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A Guide to Barsoom Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1979


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 12, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345285956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345285959
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,680,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is much to be said for having something well done in your hands, and on your shelf.
Anthony J. Passaniti
In my paperback version of this guide, they are not individually labeled, but there is a list of illustrations by page number at the beginning of the book.
E. A. Lovitt
An excellent companion for readers when going through one of the greatest worlds created in fiction - Barsoom by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
JS

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hroest@worldonline.nl on December 18, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Martian Tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs have been an insperation to countless of highly imaginitive people. This guide gives you a more detailed view into the complex world and society E.R.B. created. It gives you understanding of Barsoomian words, customs, history, landscape, fauna and flora, transportation, army and civil ranks and thoughts. If you are an E.R.B. fan this is the guide to his Martian Tales.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sailor Barsoom on March 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is _A Guide to Barsoom_ by John Flint Roy.

This is actually a good resource, even if Roy does sometimes neglect to tell us when he's straying from canon and sticking his own stuff in (i.e., the Barsoomians are oviporous due to bioengineering). Not that his own stuff is bad (I could accept bioengineering), but it IS his, not Burroughs'. Still, it is the one place you can find pretty much all the nit-picky, only-fans-would-care stuff in one place. And of course, as a fan, I do care about that stuff.

Now, if Den Valdron would only collect HIS stuff into a book and publish it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Muzzlehatch VINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My paperback copy of this book dates from 1980 and has a Michael Whelan cover that I think might be taken from one of the Burroughs books. The book looks to be out-of-print now, but I don't know that it's been superseded by anything better and you can easily get it used cheaply here or elsewhere.

The book is organized into several chapters, each of them offering a guide to various aspects of the Barsoomian world created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 11 books published from 1912-64, and all previously published in magazine form. I think the chapter format works fairly well, given the small paperback edition that I believe is the only way this book was published, though I tend to usually prefer a strict alphabetical "encyclopedic" format in such exercises. In any case, the chapters are:

I - A Brief History of pre-Carter Barsoom
II - A Geography of Barsoom
III - A Biography of Barsoom
IV - The Flora and Fauna of Barsoom
V - Measurements on Barsoom
VI - The Languages, Religions and Customs of Barsoom
VII - A General Barsoomian Glossary
VIII - Quotations, Proverbs and Expletives
IX - Barsoomian Science and Invention
X - Through Space to Barsoom?
XI - "Edgar Rice Burroughs": A Brief Biographical Space

There are maps in sections II, though they are just simple hemispherical ones with little detail, and aren't well reproduced and are too small to be terribly useful. Similarly the illustrations scattered throughout by Neal MacDonald are really lovely, but just don't come off well in this format. I would have liked to see a chronology of the events in the books included in section I.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you have ever raced over the dead sea bottoms of Barsoom (Mars) in company with the fighting Virginian, John Carter, and have (like me) collected, read, and reread all eleven books in Edgar Rice Burroughs' fictional account of life on Mars, "A Guide to Barsoom" should be the twelfth book in your collection. It's got everything you need to know about the ancient red planet, including "The Flora and Fauna of Barsoom," "The Language, Religions, and Customs of Barsoom," a "Biographical Dictionary" of all of the people in the series (including the fearsome fifteen-foot high green warriors), and of course a map and an index of place names. If you'd like to keep time in Barsoomian zodes, zats, and tals, the author even supplies a diagram and explanation of a Martian clock.

The illustrations are ink drawings by Neal MacDonald. In my paperback version of this guide, they are not individually labeled, but there is a list of illustrations by page number at the beginning of the book.

`Tarzan of the Apes' is the most widely known of this prolific author's fictional characters, but John Carter, Warlord of Mars will always be my favorite.

The Mars books of Edgar Rice Burroughs:

1. A Princess of Mars
2. The Gods of Mars
3. Warlord of Mars
4. Thuvia, Maid of Mars
5. The Chessmen of Mars
6. The Master Mind of Mars
7. A Fighting Man of Mars
8. Swords of Mars
9. Synthetic Men of Mars
10. Llana of Gathol
11. John Carter of Mars (questionable authorship)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JS on December 28, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An excellent companion for readers when going through one of the greatest worlds created in fiction - Barsoom by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The edition I own is from 1976 and has the Boris Vallejo cover. Although all the information is readily available when enjoying the series, this book allows for quick access to information which include Characters from John Carter to Ulah, Locations - Helium to the Toonolian Marshes, Weapons, Flora and Fauna and much more. A select number of the entries have accompanying illustrations.
If you liked the books, this makes a good companion. If you love the series, this is a must.
As mentioned in other reviews, the only critique I have is the maps. They are only average for such a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Combs on March 2, 2014
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Very well done reference guide that we all should be grateful is back in print. They leave out all reference to 'the Giant of Mars' as Mr. Roy felt it was not written by ERB, but otherwise, this book is incredibly detailed and a welcome addition to anyone who is a fan of the Martian Tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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