A world where gargantuan warships soar via the magnificent force of the 8TH SPECTRUM OF PROPULSION!
A world where NUDE SWORDSMEN engage in the MOST INT...moreA world where gargantuan warships soar via the magnificent force of the 8TH SPECTRUM OF PROPULSION!
A world where NUDE SWORDSMEN engage in the MOST INTIMATE OF DANCES with countless armed combatants!
A world where ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE through the modern miracle of RADIUM TECHNOLOGY!
I came across this book by accident, finding it in a random plastic bag on my kitchen table and picking it up more for a good laugh than expecting anything substantial. About a page in, I discovered two immutable facts:
1) I was actually reading a book about the heroic adventures of John Carter, a southerner Civil War vet who somehow found his way to the savage, dying planet of Mars.
2) I would like to know more of this instantly-charming gentleman/poet/champion of the civilized world.
My low expectations were immediately corrected once I fell into the rhythm of the narrator's incredible and ridiculous antics. While the century-old story sounds like something you'd find in a junion high D&D session, the author gets your inner child all riled up and rarin' to go on impossible adventures, free of the tedium of politics or sexy-shenanigans. Beyond that though, you'll find the seeds of so many future science fiction greats here, from the sober Dune to the stupidly drunk Flash Gordon.
It's a short read that captures you up and flies by in an instant, an excellent classic popcorn piece for between headier fare. Find it, read it, love it, and look forward(?) to the upcoming movie.(less)