Saturday, April 3, 2010

Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Novel

Number of words : 40000
Percent of complex words : 5.7
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 9.6


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 6.1
Flesch : 80.2
Flesch-Kincaid : 4.5

: Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

CHARACTERS

Richard Gunn Urquhart : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Rick, man with a destiny, and ability to cast a long Shadow.

Llaw's grandmother : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

A seeress who forsees Rick's destiny.

Karadok : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Ancient Martian king of Ruh.

Beudach : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Chief of the fighting men of the Ruh.

Llaw : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

A Martian dwarf.

Haral : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Last of the line of Karadoc.

Parras : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Seer of Ruh.

Ed Fallon : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Head of the Terran Exploitations Company.

Jaffa Storm : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

His right hand man. Rather large Terro-Mercurian.

Hugh St. John : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Unionist politician.

Vargo : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Venusian muscle leader.

Mayo McCall : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Anti-Terran activist and technician.

Jimmy : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Press-ganged rebel.

Eran Mak : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Civilised Martian Low-Canaler bandit and leader.

Christy : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

One of Fallon's.

Kyra : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

A Winged One woman.

William Lee Yancey : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

A young ship crewman Rick leaves money too that helps him get back on Mars.



ANIMALS

Black Apes : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Used as press-gang hounds by the Terran Exploitations Company.


ORGANISATIONS

Terran Exploitations Company : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Just as bad as they sound.

Crimpers : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Press-gang groups.

Moderates : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Political group of compromise between Earth and Mars.

Pan-Martians : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Pro Mars political group.

Union Party : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Unionist political group that wants to promote Earth's role on Mars.

Interplanetary Co-ordination Authority : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Interworld legislative body.Has a Labor Board.

First Interplanetary Bank of Mars : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Has an office in New York.

MPG : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Martian Planetary Government.

MPP : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Martian Planetary Patrol.




PLACES

Thieves' Quarter : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Dodgy part of Ruh.

Phobos : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Moon of Mars.

Street of Nine Thousand Joys : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Street where you can purchase time with ladies of questionable virtue, in Ruh.

Ruh : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Martian City-State.

King City : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Capital of Ruh.

Deimos : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

The other Moon of Mars.

Administration Pylon : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Large building, holds the TEC offices.

New Town : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

City being built.

Arianrhod : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Has cliff caves.

Old City : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

In Ruh.

Kahora : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Martian Trade city.

Polar Cities : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

The Thinkers live here, in a fabled cold region.

Darkside : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Cold shadowed side of the planet.

Number Five Drift : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Where one of the press gangs works.

Tower of Destiny : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Place of seers.

Vhia : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Trade City of Venus.

Jekkara : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Martian Low Canal city.

Caer Hebra : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Ancient city.

Thieves' Quarter : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Dodgy part of Ruh.

Losanglis : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Earth city.

Valkis : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Low Canal city.

Jekkara Port : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

City spaceport.

Madame Kan's : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Dodgy bar in Jekkara.


RACES

Marshies : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Derogatory term for the locals.

Middle-Swampers : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Venusians. Used as muscle by Fallon.

The Thinkers : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

First race of Mars. Still live in the Polar Cities.

Winged Ones : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Ancient Martian flyers.

Shunni : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Martian tribe.



PLANTS

Yrl-wood : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Martian tree.


CONCEPTS

Low Martian : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Common dialect.

Goliath : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Biblical giant.

High Martian : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Ancient dialect.


TECHNOLOGY

Venusian spider-silk : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Used to make clothes.

Blaster : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Energy hand weapon.

Collar of Ruh : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Symbol of authority.

Visaplate : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Part of a telescreen.

Fallonite : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

The chemically amorphous substance that was already beginning to
revolutionize the Terran plastic industry.

Florent mirror : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Uses infra red instead of visible light.

Tsamo : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

A Martian knockout drug.

Thought Projector : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Thinker shield to keep people out.



MEDIA

Banner of the Twin Moons : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Ruh war symbol.

Winged Victory of Samothrace : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Old earth statue.


WEAPONS

Banning Shocker : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Large non-lethal beam weapon.

Mickey shocker : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Handgun beam weapon, non-lethal.

Disintegrators : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Thinker weapon.

Mental amplifiers : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Thinker weapon.

Energy projectors : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Thinker weapon.


VEHICLES

Mary Ellen Dow : Shadow Over Mars - Leigh Brackett

Ship they wanted Rick to leave on.


PLOT


Rick is not too keen on being pressganged into the rapacious and
growing aptly named Terran company.

He also runs into prophecy when it is told that he will be an
important player in the future of Mars - although he is not anyone of
any particular note.

Others of import include a Winged Race woman, a technician who also
opposes Fallon and company, a local gangster and a politician. If
they can work out some sort of arrangement and leadership they will
have the resources to oppose Fallon and his even less scrupulous and
violent enforcer Jaffa Storm and his force of hired Venusian thugs.


3.5 out of 5

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