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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A Princess of Mars (original 1912; edition 2001)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Bolen (Narrator)

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Title:A Princess of Mars
Authors:Edgar Rice Burroughs
Other authors:John Bolen (Narrator)
Info:Tantor Media (2001), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Tags:Fiction, Sci Fi

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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)

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    Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherwordly Stories by Leigh Brackett (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: Brackett was inspired by Burroughs and often does him one better.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Almuric by Robert E. Howard (Michael.Rimmer)
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    The swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline (Sylak)
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    Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock (artturnerjr)
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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by George Lucas (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Anyone notice any similarities between the two?
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The book starts out with high action and then gets veeeery slow for a while, before it picks up to high action again. I felt like there were a lot of Superman parallels here (stranger from another planet that saves the day much?). It was a fun read and I'm glad I gave it a shot. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
The book starts out with high action and then gets veeeery slow for a while, before it picks up to high action again. I felt like there were a lot of Superman parallels here (stranger from another planet that saves the day much?). It was a fun read and I'm glad I gave it a shot. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
It was a lot of fun. It was very interesting to read a book where the hero is NOT flawed in some sort of way. Carter was this crazy super man who was devoted, loved and loved by the 'perfect woman,' strong, brave; everything one could cram into a character. It was completely unbelievable and way over the top, but was fun because this is what every modern hero is a reaction to whether they know it or not. But it is was very fun and ran exactly like the cover of the book looked. ( )
  FarmerNick | Aug 31, 2015 |
The science in this hundred year old science fiction novel by the author more famous as the creator of Tarzan is obviously ludicrous. However, his imagination in describing alien cultures and ways of thinking draws the reader in and makes this for the most part an engaging read, though the literal "with one bound (in low Martian gravity) he was free" and many fight scenes become a bit repetitive. The final scene where John Carter returns to Earth is strange and haunting. I am sure I read at least some of the many sequels. ( )
  john257hopper | Aug 21, 2015 |
I understand that a lot of people love this book, but to me the narrative is stodgy and the story too picaresque to be really involving. Also the Idea that one could astral project as it were from one planet to the next is just too silly to be acceptable. ( )
  EnsignRamsey | Aug 8, 2015 |
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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
Ilmari, SeppoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nelson, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary 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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