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Planet of Peril (Robert Grandon #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Derring-do on a world of primitive monsters! When Robert Grandon swapped bodies with a prince of the planet Venus, he was concerned only with the thrill and interest of living on a different world. But the situation he found himself in was hardly that of a leisurely sightseer. Instead, he found himself smack in the center of a whirlwind of intrigue, danger, and ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published May 7th 2007 by Wildside Press (first published January 1st 1929)
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Dfordoom
May 05, 2012 Dfordoom rated it liked it
Otis Adelbert Kline’s 1929 novel Planet of Peril is a sword-and-planet adventure very much in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

In fact so much so that the two authors were alleged to have had something of a literary feud going over this issue. The reality seems to be that although Kline’s work was essentially Burroughs pastiche Burroughs (very sensibly) took no notice. Burroughs was by that time so popular that he could afford to regard imitation as a tribute rather than a threat.

As a Burroug
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Charles
Aug 07, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The first in Kline's three book Venus series. Kline and Edgar Rice Burroughs were contemporaries and often in competition. They each wrote a Mars and a venus series of Sword and Planet novels. Although Burroughs was better, Kline's work holds up pretty well by comparison.

I have the much older Ace edition with a great Roy Krenkel painting.
Printable Tire
This book made Princess of Mars seem like it was written by a genius. What an unabashed and dumb ripoff. Colonialist and Imperialist majors could have a field day scrutinizing this whiteboy's fantasy life among the injuns of another planet.
Roddy Williams
Grandon, a restless young man, is kidnapped by someone calling himself Dr Morgan. Dr Morgan imprints some information on him telepathically and makes a proposal. It appears that Dr Morgan is a master of telepathy and, due to this, is able to send his thoughts back through time to a civilisation on Venus millions of years ago. Not only that, if two bodies and minds share enough similarities, Dr Morgan is able to exchange them.
There is, apparently, a young man in ancient Venus, willing to exchange
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Jerry
Sep 14, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I enjoyed it. Very much in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, filled with coincidences and luck, strange creatures and feudal kingdoms. The premise is at least as odd as Burroughs’s beam transfer between Earth and Mars: telepathy can be strengthened by obscure technology, and when strengthened can be used to communicate through time to other planets that have evolved duplicates of humans on Earth. Duplicates can trade minds, across time and space. And since one man’s boredom ...more
Muzzlehatch
Nov 08, 2008 Muzzlehatch rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only the most hardcore fans of "planetary romance" and pulp sf/adventure
Shelves: sf
I've been a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his "planetary romances" since childhood, and have wanted to check out the works of his most popular imitator for some time. A couple of years ago I picked up most of the Kline books from eBay, in the old Ace short paperbacks with the neat Krenkel covers -- anyway, this is weaker than I expected on the whole. The action never flags -- more triumphs and reverses in this 160 pages than in the typical ERB volume -- but missing is anything much in the way ...more
Derek
Feb 21, 2011 Derek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's a curious bit of editorial butchery about it: Wikipedia lists it as one of Kline's earliest works, yet this Ace edition references both The Swordsman of Mars and The Outlaws of Mars, both written years later. Is this some form of editorial/publishing OCD that made them retrofit the novels into a series ordered by Ace publication dates? In any case it makes for a strange introduction and epilogue, where the reader can see the surgical scars.

After a promising start of inserting Grandon i
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Carl
Aug 13, 2016 Carl rated it it was ok
Shelves: pulp-fiction
I usually like this old pulp stuff. I like Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian stories featuring John Carter. This is another authors version of these sort of stories.
Otis Aldelbert Kline had a literary feud with Burroughs and so decided to rip of his Carson of Venus stories.
As an impartial referee I decided to see which version was best......and the result is Edgar wins hands down.
Anyway, this is how it goes.
A man from Earth ends up on Venus, frees the slaves, becomes the leader by virtue of his super
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Daniel Swensen
May 16, 2012 Daniel Swensen rated it liked it
Mildly enjoyable pulp, but such an unabashed ripoff of Burroughs' John Carter series that I felt my time may have been better served just reading the John Carter stories again. In fact, I'm hard-pressed to think of a single memorable moment in Planet of Peril that wasn't duplicated somewhere in the Burroughs tales. Still, I bought it to read some sword-and-planet pulp, and it delivered, so I can't say I was cheated.
Alice
Oct 03, 2014 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swashbuckling at it's finest

What a fun read. Although Edgar Rice Burroughs is the master of the Earth hero in an alien environment genre, Kline follows closest and enables the reader to continue their swords and adventure addiction. Robert Grandon of Earth exchanges his body with that of a captive Prince of Venus. Of course being a earthmen he doesn't stay captive very long. Battles, swordfights, monsters, and beautiful Queens vie for your attention as this story unfolds.
Jim
Jan 01, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
if you have read all the E.R.B. books available you can turn to klines works. while not as well written as E.R.B, they are still fun to read. lets face it,neither are literary geniuses,but who realy wants to read Homer or Voltaire anyway?
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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 ...more
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