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CITY OF THE BEAST/WARRIORS OF MARS by Michael Moorcock

August 31, 2014

Michael Moorcock originally wrote the first Michael Kane book under the name Edward P. Bradbury. I read the DAW version of the book back in the 1970s, I think, and the book carried both titles City of the Beast or Warriors of Mars. I enjoyed the book a lot when I was a kid because […]

STARWOLF 1: THE WEAPON FROM BEYOND by Edmond Hamilton

May 19, 2014

Edmond Hamilton was a pulp writer from the 1930s. He wrote most of the Captain Future pulps and earned the sobriquet, World Wrecker, because of the planet destroying plots he embraced. In later years, he moved into comic books and wrote several of the early issues of Superman and Batman, as well as helping give […]

AND THE DEVIL WILL DRAG YOU UNDER by Jack Chalker

December 30, 2013

Buy At Amazon I read this book back when it first came out in 1979, so I was still somewhat young and impressionable, still trying to find my feet as a writer. The cover is what sucked me in, made me lift that book out of that rack and take it home. Darrel Sweet really […]

PRINCE OF SCORPIO by Alan Burt Akers

December 28, 2013

Getting Dray Prescot to his love, Delia of Delphond, and to meet her father, the Emperor of Vallia consumes the first five books of the long-running sword and planet series written by Kenneth Bulmer. The culmination of that quest comes to a head in this novel in the series, and I enjoyed it as much […]

SWORDSHIPS OF SCORPIO by Alan Burt Akers

December 28, 2013

Swordships of Scorpio keeps up the pacing from the third book and Dray Prescot is once more thrown into a violent situation and we get a woman of color thrown into the mix. The past books have shown that Kregen is made up of men and half-men, like the Rapas and the Fristles, and also […]

WARRIOR OF PRESCOT by Alan Burt Akers

December 26, 2013

Warrior of Scorpio is the third book of the Dray Prescot series. Where the second book of the series seems a little uneven to me, this third book really hits the spot by presenting all of the action I remembered of the books. I suppose Kenneth Bulmer was just settling into his pace with this […]

THE SUNS OF SCORPIO by Alan Burt Akers

December 23, 2013

The Dray Prescot sword and planet books have made every move I have made since I was a kid. I moved the first lot out of my parents’ house when I got married. Then I kept adding to them over the years and moving them from place to place. Unfortunately, they’re in a box somewhere. […]

AT THE EARTH’S CORE by Edgar Rice Burroughs

December 11, 2013

Pellucidar, the world that lies at the Earth’s core, was the third longest-running series Edgar Rice Burroughs penned during his career. The series focuses mainly on David Inness, the young adventurer, who, with mentor inventor Abner Perry, used a contraption called the Iron Mole to dig through the Earth. Inside the hollow world, Innes and […]

THE DARK WORLD by Henry Kuttner

August 3, 2013

The Dark World by Henry Kuttner is a return, sort of, to the old sword and planet adventures written in science fiction for a number of years. To me, the genre had its beginnings in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter of Mars novels. Edward Bond, the main character, has memories running around in his head […]

WARRIOR OF LLARN by Gardner F. Fox

May 7, 2013

As a kid, I was a fan of both Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter of Mars books as well as Gardner F. Fox, who created the new takes on many of the Silver Age DC Comics heroes and wrote a fair share of fantasy novels as well as the Golden Age comics. I became aware […]