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.
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
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!
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 - SQUEEE...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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
But this was a special read. You see, it was chosen by someone and read aloud to me, all the way through. I did take a few turns but not very often. I listened while tired, a couple times I fell asleep, and once I had been in tears (unrelated girl stuff) and the chosen method of soothing was to pick up the book and read to me......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
I was surprised to learn that Princess of Mars...more
...characters show up outside rooms at the exact same time other characters are imparting information that it is crucial for the eavesdropper to know. Example: While hiding in this giant room ornament the main character overhears, "Ah here comes my royal psychologist now. He will tell us what he learned from scanning the thoughts of my dead guards."
...the main character, John Carter, is able to learn the language of Mars (luckily all the races of Mars speak t...more
It only gets three stars because the two least-interesting characters were...John Carter and the titular Princess of Mars. That lost it one star.
The thing that lost it a second star seems trivial but actually isn't, to me at least. The Princess of Mars...has breasts. Like most women in these types of stories, TPOM is the hottest, mostest bosomy piece of sex to ever exist in the universe.
Except she isn't a mamm...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
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 righ...more
This novelette is a fun, quick read that definitely helped set the stage for both the fantasy and sci-fi genres. There's plenty of manly adventure, and the occasional bit of dry humour. Yeah, the character development...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....more
Just the other day I had look up an answer from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, a book that I've already read three times. I had read that section of the book just fifteen minutes earlier, and I still couldn't answer it. I couldn't even find it after goi...more
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