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Book Title: Carson of Venus|
The size of the: 14.76 MB
Date of issue: October 1st 1981
ISBN 13: 9780441092055
The author of the book: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Consonant with stories written to be produced in serial form, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Venus” series is predictable and, at times, inflated to meet the word counts and expectations of its original venue. Most people know this series as the inferior clone to the John Carter of Mars body of work and, as accurate as that assessment is, the stories have their own charm. One knows, as surely as a princess will need to be rescued in an early Nintendo game, a princess will need to be rescued in each of these volumes. One knows, as surely as Dejah Thoris is the obsession of John Carter, that the pulchritudinous Duare will be the obsession of Carson Napier. One also knows from the outset that all of the tropes of pulp fiction will be present in the story: kidnapping, betrayal, pirates, fanatic cults, and improbable infiltration and escapes.
Still, none of that makes the pulp fiction of Burroughs any less intriguing. Carson of Venus is the third novel (collection?) in the series. It follows up on the open-ended ending of Lost on Venus by offering Carson and Duare the full globe of the planet as potential homes. They cannot return to Duare’s native land because, in spite of Carson’s rescue of the princess, he has violated the taboo of daring to speak to her. Worse, he has spoken his love to her. So, they must seek a new home.
Naturally, in that seeking a new home, there will be those who desire Duare enough to wish to kill Carson to have their way with her. In addition, seeking that new home will bring the duo into situations where competing cultures make demands upon them. In pulp tradition, there is a spy-counterspy element and scenes which depend upon the success of improbable disguises. As established earlier in the series, Carson has used the available technology of the planet combined with his earth-bound technology to create what amounts to a secret weapon.
As a result, we end up with a heady brew of treachery, mistaken identity, serendipity, and reckless undertakings. Unlike John Carter, Carson is not a superior swordsman. Unlike John Carter, he is not endowed with bonus athletic ability due to lesser gravity. In that sense, the situations require more mental prowess than physical and that is relatively refreshing in an ERB novel.
To be honest, I’m glad that I’ve saved the “Venus” novels for so long after I devoured the “Mars” novels (not once, but twice). The action isn’t as non-stop and the perils are not so overwhelming as in the latter, but the character seems more compelling with his limitations. To be sure, I wish he had a tag line as memorable as “I still live!” and I wish certain predictable encounters such as the one with the pirates hadn’t artificially lengthened the book (This scene offered little of interest to me.), but I actually prefer Carson to Carter. I’ll wager that I’m in the minority on that score, but I recommend this series to all like-minded readers. While ERB’s Venus series may have the occasional déjà vu aspect, it is a delightful weekend getaway—even if you don’t want to take a long vacation on Venus.
Read information about the authorEdgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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