- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781492144021
- ISBN-13: 978-1492144021
- ASIN: 1492144029
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,120 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mars series is thought to be among the first science fiction tales ever written. Anyone can pick up a 75 year old Tarzan or Mars book and find it as fascinating as when it was first published.
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Recently, I re-read 'The Martian Chronicles.' In the Introduction, in Ray's own words, he explained how he became interested in Mars in the first place. Essentially, he wrote that he was influenced by the 'Mars' series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
I had actually never even heard of the series or 'A Princess of Mars' before, so I picked it up and read it, interested in finding out what it was that influenced the writing of one of my favorite books.
'A Princess of Mars' is a great hero's journey, undertaken by a military captain named John Carter who finds himself transported to Mars though the powers of a magical cave. The Martians, as Carter soon learns, have an appetite for individual and group battle. Fortunately, that's just John Carter's style as well. Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful reptilian (though quite human-looking in appearance) princess, and that drives the story for the better part of the novel.
If you like science fiction, buy the book. It's the great-grandfather of much of the great science fiction over the last half-century.
I want to add one entirely different remark. At a older age now, it is difficult for me to focus for longs periods of time on print. These tablets are something to consider. You can adjust the print size or font and the background you read it on. The Amazon Kindle Store is remarkable. When you download a book of choice it is delivered to you by "Whispernet", which fantastically comes to you in less than a minute!!!! Most of these books are at reduced prices. I have a Samsung tablet, so I know the Kindle app works on it. I do really think taking a look at those Kindle Fires might be worthy of a glance. They are dedicated to this reading structure and I heard they do not make a bunch on the tablets. They are interested in making money on the Amazon platform. So, the tablets are well made for the money. I might have a look at one if mine ever goes to that "heaven " for tablets.
At root, if you put aside the alien planet, it is a story of a mighty swordsman and a beautiful princess and the swordsman, blundering though he may be in the ways of women, has sworn to save this damsel in distress though a million swords be arrayed against him. It is a story of a gallant Virginia gentleman and his love story to rescue over and over again his princess, Dejah Thoris. It is at times chivalry like the knights of the round table or the three musketeers.
Burroughs, back in 1912, gave his swordfighting warriors of Mars a few technological details, such as fliers that hovered above the seabeds and ray guns, but they preferred to fight with swords and fists and wear little but harnesses to hold their weapons. The people of Burroughs' Mars had an atmospheric plant that kept the thin atmosphere breathable and navigation systems on their fliers, but they were, even the red martians, in numerous little city-states forever at war with each other.
Burroughs wrote this story of chivalry and derring-do for a readership that craved adventure, but he gave them far more than just adventure. He created mighty kingdoms and history and a whole culture that is just stupendous. No one before or since has created a sword and planet story quite as good as Burroughs did and this the first of the eleven Martian books was the best of all.