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The Outlaws of Mars (Swordsman of Mars #2)

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A man is transported to Mars and finds adventure, action, suspense, and romance. A true pulp fiction classic.
Paperback, D-531, 158 pages
Published 1961 by Ace Books (first published 1933)
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May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Those readers who had been charmed by Otis Adelbert Kline's swashbuckling sci-fi adventure "The Swordsman of Mars" would not have long to wait before they were treated to that novel's follow-up thrill ride. While that first interplanetary pastiche of author Edgar Rice Burroughs had appeared as a six-part serial in the January 7 to February 11, 1933 issues of the weekly "Argosy" magazine, the follow-up, "The Outlaws of Mars," appeared as a seven-parter, in that same pulp's 11/25/33 to 1/6/34 issu ...more
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second in Kline's Martian Sword and Planet series. Not as good as the first. I have a facsimile edition.
Leila Anani
Solid planetary adventure romance in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs - this has all the cliches, Mars setting, Earth hero, princess in distress, political strife, sword fights, villains etc... But somehow it manages to be less than ERB's Barsoom tales.

Junia the princess is part of the reason I think - she is no Dejah Thoris. Yes she's a reluctant heroine but she is also quite passive, lacking spunk and the fighting sword and tongue of Dejah.

The world is this one is far more mechanised and steam
Steve Goble
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's an Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom tale, without the charm.

I gave up quickly on this one. I actually like cheesy science-fantasy, and I knew it was a Barsoomian-style adventure going in (that fact is emblazoned on the cover), and I figured it could be a lot of fun if handled correctly.

It wasn't, at least to start. Kline did nothing early on to convince me the book would get better, so I stopped reading.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
"Interplanetary adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs"
That blurb sums it up. A good fast read over a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. Much better than watching the Bears play...
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
2 1/2 stars.
Fred Bloggs
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stilted and uninteresting

Hated it st from the era when a stiff drink would get the hero through any shock. Unlikely science, unconvincing put.
Read back in the 70s
J.L. Dobias
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF classic romance lovers
Shelves: book-shelf-08
If I could put Kline in a bottle.

The Outlaws of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline

Once more this is a book I read way back in my teens; and about the time that I was reading Edgar Rice Burroughs. An interesting story about these is that after Kline wrote his Venus stories, Edgar thought they were imitations of his Mars series and then Edgar wrote his own Venus series and then in retaliation Kline wrote two Mars stories. I'm not sure about that because the timeline of publication looks like Kline wrote
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sword-and-planet
For Kline's sword and sorcery novels, sometimes it feels like you're reading the same book over and over again. Each protagonist is a strikingly similar hero figure eerily good at swordfighting, and the theme of 'impressing the princess despite her initial resistance' runs through all stories, usually with a side dish of political intrigue or pursuit.

Then again, sometimes it feels like they're entirely unrelated and not part of a series at all. Ideas from one book are dropped and new ideas take
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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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