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.
This is book one.Great for those who like Tarzan-like stories.
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.
One of the best stories I have ever read. Period.
First in the fantastic Martian series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan.
This is such a great story! I read it a million years ago, but still remember the great scenes. Especially the ending, he is fighting one protag after the other! She sais something like: "I have 4 more brothers!".
Just a great beginning to all the rest of the novels. My brothers and I all tried to get to Mars by staring at the planet at night, just like John. I wonder how many other people did the same? Great imaginative sci fi with a love story to boot.
This was fast-paced with lots of action and rare lulls. I had a small problem with the 'furs and silks' Where did They come from? everything is hairless and there is little water? And John Carter being a Super Warrior from the get go where before he 'arrived' he was but a glorified miner. but hey, its science fiction. I enjoyed it (especially Woola) and had to hop right into #2 to see what happens. Burroughs fed the mind with swashbuckling adventure a bit of romance and left you hanging. Good Read.
Finished rereading this last night and I quite enjoyed it. Of course it was not quite as I remembered from when I first read this in high school but it was still quite an action adventure set on Mars. It was a lot more violent than I remembered. I reread this because I recently saw the John Carter movie and wanted to compare it with the book. Well there are a lot of differences - I believe some of the storyline from the movie actually came from some of the later Mars books. Anyway, I did enjoy both the book and the movie although some of it may have just been nostalgia. I will probably reread some of the other books in the series - "A Princess of Mars" kind of leaves you with a cliffhanger ending.
I wanted to read the original book prior to seeing the movie, because I knew the movie would never do the book justice. I was so right! So far I have read the first four of the series and can review this with confidence that the fifth book will be equally as fantastic as the first four.
The writing is perfect and the stories are full of action, excitement and adventure. We follow John Carter and his exploits on Barsoom through the first three stories. He's a man of great honor, respect, loyalty, and strength. These are all traits that he passes on to his son, whom we begin to follow in the fourth story.
Without giving too much away, this series is well worth the read. While it's not quite Old English, the language is from the early 1900's, but it's not confusing or hard to understand.