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The Outlaws of Mars (Swordsman of Mars #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A man is transported to Mars and finds adventure, action, suspense, and romance. A true pulp fiction classic.
Mass Market Paperback, D-531, 158 pages
Published 1961 by Ace Books (first published 1933)
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Steve Goble
Feb 10, 2016 Steve Goble rated it did not like it
It's an Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom tale, without the charm.

I gave up quickly on this one. I actually like cheesy science-fantasy, and I knew it was a Barsoomian-style adventure going in (that fact is emblazoned on the cover), and I figured it could be a lot of fun if handled correctly.

It wasn't, at least to start. Kline did nothing early on to convince me the book would get better, so I stopped reading.
Jim
Jan 17, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
"Interplanetary adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs"
That blurb sums it up. A good fast read over a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. Much better than watching the Bears play...
Charles
Aug 08, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second in Kline's Martian Sword and Planet series. Not as good as the first. I have a facsimile edition.
J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2015 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF classic romance lovers
Shelves: book-shelf-08
If I could put Kline in a bottle.

The Outlaws of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline

Once more this is a book I read way back in my teens; and about the time that I was reading Edgar Rice Burroughs. An interesting story about these is that after Kline wrote his Venus stories, Edgar thought they were imitations of his Mars series and then Edgar wrote his own Venus series and then in retaliation Kline wrote two Mars stories. I'm not sure about that because the timeline of publication looks like Kline wrote
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Derek
Mar 14, 2011 Derek rated it it was ok
Shelves: sword-and-planet
For Kline's sword and sorcery novels, sometimes it feels like you're reading the same book over and over again. Each protagonist is a strikingly similar hero figure eerily good at swordfighting, and the theme of 'impressing the princess despite her initial resistance' runs through all stories, usually with a side dish of political intrigue or pursuit.

Then again, sometimes it feels like they're entirely unrelated and not part of a series at all. Ideas from one book are dropped and new ideas take
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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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