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The Monster Men (Large Print) [Paperback]

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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), after a brief service in the US cavalry, persued a business career which was punctuated with intermissions as a gold miner, storekeeper, cowboy in Idaho and a police officer in Salt Lake City. He finally found success as a writer in 1914. His first novel, "Tarzan of the Apes", was an immediate success.

Even though he is famous for his Tarzan series, Burroughs also is well known for his science fiction series such as John Carter of Mars, the Land Time Forgot and other series. Burroughs also wrote a number of less well known individual novels on various topics. Quiet Vision brings you a selection of these novels.

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Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 11, 2008
Publisher   Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN  8184568649  
ISBN13  9788184568646  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is the legendary author of dozens of novels, including The Land That Time Forgot, also available in a Bison Frontiers of Imagination edition. Gregory A. Benford is a celebrated science fiction writer and a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine. His most recent novel is Cosm. Phillip R. Burger is associate editor of The Burroughs Bulletin.

Edgar Rice Burroughs lived in Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in 1875 and died in 1950.

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Biology and Genetics Reign Supreme  Dec 29, 2006
In the heroic world of Edgar Rice Burroughs, there never is any question of the superiority of genetics over environment. No matter how one is raised, how that person turns out must be a function of that person's DNA. In Tarzan, the reader sees this at every step. In Burroughs' other novels, he often sets up the hero whose fortune is melded in some way by a manipulation of science. In THE MONSTER MEN, Burroughs borrows liberally from the Frankenstein motife to set in motion a plot that involves creating artificial beings (much as he did in his Barsoom series) whose existence as near humans serves only to set off by contrast the inner nobility of a higher order of man who often became his heroic protagonists. In this case, the Mad Scientist is Professor Maxon, who creates a series of misshapen monster men from a vat of noxious chemicals. His first twelve candidates are but gruesome simulacra of human beings. But his number thirteen is a smashing success. He is handsome, muscular, and with a mind that is a tabula rasa, a blank slate. The plot, of course, is deliberately melodramatic. Number thirteen slowly evolves speech (much like Frankenstein's monster) and a human consciousness. He falls in love with Maxon's lovely daughter. Naturally, she is the target of numerous and lecherous thugs. What marks THE MONSTER MEN as noteworthy is the strong characterization that allows Burroughs' readers to overlook consistently what must have even then been slipshod science and convenient coincidence, both of which strain credulity. The ending is typical, but to those who come to THE MONSTER MEN from any of the Tarzan canon, the closure is expected and satisfying. Burroughs must have had little faith in how his heroes interact with society and culture. Today, such an unswerving belief in the power of DNA to determine destiny seems quaint, but in the world of Edgar Rice Burroughs, such a fixed subtext makes it easy for the reader to connect with the hero in a manner that is now denied to modern day heroes who wax philosophically about how nurture creates nature. To Burroughs, it is often the other way around.
Man or Monster?  Nov 28, 2006
This book by Edgar Rice Burroughs was published in 1929. The plot concerns a Professor Maxon, who travels to a remote island to attempt to create an artificial man. The first twelve attempts to create a man result in the "monster men" of the title; ugly, misshapen, muscular brutes. Success is finally achieved with "Number Thirteen", who comes out looking like a handsome bodybuilder. There is a beautiful girl in the story, naturally, she being Maxon's daughter Virginia. Virginia ends up in a love triangle with Number Thirteen and Maxon's assistant, Dr. Von Horn. This being Burroughs, Virginia ends up being kidnapped by the "natives", and for much of the book her "suitors" try to rescue her. Some people may be bothered by the character of the cook, Sing, who is an elderly "Chinaman" (as Burroughs calls him). He speaks with a very stereotypical "Me so solly" accent; but he is characterized as being brave, honorable, intelligent and a good fighter; so he could have come off worse. Overall, this is an entertaining example of the "pulp fiction" that Burroughs wrote better than any of his rivals.
Tarzan Meets Frankenstein  Jul 29, 2003
If you are looking for an adventure story from a simpler time; something suitable for an early adolescent to read or just to bring back a more naïve time from your own youth, Burroughs is definitely prime material. This story is no exception, it follows the tried and true formula for ERB adventure - introduction, boy saves girl, boy loses girl, boy fights to regain girl, ..., boy gets girls and lives happily ever after.

The story centers on Doctor Maxon, a scientist who has discovered the secret of creating human life, albeit imperfectly, until he succeeds beyond his fondest aspirations with number thirteen. Throw in the requisite evil guys, the scientist's beautiful daughter and you have the makings of the story.

However, like many of Burroughs' stories there is an underlying message, sometimes it isn't buried very deep or a message of much import in out time, but it is usually there. This book explores questions that have been covered by other authors from Mary Shelly's Frankenstein to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Does created human life have a soul? Should man be messing in the art of creating life? You may not find the answers here, but you at least find the questions. P-)

Monster Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs  Jul 23, 2003
The work is written in the pictorial style of Burroughs.
Each sentence contains a vivid and generally horrific
vision which reinforces the story as it marches on.
In this case, the main character is a scientist who delights
in creating human life and seeks perfection in the 13th
creation. This is a good work for students in mid-high school.
By that time, they are mature enough to place the book in
its proper context. Burroughs has an almost perfect command
of the English language. Few words are wasted. Every word
moves the reader onto the next until the full picture
becomes evident somewhere later in the story. I like
Burroughs because his writings have a solid grammatical
structure and advanced vocabulary. This is needed for
today's students because they struggle to articulate even
the most basic concepts. Burroughs is not entirely
politically correct; however, his works are a treasure chest
of our language and what used to be called
"The King's English" .
Burroughs' version of "Frankenstein"  Aug 6, 2000
This book is good escapist entertainment. This novel stands alone (it is not part of a series). To some extent I agree with a previous review that the ending could have been better ... it's a bit sudden and flat. That does not detract from the book as a whole being an excellent read. The plot line is implausible, but the action is fast and the moral dilemmas are intriguing. I first read this book as a teen-ager, then re-read it in my forties. It was still fun, even though I knew what was coming.

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