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  • Series: John Carter of Mars
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; Reprint edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423165586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423165583
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart Moore has been a writer, a book editor, and an award-winning comics editor.

His current writing includes Namor: The First Mutant (Marvel Comics), The 99 (Teshkeel) and crossover series JLA/99 (DC Comics), and the original graphic novel SHADRACH STONE (Penny-Farthing Press). He has also written Firestorm (DC Comics), the original science-fiction series Earthlight (Tokyopop) and PARA (Penny-Farthing Press), and the prose novels American Meat and Reality Bites (Games Workshop).

He was a founding editor of DC's Vertigo imprint, and has also edited the Marvel Knights and Virgin Comics/SciFi Channel comics lines. Stuart lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, author Liz Sonneborn, and two of the most spoiled cats on the planet.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1875-1950

Edgar Rice Burroughs is renowed for his many novels of fantastic adventure. Unquestionably his best-known creation is that of the jungle hero, Tarzan the Ape Man, but almost as well known are his stories of other planets beginning with the very popular Mars series. A torrent of novels followed: stories about Venus, tales of the Moon and of the middle Earth, westerns, and detective stories. In all, nearly one hundred stories bore Edgar Rice Burroughs' name.

Born in Chicago in 1875, he tried his hand at many businesses without notable success, until at the age of thirty-five, he turned to writing. With the publication of Tarzan of the Apes and A Princess of Mars, his career was assured. By the time of his death in 1950, at his home in a town bearing the name of his best known work, Tarzana, California over 40 million copies of Edgar Rice Burroughs books have appeared in 58 different languages.

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Combines the very well done "modernized" screenplay with the classic story.
John F. Wojtczuk
Well paced, well acted and it brought the Barsoom (Mars) of Edgar Rice Burroughs to a robust life.
The Colonel
I think this is a great film, short changed only by incompetent promotional presentation.
Ivan D. Alexander

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bloom on March 2, 2012
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Okay, so I've been waiting for this movie for forty-five years. The casting is fantastic, and, from the numerous trailers, the special effects seem exceptional. So all I was worried about was the script. Unable to delay my gratification, I got this novelization and read it.

Although numerous "small" changes and a few major ones have been made, it is STILL essentially the Princess of Mars storyline. Sure, they used some sci-fi jargon (e.g., nanotechnology) to explain things Burroughs left mysterious, and they moved the Thern Matai Shang from a later book...but still, so far so good. The spirit of ERB's masterpiece was still intact.

HOWEVER (and this is no small thing): Early in the story, John Carter confronts the villian Sab Than. It is then stated that although John Carter has has SOME experience with a sword, Sab Than is far his superior. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The MAJOR aspect of John Carter--repeated OVER and OVER in the books--it that he is the "greatest swordsman on two worlds"! I mean, this guy could hold his sword between his knees and still best anyone else without working up a sweat! It's not his leaping ability or strength (which any of us would have if we were displaced to Burroughs's Barsoom); it is his superhuman swordsmanship that makes this character special. To ignore or change this is like depicting a Tarzan who can't leap from tree to tree or kill lions, or having a Superman who cannot fly. It is TOTALLY contradictory to and a betrayal of the character!

*sigh* Ah well, I'm sure I'll still enjoy the movie, but can anyone rationally explain why such a critical change would be made to the character? By the way, the novelization is a fun, fast read, not challenging, but also not stupidly oversimplified either...therefore much like Burroughs's original work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ivan D. Alexander on June 26, 2012
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Having read "John Carter" novels in my mid teens, I was smitten with Edgar Rice Burroughs stories of Barsoom and the Princess of Mars. And now nearly fifty years later, I am still smitten. Where the books then had left me a sketch vision of adventures on that world, Mars, the film "John Carter" filled in the details. It was beautiful then, and it is beautiful now, beautifully done. A very rewarding super adventure story on Barsoom and the beautiful sexy Princess of Mars, her hero John Carter, and the strange Tars Tarkas; all so much appreciated by this Earthling of Jassoom. I think this is a great film, short changed only by incompetent promotional presentation. It's almost as if Disney wanted it to fail, like "The Producers". Disney management really dropped the ball on this one. It could have been a great success. This is a fun, very worthwhile film to see, and beautiful scenery. Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grognard on March 2, 2012
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This script novelization shows that director Andrew Stanton is trying to achieve it all - a market superhit while being remarkably true to the spirit of Burroughs' original. The only thing lacking is Burroughs' emphasis on John Carter being a "gentleman of Virginia", with all that entailed in the early 1900's. Omission of the latter is pretty clearly due to the severe time constraints of the movie medium. He also has a fascinating take on the romance story, and an emotionally effective ending, which I won't disclose given that the movie's opening is a week away. Then we'll see how well the movie works as a movie.

I also recommend the comic book prequel, John Carter: World Of Mars, for a better understanding of this script novelization and the movie, particularly in figuring out which Martian is which ("Who is Dork Doofus, again?").
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Petram on March 14, 2012
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When I was eight years old I was still unable to read. My small town third grade teacher spent a lot of time helping me overcome what now would be considered a learning disability. The very first full length book I read was, "A Princess of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. That was over 30 years ago.

That being said, I must admit to being sadly disappointed in the movie novelization version of Burroughs original work.

In the original work John Carter was:
- The best swordsman of two worlds.
- Possessed of an extraordinary fighting spirit.
- A gentleman of Virginia.
- Could not recall ever having been a child or remember anything regarding his childhood.
- Did not age as other men did, knowing only that he had always appeared to be of about 30 years of age.
- Was fearful of death as only those who have not met it can be, yet facing the possibility as "a fighting man".

Regrettably, these aspects of John Carter seemed to be lacking in the movie novelization.

The chemistry between John Carter and Dejah Thoris, which felt palatable in the original work, were sorrowfully deficient in the movie novelization. Imagine encountering one who posses the same spirit, moral balance, self sacrificing essence that you hold, and is as beautiful and intelligent as you could imagine. If you can picture that through my poor description then you have started to brush the surface of their feelings toward one another.

If one has not read the original work then the movie novelization is a decent book. Characters and plot are thought out, details are honed, story line flows from one chapter to the next. If one has read the original work then I would suggest passing on the movie novelization.
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