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A Princess of Mars: John Carter of Mars: Book One

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    Very Imag­i­na­tive

    A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Bur­roughs is a science-fiction book pub­lished in 1912. This is Bur­roughs first pub­lished book and stars John Carter.

    John Carter, a Civil War Con­fed­er­ate vet­eran, finds him­self pro­jected to Mars. Dis­cov­er­ing he has enor­mous strength and agility due to the lower force of grav­ity, Carter rises to a high posi­tion in the Tharks tribe. The Tharks are nomadic green Mar­tians who have six limbs.

    Soon the Tharks cap­ture the Princess of Helium, Dejah Tho­ris who is a mem­ber of the red Mar­tians which are a humanoid race. The red Mar­tians live in city-states and con­trol Mars’ canals and agri­cul­ture. John Carter saves Dejah Tho­ris but becomes embroiled in Mar­t­ian politics.

    Even­tu­ally, Carter leads a horde of Tharks against Zodanga, a city-state of the red Mar­tians and his­toric enemy of Helium. This act of valor wins John Carter the hand of Dejah Tho­ris and he becomes Prince of Helium. The happy cou­ple lives joy­fully for nine years when a bread­own of the Atmos­phere Plant threat­ens to destroy all life on Mars. Carter uses a tele­pathic code to enter the fac­tory with engi­neers who can restore it to work­ing con­di­tions. How­ever, Carter soon becomes asphyx­i­ated and awaken back on Earth wan­der­ing what hap­pened to his beloved and his people.

    A Princess of Mars is Edgar Rice Bur­roughs’ first novel, while the novel is good, it feels like a first novel and I’m glad Bur­roughs con­tin­ued to write and get bet­ter each time.

    What impressed me about the book was how imag­i­na­tive it was com­pared to other science-fiction sto­ries of the time. While Jules Verne con­cen­trated on the sci­ence aspect of his sto­ries and H.G. Wells’ sci­ence fic­tion sto­ries were more about social com­men­tary, Bur­roughs con­cen­trated more on the story aspect, but instead of tak­ing place on earth, he set it on Mars.

    The book is an escapable fan­tasy, and enjoy­able tale which, if set on earth, could have been eas­ily been clas­si­fied as pulp fic­tion. A Princess of Mars is very imag­i­na­tive with lots of action, alien cul­ture, romance and chivalry.

    While I cer­tainly enjoyed many of Bur­roughs’ later nov­els (Tarzan of the Apes comes imme­di­ately to mind), this book is on a dif­fer­ent level entirely. While I found Tarzan of the Apes to be com­plex, involv­ing and even philo­soph­i­cal, A Princess of Mars is a silly joyride, full of action with won­der­ful narrative.

    I know what you’re say­ing to your­self: “he read this just to cap­i­tal­ize on the release of the new John Carter movie”.
    And I’d say: “good obser­va­tion, Cap­tain Obvious”.

    I did read this book because the movie is com­ing out, and I hope you do too. I’m glad Dis­ney decided to reju­ve­nate this old series, bring Bur­roughs back into the spot­light and have a new gen­er­a­tion of read­ers enjoy his tales.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Good hokey fun!

    This "classic" pulp sci-fi from 1917 is good hokey fun. It tells the story of Civil War veteran John Carter who is transported to Mars, a planet whose natives are engaged in constant warfare. John Carter's soldier training and muscles adapted to earth's stronger gravity make him a nearly superhuman warrior on Mars as he fights his way through dangers at every turn. There are plenty of convenient coincidences, some cheesy (but chaste) romance, and lots of over-the-top action... just take it all in stride as part of the genre and this is a fun mindless sci-fi read.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I saw the movie before reading the book and really liked it. I w

    I saw the movie before reading the book and really liked it. I was intrigued and picked up the book and ended up liking it as well. It made me sad because the John Carter movie got a bum rap and im afraid it wont get any more big screen chances :( Great book tho.

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