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The City of the Beast or Warriors of Mars (The Michael Kane Trilogy #1)

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First of the Michael Kane trilogy. Originally published under the pseudonym Edward P. Bradbury.
Mass Market Paperback, DAW No. 321 (UW1436), 160 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by DAW (first published 1965)
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Steve Goble
If you have read the Barsoom books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, there really is no reason to read this. In the kindest terms, it could be called an homage to "A Princess of Mars." It also could be called a blatant ripoff.

Here's the plot: An Earth man ends up being swept through space and time to ancient Mars, where he falls in love with a mostly naked princess who needs a lot of rescuing. He also befriends a large savage, monstrous being amid battles with said beings and the occasional monster.

Under the name Edward P. Bradbury, Michael Moorcock wrote a trilogy of sword & planet stories set on Mars. This is hte first one. They are very imitative of ERB's Barsoom series but I found them relatively weak. They really seemed bare skeletons of a story without any real fleshing out. I didn't get a chance to learn as much about the world as I would have liked. There was promise but they needed work.
An homage, and a fine one. As a fan of E.R.Burroughs and Moorcock it was a super blast. It's pitch perfect from the framing sequence (I had this story from . . . type of thing) to the final battle in the city of the beasts. Honestly, it's not as inventive as Burroughs and, ah, who cares. In the time it takes to nitpick I could start reading something else. I take it as it is and I 'really liked it".
J'ai essayé. Vraiment essayé. Mais le fait que Moore ne maîtrisait pas son métier lorsqu'il s'est livré à l'écriture de cette oeuvre aux égards à Edgar Rice Burroughs - que je n'ai malheureusement pas eu la chance de découvrir en premier - et dont les similitudes dépassent la moyenne, ne fait même pas partie des raisons majeures qui m'ont poussé à cette lecture, aussi prosaïque que mièvre, où l'incohérence et la platitude n'ont cessé de se battre pour chaque page que je tournais -non sans soupir ...more
Garrett Cook
So he robbed Edgar Rice Burroughs blind on this one. So it's practically made of pixie stix. So it could have been directed by Jim Wynorski in 1986. Who cares? It's fantasy van art of the highest order.
Ана Хелс
Какво да се прави – падам си по пълпи фентъзито , изпълнено с мускулести мъже, полуголи жени и пътешествия в непознати светове и измерения. Толкова естествено ми е в един момент да си гърчав чиновник, а в следващия да махаш с двуостра брадва и да сечеш космически чудовища и корави лошковци с прецизността на галактически касапин, докато в краката ти се гърчи извънземна , но неочаквано хуманоидна принцеса, че направо се чудя и мая в какъв свят живея, че най-големите ми приключения сутрин е да се н ...more
Christopher Taylor
Although not great fiction and not nearly as inventive or imaginative as his other fantasy books, these are a very fun read. Moorcock in these books pays tribute to the mars novels of Burroughs, and creates a fascinating, exciting pulpy world to visit with great adventures and derring do.
Jun 14, 2012 John marked it as to-read
Started reading because it was name checked in

The Two-Bear Mambo (1995)
(The third book in the Hap Collins and Leonard Pine series)
A novel by Joe R Lansdale

And because I have a healthy love and respect for Moorcock built from my (admittedly limited) experience of him and authors who like him.

So far, it's worth reading for the author's introduction to this edition alone. As far as I've read the story itself is awesome. Possibly a retread for John Carter fans but coming to this cold I like it. Mo
Jessica Strider
Given the negative connotations associated with 'pulp' fiction, I had unfortunately low expectations coming into this book. It turned out to be a great read. This book epitomizes the idea of 'escapist literature'. The story was fast paced, remarkably intelligent (especially considering the main character is skilled in sword fighting and ends up on ancient Mars due to a failed physics experiment). The level of description is enough to rival a TV show, with interesting (though admittedly 2 dimensi ...more
Straight-forward Sword and Planet read, without the regular Michael Moorcock nonsense. Recommended, especially for a rainy afternoon.
Book one of Moorcock's martian trilogy
A knockoff of Edgar Rice Burrough's 'Princess of Mars' (itself a ripoff of 'Gulliver of Mars') but better written, mostly. It starts off good and is overall superior but Moorcock does seem to channel a little too much Burroughs at times almost stooping to his level. If you like Princess of Mars then i can't imagine you liking this as the similarities are too well marked.
However i personally hated Princess of Mars so this was a far more pleasant read although still felt a little pointless.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Review to come. Similarities with other Martians (Sci-fi/fantasy/western) out there from the 20's / 30's or 40's are pure... right.
Yet another fun one from the master of fantastical adventure. This is one of Moorcock's earlier works, and the prose is nowhere near as sharp as it was in the Elric saga; however, if you're in the mood for a fun read (or are laid up in bed sick with flu like me), this book is a great pick.
"It ain't art, but I know what I like."
For the real deal, read Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars books. This homage to the pulp world of fantastic Mars is credible and enjoyable, but part of the pack. Still, it reads well and quickly, and there's fun enough.
Sergio Cocco
excellent book, a bit too much like John Carter of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs).

read the new english library (NEL)edition of May 74, had quite a lot of typo's.

Interested in the Jerry Cornelius books of him.
Philip Athans
To me, Michael Moorcock is one of the great geniuses of the fantasy genre, and his Elric saga is a must-read for even the most casual fan. But this series is best left to the completists. . . .
Elisabetth (Cecilka)
Je to velmi podobné Princezně z Marsu. Dá se říct, že je to jinak převyprávěný příběh. Samozřejmě, že tam jsou odlišnosti, ale podobnost tam je hodně velká. (Možná to je jen autorův záměr.)
There isn't a lot to this book, but City of the Beast is decent light entertainment. It makes me want to read the rest of the John Carter series.
Randy Ray
Sure, this is a blatant ripoff of Edgar Rice Burroughs, but that's kinda the point. If you like sword and planet stuff, this is a fun book.
Zachary Stewart
Ah Michael Moorcock, how you love Mary Sue. I wonder why more of your stories haven't been made into movies.
Joe Stamber
MM goes for the unusual again, in this fantasy tale set of Mars. It was okay, nothing special.
Shannon Appelcline
A fair story. Nothing particularly notable here, but Moorcock does manage to capture a pulpy feel.
Kirk Johnson
Way too similar to E.R. Burroughs -Princess of Mars. Low marks for lack of originality.
Ben Jones
hilarious- fast written and rammed with ideas. very homage like.
A near perfect Burroughs pastiche. Great fun.
This was SUPER fun. Must check out Moor! :D
Easy reading.
John Nau
John Nau marked it as to-read
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Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.
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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Other Books in the Series

The Michael Kane Trilogy (3 books)
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Elric of Melniboné (Elric, #1) Stormbringer (Elric, #6) The Weird of the White Wolf (The Elric Saga, #3) The Vanishing Tower (Elric, #4) The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (Elric, #2)

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