A Princess of Mars, and A Fighting Man of Mars

A Princess of Mars, and A Fighting Man of Mars

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Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic. Published in 1911, A Princess of Mars introduced a popular series of novels recounting John Carter's Martian exploits. Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the creator of Tarzan, employed a new style of writing that combined the genres of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction. His imaginative setting - an advanced but decaying civilization, where Olympian heroics play out against malevolent forces and ever-changing fortunes - endures as a timeless world, in which love, honor, and loyalty form the basis for fast-paced romantic adventures. Generations of readers have thrilled to Burroughs' Martian tales, including writers of science fiction and fact, such as Ray Bradbury and Carl Sagan. "I stood on the lawns of summer, raised my hands, and cried for Mars, like John Carter, to take me home," remembered Ray Bradbury, "I flew to the red planet and never returned." --Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, 2015.
ISBN: 9780486807874
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (160 pages)
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Oct 03, 2018

We’ve all heard the names: Tars Tarkus, Dejah Thoris. These are most famous Martian names; also many of the Martian words have been borrowed into more recent space epics (“Jeddak” sounds a little too much like “Jedi” to be a coincidence). But what of the story? This early 20th century “science fiction” is virtually indistinguishable from Sword and Sorcery tales; the feudalism and barbarity of pseudo-Medieval civilization has been replaced by feudalism and barbarity of an alien world. The familiarity of Barsoom goes further, however; much of the tale is derived from classical mythology – some of the characters and incidents are different, of course, but to a large extent it’s a retelling of Homer’s Iliad. Even the language is classical: characters give grand speeches, and the prose includes set phrases (“wind-dark sea” has been replaced by “ice-clad south” and the River Styx has become the River Iss, but the mythic quality remains). However, much of the work is ambiguous: there is no obvious good or evil (which avoids the question, would alien morality be different from ours, or is morality universal?), and the storyline wanders until the rescue of the Princess and the “War of Troy” part begins. Overall I enjoyed this less than I thought I would; written as serialized pulp fiction, it’s certainly entertaining, of course, but I expected more in the way of character development and explanations of made-up Martian technology (even if it was based on theories about ethereal rays and on Percival Lowell’s writings, both of which turned out to be erroneous). Still, it’s campy fun if you can suspend disbelief (and intellect) for a while.

Mar 23, 2018

Okay for preteens.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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Jun 07, 2012

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


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