Thavas has developed the capacity to create new humans from pieces of tissue, termed hormads, in fact creating an army of them A group of these beings known as the Council of the Seven Jeds rules the place where Thavas works, morbus, with Vor Daj pitted in combat against a few of these homunculi Vor Daj quickly falls in love with a woman named Janai, and learns from Thavas that he considers himself a prisoner of Morbus, although he is somewhat content with his work, intending to create a Martian master race, having learned to reproduce life by studying lesser lifeforms.
When Janai goes away, Vor Daj wants his brain placed into the body of a hormad so he can follow in secret, and thus, his mind goes into one named Tor dur bar, becoming a Guard of the Third Jed and rescuing her The Third Jed proclaims himself the Jeddak of Morbus, with Vor Daj fighting him in his borrowed body, becoming a dwar As a reward for his exploits, Vor Daj desires both charge of a lab building and Janai, whom she assures of his love while pretending to be Tor dur bar A love triangle arises with Jeddak Ay mad offering Janai a choice between his hand in marriage and the masquerading Vor Daj.
Thavas is eventually found, with one of his experiments gone awry, a mass of tissue being malignant and threatening to overtake his lab, with fire that could contain it being unable to do anything at the growth s current volume Still in love with Janai, Vor Daj ensures that his original body is safe, and the maiden along with John Carter ultimately disappears once again Vor Daj towards the end of the story finds himself caged and exhibited as one of the many beings sentient to Barsoom, a fate he eventually escapes by pretending to have been bitten by an adder.
Battles erupt towards the end, culminating in a satisfactory conclusion that rounds out another enjoyable Barsoom book, which was likely ahead of its time since it deals with the potential god complexes of scientists in creating new life, and somewhat reflects the eugenics movement arisen at the time in America and especially Nazi Germany There are some odd stylistic and nomenclatural decisions such as the name Janai itself, which is Japanese for not, although both those who enjoyed the book s predecessors and those who have yet to read a Barsoom story will most likely have a good time.
I loved this whole series It s pretty sexual and macho and they re all massive page turners.
Same review for each.
Best Book, Synthetic Men of Mars By Edgar Rice Burroughs This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Synthetic Men of Mars, Essay By Edgar Rice Burroughs Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For You Told from the perspective of Vor Daj, companion of John Carter as they search for Ras Thavas, the only surgeon on Mars who can help the injured Dejah Thoris The two of them fall into the hands of the Hormads, creatures created by Thavas in vats on an island in the great Toonolian Marshes.
If all of this sounds a bit confusing, one only needs to read the previous John Carter books to make sense of it All of these names and places stem from the previous tales.
Burroughs seems to delight in creating ever grotesque creatures as this series goes on in this case it is the Hormads, misshapen creatures that can not be killed except by fire Heads and limbs that are severed continue to writhe and speak, and they look like the stuff of nightmares I only have two books to complete the John Carter series It s been a wild ride This is the tale of one Vor Daj John Carter went in search of Ras Tavas, and yielding to pleas, brought along one soldier They quickly find that finding him will not be easy.
Indeed, they are taken prisoner, along with some others, include one woman, and taken to the city, encircled by marshes, where they find that Ras Thavas is the prisoner of his own synthetic men, and forced to produce and of the virtually unkillable monsters And to transplant the brains of the most powerful of them to the bodies of red men much to the peril of Janai, the woman.
Ras Thavas is perfectly willing to do what John Carter asks if they can only escape And Vor Daj is worried about Janai s fate.
The rest of the tale involves disappearance, claims to the throne, bodyguards, a cowardly race that regards sea shells as treasure, an experiment spreading wildly, and much John Carter, Mighty Warlord of Mars, rides to new and terrifying adventures Captured by deadly warriors mounted on huge birds he is taken to the ill omened city of Morbus There he meets Ras Thavas, evil genius and master surgeon A man who has succeeded in his nightmare wish of creating life in his own beings creatures that ultimately rebel and threaten the lives of Ras Thavas, of John Carter and of all Mars Blurb to the 1973 NEL paperback edition Using or less the same plot as A Princess of Mars Burroughs takes us back to the dying planet of Barsoom where the incomparable Dejah Thoris has been crippled in a flying accident No other man can save her but the thousand year old evil genius and scientist surgeon, Ras Thavas, Master Mind of Mars Setting out to find Ras Thavas, John Carter takes along young Vor Daj to the great Toonolian Marshes where, before long, the two have been captured The hero and narrator of this the ninth in Burroughs Martian series, is Vor Daj who perhaps predictably, falls in love with a captured beauty, Janai, who is also coveted by an evil Jeddak much as John Carter when he was captured by the green man of Mars fell in love with a captured Dejah Thoris, who was also coveted by an evil green Martian Jeddak Our heroes end up in the laboratory of Ras Thavas who has been performing cloning experiments and has, as my mother might have pointed out to him, made a rod for his own back The malformed clones have taken over and are forcing Ras Thavas to create a vat grown army with which to take over all of Mars Vor Daj persuades Ras to transfer his brain into one of the monsters so that he can infiltrate the Jeddak s guard and rescue his love This he does, while wooing her in a kind of Cyrano De Bergerac Beauty and The Beast fashion while all the time hoping that his body hasn t been used for spare parts or been eaten by the mass of living flesh which escapes from vat No 4 Burroughs adds nothing new to the series here, but it s interesting to see the concept of cloning appearing although it is not described as such and to compare this work with Richard E Chadwick s The Flesh Guard which posited a similar premise in which vat grown creatures were employed as soldiers by a Nazi Regime.
Dejah Thoris is having personal, lady troubles, so John Carter hooks up with a random bro to help him find Barsoom s greatest mad scientist Shub Niggurath ensues.
So the old beauty good ugly evil trope gets the full treatment here So imagine the poor hero s consternation when his gentlemanly brain is stuffed into an ugly body, and he s so ashamed that he s unable to confess his love for a beautiful princess In fact, he even considers suicide.
Will she discover her love for him, despite his hideous form There is much hand wringing over the issue You d think such manly warriors wouldn t be so vain.
Very goodI do love these stories No great explanations of whether a thing is really possible, just very good story telling.
Although not generally well thought of compared with other ERB stories set on Barsoom, this is a personnal favorite aside from the openning sequence of the first three John Carter books How can you resist a character grown in a culture vat, whose name Tor Dur Bar means four million eight, and whom the hero first encounters as a severed head which complains it can t see from where it is being carried in a net strapped to the back of a giant man carrying bird Especially, when later on our current hero Vor Daj has his brain transferred into Tor Dur Bar s repulsive body in order to rescue princess Janai, the current damsel in distress, after first transferring the loyal Tor Dur Bar s brain into the well built and handsome physique of erstwhile opponent, Gantun Gur All of this in aid of finding and retrieving the Mastermind of Mars, Ras Thavas, whose skills are required to heal John Carter s beloved, the incomparable Deja Thoris, who lies at death s door following an injury.
Meanwhile, back at Ras thavas laboratory, things have gone horribly wrong with the culture vats, and the resulting immense, multi headed monstrousity breaks free from confinment and threatens to engulf the entire planet as it grows beyond all constraints to overwhelm Ras thavas entire island base Fortunately Helium s airforce is up to the challenge of fire bombing the repulsive, oozing mass of protoplasm and turning it into a stinking, festering, char broiled cinder.
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.
So why, then, have I only given this novel three stars Well, as with most Carter novels, there are problems of inconsistency, and this novel contains one of the worst in the entire series During the swamp escape, Vor Daj is accompanied by a party of five others, including a man named Gan Had, who later deserts him Later in the book, it is stated that this deserter was named Pandar, one of the others of the five The two characters are mixed up and confused by Burroughs for the remainder of the book, to the point that the reader doesn t know who Burroughs is talking about This is a terrible and egregious error, I feel I have discussed it with the founder of the ERB List, a really fine Burroughs Website, and he has told me that he and others have concocted some explanations for this seemingly incredible screwup, while admitting that the reader must read between the lines and do some mythmaking of his her own to explain it This giant problem aside, there is also the inconsistency of a character named Ur Raj, who is said to hail from the Barsoomian nation of Ptarth, and four pages later is said to be from the nation of Helium This is the kind of sloppiness that I, as a copy editor, find especially deplorable I also regret the fact that the ultimate fate of some of the book s main characters Sytor, Gan Had and Ay mad is never mentioned Another example of careless writing, I feel Synthetic Men of Mars is a wonderful entertainment, but could have been made so much better by the exercise of just a little care on the part of the author and his editors Still, I quite enjoyed it, and do recommend it to any lover of fantastic literature.