- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Nelson Doubleday (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 5910155601
- ISBN-13: 978-5910155606
- ASIN: B0006C9GOI
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (512 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gods of Mars & The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom Series) Hardcover – 1971
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When I picked up these books, I was somewhat familiar with their historical significance, and the role they've played in inspiring science fiction works that have come in the years following the publication of John Carter's first adventure on the Red Planet. However, I knew little of the series, and didn't know what to expect. Would it read similarly to E.E. Smith's Lensmen series? Or would its narrative be similar to that of the works of H.G. Wells?
I am happy to say that the past hundred years have done nothing to stunt that glory of these tales. One need only an open mind and a vivid imagination to join John Carter of Virginia as he finds himself transported to a strange and alien world. With a willing suspension of disbelief, the reader finds him or herself strolling the alien soil of this neighboring planet alongside such larger than life characters as Tars Tarkas, Sola, Dejah Thoris, faithful calot Woola, and John Carter himself.
The style is engaging, and I found it difficult to tear myself away from these compelling tales of strange and distant worlds for any reason.
I must admit that I was quite leery of this particular work as it has been edited somewhat to make it more palatable to the young reader of today. The original was written in an almost Post Victorian style and to be honest, was difficult at times for young readers to connect with. I am normally very opposed to such changes, but it this case it actually works. Anything that can be done to introduce the younger generation to some fine story telling is worth the effort I suppose. Now this is not my cup of tea by any means as I absolutely delight in the original prose and feel it is one of the strengths of the story. The convoluted sentence structure is wonderful, but there again, unless you were raised with it, I can see where it would be a turn-off for many.
This of course is the story of John Carter's return to Mars in search of "the incomparable" Dejah Thoris and hopefully save her again from "a fate worse than death." John Carter who is the "greatest swordsman on two planets" lands in the wrong place. He ends up in Mars Heaven, so to speak, which is far from that he soon learns. And the adventure begins.
He is reunited with his friend the mighty Jeddak of Thark, the great green, four armed warrior and of course a plethora of bad guys and good guys. The action never stops and the sword play is never ending. Strange creatures abound and of course our hero overcomes all odds.Read more ›
I highly recommend the John Carter books; I just recommend that you get them in an edition that preserves their original state.
I discovered that many of the individual titles in the series are free at Amazon for the Kindle, particularly the first five. Then the stories seem to come in collections for a price. I suggest avoiding the collections based on the negative reviews that I read. I was able to acquire all of the books eventually as single Kindle books.
Two books, numbers 8 and 10 (I believe), I was able to get by googling the titles. They were in Kindle format and free! Check out feedbooks.com. I did not know before this that the Kindle format is available outside of the Amazon Web Site. I could not get these two books through Amazon.
Book eleven is available at Amazon Kindle but the Title is listed as: “John Carter on Mars.” In Wikipedia it is listed as: “John Carter of Mars.” I believe the two stories: “John Carter and the Giant of Mars” & “Skeleton Men of Jupiter” can be acquired for free as separate titles at feedbooks.com if you prefer “free”.
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Love pulp fiction. This is one of the best by one of the bestPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Another great book by Burroughs, a great read and series for anyone who hasn't read these. Its said that this series inspired Lucas while he was dreaming up Star Wars.Published 5 days ago by Anthony
I have read the complete series several times over the years. I never tire of reading them again after a short time has passed. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
My son loves these stories. We ended up buying a printed book because he prefers reading on paper to screen, particularly before going to sleep.Published 7 days ago by Laird A. Popkin
The first three books of ERBs John Carter of Mars series makes a perfect sci-fi/fantasy trilogy. Even though written at the beginning of the 20th century, I found quite a bit of... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book from the first page to the last. John Carter, earth alien on Mars. Good story line, and superhero.Published 14 days ago by Jim Boyd
I've lost count of the number of times I've read and re-read everything Burroughs has written.
His writing style and his talent was questioned by his peers. Read more
I feel this book is a great example of pulp fiction from the early 20th century. It has not transitioned well into the modern age.Published 1 month ago by S. Martin