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Ardor on Aros

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What happens to a red-blooded young graduate looking for sex, fame, and answers when he suddenly finds himself naked, frightened, and several light years from Earth?

A lot.

A lot more than ever happened to Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter and Ulysses Paxton on Mars or Carson Napier on Venus. A lot more than anyone--least of all a red-blooded young graduate looking for sex,
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Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1973 by 192
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Derek
Dec 22, 2008 Derek rated it did not like it
Shelves: sword-and-planet
A Burroughs / Barsoom pastiche.

A common feature in the genre is the notion of the manly heroic protagonist (repeatedly) rescuing the fair, fainting damsel-in-distress from dastardly foes or ravening monsters.

Here, the author introduces a sickening notion: that on this fictional planet the rescuer is owed the sexual attentions of the rescued woman, and the rescuer is indeed obligated to take advantage with all enthusiasm and violence. And that the woman actually enjoys what amounts to a brutal ra
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Charles
Jul 19, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was purportedly the first Sword & Planet work to feature overt sex. It was definitely interesting but neither the sex nor the story was that outstanding. I enjoyed it. Offutt wrote a fair number of books with graphic sex in them, often under pseudonyms.
Steve Goble
Nov 02, 2014 Steve Goble rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Well, this is a weird book. It starts out sort of like a love note and critique of Burroughs' Barsoom stories, tossing in some sex and rape and bashing tropes. Then it sort of veers into Heinlein territory, a la "The Number of the Beast." Then it all sort of falls apart.

I should also mention that Offutt does things with sentences and punctuation that I would never do. I often enjoy his work, but grit my teeth and his stylistic choices. This time, I stuck with the story in hopes he would pull it
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liza
Jul 26, 2007 liza rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
this one is a classis pulp fiction type sci fi. can i mix genres like that?

the plot is absorbing and the action swift. next time you have to wait in a doctor's office take this one along.
Ed Wyrd
Mar 15, 2010 Ed Wyrd rated it liked it
This was a humorous satirical take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' Sword and Planet stories, like John Carter on Mars. Enjoyed this ages ago when I was a huge ERB fan.
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Andrew Jefferson Offutt was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He wrote as Andrew J. Offutt, A.J. Offutt, and Andy Offut. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, had his name in all lower-case letters. His son is the author Chris Offutt.

Offutt began publishing in 1954 with the story And Gone Tomorrow in If. Despite this early sale, he didn't consider his professional life to have begun
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