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A princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A princess of Mars (original 1912; edition 1963)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Title:A princess of Mars
Authors:Edgar Rice Burroughs
Info:New York: Ballantine Books, 1963, c1939 159 p. ; 18 cm.
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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)
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A fast-paced book, narrated in a leisurely fashion. Not as imaginative as "Tarzan of the Apes", written a year later. Some things were known about Mars at the time this book was written and these find there way into the narrative, things like the ice caps and Mars's rapidly moving inner moon, Phobos. Enjoyable, and far better than the movie. However, as the love story unfolds and the fighting goes on John Carter becomes completely unscrupulous and doesn't even seem to notice. John Carter explicitly prizes the more tender emotions, and his more gentle actions always have good consequences, a positive, but unrealistic message.

Like Rafael Sabatini, Burroughs derived a lot of his leisurely style from Sir Walter Scott. Unlike Scott he eschewed all humour and dialect.

That John Carter can interbreed with a member of a species that lays eggs is hilarious.

The narration was in a quite pleasant southern accent, appropriate since John Carter is a former Confederate officer.

The cover images vary wildly. Some are pretty awful "Conan the Barbarian" style beefcake, but the "Vox Libris" cover is excellent. ( )
  themulhern | Jul 5, 2017 |
Nothing like the movie. The movie was so wrong on so many levels. It made me angry.

The book was alright on its own, and Disney just destroyed it. It makes me angry just thinking about it.

I like knowing all the extra stuff they always cut out of movies. It was nice to know what actually happened.

Although him just wishing to go to Mars was a little stupid. That part in the movie was a better. But only that part.

It was hard for me to get through it. It took a little while. But I think that is the writing style. The novel was written a long time ago.

I do want to read the rest of the series. I think there is potential and I want to know what is going to happen. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
Fun space Opera.

Burroughs knows how to keep a story moving. He is one of the early masters of the Space Opera. Good imagination. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 6, 2017 |
Imaginative to say the least, it's easy to see how this tale became the precursor for the space operas and space Westerns we all know and love today. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 15, 2017 |
follows the adventures of John Carter, a Virginian Gentleman who goes to Mars. In this adventure he rescues a Princess, who he marries, and unites the red martians [humanoid] and the green martians [not so humanoid]. Pulp fiction through and through. We'll see how the next 10 stories stand up. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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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
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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To the Reader of this Work:
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This is the French version of "A Princess of Mars," even though the literal English translation of the French edition's title might suggest otherwise.
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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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