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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Dec 12 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345331389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345331380
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is justifiably famous as the creator of Tarzan of the Apes, that uprooted Englishman was not his only popular hero. Burroughs's first sale (in 1912) was A Princess of Mars, opening the floodgates to one of the must successful--and prolific--literary careers in history. This is a wonderful scientific romance that perhaps can be best described as early science fiction melded with an epic dose of romantic adventure. A Princess of Mars is the first adventure of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who unexpectedly find himself transplanted to the planet Mars. Yet this red planet is far more than a dusty, barren place; it's a fantasy world populated with giant green barbarians, beautiful maidens in distress, and weird flora and monstrous fauna the likes of which could only exist in the author's boundless imagination. Sheer escapism of the tallest order, the Martian novels are perfect entertainment for those who find Tarzan's fantastic adventures aren't, well, fantastic enough. Although this novel can stand alone, there are a total of 11 volumes in this classic series of otherworldly, swashbuckling adventure. --Stanley Wiater

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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 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2013
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"I have never told this story nor shall mortal man see this manuscript until I have passed over for eternity. I know that the average human mind will not believe what it can not grasp......"

Written in 1912 this book is well written for its time and has intrigued countless generations of readers. I get the feeling that this story is being told over a campfire.

Captain Carter is telling the story form memory as an old man of his adventures here on earth and on the planet of Barsoom (Mars). There are encounters with many strain creatures, situations, and yes even a "Princess of Mars."

This is a part is a series by the writer that brought us "Tarzan." The intro to the book alone will capture your imagination.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs outdoes himself in this fantastic fantasy. If you like the 'John Carter' books of him - or if you've seen the movie, this is another great sci fi adventure all the same lines. Rice creates a wonderfully rich alien landscape and story with this book.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
Format: Paperback
When Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing his Barsoom series, people didn't know a lot about Mars except that it seemed to have canals.

So Burroughs came up with his own elaborate fantasy world, populated by green barbarians, airships, multi-legged beasts and giant hairy white apes. Buttkicking ex-soldier John Carter is a bit of a Gary Stu, but at least he's a pleasant one -- and Burroughs fleshes out his imaginary Mars with loving skill, coming up with alien fauna and cultures that really resemble nothing on Earth.

During an Apache attack, ex-Confederate soldier John Carter takes shelter in a cave... and wakes on a strange alien world. He soon discovers that he's somehow been transported to the planet Mars (or Barsoom), and is apprehended by the barbaric green Martians of Thark, who do not understand love or friendship. But thanks to gravity and his own skills, John Carter is able to gain the respect of the Tharks, and even becomes a chieftain.

But the Tharks capture Dejah Thoris, a princess of the more humanlike red Martians. John Carter soon falls in love with her. As their safety is threatened by a small conspiracy of extra-cruel Tharks, Carter starts plotting to escape to the Red Martian city of Helium. But escape turns out to be the least of his problems when he becomes embroiled in the complex politics of two different Martian races.

While "A Princess of Mars" is a fun sci-fi adventure, the real draw here is Barsoom -- a wild, cruel world filled with fantastical beasts and colorful flora. A good chunk of the book is devoted just to showing Carter (and us) its cultures, flora, fauna, mores, mythology and a history that Burroughs clearly spent a lot of time on.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st, 1875 - March 19, 1950) was a writer of adventure series, including, of course Tarzan, but also the Barsoom series, of which this is the first novel. This novel was written between July and October of 1911, and published in "All-Story" as a six-part serial from February through July of 1912. It then was published in book form in October of 1917. This novel and series may have been inspired by "Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation" a novel from 1905 by Edwin Lester Arnold, and the character John Carter was perhaps in part derived from Phra, a hero in Arnold's "The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician" from 1890. However, this is no copy of either of those works. "Phra" was closer in tone, but virtually unreadable, and "Gullivar Jones" was a very light and almost comedic series of adventures and so is not very similar in feel to this work.

The story actually opens with a foreword written by Burroughs where the claim is made that the story is true, and information is given about what happened to John Carter, leaving it open ended. The story is written as if a memoir written by John Carter itself. From the start, it is understood that Carter is no normal person, as he has lived countless years, and yet remains young in appearance. A very abbreviated setup is given about him serving the Confederacy in the Civil War and about his and another Confederate looking for gold in Arizona, but this is not the story which is to be told. All that and the chase by the Indians and his getting lost and finding a mysterious cave, is just the setup.
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A majestic and at times overpowering epic of planetary adventure from the Golden Age of pulp fiction, when Men were Men and giant, green-skinned, six-limbed creatures from Mars where REAL giant, green-skinned, six-limbed creatures from Mars! Though you may have to swallow a bit of unpolitically-correct 1930s machismo you will find it worthwhile to witness the grandeur of Barsoom, a world of incredible armies, strange new sunrays, bizarre monsters and titanic clashes between the forces of uhh, John Carter and Everybody Else. This is a classic of the genre which races along at lightning speed, propelling you into new situations and introducing new wonders on almost every page. Wonderfully evocative language and a certain bare-bones presentation let the reader experience Burroughs' Mars without any extraneous exposition or sappy internal drama. The action is non-stop and leaves you breathless, even though the small, rational part of your brain still calls out feebly that the hero will always prevail and save the maiden. But does he really?

Approached in the right mood this book should provide hours of exciting reading and strange martian fun.
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