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Let's Read John Carter of Mars!:
Rock OnWell, I'm waiting for the train, watching the freight trains go by, and reading ebooks on my phone. I downloaded the first few John Carter of Mars books from Project Gutenberg to read on my trip, and I figured I'd pass the time by liveblogging them. I've never read any of Burroughs' work; the closest I've come is watching Disney's Tarzan. Nevertheless, I've heard they were quite good. This would probably be easier if I had Wifi for my computer and weren't trying to do this on my phone, but I'll give it a shot. Edit; You know, I've also got the audiobook of the first one from Project Gutenberg, and the narrator has a groovy Scottish accent; I might try that, too. Edit Edit: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Project Gutenberg Mobile entry; m.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search.mobile/?default_prefix=author_id&sort_order=downloads&query=48
edited 8th Dec '10 9:01:08 PM by DrRockopolis
Never Ask Me the OddsI'm interested in what your impression will be and whether it holds up. Big sci-fi nut here and I like the classics - Asimov, Heinlein, Verne - and knowing the genre history. Never read these, though.
edited 8th Dec '10 3:48:24 PM by TheGirlWithPointyEars
She of Short Stature & Impeccable Logic My Skating Liveblog
Rock OnI'm not sure if the Framing Story counts as a Literary Agent Hypothesis; Edgar Rice Burroughs is relaying the memoirs of Captain John Carter after his death in 1884.
Rock OnHey, my first fan! Now I'm committed, cold feet or no. Okay! After the war, Captain Jack Carter is left with a couple hundred thousand dollars of Confederate money and a Captain's commission with the losing side. So, with no skills but war, he and a friend by the name of Powell go off to Arizona to hunt for gold.
edited 8th Dec '10 4:51:41 PM by DrRockopolis
Rock OnThe way the audiobooks open up, they make it sound like a Radio Drama...man, that would be an interesting Troper Covens project.
Never Ask Me the OddsI like radio dramas myself. Heh, I didn't realize it was set (from our perspective) so far in the past. Sounds like Western meets Sci-Fi but not a Space Western like, say, Firefly. Guess it makes sense, being such an early example of genre literature.
She of Short Stature & Impeccable Logic My Skating Liveblog
Rock OnYeah, first published in 1912...I wonder how much Science Marches On I might find, although it's more of a Planetary Romance than Sci-Fi, despite being "of Mars". Whew, three hours to go. I think I'll go back to reading.
edited 8th Dec '10 7:18:54 PM by DrRockopolis
Rock OnJohn Carter wakes up on Mars; he mentions he knew it like you or I know we're on Earth. He's still naked, and lying on a bed of yellow moss, which spreads as far as the eye can see. The sun is bright and harsh, he describes it as similar to the Arizona desert sun (believe you me, that is crazy harsh). Regaining his senses, he stands up. And up, and up. When he gets his feet, every step sends him bounding into the air. He settles on crawling. Not the most glorious means of transport, but... He heads toward the nearest structure, some sort of greenhouse. It's full of eggs, some of which are hatching; hexapodal, tube-eared, top-eyed, slit-nosed green martians. He finds them disturbing. Then he hears something clatter behind him, just in time to leap out of the way of a forty foot spear held by a charging fifteen foot martian atop a ten foot hexapodal steed. Martian life seems to be hexapodal, and the moss is very good at damping footfalls. Remember what happened with walking? He leaps over the greenhouse and lands about thirty feet away. Seeing that they're armed with rifles, he doesn't try to run. On their part, they don't chase, but rather, stop and freak out. Mars' lighter gravity makes him crazy muscular by their standards. Their leader comes forward and offers him a bracelets and what is assumed to be a request for surrender. He guesses correctly, and goes off with them. Edit;You know, now I can't tell if the narrator sounds Scottish, or like a laid back Zero Punctuation. Also, I should put the Project Gutenberg link to Burroughs on the first post.
edited 8th Dec '10 8:58:46 PM by DrRockopolis
Rock OnAlso, whoa; There's a John Carter of Texas Congressional District Thirty One.
Rock OnSo, off with his captors, who I've neglected to mention are fanged and bedecked with metal ornaments. After travelling some miles, the land slopes up sharply; he later finds he arrived in one if Mars' dried, ancient, seas. They arrive a a settlement, looking long unoccupied despite being in good condition. Towards the middle, however, are the Martians, and an ancient, splendid palace. The leader of his captors is apparently of some importance, as he walks through the crowd, into the palace, and presents John to the ruler; a martian heavily decorated in metal, feathers, and silk. The inside of the palace looks ancient yet splendid, but things like the desks are proportionate to John's stature, rather than the Martians. They apparently want him to show off his jumping, dragging him outside. When one of them gets too pushy, though, he decks the Martian; everyone else laughs, and they take him outside to jump. He shows off for a bit, but demands food and water by making the apparently universal gesture of stomach patting. They hand him off to one of the smaller females, who takes him to the living quarters and fetches...a ten legged animal. Decapodal?
Rock OnWhew, I am exhausted. Another half hour before I can get on the train. I think I'll be in El Paso by the time I wake up. I might read a few chapters before sleeping, and blog them in the morning. I like the way Burroughs writes, he's very descriptive and his words seem to flow right, but his tendency for Exposition is a bit jarring; was it the style back then?
edited 8th Dec '10 9:43:31 PM by DrRockopolis
Rock OnMoving to the new liveblog system, might be a bit tricky on a Droid.
Rock Ontvtropes.org/pmwiki/lb_i.php?lb_id=12919183980B30760200 Now in a new location!
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