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Although Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is justifiably famous as the creator of Tarzan of the Apes, that uprooted Englishman was not his only popular hero. Burroughs's first sale (in 1912) was A Princess of Mars, opening the floodgates to one of the must successful--and prolific--literary careers in history. This is a wonderful scientific romance that perhaps can be best described as early science fiction melded with an epic dose of romantic adventure. A Princess of Mars is the first adventure of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who unexpectedly find himself transplanted to the planet Mars. Yet this red planet is far more than a dusty, barren place; it's a fantasy world populated with giant green barbarians, beautiful maidens in distress, and weird flora and monstrous fauna the likes of which could only exist in the author's boundless imagination. Sheer escapism of the tallest order, the Martian novels are perfect entertainment for those who find Tarzan's fantastic adventures aren't, well, fantastic enough. Although this novel can stand alone, there are a total of 11 volumes in this classic series of otherworldly, swashbuckling adventure. --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Burroughs's first published fiction was Under the Moons of Mars, a wild sf adventure about a man named John Carter who mysteriously finds himself on Mars. Later published in book form as A Princess of Mars (1917), it is arguably the most fun of the 11 Martian tales Burroughs eventually wrote, as almost everything in it is new and strange from the giant four-armed green Martians to the fantastic six-legged thoats. Tarzan may be Burroughs's most famous character, but his Mars stories are still widely read. With few audio versions of these works available, good unabridged recordings are sure to be in demand, so this is recommended for all fiction collections. However, if Blackstone plans further Mars recordings, it would be well advised to offer more energetic readings than that provided here by Dennis McKee, whose interpretations of Martian dialog sound too much like Tarzan introducing himself to Jane. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This last June I got from my family for my birthday "John Carter of Mars" containing the complete series and I was just itching for a good opportunity to start reading it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Og Maciel
Edgar Roce Burroughs is a master story teller. For his time to come up with such ideas as the Mars Series science fiction is truly amazing. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Madu Upadhya
The John Carter books could never be considered great literature, but they are fun. As a friend pointed out, who hasn't dreamed of discovering superpowers, defeating armies of evil... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Sam R.
Not too well-versed in pulp / old school fantasy but really appreciated this book. A fast & exciting read, full of action & adventure.Published 20 days ago by Sven
This is light reading. Without pushing myself I finished it in just under two days in about four separate sittings.
There are a few issues with the books. Read more
Could not put it down. Read the book in one day.I want to continue the series.Published 28 days ago by August P. Mendieta
The audiobook narration was too wooden to meet my tastes, but I'm sure I'll play it again and again, just as I've read the book again and again, usque ad nauseam. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael L. Costello
Edgar Rice Burroughs stories are excellent, how could you go wrong?.Published 1 month ago by Shadowkeeper