilst as a parish vicar in England, develops a friendship with crippled engineering genius Clarissa Stark. When Aiden is forced to leave his parish and become a missionary in Papua New Guinea, Claris...more
Greg
Those familiar with my love if the Burton and Swinburne will guess that I might just enjoy this too. Red Sun is a different animal compared to the steampunk adventures of the dynamic duo of the Albertan era; it's a homage to the pulp planetary romances and the likes of Edgar Rice Burroghs. I like this book a lot, it's a first person tale of someone coming to grips with themselves and funding a place for themselves. Aiden is not always the most likeable of characters but he and his sometime serva...more
Barry Huddleston
All to often, I build my expectations for a book so high that I come away a little disappointed. To my great relief, Hodder’s “A Red Sun Also Rises” met my expectations — and exceeded them.

The story is brilliant. I liked the character of Fleischer and I like the thought of a hunchback, Clarissa Stark, helping the pastor develop a spine. Fleischer struggles with his life, his faith, and finally with reality itself, and his human frailty and subsequent growth really pulled me in to the story. The...more
John
Jun 13, 2013 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
Hodder does a masterful job of "sword and planet" fiction. So skillfully done that it actually gets a little in the way of my enjoyment of the novel--seems I'm not a huge fan of sword and planet. Plus, the completely alien race (reminiscent of Burroughs' alien rulers of Pelucidar) actually make it harder for my empathy with the characters to kick in. The protagonists are well characterized and his prose is spot on as always...but I never manage to develop the love of these characters the way I d...more
Yolanda Casica
Aiden Fleisher and Clarissa Stark will stay in my mind for a while yet, how could they not with the way this story unfolds?

It was a rollercoaster of emotions to read and I am all the more happier to have experienced it. By the end of this journey we have everything we could have wanted from from it...well, almost. Usually, it would make me upset to leave off a story in such a way. Not with this one. The ending makes you think, which fits in quite nicely with the entirety of its content.

As the...more
Unwisely
Yet another entry in the "books that started out well but went off the rails" category. (Maybe I should just make it a category.) I'm not sure steampunk is the right word; it's certainly weird.

I picked this up because the book I was looking for wasn't on the shelf. It looked interesting. And it started that way. Bishop in Edwardian England, mysterious woman who is disfigured yet really smart and interesting, traveling to a distant land, sent to another planet. So far...yes.

But it got a little...more
David Marshall
Frankly, this is a massive disappointment after the first two in the previous trilogy. I was hoping for much better. Unfortunately, this is dire. I hate the language which is sub P G Wodehouse and the cod psychology is deeply annoying. The plot reruns Cycle of Fire by Hal Clement.

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Linden
Jan 20, 2014 Linden rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult readers

A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder

I seldom find a science fiction story that tempts me of late. Since Harry Potter combined aspects of science fantasy and adventure, the attention of authors--or at least what publishers give us--seems to have been diverted from that genre.

I did enjoy the series of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet galaxy wars, suggested by a student two years ago. The chess game both inside and outside the battleship was as good as Orson Scott Card's two Ender books, Ender's Game and...more
Heath
Sort of interesting when examining the mixes of genres. I've never read a "sword & planet" novel, but the combination with steampunk eased me into the concept. It was as if this was any other steampunk novel, just dropped on another planet. For the genre-blend alone, I was captivated.
I will say that it started painfully slow. I was bored for the first 75-100 pages. But it really started moving afterwards. The entire ecosystem of the planet and the cycles of the aliens is absolutely fascinat...more
Jan
I am not a fan of Mark Hodder. I have no recollection or knowledge of his previous books. However, by the stir and circumstance of the moment, this book was prominently displayed at my local library. The cover garnered my interest thus my rental. I am not disappointed.

The story itself is very straight-forward in expression but comes off with no direction through most of the book. It opens up with the main character Aiden Fletcher and how he works as a priest despite not being a good one. Through...more
Paul
A man without faith. A woman without hope.

My name is Aiden Fleischer. I was forced from my home, moved among the victims of Jack the Ripper, was tortured by a witch doctor, and awoke on another planet. Throughout it all, my assistant, Clarissa Stark, remained at my side.

On Ptallaya, we were welcomed by the Yatsill. The creatures transformed their society into a bizarre version of our own, and we found a new home beneath the world’s twin suns. But there was darkness in my soul, and as the two yel...more
Rick
Mark Hodder is a very clever writer. He specialises in alternate histories that, broadly speaking, come under the heading of Steampunk. He's probably best known for his Burton and Swinburne series, which brilliantly sets up Victorian explorer and academic Richard Burton, aided by decadent poet Algernon Swinburne, as a sort of steam age James Bond tackling enemies of the Empire in a futuristic Victorian setting.

"A Red Sun Also Rises" (not part of the Burton & Swinburne series) is an obvious h...more
Dan Schaeffer
Mark Hodder came to my attention with his Burton & Swinburne trilogy, which featured an alternate-reality Sir Richard Burton and his compatriot, the dissolute poet Algernon Swinburne, exploring mysteries of time travel and alternate realities. The books were fascinating and exceptionally enjoyable, so I jumped on this when I saw it on the library shelf. I was not disappointed. A self-contained novel (I think - I suppose it's possible Hodder could be working on a sequel), it sets forth the pe...more
Brendan
Aidan is a settled churchman in Victorian England who finds himself running away to be a missionary, encouraged in part by his outcast companion Clarissa. They arrive in the Southern Pacific only to be whisked away to another world filled with grotesque snail-men and horrible squid-people. The snail people turn out to by psychic mimics. Within short order they adopt social structures and language patterns of Victorian England, thus propelling the book from fantasy into steampunk. A few thoughts:...more
Candy Lund
I saw this at the library and thought it sounded interesting. I was not disappointed. My biggest beef with books has to be central characters that I find unlikable. I like the characters in this book and enjoy the changes in them as the story progresses. Love the worlds he creates, England, remote island and especially Ptallaya. He vividly describes the world without getting mired down in the descriptions. The inhabitants of Ptallaya are as wonderful as the world they live in, and while the desc...more
Constance
Wildly inventive, this Edgar Rice Burroughs-style adventure with hints of Jekyl and Hyde should appeal to fans of John Carter, steampunk, and classic sci-fi of the weird-alien-world variety.

When two Victorian missionaries are mysteriously transported to (you guessed it) a weird alien world, they discover a race of telepathic mimics - who uproariously attempt to recreate on their own planet a Victorian London they don't understand (complete with bally amusing attempts at the English language).

B...more
Hope
Honestly unlike any other book I've read. Two hapless souls find themselves in a new and very peculiar world and set about trying to understand this world, its "people" and their ever-changing roles. I really enjoyed Hodder's intensely vivid descriptions of the nature and creatures Aiden and Clarissa encounter. Would recommend this to fantasy and steampunk fans.
Nicholas Harvey
Weird and Wonderful.
I imagine one of the hardest things for an author of a series of phenomenal books to accomplish is to satisfy his readers with a brand new offering. Mark Hodder has managed to do just that. A Red Sun Also Rises captivates and mesmerises in equal parts. There are just enough steampunk elements to satisfy the rabid steampunk mixed with sci-fi and planetary romance.
The characters are likeable, the aliens are complex and comical and the plot is sufficiently strange to engage the...more
5y1v4r
Great book. Always nice to find good modern sci-fi and this really did a good job with the alien world and cultures. Things got a bit contrived at the end but overall an enjoyable story and a solid read.
Fred Hughes
Mark Hodders books are always interesting and you just zip along within the world he creates in the story. This one was a little more complex to read then most of his books as the premise was rolled out over the first third of the book. But after that it was full Steampunk ahead
Dan
I enjoyed this on several levels. First of all, the social commentary that comes through is spot on. Secondly the theme of good and evil and the relationship between the two was delivered in such a palpable manner, I felt as if I myself was Aiden Fleischer and wrestling with the idea of a universe torn between two opposing powers of mysterious origin and relation to each other. While these things might give the impression of a heavy read, Hodder takes you on an incredibly fun and exciting journ...more
Shalev Nessaiver
3.5 stars

An excellent book, reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Princess of Mars (Barsoom) series, and completely engaging throughout. The twists are not always predictable and sometimes hilarious, and the reader is engaged with discovering the truth of the world before the characters do – a balance between revealing too much and too little that is perfectly struck. I also enjoyed the brief forays into the philosophy of good, evil, and theodicy.

Extremely creative, yet coherent and cohesive, in...more
Jill
Damn you, Mark Hodder, for writing such interesting books! It's 3:30 am in a Sunday night/Monday morning and I've just stayed up finishing this book...a wonderfully engaging and extremely hard to put down book. While the descriptions of the different types of aliens could get confusing, I found myself effortlessly slipping in this world and completely captivated. I was sad to put it down as this means I'll have to wait for summer for Hodder's next book to come out. I'll keep my fingers crossed t...more
Fabian Pulido
I liked this book very much had a great plot and I definitely liked the way it was formed in order to keep the reader reading. Unfortunately I personally couldn't give it a 5 star rating because I was in my opinion quite unsatified with the way the author chose to end the book other than that I loved the way it was constructed a solid 4 star from me
Fraser Sherman
As a fan of Hodder's Swinburne and Burton steampunk novels, I wasn't prepared for how underwhelming this one was. A planetary romance about two Victorians teleported to an alien world, it reads like Hodder set out to eliminate the talky expository side of sword-and-planet SF and forgot about the pulp thrills.
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British writer living in Valencia, Spain.

Mark Hodder is the creator and caretaker of the Blakiana: The Sexton Blake Resource web site, which he designed to celebrate, record, and revive Sexton Blake, the most written about fictional detective in English publishing history.

A former BBC writer, editor, journalist, and Web producer, Mark has worked in all the new and traditional medias and was based...more
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