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

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Let the adventures begin, as Captain John Carter finds himself transported to the alien landscape of Mars--where the low gravity increases his speed and strength exponentially. Taken prisoner by Martian warriors, he impresses them with his remarkable fighting skills, and quickly rises to a high-ranking chieftain. But the heroic Carter's powers thrust him right in the middle of a deadly war raging across the planet--and a dangerous romance with a divine princess.

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Overview

Let the adventures begin, as Captain John Carter finds himself transported to the alien landscape of Mars--where the low gravity increases his speed and strength exponentially. Taken prisoner by Martian warriors, he impresses them with his remarkable fighting skills, and quickly rises to a high-ranking chieftain. But the heroic Carter's powers thrust him right in the middle of a deadly war raging across the planet--and a dangerous romance with a divine princess.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435134485
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: John Carter of Mars Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 595,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was one of the 20th century's most popular and prolific writers of science fiction and fantasy adventure tales, publishing nearly 70 novels and numerous short stories during his career. Best known for his Tarzan series, Burroughs also wrote eleven novels in the John Carter of Mars series.
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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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