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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Borgo Press (December 1, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587150301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587150302
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,344,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Strange and unusual concepts about Mars and it's relationship to Earth, a quest for redemption, and a budding romance all make up this classic by Lin Carter. It is a book that, while short on scientific fact as we know it now (thus resulting in the 4 rather than 5 star rating), is not short on imagination and pure fun!
It is a fast read and not designed to delve too deeply into the background and motivation of the characters other than the main one, but that suits this book as it is not intended to be a character driven story: more a plot driven story with much emphasis on the main character.
An ancient civilization on Mars conflicts with the civilization of Earth and a man tries to regain his own identity amidst the struggle. I do not want to spoil it too much for you, but if you have read and enjoyed the "Martian Chronicles" or any other Martian book regarding ancient civilizations on the Red Planet, this book will also fit your fancy. Get it, you will be happy.
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Lin Carter is best known for his editorial work in the field of fantasy, particularly in the creation of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series. His own work, alas, all too often emphasized his weaknesses at the expense of some very real strengths. But occasionally those strengths had their chance to shine, as in this solid novel.
While Leigh Brackett may have provided the basic model of his Mars, Lin Carter did something exciting & moving with it. Combining the wish-fulfilling adventure of the best of the pulps, a streak of elegaic poetry, and a clear, direct depiction of a dying culture struggling to resist the rapacious colonialism of a greedy Earth, he created a fine story that lingers after the last page. And while the science has been superseded by real-life discoveries, that hardly matters; the color & haunting, dreamlike longing for something precious but fading is what counts. A worthy addition to the small shelf of autumnal Martian fiction!
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There is a Mars of red deserts and watery canals and lost cities and beautiful princesses and exotic music and tharn beasts and science so old it is almost like magic. It is the Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs, C.L. Moore, Leigh Brackett, and Ray Bradbury. It is the Mars of Roger Zelazny's "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" and Fritz Leiber's "When the Change Winds Blow". When you enter this Mars, you had better not think like a NASA scientist. You must think like an autumnal poet.

Lin Carter's _The Man Who Loved Mars_ (1973) is the first of a series of novels in this tradition. Carter is not a poet of the same caliber as Brackett, Bradbury, or Zelazny. But he does passably well:

They were ranged along the cliff edge, where a long catilene sloped down into the Rill. They had gathered swiftly, picking their way daintily on silent feet. And those who sat astride the great red _slidars_ were silent too. Tall, grim-faced men, with bleak, cold eyes and russet fur instead of hair.

They had swords, long, whip-bladed rapiers, but they hung scabbarded at their sides. In their hands were long slender hollow black tubes. I knew these tubes of old, and a cold wind went up and down my spine. (63)

Ivo Tenegren is the disgraced leader of a failed Martian revolution of years ago. He is sipping drinks at a cafe in Venice (a city very much unlike Mars). Here, he is approached by a courtly archeologist, his beautiful but cool granddaughter, and a thuggish Russian pilot. They make him an offer he cannot refuse: a free ticket to Mars if he is willing to guide them to the lost city of Ilionis.

There follow adventures down Martian canyons, across the River of Death, through the Hall of the Moons, down the Avenue of the Monoliths, and finally in the Treasure City itself.
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By Jeff H. on December 3, 2015
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Lin Carter seems to be a very uneven writer. Some things I love others I do not. His style changes. In this book however I was pleased with his writing, the style I am used to. Although a short novel it pleases.
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