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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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A Princess of Mars

236 ratings, 67 reviews

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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Andy Henriques

July 31, 2014

Full of adventure and gives insight to a new world through the beautiful mind of the author.


Rebecca Elena

July 17, 2014

Full of adventure, mystery, and passion. I recommend to all!


Randall Bancroft

June 23, 2014

Poor character devopement, weak science, fun story and ideas. Great classic.


Rod Rodriguez

April 01, 2014

She has a nice ass


Judy Ayala

February 23, 2014

It is such a great read! A truly fun adventure for scifi fans. Can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.


Margaret Creamer

February 07, 2014

Fabulous book! I can't wait to read the next one!


Debryontea Gatson

January 13, 2014

Great book so far it really draws you in!


Dante Hutcherson

December 06, 2013

Awesome book!!


Ryan Wakefield

October 31, 2013

I can't express the greatness of this book


Ian Apple

October 03, 2013



Greta Russell

June 20, 2013

Love si-fi and this is one of the best. Have recommended to my 3 girls, 8 grandchilldren, and am reading to the 4 great-grands. The in-laws, to prevent being leftout, are starting to read. It is refreshing to read something that everyone from the youngest to the oldest does not have to censor.


Helen Warner

June 04, 2013

Another fantastic story from Burroughs. His books are such great works of science fiction. I highly recommend reading this one, as well as, any of his myriad collection of creativity and imagination.


Alan Maloney

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.


Aron Clark

April 23, 2013

A must read for sci-fi fans


Paulie Loots

April 16, 2013

Love science fiction. Edgar Rice wrote far ahead his time.


Moon L

March 20, 2013

Heard it was good, but really,its da best


Hayden Abbott

March 19, 2013

Seems pretty good so far


Buck Brown

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.


Roy Swan

February 27, 2013

Most enjoyable fun read, must read the full series


Wayne Crenshaw

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.


Jackson How

February 06, 2013

Its a good book after you get into it


Alexis Fitzgerald

January 31, 2013

I dont like that the girl is naked


Polly Kool

January 03, 2013



Jennifer Morin

November 11, 2012

This is what the new movie "John Carter" was based on lol found it by accident


Don Durham

November 08, 2012



Paul Sullivan

October 27, 2012

Awesome book, pity Hollywood slaughtered Burroughs' legacy once again


Jessica Chibi

October 16, 2012

A wonderful read that transports your mind!


Ian Vanderfeen

October 03, 2012

This is the first book I ever owned and still have it 40 years later got me hooked on sf/ fantasy


Phill Torney

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.


Jim Ross

September 17, 2012

Good clean entertaining fun.


David Simpson

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.


Edmundo Zerda

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.


Kris Tate

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.


Keana Blakeney

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


Johan Niehaus

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!


Jordan Brown

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.


Hala Lamloum

August 06, 2012

Such an action-packed series. I couldn't stop reading until the 3rd book when the story was completed. Great collection.


Olufemi Obadimeji

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


Priscilla Valentine

August 04, 2012

A wonderful fantasy adventure on mars!


Sham Ilyasxx

July 25, 2012

Great book it w


Nena Amani

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.


Lina Montoya-hussain

July 24, 2012

Great easy read!


Gabriella Alexander

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.


Bo Reynolds

July 10, 2012

Love it


Jade Dalton

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!


Dennis Eaglin

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.


Gizelle Sanchez

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!


Diane Kiernan

May 02, 2012

I agree with Kevin...Edgar Rice Burroughs IS the master... You simply must have this series in your library!


Roger LeBlanc

April 03, 2012

A wonderful book. Imagination at its finest.


Kevin Smith

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.


Tracey West

March 20, 2012

What an amazing adventure. Takes the reader along for the journey. Loved it


Don Guy

March 18, 2012

Good, rollicking, pulp adventure. Scientific explanation for ecology of Mars is fascinating!


Mark Illingworth

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


Carlo Mason

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.


Ed Garcia

March 08, 2012

Great read, kept me thrilled throughout


Brian Phoenix

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.


Scott Barbar

February 20, 2012

Fun read, don't think too much, just enjoy.


John Shanahan

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


Larry Daly

January 22, 2012

The stuff that nurtured Bradbury, and opened Barsoom to future generations...


Peter Yorke

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.


Beverly King

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 !!!


John Finn

January 07, 2012

Loved the 70s comic books, rereading a second time. Great memories.


Bryce Weir

January 07, 2012

Such an interestingly written book that takes you on an epic tale


Louise Wynn

December 19, 2011

Improbable but fun


Kevin Cruz

June 25, 2011

Excellent pacing after the first few chapters. Worth reading through the slow start.