“The green warrior decided to close in and end the battle; just as he rushed me, a blinding light struck full in my eyes, so that I could not see Zad’s approach and could only leap blindly to one side to avoid his mighty blade...”
Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter finds himself the captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him is the lovely Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.
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“Listening to this book on CD is a delight! McKee’s semi-voiced reading has just the right tone to pull the listener into the adventures of John Carter…”(Kliatt)
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Edgar Rice Burrough's popular John Carter/Barsoom novels started with 'A Princess of Mars'. I can only imagine reading this cowboy in space novel when it was first published. It was absolute pulp (violent fights, naked women), but like all of Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels it can't be contained by any simple labels. Burroughs is able to explore ideas of eugenics and race, war and peace, love and family, all layered into a fast-paced, violent Martian travelogue. Burroughs loves supermen. The idea of John Carter having amazing strength because of the different gravities of Earth and Mars allows an everyman Virginian Civil Warrior to become a singular Martian Hercules.
Obviously, this is an extraordinarily influential sic-fi novel. It influenced everybody from Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon) to George Lucas (Star Wars) to James Cameron (Avatar). It is hard to watch Han Solo walk without thinking of John Carter's swagger or dream about Princess Leah in chains without my subconscious somehow floating back into visions of Princess Dejah Thoris in -- yes -- chains. It is a shame that Disney's John Carter movie didn't do better. I would love to see further efforts to make films out of the Barsoom series. It is a strange world where a movie that makes $200M+ globally and is still judged a failure.
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IT WAS LOGIC, GOOD EARTHLY FEMINE LOGIC
If you have read "At The Earth's Core", you will be amazed in how similar the plots are. In both books John or David enter their new world in the nude. The gravity is less, although more so on Mars. He is taken prisoner, but is aloud to roam around and make weapons and plan his escape. He meets a dark haired Princess who is naked on Mars and scantly clad In Pellucidar. He falls in love each time. He kills for the Princess, but immediately follows that up by insulting the princess through his ignorance. Each time he could have proclaimed her his wife, but he does not. Both men are great physical specimens of Man and are rich. There are ape like creatures and humans on Mars and in Pellucidar. There are tall 8ft to 14ft creatures in both who lay eggs. Telepathy takes place in both books.
Princess of Mars, differs in the way John gets to Mars, has more and better characters. Sola is an interesting character and the ten legged Woola is very cute. This story is a little longer and has more fighting. I liked Princess of Mars better then At The Earth's Core. It seemed like more time and thought was put into this book.
Some of the weakness are glaring. I was very disappointed in how he got to Mars, basically he wishes upon a star. At one point he says he was in the military so long that he can't help, but follow orders and ten minutes later he is leaving his post to see his girlfriend. At one point he just happens to hear a plot against him at a most opportune time. He often explains things by saying, "I don't know why, I just knew it."
I was not crazy about the narrator. The books starts out by the author saying he is around 100 years old, but he does not age and that he seems to be around 30 years of age. The narrator ignores this and reads it like an old man talking, slow and gravely.
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Okay story 3.5 overall, the story was mostly written as if reading a diary or thinking back on the past. I'm not a huge fan of this type of writing, but the story itself was pretty good. I did enjoy the first part better than the last. I love his alien dog. Considering this book was published around 1912 it is way ahead of its time and very imaginative considering there was very little of this type of book out for public consumption. Narrator was good but a little dry. This book and the next two in the series can be gotten for free with a Kindle/ Kindle app and then the audio purchased for .99 each with whispersync.
Having heard this book was the grandfather of cliché sci-fi, it certainly delivered in that respect. The story is so generic it could have been set almost anywhere, at any time, and the writing is so embellished that it becomes tiresome.
Can not really recommend, except for perhaps to die-hard space opera fans in search of the genre origins.
Amazing to think this was published in 1912! The story lives and breathes and captures the imagination even now in the 21st century. Burroughs is a master storyteller. Enjoy!
The guy reading this is awful. It was like listening to someone do a bad impression of someone else doing a bad Bill Clinton impression. I couldn't finish it. The story was good. I just couldn't listen to the reader any longer.
this is one of the originators of the sci-fi genre. it's a good read in its own right in addition to being significant literature.
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I'm not sure, can make comparisons on its sequels but not this particular volume. Considering the time in which it was written, I found it fascinating how Burroughs worked in the known knowledge and scientific data of Mars and then built this fantastic world around it before the day and age of common science fiction! It doesn't come across as the dated, cheesy stuff one might find from as late as the 1980's. Yes, there are green men on Mars, but not like Marvin the Martian :)
I think Mr. Dufris' accent and rhythm of speech is very believable for a 20+ year old Confederate War Veteran from the tobacco areas of Virginia. It's not too overstated but it's noticeable and compliments the gentlemanly but rugged when needed demeanor of John Carter very well.
No, I certainly finished it more quickly than average but I didn't have the desire to consume it all in one sitting. There are several tense scenes in the book and while not nerve wracking, sometimes it did leave me feeling like, "Ok I've had enough of lead character in danger" for now. As there are a lot of situations where John Carter finds himself in one kind of mortal terror or another.
This one is great. Just get Princess of Mars and do yourself a favor and stop. And you won't be left hanging if you do so, its a fufilling story on its own. Not a slight on Dufris, I think he does a pretty good job. But the sequels in this series can get repetitive and tedious in my opinion. In much the same way as the Wizards First Rule series did. I want to scream, "Oh my God, I figured it out 5 chapters ago??!! I thought you were a smart man!!!!" LOL
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