SciFi Book Review: Martian War

Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson

What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H. G. Wells’s vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.

H. G. Wells and his girlfriend Jane embark on an adventure straight out of a classic scifi adventure, perfect inspiration for one of his stories. The first Martians have crashed to Earth, and Dr. Moreau and Percival Lowell are there to document and study the alien creatures. But the aliens herald a coming invasion that H.G. Wells himself must find a way to stop.

Anderson’s reimaging of the War of the Worlds story, gives readers a look at what might (or should) have happened in Wells’ life to inspire his science fiction tales. My favorite parts were following along in Dr. Moreau’s journal and learning more about his captured Martian. Not only does Anderson’s writing style read similar to classic Wells, but the out-of-this-world adventure feels like classic science fiction. It’s exciting, fun, and irresistible. As a fan of H.G. Wells and Anderson, this was a win.

SciFi Book Review: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell

Cambridge, England, 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, she is far more comfortable in a lab coat dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.

When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.

Jane is a strong, independent young woman, unwilling to conform to social expectations. She’d rather study and learn more about the human body and evolution than get married and become a housewife. But when Jane meets a strange young man living in the wilds of Africa, he begins to stir emotions within her that she never felt before. Jane is an amazing character – bold and brilliant.

Maxwell’s interpretation of the classic story of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan is fresh and captivating. Beloved characters are given new life and a new perspective. This innovative twist on an old story is well-paced and full of adventure, suspense, and romance. Jane will be enjoyed by longtime fans of Tarzan and Edgar Rice Burroughs as well as those who have never read his original stories.

Book Giveaway and Excerpt: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

Courtesy of Tor Forge, I have a copy of Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell for three (3) lucky winners!

Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 5. I’ll draw names on October 6, and notify winners via email.

And keep reading below for an excerpt from Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan!

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