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Haley Starshine

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Truly a “neglected master”

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I've really enjoyed the Kuttner collections offer by Planet Stories so far. Although I enjoyed Elak of Atlantis a bit more, The Dark World was still a very enjoyable read. The explanation behind the world-hopping on this one was more plausible in these modern times than most sword-and-planet stories.

Kuttner was far ahead of his time.


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Yep...I can see Brackett's influence on the Empire Strikes Back

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Of all the Planet Stories I've read, this one had more of a Star Wars vibe than Sword and Planet.

The first story, the Secret of Sinharat was fantastic. If made into a movie, Eric John Stark could easily fit in with any modern big-screen heroes. He was definitely a blueprint for many of the darker heroes to follow.

The second story, The People of the Talisman, was a bit of a disappointment. The pacing was a bit plodding until an all-too-quick conclusion. Still, it was full of interesting characters and some great imagery.

I look forward to more Stark tales.


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I wish there were more Elak stories

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This was one of my favorite Planet Stories so far. It reminded me quite a bit of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The protagonists were likable, the villains sufficiently evil, and the heroines held their own. I also enjoyed the interesting variations of real-world cultures and mythology.

If only Kuttner had written more Elak stories...


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Not as good as City of the Beast, but still enjoyable

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The alternate title, "Blades of Mars" is much more appropriate, as the titular character and the creature on the cover play a very small role in the book.

Although the story wasn't as gripping and fresh as the first, it was still full of likable characters and some interesting scenes.

I'll agree with the introduction, that the Kane stories are essentially a bonus three John Carter books. You could do far worse than that. :)


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Left me wanting more!

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I'm relatively new to Moorcock, having somehow missed the Elric novels in my youth. I set out to remedy that, and just completed the first Elric saga, which I enjoyed greatly. The next book I read was City of the Beast.

I enjoyed this book every bit as much as the Elric saga, and in some cases, more. Michael Kane is a fantastic hero, and Mr. Moorcock somehow really conveyed to me the beauty of Shizala and her city, so that I could sense Kane's willingness to sacrifice everything for them.

This book had it all: likable characters, interesting landscapes, high action, thrills and chills. There was one stretch where the description made me so claustrophobic that I actually began to sweat.

I'm dying to read the next installment. Fortunately, it comes out this month.


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