Sunday, October 29, 2000

Pirates of Venus

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs is a very famous writer, and with good reason. He has created some memorable characters such as Tarzan and John Carter of Mars. That didn't stop him from writing some klunkers, however. Okay, make that relative klunkers. Pirates of Venus is basically a John Carter ripoff: A man of Earth gets transported to another planet, (in this case, Venus -- or Amtor, as the natives call it) makes some friends, gets into trouble and falls in love with a beautiful princess who happens to like him, too. It's a great tale when you first hear it, but grows rather stale after you've gone through a few versions. If you haven't heard this particular storyline, then this book might be for you. (I would recommend A Princess of Mars, also by ERB, instead.) For me, I'll give it a pass. It's not horrible enough for the Elbe River, but it's among the most mediocre waiting room material.

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