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A Princess of Mars

Burroughs, Edgar Rice

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The first published book by the creator of Tarzan of the Apes that introduced the world to intergalactic Civil War soldier, John Carter Two years before Edgar Rice Burroughs became a worldwide celebrity with the publication of Tarzan of the Apes and its twenty-two sequels, which together have sold more than 30 million copies, he published the futuristic sci-fi romance, A Princess of Mars . A Princess of Mars tells 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. With Dejah Thoris, the princess of another clan on Mars, John Carter must fight for their freedom and save the entire planet from destruction as the life-sustaining Atmosphere Factory slowly grinds to a halt. A Princess of Mars is the first in Burroughs' eleven book Barsoon series, following the continued adventures of John Carter.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007
ISBN: 0143104888
9780143104889
1595402314
Branch Call Number: SF BURROUGHS
Characteristics: xxvi, 186 p. ;,20 cm

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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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