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The Swordsman of Mars (Swordsman of Mars #1)

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In Swordsman of Mars, Harry Thorne, outcast scion of a wealthy East Coast family, seeks the greatest adventure of his life. He exchanges bodies with his look-alike, Martian Sheb Takkor, and is transported millions of years into the past to a Mars peopled with mighty warriors, beautiful women, and fearsome beasts. Sheb Takkor, a great swordsman in his own right, must fight ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Paizo Publishing (first published 1933)
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Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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The first in Otis Adelbert Kline's two book Martian series. Sword and Planet like Burroughs, but not as imaginative, I thought. Still, good reading.

I have two versions of this, the old Ace edtion and a facsimile edition from James Van Hise.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sword-and-planet
A twist of fate put me in a position to compare the 1960 Ace edition ("Complete & Unabridged") and the 2007 Planet Stories edition, which has the original text from its 1933 serial appearance in Argosy Magazine. While I preferred the appearance and vintage charm of the Ace edition, its contents compare unfavorably. The opening had been rewritten to bring it into the later decade, in the forms of a reference to Korea and a lampshade hung on known scientific facts of the day, and the text itse ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ah, there's nothing like a good unapologetic planetary romance.

I read the ACE edition, which invites comparison between Otis Adelbert Kline and Edgar Rice Burroughs. On reading the book, I can see why Kline was considered serious competition for Burroughs. “The Swordsman of Mars” is more than a Barsoom clone, though, it is very much it's own thing. Like Burroughs himself, Kline draws on various adventure and fantasy tropes and applies them for maximum effect.

Our hero is a man on Earth in “pr
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Wer würde bei dieser Damsel in Distress nicht auf den Mars wollen, um eine helfende Hand zu reichen?

Es heißt, dass Otis Adelbert Kline der einzige Autor sei, der den Anspruch erheben dürfe, eine Konkurrenz zu Edgar Rice Burroughs zu sein.
SWORDSMAN OF MARS ist eine kräftige Anleihe an ERBs A PRINCESS OF MARS (um nicht des böse Wort Plagiat zu bemühen, dass bei den Pulps ohnehin kaum Sinn macht), allerdings lange nicht so unterhaltsam. Auch wenn sicherlich niemand ERB als großen Stilisten bezeichn
Nov 08, 2008 marked it as to-read
A post at Fantasy Book Critic really raved about this book. Because I like the sci fi fantasy from that era, I marked it to read so I wouldn't forget about it.
Read this back in the 70s along with several other Kline novels.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The story of Harry Thorne, outcast scion of a wealthy East Coast family, who agrees to swap bodies with a Martian noble, thrusting him into a fierce and vibrant world of strange beasts and stranger people, where a man's future is determined by the strength of his sword arm. Tasked with tracking down and neutralizing another Earthman before he establishes a corrupt empire, and trapped between the love of two beautiful and dangerous women, will Harry Thorne wind up a slave in the dolorous baridium ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kline has an interesting take on the Mars and action adventure genre. His Mars seems more swampy than Burroughs, and his Ulfa (elves) are a parallel to our faerie folk of tradition. His 'ancient history' of how the moon became a satellite of Earth, how peoples mixed and interacted in the 'bad old days' before the current age of barbaric splendour, is really a rival to Burroughs' best (who left much unsaid in his own works). are told in a terse, unadorned style, which speak to me something of the ...more
Leila Anani
For those of you like me who have run out of Edgar Rice Burroughs Kline is the next obvious step - the style is so similar it could almost BE ERB - (ERB has a fighting man of mars and swords of mars - very similar titles)

TSOM is a lightening paced pulp science fantasy novel with everything from disintegrator rays (a cold energy decreasing interrotating green ray), fairies (ulfs) giant birds and bats, princesses and evil tyrants. At times its a little too fast and you fear that scenes have been
Doug Flegal
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline was the first novel I ever read. I read it under the bedcovers by flashlight, while hiding it inside my desk in Mrs. Loosmore's 4th grade class, and while riding my bicycle home from Glenmoor Elementary School. It didn't just capture my imagination, it created it. As a ten-year-old boy, I became a better swordsman than Zorro, rode giant birds into battle in the red skys of Mars, saved the rebellion and fell in love with the leader's strangely-attracti ...more
B. Reese
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
Great sword and planet story in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Better in some ways because it doesn't follow the Burroughs formula present in so many of his stories.

This book is also enjoyable because with some wiggling and reading of Den Valdron's blogs, this book actually can fit into Burroughs' Barsoom series.

Kline is a classic of his era.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This pulpy sword and planet tale is a swift, action-packed read. The world is vivid, the dangers menacing. But I think it suffers slightly from its generic lead character. While serviceable, he likes the inherent nobility of John Carter, the roguish craft of Eric John Stark, or the primal atavism of Esau Cairn.
Randy Harmelink
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-and-planet
Not as good as ERB, and I probably should only give it a 3 rating, but I just enjoyed it too much. Call it a guilty pleasure. I liked it in spite of itself. I wish Amazon had a separate category for the genre of "planetary romance" or "sword and planet", as they are my favorite type of story. Even more than zombies. :)
Aaron Meyer
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Not a bad story but also not a great one either. It is extremely fast paced so much so that it felt like there was stuff missing. There was a number of errors in the wording that made me actually stop and reread them a number of times, this to me seriously detracts from a story. The world he was creating in the story had a great deal of potential to be built upon though.
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A popular pulp era writer who served on the original Weird Tales editorial staff & appeared frequently in the magazine's early issues, Kline is perhaps best known for his novelistic feud with Edgar Rice Burroughs. He wrote "Planet of Peril" (1929) and two other novels set on the planet Venus and written in the storytelling form of the John Carter of Mars novels, prompting Burroughs to write hi ...more
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