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Masters Of The Pit Or Barbarians Of Mars

(The Michael Kane Trilogy #3)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  274 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion returns in the form of Michael Kane, a brilliant Earthman stranded on the treacherous deserts of Ancient Mars! In this sweeping, epic sword-and-planet adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kane and his blue giant companion Hool Haji must travel to the far reaches of the Red Planet to halt the hideous Green Death, an unstopp ...more
Paperback, UW1450, 158 pages
Published March 1979 by DAW Books (first published 1965)
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Michael Adams
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was in a way the weakest and strongest of the three books in this trilogy about old Mars, odd as that may sound. By the midway point I almost wanted to give the book up, it had gotten impossibly convoluted; side-adventure within side-adventure. Plus some somewhat absurd-looking (described?) creatures became a prominent part of the story for a few chapters. I persevered, though, and actually found the ending a bit touching, and a nice, meaningful way to end the final story in the series. So, ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third and final adventure of the legendary Michael Kane (not to be confused with British actor Michael Caine, whose voice people love imitating on late night talk shows). If you've read the previous two novels in the trilogy, you know exactly what to expect. The first half of the book made me think that Moorcock was improving at this type of storytelling, but it turns out he was just saving the really dumb stuff for later.
This series never stops feeling like a rip off of Edgar Rice B
João Batista
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kane and Hool Haji on a journey back to the Yaksha vaults... but before they stop at a city of the dead-faced Eleven; and encounter Bagarad fighters or looters, having to journey by ship with them. Stranded on the western continent, they all find the Masters of the Crystal Pit (the Jihadoos) as well as dog- and cat-folk. kane's original mission is not the same and it changes every time he finds stranger events. More creatures of Vashu are presented to us, this time sea monsters. Finally, Kane an ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Edgar Rice Burroughs-style Martian adventure, originally written as a potboiler to help keep New Worlds magazine afloat. While taking part in and helping create the New Wave, Moorcock wrote these Martian novels under a pseudonym, but there are trademark elements. He refers to several of his New Wave peers via the names of various islands - Ssidla, Drallab, Nosirrah and even Kcocroom together with descriptions that convey his own impressions of these writers' worth and character, if you know who ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really get on with the style of this book, it was like a child's story, "this happened and then this happened and then we went there" with the occasional "I felt happy" thrown in. I have read quite a lot of later Moorcock and never encountered this problem before, I wonder if it was deliberate or just because it was written so early in his career?

The best I can say it that it shows a vivid imagination and the main character was quite likeable.
Nov 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Moorcock channels his inner ERB for this fun, pulpy story of an earth man on Mars, fighting awful monsters, angry native warriors, meeting his one true love and just being all around noble and manly.

M.E. Syler
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
A fun book to read. Published in 1965 it takes one back to the early SF serials. Moorcock tells a complete story in 158 pages. That brevity without sacrificing content is a lost art on today's works of SF/Fantasy.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Book 3 of the martian trilogy
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a rip roaring Swashbuckler!
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
3rd in the Michael Kane series of John Carter pastiches from Moorcock. Written when he was a teenager, I believe. Or quite young. Not great stories but entertaining.
Shannon Appelcline
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Another book that's at best OK. A lot more random than the others in its picaresque journeyings, but at the end it offers some interesting philosophy.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Last one and it was good too. A bit of philosophizing at the end but not as overpowering as with Moorcock's other stuff.
Greg Lindsay
Though I really don't care for the writing style, the story its self is pretty entertaining. Its a quick read too.
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