A well written parody of the space opera genre. As space operas go the writing can pretty bad, and a bit sexist and racist. Having just finished a couA well written parody of the space opera genre. As space operas go the writing can pretty bad, and a bit sexist and racist. Having just finished a couple of Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter of Mars novels I have become aware of the genres shortcomings. This novel is very funny, sometimes laugh out loud funny, as well a great roller coaster ride of an adventure. ...more
A Princess of Mars was the first in a series of adventure novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs and is set on the planet of Mars, the locals call theA Princess of Mars was the first in a series of adventure novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs and is set on the planet of Mars, the locals call the place Barsoom.
This is one of the biggest classic pulp science fictions stories. I first read the book when I was 15, I finished it in two days. I thought it was one of the greatest stories ever. What’s not to like. An ass kicking hero, lots of monsters and a scantily clad woman. It’s a great adventure, an on the edge of your seat read. At least when your 15.
Now that I’m 50, I find the writing a bit over the top. The narrative has a sort of “Yoda” backward speak quality to it, a very manly adventure with lots of sexism. He also seems to rely on coincidence way too much. John Carter is the narrator and seems to like himself a lot, maybe a little too much.
But the story was written over 100 years ago, and the virtues that the hero (John Carter) exhibits were and pretty much still are the same; bravery, honor and loyalty. Burroughs does a fantastic job of creating a fictitious world where the various races of Mars (Barsoom) battle it out on a dying planet just trying to survive. This is visually a very interesting story and is pure escapism. It took a bit longer than two days to get through it this time, buy all in all still a great read....more
I am a big fan of Murdoch Mysteries on CBC. Set in Toronto in the late 1800's, Murdoch is a detective who solves mysteries using some unusual methodsI am a big fan of Murdoch Mysteries on CBC. Set in Toronto in the late 1800's, Murdoch is a detective who solves mysteries using some unusual methods for the time. It's almost a kind of Victorian CSI, with a cast of very interesting characters. Anyway, being a late comer to the show - I've only been watching for the last two years. I was doing some online reading about the characters in order to get caught up with the series. That's when I discovered that the show was originally a series of novels. So I decided to give one of them a try and compare it to the series.
Except the Dying, is the first book and while it was quite good. It's nothing like the series. Only two of the supporting characters are in the book; Inspector Brackenreid who is Murdoch's boss and is a bit of an ass. Maybe early in series he was an ass, but now they are quite chummy. The other character is Constable Crabtree who in the book is a huge giant of a man with a boat load of kids at home. In the series he's a wiry man who aspires to be a writer and is romantically involved with Dr. Grace the local coroner. More surprising is that none of the gadgets, csi or even steam punk stuff is mentioned. It's simply a very well told police procedural mystery where the detective get's the bad guys by taking lots of notes.
It was very different than the series, but I did enjoy it enough to read another....more
One complaint that I have read in many of the reviews that I’ve seen is that Miss Marple is a secondary character that only pops in every now and thenOne complaint that I have read in many of the reviews that I’ve seen is that Miss Marple is a secondary character that only pops in every now and then. That’s actually one of things I like about her. She isn’t a detective, she’s a little old lady that knits and makes astute observations of the people around her.
There are two kinds of detectives in mystery novels, the professional detective and the accidental one. The problem with the accidental detective is that most people rarely run into a murder. But in Murder She Wrote, no sooner does Jessica Fletcher show up, and someone’s keeling over. It’s a wonder anyone ever invited that woman anywhere. In your typical Miss Marple mystery a murder occurs almost immediately. The police are perplexed by the lack of evidence or the circumstances around the death, and then one of the detectives recalls Miss Marple, an odd woman they had met once who was very good at puzzles, so off to St. Mary Mead they go to consult with Miss Marple. In the Moving Finger Marple doesn’t even make an appearance until the last quarter of the book, and even then it’s just for a few pages.
This novel is quite different Miss Marple appears in the story almost immediately; it’s the murder that takes three quarters of the book to show up though. There is a spree of robberies that keep happening, at least that what all the old fogeys keep reading about while they lounge around a hotel, but this doesn’t seem to have any link with the people at the hotel, and there is no obligatory corpse until almost the end of the novel. While the mystery wasn’t really all that interesting, I did enjoy reading it. All in all it was an ok read. ...more
I really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to the sequel. I'm not usually a fan of sequels, they tend to just rehash what happened in theI really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to the sequel. I'm not usually a fan of sequels, they tend to just rehash what happened in the first story and they tend to be a bit watered down. Not so with this sequel. I like how the author has built on this imaginary world of his. The photos,I think are very clever, not as necessary as it was in the first novel, but very well done anyways. Another sequel is in the works and I'm very much looking forward to reading it as well....more