Considered by some to have been a model for Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series.
y rankling in my heart, picked my way homeward by a short cut through the dismalness of a New York slum I longed for steak and stout, slippers and a pipe, with all the pathetic keenness of a troubled soul.
It was a wild, black kind of night, and the weirdness of it showed up as I passed from light to light or crossed the mouths of dim alleys leading Heaven knows to what infernal dens of mystery and crime even in this latter-day city of ours. The moon was up as far as the church steeples; large vapoury clouds scudding across the sky between us and her, and a strong, gusty wind, laden with big raindrops snarled angrily round corners and sighed in the parapets like strange voices talking about things not of human interest.
It made no difference to me, of course. New York in this year of grace is not the place for the supernatural be the time never so fit for witch-riding and the night wind in the chimney-stacks sound never so much like the last gurgling cries of throttled men. No! the world was ver
A highly unscientific swashbuckling tale of Mars. A cookie cutter replica of the other Barsoom stories.
I skipped 90% of the non-dialogue text and hardly missed a nuance of the story. There is a slight twist at the end - and a disappointing one at that - which separates this from the other Barsoom books.
Worth a read if you don't mind old, wordy fiction.
Slow moving at first, the book soon picks up and displays a mild Edgar Rice Bourroughs style of writing. As a whole it was interesting and kept my attention throughout. At times I couldn't put it down!
The Martian landscape that as detailed in the book is a far cry from reality. Thick forest and seas, etc. However if you overlook this, you will enjoy Gilliver's adventures as he sets out to rescue the princess.
If you like Burrough's Barsoom series, you should enjoy this book.