- By Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Monster Men

  • Title: The Monster Men
  • Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9781600961632
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Monster Men Professor Maxon performs secret experiments to make a perfect race of humans finally succeeding with Number Thirteen

    Professor Maxon performs secret experiments to make a perfect race of humans, finally succeeding with Number Thirteen.

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    1. Review of The Monster Men by Edgar Rice BurroughsFans of Edgar Rice Burroughs are both legion and loyal, as evidenced by the long lasting popularity of his characters. Tarzan of course is his most famous character, and John Carter of Mars (and Virginia) was the main character of a recent poorly marketed (but I thought still well done) Disney film. However Burroughs was an extremely prolific author, who wrote a lot more than just Tarzan and Martian stories. One of his earliest efforts was this ad [...]

    2. Perhaps this pulp would have been more fun without all the racisim and super manly-man hero. Still, the opening chapter to this book has some nice images of horror to it. After that point, meh

    3. Great pulp fun from the master. Picture Frankenstein mixed with Tarzanat is the bizarre concoction that is THE MONSTER MEN. The best thing about reading this over most of ERB novels is that you only need to read one and not feel committed to a series. Those who know Tarzan and his Mars series and would rather avoid those because they feel they already know the story but want to try ERB would do well to read this. ERB's style is in as good a form as it is in those series, so go ahead and spend fo [...]

    4. His usual style of writing that is not one of main characters. Although I give it one star, I do say I enjoy the fact his 'good guys' are 'good' and 'honorable' without hesitation. And I keep reading his stuff.I see this book as a Frankenstein/Dr. Moreau cross. And it is interesting that this is really a look at the idea of eugenics which were a hot issue or topic during the time the book was written. It also can be considered as an early look at 'test tube' babies and 'cloning'.

    5. This book was absolutely over the top crazy Burroughs. It kind of wanders all over the place "but hey!, it has monsters, pirates, girls in distress, scheming bad people and mad scientists. Not my fav Burroughs by far but a fun read. Might appeal to those who read enough Burroughs to get into stuff like Pirate Blood and the Mucker.

    6. Das ist das das schlechtest geschriebene Buch von ERB, das ich bisher gelesen habe. Die reinste Rumpelkiste, in der brauchbare Ideen im erzählerischen Fiasko untergehen.Und das Schlimmste: entgegen jahrzehntelanger Tradition habe ich bei diesem Urlaub keine anderen Bücher mitgenommen. Na, dann frohe Festtage!

    7. This is ERB's answer to "The Island of Dr. Moreau." I have a hardback version from Grossett and Dunlap. It's very strong, I thought.

    8. Despite the sci fi/horror setup with its echoes of Frankenstein and The Island Of Doctor Moreau this is above all else a very good adventure story. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    9. Did this one as an audiobook. I listened pretty much every time I was alone in the car. While not a fantastic book, it is an engaging story. Dr. Maxon is a mad scientist, and travels to the jungles of Borneo, determined to create the perfect human in his lab. His goal is not only to pursue his scientific dreams, but also to create the perfect man for his beautiful daughter Virginia to marry. Because of her beauty, however, Virginia has attracted other would-be pursuers, and the competition for h [...]

    10. 17 chapters, 1st one, "the rift" and the 1st sentence:as he dropped the last grisly fragment of the dismembered and mutilated body into the small vat of nitric acid that was to devour every trace of the horrid evidence which might easily send him to the gallows, the man sank weakly into a chair and throwing his body forward upon his great, teak desk buried his face in his arms, breaking into dry, moaning sobs.i know the feelingn't help but empathize. onward and upward.okayo chapters read13% on t [...]

    11. Disturbing, I wonder if it was the eugenics and racist overtones or the story tension that made me disengage. Audiobook review, I like how he portrays his heroines as tigress' as opposed to wilting daisies. It's action packed. Lame review is lame. This will be a skip for anyone but those seeking something in the Frankenstein/Moreau line.

    12. A little different than the average Burroughs adventure, and a little darker. Though I've always believed that E.R.B wasn't quite as one dimensional as many think.

    13. 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.It opens with Professor Maxon destroying the corpse of a malformed humanoid -- close enough to look human -- that had l [...]

    14. In the novel, The Monster Men, there are thirteen artificial human beings that have to fight for their rights and their lives. I rated this book a two out of five because the ending was rather disappointing. The author set up an amazing ending and I was expecting much more from the end. I loved the middle, but you really need a good ending to have that feeling of accomplishment at the end. It spoke of a treasure chest throughout the entire book, there were many people trying to get it but at the [...]

    15. With no Tarzan or John Carter, Edgar Rice Burroughs explores philosophy and science fiction with pirates, star-crossed lovers, failed experiments and an exotic island filled with natives and their magic. The Monster Men mashes up The Island of Dr. Moreau and Shakespeare’s The Tempest to pair his protagonist, monster-man, with , the daughter of brilliant scientist, .Where Tarzan and John Carter adventures build cyclically with an obvious break between “installments” when read, The Monster M [...]

    16. I'm currently trying to read some old-time sci fi to round out my sci fi knowledge, so I got this somewhat on a whim. To my modern sci-fi reading experience, this seemed like a rather odd little book, especially considering the ending. I enjoyed it overall, though.It has the old-fashioned swashbuckling heroic male saves helpless maiden-in-distress adventure, which isn't my style but I know it was the style of the time so I'll forgive it. Nearing the end I thought it was going to be a fascinating [...]

    17. This story seems to be a sort of 'salmagundi' of classic and well tried Burroughs elements. 'Synthetic Men of Mars' meets 'Tarzan' and a few tricks thrown in for good measure. I read this the first time when I was in high school and as a geeky kid that was something of an outsider I really identified with this tale of adventure. I wanted to be the hero of this story and face the challenges to earn the rewards. Unfortunately, I was just a geeky high school kid with the challenges of a Midwestern [...]

    18. This would be another 5-star Burroughs story if it weren't a bit too dark and violent for my taste. It's a thrilling adventure story about lust, greed, hubris, and what it means to be human. One of Burroughs strong points is stuffing stories to the brim with crazy situations and coincidences, and he certainly doesn't disappoint in this story.Also, it has one of my favorite opening sentences ever.

    19. An old-fashioned adventure with the emphasis on old-fashioned. It's a sort of Tarzan on the Island of Dr Moreau mash-up and a quick read thanks to Burroughs's clear and economical style. You wouldn't get away with racial stereotypes like the 'inscrutable Chinaman' today; the world has moved on since this book was written. Taken at face value, this is a diverting, fast-moving tale with some meditations on the nature of what makes humans human.

    20. The first ERB book that I haven't enjoyed. This was just pure drivel. Totally interchangeable characters, you could have put any names to the people in this book and it wouldn't have changed anything. You cannot identify or even care about any of them, they are just names put into a plot. And the plot is awful, what I thought would be a good adventure involving science versus nature turned into a book full of chases involving pirates and headhuntersh, just bad.

    21. OK so not the best ERB story but I did like it better than The Moon Maid. This book took me forever to finish just because it was difficult to get into. But it picked up towards the end and had a weak but cute ending. I love ERB books because the leading men are always unrealistically brave and strong, and there's nothing wrong with a good old damsel in distress scenario.

    22. A book I started reading to test an updated E reader app. The book was more satisfying than the app. Yes, there's a huge amount of Eurocentric racism in it, but the author is, ultimately, a product of his environment.

    23. This was only OK, not great. I guess it was over-hyped to me. High on melodrama, decent on character development, exciting story -- but I kept getting knocked back by all the ignorant, hateful thinking by the characters. It's like watching the dumb make war with the stupid in this story.

    24. Mix Frankenstein and Island of Dr. Mureau, add a bit more early 1900s racism and erase most of the literary value. I give it two stars because at least the story had some twists and turns, though pretty unbelievable.

    25. Loved it's craziness and predictability. I think Burroughs had alot of fun writing it because it's not really his style. Wonderful romp through pulp fiction. The characters were surrealistic and stereotypic. Fun!

    26. An unusual work, for Burroughs. Much more horror/sci-fi than his normal adventure works. I thought that he was going to make an interesting observation/comment on what makes a human, but in the end, Burroughs decides to keep it simple and easy.

    27. An exciting adventure by Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs. A mad scientist creating monsters. A chase in a jungle. Headhunters--and orang utans. One of my favorites of all ERB's books. Read it back in elementary school and find I still enjoy it today!

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