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A Princess of Mars (Barsoom #1)
Mars, a dying planet, is the backdrop for this adventurous planetary romance. Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars" is a classic sci-fi pulp novel containing epic sword-fights and narrow escapes. The book proved to be highly influential on later science fiction authors like Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke.
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Rest assured, I'm not trying to drop gastronomical "leftovers" in the PULP SF punch bowl and my rating does not indicate a dislike for the book. As mentioned below, I was probably between 3 and 4 stars on the book EXCEPT FOR ONE THING THAT DROVE ME BAT SHIT NUTSO. So please let me explain my rating before you begin planning to hoi ...more
Back in the early 60’s I fell in love. Not with a girl, (well, there were one or two cracks opened in that young heart, but we do not speak of that now) but with reading. And the brazen hussy that led me down that path was none other than Edgar Rice Burroughs. Of course there were others, all vying for my immature attention, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimo ...more
And let's not forget John Carter's favorite Barsoomian "dog" Woola. Who in my head, thanks to the otherwise forgettable movie, will always look like this insanely adorable menacing monster-cutie - SQUE...more
John Carter travels to Barsoom to live, love, and fight amongst the Green Men, the Red Men, and the White Apes! his Earthman physique combined with Barsoomian gravity means he's incredibly strong and can jump like a giant-sized super-grasshopper!
John Carter arrives there nekkid! everyone is nekkid! they only wear weapons and ornaments! the Red Race knows what Earthers look like and they think all the clothing we wear is apalling and disgusting! i agree!
Okay, I kinda am saying I didn't like it, but I didn't HATE it either.
A Princess of Mars is a forerunner in the sci-fi genre and as many of them suffer from ignorant science, so suffers this one. Modes of transportation are silly, alien races are simplistic at best, etc etc...(I know I'm nitpicking).
On the other hand, one has to be impressed with the guesswork a fictional novelist made regarding living conditions on another planet ...more
Transcript from the John Carter sessions
(from the files of Dr. Wm (Bill) Loney, Doctor of Psychiatry)
Carter: So where were we last time, doc?
Doctor: We were talking about representations of things that are ideals for you, and how they are expressed in imaginative fantasies.
Carter: What was that?
Doctor: (sighs) You were telling me about Barsoom and your adventures there.
Carter: Yeah... that's right. I traveled there, you know? It's Mars, actually.
Doctor: How did you know it was Mars?
Carter: There ...more
The Book Review: No one ever nominated Burroughs for the Nobel Prize.
The Movie Review: Seriously, what was all the butt-hurt over this movie about? Yeah, the title stank. Shoulda called it Barsoom and had done with it. The hunky young actor who played John Carter wasn't likely to get an Academy nod. Dejah-Thoris was mildly pretty. The f/x were just fine, and that leaves the script, which was every bit as finely crafted as the book.
It was perfectly acceptable summer-afternoon wa ...more
He died at 75, with a wish-list for the afterlife: “I want to travel through the space to visit other planets”.
Edgar Rice Burroughs outsold the combination of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, at his time. He ventured far (and wide) in the realm of imagination. Maybe he "caught" kids and teens first, then adults, definitely. I was one of the "caught-ups" in this vast world imagined, when I was a teen; I read Tarzan whenever possible and all the pulp fiction I could grab.
Ray Bradbury was rig ...more
However, this was the book, published in 1912 that effectively began a career that would change the face of American literature in various genres from then on. The stamp of Burroughs influence can be seen in the works of Heinlein, Clarke, Bradbury and countless others as well as film and television. Flash Gordon used the Barsoom series as a t ...more
Alo dobro sem te male zackoljice knjiga je izuzetno zabavna, power fantazija koja odlicno tece i prepuna maste. Hell lako je videti kolko je znacajna knjizica posto jako puno klisea u svetu sci fi-a vuku korene odavde.
U svakom slucaju preporuka.
I’ve always been interested in space, planets and the stars, and purchased a rather splendid telescope about six months ago so that I could enjoy this “hobby” of mine even more. Nothing just gives me greater pleasure than looking out over the foothills and distant mountains, and at the stars. It’s magical. I then though ...more
It seems rather late for me, doesn’t it? What with Nooks and Kindles and iPads and the Internet being around for so long already, but I just haven’t warmed up to the idea of reading books electronically. I read ...more
It's not really SF as much as a fantasy. The science is pretty magical. Radium, specific rays ...more
This book was certainly a classic, as it was seminal for its genre of interplanetary romance. But that was not the only genre it influenced. The others were quite obvious, sword and sorcery; a little bit of western; and my favorite, superheroes. In fact, I believe John Carter is Superman.
Obviously, John C ...more
John C ...more
As an adventure, it works just fine.
Others have documented Burroughs' shoddy research, but cut the guy some slack--he lived before the invention of modern physics. That said, he commits several gaffs which are perplexing for their crudeness. For example, after he identifies Mars' year as twice as long as an Earth year, he has his hero staying on Mars ten years and returning to Earth with only ten years elapsed. He doesn't even try to explain how John ...more
I really want a Woola.
Tars Tarkas is a total badass.
Saddest ending to a sci fi book? Quite possibly!
The JOHN CARTER movie was a remarkably faithful adaptation.
John Carter, the character, is less of a Mary Sue than I thought he would be.
This book is an amazing combination of really awesome science fiction and Victorian novel.
John Carter is very much a 19th century gentlemen, and yet he deals with the four-armed, green-skinned Martians with great aplo ...more
Barsoom is my absolute favorite imaginary world -- a world of giant, four-armed savage green hordes, noble warriors and beautiful m ...more
My 15-year old self gave this five great big stars. That boy back then didn't understand about sexism or colonialism or any other ism, except the princess is hot-ism!
Now, thirty years later, as a man I understand all about sexism and colonialism and I don't care! The princess is ...more
There are two great things about this novel that i want mention before i talk about its flaws. First ERB prose have aged surprisingly well, was smooth, easy to read the narration of JC. He wrote so imaginative that he created well crafted characters, powers,alien cultures, a whole world like it was so easy, very impressive for a pioneer work specially that had no Sword and Planet tradition of Mar ...more
Well I can’t say my views on classic SF have changed now that I’ve actually read the book. It felt outdated (and sometimes downright ridiculous) and the never-ending descriptions were just too much for me. What really bothered me though is John Carter himself. The first-person narrative is annoying and makes his character even less likeable. He is ...more
― Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars
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 a ...more
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