Currently Reading: The Mucker

The Mucker
The Mucker, sadly, is one of the often forgotten works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  It is a great story though, full of adventure, lost civilizations, wild beasts, etc.  Though there are many expensive editions out there, you can get the ebook version of The Mucker and its sequel free at manybooks.net.  Follow this link: http://www.manybooks.net/titles/burroughseetext95tmuck10.html
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Ebook Signing Tour Day 14: Pellucidar

[DOLLHOUSE MINIATURE] Tanar of Pellucidar, Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1929

Pellucidar: the land at the Earth’s Core– what a great place to finish out my two week Ebook Signing Tour.  I’ve been to twelve imaginary places and I feel as if I never left home.  Pellucidar is the location for seven great books by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  You can get them all, including Pellucidar right here.  Download them in any ebook format.

Ebook Signing Tour Day 7: Caprona

Truly a land that time forgot, Caprona is a place where everybody goes through the stages from the earliest lifeforms all the way up to caveman.  Since apparently, even the highest lifeforms can’t read, I’m not really sure why I’m here on my ebook signing tour.  Oh yeah!  The dinosaurs!  Caprona was first reveal in The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  They’ve made two films of it, but do yourself a favor and read the book.  It’s a free download at Manybooks.net.

Ebook Signing Tour Day 2: Opar

Opar.  Beast-men.  Beautiful women.  Gold.  Jewels.  What’s not to love?  First described in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tazan Returns, it plays prominently in several of his other adventures, not the least of which is Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar.  Both available free from Manybooks.net.  My most popular book here is Princess of Amathar.

Featured Ebook: The Mad King

A heroic tale of adventure set in eastern Europe, The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a quasi-sequel to The Eternal Savage, though perfectly enjoyable on its own.  Sword fights, gun battles, mistaken identities, large scale battles, cavalry charges, a handsome American Hero from Nebraska and a beautiful Princess… this book has it all.  Download it free at Manybooks.net.  Follow the link.

Currently Reading: The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County

One of Edgar Rice Burrough’s westerns, I don’t remember if I read this one when I was a kid, but I’m reading it now.  If you haven’t read Burroughs, you must.  He is one of the great story-tellers of all time.
It, like most of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books, is available as a free download from manybooks.net.

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Princess of Mars

I’ve mentioned A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs before.  It’s an awesome book.  I love it and it’s the inspiration for my own Princess of Amathar.  I just watched the movie Princess of Mars (2009).  It’s not bad as B movies go.  It’s not even the worst movie based on a Burroughs book.  Some special effects were even okay.  It was missing three things thought that ARE Edgar Rice Burroughs.
1. Mystery.  John Carter never knows how he got to Mars.  Was it somehow related to his immortality– pretty mysterious in its own right.  In the movie… neither.  It’s some wacky government experiment.  There are no dead/lost cities– maybe THE best parts of any Burroughs book.
2. Relationships.  Though the friendship between John Carter and Tars Tarkas was okay, there was no hint of the emotional conflict of Sola, the only thark to know her father.  And one of the best parts of the book is Dejah Thoris’s anger at John Carter when she thinks he wants her only as his slave rather than his mate.
3. Beautiful women.  Tracy Lords turns out not to be too bad an actress and she is attractive enough in a “rode hard” sort of way– not surprising really, but she’s hardly “the most beautiful woman of two worlds.”
Of course there is a BIG budget, BIG name, BIG studio version of this story coming out in 2012.  I can’t wait.