That's alright, Keith. I was willing (and wanting) to read some Pasticia
Mars fiction. My trouble is finding new (old) stories. Can you believe I
bought E.P.Bradbury's Mars series in the early seventies at a used book
store, then turned arround and bought them again in the later seventies when
the published them again under new titles and Moorcock? And if that isn't
enough I bought the hard back of them last year. Like duh!
But, like I was saying, in the Clay Series, the main characters stayed jerks
right up till the end. They had NO redeeming qualities! Made me wish that
the bad guy won. At least he was trying to better his race's lot in life,
instead of being slaves.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2001 2:50 PM
Subject: [barsoom] Re: John Carter of Mars Pastiche--English Style
> Hi Therese,
> Sorry I gave you a bum steer. I just wanted to inform the group of
> the existance of these books.
> I just found and read another pastiche or actually a satire of the
> ERB Martian books: "Ardor on Aros" by Andrew J. Offutt. I can't say
> I liked the book much. The protagonist starts out as a pig and a
> slacker--not much to admire. After the first couple of chapters it
> picks up and becomes a fairly good read. THe protagonist does grow
> into a hero after a time but I had trouble figuring out the
> motivation. I thought the ending was rather weak. It was a bit like
> Cervantes: "Don Quitoxe" in the theme of the story seemed to change
> in the middle of the book from a comedy/satire to an adventure tale.
> It's odd because Andrew J. Offutt has written some good stuff.
> It's worth a rainy afternoon but not much more. I was lucky, I found
> it in a used bookstore for 50 cents-Canadian (roughly 30 cents.)
> I'm about to read: "The Gods of Xuma" by David J. Lake. I will admit
> the start isn't much to get excited about but it is one of the old
> DAW gold spine books--does anyone remember those? I can't remember
> anything else by him.
> All for Now,
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