By Tom Russo
March 28, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings

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S.M. Stirling’s sequel to 2006’s The Sky People, In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, is a pulp throwback imagining an eons-old civilization on Mars. An Earth archaeologist’s exploration of the planet leads to adventure and romance with a native she-mercenary.

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An alternative to that John Carter of Mars project that Hollywood keeps circling.

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Stirling’s dialogue is the stuff of word balloons, but his unabashed odes to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury are fun. B

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