173 of 187 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
I saw some commercials for John Carter and it triggered my memory, Hey! Isn't that a book? So I used my handy dandy Kindle Fire and found the first 5 novels for 0.99 cents. I downloaded it and started reading. I was enjoying it until I got to the part in A Princess of Mars where John Carter first escapes with Woola following and he meets up with the White Apes. Gripping fight scene and then......PAGES MISSING. So I went online and downloaded the entire series FOR FREE (public domain due to the intellectual property rights have expired) with much better formatting and more pictures. Don't waste your dollar on this version.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2012
These stories were released at the turn of the 20th century and long ago entered the public domain.
I own several Kindle devices and purchased this collection only so that my current read location would be shared across all devices.
For 99 cents I felt this added functionality was worth it.
However, prospective buyers should be aware that as these stories are in the public domain they are freely available in digital formats elsewhere.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
"The Barsoom Series" by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
"The Princess of Mars" is story I in a V book collection. It is magnificent and captivating, and it's apparent from the first chapter that Edgar Rice Burroughs is a genius. This is a wonderful story filled with his spectacular thoughts and imagination. Original, epic, and enthralling, I was unable to put it down and am chomping at the bit to read the next four books in the collection. A true master of the sci/fi adventure genre on par with Vance and Wells......
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The hectic, chaotic, frenetic, pace continues as John Carter, his son Carthoris, and Tars Tarkas take on the Issus and the "the blacks" to rescue Dejah Thoris (Princess of Helium). Massive battles and unrelenting treachery and deceit continues to fuel the fusilade of destruction on the enemy air fleets. Pulp sci/fi adventure at its best makes this one of the most entertaining stories of all time from the pen of a master storyteller......
"The Warlord of Mars" saga and action continues unabated in the third book in the Barsoom Series and it's fantastic! Almost constant conflict confronts John Carter, Prince of Helium, as he fights for the release of his beloved Dejah Thoris. The budding love between their son Carthoris and Thuvia of Ptarth brings joy to both houses. Edge of your seat battles against the Lord of the Thenes, Matai Shang, and his minion Thurid will keep you awake at nights as the Jed's come together and unite under the Jedakk of Jedakaks, the Warlord of Barsoom!......
"Thuvia, Maid of Mars"carries on and expands this epic collection of stories. Book IV of the series shifts the focus away from John Carter to his son Carthoris and Thuvia, the love of his life. Enduring many hardships and death defying battles and contraptions Carthoris rescues Thuvia and receives the blessing from Kulan Tith, her designated husband, to marry her in his stead. Although a bit repetitive with events/confrontations similar to the previous books this is never-the-less a thrilling roller coaster ride that will exhilarate and enthrall you throughout...onward to the V and final book in the collection......
"The Chessmen of Mars" is my least favorite book in "The Barsoom Series." I loved the pacing and one of the most original and imaginative creature/humanoid/ creations in all of science fiction "Ghek the Kaldane from Bantoom." Kaldane's are unquestionably one of the most unusual, unique, creepy, entertaining yet unsettling, beings ever conjured by an inditer in the sci/fi genre...a simply wonderful and amazing creature! Once again the story shifts from Carthoris and Thuvia to the new heroine "Tara, Princess of Helium" and her suitor ""Gahan, Jeddak of Gatholian." I love this series in spite of its predictability and occasional redundancy. A true classic with A movie in the works!
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2008
I was really looking forward to exploring the early fantasy works of E. Rice Burroughs, having recently gone gaga over the collected fantastic works of R. E. Howard. How disappointed, then, I was to discover that this volume offered the most disgracefully inconvenient physical format I have ever seen in a book. The pages are the most peculiar size; the print is way too small; the margins are non-existent, meaning you must crack the book open with all your strength to discern the letters hiding toward the spine (not exactly conducive to relaxed bedtime reading); and there's nary an illustration to be found. What should be, say, a ten-page chapter resultantly occupies two huge overcrowded pages that you can scarcely get your hands around. The format, frankly, reminds me of a cheapo computer printout, lacking only the photo offset typeface. Foul! Bah! Woe! Fie! Seek Burroughs's works elsewhere: how could you possibly deduce a fair idea of anyone's works from this witches'-brew of a manifestation? Aargh!! (Aren't those nice words? I'm feeling especially playful.)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
This is a nice quality soft covered book containing all of the John Carter stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. One of my sons requested it for Christmas after seeing the recent John Carter movie, and he has greatly enjoyed it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2011
This product ought to be free, given how little effort was put into adapting it for the Kindle. It consists of a single flat text file containing the five books. You'd best be prepared to read all five of them in sequence, as there is no table of contents, either for the entire collection or for individual books. While you can find the glossary by jumping to the end of the e-book and stepping backwards, you will find that all of the entries are jammed together without line breaks, making them difficult to read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2008
First - a quick review of the actual story: If you love classic sci-fi, this is the grand-daddy of all. The text is a bit dense with flowery language, owing to the time it was written (don't forget, "A Princess of Mras" is almost 100 years old now) But the seeds of 100 years of sci-fi were planted here.
Second - the formatting - yes when I first downloaded this it was unbearable due to hard line breaks that I assume were created by a bad transition to electronic format. I did find that if I used the larger text size, it made it slightly easier to read.
BUT, never fear, someone has fixed it. A little known feature of the Kindle is that if you go to "View your Media Library" (very subtle link on "Your Account" page") you can click on the Title and then choose to "Send Wirelessly to Kindle". This feature is meant for when you have filled you Kindle and want to retrieve a title you previously deleted, however, it also has the added bonus of refreshing your current version with whatever the latest one is and someone somewhere has fixed the formatting on this title (pretty recently it seems).
As a footnote, if you happen to purchase more recent articles - some authors have taken to using this feature to add additional commentary etc, but you never know when they have done so. Make sure to check it out. Your mileage may vary.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
Although the book was written many years ago it is full of adventures and just easy reading fun. For you who like an adventure with a love story intertwined you will enjoy these stories.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
Burroughs' Barsoom novels were among the first science fantasy books I read as a child long ago. In fact, I still have all eleven volumes in their original Ballantine Books paperbacks stashed in a box, along with numerous works by Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, and others from the 1960's and 70's that I can't stand the idea of giving up. At least I know I can read them digitally when I want to. Too bad the entire series isn't part of this set.
Burroughs' writing style would be considered comically stereotyped and hackneyed by modern standards, but the themes of chivalry, bravery, and respect for others are timeless - even though they might be considered out of style by modern standards. Some ideas are worth preserving, and IMO these types of stories do that very well.
I grew up with these types of stories. I want to make sure my grandson can, too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
I read the complete set of 11 books about 50 years ago. When I found out that a movie was being made, I wanted to reread them. This was a great start, the first five books in one collection. No errors, and a few pictures. Very nice in Kindle format.