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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A Princess of Mars (1912)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Series: Barsoom (1)

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    Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories by Leigh Brackett (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: Brackett was inspired by Burroughs and often does him one better.
  2. 20
    In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S. M. Stirling (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is an homage to Burrough's Barsoom books.
  3. 10
    The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Two early 20th century works of speculation on extraterrestrial life from two of the great unfettered imaginations of English-language literature.
  4. 10
    Almuric by Robert E. Howard (Michael.Rimmer)
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    The Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline (Sylak)
  6. 12
    Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock (artturnerjr)
  7. 12
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by George Lucas (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Anyone notice any similarities between the two?
  8. 01
    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft (artturnerjr)

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Probably won't get around to watching the new movie anytime soon - but at least I can say I read the book, which was actually quite well written and a nice easy read. ( )
  TravbudJ | Sep 30, 2018 |
An easy read, John Carter's perfection is only a mild annoyance. I see why it is pulp, and fantasy and science fiction. It was fun, and that's all. I love Sola the best. ( )
  CassandraT | Sep 23, 2018 |
To fully appreciate, you have to remember it's nearly 100 years old now. Burroughs's style is flowery and verbose, which certainly won't be to everyone's taste, but it's a little piece of awesome when he's at his best, as he is here. ( )
  jjLitke | Sep 21, 2018 |
Ignoring the fact that we've disproved some of the myths of "Mars," actually quite a good read. ( )
  snotbottom | Sep 19, 2018 |
The first in the John Carter series, this book is a very quick, entertaining read.
Mr. Carter seems to be about thirty, but his true age is unknown. When he hides from his pursuers in the back of a dark cave, he’s suddenly and unexpectedly transported to Mars. This book covers his initial encounters with the strange Martian “humans” and his romance with his true love, the inimitable Dajah Thoris, the princess of the title.
Author Burroughs never pretended to be anything but a writer of pulp action stories. Thank goodness he excelled at his chosen field. The John Carter books have had an enormous influence on sci-fi thrillers over the years, and reading them is both entertaining and informative about how the genre started.
Not every book has to be deep, meaningful, and important. Sometimes a reader just wants to have fun, and this book provides plenty of that. ( )
  bohemima | Sep 10, 2018 |
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Burroughs, Edgar Riceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbett, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
D'Achille, GinoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiekkala, OssiCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ilmari, SeppoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nelson, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoonover, Frank E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoonover, Frank EarleCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Although Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is justifiably famous as the creator of Tarzan of the Apes, that uprooted Englishman was not his only popular hero. Burroughs's first sale (in 1912) was A Princess of Mars, opening the floodgates to one of the must successful--and prolific--literary careers in history. This is a wonderful scientific romance that perhaps can be best described as early science fiction melded with an epic dose of romantic adventure. A Princess of Mars is the first adventure of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who unexpectedly find himself transplanted to the planet Mars. Yet this red planet is far more than a dusty, barren place; it's a fantasy world populated with giant green barbarians, beautiful maidens in distress, and weird flora and monstrous fauna the likes of which could only exist in the author's boundless imagination. Sheer escapism of the tallest order, the Martian novels are perfect entertainment for those who find Tarzan's fantastic adventures aren't, well, fantastic enough. Although this novel can stand alone, there are a total of 11 volumes in this classic series of otherworldly, swashbuckling adventure. --Stanley Wiater

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