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"Llana of Gathol" is a collection of four novellas written in the Martian series of Edgar Rice Burroughs which was written for Amazing Stories in 1941. Llano, the daughter of Gahan of Gothol, is the perfect damsel in distress. "Llana of Gathol" consists of four stories. First "The Ancient Dead" (originally "The City of Mummies") followed by "The Black Pirates of Barsoom","Llana of Gathol" is a collection of four novellas written in the Martian series of Edgar Rice Burroughs which was written for Amazing Stories in 1941. Llano, the daughter of Gahan of Gothol, is the perfect damsel in distress. "Llana of Gathol" consists of four stories. First "The Ancient Dead" (originally "The City of Mummies") followed by "The Black Pirates of Barsoom", "Escape on Mars" and finally "Invisible Men of Mars". 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....

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ISBN : 9780345324436
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Llana of Gathol Reviews

  • Jim
    2018-12-26 00:40

    Not really a 4 star book unless you really like ERB & the Barsoom series. This is one of the best in that series.

  • Derek
    2019-01-11 01:44

    I didn't realize that Burroughs was parodying himself until after I finished. In hindsight, the parodic elements were certainly present: three strange lost/hidden/secret cities, each with strict "no leaving" policies; a damsel in distress that appears apparently on cue; yet another poor deluded maid who falls head-over-heels for John Carter in time to render assistance in escape; and a seeming conga-line of swordmen (each claiming to be the best of Barsoom) for Carter to dramatically and extravagantly crush. 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.

  • Ikonopeiston
    2018-12-25 20:49

    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 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.

  • Sandy
    2018-12-28 00:30

    "Llana of Gathol" is the 10th of 11 John Carter of Mars books that Edgar Rice Burroughs left to the world. This book is comprised of four linked short tales that first appeared in "Amazing Stories Magazine" from March to October 1941. 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 "The Black Pirates of Barsoom," Carter discovers an enclave of the First Born (last seen in book 2, "The Gods of Mars") and is forced to fight in their gladiator-style games. 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. And in addition to previous events being referred to, we also see, in "Llana of Gathol," the return of several characters from earlier volumes: Ptor Fak from "A Princess of Mars," Tan Hadron from "A Fighting Man of Mars," Zithad from "The Gods of Mars" and so on. 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." I can't help wondering whether the creators of Star Trek's Borg menace were Burroughs fans! Anyway, these short-story gems will certainly entertain any lover of fast-moving sci-fi/fantasy.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.g., the fate of Hin Abtol, the main villain of the saga, and of Tan Hadron and Fo-Nar. 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. There are the usual inconsistencies that pop up, too: Why do the CLOTHES of the invisible inhabitants of Invar become invisible also? Why haven't the CLOTHES of the living dead in Horz not long since disintegrated? 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. I can only speak of what I have read (the Ballantine/DelRey paperbacks from the early '80s), and these books are something of a mess. Still, the vision of Burroughs does manage to shine through, and despite the glitches, this book is a veritable packet of wonders.

  • John
    2019-01-05 21:42

    Your enjoyment of LLANA OF GATHOL entirely depends on whether or not you can turn your brain off without losing all ability to be entertained. 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.LLANA OF GATHOL is composed of four inter-connected novellas, each with the same basic story structure: A strange new city is discovered, Llana is taken prisoner, and John Carter must break free from his captors and rescue her. 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. Every new city that John Carter visits has its own unique and fascinating characteristics--the kind of settings that would've made for great episodes of the original STAR TREK.Though recommended for John Carter fans only, LLANA OF GATHOL is the sort of ultra-lowbrow entertainment that keeps you coming back for more.

  • Curtiss
    2018-12-31 23:37

    Probably the weakest of the Barsoom series, as Edgar Rice Burroughs resorts to a bit of parody of his own earlier stories by casting John Carter's granddaughter, Llana, daughter of Tara & Gahan of Gathol, in the role originally reserved for her grandmother, 'the incomparable' Deja Thoris.These stories are not high art, or even good sci-fi/fantasy; but they are terrific yarns with exotic Barsoomian locales, fantastic beasts, flamboyant princesses, dastardly villains, and cliff-hanging adventures in which the hero gets the girl and the bad guy meets his (or her) just deserts.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.

  • Mark
    2019-01-01 23:47

    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. From the lost city of Horz, to a tribe that has created a pill to make themselves invisible, John Carter fights his way back to Helium with Llana in tow, meeting steadfast companions along the way.Another in an always enjoyable series.

  • Jeremy Gallen
    2019-01-19 17:48

    This tale of Barsoom opens with an unidentified narrator relaxing on a Hawaiian beach, with one of his kin, John Carter, coming and telling the story of the titular character, Llana of Gathol, daughter of Gahan of Gathol and Tara of Helium. The main action opens in one of the oldest and supposedly greatest dead cities of Barsoom, Horz, where John Carter, the narrator for the remainder of the story, fights green men, and is captured by Lan Sohn Wen. Carter is sentenced to death in a series of catacombs, and a little before then befriends Pan Dan Chee, the two seeking an exit, laughter and light eluding them.Carter and Pan Dan Chee ultimately encounter Llana, whom they take along, going to a canyon of Barsoom, with some backstory involving Martian reproduction. The editor further gives an aside in the middle of a chapter on radium powder, and the company goes to a gleaming white city, where Carter poses as a slave to the Black Pirates, and regularly engages in swordfights with adversarial characters. The company ultimately flies to Gathol, although they’re at first unwelcome due to posing as emissaries of the Black Pirates.Carter goes by an alias throughout the story, although he does occasionally tell his true identity to a select few characters, and takes odd jobs such as thawing and reviving human corpses in the northern city of Pankdor. The final part of the book involves the narrator’s exploits among the invisible men of Barsoom, who attain their status thanks to special spheres, and where Carter once more shows off his swordsmanship, overall culminating in a satisfying conclusion to the story, although Martian terminology of things such as time can occasionally be confusing, even with the translations of equivalent Earth time.

  • Mario
    2018-12-30 01:26

    It's possible that letting a somewhat random process choose which book I read has done me a disservice in this instance. Normally, I'd put aside books from a series until I have read the previous ones, but sometimes I get a sense that the story is less serialized, and that letting myself skip ahead a little won't be a big deal. Starting the Barsoom series at #10 couldn't be so bad, right?Well. Reading through other reviewers who described this as a satire has fixed a lot of problems I had with the stories here. For one, they are all exactly the same. If ERB was consciously parodying himself, that would explain it. Coming in without knowing his style whatsoever makes it difficult to enjoy a parody the way it was intended. With this in mind, I'll refrain from overanalyzing the text. I still can't give it a higher rating, as I really can't say that I enjoyed it, but I dug this pit, the least I can do is stand in it.It may be that by reading this I have made it impossible to ever enjoy another book from this series. That would be a shame. One thing I did appreciate was Burroughs commitment to world-building, and it would be nice to someday go back and get a good sense of the rest of this world.

  • James Troxell
    2019-01-01 17:45

    It's hard for me to rate this book. It is divided into 4 sections. The first was arguably my favorite sequence in the entire series. The 2nd and 3rd were good but the 4th was very bland and disappointing. Had the book ended differently I think I should have enjoyed it a lot more. It's still a fun and very fast paced read.

  • James E. Schwarz, Jr.
    2018-12-26 23:33

    If you like John Carter you'll like this.Like Catholics was main character in Thuvia Maiden of Mars, John Carter is main character of Llana. In fact Llana is a minor character unlike Thuvia. She was the reason for the stories. In that it is similar to other John Carter stories.

  • Sean
    2018-12-28 20:44

    Fun penultimate book in the Barsoom series and the last one, wholly acknowledged, as being penned by ERB himself. Very much enjoyed it.

  • John Lawson
    2018-12-29 20:43

    John Carter goes gallivanting alone on some half-baked adventure because... reasons. Gets himself captured and enslaved because... reasons. Runs into his granddaughter (Llana) because... reasons. Reasons ensue.Granddaughter had been kidnapped and enslaved, and Carter had no idea until he stumbled across her by accident in some storage closet. Mars is small but not that small! Grandfather-of-the-Year loses her at least three more times before finally getting her home. (Of course, he sees her married off to some random noble at the end.)At least Llana is allowed to be active in her own rescues. Sometimes. That's a rarity in these books.This collection of novellas doesn't really bring anything new to the world of John Carter, and all four stories pretty much follow the same tired tropes. Even more frustrating, my copy shows a girl enjoying a picnic with Cthulhu on the cover, which doesn't happen AT ALL in the book. Boo.

  • Patrick
    2018-12-23 00:21

    The last of the "full stories" in the Barsoom series. This one, as others have pointed out, does poke gentle fun at some of the conventions of the series. Yet another example of hareing off after a woman in distress, this time John Carter's Granddaughter.This one is billed as four short novels, but it's really just a single story with its parts disarticulated so as to create novelettes for serial publication in some magazine. No less cohesive than any of the other novels.Other than the humor and almost ironically stereotypical behavior of old John Carter, this one doesn't offer a huge amount of new material. This one does introduce the "bad pirate crew" element, as well as the idea of drinking to excess, which is generally not mentioned in other novels of this series. Up through, say, the 8th or 9th books, I don't believe that there was so much as a mention of any alcohol abuse.Though I love them dearly, I can tell that, by this time, the Barsoom stories were running pretty short of steam. One can see why Burroughs used other characters besides John Carter in many of the stories. Being better, stronger, and more dauntless than anyone can make the stories hard to pitch. In this one, he's really winking at the reader with much of it, especially some of the verbatim renditions of old info. It's funny to see John Carter himself lampooning his own accomplishments. For that reason, it's really worth the read. That, and getting another jolt of Barsoom...

  • Robert Saunders
    2019-01-07 19:32

    These were considered "planetary romances" according to one source back when this series from the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was written. This series of about 10 books started in 1912 and culminated around 1948. There's an odd mention of a book in 1964, but the other had been dead for 14 years by then. Plus there are a few shorts published in some pulp periodicals of the 1940s (where many of these stories appeared in years prior).Today we call this stuff sci-fi, but it's quite different. More like space opera, but it doesn't take place in space. It's a Virginian, John Carter, an immortal, who is able to pass back and forth between bodies: one on Earth, the other on Mars.I read these books because they were an inspiration to other authors, such as Conan creator, Robert E, Howard, who paid tribute to Burrough's in his novella,Almuric. And those author, in turn, inspired another generation. At the heart of today's popular sci-fi there are traces of Burroughs and John Carter of Mars.I was most interested in finding traces of George Lucas's Star Wars in these books; and traces abound. In some cases just a word, a name, a phrase, or a sentence conjures up a moment in Star Wars, and in other cases entire paragraphs connect with a setting from Star Wars.

  • Matt
    2018-12-27 01:50

    This is the 10th book of the 11 'Barsoom' books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and I believe the last one published in his lifetime. The real weak point in the 'Barsoom' books is always the quality of writing, and in this one it just becomes so bad that its flaws are glaring to anyone past junior high. Additionally, as with many of the latter books, large passages of exposition are simply lifted from earlier books, and this already thin book suffers from really being two thinner stories squashed somewhat incongrously together. The book explores no themes not better covered in Burroughs earlier 'Barsoom' works. The setting is a return to the primary setting of 'Warlord of Mars', and the sinister foe seems a lesser version of the uncivilized warlord bent on conquest through superior numbers trope used in Burrough's vastly superior 'A Fighting Man of Mars'. Other familiar themes are resurrected as well, and all in less satisfying forms than the earlier usages. There is pretty much nothing here that you can't get from his better 'Barsoom' works, and the only real reason to read it is if you are such a fan of his other works that you feel the need to read this one for completeness.

  • Joseph
    2018-12-27 19:28

    Maybe a 3.25; probably not quite a 3.5. 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 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.

  • Joe Aguiar
    2019-01-03 17:36

    Tenth book in ERB's Martian Tales brings John Carter back into the forefront and again have him setting off to rescue a damsel, this time his granddaughter, the beautiful Llana of Gathol. Llana has been targeted by a mad conquerer named Hin Abtol who not only wants Llana for his harem but, wants to rule all of Barsoom. Carter's quest to rescue her and stop the mad Abtol takes him from a dead city that is not so dead to Abtol's frozen kingdom at the Martian polar cap to a bizarre invisible city in the middle of a desert oasis. While being the tenth book, Burroughs keeps things as imaginative as always and that and the fast pace keep this basic damsel rescue tale fresh. Sure there are coincedences that require suspension of disbelief that move the plot along and help Carter get out of trouble but, it's still fun and we go along with it for the ride. Another entertaining read in this classic series.

  • Scott Cook
    2018-12-26 22:35

    I should write a review of the plot in these reviews for my own memory. I had to check out the Barsoom wiki when Tan Hadron of Hastor shows up. He was the protagonist of "A Fighting Man of Mars". There were a lot of other cameos from characters in past books and I had to look up every one of them but I was happy to see them sho up in this one. Most of them are slaves of course that were captured after their flyer broke down over the remote and unknown city of ______. The book was great moving fast-paced from one creative yet predictable adventure to another. It ended really fast though and we never get to find out the fates of Tan Hadron, Gor-don and Fo-nar aboard the Dusar. I'm sure they were rescued and themselves then rescued and married beutiful women that were princesses who had somehow come into slavery.

  • Stephen Brooke
    2019-01-09 19:50

    Some of the old John Carter magic reappears in this late installment – the last complete novel – of the Barsoom series. Though it is more a quartet of related novelettes than a novel, perhaps.And that may be a good thing, as it speeds the action along. Each episode is neatly played out and then off to the next! It’s not unlike a modern television drama/adventure series in this respect, self-contained stories within a larger arc.‘Llana’ ends up being one of the more entertaining of Burroughs’s later Mars novels. That, however, is at the expense of his usual inventiveness — most of the ideas here are recycled from earlier books. They are nicely done and do manage to evoke the wonder of Barsoom occasionally.I could almost bring myself to give “Llana of Gathol” four stars. Three will have to do — let’s call it three-and-a-half, okay?

  • Ayaj Khan ( বন্ধন )
    2019-01-06 00:35

    After a long long time finally had the opportunity to get back to Barsoom. And i enjoyed every moment of it. Llana of Gathol is a collection of four novellas with a bit parody. Though there isn't any genuine John carter all out navy warfare but a brief glimse, there are great duels. The four novellas are interconnected and the main theme is making impossible escapes with a intact ass. ;) It'll be a great short read for ERB fans but for others i'm not so sure. Though it's named after the granddaughter of John carter, she has absolutely no part but being a chained dummy most of the time. :D

  • Kristy
    2018-12-25 19:39

    I have completely given up on reading Burrough's Mars books in order, and that really isn't much of a problem. In this one, the heroic John Carter wanders the dying planet of Mars in search of his grandaughter, Llana of Gathol, fighting off a legion of the ancient dead, an army of frozen and then thawed warriors, a city of invisible people (who can only be seen under special lights), and a host of other challenges. Like all the Barsoom books, this combines the best of classic science fiction with lots of sword-play, adventure, and space ships that are more like galleons. Thanks choo!

  • Bill Zodanga
    2019-01-15 00:45

    Please note, this 5 star rating is based on my long ago memories of this book - I may have read it greater than 20 years ago. I recall reading and really liking it, and even kept the book to read again in the future (something I only do with good, or otherwise significant books). The memories of an old man are sometimes faulty so this could really only warrant 3.5 to 4.5 stars, instead of the 5 I gave it. Once I re-read the book I will update this rating/review to more accurately reflect my thoughts.

  • Travis
    2018-12-22 21:35

    More classic swashbuckling science fiction as John Carter and the Martian maiden of the title are trapped in a lost city and must fight to get past the city's decadent rulers.While, I love Tarzan, John Carter and his adventures on Mars are my favorite Burroughs series. Manly men, buxom scantily clad women in need of rescuing , cool monsters, tons of action and wild, exotic settings.One of the great fictional places.

  • Tony Santo
    2018-12-31 18:26

    Another great book in Burroughs' "John Carter" series. One has the feeling of some repetition since this is the 10th in the series. Nevertheless, this like Burroughs' other stories is a captivating read, despite the way it spans cities, time and characters too numerous to remember. I was reminded once again how much of a visionary genius the author was. If you've seen it in a Star Wars or any other sci-fi movie, chances are it was pilferred from this or the companion books.

  • Christopher
    2019-01-04 00:21

    Lots of recycling in this one: four different cities no one has heard of, cut off from the rest of Mars; back to the north pole; another valley of the First Born; another scene where John Carter is man-handled by invisible people; etc. The coincidences are thick, as is the misogyny of the "I don't understand women" / "ah, women" variety. I'm not sure it's the worst of the Mars novels--it at least has some variety to it, where books 4-6 were more monotonous. But it's not in the top half.

  • Mike
    2019-01-08 17:47

    A series of fast paced adventure tales set on Barsoom. Unlike some of the other later Barsoom books, in this one the focus us back on John Carter, as he confronts Hin Abtol, an villainous jeddak from the far northern reaches of Barsoom. All the usual components of the Barsoom stories are here: Weird Martian societies, a damsel in distress (Carter's granddaughter), airships, unlikely coincidences and numerous sword fights. A fluffy bit of good fun.

  • Neil
    2019-01-06 00:29

    Four long short stories make up this 10th instalment in Burroughs Barsoom/ Mars series, they tell of four incidents along John Carters journey as he attempts to save Llana and return her to Gathol. The first "The Ancient Dead" aka "The city of mummies" is by far and away the best, the promise of which is never fulfilled in the other parts.To rate the four parts separately I would give: "The Ancient Dead" ****"The Black Pirates of Barsoom" **"Escape on Mars" ***"Invisible Men of Mars" ***

  • Samuel Valentino
    2019-01-06 20:46

    One adventure after another, and a lot of fun for all that. The first-person narrator of John Carter is the best in this book, conversational and wry. I'm a little sad that it's the last real book of the series - there is one more, but it's a collection of 2 short stories. I've really enjoyed the series!

  • Donna Montgomery
    2019-01-21 23:39

    John Carter faces the standard set of inescapable cities and unexpected allies in an adventure that parodies the tropes of the earlier books. The humor makes this worth reading for Barsoom fans, but Carter comes across as more arrogant than he used to. He's also less than charitable when speaking about the behavior of his granddaughter, Llana.