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The Rider [Paperback]

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (Jan. 1 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441727824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441727827
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great atypical Burroughs July 19 2009
By L. N. Hannebohn - Published on Amazon.com
I'm more a fan of Burroughs' non-series work: The Mad King, The Oakdale Affair, and The Rider are my favorites. I fell in love with The Rider at about 14. I'm 28 now and still love it. It's a good story of mistaken identity, and a happy ending. Not too involved. It doesn't make you think too much, but it's a great lazy day afternoon read especially for a young girl who doesn't need gratuitous sex, but wants a splash of romance in her adventure.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Burroughs' Best. July 15 2005
By Naamah Darling - Published on Amazon.com
From the creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars comes . . . this.

Written in 1915 and first published in 1918, The Rider is essentially a comedy of mistaken identity set in the mythical European kingdom of Karlova. It chronicles the adventures of a prince and a princess who must marry to bring peace to their kingdoms, and of a young American reporter who wishes to marry a wealthy heiress against her family's wishes. Mix these four in with one mysterious and surly bandit, have them switch identities so nobody knows who is who, and you have a recipe for . . . mediocrity, actually.

Not much to see here. As much as I adore Burroughs, and as slavishly as I would lick his boots were he still alive to tread the unworthy dust of this planet, I have to say that this book is in itself an example of the kind of knockoff writing that Burroughs himself inspired: a second-tier tale with few gripping characters and a plot, like a miniskirt, which holds the reader's attention only by virtue of its brevity.

Not his best work, nor even his second best. If you want to look into old Ed, start elsewhere. This is a book for fans whose affection outweighs their taste. Like me.

If you're looking for dashing, bold adventure, read The Three Musketeers or The Prisoner of Zenda instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than advertised May 25 2010
By Michelle Levinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book arrived and is in great condition. Much better than the advertisement lead me to believe. Would highly recommend the vendor again.

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