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DI Hope is quirky but not annoyingly so. Interesting setting - a deteriorating seaside town in the UK. The story moves along without too much wandering down rabbit trails. This is certainly a fun read. I am looking forward to reading the other books by Robert Forrester. I decided to read Robert Forrester's books, because I was finding slim pickings in the mystery category.

He tells a wonderful story, his characters are complex and engaging and he has a good sense of humor. I wish the mainstream bookworld would find more authors like him. Read the Detective Anderson books too. Will try the second book. Thought it very good. One person found this helpful. I love his work. Can't wait for more in the series! I've enjoyed reading this. The characters are interesting and believable. Could have done without the backstories, but I guess it's important to bring some depth to Hope and Carver. I just hope it doesn't get in the way of their police work.

What is difficult to get over are the typographical errors. Seeing these in e-books is getting really old, and this one is especially egregious. Won't stop me from reading another by this author in the Hope and Carver series, but it would be nice to see that a little care has been given to the final product.

The characters are interesting and enjoyable as you do get drawn in to their lives as they investigate the crimes in their sector. I enjoyed reading this book. Interesting characters and a good plot. See all 13 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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So much is over the top that it reads a lot like a s dastardly villain plot. It's fun, but on its own it would just be too long and too much of the same. As a sarcastic send-up to the fantasy books from the "Golden Age," this book is almost spot-on and is guaranteed to make you laugh. There are so many nods to the thinking of that time and so many winks at John Carter that you can't help but like it. What is missing to make it a 5-star book in that regard is that you lose the feeling that you're on a different planet a lot of the time.

Whereas Burroughs always reminded the reader that John Carter was on Mars and things were different, it's sometimes pretty easy to forget that Jane Carver is on Waar and instead picture her on Earth rather easily. If you like Burroughs or even love his work , this book will be good.

If you are not familiar with any of the John Carter books, Pellucidar books, or Carson of Venus books to name a few , you might still enjoy this book, but it's not going to become a permanent addition to your bookshelf. And if campy fantasy books are not your style, stay far, far away. Dec 29, Geoff rated it really liked it Shelves: If you want entertainment, laughs, adventure If you enjoyed, for example, the Princess Bride If you enjoy some of the escapades of Thursday Next If you feel the po-faced pomposity of the Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia et al could do with a good skewering Through the brutal though effective culling of all but that necessary to maintain momentum, cohesion and reader interest, this story takes off like a Harley in If you want entertainment, laughs, adventure Through the brutal though effective culling of all but that necessary to maintain momentum, cohesion and reader interest, this story takes off like a Harley in the hands of a novice, before being taught some rude manners in the hands of a Sonny Barger.

The bare-bones story-telling at play here is an effective device, as you experience the world through the eyes of a convincingly drawn cast of characters, which makes the evocation of place more vivid, and simultaneously more and less otherworldly. The eponymous heroine of the tale is our guide and an authentic voice, and while not sympathetic in the traditional sense thankfully , her in-your-face humanity is plenty sufficient to have you rooting for the right side.

The supporting characters all earn their salary, too: Though rip-roaring tales of daring-do have been told and re-told countless times, there is a reason for that, and with these characters for company, the slant the author has taken on these themes and the obvious control he has over the telling of this tale, you know from the start you are in safe hands and enthusiastically buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Nov 11, Veronica rated it really liked it. Give me a brash, snarky, slightly awkward redheaded Amazon woman commenting on a "world full of slaves and gladiators and naked sexists" and I am there. This is nothing but good, old-fashioned, light-hearted fun. This is an adventure book. There are chases, captures, swashbuckling antics Even a circus-y type thing.

This is also a fish-out-of-water story, and Jane Carver is pretty obviously that--she towers over the majority of the natives, her coloring is different, Give me a brash, snarky, slightly awkward redheaded Amazon woman commenting on a "world full of slaves and gladiators and naked sexists" and I am there. This is also a fish-out-of-water story, and Jane Carver is pretty obviously that--she towers over the majority of the natives, her coloring is different, and she has strange abilities. Jane's narration is great, by the way. Sarcastic, detailed, even vulnerable at times.

She sets this world before us in her language, and it's a very relatable language. While Jane Carver meanders now and then into deeper areas the implications of slavery, sexism, sexuality, political intrigue , it does so superficially.

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There's no deep-sea diving here--this is wading in the shore. However, when it DOES delve into these things, it's never jarring or out-of-place. Jane is a refreshingly liberated heroine, and while she inevitably judges the Waarians Waarites? This is not to imply, though, that she doesn't have an unshakeable moral center, because she does. I'm not gonna say this is a literary classic. It's satirical, pulpy fun. Not your average sci-fi, and all the better for it. Will definitely read more in the series. God knows it's a welcome break from Christian fucking Grey. Dec 28, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: First and foremost, a very entertaining read.

While familiarity with the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs is in no way required, it would certainly add to the fun, in my opinion. The adventures of the protagonist are in turns bawdy, tawdry, and at times even touching, but the key is in the ever present sense of adventure. The action is fast-paced, and non-stop. A fun romp through a sword and planet scenario. I'll definitely be reading the sequel. Apr 03, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Based on Burroughs' John Carter series, but the Earthling is a big, tough, foul mouthed biker chick.

Entertaining adventures, during which she makes all sorts of comical observations, slaughters attackers right and left, and really takes a beating. Lots of references to sex, but as the acts themselves are all offstage it's raunchy rather than pornographic. Jun 12, Gail Gibbs rated it really liked it Shelves: What if John Carter was female? A clever parody on early slash-and-dash science fiction adventures, and I'm sure fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs will catch many more in-jokes than I did.

Nov 01, Commentary rated it really liked it. I have to admit I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud. It was over the top but in a good way. Mar 12, Abhinav rated it it was amazing Shelves: You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields: Have only read the first of those so far though, but I loved it. Part of the appeal is that he writes very engrossing characters that you just HAVE to root for no matter what, his pacing is excellent and he keeps the reader entertained throughout the narrative. In essence, he writes fantastic tie-in fiction and I love his work.

For me, he is definitely one of the best writers for Black Library period. So it was with great excitement that I finally picked up his first foray into original fiction, courtesy of Commissar Ploss who arranged things. The reason being that it is bloody brilliant! It is all quite simple really. Similar to that, Jane Carver just breathes excellence from page to page throughout the course of the narrative and once it takes a hold of you in the very first few pages, it refuses to let you go.

Not that you want to put it down you know.

I finished the novel in two long sittings myself. Its quite rare to read a novel like that. Some novels do this naturally. With some others you have to kinda force yourself to get through. The former always end up being great novels in the end while with the latter it is more hit and miss but fortunately, I have had far more hits than misses.

Jane Carver falls in the former category. Events flow from one to the other smoothly and without hiccups. The characters all talk as they should, especially Jane herself who often swears like a sailor, leaving her new companions confounded a lot of the time. This is trademark Nathan Long style. His novels all have this quality of being easy reads because his prose is always so simple and direct, yet punchy.

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The pacing is also excellent. There are highs and there are lows, with the narrative progressing at its own pace that is dictated naturally by the characters and the events around them. I never got the feeling while reading the novel that events were being forced or that there was any kind of improper impatience in the characters to get from A to B while taking detours through C, D, and E.

If anything, the pacing hearkens back to how Nathan wrote the Blackhearts Omnibus, where the characters got ample time to grow and develop Speaking of characters, Jane is a character that I can totally fall in love with. In fact, for me she is a perfect heroine. She just inspire that. She reminds me a lot of Rachel from the Animorphs novels by Katherine A. Applegate a series of short YA novels. All things considered, Jane has totally skyrocketed up the list to become my favourite female science-fiction character ever. They all show a fair amount of character growth throughout the course of the narrative and as the closest companions to Jane herself, they also are the perfect window for her to look in at the cultures and societies on Waar.

As the one who has to go through a literal trial-by-combat to win back his stolen love, Wen-Jhai, Sai is a character that I connected with instantly. He is almost always the underdog in the narrative but there is a quiet, unassuming strength to him that is very appealing.

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He is one of those characters who walk in the shadow of others but still shine brightly. Wen-Jhai is I think one of the most excellent female side-characters ever. If Jane had been any less dominant as the protagonist of the novel, Wen-Jhai would certainly have outshone her. Coming off the Ulrika novels and the Blackhearts Omnibus, this was always one of my expectations and Nathan met those expectations true to form.

One of the other charms of the novel is that it has a strong adult theme throughout. The Oran society on Waar is quite an open society in that regard, very reminiscent of Raymond E. Quite a mouthful I know.

This is part of what makes the novel enjoyable because Jane is always complaining about it in one form or another and is the source of no small amount of frustrations for her. This little detail is also quite relevant to the narrative itself as an important sub-plot involving Jane and her two companions — Sai and Lhan, two natives of Waar who belong to the Oran society, the dominant culture on the planet. View all 4 comments. Sep 06, Lyuba rated it really liked it. I got an advance copy of the second book because it sounded interesting, having no idea that Jane Carver series was a pastiche of John Carter of Mars books.

So I went and bought the first book, and while reading the reviews I found out what it was. It gave me a moment's pause, because I've never actually read the first book in the John Carter series. I've read three books down the line a long time ago and in Russian too, but they just didn't stick with me as much as Tarzan did. The only experien I got an advance copy of the second book because it sounded interesting, having no idea that Jane Carver series was a pastiche of John Carter of Mars books.

The only experience I have with John Carter is through the movie and whatever discussions I hear, so you could say I barely know anything about him. Yet I absolutely enjoyed Jane Carver! From the moment I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and stop. I loved Jane because of her no nonsense outlook on life and great one liners. Actually, she was just really really entertaining throughout the whole book, not slowing down even a moment.

Even when her future was bleak, she was still very entertaining. I didn't mind her language either. To me it just fit right in with the rest of her personality, so it didn't seem out of place. I do have a 'but' though. In the middle of the book it just got a tad too vulgar for my tastes. It wasn't so much the language, which is part of it, but more like that part could have been probably toned down a little? Because at that moment, the book went from a fun light fantasy to something that was just too much fixated on sex. Yes, sexual tension definitely added to the story, but only to some degree.

And who am I kidding? I just really don't like the word "cunt". No matter how much people try to reclaim that word, it's not there yet and it still sounds very offensive. Then there are also the mysterious words which were equivalents to ERB's jeddack I'm still not quite sure what this word means like Aldhanshai, Aldhannan, Dhanan, Dhanshai and Dhan. I know I listed way more than just one word, but all these were present like the type of titles that ERB loved to use.

Everyone except Jane were also very obsessed with honor, a topic that is much present in ERB works too, sometimes to the ridiculous degree. Kudos to Nathan Long for bringing attention to that, because this is one of the bigger issues I have with ERB's works. I had trouble remembering all the names and terms, and so did Jane, so she proceeded to give everyone she meets some clever nicknames like Queenie, Kitten and Handsome, then Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Pretty much everyone got a nickname in the story, and that was just fine with me. Nathan Long was able to show some insight in Jane's way of thinking, which only added to her character. I also liked the book because for once I was able to relate to the character. Sure I'm no 6ft biker chic, but Jane voiced a lot of thoughts in regards to women treatment in ERB's worlds that I've always had.

She also didn't put up with the society rules, but instead tried to understand them and in some aspects either going along or completely disregarding them. There was a romance present, but it definitely took a step back in favor of action-adventure. That was ok with me, because it worked very well for Jane. Had she been love struck and focused too much on romance, I wouldn't have liked her as much.

For her, being a no-nonsense about romance in her life worked very well because that's the type of person she is. I have to confess, I was dreading her ending up with Sai. It was clear that there will be someone for her, but Sai was just so Idealistic, head-strong, stupid at time and frequently incapable of taking care of himself, I really wanted to slap him most of the time as I think Jane wanted too.

Overall, I think Jane Carver of Waar is a great book and definitely worth reading for action-adventure-fantasy fans. I think that hardcore Barsoom fans might or will find many things not to their liking, but as I said before, I'm no fan so I loved this book. I can certainly understand how hardcore fans feel, since I'm a hardcore Tarzan fan and don't take lightly to any pastiches of Tarzan. Jane Carver of Waar had sky pirates too, and those are always great in my book! Here are some of the great quotes from the book: One, 'cause his guys ducked their heads whenever he gave an order, and two, 'cause his shit was flashier; zigzag designs on his cloak, gold sleeve armor instead of bronze, jewels all over his sword.

The whole package in a handy, carry-on size. I hungered like dammit. That's my daughter, Murrah. You say Hur-Hranan and Hur-Murrah when speak, hin? I'll not do it! I shall kill myself before they take my honor. I tried to roll and kick. I have no idea if I connected, but the fact that I'm telling this story proves he missed.

Oct 27, Jefferson rated it liked it Shelves: Ex-Airborne Ranger Jane Carver, a "bad-ass biker chick," has a reform-school past, a two-strike prison record, and a problem with authority. She has sent Hollywood screenwriter Jason Long her true story on cassette tapes, offering to let him publish it and split any profits Long tells us that Jane not her real name is about 6'2" with broad shoulders and "rugged good looks. Witnessing a massacre perpetrated by one faction of purple people on another, she befriends the survivor, Sai-Far, whose betrothed Wen-Jhai, daughter of the ruler of Ora, the greatest nation on Waar, has just been bride-napped by a powerful rival, Kedac-Zir.

Thus begins Jane's pulpy adventure, involving "savage" four-armed, lizard-tailed, dread-locked tiger-centaurs, "civilized," purple-skinned, hyphen-named people, and a non-stop series of raids, brawls, duels, death matches, battles, disguises, pursuits, captures, incarcerations, enslavements, entertainments, amorous advances, romance counselings, and more as she tries to help the gormless and spineless Sai reunite with his true love so he may marry her so that her father may grant Jane access to another artifact with which to return to earth where she believes she wants to be.

Both A Princess of Mars and Jane Carver of Waar begin with the reality-claiming conceit that the heroes have given their first person stories to the authors. Both heroes wake up naked on an alien world where they have super strength and jumping ability due to earth's stronger gravity. Both encounter exotic and dangerous flora and fauna and bad organized religions. Both catalyze Big Events. Both become caught up in page-turning action that devolves into absurdity if you catch your breath and coldly examine it. The frenetic fun of Long's book is signaled by the one-word exclamation-marked titles of the chapters, like "Hunted!

For one thing, he avoids what was one of the most interesting parts of John Carter's life on Barsoom learning the local language by having the artifact that transports Jane to Waar automatically make her fluent in Sai's tongue. Unlike John Carter, Jane adventures not to win her own true love but to help another person win his. For that matter, while John Carter is heterosexual, Jane is a "switch hitter," and Long explores gender and sexuality more than Burroughs. Although Burroughs seems preoccupied with race red, black, white, yellow, and green Martians , he elides the vile nature of slavery John Carter having been on earth the "good" master of white myth beloved by his slaves , while Long explores it.

And Jane at first has a humane reaction to killing, unlike John Carter. The "swamp trash country girl" Jane has a cruder and more colloquial voice than John Carter, one that comically jars with the "elegant" speech of the local nobles. I'll talk to you anyway I damn well please. Surprisingly, she never compares anything to John Carter. Jane describes light and graphic porno tableaux and often feels horny, and a female pirate captain says, "Right now I need a fat cock to fill my cunt and empty my brain," while a noble woman says, "Oh yes!

By the Seven, don't stop! Dec 09, Jason rated it liked it. Jane fights like a man, shrugs off injuries like a man, lusts like a man for men and women. The plot was entertaining enough though I started to chafe at all the similes. Colorful, original similes, but way too many of them. Jul 01, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is actually more adventure than fantasy, but I loved the audiobook!

Not appropriate for a high schooler some brief sex scenes , but otherwise, swashbuckling with plenty of snark and one liners. Dec 13, Marie Kos rated it really liked it. Not a serious read, but surprisingly enjoyable with a protagonist I can really, truly relate to: I need to get back to Waar and read the dang sequel! It's been years, but this is a light read that I cannot imagine forgetting. My mind wanders back to it often. May 04, Dreama rated it really liked it. A modern twist on John Carver of Mars stories. Lots of profanity befitting the character and sexuality.

The audiobook is great. Oct 21, Stu Gibeau rated it did not like it. A bad derivative of John Carter of Mars. Aug 11, Maca rated it really liked it. I loved this book it was fun. Sep 21, Anders Blixt rated it really liked it. A few subway journeys later I read when commuting between home and office I had reached its end and arrived at a clear conclusion: The protagonist Jane Carver is a tall and muscular working-class biker, a petty criminal with a few jail stints and a former private in Airborne Rangers.

She is uneducated, streetwise and crude, which is reflected in the language of the story, told in a rough first-person prose. Sexism and the associated shoddy treatment of woman are handled in ways that would have been impossible in earlier works of the genre; the author does not mince words when he describes a pre-industrial society in which commoners are treated like dirt by nobles and becoming an outlaw appears to be the best escape from oppression. While being chased by Californian cops for man-slaughter, Carver stumbles over a small device that teleports her to the distant world of Waar.

How and why is never explained and in this kind of story it is of little importance.

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Her speech, peppered with 21st-century popcultural references, is on the other hand equally frequently incomprehensible to her two aristocratic comrades-in-arms. Carver is a competent low-level superhero, whereas the two Waarian men that accompany her are foppish and notably less effectual.

I give Jane Carver of Waar four red planets out of five. It is exactly the adventure it claims to be. The sole shortcoming is that the plot never surprised me. Apr 17, Benjamin added it Shelves: I had this in my e-library easy to lose track in there, so I'm now using LibraryThing, when I can remember to update it and recently started to wonder about what John Carter-type stories would look like if you were going to write them today. But at least today some people see that as a choice in fiction, not the norm. Nathan Long definitely seems to be thinkin I had this in my e-library easy to lose track in there, so I'm now using LibraryThing, when I can remember to update it and recently started to wonder about what John Carter-type stories would look like if you were going to write them today.

Nathan Long definitely seems to be thinking about this issue in this story, which is, in broad strokes, a gender-swapped and gender-aware pastiche of Burroughs: Instead of being chased into a magic cave by Indians as in Burroughs , Jane Carver is chased into a cave by police which is a nice continuation of the "Indians-replaced-by-cops" trope of certain new Westerns, probably starting with Grapes of Wrath. Instead of white apes, there's cat-people.

Instead of rescuing a woman before her marriage, there's Well, okay, so not everything's been reconfigured, but of course you need some connections if you're going to make your point about what was wrong with the old planetary romance stories and what still needs work today.

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