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Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

This collection of all-new John Carter of Mars stories contains “plenty of sword work and old-style action-adventure” (Kirkus Reviews).

Ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs published A Princess of Mars in 1912, fans of all ages have marveled at the adventures of John Carter, an Earthman who suddenly finds himself in a strange new world. A century later, readers can enjoy this compilation of brand-new stories starring John Carter of Mars. Collected by veteran editor John Joseph Adams, this anthology features a foreword by Tamora Pierce and stories and original art from titans of literature and illustration such as Peter S. Beagle, Garth Nix, Charles Vess, and many more, plus a glossary of Mars by Richard A. Lupoff.

This book has not been prepared, approved, licensed, or authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. or any other entity associated with the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate.

Editorial Reviews


"A collection of 14 stories set in the world Edgar Rice Burroughs created, the mysterious, slowly dying red planet of Barsoom (Mars to you and me). Written by some of today's most adventurous talent, these new tales fit quite well into the world of John Carter. All the classic characters from the incomparable Dejah Thoris to the mighty Thark Jeddak Tars Tarkas, and even Carter's faithful Woola appear, as fresh as when they were first written." -SF Site

"The works closely honor Burroughs's own, with self-assured characters, concrete storytelling, high adventure, and touches of tongue-in-cheek humor. A worthwhile introduction (or, for adult readers, a return) to one of Burroughs's most imaginative universes." -Publishers Weekly

"An absolute must have!" -The John Carter Files

"A collection filled with creative fun, fast-paced action, and even a speculative philosophical moment or two. ... Thanks to collections like this, and the imagination of its diverse contributors, John Carter and Barsoom might be around to entertain and inspire readers for another 100 years." -Bookgasm

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Tamora Pierce
Introduction by John Joseph Adams
The Metal Men of Mars by Joe R. Lansdale
Three Deaths by David Barr Kirtley
The Ape-Man of Mars by Peter S. Beagle
A Tinker of Warhoon by Tobias S. Buckell
Vengeance of Mars by Robin Wasserman
Woola's Song by Theodora Goss
The River Gods of Mars by Austin Grossman
The Bronze Man of Mars by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
A Game of Mars by Genevieve Valentine
Sidekick of Mars by Garth Nix
The Ghost of the Superstition Mountains by Chris Claremont
The Jasoom Project by S. M. Stirling
Coming of Age in Barsoom by Catherynne M. Valente
The Death Song of Dwar Guntha by Jonathan Maberry
Appendix: A Barsoomian Gazetteer, or, Who's Who and What's What on Mars by Richard A. Lupoff

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  • File Size: 10109 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 7, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055OIFOE
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A let down March 25, 2012
Somewhat let down by this book. I am a Longtime fan and generally found that the stories could have been much better. They played up the authors so much that I kind of was expecting much better. There were some exceptions, but generally I felt the stories were poor. There were 14 stories and about 4 or 5 were entertaining to varying degrees. The rest not so much. Here are my thoughts:

One of the editorial quotes caught my eye:

"It's inconceivable that this volume won't send readers back to the original novels."--Booklist

For me I had hoped these authors would have gone back to the books themselves, to at least understand what they were writing about. For most of the stories I was reading I just kept shaking my head whenever I read something that was incorrect. Some were little things like Deja Thoris being the daughter of Tardos Mors (who is her Grandfather) or of John carter being the Jeddak of Helium (he is Prince and Jeddak of Jeddak of Barsoom. Tardos Mors is the Jeddak of Helium). Some however were far worse such as going so far as to re-write the story of what happened in the original ERB story such as "Chessmen of Mars" incorrectly. The Kaldanes were NOT the rulers of Manator. Manator was run by Red men. The Kaldanes had nothing to do with the live Jetan game, yet in this story they rewrite the original story to say this is how it was. I wont even get into how some of the stories were about portraying John Carter as a Jerk. I dont mind if they did this as part of some Magazine as a farce. But here they change JC's personality simply to create a conflict. It was not funny. They did the same with Tarzan. He would not have acted as they portrayed him in the Ape man of Mars.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Barsoom stories. Some better than others... March 1, 2012
I'm not much of a short story fan. Just as you get invested in a character the story is over. This collection of short stories is passable and will probably sell well in light of the Disney/Pixar movie coming out soon. My main reason for this review is "The Ape-Man of Mars by Peter S. Beagle ." It's dreadful. I hated everything about it. I've been reading Edgar Rice Burroughs for close to 40 years and continue to buy them when I see an edition I don't have. I know John Carter. Peter S. Beagle does not. It's as if he has never read and ERB John Carter book and just starts writing about who he thinks Carter may be. He was so off base with all of the characters it was hard to read. I found myself saying "Carter would never act like that" way too many times. This John Carter was childish, pouty and downright unlikable. Everything Carter is not. Hopefully this will not be someones introduction to the world of Barsoom. Because if it is, they may never pick up the original books, which would be a travesty...
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead Planet Rising February 12, 2012
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2012 is an important year for fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It marks the hundred year anniversary of the sale of ERB's first story and will feature the release of Disney's movie version of John Carter of Mars. Three comic book series have been issued during the build up to these events. Under the Moons of Mars continues this pulp deluge with a collection of new stories and illustrations by prominent SF contributors all set in the Martian landscape created by Burroughs a century ago.

ERB wrote 95 books according to the official web-site. Although his most famous creation was Tarzan of the Apes, his first character and hero of 11 books was John Carter of Mars. In this work, named after Burroughs' first published fiction, there are 14 contributions featuring characters from the Barsoom series. A couple are straightforward
Carter adventure stories such as Metal Men of Mars and River Gods of Mars. There are 3 stories which are written from the point of view of the alien race conquered by Carter: Three Deaths, Vengeance of Mars and Coming of Age on Barsoom. There is even a weak entry told from the viewpoint of Carter's pet: Woola's Song.

My favorite selections are those which portray the Martian Warlord in unfamiliar and not always flattering light. In the Ape-Man of Mars by fantasy master Peter S. Beagle, Tarzan meets John Carter and finds our hero an arrogant, boorish bully who resents the fact that England did not aid the Confederacy during the American Civil War and persists in viewing that conflict as a battle for states rights. A Sidekick of Mars by Garth Nix is told by another Earthman who meets Carter on the red planet and quickly learns his place: "Carter had his honor instead of God, and that honor only had room for Virginia gentleman and Martian princesses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...John Carter still lives... June 12, 2012
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3.5 out of 5 stars.

Kaor, Jasoomians! Well, the Disney live action film may have underperformed at the box office (while still being a terrific film), but one of the side benefits of releasing a big budget motion picture like JOHN CARTER is that it does regenerate interest in the pulp adventure literature of E.R. Burroughs. And me, I've long preferred the immortal fighting Virginian over the more earthbound Lord Greystoke. So this new anthology is a bit of a vindication.

Burroughs' magnificent Martian adventures exemplified the pulp genre of the interplanetary romance. I challenge you to mention a hero more indomitable than John Carter. UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS, as if you didn't know, was the original title of the first John Carter story which was serialized in 1912 in THE ALL-STORY magazine, and later published in 1917 in book edition under the more familiar title of A PRINCESS OF MARS. Burroughs ended up writing ten Barsoom novels and one collection of two stories (JOHN CARTER OF MARS). John Carter was a major influence in my childhood. I went on to read Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Leigh Brackett, etc.

A stack of celebrated authors contributes to this anthology, to the tune of fourteen stories, some riveting, some not so much. Several stories bristle with thrilling derring-do. Several assume a contemplative, even a bittersweet, tone. One is pretty damn epic. This compilation unveils a few of Carter's "unrecorded" adventures. But the focus isn't solely on him. Descendants of Carter and the incomparable Dejah Thoris are showcased. Other tales examine side characters that had inhabited Burroughs' Martian novels. Perilous and far flung territories upon this dying planet are revisited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Hovan Du
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo..Hey ERB publishing, publish MORE!!!!
I read my first ERB book in 1952...10 years of age; since then, I've become both an avid fan and collector of ERB books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert P. von Fischbach
4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Barsoom
More famous for Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs was arguably more imaginative in his Barsoomian tales, which began with his ex-Confederate gentleman John Carter being transported to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Doc Watson
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Published 9 months ago by David Greaney
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
This collection has a problem right from the start - while Burroughs wrote plenty of short stories, he didn't write them about his series heroes (with the notable exception of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars new adventures on barsoom
If you first read John Carter in your teens, and then returned to it, as I did, many times, then you will thoroughly enjoy this collection. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ddomer
5.0 out of 5 stars review
this book has many different stories in it to do with the moons of mars and all the people in the book as well.
Published 15 months ago by John Van Note
5.0 out of 5 stars John Carter's new adventures worth reading
For the most part, I really enjoyed these new takes on the Barsoom stories. There were a couple of these stories that I found I could have done without, but overall I can... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rodger L. Huckabee
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of Barsoom - You can see them if you want to
Aside from the non-cannon errors and the disturbing "what John Carter really thinks" attitude of some of the authors it had some really good stuff and ideas.... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael Morrow
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Adventures on Barsoom
For the most part this is a jumbled collection of stories that make you wonder if the authors actually read Burrough's original series. Read more
Published 22 months ago by R Anderson
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