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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466493283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466493285
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

<DIV>John Taliaferro is the author of "Tarzan Forever: The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs," "Creator of Tarzan" and "Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mount Rushmore," He lives in Texas and Montana.</DIV>

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This is a great book/series for any adventure/sci-fi reader.
Telos
Burroughs' story "A Princess of Mars" is a fantastic adventure story that describes the main character John Carter's adventures on Mars.
DGreen
The novel tells the story of Captain John Carter, an ex-Confederate soldier who travels to Arizona in search of gold.
Joseph Finley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on March 2, 2012
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I watched the John Carter trailer, not for the first time, and my interest was rekindled in the movie. The trailer does not impress me, but the history behind the story and the movie does. This flick has been in pre-production for 90 years. It could have been the first animated feature-length movie ever. By Disney.

And so!

I went on Amazon and got A Princess of Mars for free.

First Impressions:
This book is really good so far. But that's probably because I'm associating Tars Tarkus with my favorite superhero, J'onn J'onzz, who ironically is from Mars and has a doppelganger named Jars Jarkus.

January 2012:
Avatar ripped off everything from this book. Right down to the Indian allusions.
J'onn and his martian homeworld in DC comics was also shamelessly taken from this book.
I mean, yeah, some books are like "they stole this!" , but this genre and story is so OUT THERE that really, is there any doubt?
Nonetheless, I like all three iterations.
This book was really great- the predecessor to everything. It was a total cliffhanger, so I need to get started on The Warlords of Mars.

This book is not hard to read or get into. The constant "as I learned later" is sort of annoying, but John's humility and general likeability as a hero make up for all the slow parts full of vivid description. Many of the scenes I could imagine in mind's eye just because of the similar movie scenes I've encountered. As with the Hobbit, I felt like I had read this story before, because I HAVE, just in different formats rehashed by different authors in new ways.
This book is worth the read! It's also super clean (unless you don't like slight warrior-epic violence), so I would recommend it to sixth graders and up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xan on February 11, 2012
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Despite the 'classic' old-fashioned structure to the prose, I couldn't put the book down. Burroughs glosses over quite a bit of the world I would have liked to see more fully explored but I'm hoping that these details will come as the series unfolds. I also wish he'd taken more time to develop John Carter and not rushed the ending as I feel he did but this is only book 1 of many.

I'm so glad I read this (thank you Disney for providing the impetus) and will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SJ on July 2, 2012
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I saw the movie "John Carter" and decided to read the book. Books starts with lots of action, bogs down a bit in the middle with all the Thark business, then goes full steam ahead to the finale. Enjoyable reading and good companion to the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sphere Publishing on June 25, 2012
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As the author of The 5 Moons of Tiiana / The Chronicles of Rez Cantor I was heavily influenced by Edgar Rice Burroughs. As a young boy I spent hours reading about John Carter and his fantastic adventures. Edgar Rice Burroughs had a wonderful imagination and a talent for bringing it all to life. I enthusiastically give all of his works five stars and I hope you will take the time to read them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Finley on March 21, 2012
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It's hard to believe this story was written in 1912. This book is a tremendously fun read and the writing holds up extremely well by today's standards.

The novel tells the story of Captain John Carter, an ex-Confederate soldier who travels to Arizona in search of gold. After a hostile encounter with Apaches forces him to hide inside a small cave with seemingly magical properties, Carter find himself transported astrally to Mars. While Burroughs spends little time trying to explain how this is possible, he accomplishes this transition quickly, for after the first ten pages the story proceeds on Mars where the real fun begins. Carter is captured by a race of giant, green Martians called Tharks, who live in an excessively violent tribal society and inhabit the ruins of ancient cities long abandoned by those who built them. His captivity and his relationship with two of the Tharks, the warrior Tars Tarkas and Carter's caretaker, Sola, comprised many of my favorite scenes in the novel. Carter, who inherits super-human strength and the ability to leap great distances due to Mars' lower gravity, uses his fighting skills to advance to a position of respect in the Thark's warlike culture, all the while accompanied by Woola, a dog-like creature that becomes Carter's lovable sidekick.

The plot takes off after the Tharks capture Dejah Thoris, a human-looking, red Martian princess from the city of Helium. Carter is drawn toward the beautiful princess, but must contend with her mysterious customs and fierce pride, creating some of the most classic scenes in the novel, which at its core is a love story. Carter's struggle to save Dejah Thoris, first from the Tharks and later from a hostile race of red Martians called the Zodangans, dominates the rest of this rollicking adventure tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2012
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Context. Barsoom hit the big screen yesterday, the results of which I can't yet comment upon. However, I can say that months ago when the ads began to appear, it renewed my childhood curiosity of the Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta covered paperbacks. As an early teen, I dismissed these adventures, unread, as something that surely couldn't be worth a read. Not much has really changed between then and now, except maybe that the public domain copy of Princess was available for free download. My speculative and hesitant foray soon become one of an increasing, if guilty, pleasure. Having finished, I'm not embarrassed to report that I had a fantastic time on Mars with John Carter. This tale is one of limited organization and pure adventure. Think back to sitting in a tree-house with comic books, and exchanging with friends the speculations of aliens, monsters, war, etc. and the elaborate weavings in and out of logic that so captivated you then. Burroughs took me back to that place, and I greatly appreciated and needed the visit. Want to escape for a few hours, I think this is a good place to try. Want to engage in philosophical debate about Burroughs' place in the pantheon of great writers, sure, why not, this won't hurt. If you are a dedicated hater of fun and have no time for frivolity, look elsewhere... I'm giving this book four stars, because if you're considering buying it, you are probably not the type that looks down on this type of fiction and will enjoy it, or, even better, you're the type that reads everything with great intensity, and like me, are curious to see why something apparently so silly, has stood what appears to be, a test of time greater than most.
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