Jane Carver of Waar (Jane Carver, #1) by Nathan Long

Jane Carver of Waar (Jane Carver, #1)

Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess.A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time-and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known.Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a...

Details Jane Carver of Waar (Jane Carver, #1)

TitleJane Carver of Waar (Jane Carver, #1)
Release DateMar 27th, 2012
PublisherNight Shade
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Jane Carver of Waar (Jane Carver, #1)

  • David
    There are two groups of readers for this book: those who have read Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, and those who haven't.If you haven't... then you may or may not like this book, depending on your tolerance for old-school sci-fi adventure tales. Because Jane Carver of Waar is not even a little bit subtle about the material it's imitating: it's quintessential "high concept" science fiction, that concept being: what if John Carter was a c...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    In many ways this book could almost get a 5 star rating from me. There are just a few sour notes.What is it/are they? The author's views pop out now and then at annoying times giving Jane a discordant "self-righteous" sound that is at odds with the character. Too bad about that. My take of course and some might not even notice what annoyed me. Other than that what we have here is a fun action read. Take the "general idea" and plot of ERB's Mars/B...
  • Derek
    There's a dark underbelly to the Barsoom novels and inheritors. Their high honor and romance and focus on essentially upper-class matters--the warriors and princesses--hide the stratified and ossified society behind all this. And stratified societies, especially feudal ones, rest all their weight on the lowest members. Stripped of John Carter's class blindness, you see the ugliness behind the high drama and matters of honor and courtly romance.Th...
  • Thomas
    I got this book on my nook during a free-book-friday special and I have to say, if I knew I would like it so much I would have paid money for it. As is, I totally plan to get the next one coming out this November. I have read alot of reviews that comment on how it is just a gender reversed John Carter and a rip-off or parody but really it is soooo much more than that. I will refrain from comparing the similarities of the two book series and inste...
  • Diane
    IN A NUTSHELL: I tend to judge books based on how they make me feel and I had a GREAT time listening to this audio book. Jane Carver is a tall red-haired muscled bad ass biker chick with a potty mouth, a brave/impulsive heart and I have a crush on her. The world-building was solid, the story and plot exciting and easy to follow with descriptions vivid enough that I had no problems picturing the planet WAAR and all of it's inhabitants. Did I menti...
  • Mr. Matt
    I so wanted to like this book. A saucy redhead, ex-Army Ranger, self-described biker bitch gets transported to a strange new world where she runs around clad in a chain mail bikini and gets to kick some serious ass. What's not to love? Seriously?Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to love it, I only kind of liked it. It was good, enjoyable, and, at times, funny. Ultimately, however, it wasn't memorable. If you are looking for a good, fun book to r...
  • Rich
    Fun, from cover to cover, pretty much sums this book up. "Jane Carver of Waar" was a sci-fi adventure, wrapped up in a fantasy adventure and covered with a thick, juicy layer of Wild West adventure with a cherry on top. That's three different types of adventure for the price of just one book. Where I come from we call that a pretty good deal.Jane's a big, strapping, ass-kicking red head who's mystically transported to a different planet or dimens...
  • Nick
    Really a 3.5 star rating, but I couldn't honestly rate it as 4.This pastiche of the Burroughs Barsoom stories is quite clever, but I'm not sure that anyone who has NOT read any John Carter stories will find it to be as amusing. Substituting a female biker and ex-soldier for the John Carter character takes the story in fun directions, but one of the problems is that by making her so competent in exactly the same areas as John Carter, the author mi...
  • Paul
    I pretty much ignored Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of Martian adventure books. They struck me as mere swashbuckling fantasy, not science fiction, and I was a bit of a snob about science fiction. I guess I still am, but boy, was Jane Carver of Waar a fun read!Which, I guess, means one doesn't have to have a grounding in Burroughs' John Carter books to appreciate what Nathan Long is doing with Jane Carver. She's a gas, very like some biker chicks I...
  • Steven
    If I could I would give this book two ratings. The first would be on its own (3 stars), and the second would be as a sort of parody to the John Carter stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs (4 stars), which is how I ran across it.Jane's on the run from the law for a "murder" she didn't mean to commit when she finds herself transported to Waar where her Earthly muscles grant her superhuman strength. Here she teams up with two nobles from Waar to right so...
  • Geoff
    If you want entertainment, laughs, adventure...If you enjoyed, for example, the Princess Bride...If you enjoy some of the escapades of Thursday Next...If you feel the po-faced pomposity of the Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia et al could do with a good skewering...… you'll have a good time in the company of Jane Carver on Waar.Through the brutal though effective culling of all but that necessary to maintain momentum, cohesion and rea...
  • Veronica
    Give me a brash, snarky, slightly awkward redheaded Amazon woman commenting on a "world full of slaves and gladiators and naked sexists" and I am there. This is nothing but good, old-fashioned, light-hearted fun. This is an adventure book. There is LOADS of adventure.There are chases, captures, swashbuckling antics... Even a circus-y type thing.This is also a fish-out-of-water story, and Jane Carver is pretty obviously that--she towers over the m...
  • Jason
    First and foremost, a very entertaining read. While familiarity with the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs is in no way required, it would certainly add to the fun, in my opinion.The adventures of the protagonist are in turns bawdy, tawdry, and at times even touching, but the key is in the ever present sense of adventure. The action is fast-paced, and non-stop.A fun romp through a sword and planet scenario. I'll definitely be reading the sequel.
  • John
    Based on Burroughs' John Carter series, but the Earthling is a big, tough, foul mouthed biker chick. Entertaining adventures, during which she makes all sorts of comical observations, slaughters attackers right and left, and really takes a beating. Lots of references to sex, but as the acts themselves are all offstage it's raunchy rather than pornographic.
  • Gail Gibbs
    Oh,my. What if John Carter was female? A clever parody on early slash-and-dash science fiction adventures, and I'm sure fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs will catch many more in-jokes than I did.
  • Commentary
    I have to admit I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud. It was a "free friday" book at B&N and I will definitely read the next one. It was over the top but in a good way.
  • Abhinav
    You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/03/...Shadowhawk reviews Nathan Long’s latest action-adventure novel, Jane Carver of Waar, published by Nightshade Books.“A thrilling and fast-paced pulp, action-adventure novel, Jane Carver of Waar proves that Nathan Long can write original fiction as awesome as his tie-in fiction.” ~ The Founding FieldsIf you’ve read my reviews of Nathan’s Ulrik...
  • Lyuba
    I got an advance copy of the second book because it sounded interesting, having no idea that Jane Carver series was a pastiche of John Carter of Mars books. So I went and bought the first book, and while reading the reviews I found out what it was. It gave me a moment's pause, because I've never actually read the first book in the John Carter series. I've read three books down the line a long time ago and in Russian too, but they just didn't stic...
  • Jefferson
    Ex-Airborne Ranger Jane Carver, a "bad-ass biker chick," has a reform-school past, a two-strike prison record, and a problem with authority. She has sent Hollywood screenwriter Jason Long her true story on cassette tapes, offering to let him publish it and split any profits 50-50. Long tells us that Jane (not her real name) is about 6'2" with broad shoulders and "rugged good looks." Her story begins when she accidentally kills a sexually harassin...
  • Jason
    The book is blurbed as a feminist version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Mars” series. It’s that kind of feminist story where you write the protagonist as a man but change their name and pronouns. Jane fights like a man, shrugs off injuries like a man, lusts like a man (for men and women). She rails against her alien world’s misogyny but only because that world is just as misogynist as ERB’s Mars.The plot was entertaining enough though I s...
  • Stephanie
    This is actually more adventure than fantasy, but I loved the audiobook! Not appropriate for a high schooler (some brief sex scenes), but otherwise, swashbuckling with plenty of snark and one liners.
  • Marie Kos
    Not a serious read, but surprisingly enjoyable with a protagonist I can really, truly relate to :)I need to get back to Waar and read the dang sequel! It's been years, but this is a light read that I cannot imagine forgetting. My mind wanders back to it often.
  • Stu Gibeau
    A bad derivative of John Carter of Mars. Save your money. Don’t buy this book.
  • Maca
    I loved this book it was fun
  • Dreama
    Super entertaining. A modern twist on John Carver of Mars stories. Lots of profanity (befitting the character) and sexuality. The audiobook is great.
  • Anders Blixt
    The title Jane Carver of Waar was irresistible when I spotted this book in a friend’s bookshelf. A few subway journeys later (I read when commuting between home and office) I had reached its end and arrived at a clear conclusion: its author Nathan Long delivers the goods, i.e. a successful parody of the classical John Carter of Mars genre with plenty of well-established tropes:A weird distant planet — checkUnexplained interplanetary journey ...
  • Per Gunnar
    Generally interesting book which, unfortunately, is a bit of a mixed joy. Female heroine are mystically whisked away to another planet where the low gravity makes her jump like a grasshopper and be stronger than everyone else. Hmmm, where have I read that before? If you would say that this is a rip-off of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter it would be difficult to argue against you. In many ways it is. However, it is also sufficiently different to ...
  • Fionna Guillaume
    Did you see that horrible movie Disney John Carter? (And I hope, for you sake, that you didn't!) Remember all those good opportunities they had to make a decent story and instead how bland and predictable it was? Well, the first couple chapters had me worried. Same story: typical Earthling - in this case a rough-talking, big-boned, opinionated biker chick named Jane - finds magical amulet that transports her inexplicably to a planet of significan...
  • Andrew Bulthaupt
    I received this book for free from Audible as part of a test program for their 'soundtrack series.'Jane Carver of Waar is not a book I had heard of or was planning on reading, but given the chance to do so for free I gave it a shot. Having no expectations I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed in through to the end.The story falls somewhere in the science fiction and fantasy realm, focusing on Jane, a rough and tough biker chick, who is transport...