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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,316 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Interplanetary perils and swashbuckling adventures on the Red Planet await you in "John Carter of Mars," a thrilling trio of science fantasy novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Written during the heyday of the pulp fiction era, these bestselling, epic blends of derring-do and dazzling romance permanently remapped the terrain of fantasy and science fiction. Lavishly illustrated ...more
ebook, Library of Wonder, 504 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Fall River (first published 1912)
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This edition collects the first three books from the Barsoom series featuring John Carter's adventures on Mars. With an attractive cover, occasional illustrations within and an introduction by James P. Hogan, this is a fine, although somewhat bulky volume. Here follows my thoughts on each of the stories as I read them.

A Princess of Mars

This is an epic, science-fantasy adventure as John Carter is introduced to Mars and the variety of strange creatures and civilizations that inhabit it. For some r
Interesting because it is early, EARLY sci-fi (same guy who wrote Tarzan), but the writing and story are absolutely awful. In fact, the book is fun on a so-bad-it's-good level. Written first person style, John Carter is a Civil War veteran magically plucked from Earth and dropped into the middle of warring nations on Mars. John Carter is stronger, braver, smarter, and more humble (as he tells us unironically)than any other creature on the exotic planet. Every Martian man wants to be him, will fo ...more
Guy Gonzalez
I'm not quite sure how I'd never read any John Carter stories, not even the comics, nor do I remember exactly what prompted me to pick up this collection sometime last summer, but I'm glad I did.

Definitely dated, Burroughs' style is crisp enough to overcome the old school sensibilities, and his pulpy characters and non-stop action make each of these novels legitimate page-turners. From the amazing world-building of Princess of Mars, to Gods of Mars' insane cliffhanger ending, to Warlord of Mars
David Maine
Feb 07, 2012 David Maine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hey people! I just stumbled across this Kindle book at Amazon for 99 cents! It contains the first three books in the John Carter of Mars series, a terrifically fun bunch of books that serve as the spiritual ancestor iof any number of fantasy-adventure books, including (ahem) my own Gamble of the Godless, but also plenty of others. ERB was the creator of Tarzan, so there you go. I plan to reread these ASAP, but in the meantime you could do a lot worse than this series for some mid-winter pick-me- ...more
I always heard the name Edgar Rice Burroughs but never read anything by him until I heard this first book on Books on Radio and fell in love with the characters from the book. I am now reading the next in this series. There was a total of 11 books on the life of John Carter and I am sure I will enjoy each one and the only sad part is that there will be no more!
I don't see how Tarzan became more popular than any of the John Carter stories. Maybe Tarzan was more adaptable as the John Carter series are far more complex. Either way I loved all three of the books and plan on reading the rest of the Barsoom series in the future.
May 27, 2008 J.D. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of high adventure
Cheesy as only early 20th century adventure fiction could be, but riveting nonetheless. Absolutely mesmerizing storytelling, set on a fantastic Mars that could never exist in real life, but one that's more vivid than reality.
Haven't read these books since - well a long time ago. Still one of the giants of early science fiction.
Adelaide Metzger
(This review is for the first two books in the series).
"...There is no other mortal on Barsoom who would have done what you have for me. I think I have learned that there is such thing as a friendship, my friend." (Tars Tarkas on pg 123).
When you ask people who have read the John Carter series what they think of the character, you'll most likely get a response along the lines of "masculine and steamy" from women, "heroic and bada**" from men, and "brave and courageous" from everyone. What most
One day, just as I had begun to read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The Mars Trilogy, I was looking through the stamps at the Post Office, and to my delight, there was a 2012 stamp honoring Burroughs and his Tarzan. I bought some!

The Mars Trilogy conveniently brings together three shorter works, which include A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars. In 1912, these writings began as true pulp fiction--Burroughs being one of the first Science Fiction writers before it was even called
Jennifer Risley
This book is very little like the movie.
I suggest if you want to see the movie watch it before reading the book.

This book I thought, especial for when it was written, very well wrote and interesting. John Carter, was really a Chaotic Good man. who did what ever it took to save the people he loved, even if he didn't realize he loved them. His rushes to save his partarn even after his died try to save his body. Which nearly kills him.

He states that he is not a hero. And he is and isn't. He is a
Ryan Long
Fusing popular romance with the prose of late 19th-Century authors like Mary Shelley, Edgar Rice Burroughs created a whole new genre almost single-handedly.

The Chronicles of Mars depict a war-torn and dying world of racial unrest, where men are scarcely more than the playthings of kings, Warlords, and self-proclaimed Gods. Burroughs' John Carter is a retired Confederate Army mercenary who dies in an attack by a band of Native Americans. While Burroughs never makes this back-story an explicit tal
This was an excellent read. It was very enjoyable to follow the adventure of the unstoppable John Carter. It is not very often anymore that we get to hear stories of the hero who cannot be bested. In more recent decades we seem to look more towards the little guy who does great things, which is great in its own way. Maybe we like to be able to relate as little people who can accomplish things despite that. I prefer, however, the epic warrior hero who is more than enough to take on any challenge ...more
Dave Birchbauer
Great book. Initially, I found it difficult to read because of its 100 year old writing style. Some of the first books I read were Burroughs Tarzan series which helped fuel my love of reading.

The book is in constant motion, I can't recall is sitting still for more than a page or two. It is about John Carter, an old west miner/gunfighter/swordsman and all around tough guy/gentleman who is mysteriously transported to Mars where his adventures instantly begins. Early on he meets the woman who steal
Elijah Spector
The First book (read June 4, 2008):

Anyway, A Princess of Mars is essentially "world-building 101" for anyone interested in science fiction and the like. Very little (if anything) had been done along these lines before it, and the picture it paints is really pretty stark, if at times simplistic. Thankfully, it also moves very, fast: by less than 20 pages in, the lead character has already "died" (sort of) twice before the story has even gotten started.

Now, I'm far from the first one to say this,
First off, this edition (Barnes and Noble Essential Reading) is easily the most poorly-edited volume of literature I have ever experienced. There is probably at least one typo per page (missing periods, misspelled words, errant quotation marks) and one recurring error that wears on you after about the seven-hundredth time it happens. The error? The letters "th" incessantly replaced with the letter "m" ( as in "mat" for "that", "me" for "the", "man" for "than").

Also, do not let the fact that this
Favorite line so far:

"I verily believe that a man's way with women is in inverse ratio to his prowess among men. The weakling and the saphead have often great ability to charm the fair sex, while the fighting man who can face a thousand real dangers unafraid, sits hiding in the shadows like some frightened child."

This book is FUN. John Carter has got to be the least flawed hero ever, but I'm seeing the whole book as one big juicy Frazetta painting in my mind, and I'm loving that.

More later.

**I w
Five stars for the first three tales of Barsoom.

Edgar Rice Burroughs has prose like I've never seen. These books are pulpy entertainment at its best... and the distinct worlds that Burroughs creates and populates with characters both literally and figuratively alien defies are so lush and detailed that it's easy to see why the adventures of John Carter sparked so many other imaginations that would eventually create nearly every other great adventure, science fiction, and fantasy story you could
This review is specific to the Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading paperback Edition. The book is a collection of three classic tales of Martian adventures experienced by Earth-born adventurer John Carter. The books were written a century ago, in the very early days of science fiction. However, reading the stories back-to-back is probably not the best way to enjoy them, and this edition is marred by an annoying number of typos. While I've read other works by Burroughs, this was the f ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Vivian rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adolescent boys
"With a snarl he sprang toward me with naked sword, but whether Salensus Oll was a good swordsman or a poor I never learned; for with Dejah Thoris at my back I was no longer human--I was a superman, and no man could have withstood me then."

I read these books when I was a kid and I enjoyed them. Now? Not so much. lol
Nathan Dehoff
While Burroughs is best known for Tarzan, he also wrote a series of books about the red planet, which combine light science fiction with swashbuckling adventure. I don't know that they're that popular anymore, but they were definitely highly influential. I wonder if Burroughs was the first to introduce Martians with green skin. Others, however, were red and yellow, black and white. Even though John Carter was a Confederate officer in the Civil War, he seems to recognize the different sorts of Ma ...more
Talk about trite. I rolled my eyes so hard every time everything happened. Only read this if you want to glimpse back through the chasm of time into a world where women were seen but not heard, and racism wasn't a thing because it was automatic behaviour.
Ayla Hackley
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The first three books in the John Carter/Barsoom series are collected here in this first volume. Due to the expensive out of print second and third volumes, and the fact that these 3 wrap up nicely as a trilogy I won't be reading any more. I enjoyed the story of John Carter, and having read them I have a greater appreciation of what a hard job the makers of the Disney film version had, what with the fact that all the characters seem to be naked apart from the leather harnesses to which they affi ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Jason rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
This is one of the worst books I've ever finished. John Carter is the most narcissistic character I've ever encountered, and like every narcissistic asshole you know, he just won't. stop. talking. I can't help but think this was some grand masturbatory exercise for Burroughs; it was just poorly written page after poorly written page of pointless battles, afterthought observations, convenient solutions, self-touting, inconsistencies. The books were very much of their time: very sexist, very "nobl ...more
Jason Shuttlesworth
John Carter of Mars...a trilogy quite an interesting series. It starts out with John falling asleep in an Arizona cave during the Civil War days and waking up in Mars. He then goes through many adventures, so that the end result is John getting married to the most beautiful Martian gal on the planet and him (eventually) being something like the emperor over Mars.

At times, especially after the first few chapters, the book started reading like a really long comic book or video game.
Whit Preston
I am about 130 pages through "A Princess of Mars", and although the story does a great job of evoking the mythos of the universe in which John Carter resides, I have to admit that the story is boring. And while I do realize that, due to the fact that during the time the story was written, there was very little in terms of established science fiction worlds such as Star Wars, Edgar Rice Burroughs had to describe the Martian people, the planet and the creatures. However, there are times when I per ...more
Theophilus (Theo)
Fantastic. Burroughs is a master of fantasy. If you like action that you can share with a teen or tweener son, take a look at this book. I've been a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs since I was in jr. high school, but I had not read this saga. This is beyond his Tarzan series and right there with his Pelucidar and Venus series. John Carter, a war veteran in the American West seeks refuge in an Arizona cave and is mysteriously transported to Mars, called by its inhabitants Barsoom. Barsoom strangely r ...more
I am in two minds with this book -- on one hand, it's a first-person glimpse of our Old Future, told in a dashingly heroic style, but on the other hand, John Carter's dealings with Native Americans is deeply cringeworthy, and the treatment of female characters swings into areas that made me wince the whole way through. These are artifacts of writing during the time period Mr. Burroughs did, and you can definitely see him try to do both nonwhites and females justice, it's just not quite enough. H ...more
Jim Fitzgerald
Mar 24, 2012 Jim Fitzgerald rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in historical science fiction, alien cultures
12/19/2011 - I have finished reading Book I of the John Carter of Mars Collection :
John Carter of Mars (Book I): A Princess of Mars By Edgar Rice Burroughs Kindle Edition by Douglas Editions (2009)
Burroughs, Edgar Rice (2009-01-03). The John Carter of Mars Collection (Kindle Locations 13-16). Kindle Editions. Kindle Edition.

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Other Books in the Series

Barsoom (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
  • The Gods of Mars (Barsoom, #2)
  • The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
  • The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)
  • The Master Mind of Mars (Barsoom, #6)
  • A Fighting Man of Mars (Barsoom, #7)
  • Swords of Mars (Barsoom, #8)
  • Synthetic Men of Mars (Barsoom, #9)
  • Llana of Gathol (Barsoom, #10)
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1) The Gods of Mars (Barsoom, #2) The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3) The Land That Time Forgot (Caspak, #1-3)

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