I read 10 books for this month.
I finished books 2-5 of the John Carter/Barsoom series and I’m done with Burroughs-Mars, not going to check any more of it out. Unlike Tarzan, which was noblebright, and very pure, Barsoom has a lot more camel’s nose under the tent to it. Everyone is naked, the imagery (particularly of the various creatures John Carter and various other Martians have to battle) is striking and powerful and influenced quite a few sci-fi writers I read back in the day, but it’s frequently revolting and depraved. John Carter himself grows increasingly vain and bloodthirsty as the series progresses. I suspect that’s part of why it’s not as evergreen as Tarzan. It’s “fetish fuel” and would be hard to film even under current mores as a mainstream series of movies. The Barsoomian world is sciencey and secular, but also incoherent in its sexual and social morality.
Anyway that was four books down. I finally read Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was epic and featured one of the most realistically terrifying moments I’ve seen in a book. I also read Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure story of one of his ancestors.
I was working on and continue to work on some other books, but I got distracted by some new e-releases and read those. They were the second Alt-Hero comic (which is vastly improved in both storyline and art over the first one) and book 2 in the Saga of the Iron Dragon. I also started reading Dune and finished it. I read it once 20+ years ago and I’m counting it as a new read because I’d forgotten most of the characters and plot(s). I also read The Reluctant Dragon which literally just turned up and I realized I’d never read, only seen a cartoon of. It’s cute.
The current count is 50 down, 50 to go.