A Princess of Mars
Before many of the current genres were cemented, Edgar Rice Burroughs began putting out a seemingly endless blur of sci-fi/fantasy/pulp fiction books, starting with A Princess of Mars. He would later become super famous for his Tarzan series, but the Martian books are still great reads.
It is a story set on the dying planet Mars, and its hero is John Carter, ex-Civil War vet - it's full of heroic, non-PC, early 20th century manliness.
Carter has been taken prisoner by the Green Men of Thark. And the titular princess in the story is Dejah Thoris, who leads a clan on Mars. The princess and Carter must free themselves in time to save the planet from destruction as its Atmosphere Factory begins to shut down. A Princess of Mars inspired many modern science fiction writers, including Ray Bradbury, John Norman and Arthur C. Clarke, and influenced the imagination of distinguished scientist Carl Sagan, who read the book as a child.
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April 24, 2013
Burroughs was way ahead of his time. This book has everything you want in a fantasy book. Great read. Couldn't put it down. Way better than the movie as books usually are.
April 23, 2013
A must read for sci-fi fans
April 16, 2013
Love science fiction. Edgar Rice wrote far ahead his time.
March 20, 2013
Heard it was good, but really,its da best
March 19, 2013
Seems pretty good so far
March 08, 2013
This is a wonderful book and contains the two essential ingredients sought by young male nerds everywhere: a brave but ordinary man, who gains superhuman powers (in this case strength and agility thanks to the Martian atmosphere), and a scantily clad, beautiful princess, who is hopelessly drawn to the noble hero. This is the stuff that comic books were made from, and no movie can capture the delight in reading this book.
February 27, 2013
Most enjoyable fun read, must read the full series
February 17, 2013
I almost stopped reading in the first half of this book, but that was just laying the ground work for an exciting story of love, hatred, violence, revenge and friendship.
February 06, 2013
Its a good book after you get into it
January 31, 2013
I dont like that the girl is naked
January 03, 2013
November 11, 2012
This is what the new movie "John Carter" was based on lol found it by accident
November 08, 2012
October 27, 2012
Awesome book, pity Hollywood slaughtered Burroughs' legacy once again
October 16, 2012
A wonderful read that transports your mind!
October 03, 2012
This is the first book I ever owned and still have it 40 years later got me hooked on sf/ fantasy
October 03, 2012
Love death war intrigue action loyalty etc. why haven't I read ERB before? I'm hooked, what a joy. Actually I enjoyed ERB more than HGW.
September 17, 2012
Good clean entertaining fun.
September 07, 2012
Just good, clean fun, great battles and characters. The idea that it is contemporaneous with "20,000 Leagues . . ." makes it more fascinating. Now we know how Jedi came to be.
August 25, 2012
A truly excellent representative of the genre. Like the finest of wines, it reads even better the second time around, and the intervening years only made the experience that much more wonderful. Great fun, at once evocative and compelling in its description of the people and the wonderful martian landscape.
August 24, 2012
It's almost as if the writer doesnt care about how the things in this book happen, just why. The lack of explanation for simple occurances is bothersome. Also, there's not much detail in this book regarding features and appearances, which is a two-edged sword. On one hand, you get to imagine what they look like, on the other, the lack of information leaves a blank page. The dialouge is classicly invariable. However, I love the sheer imagination of this author and I'm a stickler for science-fiction.
August 21, 2012
Great book. A classic full of action, and not too long. Younger readers might enjoy this book due to the fact that there is action, and that the book is sci-fi/fantasy. A good read and a perfect book!!!
Anthony Shook II
August 18, 2012
This book is AMAZING!!! An absolute must read for everyone. I loved it
August 17, 2012
When I watched the movie, who would have thought that this was written a 100 years ago and the book is even better than movie, downloaded them all now. Can't wait to start the next book!
August 15, 2012
Read it now! But seriously, this book sucked me in like like few others. It's a great story and so is the rest of the series.
August 06, 2012
Such an action-packed series. I couldn't stop reading until the 3rd book when the story was completed. Great collection.
August 05, 2012
A well written and adventurous book. I really enjoyed this. Wonder this wasnt made into a movie. Would be interesting to watch
August 04, 2012
A wonderful fantasy adventure on mars!
July 25, 2012
Great book it w
July 24, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The imagination off Edgar Rice Burroughs is brilliant & surprising. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
July 24, 2012
Great easy read!
July 20, 2012
I thought this book was a wonderful read. Truly amazing. It was written wonderfully and had me turning the pages faster then I could read. Hands down, a remarkable story. The ending had my heart aching, my eyes tearing and mind wondering.
July 10, 2012
July 04, 2012
This book is thoroughly captivating! Once you get drawn in to the world of Barsoom, you won't want to leave, that's for sure! Nonstop action!
June 19, 2012
I read this book as a young man and loved it. After seeing the movie John Carter, I decided to read it again and was just as excited now as I was as in younger years.
May 28, 2012
I saw the movie John Carter and thought I'd read the series to compare the stories. The book is much better than the movie. I couldn't put the book down, I finished it in one day. Definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
May 02, 2012
I agree with Kevin...Edgar Rice Burroughs IS the master... You simply must have this series in your library!
April 03, 2012
A wonderful book. Imagination at its finest.
March 31, 2012
Incredible read written by the first master of sic-fi fiction pulp novels! Follow the adventures of john Carter, Civil War vet, as he visits Mars for the first time. Full of action and suspense that will keep you turning pages and before you know it, you've finished the book! A highly pleasant read that you won't regret.
March 20, 2012
What an amazing adventure. Takes the reader along for the journey. Loved it
March 18, 2012
Good, rollicking, pulp adventure. Scientific explanation for ecology of Mars is fascinating!
March 12, 2012
This is the book that inspired the new movie John Carter!!! ;-). Watched it today and so now get to read the book
March 10, 2012
Definitely worth reading, it heartens me back to my teenage years when the fires of my imagination were stoked by the literature to which I exposed myself.
March 08, 2012
Great read, kept me thrilled throughout
March 02, 2012
Good reading,could not out down.
James S. Logan
February 27, 2012
This is the first in the Mars/Barsoom series and I think it's the best and my favorite. A classic, fun, action adventure that I loved as a boy and I like it now as well. I see now that Walt Disney just released a movie - John Carter - about the book's main character. I look forward to seeing the movie.
February 20, 2012
Fun read, don't think too much, just enjoy.
February 01, 2012
Just re-read after 30 yrs. just as great as when I was a kid. Burroughs has captured the imaginations of generations. To think this was written almost 100 yrs ago! The Asimov of his time
January 22, 2012
The stuff that nurtured Bradbury, and opened Barsoom to future generations...
January 11, 2012
Burroughs does not worry about reality just keeps the action flowing. it reminds me of the material used in comic strips when I was growing up in the fifties.Hollywood probably hopes fora new franchise with the fohcoming John Carter film.
January 10, 2012
Fell upon this book by chance just to realize it's to basis of the new film "John Carter" out in March of this year !!!
January 07, 2012
Loved the 70s comic books, rereading a second time. Great memories.
January 07, 2012
Such an interestingly written book that takes you on an epic tale
December 19, 2011
Improbable but fun
June 25, 2011
Excellent pacing after the first few chapters. Worth reading through the slow start.