11 April 2013


"Two or Three" Book Club, Meeting 49

As you know--and as I will insufferably remind you as often as possible--Shredded Cheddar's April 2013 theme is In Space, No One Can Hear You Blog. This is why the two contenders for our next Book Club pick are practically kings of the SF canon.

Vote! Vote! Vote!!!

Aren't those covers beautiful?!?! Having to choose one of these novels and not the other will be the most heartbreaking literary duty I have ever done.

The polls will be open for a week. You may let me know your choice through Twitter. You know you want to make Meeting 50 epic with me! ;-)

Image Sources: a) A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, b) Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein


Sullivan McPig said...

I have to go for the Princess of Mars cover. It's just so...... wrong!

DMS said...

I have not read anything by either of these authors. These do look interesting!

Good luck picking.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting for Starship Troopers! (CCL)

Enbrethiliel said...


Sully -- Really? I actually like that cover! =D

Jess -- I haven't read anything by them, either. This should be an interesting month! =)

CCL -- Thank you!

Two more votes are in: GeekLady voted for A Princess of Mars and Sheila voted for Starship Troopers.

Enbrethiliel said...


Another Twitter vote! @Haefannasiel picked Starship Troopers.

And the pains it took me to type that have finally shown me what it's like when people I meet for the first time have to write "Enbrethiliel." =P

Sheila said...

I think I may have spelled it wrong for the first year I knew you. If you noticed that ... sorry.

Darwin said...

Having read both, I'd definitely recommend Starship Troopers. Not my favorite Heinlein by any stretch, but I just couldn't get into Burroughs.

Enbrethiliel said...


Sheila -- That's okay. It's an obnoxious name anyway. ;-)

Darwin -- Thanks for voting! =D

Angie picked A Princess of Mars!

Bob Wallace said...

"A Princess of Mars" was Burroughs' first Martian novel and was the basis for that so-so John Carter movie. I prefer it to "Starship Troopers." Heinlein was a better writer and had more ideas but he was a far stranger man than Burroughs, who promoted a Southern chivalry even though he was from Oak Park, Illinois, where I have been several times and have never been impressed by. By the way, Hemingway was also from Oak Park.

cyurkanin said...

When you first told me Burroughs was in your poll, I immediately thought of William Burroughs, the homosexual heroin addict most famous as Jack Kerouac's mentor, "Old Bull," and author of Naked Lunch. Alas, I was disappointed. Therefore, I will vote for the awful Starship Troopers.

Enbrethiliel said...


Bob -- I had guessed that you would vote for Burroughs. =)

Christopher -- William Burroughs was a good guess, given my love of Duran Duran (although I haven't said much about them lately). The more I read about his novel The Wild Boys, however, the more I was certain I never wanted to read the book itself. So this will probably be the last time he is ever mentioned on this blog! LOL!

mrsdarwin said...

I've read about half of Starship Troopers, and it's a paean to military virtue, but it's kinda readable, whereas I know nothing about Burroughs except Canals on Mars! So I guess I vote for Starship Troopers, and maybe I ought to finish it myself -- right after I finish Jesus of Nazareth. :)