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Lord Of The Spiders Or Blades Of Mars (The Michael Kane Trilogy #2)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Once more into the matter transmitter for an unforgettable journey to ancient Mars! Pulled back to earth on the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Princess Shizala, brilliant physicist Michael Kane must once again journey to the Red Planet to reclaim a life of swordplay and high adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs! Kane finds himself on a different Mars, a ...more
Paperback, No. 326, 160 pages
Published February 1979 by DAW Books (first published 1965)
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Mark Muckerman
Classic Moorcock! Out there. Pulpy. Filled with acid-induced imagery. Fairly bizarre plot scheme with incomplete plot or character development, and moving along at a pace just a shade too fast of comfortable for richness of reading. In short - everything that Moorcock has always been and always will be. You either love the author for his work and style, or you don't. If you're a Moorcock fan, then this is just another story in your long list of books you know you will read. If you've never read ...more
Another enjoyable Sword and Planet read.
Book 2 of the Martian trilogy.
Moorcock did these books when he was very young so I give him credit for being able to pull off a decently written and professional product even as a teenager. However, as stories, these books aren't that great. There's very little of the detail that brings a world and adventure to life. They are extremely bare bones and very clearly ERB pastiches, of the John Carter series.
The new reissue (originally 1965) was free at ALA, couldn't pass it up- haven't read him since high school. If you run out of the John Carter of Mars series (E.R. Burroughs), this is a fun homage. Otherwise I can't recommend it.
An uneven but fun romp through the wilds of an eons-old Mars with Moorcock's Carter pastiche, Michael Kane, at the helm. All in all, it's good fun, but I think this book--the second in the trilogy--is a bit of a slump.
Pedro Plassen
Read back in my student years. Left the memory of a writer with a vivid imagination for strange landscapes and civilizations. Very much in line with Tolkien writing. Excellent reading.
Shannon Appelcline
Two adventures bolted together. It starts to pick up toward the end where some of the writing feels almost Vancian, but overall it's just another average planetary romance.
Moorcock does his own version of 'John Carter Warlord of Mars'.
A nice pulp feeling sci-fi adventure story with some cool action scenes and I like the blue giants.

Easy reading.
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Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,
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