Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Martian Quest - Leigh Brackett

The fifth book in the Baen Leigh Brackett Solar System bundle is a collection of stories based around Mars. From the day to day job of getting such a dry planet to support Earth life, through encounters with ancient legends in The Sorcerer of Rhiannon and The Last Days of Shandakor, to drugs, pirates, genetic throwbacks and more.

The editors have ended the book with two stories that are basically a homage or farewell to her own setting, or even parody if you like, in the case of 'Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon'.

Some strong work to be found here.

Martian Quest : Martian Quest - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : The Treasure of Ptakuth - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : Water Pirate - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : The Sorcerer of Rhiannon - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : The Veil of Astellar - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : The Beast-Jewel of Mars - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : The Last Days of Shandakor - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : Mars Minus Bisha - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : The Road to Sinharat - Leigh Brackett
Martian Quest : Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon - Leigh Brackett


Need to do something about the big lizard problem.

3 out of 5


A couple of archaeological adventurers find that gamma ray treatments make you tough, but very mad. Not green, though.

3.5 out of 5


Perhaps a reasonable scientific solution to this guy, but a good raygun won't hurt, either.

3.5 out of 5


Ancient Martian enemy awakening love for diplomacy.

4 out of 5


Interdimensional space vampire X-crystal life showdown.

3.5 out of 5


A devolutionary drug-type ceremony draws a spacer in a search for a lost womann, and some truths about the Martians are revealed.

4 out of 5


Ancient illusions and hokey philosophies are no match for a barbarian horde at the gate, kid.

4.5 out of 5


Brain sucking ancient telepathy not a nice inheritance.

4 out of 5


An environmental lesson from the serial immortals of said joint.

3.5 out of 5


Old time sacrifice.

3 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

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