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Kane of Old Mars (Eternal Champion #9)

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Physicist and swordsman.... On Earth, Michael Kane is a scientist. But after he's transported to an eon-old Mars, he must become a warrior to survive. This is not the Mars we see through a telescope or through the eyes of Sojourner, but one of the past from which the people of Earth may have originated.This ninth volume of the Eternal Champion series collects one of Michae ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 6th 2000 by White Wolf Inc. (first published 1981)
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Jul 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ER Burroughs fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This is actually the collected novels of the Kane series: City of the Beast, Lord of the Spiders and Masters of the Pit (all US titles, I gather the UK ones differ).

It's a good homage to ERB but, unlike Stirling's In the Court of the Crimson Kings, it's also a (at times not-so-subtle) subversion of Burroughs and the pulp SF/fantasy/adventure genre his novels represent. The third book is dominated by Kane's efforts to avoid fighting his foes and, rather, talking to them in an effort to avert viol
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omnibus
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Depending on your point of view, THE CITY OF THE BEAST is either homage to, or plagiarism of, Edgar Rice Burroughs' PRINCESS OF MARS. Moorcock does a terrific Burroughs impersonation, for better or for worse, though the world-building here isn't as good, even if you put aside how derivative it all is. On the other hand, Moorcock improves upon certain of PRINCESS OF MARS' plot defects: for example, by providing a scientific explanation for how the hero, Michael Kane, suddenly found himself
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
A quick confession: I've not read the Burroughs' classics, nor any other Victorian "Cities on Mars" fiction. "Kane of Old Mars"is an obvious and loving tribute to those works. As I've not had a chance to read what's being paid tribute to, I judge them on their own merits.

On their own merits, it is a trilogy about a human scientist, who finds himself transported to another time and place--Ancient Mars, back when it was inhabitable, before its people had to abandon the dying world and come to Ear
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm kind of sorry this book showed up from the library just now. It hit at the "confluence" or arrival of several serious nonfiction books. It is a book that should have a dose of concentrated "frivolity".

Moorcock does very much capture the Burroughs "feel". The open scene is reminiscent of John Carter showing up and relating his story to the Earth bound writer. This character (Michael Kane)doesn't seem to share Carter's apparent immortality, or at least not on the same way. Where Carter only re
Stuart Young
Moorcock's pastiche of Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter series is great fun. Writing under the pseudonym Edward P Bradbury Moorcock tells the tale of Michael Kane, a physicist who gets zapped to Mars and plunged headlong into adventure. Fortunately as well as being a brilliant scientist Kane happens to be a master swordsman and is soon swashing his buckle as he fights alien monsters and woos a beautiful princess.

Good, pulpy fun.
Steven Poore
As parodies/pastiches/tributes go, these are the only John Carter books you'll ever need. Don't treat them as anything more serious, though.
Robert Beveridge
Michael Moorcock, Kane of Old Mars (Warriors of Mars/Blades of Mars/Barbarians of Mars) (Lancer, 1965)

For the first book and a half of this trilogy, I had no idea what Moorcock was on about. Then I did a little research and found out Moorcock was parodying Edgar Rice Burroughs; that helped put things more into perspective and helped me get over some of my usual annoyances with many fantasy writers (the plethora of exclamation points and one-sentence paragraphs, etc.); traps Moorcock usually does
J.R. Hardesty
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you had fun reading E. R. Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series, you'll like this one too. It contains all three of Moorcock's Michael Kane books in one nice, tidy volume. Not Moorcock's best, by any means (they were published under the pseudonym of Edward P. Bradbury) but a great romp nonetheless. As in the Carter books, everybody runs around buck naked and there's plenty of swashbuckling to keep things moving. You will get a sense of déjà vu, and Kane can be just as clueless as Carter ever ...more
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it
• When I read some reviews about this book I have to admit I was a little skeptical. It also didn’t help that Moorcock’s books have been a lot more bad than good lately. Overall, though, this book was pretty entertaining. It was a little predictable. It wasn’t like some literary masterpiece. It moved along well. I really like the character of Kane. He represents a more innocent version of a hero that Moorcock usually doesn’t get to write about much. Again, this book had little or nothing to do w ...more
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