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John Carter: The Movie Novelization: Also includes: A Princess of Mars (John Carter of Mars) Paperback – February 7, 2012

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Stuart Moore has been a writer, a book editor, and an award-winning comics editor.

His current writing includes Namor: The First Mutant (Marvel Comics), The 99 (Teshkeel) and crossover series JLA/99 (DC Comics), and the original graphic novel SHADRACH STONE (Penny-Farthing Press). He has also written Firestorm (DC Comics), the original science-fiction series Earthlight (Tokyopop) and PARA (Penny-Farthing Press), and the prose novels American Meat and Reality Bites (Games Workshop).

He was a founding editor of DC's Vertigo imprint, and has also edited the Marvel Knights and Virgin Comics/SciFi Channel comics lines. Stuart lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, author Liz Sonneborn, and two of the most spoiled cats on the planet.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1875-1950

Edgar Rice Burroughs is renowed for his many novels of fantastic adventure. Unquestionably his best-known creation is that of the jungle hero, Tarzan the Ape Man, but almost as well known are his stories of other planets beginning with the very popular Mars series. A torrent of novels followed: stories about Venus, tales of the Moon and of the middle Earth, westerns, and detective stories. In all, nearly one hundred stories bore Edgar Rice Burroughs' name.

Born in Chicago in 1875, he tried his hand at many businesses without notable success, until at the age of thirty-five, he turned to writing. With the publication of Tarzan of the Apes and A Princess of Mars, his career was assured. By the time of his death in 1950, at his home in a town bearing the name of his best known work, Tarzana, California over 40 million copies of Edgar Rice Burroughs books have appeared in 58 different languages.
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Product Details

  • Series: John Carter of Mars
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; Reprint edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423165586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423165583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. C. Bloom on March 2, 2012
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Okay, so I've been waiting for this movie for forty-five years. The casting is fantastic, and, from the numerous trailers, the special effects seem exceptional. So all I was worried about was the script. Unable to delay my gratification, I got this novelization and read it.

Although numerous "small" changes and a few major ones have been made, it is STILL essentially the Princess of Mars storyline. Sure, they used some sci-fi jargon (e.g., nanotechnology) to explain things Burroughs left mysterious, and they moved the Thern Matai Shang from a later book...but still, so far so good. The spirit of ERB's masterpiece was still intact.

HOWEVER (and this is no small thing): Early in the story, John Carter confronts the villian Sab Than. It is then stated that although John Carter has has SOME experience with a sword, Sab Than is far his superior. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The MAJOR aspect of John Carter--repeated OVER and OVER in the books--it that he is the "greatest swordsman on two worlds"! I mean, this guy could hold his sword between his knees and still best anyone else without working up a sweat! It's not his leaping ability or strength (which any of us would have if we were displaced to Burroughs's Barsoom); it is his superhuman swordsmanship that makes this character special. To ignore or change this is like depicting a Tarzan who can't leap from tree to tree or kill lions, or having a Superman who cannot fly. It is TOTALLY contradictory to and a betrayal of the character!

*sigh* Ah well, I'm sure I'll still enjoy the movie, but can anyone rationally explain why such a critical change would be made to the character? By the way, the novelization is a fun, fast read, not challenging, but also not stupidly oversimplified either...therefore much like Burroughs's original work.
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This script novelization shows that director Andrew Stanton is trying to achieve it all - a market superhit while being remarkably true to the spirit of Burroughs' original. The only thing lacking is Burroughs' emphasis on John Carter being a "gentleman of Virginia", with all that entailed in the early 1900's. Omission of the latter is pretty clearly due to the severe time constraints of the movie medium. He also has a fascinating take on the romance story, and an emotionally effective ending, which I won't disclose given that the movie's opening is a week away. Then we'll see how well the movie works as a movie.

I also recommend the comic book prequel, John Carter: World Of Mars, for a better understanding of this script novelization and the movie, particularly in figuring out which Martian is which ("Who is Dork Doofus, again?").
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I liked this book and although I had previously read A Princess of Mars, the novelization of the film is the reason I purchased this book. I liked the two in one factor.

John Carter is a noble man who fights for a noble cause in this novelization of the movie. It's been four years since I saw the movie but I can tell you that the book more than holds its own. One reviewer said that Deja is not written properly. She's more like Wonder Woman than a damsel in distress, which is what she more or less was in Princess of Mars.

Princess of Mars was a fantastic book in its own right. But you have to get past the bigotry that Burroughs wrote in describing the Indians as "savages". That turned my stomach. But when I realize it was written more than 100 years ago I partially understand. Nevertheless, this and a few other flaws have me shave a Half Star from the review. Four and a Half Stars for this book.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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Having read "John Carter" novels in my mid teens, I was smitten with Edgar Rice Burroughs stories of Barsoom and the Princess of Mars. And now nearly fifty years later, I am still smitten. Where the books then had left me a sketch vision of adventures on that world, Mars, the film "John Carter" filled in the details. It was beautiful then, and it is beautiful now, beautifully done. A very rewarding super adventure story on Barsoom and the beautiful sexy Princess of Mars, her hero John Carter, and the strange Tars Tarkas; all so much appreciated by this Earthling of Jassoom. I think this is a great film, short changed only by incompetent promotional presentation. It's almost as if Disney wanted it to fail, like "The Producers". Disney management really dropped the ball on this one. It could have been a great success. This is a fun, very worthwhile film to see, and beautiful scenery. Well done!
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Although unfamiliar with Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter adventures, I thoroughly enjoyed the recent film -- so much so that I wanted to seek out the source material on which it was based. Many, if not all, of Burroughs' Carter novels are in the public domain (and as such are available as free or bargain-priced e-books), but I opted to purchase this novelization of the film for two reasons. One, I am a sucker for a decent script novelization, particularly if it expands on the movie's action to some degree (the novelizations of the original Star Wars films are extremely effective in this respect), and two, this novelization is packaged with A Princess of Mars, the original and first novel to feature John Carter's adventures on Mars, and the story on which the film is principally based.

The movie novelization is written by Stuart Moore, and as written realization of the film it falls a bit short. Let me put it this way -- if I'd read the novelization first there's a good chance I would've opted not to see John Carter on the big screen, and that would've been a crying shame. Moore's novelization is a decent adaptation of the script, but it fails to flesh out the fascinating world the film introduced me to. I wanted more of Carter's backstory, more insight into the development of his romance with Dejah Thoris, more insight into his efforts to adapt to the brave new and dangerous world he finds himself unexpectedly thrust into when he encounters the Thern being in the Arizona cave. Moore's prose is relatively flat, and given the imaginative canvas Burroughs created that's a shame.
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