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A Red Sun Also Rises

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A tale of good and evil, where neither is what it seems!

Aiden Fleischer, a bookish priest, finds himself transported to an alien world. With him is Miss Clarissa Stark, a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability, wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from society.

On the planet Ptallaya, under two bright yellow suns, they encounter the Yatsill, a race of enthusiastic mimi
Paperback, 271 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy the planetary adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Otis Kline then this book is right there with them. Lots of action, fair maidens, and mad scientists on a strange planet with strange inhabitants, then this is one not to miss.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013, e-books
4.5 Stars

“Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
—Saint Augustine

A Red Sun Also Rises is a very enjoyable read by Mark Hodder. I was already a fan of Mark Hodder before reading this book. I really enjoy his steampunk style as well as his Burton & Swinburn series. This book is much like his other in that it is steeped in steampunk, twisted with some science fiction, and finally mixed up in history to give it a unique flavor and style.
Blodeuedd Finland
Now how to explain this book...I do not think I will able too. It's an adventure that you just have to read to truly get.

We have a hero and a heroine. Aiden, a priest who is not good at being a priest, and Clarissa, who is so smart but disfigured and therefore she has to beg for bread. But then she starts to work for Aiden, and they discuss religion. A theme through out the book, what is good and evil? Anyway the weirdness has not even started, that starts when he becomes a missionary and we end
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2014-reads
This is a bit unusual book.
You get a Victorianesque adventure mixed with science fiction and a dash of romance.
Furthermore there is an intelligent story with complex concepts - the name Charles Darwin should give you a hint.

For me it was definitely not a book easy to devour. I needed time to get an real understanding of the concepts behind.

If possible I would have rated it with 4.5 stars.

Maya Panika
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Red Sun Also Rises:
A corking tale of derring do on an alien world.
I love Mark Hodder and this might be my favourite of his to date. I was expecting another steampunk tale, but this is high Victorianesque, inter-planetary SF. It has more in common with HG Wells than Burton & Swinburn.
A Red Sun Also Rises is a first-person narrative, told by Aiden Fleischer, a weak and hopeless sort; a failed vicar turned useless missionary, who becomes a true and selfless hero on an alien world – A worl
Fred Hughes
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Mark Hodders books are always interesting and you just zip along within the world he creates in the story. This one was a little more complex to read then most of his books as the premise was rolled out over the first third of the book. But after that it was full Steampunk ahead
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Red Sun Also Rises is a cracking planetary romance that involves many of the tropes of Victoriana adventure-romp, whilst also managing to involve an intelligent plot and complex concepts.

Much of the start of the book has an HG Wells feel. The tale begins with the story told by Aiden Fleisher, who whilst as a parish vicar in England, develops a friendship with crippled engineering genius Clarissa Stark. When Aiden is forced to leave his parish and become a missionary in Papua New Guinea, Claris
Sandy Eichelberger
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Aiden is a young minister, a quiet bookish man who becomes involved in an adventure beyond belief when he goes to a missionary post. Not only is he faced with monsters and freakish creatures, but he is transported to another world. By his side is the crippled and disfigured Clarissa who is brilliant and acts as his sextant. Together, the two are subjected to multiple dangers and they must fight and help each other to survive. The world-building of Hodder is intricate and complex. There are multi ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Those familiar with my love if the Burton and Swinburne will guess that I might just enjoy this too. Red Sun is a different animal compared to the steampunk adventures of the dynamic duo of the Albertan era; it's a homage to the pulp planetary romances and the likes of Edgar Rice Burroghs. I like this book a lot, it's a first person tale of someone coming to grips with themselves and funding a place for themselves. Aiden is not always the most likeable of characters but he and his sometime serva ...more
Barry Huddleston
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All to often, I build my expectations for a book so high that I come away a little disappointed. To my great relief, Hodder’s “A Red Sun Also Rises” met my expectations — and exceeded them.

The story is brilliant. I liked the character of Fleischer and I like the thought of a hunchback, Clarissa Stark, helping the pastor develop a spine. Fleischer struggles with his life, his faith, and finally with reality itself, and his human frailty and subsequent growth really pulled me in to the story. The
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Hodder does a masterful job of "sword and planet" fiction. So skillfully done that it actually gets a little in the way of my enjoyment of the novel--seems I'm not a huge fan of sword and planet. Plus, the completely alien race (reminiscent of Burroughs' alien rulers of Pelucidar) actually make it harder for my empathy with the characters to kick in. The protagonists are well characterized and his prose is spot on as always...but I never manage to develop the love of these characters the way I d ...more
David Marshall
Dec 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Frankly, this is a massive disappointment after the first two in the previous trilogy. I was hoping for much better. Unfortunately, this is dire. I hate the language which is sub P G Wodehouse and the cod psychology is deeply annoying. The plot reruns Cycle of Fire by Hal Clement.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I haven't read any of Edgar Rice Burroughs books of the Mars series, only seen the movie which I still liked in spite of bad reviews, yet 'A red sun also rises' gave me a real feel of deja-vu. It was like, this story has been written before and everybody knows it but nobody cares. Well neither do I. I liked it a lot mainly because I enjoy Hodder's writing style, the time period even if it is set on another planet and because it is an adventure story placed in a weird new world where ever ...more
Benjamin Kahn
An enjoyable read, reminded me a little of older science fiction that I've read - Lewis Carroll particularly, but other books that I'm less able to put my finger on. A little convoluted at times. I enjoyed it, but at times it was just a little too removed from reality to totally capture my attention.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was intrigued by the cover art and promises of creatures and strange worlds.

Unfortunately by the time I got to the creatures, I was so goddamn annoyed by the mc and the story that I had to put the book down.

Tragic. The cover looks awesome, though. Kudos to the artist
Corinne Parson
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story!!

This was an exciting story which started off a little slow, but was well worth the wait! The twists and turns make it an easy read with non-stop action and discovery. So glad it was recommended to me and can't wait to read more from this author!
Patrick Dewind
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Hodder's writing style, and have enjoyed all of his books so far. This one, taking a much more pulpy tack, is reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs, though with a Victorian flair. Action, adventure, weirdness, and a touch or romance.

A decidedly enjoyable read.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A man without faith. A woman without hope.

My name is Aiden Fleischer. I was forced from my home, moved among the victims of Jack the Ripper, was tortured by a witch doctor, and awoke on another planet. Throughout it all, my assistant, Clarissa Stark, remained at my side.

On Ptallaya, we were welcomed by the Yatsill. The creatures transformed their society into a bizarre version of our own, and we found a new home beneath the world’s twin suns. But there was darkness in my soul, and as the two yel
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adult readers

A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder

I seldom find a science fiction story that tempts me of late. Since Harry Potter combined aspects of science fantasy and adventure, the attention of authors--or at least what publishers give us--seems to have been diverted from that genre.

I did enjoy the series of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet galaxy wars, suggested by a student two years ago. The chess game both inside and outside the battleship was as good as Orson Scott Card's two Ender books, Ender's Game and
Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
tried 3 x but couldn't get into this despite the Philip K Dick award...but have over 50 books in the to-read pile so, if something doesn't immediately grab me, out it goes
(and, for completeness, I failed to read the 2014 edition by Pyr but with this cover)
Aidan is a settled churchman in Victorian England who finds himself running away to be a missionary, encouraged in part by his outcast companion Clarissa. They arrive in the Southern Pacific only to be whisked away to another world filled with grotesque snail-men and horrible squid-people. The snail people turn out to by psychic mimics. Within short order they adopt social structures and language patterns of Victorian England, thus propelling the book from fantasy into steampunk. A few thoughts: ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of Mark Hodder. I have no recollection or knowledge of his previous books. However, by the stir and circumstance of the moment, this book was prominently displayed at my local library. The cover garnered my interest thus my rental. I am not disappointed.

The story itself is very straight-forward in expression but comes off with no direction through most of the book. It opens up with the main character Aiden Fletcher and how he works as a priest despite not being a good one. Through
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Mark Hodder is a very clever writer. He specialises in alternate histories that, broadly speaking, come under the heading of Steampunk. He's probably best known for his Burton and Swinburne series, which brilliantly sets up Victorian explorer and academic Richard Burton, aided by decadent poet Algernon Swinburne, as a sort of steam age James Bond tackling enemies of the Empire in a futuristic Victorian setting.

"A Red Sun Also Rises" (not part of the Burton & Swinburne series) is an obvious h
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mark Hodder came to my attention with his Burton & Swinburne trilogy, which featured an alternate-reality Sir Richard Burton and his compatriot, the dissolute poet Algernon Swinburne, exploring mysteries of time travel and alternate realities. The books were fascinating and exceptionally enjoyable, so I jumped on this when I saw it on the library shelf. I was not disappointed. A self-contained novel (I think - I suppose it's possible Hodder could be working on a sequel), it sets forth the pe ...more
Yolanda Casica
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-lit, favorites
Aiden Fleisher and Clarissa Stark will stay in my mind for a while yet, how could they not with the way this story unfolds?

It was a rollercoaster of emotions to read and I am all the more happier to have experienced it. By the end of this journey we have everything we could have wanted from from it...well, almost. Usually, it would make me upset to leave off a story in such a way. Not with this one. The ending makes you think, which fits in quite nicely with the entirety of its content.

As the
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good, old-fashioned adventure tale with a bit of steam-punk and the threat of alien invasion thrown in. Our Victorian-era heroes, a failed priest/missionary and his brilliant-but-disabled female sidekick, while trying to convert some natives on a far off island find themselves transported to an alien world with some very strange and almost comical inhabitants called the Yatsill.

The Yatsill, resembling four-legged molluscs, are brilliant mimics and soon pick up the mannerisms and thoughts of th
Silvera Starling
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I guess if I had to sum up this book in one word it would be...interesting. I know it's not a very good word, but it's the one that pops up in my mind the most.

It's just basically a story of two people who get transported to an alien world and have to live with the weirdness there. The scenery and alien world described is really cool, and if you like the kinds of adventure where people are thrust into a new world and have to cope with all the strange oddities there, it's a pretty good book for y
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, fantasy, steampunk
Yet another entry in the "books that started out well but went off the rails" category. (Maybe I should just make it a category.) I'm not sure steampunk is the right word; it's certainly weird.

I picked this up because the book I was looking for wasn't on the shelf. It looked interesting. And it started that way. Bishop in Edwardian England, mysterious woman who is disfigured yet really smart and interesting, traveling to a distant land, sent to another planet. So far...yes.

But it got a little
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a social commentary through the lens of an alien culture type of book. There is a halfway decent narrative on the nature of good and evil that runs through it as well. A departure from Mark Hodder's Burton & Swinburne series, he tackles deeper issues and gives Victorian culture a backstage seat (although it is, of course, still present).

The main character, Aiden Fleischer, spends the first half of the book being an insufferable weenie. Luckily his companion, miss Clarissa Stark, is q
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