The Mucker

The Mucker is one of the best books ever written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, with the opening chapter vividly recreating the city of Chicago early in the twentieth century Known as a virtual catalogue of the pulp genre, this is a must read for anyone who enjoys action tales of courage and adventure.
The Mucker The Mucker is one of the best books ever written by Edgar Rice Burroughs with the opening chapter vividly recreating the city of Chicago early in the twentieth century Known as a virtual catalogue of

  • Title: The Mucker
  • Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9781576462409
  • Page: 152
  • Format: None
  • 1 thought on “The Mucker”

    1. I remembered this fondly & should have kept that vague memory. I didn't really remember much of the story, just bits here & there. Overall, it wasn't a bad story, but some elements of it were tough to take. While it was very well narrated, hearing the Mucker's (Billy) mangled version of American was tough to understand. Thankfully, there wasn't a lot of dialog nor was it terribly important.A person's physical appearance is super important to their type of person, morals & such. I'm r [...]

    2. ERB put many elements of his other books into this one adventure yarn: pirates, fights with natives in faraway jungles, swordplay, chivalry, boxing, etc. One of ERB’s better novels. Recommended for his fans and fans of pulp adventure fiction in general.

    3. I was attracted to this book because I read it was unusual among Burroughs' work and in pulp in general. For me, it did strongly echo aspects of “The Monster Men” and of course “Tarzan of the Apes”, although it does have the unique distinction of hanging multiple genre types on a single characters' arc. Billy Byrne, “The Mucker”, starts out as a street hooligan, becomes a sailor, a pirate, a jungle survivalist, and goes from there. For Burroughs the sci-fi/fantasy element was strang [...]

    4. Of the dozen or so ERB novels I've read thus far, THE MUCKER is my favorite. Where else can you get pirates, shipwrecks, Malaysian headhunters, Japanese samurai, and championship boxing all in one book?In its opening chapters, THE MUCKER is actually quite literary and brilliantly written, though Burroughs can never keep that up for very long before reverting back to the purely escapist fiction he was famous for. However, the characters in this book are actually given arcs for a change, and there [...]

    5. I had to quit reading this book, not because the story was bad but because the publisher was so bad. It was published by 1st World Library and there were so many spelling errors that it became a nuisance to read. And then after I got about 50 pages into the book another Billy (the main character is also named Billy) enters the story. So there's one Billy on one boat carrying on a conversation and then there's another Billy on a different boat carrying on his conversation at the same time. I had [...]

    6. I really like the development of the character here, Billy Byrne, a kid from the mean Chicago streets who learns a bit about heroism.

    7. Following up on the success of his first novels, ‘The Mucker’ represents Edgar Rice Burroughs’s attempt at a more mainstream adventure-oriented book, written in two parts from 1914 through 1916 (this edition contains both). The more fantastic elements of the Tarzan and Barsoom efforts do not appear here. The result is a bit of a mess — but an entertaining mess — of pretty much straightforward ‘pulp fiction.’The first chapter is essentially setup/info dump, mostly all telling and li [...]

    8. Billy Byrne, who grew up on Chicago's West Side, among the low-brow hoods and gangsters there, and is taught to idolize the same, and to wantonly beat up anyone not of his gang or classcluding women, children and the "better" social classese educated and wealthy.Along the way he has to skip town to avoid a frame-up by a fellow-crook, and ships out (gets shanghaied) aboard a tramp steamer. He rises above all the other crooks on the ship, and gets insulted by a young socialite who becomes a prison [...]

    9. Inspired by the relatively new anthology of short stories, The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs (in turn, inspired by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs), I found an Ebook copy of The Mucker by the aforesaid ERB. The Mucker does not age well. Like some of the classic Robert E. Howard works, it is full of racial epithets (some of which, placed in the slang of the eponymous “Mucker,” were new to me) that often served to jar me out of my suspended disbelief. I think I was truly blind to just how r [...]

    10. My dad said his favorite book as a child was The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs is most famous for his Tarzan books. I read the first two of those. The first one was quite good, the second got a bit silly. My son, Zach, read further into the series, and said the silliness got rather out of hand—"jumped the shark", he said. Whatever, The Mucker came out in 1914, and deals with a young hoodlum who came from the tough parts of Chicago. My dad was born in Chicago and was eight [...]

    11. read this onea few years ago. 1981-82 thereabouts. decided to read it again.update 10/13: billy bryne, a product of the streets and alleys of chicago's west side. about parents or siblings, just the ruff and tumble world of back alleys, a kindergarten that lasted from age 6 till 10 when he "commenced 'swiping' brass faucets from vacant buildings, his schooling a time of carrying a bucket of beer from the pub to the alleyill though, he holds to a code of ethicsen he is shanghaied in friscoe descr [...]

    12. I just love old pulp fiction adventure books. This was no exception, though at first I thought it might be. I can't really get behind a story if the heroes are jerks, and in this story the protagonist starts out as a jerk, but through his experiences becomes more refined and likable. The only fault I find in this book is that the ending was a bit more realistic than I would have preferred. However, that's just my preference, so others may be happier with the ending.It was nice to read a pulp adv [...]

    13. This book definitely is a bit different from Burroughs norm when it comes to the hero of the tale… normally the men are perfect gentlemen… men of honor and loyalty and intergrity… even Tarzan had somehow come out of the jungle knowing exactly how to act as Lord Greystoke… but Billy is a thug… he’s coarse and vulgar and thinks beating a man up for no reason is good fun… yet he’s accused of a murder he actually didn’t commit and goes on the run for it… which lands him in with a [...]

    14. This was in my collection of classic sci-fi. I'm not sure why as there's nothing sci-fi about it, except perhaps the superhuman strength of the hero. A ruffian brought up on the streets of Chicago, he gets kidnapped and put on a ship, helps plunder another boat, but is left on an island. A girl they captured from the boat turns his life around as she shows integrity and courage dealing with her situation, and we follow the two of them as their on-off affair takes them on separate paths that ulti [...]

    15. Book 4 stars, Illustrations 1 starA fine adventure tale as only Edgar Rice Burroughs can tell. The hero is quite rough, uneducated and has a very bad attitude, not the usual noble gentleman. It is also set in contemporary times for Burroughs which is around 1914. This edition was reasonably priced and worth it, but do not purchase it if you are interested in the illustrations. They are in a fuzzy black and white and show odd things such as a brass water faucet when the book talks about Billy ste [...]

    16. Actually what I read was the entire Mucker Trilogy, but there was no cover art for it so I cheated a little! This story was not exactly what I expected, but it was a fun and crazy E.R. Burroughs ride just the same! I mean seriously how can you go wrong with medieval samurai, aborigine head hunters, mexican banditos, hoboes and wealthy heiresses? An action packed quick and fun fulled ride! I thoroughly enjoyed watching the characters grow, learning their little secrets and hollering at them to no [...]

    17. It's amazing how much Burroughs packs into this book there's a little bit of social commentary, some pirates, some romance, some boxing, and, of course, an uncharted island with a weird unique culture on it.The highlight, though, is the Mucker himself, Billy Byrne. He starts out as just about the worst human being imaginable, quite the opposite of the usual pulp fare. His journey of discovery about both the world and himself is quite entertaining (if a little sudden). I'm usually more a Robert E [...]

    18. Born to fail career criminal raised in the slums of Chicago is accused of a murder he didn't commit. Flight to San Francisco results in involuntary recruitment aboard a sketchy vessel at sea. Piracy, pugilism, and casual racism ensue.This book starts strong, with promise of "Gangs of New York" style historical fiction, but when it shifts to the events at sea, it becomes preposterous and silly. Billy Byrne is basically a reworked Tarzan, replacing the African jungle for an urban one, so this book [...]

    19. A lesser known novel by Edgar Rick Burroughs, but also one of his best received works. It rejects the more fantastic elements of the best known work of Burroughs by telling the story of a lower class Chicago hoodlum who is reformed by his love of an upper class New York woman. Less obvious is that the plot follows closely to that of Tarzan of the Apes, right down to the nobility of the mucker at the conclusion of the story.

    20. Edgar Rice Burroughs is known of course for his "Tarzan" books but this is a very powerful "urban classic", that I found extremely entertaining. Sort of wonder if the "Hulk" wasn't modeled to some extent on the Mucker portrayed in this book?!

    21. If you have read the more fantastical Burroughs, you will find this to be a bit different. This is the tale of a man who ends up on an adventure that is a bit more down to Earth. However, still an amazing adventure and a great read!

    22. A fascinating main character who develops from a despicable villain to a real hero. Some unlikely coincidences, but a fun ride.

    23. . It was a fun book to read. I liked the period in history it took place and where the main characters ended up.

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