almost ashamed to say i like these books. but then we all have dirty secrets about our light reading.
if you have ever read tarzan then you know what toalmost ashamed to say i like these books. but then we all have dirty secrets about our light reading.
if you have ever read tarzan then you know what to expect here. burroughs writes pretty much the same story in each book. a strong male lead is enamoured and fights to save some weak 2 dimensional female lead(who might get more than 3 lines of dialogue if she is lucky) however they are "ripping yarns" to say the least. the john carter series(starting with a princess of mars) is the adventures of John Carter on Mars. the story starts out with him on earth in the 1870s. he is a prospecter, ex confederate soldier doing some very mundane mining in apache country. the indians kill his friend and chase him into a cave where he becomes paralyzed by a strange force. the indians seeing him(and the occupant of the cave behind him) run away leving carter there stuck. with a supreme effort(and the sound of snapping metal) carter stands. only to find himself naked looking down at his own clothed body. he looks at the night sky, sees mars and after a second of extreme cold and darkness, finds himself on the red planet facing the fearsome, giant four armed green men of mars. the princess is of the human looking "red race" and he of course is smitten with her. from then on the books chronicle his adventures(and those of his friends and family) on the red planet. exploring its strange locals and even stranger peoples. these books are very much like flash gordon. they have rocket bikes and flying ships and guns. the tech level of mars is almost magical. but they prefer to fight with swords.
i really like these books and would reccomend them to boys under 12, and grown men who wish they were still boys under 12...more
damn it i love Robert E Howard. Conan is a pretty impressive creation. in the movies he is portrayed by arnie as a rather dull witted hulking brute(andamn it i love Robert E Howard. Conan is a pretty impressive creation. in the movies he is portrayed by arnie as a rather dull witted hulking brute(and yet if you watch the movie he really isnt) in the books he is smart(he speaks many languages)strong and subtle. he is a barbarian simply because he is a foreigner, he is from a wild land, the frozen north, beyond even hyperborea(which in latin is "far north") the books are entertaining and unlike some action adventure type books the stories dont become repetitive. Howard created a whole world for conan. Like Tolkien her Hyboria is Earth prior to a cataclysmic change. for instance the Shemites, who are unique in having only one god, will become the semetic peoples of modern knowledge.
anyway i also have this thing for pulp from the 20s, love it man....more
well ok when i read these it was in three differnt books. lord kalvin of otherwhen, little fuzzy and Paratime. each a different type of sci fi. Paratimewell ok when i read these it was in three differnt books. lord kalvin of otherwhen, little fuzzy and Paratime. each a different type of sci fi. Paratime is a set of stories involving Verkan Val a paratime police officer. it seems on the main "prime" time line human science is extremely advanced and they have developed the ability to travel in time. However they can not travel forward and backward, but parallel travel across different time lines is possible. so in some cases the world developed similar to the prime timeline however they have not discovered the secret of paratime travel. in other cases the world is undeveloped and there is no humans at all. it is the job of verkan val and his paratime police to make sure these time lines are not exploited.
in lord Kalvin a state trooper from 1960s pennsylvania is hunting a fugitive when he is accidentally kidnapped by a time car run by a paratime cop. kalvin shoots the cop and rolls out of the car into another world, well another time line anyway. he is still in pennsylvania, and its still 1960, but the people are different. thier tech level is that of the 1650s. there is a series of religions set up all fighting a war against the people that adopt kalvin. he, knowing the secret of gunpowder, breaks the gunpowder monopoly of styphon house, the main enemy. this has a sequel called the great kings war, however the copy my father had was lost before i could read it and i have never seen a copy anywhere else.
little fuzzy i read a long long time ago, and only once. i dont recall liking it much, at least not as much as lord kalvin...more
more crap i read because everyone else was reading it. there is a reason i do not do that all too often and this is a good case in point. it started tmore crap i read because everyone else was reading it. there is a reason i do not do that all too often and this is a good case in point. it started this whole vampires as lovable characters. they drink blood and see us as food, that is BAD. vampires arent about love, unless you count the love of a wooden stake cut from the heart of a living rose tree for vampire chest cavities...more
ah yeah another book that was waayyyyy over my head. while not a text book on chaos theory, more a history of the science, it was still pretty rough tah yeah another book that was waayyyyy over my head. while not a text book on chaos theory, more a history of the science, it was still pretty rough to read. I had a heck of time with this one. so maybe i am not as smart as I would like to be....more
Wow, that is all you can say about this book. and its not the usual type of WOW, but more that exasperated sort of wow, the one where you are just floWow, that is all you can say about this book. and its not the usual type of WOW, but more that exasperated sort of wow, the one where you are just floored at the insanity you are commenting on, and this book is insane.
I really like the style, burroughs is always a fun read, but sometimes with books of this age you come across something that just makes you flinch, that goes across the grain of your modern sensibilities. Having your main character be a white man in the jungle whos preferred method of execution is to hang black men from tree may have been acceptable 100 years ago.. well that dog just dont hunt in the modern world.
It is the type of thing that would really keep the book out of schools and given the hub bub about tom sawyer and N-word Jim, well it is a wonder we do not hear about this one.
As for the adventure, its pretty standard fare for the genre and for Burroughs. Lots of action usually involving Lions or Apes. (which he has on mars, venus, pelucidar, and pretty much all his settings) Not surprisingly the work is not well researched, in the final drafts Burroughs had Numa the lion as a Tiger, until the editors pointed out that tigers do not live in Africa. But whatever you can forgive THAT in Burroughs, even if not the racism....more