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A Princess of Mars

Burroughs, Edgar Rice (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - I am a very old man; how old I do not know. Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood. So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, a man of about thirty. I appear today as I did forty years and more ago, and yet I feel that I cannot go on living forever; that some day I shall die the real death from which there is no resurrection. I do not know why I should fear death, I who have died twice and am still alive; but yet I have the same horror of it as you who have never died, and it is because of this terror of death, I believe, that I am so convinced of my mortality. And because of this conviction I have determined to write down the story of the interesting periods of my life and of my death. I cannot explain the phenomena; I can only set down here in the words of an ordinary soldier of fortune a chronicle of the strange events that befell me during the ten years that my dead body lay undiscovered in an Arizona cave.
Authors: Burroughs, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950
Title: A princess of Mars
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007
Characteristics: xxvi, 186 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Edgar Rice Burroughs ; introduction by John Seelye
Notes: Originally published: U.S.A. : A.C. McClurg, 1917
ISBN: 1595402314
9780143104889
0143104888
Branch Call Number: SF BURROUGHS
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Princesses Fiction Mars (Planet) Fiction Dejah Thoris (Fictitious character) Fiction Carter, John (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Princesses
Dejah Thoris (Fictitious character)
Carter, John (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2006044846
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A rip-roaring adventure first published in 1917. The story of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who inexplicably finds himself held prisoner on the planet Mars by the Green Men of Thark. Also available as a free ebook through Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/62


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Feb 06, 2013
  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is exactly that sort of incredibly campy pulp fiction that somehow works on the page but is never quite done justice by Hollywood.

Dec 04, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This story is a really great adventure! In some ways, it is a product of it's time (especially in relation to it's views on the fairer sex), but in some ways I can tell that it was very much ahead of its time (the humane treatment of animals). I liked it a lot!

Nov 17, 2012
  • erinsnest rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Started reading this on Monday, Jan 23, 2012. I am proud to own this book, and reading it is a return to my childhood. I am not too sure how old I was, when I first read this, perhaps grade 4? I stole a line from it for one of my stories at the time. I didn't realize that this was not a great idea then! Anyway, I did receive an A+ for that story! I notice from the note about Burroughs, that this is the first book that he had published. I have had to get out my dictionary for some of the words. I guess I must have taken the meaning from the context when I first read this at such a young age. (We were at my summer cottage, no TV available and a whole library of the Martian series to explore during the summer!) I have never forgotten John Carter of Mars, and often think of his motto "I still live!" and I am enjoying his adventures again, 40 or so years later, just as much as the first time!
Finished Thursday Jan 26, 2012. If you are going to read this, I would highly recommend that you have access to "The Gods of Mars" (book 2) and "The Warlord of Mars" (book 3), as they are all part of the same story, which finally comes to a conclusion at the end of book 3! Feb 23, 2012.....Oh! They finally made a movie! I just saw the trailer.....and I can hardly wait! (Might have to wait until the summer, new movies take a while to come to our small town!).....didn't get to see the movie until July....and....I watched on the plane! (going to England!)....must rent it and watch it on a larger screen sometime, (maybe I can find a copy at the library!)

Feb 06, 2012
  • horthhill rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A Princess of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the novel where John Carter (of Earth) is introduced. Carter is transported from the Earth to Mars where he becomes a warrior hero to its local inhabitants. The story is non-stop action: mostly sword-play. The plot is simple and much of the details is silly. Yet, as a whole, the novel is fun to read.

Dec 28, 2011
  • Veepea rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It takes a while for the action to start, but once it does, it's quite interesting. I liked reading this piece of early SF. I wonder what the movie will be like..If you liked John Carter, you might like reading "Otherland" by Tad Williams. Part of the novels take place on John Carter's Mars.

Feb 25, 2010
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A delightful little gem from the author of Tarzan of the Apes.
Perhaps a bit corny by our present day jaded standards, but think of this work as you would the classic sci-fi and horror movies, with nostalgia and affection.

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Jun 07, 2012
  • abornzin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"In one respect at least the Martians are a happy people, they have no lawyers."

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