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Overview

The first published book by the creator of Tarzan of the Apes

Two years before Edgar Rice Burroughs became a worldwide celebrity with the publication of Tarzan of the Apes and its twenty-two sequels, which together have sold more than 30 million copies, he published A Princess of Mars. A futuristic sci-fi fantasy romance, A Princess of Mars tells the story of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who inexplicably finds himself held prisoner on the planet Mars by the Green Men of Thark. Together with Dejah Thoris, the princess of another clan on Mars, the unlikely pair must fight for their freedom and save the entire planet from destruction as the life-sustaining Atmosphere Factory slowly grinds to a halt.

About the Author:
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950) was the author of more than sixty books, including the immensely popular Tarzan adventures.
John Seelye is the author of numerous books on American literature and has edited the Penguin Classics edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, among others.

The story of a Virginia gentleman who, during the Civil War, is suddenly drawn to Mars by astral projection, to rescue the Princess of Thelium.

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Burroughs's first published fiction was Under the Moons of Mars, a wild sf adventure about a man named John Carter who mysteriously finds himself on Mars. Later published in book form as A Princess of Mars (1917), it is arguably the most fun of the 11 Martian tales Burroughs eventually wrote, as almost everything in it is new and strange from the giant four-armed green Martians to the fantastic six-legged thoats. Tarzan may be Burroughs's most famous character, but his Mars stories are still widely read. With few audio versions of these works available, good unabridged recordings are sure to be in demand, so this is recommended for all fiction collections. However, if Blackstone plans further Mars recordings, it would be well advised to offer more energetic readings than that provided here by Dennis McKee, whose interpretations of Martian dialog sound too much like Tarzan introducing himself to Jane. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780957886858
  • Publisher: Deodand Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: John Carter of Mars Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950) was the author of more than sixty books, including the immensely popular Tarzan adventures.
John Seelye is the author of numerous books on American literature and has edited the Penguin Classics edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, among others.
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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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