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Jane Carver of Waar Paperback – March 6, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Jane Carver Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Waar
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597803960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597803960
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Ok, so I'm a little biased because I absolutely love Nathan's other books (the Gotrek and Felix series he took over, the spin off of Ulrika, now reading Blackhearts, even a short story I found on his site) but this book, Jane Carver of Waar, may just rank up there as an absolute FAVORITE of mine. The humor, the raunchiness, the adventure, the flawed heroine and heros, the romance, the way it touches upon social issues that apply to us here on Earth, all of that just sucked me in. It's just plain FUN to read. Luckily, I ordered Swords of Waar when I ordered Jane Carver so I could jump right into the next book without waiting and the second book is, dare I say it?, BETTER than the first! I am just hoping that he writes more of Jane because I cannot get enough. I even had a dream that I ended up on Waar just like Jane did!
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