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A Red Sun Also RisesWhile trying to protect his friend and his new homeWith a sharp eye for period detail and a rich imagination Mark Hodder establishes a weirdly twisted version of Victorian London on a convincingly realized alien world and employs them to tackle a profound psychological and moral uestion A Red Sun Also Rises breaks new ground by combining the sword planet genre with Victorian steampunk while adding an edgy psychological twi A Red Sun Also Rises is a cracking planetary romance that involves many of the tropes of Victoriana adventure romp whilst also managing to involve an intelligent plot and complex conceptsMuch of the start of the book has an HG Wells feel The tale begins with the story told by Aiden Fleisher who whilst as a parish vicar in England develops a friendship with crippled engineering genius Clarissa Stark When Aiden is forced to leave his parish and become a missionary in Papua New Guinea Clarissa goes with him as sexton and together the two of them have significant difficulties in attempting to persuade the indigenous tribes to convert to ChristianityAfter a voodoo type ritual they find themselves transported on the alien world of Ptallaya This is a strange place a planet lit by double yellow suns called The Eyes of the Saviour and populated by the Yatsill a telepathic alien race who rather like parrots mimic things they see We spend much of the book at this point travelling hunting strange living things with the Yatsill hallucinating on strange foods and being immersed into the Yatsill culture which gives us a strange insight into this unusual worldA submersion and ‘rebirth’ of Clarissa in the pools of the Cavern of Immersion means that the Yatsill absorb her life experiences Conseuently they all speak a rather class conscious English language peppered with Hear Hear’s and ‘Harrumphs’ rename themselves with inappropriate English sounding names so that aliens such as Tsillandra Ma’ra become Crockery Clattersmash and rapidly build Yatsillat a caricature of Victorian London one depicted so well on the UK cover with British idioms such as teashops and the House of Lords Like writing often found in HG Wells’ novels it is funny and yet also rather biting a satire of British Victorian class and societyHowever things are changing Whilst Aiden and Clarissa begin their exploration of Ptallya beneath the light of double suns Yatsill stories tell of the coming of a red sun and with it a time of evil one dominated by the Blood GodsSummarising this book as a planetary romance may give some readers an impression of frenetic activity with little depth a legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs and other Golden Age pulp writers perhaps Whilst there is a definite speed to this novel this is also an intelligent book with complex ideas riffing off past genre tropes Like in HG Wells’ stories First Men in the Moon for example or perhaps CS Lewis’ Perelandra space opera novels although on the surface there is an exciting and uite breathless plot the real interest in the book is in the sidetracks along the way rather than the endpointThe tone of the novel is suitably appropriate Like writers in the time of the Victorian British Empire there’s a lot of imperialistic mannerisms that Mark has used that capture a sense of time and place that so many similar novels need to grasp yet don’t The book is actually of an exploration of the concept of evolution as Mark clearly points out in an interview given at the end of the book The alien people plants and animals live in a complex interconnected life cycle pattern which is altered as a conseuence of unintentional interferenceThere’s also a lot of discussion of rather esoteric issues such as the ideas of faith and absolute evil as Aiden clearly struggles with some of his basic beliefs before reaching a satisfactory conclusion for himself This initially rather naive character has a number of rites of passage so that by the time he reaches the end of the novel he has grown and matured as a result of what happensThe ending is a conclusion of sorts although it is clear that other books could follow This is for now at least standalone and not part of a seriesAlthough the book is similar to the author’s own Burton Swinburne Adventures it is not as much of a steampunk tale as the other novels But overall this is a really entertaining book by turns engagingly amusing and then exciting managing to juggle the scientific romance style of HG Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs with a knowledge of contemporary SF ideasOne of the better Victoriana fantasies I’ve read

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EBOOK ✓ EPUB A Red Sun Also Rises ë 9781616146948 ó RANDARENEWABLES ´ A tale of good and evil where neither is what it seems Aiden Fleischer a bookish priest finds himself transported to an alien world With him is Miss Clarissa Stark a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability wronged by A tale of good and evil where neither is what it seems Aiden Fleischer a bookish priest finds himself transported to an alien world With him is Miss Clarissa Stark a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from societyOn the planet Ptallaya under two bright yellow suns they encounter the Yatsill a race of enthusiastic mimics who shape their society after impressions picked up from Cla If you enjoy the planetary adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Otis Kline then this book is right there with them Lots of action fair maidens and mad scientists on a strange planet with strange inhabitants then this is one not to miss

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Rissa's mind Creating a faux London the alien creatures enroll Clarissa in their Council of Magicians and Aiden in the City Guard But why does the peaceful city reuire guards? After a day that in earthly terms has lasted for months the answer comes for on this planet without night a red sun also rises and brings with it a destructive evilThe Blood Gods Hideous creatures they cause Aiden to confront his own internal darkness A Red Sun Also Rises 5A corking tale of derring do on an alien world I love Mark Hodder and this might be my favourite of his to date I was expecting another steampunk tale but this is high Victorianesue inter planetary SF It has in common with HG Wells than Burton SwinburnA Red Sun Also Rises is a first person narrative told by Aiden Fleischer a weak and hopeless sort; a failed vicar turned useless missionary who becomes a true and selfless hero on an alien world – A world whose civilisation has been accidentally and unwittingly completely re modelled by his companion and former servant the terribly crippled Clarissa It’s a terrific story; uniue and completely wonderfully bonkers The world building is especially good complete and well imagined The characterisation is superb the aliens especially with their caricature Bertie Wooster speech and absurd Dickensian names Colonel Momentous Spearjab Mademoiselle Crockery Clattersmash Lady Falldown Bruisebad The good humour and likeability of all the characters is what sets this above others in this genre for me There are deeper themes too a dose of subtle philosophy as Fleischer’s uestions his faith his uest for good in an evil world as he searches for God in the evil around him I loved the smooth neat completely surprising ending – leading into a seuel? I hope so