A Princess of Mars [Illustrated, With ATOC] [NOOK Book]

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"FOREWORD

To the Reader of this Work:

In submitting Captain Carter's strange manuscript to you in book form, I ...
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"FOREWORD

To the Reader of this Work:

In submitting Captain Carter's strange manuscript to you in book form, I believe that a few words relative to this remarkable personality will be of interest.

My first recollection of Captain Carter is of the few months he spent at my father's home in Virginia, just prior to the opening of the civil war. I was then a child of but five years, yet I well remember the tall, dark, smooth-faced, athletic man whom I called Uncle Jack.

He seemed always to be laughing; and he entered into the sports of the children with the same hearty good fellowship he displayed toward those pastimes in which the men and women of his own age indulged; or he would sit for an hour at a time entertaining my old grandmother with stories of his strange, wild life in all parts of the world. We all loved him, and our slaves fairly worshipped the ground he trod.

He was a splendid specimen of manhood, standing a good two inches over six feet, broad of shoulder and narrow of hip, with the carriage of the trained fighting man. His features were regular and clear cut, his hair black and closely cropped, while his eyes were of a steel gray, reflecting a strong and loyal character, filled with fire and initiative. His manners were perfect, and his courtliness was that of a typical southern gentleman of the highest type.

His horsemanship, especially after hounds, was a marvel and delight even in that country of magnificent horsemen. I have often heard my father caution him against his wild recklessness, but he would only laugh, and say that the tumble that killed him would be from the back of a horse yet unfoaled.

When the war broke out he left us, nor did I see him again for some fifteen or sixteen years. When he returned it was without warning, and I was much surprised to note that he had not aged apparently a moment, nor had he changed in any other outward way. He was, when others were with him, the same genial, happy fellow we had known of old, but when he thought himself alone I have seen him sit for hours gazing off into space, his face set in a look of wistful longing and hopeless misery; and at night he would sit thus looking up into the heavens, at what I did not know until I read his manuscript years afterward.

He told us that he had been prospecting and mining in Arizona part of the time since the war; and that he had been very successful was evidenced by the unlimited amount of money with which he was supplied. As to the details of his life during these years he was very reticent, in fact he would not talk of them at all.

He remained with us for about a year and then went to New York, where he purchased a little place on the Hudson, where I visited him once a year on the occasions of my trips to the New York market—my father and I owning and operating a string of general stores throughout Virginia at that time. Captain Carter had a small but beautiful cottage, situated on a bluff overlooking the river, and during one of my last visits, in the winter of 1885, I observed he was much occupied in writing, I presume now, upon this manuscript.

He told me at this time that if anything should happen to him he wished me to take charge of his estate, and he gave me a key to a compartment in the safe which stood in his study, telling me I would find his will there and some personal instructions which he had me pledge myself to carry out with absolute fidelity.

After I had retired for the night I have seen him from my window standing in the moonlight on the brink of the bluff overlooking the Hudson with his arms stretched out to the heavens as though in appeal. I thought at the time that he was praying, although I never understood that he was in the strict sense of the term a religious man.

Several months after I had returned home from my last visit, the first of March, 1886, I think, I received a telegram from him asking me to come to him at once. I had always been his favorite among the younger generation of Carters and so I hastened to comply with his demand.

I arrived at the little station, about a mile from his grounds, on the morning of March 4, 1886, and when I asked the livery man to drive me out to Captain Carter's he replied that if I was a friend of the Captain's he had some very bad news for me; the Captain had been found dead shortly after daylight that very morning by the watchman attached to an adjoining property.

For some reason this news did not surprise me, but I hurried out to his place as quickly as possible, so that I could take charge of the body and of his affairs..."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013142138
  • Publisher: Ladislav Deczi
  • Publication date: 7/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 376
  • File size: 381 KB

Meet the Author

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Damaged Goods

    I was eager to reread this classic novel, especially in light of the upcoming movie adaptation. However, the amount of junk and missing words (presumably OCR errors, but perhaps a reader error) in the copy I downloaded to my Color Nook from the B&N store made it difficult to read and enjoy. I do not recommend the ebook edition.

    25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2011

    Poor quality of an eboook

    I started to read the Princess of Mars but quit after the first 7 pages. The quality of transcription was exceedingly poor for this book. words or groups of words missing. I expected higher quality from Barnes and Noble. Good thing it was free.

    20 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Find a different free ediion

    Poor quality scan and not proofreading. Chunks of text are missing.

    I highly recommend the book, but not this edition.

    Zero stars for this edition.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Buy the book instead of ebook

    This is an awful copy. Missing words and sentences. This ebook version is not a book - its a puzzle!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    my favorite novel of all time

    In Burroughs' Princess of Mars, he describes a lushly realized Mars (Barsoom to its inhabitants) where former Captain John Carter of Virginia can conquer alien civilizations and win the hand of the Martian Princess, Dejah Thoris, the universe's most beautiful woman. (Contrary to many portrayals in art, yes, Burroughs does describe what she's wearing, and, no, it's nothing more than jewelry.) This was followed by two equally fine novels, The Gods of Mars and The Warlord of Mars, as well as a brilliant series of Barsoomian adventures to follow. Is it any wonder a book with such a dreamlike quality can become arguably the world's most widely read novel?

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    Not Working for me

    I downloaded all four of these, but they will not open and have actually screwed up my nook. I can't open any other books after I have tried to open these books.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    Great Book

    If you want a good science fiction series, read the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, of which A Princess of Mars is the first. Burroughs uses his great imagination and spins a story about John Carter going to mars. I love the series and have read them over and over, trust me science fiction lovers, this book is for you.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Classic Science Fiction from the early 1900s

    John Carter is a Confederate officer in the now post-Civil War world out prospecting for gold when a series of events takes him from the Arizona desert to Mars, which as called by its locals is "Barsoom". Instantly he is forced to fight for his life and adapt to a whole new culture of war and violence with the green martians. While he is with the green martians, they capture a beautiful red martian called Dejah Thoris, who so happens to be the princess of Helium, a great kingdom on Mars. Instantly John Carter falls in love with her, and through more events she is taken from him and he is forced to find her and rescue her.

    This story is one of the first of its kind ever written. Not necessarily the best writing I have ever read, but nonetheless a precedent in science fiction and fantasy writing. A must read for those who would claim to be versed on classic literature or classic science fiction. Considered to be one of the first pulp sci-fi novels ever written, it was first released as a magazine serial in the earl 1900s.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    At least buy the dollar version

    It was good and I was really getting into it, but with all the editing errors and the was it was formatted for the nook it was hard to read. I ended up buying the dollar version so I could finish it. I suggest doing the same. What I could understand through the editing erros was good though I recommend it, just not the free copy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    One of the best books ever

    A friend gave me his father's copy to borrow while I was laid up after surgery. I was very skeptical about it because of it's name. After the first page, I was hooked. It is the kind of book you read, and then go to great lengths to find more of the series. I have just found a copy in hardbound after 3 years of looking. 3 years. The book is just that good. Phenominal choice. A must read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    A pleasant surprise

    I am not usually a fan of early sci-fi because early sci-fi 1) can be corny 2) can have too much drama, as if it were a play translated to book form.
    This novel does have both of those characteristics but not in large proportion. The creativity of the book (especially considering when it was written) is refreshing, entertaining, and engaging enough to make a reader want to read more.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Good but in need of formatting

    The reflow and formatting are horrible. Hopefully better editions will appear as Disney rapes these standards.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Is this good or not?

    Most people are saying to not get this book because if missing words. But some people are recamending to get it. So who should I listen to? When you read the blurb (the little info it gives about the book) it tells you the whole story, or main plots.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    would read it over & over

    Its ez to see how all the grate si fi directers get there inspiration from the mars books. The problems in the ereader makes littel dif. To me . I enjoy it very much and could not pput it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    Classic, vintage science fiction

    Few novels in the sci-fi arena have instilled the excitement and attention to detail that Burroughs has. I first read the Martian series in High school back in the 60's. I have read each novel (all 10 & 1/2)several times each and still find them as exciting as the first time. This is 'Must Read' material; which you will find yourself using to compare against all others. A brilliant storyteller!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Best awsome book ever

    This is one of the best books i have ever read, but it has too many typos;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Fun Book

    A fun read although the editing of this version is pretty bad it is tolerable for a free book

    I love how the author of Tarzan includes Martian apes in the story!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    99¿ for all 5

    When you spend 99¿ for all 5 of the Mars series there are no errors. All of those annoying /#*drw+%/ which are supposed to be words are gone. These book are understandable. All of them! No guessing. They are wonderful and a dollar well spent. You won't regret it. For me it's like sci-fi in the beginning. The days of its infancy. No matter what types of books you are a fan of you will enjoy these. They have Style and Class. Very well done. A true classic
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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Good Book

    Very good story. I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Good

    On to the second book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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