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The City Outside the World (The Mysteries of Mars)

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 19th 1999 by Wildside Press (first published October 1st 1977)
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Was Lin Carter on a one-man mission to confirm Sturgeon's Law?

I keep reading Lin Carter books thinking he'll exceed my expectations and finally deliver a story really worth reading. It's strange because he certainly had a knack as an editor for selecting excellent stuff in anthologies and recovering forgotten classics. But his original stories -- despite his constant, awkward self-promotion -- always seem like poor imitations.
He tried to write almost every sub-genre of sci-f and fantasy. Here, h
So, Lin Carter does Leigh Brackett's Eric John Stark, or possibly C. L. Moore's Northwest Smith. It goes pretty much as anyone would expect: he veers away from interesting ideas to develop, in favor of staying loyal to the pastiche and staying safe; he hammers each point rather than allowing the possibility of the reader missing it; he uses so many damn words to say so little, fluffing it with unnecessary drama and portent and foreshadow.

"But he also knew there was no way for Zarouk's warriors t
Aug 25, 2014 Andrewcharles420 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf12
Mars is the 22nd century's version of colonial Australia (penal colony subsequent the decimation of indigenous peoples). A former man of Earth (i.e. convict) is again on the run on
Mars. He sees a captivating dancer at a bar... stalks her, and then saves her from a mob with his powerful illegal guns. He and her coterie then escape the martian cities looking for a caravan to the barren north; presumably where her people come from.

This story reminded me of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his 'John Carte
Doug Armstrong
Jul 25, 2016 Doug Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining, fast-paced action sci-fi novel. If you like the Conan books, you'll probably really dig this one. I read it in two days, I just couldn't put it down, which is impressive even for a middling sci-fi novel. Go into it expecting basically a toned-down Conan on Mars and you'll really enjoy the adventure, but I don't know what the hell else anyone reading a Lin Carter novel would expect. Seriously, if you read his books anticipating anything other than great adventures in the Conan ve ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Thee_Dragonfly rated it it was ok
Action sci-fi. A hunted outcast on Mars travels with semi-civilized companions to a deserted city in the wastes of a desolate desertscape. There's little character development, but it's a fast and easy to read adventure tale.
Jul 26, 2010 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I don't recall much about this one. About typical for Carter, I'd imagine. Most of his work was at around the same level.
Aug 05, 2011 Lucas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Carters five Mars books conected by seting but not charactors. Written in the style of Leigh Bracket.
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Dec 26, 2010 Brent Moffitt rated it liked it
A simple, yet entertaining book. Fast read. If you can disregard the hokey Mars setting, it has a good plot and story line.
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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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