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A Red Sun Also Rises

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  333 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
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
Paperback, 271 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 17, 2015 Karl rated it really liked it
If you enjoy the planetary adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Otis Kline then this book is right there with them. Lots of action, fair maidens, and mad scientists on a strange planet with strange inhabitants, then this is one not to miss.
Feb 05, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
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.
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
May 03, 2014 edifanob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2014-reads
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.

Maya Panika
Feb 13, 2013 Maya Panika rated it it was amazing
A Red Sun Also Rises:
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
Oct 09, 2013 Sandy rated it liked it
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
Jan 28, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2016 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
A serious Edgar Rice Burroughs fan myself, this salute to swashbuckling science fiction manages to be both true to itself and acknowledge, with a very nice flourish, everything from ERB's weakling-to-warrior themes (see CAVE GIRL, for example) to his truly bizarre biology of alien species (Mars, Venus, and more). I'm stashing this one next to my Tars Tarkas action figure.
Dec 14, 2012 Greg rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 20, 2012 Barry Huddleston rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2013 John rated it liked it
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
May 10, 2014 Yolanda Casica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-lit, favorites
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
Feb 09, 2014 Unwisely rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk, 2014
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
Mar 03, 2015 Allan rated it really liked it
A good, old-fashioned adventure tale with a bit of steam-punk and the threat of alien invasion thrown in. Our Victorian-era heroes, a failed priest/missionary and his brilliant-but-disabled female sidekick, while trying to convert some natives on a far off island find themselves transported to an alien world with some very strange and almost comical inhabitants called the Yatsill.

The Yatsill, resembling four-legged molluscs, are brilliant mimics and soon pick up the mannerisms and thoughts of th
David Marshall
Dec 08, 2012 David Marshall rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 20, 2014 Linden rated it really liked it
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
Fred Hughes
Jul 12, 2014 Fred Hughes rated it liked it
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
Kathleen Molyneaux
Feb 03, 2016 Kathleen Molyneaux rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed the world building. Surreal landscapes, floating critters, and an intelligent alien species with an intricate life cycle (although by the time their third metamorphosis was revealed I was starting to roll my eyes a bit). And I did get tired of the overblown Victorianisms, but for plot reasons, I suppressed that irritation. The aliens did learn to speak English via telepathic communication based on someone's impression of London. Therefore, the stilted-ness makes sense and I s ...more
Actual rating 2.5 stars.

When I first grabbed this book from the library, I had no idea that I could use it in my reading challenge as a book based on a true story. But it appears that Hodder based this story loosely on a steamer that got lost on the sea in 1947, on a real island called Koluwai in the South Pacific and on real people called Aiden Fleisher and Clarissa Stark. That is, if one's to believe what Hodder wrote in the very beginning as to how he got the idea for this book.

More of my tho
May 28, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
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
Oct 22, 2013 Alpha rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2013 Rick rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
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
Dan Schaeffer
Jul 09, 2013 Dan Schaeffer rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 25, 2013 Candy Lund rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 25, 2013 Constance rated it liked it
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).

Jul 24, 2016 Cole rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a social commentary through the lens of an alien culture type of book. There is a halfway decent narrative on the nature of good and evil that runs through it as well. A departure from Mark Hodder's Burton & Swinburne series, he tackles deeper issues and gives Victorian culture a backstage seat (although it is, of course, still present).

The main character, Aiden Fleischer, spends the first half of the book being an insufferable weenie. Luckily his companion, miss Clarissa Stark, is q
Mar 22, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 14, 2016 Travis rated it it was ok
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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
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