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In Swordsman of Mars, Harry Thorne, outcast scion of a wealthy East Coast family, seeks the greatest adventure of his life. He exchanges bodies with his look-alike, Martian Sheb Takkor, and is transported millions of years into the past to a Mars peopled with mighty warriors, beautiful women, and fearsome beasts. Sheb Takkor, a great swordsman in his own right, must fight...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Paizo Publishing (first published 1933)
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A twist of fate put me in a position to compare the 1960 Ace edition ("Complete & Unabridged") and the 2007 Planet Stories edition, which has the original text from its 1933 serial appearance in Argosy Magazine. While I preferred the appearance and vintage charm of the Ace edition, its contents compare unfavorably. The opening had been rewritten to bring it into the later decade, in the forms of a reference to Korea and a lampshade hung on known scientific facts of the day, and the text itse...more
Wer würde bei dieser Damsel in Distress nicht auf den Mars wollen, um eine helfende Hand zu reichen?

Es heißt, dass Otis Adelbert Kline der einzige Autor sei, der den Anspruch erheben dürfe, eine Konkurrenz zu Edgar Rice Burroughs zu sein.
SWORDSMAN OF MARS ist eine kräftige Anleihe an ERBs A PRINCESS OF MARS (um nicht des böse Wort Plagiat zu bemühen, dass bei den Pulps ohnehin kaum Sinn macht), allerdings lange nicht so unterhaltsam. Auch wenn sicherlich niemand ERB als großen Stilisten bezeichn...more
после появления первого романа э.р.берроуза прошло ужа больше 20 лет (первая книга появилась в качестве журнальной публикации в первой половине 1912 года) – но не прошел еще восторг перед возможностями создания фантастических миров, события в которых разворачиваются вне земли – в частности, на марсе. меркурий и венера, конечно, тоже оставили какой-никакой след в литературе, но они, конечно, не могут соперничать с «марсианскими хрониками», в которых отметились все более-менее значительные фантаст...more
The first in Otis Adelbert Kline's two book Martian series. Sword and Planet like Burroughs, but not as imaginative, I thought. Still, good reading.

I have two versions of this, the old Ace edtion and a facsimile edition from James Van Hise.
The story of Harry Thorne, outcast scion of a wealthy East Coast family, who agrees to swap bodies with a Martian noble, thrusting him into a fierce and vibrant world of strange beasts and stranger people, where a man's future is determined by the strength of his sword arm. Tasked with tracking down and neutralizing another Earthman before he establishes a corrupt empire, and trapped between the love of two beautiful and dangerous women, will Harry Thorne wind up a slave in the dolorous baridium...more
Kline has an interesting take on the Mars and action adventure genre. His Mars seems more swampy than Burroughs, and his Ulfa (elves) are a parallel to our faerie folk of tradition. His 'ancient history' of how the moon became a satellite of Earth, how peoples mixed and interacted in the 'bad old days' before the current age of barbaric splendour, is really a rival to Burroughs' best (who left much unsaid in his own works). are told in a terse, unadorned style, which speak to me something of the...more
Leila Anani
For those of you like me who have run out of Edgar Rice Burroughs Kline is the next obvious step - the style is so similar it could almost BE ERB - (ERB has a fighting man of mars and swords of mars - very similar titles)

TSOM is a lightening paced pulp science fantasy novel with everything from disintegrator rays (a cold energy decreasing interrotating green ray), fairies (ulfs) giant birds and bats, princesses and evil tyrants. At times its a little too fast and you fear that scenes have been...more
This pulpy sword and planet tale is a swift, action-packed read. The world is vivid, the dangers menacing. But I think it suffers slightly from its generic lead character. While serviceable, he likes the inherent nobility of John Carter, the roguish craft of Eric John Stark, or the primal atavism of Esau Cairn.
Doug Flegal
The Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline was the first novel I ever read. I read it under the bedcovers by flashlight, while hiding it inside my desk in Mrs. Loosmore's 4th grade class, and while riding my bicycle home from Glenmoor Elementary School. It didn't just capture my imagination, it created it. As a ten-year-old boy, I became a better swordsman than Zorro, rode giant birds into battle in the red skys of Mars, saved the rebellion and fell in love with the leader's strangely-attracti...more
A few years ago, on a whim, I looked up a bunch of Burroughs-Barsoom pastiche. Of those, the works of Otis Kline were clearly better than mnost. Not exactly highly recommended, but if you're venturing into similar territory, this is more highly recommended than most of the alternatives. This Paizo edition is the best in print (plus, nice cover art!) but given the price of used copies from the 60s, it's hard to recommend it financially.
Aaron Meyer
Not a bad story but also not a great one either. It is extremely fast paced so much so that it felt like there was stuff missing. There was a number of errors in the wording that made me actually stop and reread them a number of times, this to me seriously detracts from a story. The world he was creating in the story had a great deal of potential to be built upon though.
Nov 08, 2008 Tracy marked it as to-read
A post at Fantasy Book Critic really raved about this book. Because I like the sci fi fantasy from that era, I marked it to read so I wouldn't forget about it.
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A popular pulp era writer who served on the original Weird Tales editorial staff & appeared frequently in the magazine's early issues, Kline is perhaps best known for his novelistic feud with Edgar Rice Burroughs. He wrote "Planet of Peril" (1929) and two other novels set on the planet Venus and written in the storytelling form of the John Carter of Mars novels, prompting Burroughs to write hi...more
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