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Found: 4 Tarzan, Mars books
by E. Rice Burroughs
By Ken Manson
   Unfortunately these books are written by EDNA Rice Burroughs. They are gender-switch pastiches, with a female replacing the male hero – Tarzyn the Apewoman and Joan Carter of Mars. And their mates are men, of course – Jan Porter and Dejar Thoris, Prince of Helium.

   Other characters in the Mars, not Barsoom, books are similar to those in ERBis novels- Tara Tarkas; Thuvia, Boy of Mars; Cathoris; and Kanthoa Kan. And  Joan Clayton is Tarzyn’s mother. The description doesn’t mention the father’s name.

   All four titles are similar to those by Edgar Rice Burroughs. They “Tarzan of the Apes Reswung”; “A Princess of Mars Rethroned”; “The Gods of Mars Revoked” and “Warlord of Wars Embattled.”

   I found the Tarzan pastiche while looking at the Barnes of Noble website, for Tarzan items, particularly non-books such as games or toys.

   All four titles are published by Jekkara Press through Smashwords and are ebooks or digital books.  On its website, Smashwords says they can be read online using its online readers or they can be downloaded to other reading devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes and  Noble Nook, or to other ereading devices. They also are listed as free.

   Here are descriptions of each title and photos of the covers, which I think feature sexy women.

Tarzan of the Apes Reswung 
by Edna Rice Burroughs 

Price: Free! Words: 87,880. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2010 by Jekkara Press. 

A Tarzyn the Apewoman story. Joan Clayton and husband die, stranded in Africa. Their young daughter is taken in by a band of smarter apes. 

Raised to adulthood by her beast family, she becomes Tarzyn the Apewoman, one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known. Teaching herself from her parents belongings, she finds love in the arms of Jan Porter. A Gender Switch Adventure. 

A Princess of Mars Rethroned 
by Edna Rice Burroughs 
Price: Free! Words: 67,220. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2010 by Jekkara Press. 

A Joan Carter of Mars story. 

When Virginian Captain Joan Carter is strangely transported to the red planet, Mars, she must learn a new way of life, and a new way to love, with Dejar Thoris, Prince of Helium. 

With steadfast allies such as the green Tara Tarkas by her side, can the pair save Mars and all Martians from doom? A Gender Switch Adventure.

The Gods of Mars Revoked 
by Edna Rice Burroughs 
Price: Free! Words: 83,670. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2010 by Jekkara Press.

A Joan Carter of Mars story. 

Joan Carter is back on Mars, and Mars badly needs her. As does Dejar Thoris, who is missing. Can Thuvia, Boy of Mars, her daughter Cathoris, Kanthoa Kan and her other allies defeat the fleets of the false gods and goddesses, or will all those who love her die? 

A Gender Switch Adventure. 

Warlord of Mars Embattled 
by Edna Rice Burroughs 
Price: Free! Words: 57,170. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2010 by Jekkara Press. 

A Joan Carter of Mars story. 

Joan Carter of Mars has secrets to uncover in the Temple of the Sun – holding a revolving prison that can only be entered once a year - if she is to have any hope of rescuing three Princes of Mars, from the fantastic ancient Martian North. 

A Gender Switch Adventure. 

    Since I don’t have a reader for Nook or any other eBooks, I can’t play them or tell about the  quality.. but her “Princess of Mars” got 2 out of 5 stars on the web site and the other three only 1 of 5.

   So who is using the pseudonym of Edna Rice Burroughs? The Smashwords site just shows a photo of an Asian woman  and says she lives in the United States and has been a Smashwords member since July 10, 2010.  The photo may or may not really be the writer.

    I looked at, bookreporter and other websites but could not find any information about her. She also has written a James Bond pastiche titled, “You Only Live Twice.”

Edna Rice Burroughs
    Smashwords claims to be the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks to retailers, with more than 350,000 titles from more than over 100,000 authors. Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 after he and his wife, Lesleyann,” who worked for “Soap Opera Weekly Magazine,” had difficulty over several years at getting their book, “Boob Tube,” about the daytime television soap opera industry, published. 

I wonder if one of those two wrote these four books.

     Author Ayn Rand, in ”Atlas Shrugged,” asked, “Who is “John Galt?” She provided an answer.   I am not sure whether we will have an answer to “Who is Edna Rice Burroughs?”


Jane Carver of Waar
By Nathan Long
Night Shade Books, 312 pp., $14.99

Nathan Long's devilishly entertaining homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs gets the updating right. "Jane Carver of Waar" features airships and romance and savage four-armed warriors, but in the John Carter role it has Jane Carver, a sword-swinging biker chick swashed in leather and buckled in a bronze bra. Burroughs' prose is vigorously updated, with flowers "the electric pink of a hooker's hot pants" and food "that tasted like the paste I wasn't supposed to eat in kindergarten." Long also includes more explicit sex and violence than Burroughs dared consider. Still and all, I think the old guy would have approved.

THE APE MAN'S BROTHER by Joe R. Lansdale
Orphaned by a plane crash, raised in the wilds of a lost world hidden somewhere beneath a constant mist, The Big Guy and his ape-man brother from another mother are living a life of danger amongst rampaging dinosaurs, giant birds, warring ape tribes, and all manner of deadly beasts. It’s a wonderful existence for someone like The Big Guy and his furry brother, except for the flea problem. Then an expedition of explorers from the outside turn his world inside out. Or rather a very blonde beauty called The Woman does. It leads to his and his ape brother being convinced to fly to New York by zeppelin, where they become the toast of the town. They even make Hollywood movies. It seems perfect. At least until The Big Guy does something that comes quite naturally to him in the wild, but leads to public humiliation in this new found world. To make matters worse, his ape brother has grown to not only love the pampered life, meals he doesn’t have to chase down, good cigars, fine wines and statuesque women, he’s come to like the Wrong Woman. Changes are afoot. They lead to a return to the world beneath the mist, and a deadly and unexpected encounter with a foe that is in many ways far worse than any dinosaur. Envy, jealousy, greed, fleas, and pyramids under the mist, are all part of this rollicking novella of the sort only Joe R. Lansdale could write. And don’t forget dinosaurs.
Subterranean Press (November 30, 2012)

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