February 4th, 2012

Golden Hair

The Monster Men

The Monster Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is one of his stand-alones.  It takes place in southeast Asia, with savage tribes and monstrous orangutans in his usual style on Earth (as contrasted to under Earth as well as on Mars) -- except that a major factor in it is that a character is a Mad Scientist, out to Create Life, which shifts it into science fiction as least as much as H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau.

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A Birthday

round and round in circles

Sending characters on a journey has its problems -- the cast is major characters (the travelers) and bit parts (everyone else) -- though it does keep the setting fresh and provide a good excuse for running into new things.  Sometimes you can counteract the first effect by having them go about in circles.  (Not just one circle -- there and back again -- though in multiple circles they do not all have to return to the same point.)

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