A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars

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Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.

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anthonybencivengo
Feb 06, 2013

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

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hmcgivney
Dec 04, 2012

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!

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horthhill
Feb 06, 2012

"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.

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erinsnest
Jan 25, 2012

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!)

Veepea Dec 28, 2011

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.

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ScorchingSun
Feb 25, 2010

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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abornzin
Jun 07, 2012

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

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