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A princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A princess of Mars (original 1912; edition 1917)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Frank Earle Schoonover (Illustrator)

Series: Barsoom (1)

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Title:A princess of Mars
Authors:Edgar Rice Burroughs
Other authors:Frank Earle Schoonover (Illustrator)
Info:Chicago : A.C. McClurg & Co., 1917.
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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)

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A seminal work in the kind of adventure I have craved since I was young, and all the while a surprising look into old sentiments of honor, evil, women, men, violence, and fancy. Egdar Rice Burroughs will not find a doubter in me of his oft lauded prowess as an author: John Carter's adventures are tight, believable, incredible and heartfelt all in the same book. It is little wonder to me that Disney chose to add this work to their long list of public domain adaptations. ( )
  MurkyMaster | Sep 9, 2016 |
Excellent! Very imaginative. I cannot wait to read ehat happed in John Carter' future adventures. ( )
  PriPri77 | Jun 23, 2016 |
Definitely pulp fiction, but more fun than I expected.

I wonder what it would have been like reading this before we had sent spacecraft to Mars, and before we had nice pictures of Martian surfaces.

I can't help but wonder if Burroughs meant the reader to believe Earthlings are descended from the red men of Mars--the planet is collapsing, the ancient humanoid residents of the huge now-dead cities created the atmosphere maker. ( )
  Dreesie | Apr 12, 2016 |
John Carter, through a dream like flight, is whisked away from earth and is now a guest on Barsoom,the planet we call Mars. He has a newfound ability to leap high into the air and super strength, finds a Martian Culture, the Tharks. They are warriors, who marvel at John's abilities. He is taken in and taught their language, ways and given sustenance. John discovers many creatures and other fascinating things about the people of Barsoom, including Dejah Thoris, a captive from a flying ship the Tharks shot at while it was passing overhead. She is the princess of the Jeddaks, a human looking people. Aside from the factions, peoples, creatures, and warring that happens, the book is written amazingly; the way that only Burroughs can write. Fantasy, Science Fiction Top Shelf. ( )
  Mister-T | Apr 9, 2016 |
I wasn't sure I'd like it but I really did. Sure it is in a style of an earlier time, but I found it to be an enjoyable adventure well told. No wonder it is still a classic. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Burroughs, Edgar Riceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbett, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
D'Achille, GinoCover 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
Whelan, MichaelCover 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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Let the adventures begin, as Captain John Carter finds himself transported to the alien landscape of Mars--where the low gravity increases his speed and strength exponentially. Taken prisoner by Martian warriors, he impresses them with his remarkable fighting skills, and quickly rises to a high-ranking chieftain. But the heroic Carter's powers thrust him right in the middle of a deadly war raging across the planet--and a dangerous romance with a divine princess.… (more)

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