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A Princess of Mars (John Carter of Mars) Paperback – June 7, 2011
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This is the totally unbelievable story of a man who got transported to Mars basically, because he thought it would be cool to go, so he wished it, and POOF, he's there. Then, there's the fact that the planet itself and the life on it are also completely ridiculous. FORGET ALL THAT! Read it to be swept up in one of the greatest adventure series of all time. John Carter goes to Barsoom (Mars, to the Martians) rescues the most beautiful woman in the universe and (later in the series) conquers an entire world through the power of his will and the strength of his right arm. Handsome, powerful heroes, beautiful half naked captive princesses just panting to be rescued, Villians, so evil you want to go back in time to strangle their parents, Big ugly friends, (What are you laughing at, remember Chewbacca?) strange beasts, stranger aliens, wierd science, epic battles, betrayals, great reunions. This one's got it all. The best of Burroughs' body of work, the most action packed series from the true master of the action story. Edgar Rice Burroughs is the creator of Tarzan. Don't ever pick up his work expecting an intellectual workout. Just get in and hang on for the ride
Is this intellectual literature?..of course not. Is it non-stop fun and enjoyment, the original page-turner novel?...You bet it is! Pick this book up, start reading, and I guarantee: you won't put it down until you're finished!..and then you'll run out the door and be hunting for the 2nd book in the series, The Gods of Mars, and then # 3, The Warlord of Mars, and on through the series. Be warned: make sure you have access to #'s 2 and 3 before you start The Princess...you'll be sorry if you don't!
I first read the Burroughs Martian novels(there were 10 known to me then) as a graduate student studying Physics, some 40 years ago. They provided the perfect escape from the rigors of courses like Quantum Mechanics and E & M. Now I reread them,and I continue to enjoy. You will too.
The characters are all extremely likable. John Carter is the perfect southern gentleman. Honorable, loyal, incredibly brave, respectful to women, extremely handsome; a perfect hero who is never boorish or conceited. Then there's Sola, one of the few green Martians to show compassion and kindness, and Tars Tarkas(aren't these names so cool?)a ferocious green martian warrior with a tragic past who is also able to feel compassion and love. And I dare anybody to tell me that they wouldn't want a Woola of their very own! Dejah Thoris though is mainly for the guys. Carter's love and devotion for her was really sweet. I didn't even know that this was part of a book series until I read it on amazon and now I am really eager to read the other books of the series. And wasn't the end cool? I don't think I've ever read an ending quite like that before. What Carter found in the cave at the end was very creepy and intriguing. (I won't give out a spoiler)
Although this is pulp fiction and sort of like a comic book in a way,(I can see mothers in 1912 scolding their kids, "That Edgar Rice Burroughs is going to rot your mind if you keep reading it!") it's still light science fiction at it's best! (I'll warn you right off though, please don't expect something deep and complex like Dune or Darkover and post a review whining about it. Princess is purely for fun.) And am I the only one that thinks Princess would make a really awesome movie?
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One of the finest writer of sci fi ever. So detailed and rich with color, his writing paints a picture of mars which has been the muse of many great artist's work.Published 10 days ago by Mary Galan and friends
A good book is when it's a fast read and believe me this was a fast read. Great story telling.Published 18 days ago by Kash
This review deals only with this print's format. It is not like a paperback, but like a children's book (very large sheets of paper, soft cover, etc.), and incredibly small text. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mordin
I would gladly have paid $5 more for this book if they had removed the 35 page introduction. The intro was a huge and fantastic screed that called Burroughs "a rootless... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr Markway
A Princess of Mars (1917) is the first SF novel in the John Carter series. It starts in Arizona and soon transfers to Mars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arthur W Jordin
I was overwhelmed. By the author"s story about his trip to Mars. His descriptions of the people of Mars we're very believable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Jansen
I loved being on Mars. Its a fun escape. The Gods of Mars is next on my list.Published 1 month ago by Mapache
A large novelty, too big for my bookshelf but it makes up for it by being indulgently beautifulPublished 3 months ago by Ben