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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Mars Trilogy: A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; The Warlord

Mars Trilogy: A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; The Warlord - Edgar Rice Burroughs I have been a long time fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs. ERB wrote many of his books first as serials in magazines. Only later would they be published as individual books and then later in book series form. So the writing style lends itself towards leading the reader to the next serial magazine instead of creating final closure. There are 11 books in the John Carter series, and yes, the plots begin to strain a bit of credulity, however the all out swashbuckling adventure is still there and still fun!Interestingly enough, for those of us who have read ERB, many science fiction books and movies have something familiar in them because we have heard them first in ERB! Wonder where George Lucas came up with the Jedi in "Star Wars"? Well, read "A Princess of Mars" and you'll find the mighty nobles called Jeds. And what about banthas? Well, on Barsoom (Mars), a banth is kind of like a lion. Sounds like George Lucas just stuck vowels on the ends of words he liked, and adopted them into his "Star Wars" universe!I found a great review of the movie that is out just now at the National Review, see http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/291834/ronald-reagan-s-action-hero-john-hood?pg=1 . This author finds the many men who read and loved and were inspired by ERB books. Read it yourself to find out who they were!