Llana of Gathol is the tenth book in the Martian series, and the last one to be written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is composed of several small books novelettes each dealing with different situations and all are part of the larger storyline. Seeking solitude, John Carter flies northwest as far as the deserted city of Horz. Afterwards he is however taken prisoner by other white men, despite the protests of Pan Dan Chee.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Llano, the daughter of Gahan of Gothol, is the perfect damsel in distress. The four books in this series is truly comprised of parody and satire.
These books are a good laugh with many futuristic encounters and wild characters. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published July 12th by Del Rey first published More Details Original Title. John Carter , Llana , Hin Abtol. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Llana of Gathol , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Llana of Gathol Barsoom, Jun 27, Joseph rated it liked it.
Maybe a 3. This is one of Burroughs' late-period books, written as a series of four linked novelettes -- he did the same thing with late Tarzan, Venus and Pellucidar books. John Carter is the narrator again; he gets involved in a series of adventures mostly involving nations of red and black men who live near Mars' north pole home of the yellow men in Warlord of Mars. The stories themselves aren't bad; one thing I found jarring, however, was the frequent reuse of de Maybe a 3.
The stories themselves aren't bad; one thing I found jarring, however, was the frequent reuse of descriptive passages from previous books -- various Martian creatures' descriptions seemed taken almost word-for-word from their original appearances. Llana of Gathol herself, John Carter's granddaughter, is an engaging character although she gets little actual screentime. Mar 13, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: action , scifi , 3series , 1paper , fantasy , 2fiction.
This is one of the best in that series. View 2 comments. I didn't realize that Burroughs was parodying himself until after I finished. But these elements are relatively subtle given the broad writing and genre. It's hard to take the standard Burroughsian action up the requisite notch to make it satirical.
The book is constructed of connected short fiction, and while this keeps things moving at quite a clip--fifty pages to introduce the new problem, work with it, and eliminate it--it sacrifices depth.
I would like to know more about the nearly-abandoned secret city of Horz, its inhabitants dwelling within a hidden citadel against discovery by Green Martian raiders, or more development of the dastardly Hin Abtol, whose mad dreams of conquest drive him to lead a ragtag, disloyal horde of scavenged, obsolete warships against the city of Gathol from the greenhouse city of the polar region.
Dec 15, Ikonopeiston rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys classical fantasy. Shelves: kindle , fantasy. This is an absolute joy. Burroughs must have had enormous fun writing this because it is as full of adventure as a pudding is of raisins. It is like reading one of the old movie series which would end with cliff-hanger after cliff-hanger.
Heroes are threatened with certain death; beautiful, pure maidens are kidnapped and risk ravishment. Swords clash; airships are hi-jacked; pirates proliferate; dead cities are not quite as dead as they look. This is wonderful brain candy. It redeems much of the This is an absolute joy.
It redeems much of the tedium of the books which immediately preceded it and leaves a delicious taste in the mental mouth. I shall read it again one of these days. Mar 09, Michael Drakich rated it it was amazing. Although this novel exasperated the level of unlikely chance occurring, it still featured John Carter of Mars in his finest as both a master swordsman and a cunning tactician.
The author, looking on how to expand his stable of unique people on Mars tested the limit of credulity with the invisible people. They seemed so silly. Aug 22, Sandy rated it really liked it. This book is comprised of four linked short tales that first appeared in "Amazing Stories Magazine" from March to October Each of these stories is around 50 pages in length and is made up of 13 very short chapters. In the first tale, "The Ancient Dead," John Carter goes for a spin in his flier to get away from it all, and winds up in the ancient Barsoomian city of Horz.
This long-dead city, however, turns out to be anything but. In "Escape on Mars," Carter goes to the aid of the besieged city of Gathol, and winds up stealing a battleship and putting together an untrustworthy crew of mercenaries and assassins.
Finally, in "Invisible Men of Mars," Carter and his granddaughter, the eponymous Llana, come upon the lost city of Invar, and its invisible inhabitants.
Space does not permit me to go into the remarkable plot twists and surprises that this book offers. Each of the tales is a little gem of swift-moving action, but this time presented with a decidedly lighthearted touch.
For all the serious goings-on, this Carter volume features the most humor yet seen in the series. This combination of deadly action, presented with a light tone, is a very appealing one. The book is also something of a nostalgia piece; of all the books in the series, this one refers back to events in previous volumes more than any of the others.
Indeed, I can hardly see how a reader could really enjoy this collection without a thorough knowledge of ALL the previous entries in the series. This harking back to old events and characters strikes me as being not repetitive, as some readers have claimed, but a nice, almost nostalgic tribute to past events. The book also features one of the longest and nastiest sword fights that Carter has ever engaged in; the one with Motus, in the city of Invar.
This is one memorable sequence, indeed. Carter is told several times during the course of this novel, by one or another of his many enemies, that "Resistance is futile. All of which is not to say that the book contains no problems, however. Like ALL the previous books in the Carter series, this one contains some doozies.
For example, the use of outrageous coincidence, while frequent in past volumes, is waaay overused in this book. I refer here to the coincidence of bumping into Llana in Horz and the coincidence of meeting the brother of Janai heroine of book 9, "Synthetic Men of Mars" , not to mention the coincidence of meeting all the other "old friends" mentioned above.
Worse still is the fact that by the book's end, the fate of several of the main characters remains unknown; e. We are told by Carter at one point that he will soon explain how the First Born have come to be in the lost rift valley, but he never gets around to it.
How is Carter able to read the hieroglyphs on the king's crown in Invar, when in previous books Burroughs has told us that each city has its own written symbols? Why is it necessary for Hin Abtol's ships to drop men with equilibrimotors flying belts into the besieged city of Gathol, when these soldiers could just fly in themselves? I should perhaps add at this point that I have been told by one of the founders of the ERB List the best Burroughs Website that any fan could ever hope for that many of these errors and discrepancies are absent from the original versions of the Carter books, but only added later by addle-brained copy editors.
Still, the vision of Burroughs does manage to shine through, and despite the glitches, this book is a veritable packet of wonders. Dec 21, John rated it liked it Shelves: pulp , sword-and-planet. Even by old-school pulp sci-fi standards, this book is dumb. And yet, as with all John Carter novels, it possesses a certain kind of charm for anyone reading it for purely escapist reasons. And, since Carter is a god-man who is the very best at absolutely everything he does, his eventual success is never in question.
The repetitiveness and shallowness of these stories would render them boring were it not for the fact that Burroughs creates a mythology interesting enough to compensate for the majority of the book's shortcomings.
Mar 24, Curtiss rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , fantasy , recorded-on-audio-cd. I've read and re-read these stories over the years, and even recorded them onto DVD for the local radio station for blind and reading-impaired listeners. Jul 06, Mark rated it liked it. In this penultimate novel in the John Carter series, our hero discovers still more unknown tribes on the red planet. The evil Hin Abtol, self described Jeddak of Jeddaks in the north, is bent on conquering all of Barsoom and claiming John Carter's grandaughter, Llana of Gathol in the bargain.
Llana of Gathol
Llana of Gathol is a collection of four science fantasy stories by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs , which were originally published in Amazing Stories in The first collected edition of Llana of Gathol was published in It is the penultimate book in the Barsoom series and the last to be published during Burroughs's lifetime. The stories in Llana of Gathol have a somewhat more humorous tone than earlier entries of the Barsoom series, and this book is considered to be an example of Burroughs engaging in self-parody late in his career.
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