In the Courts of the Crimson Kings - S.M. Stirling If you're a fan of ER Burroughs' Martian series (and I am in moderate doses), then you'll probably enjoy this latest homage to him.

Jeremy Wainman is no John Carter (or Northwest Smith or Eric John Stark, for that matter) but he's likable enough. I prefer this Mars' "Dejah Thoris" - Teyud za-Zhalt - over the original, cringing, always-being-kidnapped princess but as usual with books of this genre it's not overly strong on character development.

Stirling is much better than Burroughs at creating an alien Mars whose inhabitants are still human enough that you care for them (at least for as long as you're reading the novel).