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A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, Bk 1)
A Princess of Mars - Barsoom, Bk 1
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Her oval face was beautiful in the extreme, her every feature finely chisled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Similar in face and figure to women of Earth, she was nevertheless a true Martian -- and prisoner of the fierce ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345278340
ISBN-10: 0345278348
Publication Date: 4/12/1979
Pages: 160
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Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Let me get this straight: A Princess of Mars was written in 1911? This space opera by Edgar Rice Burroughs contains all the fast-paced action and graphic violence of a modern day action movie. Hard to believe it was written almost one-hundred years ago.

This is the first in the series of books about John Carter, Warlord of Mars. Carter, a Civil War veteran from Virginia, finds himself on Mars and in the middle of continual fighting between the tribes of Martians, some of whom are pretty nasty fellows. The Martian atmosphere gives Carter some extra abilities that the otherwise stronger Martians do not have. Of course, some of the Martian races look quite human, and Carter falls for the sexy Dejah Thoris, a princess of one of the more homosapien-like species.

This tale is just good old-fashioned fun. Another of Burrough's fictional creations is more famous, the jungle lord Tarzan, but I believe now is the time for John Carter to become as popular. Despite its age, this book would appeal to today's movie audiences. With the successful crossover of fantasy novels into movies such as The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia, the time is ripe for John Carter novels to be transformed into motion pictures. From what I've read, it has been proposed over and over for years, but until now, computer graphics probably would not have done it justice. A Princess of Mars would be a spectacular sight to see on the big screen.

In the meantime, indulge in the guilty pleasure of reading this gratuitously violent, rip-roaring, somewhat sexist tale of the swashbuckling John Carter.
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Burroughs is the next step after Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Look for some parallel names that have been adapted in Star Wars. Warriors are called jed; their leader jeddak (jeddi). The great beast of Bantoom is the banth (bantha). The hero, John Carter, dies at the onset of each book to be mysteriously reincarnated on Mars (called Barsoom by the Martians), alternating for ten-year periods. Look for vivid descriptions of wield aliens and creatures of Mars as well a sketchy technological advancement. On land they move around on beasts (called thoats) but also have large number of airframesreferred to as ships and thus have navies, not air forces (again Star Wars)ranging from battle ships to one-person fliers (These seem to be merely open-air platforms: no cabin whatsoever). In spite of this, most fightingand there is a wealth of itis done with long-swords (the early Star Wars light sabers). The butchery seems to have no end; it is the major vocation and pastime. John Carter, prospector, dies and is reincarnated for ten years on Mars where he becomes a superhero of the first water. In this Carter rescues an unbelievably gorgeous princess, wrecks havoc on several tribes, alters some Martian philosophy, and ultimately becomes Jeddak of a major metropolis.
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One of the best stories I have ever read. Period.
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This is book one.Great for those who like Tarzan-like stories.

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