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John Carter of Mars - volume 1 - The Princess of Mars & The Gods of Mars (v. 1) Paperback – December 9, 2006
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These books are handsome and my rating is mainly based on this - the ERB fan knows best about the rest of it.
This first volume of Joh Carter of Mars contains 2/3 of the greatest science fiction/fantasy trilogy ever. What is nore remarkable is that these were published over 40 years before Tolkien's LOTR and over 50 before Tolkien became fashionable. "A Princess of Mars", "The Gods of Mars", and "The Warlord of Mars" are ERB's greatest work.
It is sad, in a way, that Tarzan obscures ERBs Mars novels for the general public. These books deserve to be beter known, and it is astonishing no movie or TV adaptation has ever been attempted (which might be a good thing, after all!). If only Steven Spielberg or Peter Jackson were interested!
Of course, genre and ERB aficionados have long know and cherised these great stories. I wonder how many others were first attracted to these by the magnificent Ballantine editions of the 1960s?
If you are a fan as am I, support Leonaur Ltd.'s efforts by buying these magnificent books.
I read the entire series as a young boy (about 13, 14 or so). I cannot express the wonder of reading this on a warm summer afternoon, and being carried away by tales of sword play and courage. Feminists who have secret dreams of castrating their young boys, head back to therapy and let these kids read about adventure and daring. When I think of kids reading Harry Potter (note the artwork on all the Harry Potter books makes it almost impossible to tell whether Harry is even a boy or a girl), I am truly saddened by the androgenous menu too many misguided women have in mind for little Bobby. And of course, we all know feminism dies at the first dark street corner in NYC, where suddenly a protector is needed (now tell the truth ladies. Oh c'mon! Remember when you were glad Cliff or Biff was along when suddenly everyone got out of the play house and seemed to vanish; and that big old street looked very dark indeed?)
This series will astound readers of any age. There is quite a test of time here that has been passed. These books were written not long after the turn of the century.
I hope all parents will let their boys dream on a long summer afternoon like I did, with my treasured collection of John Carter adventures. It made you want to be brave; it made you want to grow up and be a good man (oops...did I use the word 'man'?). It made you want to be a gentleman.
Basically, it made you want to be like John Carter.
Some fiction inspires in the best way.
My reading skills were high for my age, but I still learned a lot of new words and expanded my vocabulary. These books are so exciting, you may find your youngster actually picking up a dictionary.
These new volumes are very athoratative, in that they keep all the original names and spellings.
Joseph M. Vottis
I still remember reading the passage when John first sees Dejah for my first time. Captured by huge 15 foor six limbed monsters (later to become friends), he looks up to see her in a window looking down at him, with a longing hope of rescue. Again, very cliche' and yet at the same time, really powerful.
In order to really appreciate this book, you have to have the next volume as well, as it includes book 3. In reality, books 1-3 of this series are actually one story, and it ends with an excellent bang. The rest of the series is OK, the Chessmen of Mars in particular is decent; but the first 3 books (living in the first 2 of this set), are the pinicle of sappy, romantic, old fashioned good guy saves girl literature. IMHO of course:)