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Product Details

  • Series: Waar
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597803960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597803960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nathan Long is a screen and prose writer, with two movies, one Saturday-morning adventure series, and a handful of live-action and animated TV episodes to his name, as well as ten fantasy novels and several award-winning short stories. He hails from Pennsylvania, where he grew up, went to school, and played in various punk and rock-a-billy bands, before following his writing dreams to Hollywood — where he now plays in various punk and country bands — and writes novels full-time.


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Nathan Long is a screen and prose writer, with two movies, one Saturday-morning adventure series, and a handful of live-action and animated TV episodes to his name, as well as ten fantasy novels and several award-winning short stories.

He hails from Pennsylvania, where he grew up, went to school, and played in various punk and rock-a-billy bands, before following his writing dreams to Hollywood - where he now plays in various punk and country bands - and writes novels full time.

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Well, the first couple chapters had me worried.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris on March 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just finished Jane Carver and it is a great read. Full of over the top action and adventure, this is swashbuckling as it is supposed to be, thrilling sword fights, dastardly villains, strange aliens and acrobatic stunts. Also pirates, airships, slavers and sex.

I think that it is a little unfair to call this a parody of the classic ERB stories as this novel is it's own beast. In my opinion Jane Carver is a dramatic improvement over the original inspiration which suffered from stilted language and dated attitudes. This book brings John Carter into the 21 st century.

I loved the tiger centaurs, the gladiator fights, the sky pirates, and the heroine's gung-ho attitude. The alien princess is a scream. The sword fight on the top of an airship is fantastic. The author has a real feel for pulp style action with many cunning rescues and dramatic escapes.

I only hope that this is the first in a new series as I would love to read more adventures of Jane Carver.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Molly Tanzer on March 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Full disclosure: an editor at Night Shade sent me an advance copy of Jane Carver of Waar, because he knew my passion for barbarian queen epics. I am so glad he did; Jane Carver is an awesome book. Fast-paced, beautifully-plotted, hilarious, elegant in its response to/critiques of such epics of yore like the John Carter series, it's brilliant. The main character is the best part, though: Jane is strong, foul-mouthed, socially aware in interesting and engaging ways, feminist, self-aware, malleable while holding strong opinions, crafty, intelligent, resourceful, and still entirely human in all the right ways.

Everyone should read it. I actually delayed finishing the final chapters because I didn't want to leave Jane and Waar behind!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ed Kurtz on May 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
The back copy on JANE CARVER OF WAAR suggests that it's a parody of all the old pulp Sword & Planet stories (The Barsoom series in particular), and though that's true, Nathan Long's superb novel is much, more more that that. JCOW is a terrific entry in the subgenre, and stands tall amongst the very works it satirzes with just as much adventure, awe, and larger than life characters as Edgar Rice Burroughs' very best books. Any fan of ERB will adore this book. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Varden on December 22, 2012
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I'm a long-time fan of Mr. Long's work, especially his 'Blackhearts' series and his 'Gotrek & Felix' novels for Black Library. This novel is a departure from the grim world of Warhammer, and introduces us to Jane Carver, the 21st century's answer to John Carter, and her adventures on Waar. Structurally, the novel is largely an homage/gentle parody of ERB's 'Barsoom' stories, but with many of the antiquated conventions of that series (and fantasy fiction in general) turned on their ears. Jane is a hero by necessity, not by choice, who is believably afflicted with self-doubt and uncertainty, and she is far from the greatest swordsman (person) Waar has ever seen. Despite that, her journey from displaced fugitive to action heroine is thoroughly entertaining and convincingly written. Those familiar with the 'Barsoom' series may cringe a bit at the pursuit of yet another kidnapped princess, but this tale has enough twists, turns, and humour to be more than a carbon copy of its inspiration. It also drops enough hints about what's to come, and the secrets of Waar, to stoke one's interest for future stories.

If you're looking for a refreshing new take on a classic sci-fi fantasy concept, "Jane Carver of Waar" may be just what you're looking for. Jane is a big, bold, bodacious heroine of the sort that we have gone too long without, and I am glad she has finally arrived!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By redLYUBA on October 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I got an advance copy of the second book because it sounded interesting, having no idea that Jane Carver series was a pastiche of John Carter of Mars books. So I went and bought the first book, and while reading the reviews I found out what it was. It gave me a moment's pause, because I've never actually read the first book in the John Carter series. I've read three books down the line a long time ago and in Russian too, but they just didn't stick with me as much as Tarzan did.
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The only experience I have with John Carter is through the movie and whatever discussions I hear, so you could say I barely know anything about him. Yet I absolutely enjoyed Jane Carver! From the moment I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and stop. I loved Jane because of her no nonsense outlook on life and great one liners. Actually, she was just really really entertaining throughout the whole book, not slowing down even a moment. Even when her future was bleak, she was still very entertaining.

I didn't mind her language either. To me it just fit right in with the rest of her personality, so it didn't seem out of place. I do have a 'but' though. In the middle of the book it just got a tad too vulgar for my tastes. It wasn't so much the language, which is part of it, but more like that part could have been probably toned down a little? Because at that moment, the book went from a fun light fantasy to something that was just too much fixated on sex. Yes, sexual tension definitely added to the story, but only to some degree.

Like I said before, I have a pretty limited experience with the original John Carter novels, but I am familiar with ERB's other works.
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