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The Gods of Mars (Barsoom #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  10,544 ratings  ·  656 reviews
After his death-defying feats in "Princess of Mars," John Carter was forced to return to Earth--but 10 years later, he's finally sent back to the Red Planet. Carter dreams of reuniting with his beautiful wife Dejah Thoris, but first he must join his Martian ally Tars Tarkas to battle a wide array of enemies--including the deadly Pirates of Barsoom on their speeding aerial ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Fall River (first published December 1913)
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mark monday
the further adventures of John Carter on Barsoom!

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John Carter returns to Mars after a mysterious 10-year absence! he appears in the vale of the Plant Men and the White Apes! you better run, John Carter, run! uh oh, John you are running right into the clifftop lair of the dreaded White Men of Mars! and then into the subterranean lair of the dreaded Black Men of Mars! think fast and carry a big sword, John Carter!

John Carter wears an excited yet contemptuous expression while slaughtering his enemi
Dirk Grobbelaar
Rolling ochre sea bottom of long dead seas, low surrounding hills, with here and there the grim and silent cities of the dead past; great piles of mighty architecture tenanted only by age-old memories of a once powerful race, and by the great white apes of Barsoom.

If anything, Edgar Rice Burroughs is the founding father of the guilty pleasure. No, these books aren’t literary masterpieces. No, these books are not politically correct. But damn they’re fun to read!

There was a brief and futile effo
Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a fun book.

Taking up where A Princess of Mars left off, it is the story of John Carter’s second visit to Barsoom and chronicles his encounter with an ancient religion that has deceived Martian culture.

Entertaining, imaginative and even a little allegorical it also displays Burroughs knack for weaving a cliffhanger, as every other chapter finds the characters in some trouble they cannot get out of. Even the ending is designed to make the reader want to bu

3.5 Stars

This second novel in the John Carter series is every much as classic as the first novel. I admit that with some classic series I only rank the first as a classic. Take The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. I think the first book is a classic of sci-fi, comedy and literature in general, however while I do enjoy the next few books I don't think they are classics since they are very similar in humour and plot. However this novel branches out from A Princess of Mars and exhibits the
Fun, a whole lot of heroic, cheesy fun. That is the best way I can think of to describe the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is not great literature and there are some attitudes towards women and minorities that need to be overlooked as a sign of the times. But there is also adventure and thrills on almost every page and John Carter is a larger than life good guy.. I didn't like this quite as much as the first one, in part because they are structured almost the same and so a bit of t ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of older pulp science fiction; SF fans interested in the genre's history
Although I've reviewed Burroughs' series opener, A Princess of Mars, here on Goodreads, I've never reviewed this sequel; and the recent John Carter movie and resulting uptick of interest in the series suggested to me that I ought to. IMO, it has many of the same strengths (and weaknesses) of the first book, so much of what I wrote in the earlier review ( ) would apply here too. And the first book should definitely be read before this one; you need the gras ...more
The Gods of Mars is another exciting installment in the John Carter/Barsoom series. This one picks up from the cliffhanger that ended the first book of the series. John Carter returns to Mars after being on Earth for 10 years. Eager to be reunited with his Martian princess (assuming she still lives and moreover hasn't moved on romantically), he unexpectedly finds himself transported to the Martian version of the Garden of Eden... a place from which there is no return. And there Carter immediatel ...more
This is only half of the 2d book in the Barsoom series. Yes, I know the next one is called book 3, but he cliff hanger that this book leaves us on should be a shooting offense. Before starting this book, make certain you have The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3) & you carry it with you when you get close to the end of this book. If not, you will almost certainly die of massive frustration.

It's another quick, fun read by one of the masters of the action pulp era. You really should read A Prin
Ten years have passed since the events of A Princess of Mars . John Carter has finally found a way to return to Barsoom, and hopefully to his wife, Princess Dejah Thoris. As with the previous novel the exact method of this transportation is completely ignored - presumably because Burroughs couldn't think of a convincing way to achieve it. Again, the style of narration is unusual - there is an introduction from Carter's nephew that explains that the book is his presentation as a novel of Carter' ...more
You look at the enthusiasm of the writing and the completely uncynical, unironic characters and setting, and you wonder if Burroughs is perhaps channeling his inner hyperactive eight year old, who recites over the dinner table the long, rambling day's adventure that took place mostly inside the imagination.

I mean, think about it. The breathless, relentless pace of the action that is one long adrenalin rush; the unmatched superhero plucked from obscurity and who literally cannot be beaten and who
Mary Catelli
John Carter returns to Mars. Rather more briskly and with less introduction.

He lands in a waste and soon finds himself in a fight -- and in a fight next to his old friend Tars Tarkas, who reveals him that this is the end of the hallowed pilgrimage Martians take at the end of their lives, this horror of a land. Pressing on through forces of white apes and plant men, they find themselves in the city of therns who habitually enslave and maltreat -- and eat -- the pilgrims. And if anyone escapes to
Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st, 1875 - March 19, 1950) continues the adventure started in "A Princess of Mars" in the sequel, "The Gods of Mars". This novel was published from January to May of 1913 in "All-Story" as a serial, and then published in book form in September of 1918. John Carter returns to Barsoom, finding if he were in time to save Barsoom at the end of the previous book, and searching for Princess Dejah Thoris who he left behind.

As with the first book, this one opens with a
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john carter is by far the most loathsome arrogant predictable hero I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIFE

like i dont know why people are whining OH DISNEY IS GOING TO RUIN IT because these books are fucking HAM HANDED PERFECT DISNEY MATERIAL

like the book spends TWO CHAPTERS with a character who is OBVIOUSLY john carters son, he talks like him, he fights like him, he JUMPS WAYYYY HIGH like him etc etc, but carter is too busy talking about "if i knew what fear is like im sure i would be feeling it now' and h
Mike Jensen
Most of the first three-quarters of this book are one exhausting battle scene after another or the capture of the protagonist and his friends and their escaping. Repeatedly. They battle, they are captured, and escape several times. That is the basic plot. In the last quarter, they really do escape and there is a tiny amount of plot development that results in, yes, their captivity again. The ending is another big battle. There is some relief when protagonist John Carter meets a character who he ...more
Jane Wetzel
I love the way Burroughs wrote--his style and even his polite form of English. It's beautiful. This is a story more suited for men since it is mostly about wars, battles and bloodshed. Certainly not my type of story. But the hero is good, brave, clever and a man of great integrity. A great role model for men. The Martian Series themes have that little bit of Earth with its ordinary daily life which gives the reader more of a connection to the characters and circumstances. The names Burroughs cre ...more
Jared Millet
2012 John Carter re-read, part II:

Unlike A Princess of Mars, I'd pretty much forgotten the entire plot of the sequel, which is odd since it actually has a plot, whereas Princess didn't. It's a daring one too, with some pretty nasty things to say about the nature of religion. Carter gets zapped back to Mars after a 10-year absence, only to find himself trapped in Barsoom's version of paradise - a blissful garden of Eden from which no Martian ever returns, because they're torn to shreds by carnivo
[Re-read] If the first book's plot might strike you as too dependent on coincidence, this one might beat you with a tire-iron of coincidence that happens by chance to be the planet's most beautiful and amazing tire-iron, which you lost ten years ago on a different continent. But it's energetically written and packed with fun imagery. There are a bunch of nice scenes where you can empathize with the heroism and cheer for the good guys, and you can always lol at the absurd twists.

Incidentally, I'
K.M. Weiland
Burroughs, to our modern eyes, is a mixed bag. On the one hand, his stuff is blatant sensationalism, complete with purple prose, laughable melodrama, and cliched plots and characters. On the other, his work offers an astoundingly fresh creativity - even after all these years. His worldbuilding is beautiful and detailed and just plain fun. This may be pulp, but it's good pulp.
Something of a cheat. Ends--not just on a cliff-hanger--but basically mid-story. I hate that.

Burroughs does correct errors fromA Princess of Mars.
John Carter returns to Mars, and discovers a TERRIBLE SECRET. A terrible secret that will keep you up late reading, and that's on top of the big question of whether or not he and Dejah Thoris will be reunited! Fun stuff!
Although written as a recollection of past events, it is told with mixed viewings of the future. At some points he says "We'd later find out this would be really bad (or good)" and other times he'd think something would happen, and then monologue for a while as to how truly horrible it was, before finding out 5 minutes later that it never really happened at all (which wouldn't happen if he was retelling the story from the present).
Almost every chapter ends on a cliff-hanger, as does the previou
The second book in the Mars series. The first three books make a trilogy, and this one is very strong, perhaps even better than the first, but not quite as good as "Warlord of Mars," which came next.
4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this thrilling adventure! The action was just about non-stop. The ending left me hanging and anxious to read book 3.
GODS OF MARS is a pulp sci-fi novel that feels like it was written by a college football star. The book consists of one heroic escapade after another, but, in terms of emotional impact, you'd be better off watching SPONGEBOB. The non-stop action is fast, frenetic, highly implausible, and undeniably dumb; nonetheless, it's an enjoyable enough way of killing a few brain cells. Not a single chapter goes by without the book's hero, John Carter, engaging in an epic battle, escaping from an impenetrab ...more
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Richard Guion
Not the quite the impact on me that the first novel had, but a good Golden Age yarn of action and romance on Mars. It takes up the story of John Carter 10 years after the previous novel, as he travels again to Mars to rejoin Dejah Thoris, but alas, it is not so easy for him. Carter wakes up in a nightmarish setting which turns out to be the Martians' version of the afterlife. This turns out to be ruse perpetrated on the Martians by the Therns. Carter has to battle his way out of this Martian hel ...more
Mike Ogilvie
The Gods of Mars is book #2 of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom series. It wasn't as good as the first one (A Princess of Mars), but still very enjoyable and satisfying continuation of the story. It's certainly entertaining enough to keep me in for the next few books.

The basic story continues from where the first book left off and reveals some more intriguing components of the culture and history of Mars. They left some room, but not much, to still unveil in future books. In particular I'm looking
The Gods of Mars I must admit I loved a little less. Here there was much less world building and character building it was much more action based with John and his various companions almost always on the run. That said Burroughs did manage to build some suitably creepy aliens and some disturbing situations into this one, I love the idea that heaven is actually full of monsters who will devour you but if you escape and try to tell people you'll be killed for blasphamey. I think I was disappointed ...more
Lauren Marrero
This continuation of the Barsoom series adds two more races of people to Martian life: blacks and whites. Despite being written prior to the civil rights movement in America, I felt E.R Burroughs handled his depiction of black people remarkably well. He admits that black people are strong and beautiful, though they must ultimately be defeated and subdued by John Carter (like the other races).

The hero's emergence as the undisputed ruler off all races through military prowess is still troubling. I
Jacob Proffitt
I was less charmed by this story than the first in the series. It's still a great lot of pulpy fun, but the story simply isn't as engaging. I think there’re two reasons for this.

First, you're missing two of the most charming elements from the first book: Woola and Dejah Thoris. Woola is entirely absent, sadly. Dejah Thoris exists solely as the lure to drag John Carter along. You only see her at the end, and even then only in semi-immediate jeopardy. The presence of these two greatly humanized Ca
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Barsoom (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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