The Martian Tales Trilogy: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
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The Martian Tales Trilogy: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Edgar Rice Burroughs
     
 

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When it rains in a Burroughs novel, the reader gets wet." -- Science-fiction writer Jack McDevitt

Combining otherworldly adventures with elements of classical myth, fast-paced plots with cliffhanging tension, and imaginative fantasy with vivid prose, Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Martian Tales Trilogy helped define a new literary genre emerging in the early…  See more details below

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When it rains in a Burroughs novel, the reader gets wet." -- Science-fiction writer Jack McDevitt

Combining otherworldly adventures with elements of classical myth, fast-paced plots with cliffhanging tension, and imaginative fantasy with vivid prose, Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Martian Tales Trilogy helped define a new literary genre emerging in the early twentieth century that would become known as science fiction.

Hero John Carter proves himself against deadly foes in The Martian Trilogy. In the first installment, Carter wins the affections of the "princess of Mars" and the respect of the Martian warlords whom he befriends. The excitement continues in The Gods of Mars when Carter engages the Black Pirates in airborne combat above the dead seas of Mars and leads a revolt to free the Martian races from a religion that thrives on living sacrifices. In the third book, Warlord of Mars, Carter overcomes the forces of evil that would destroy the planet. By the end of the trilogy the Martians all clamor for a triumphant John Carter to be their king.

About the Author:
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 1, 1875, Edgar Rice Burroughs grew to maturity during the height of the Industrial Revolution and witnessed the emergence of the United States as a twentieth-century world power. Hailing from a well-to-do family, Burroughs was given an aristocratic education steeped in Latin and Greek, but he was drawn more to an itinerant life of adventure than to a life in the boardroom. The author of Tarzan of the Apes (1912), Burroughs did not confine himself to a single genre; he also wrote medieval romances (The Outlaw of Torn, 1914), westerns (The War Chief of the Apaches, 1927), and mainstream novels (The Girl from Hollywood, 1922).

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ISBN-13:
9780760755853
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
10/23/2006
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
448,507
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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The Martian Tales Trilogy: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 196 reviews.
webapplications More than 1 year ago
I read Burroughs (Tarzan, Martian tales) when I was growing up and thoroughly enjoyed them then. A recent read proved just as entertaining: from start to finish the redoubtable John Carter faces and dispatches obstacles in various martian regions.

Notwithstanding the sometimes predictable plot, I found it hard to put the book down till I finished.

An Epic Science Fiction!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic science fiction novel that was before its time. I was along every step of the way with John Carter and did not want to put the book down. I would recommend this to anyone with a taste for classic writing and for science fiction.
bluemaria More than 1 year ago
I love ERB's Mars series. I read A Princess of Mars with my mom when I was 11 and it has endured as pretty much my all time favorite book. I thank the Mars series, Star Trek TNG, and Return of the Jedi for grooming me to be the Sci Fi junky that I have grown to be. If you have never read this series I can only ask, what are you waiting for?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best book i've ever read. If your an action junkie who doesn't like a book that is too wordy, this is the book for you. The characters are great and the stories are amazing. A must for sword and planet fans as well as science fiction readers.
Darsa More than 1 year ago
This is a great, fun series to read. However, the edition published by Barnes & Noble is absolutely awful. I have never seen so many typos in a book in my life. There are probably 4 or 5 very obvious typos and mistakes in every single chapter. It's quite distracting. It's a shame that Barnes & Noble does not care about the quality of the books they publish. I would recommend seeking out an edition of the book published by someone else.
Howler More than 1 year ago
Do you like a swashbuckling, romantic adventure in space? Well, this one sucks and I couldn't recommend it less. Boring, repetitive and trite. Hard for me to believe that adults actually read it and liked it. I guess if you like a hero that has endless, unflagging strength, limitless good cheer and the personality of a cardboard cut-out, you'll love these novels. Or maybe if you're 10 years old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those who like action-packed adventure, it's hard to beat Edgar Rice Burroughs.And, here, together in one book,are the first three stories of John Carter of Mars. Carter, a Civil War soldier, is a true hero to match Burroughs' other--and much more famous- hero, Tarzan. Through the three stories, we follow Carter as he fights for survival against the strange and fierce denizens of The Red Planet.He goes on to rescue a lovely 'Princess of Mars' aa well as do battle against a cult of fanatical high priests. Burroughs has a style that catches up the reader and sweeps one along through the fast-paced adventure. What also impresses me is the sheer imagination of Burroughs in the creation of his 'Barsoom,' his version of Mars based on the observations of the astronomer Percival Lowell.It is a vividly realized world unfortunately having little to do with the Mars that we know, but I think it ranks with other fantastic worlds such as Middle-Earth, Conan's Hyboria, or Dune.And the action, the derring-do, is second to none. Give it a try.And bring your sword.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is an interesting mix of rich imagination and plot predictability. The books were written a century ago, almost at the dawn of SF. The modern reader may feel it is a bit dated. Burroughs reveals a rich imagination in his conception of Mars, its societies and ecologies. Character development was not a priority, and the plot often bumps along at the comic book level. By the time I reached the third book in this volume, I was often able to predict exactly what was going to happen several pages in advance of the author's actual delivery. I enjoyed the books. Burrough's world of Barsoom (Mars) and its hero John Carter are deservedly considered classics. But I think I would have preferred to read these books piecemeal, rather than as a single volume, one after the other. Another serious problem with this B&N edition is the incredibly high number of typos in the book. I half-joked to a friend that the text must have been generated by playing an audio recording of the book to some error-prone voice-recognition software. Because of this, I’m sorry to say I will think twice before I knowing buy another paperback published by B&N.
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The writing follow a victorian era heroic type novel. The storyline was ok, and i enjoyed it enough to finish the whole series. I probably woul have liked it more when i was ten though.
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