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Red Dead Reademption

I don't have time to read as much as I'd like anymore, so when I do, I make sure what I'm reading is the best I can find.

Currently reading

Seven Forges
James A. Moore
The Mike Hammer Collection, Volume 2: One Lonely Night, The Big Kill, Kiss Me Deadly
Mickey Spillane
The Black Dahlia
James Ellroy
Witches Abroad
Terry Pratchett
The Drawing of the Three
Stephen King
A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Seelye Classic sword-and-planet, which is fitting, because this book pretty much created the genre. Arguably, this is Burroughs at his best, even though it was his first. The Burroughs tropes are all here: a man's man outsider protagonist winning the respect of a barbarian culture; noble warriors of said barbarian cultures joining the Man's man protagonist in glorious combat; breakneck action; Dejah Thoris (who is pretty much a trope in and of herself).

If they seem cliched, it's because this story started them all. Tarzan never made it to Barsoom, and John Carter never made it to Tarzan's Africa, but either would have been just as easily at home in each other's story as they were in their own.

Burroughs' Barsoom is as fully realized as Howard's Hyborea and Lovecraft's Arkham. The culture of the Tharks is easily as intricate as that of any fictional aliens from more modern franchises.

And Woola kicks ass.