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City Of The Beast/Warriors Of Mars (Planet Stories Library) Paperback – 15 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (15 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601250444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601250445
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,442,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Manly Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
As the old saying goes, if you budget is $100m it's a homage, if its $50 it's a rip-off. City of the Beast is a homage to the old Sword and Planet tales of Burroughs and Kline, Brackett and C.L. Moore (and a host of others). Originally titled Warriors of Mars under the name "Edward P Bradbury" when published back in 1965, it probably looked more like rip-off than homage. 45 years later, and with Michael Moorcock a well-known name in the business, it's a bit different.

There is not a lot of point talking about the plot, other than in the broadest terms - earthman is myteriously transported to Mars, fights monsters, meets a girl. The villian is an evil pirate queen who can mesmerise man and beast alike with the power of her mind - and whether this is extreme beauty, magic or some genetic mutation caused by radiation is never made clear. In fact, looking back on that last sentence I may have given the matter more thought than Moorcock did when writing the book. But you know what? That's OK. This is a book that was written to be read and enjoyed, not closely studied, interpreted, deconstructed, and analysed in depth. It's a simple, straightforward adventure story with a few fun flourishes. Its short, punchy and to the point: this is not a multi-volume fantasy epic to fear committing too, it's a one-night stand with a tongue in cheek romp through a fantastic world that never was.
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It was some 50 years ago i read city of the beast/warriors of mars by Michael Moorcock and thanks to Betterworld books who supplied me with an excellent copy i have been able to read it again. My thanks too Amazon and Betterworld books for making it possible thank you very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read 30 July 2013
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I enjoyed reading these in my youth, back when the book stores were filled with Burroughs, Robert E. Howard and others cranking out fantasy and sword and sorcery books. This is a good story in the same line with John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus and other planetary stories. I also recommend the other two in this trilogy, Lord of the Spiders and Masters of the Pit. Michael Kane is transported to Mars in the distant past where he meets the love of his life and battles enemies with only his sword and wits.A good escapist story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Homage to Burroughs succeeds 7 Mar. 2009
By Vagrant Turtle - Published on
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City of Beasts/Warriors of Mars succeeds, admirably, at being a homage to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. For anyone who is a fan of the genre of Planetary Romance, or who just enjoys well written action, this is a good book to read. Is it high literature? No. Does it make sense with what we know of science today? Not only no, but a resounding no! In the end will you understand the Human Condition better than before? Well, not really.

What it is, is a fairly simple straight forward story of adventure. In this book you will find all the derring do, vile villians and heroic... well, heroes that you would wish from a book of this type.

The writing in this novel only hints at the true depth of Michael Moorcock's gift for writing. Any fan of his who has read any of the later Eternal Champion series should see in this book the development of a truly gifted author. I am not sure when Michael Kane was added to the list of Eternal Champion's but so be it.

As a homage to the literary genre, though, it is a truly fun book. In the end, it is that word that makes me feel really happy about having taken the time to read a novel and why I am willing to give this one five stars (in spite of some minor flaws): That it is in the end a FUN read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Afternoon (or Late Night) Read 15 Dec. 2007
By J. May - Published on
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This is a very exciting book! I started reading it around 10:30 as some intending it as some before bed reading and finally finished it around 2:30am. I did not even notice the passing of time. I could not put the book down.

I am a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books, and this book definitely the same genre. There are two sequels to this book that will be released later in the Plaent Stories Line: Lord of the Spiders and Masters of the Pit.

I hope that you enjoy this story as much as I did.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast, Fun Read 12 Aug. 2011
By Art Turner - Published on
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Moorcock's homage to the "sword and planet" fiction of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs (A Princess of Mars (Penguin Classics),Pirates of Venus (Bison Frontiers of Imagination), etc.). First published under the name Edward Powys Bradbury in 1965, Moorcock actually goes the master one better by delineating a tale that doesn't require the massive suspension of disbelief that ERB's novels usually do. This is a fast, fun read that is guaranteed to appeal to fans of the sub-genre as well as enthusiasts of the more straight-forward sword and sorcery fiction that Moorcock is better know for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jhaeman's Reviews 13 May 2010
By Jeremy - Published on
Format: Paperback
On Grognardia, I've been reading a lot recently about Paizo's Planet Stories series, which is a line of classic fantasy and science-fiction novels (most from the 1950s to 1970s). The books come out bi-monthly and subscriptions are available, though so far I've just picked up several of the novels in used book stores.

The first one I read was Michael Moorcock's City of the Beast. Moorcock is a famous fantasy writer (especially with his Elric stories), but this is the first time I've ever actually read one of his books. City of the Beast (originally titled Warriors of Mars) has a refreshing simplicity to it, insofar as it is very much straight-up heroic adventure. Except for a framing sequence, it's told from the first-person point of view of a character named Michael Kane. A modern-day physicist (who just happens to be an expert swordsman and military tactician), Kane is transported by accident to the Mars of thousands of years ago--a world which is a lush, fantastic place full of strange creatures, civilizations, and quasi-scientific technology. Kane immediately falls in love with a native princess named Shizala and goes on an epic quest to rescue her when she's kidnapped by a race of blue-skinned giants named the Argzoon. In other words, this is the story of a guy fighting monsters to rescue a princess: it is Super Mario Bros: The Novel. I say that facetiously, as it's fun to read a fantasy novel that is straight-forward and fast-moving (it weighs in at just over 150 pages) and that doesn't carry with it dozens of subplots and hundreds of characters. As much as I like the layered myth-making and deep characterization in stories like The Wheel of Time, a book like City of the Beast offers a nice change of pace.
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