The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom #3)
Far to the north, in the frozen wastes of Polar Mars, lay the home of the Holy Therns, sacred and inviolate. Only John Carter dared to go there to find his lost Dejah Thoris. But between him and his goal lay the bones of all who had gone before.
Cover art by Michael Whelan.
Since I was into the John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the whole Mars/Barsoom thing, sill...more
With Warlord of Mars the original John Carter trilogy concludes. In this volume, Burroughs discards the complexity, intrigue, and world-building that made Gods of Mars stand out in favor of a straightforward, rip-roaring action novel. From the beginning, John Carter is cut off from all of his friends and allies as he and his faithful Mars-dog Woola set out in pursuit of Dejah Thoris, now in the clutches of the few remaining villains left over from the previous b...more
He backfills how he stopped anarchy by persuading the black men to accept Xodar as jeddak, and the city of Helium, Cathoris. But he's bent on the villains from last time. Indeed, finding his way into the cell leads only to his knowing that all three of the women were taken out by his enemies -- though for Phaidor he need not fear.
The tale involves getti...more
Burroughs has, perhaps, descended to the level of Saturday afternoon matinee serials, but its good, clean fun. And, this time he manages to finish his story.
burroughs...this will be the...16th or so e.r.b. tale for me...
on the river iss
in the shadows of the forest that flanks the crimson plain by the side of the lost sea of korus in the valley dor, beneath the hurtling moons of mars, speeding their meteoric way close above th...more
1. The Perpetual Damsels in Distress
Led by the most distress-y damsel of them all, Dejah Thoris. She has honor, pride and plenty of sass but she went from likeable in book one to thoroug...more
At this point I can only adequately review the first three books in this series. The Princess of Mars, the Gods of Mars, and the Warlord of Mars.
To start off, I can tell you that John Carter is one lucky guy. Everything seems to fall in place for him no matter what the dire circumstance may be. I am anxious to read all of the books in the series not only to find ou...more
Of the trilogy that is Princess, Gods, and Warlord, this is the least. The plot doesn't add enough new to the formula. The central conflict is silly (a weirdly farcical chase to keep some bad guys from committing marital rape upon Dejah Thoris). The lack of Tars Tarkis is disappointing. The Yellow Men pale as villains compared to the ancient conspiracies of the White and Black men. The ver...more
Although the number of coincidences does not subside from the previous books, for me they came to be part of the ERB writing style. I didn't get hung up on that at all.
Recommended if you like pulpy sci fi/fantasy fiction.
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For six long Martian months, John Carter has haunted the terrifying Temple of the Sun. Inside the walls of this mysterious revolving tower is his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, the beautiful princess of Barsoom. Worse yet, his wife is trapped there with the lovely but wicked Phaidor, who has swor
At least the white Therns and black First Born of the south pole had a religious racket going to protect them from scrutiny. Those in the north pole...more
Warlord of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1919
One day, searching for entertainment I picked up a computer game. On the side, where a cigarette “you're gonna die” message would be, I saw a warning about the game. It said, “Do not play this game during any time you are responsible for other duties or activities. This game is very addictive.”
I thought, “OMG, what a great marketing ploy.” And I bought the game. I immediately started playing it when I arrived home. 48 hours later I was explaining to my...more
It is easy to read the first book, second goes okay too, but on the third the reading gets really tiresome.
There are flaws like:
* Too simplistic story telling,
* One dimensional characters,
* Only good and evil, no shades in between,
* With this pile of dead people, there could be more guts flying.
So, entertaining at beginning, but gets boring too fast.
he still can't write a dramatic twist to save his life. that explains why he's dead.