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A good start, but not the best of the series,
This review is from: A Princess of Mars (Mass Market Paperback)
This is Edgar Rice Burroughs's first novel, and he obviously had some growing pains to go through first. But he got up to speed extremely quickly. "A Princess of Mars" is imaginative, far exceeding anything else written in science-fiction before it. H. G. Welles wrote allegorical and social-commentary science-fiction, and Verne concentrated on scientific prediction. But Burroughs essentially took an old-fashioned Knight-errant story and tossed it onto Mars. The result: a fastasia of plutonium guns, sowrd fighting, flying platforms, 15 ft green aliens, and fercious four-armed white apes. Outrageous, ridiculous, and oh so much fun!
But the series would get better in the later books. To fully enjoy "Princess", you must also read "Gods of Mars", and "Warlord of Mars", which complete an informal trilogy within the series. Burroughs has some difficulty structuring this first novel, and the events do not fit together as well as his later works. Escpeially in the first fifty pages, Burroughs appears to be just winging it. Also, some of the stodgy poeticisms of earlier fantasy and sci-fi haven't quite left his pen. In a few more novels, he would trim his style down even further and revolutionize popular literature. With only his next book, "Tarzan of the Apes" (you've probably heard of it), he would make vast improvements in plotting and characterization.
But if you want to read Edgar Rice Burroughs (and few authors are more enjoyable), there's no better place to start than the beginning, and you'll quickly forgive "Princess"'s faults and be able to enjoy it...and the best is yet to come!
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2011 3:48:48 PM PST
Wow, if this wasn't the best in the series I need to get the rest of the series.
Posted on Aug 26, 2013 5:43:12 PM PDT
I think my favorite is The Chessmen of Mars.
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