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John Carter's Chronicles of Mars (Barsoom #1-5)

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Collected here in this oversized omnibus edition are five novels of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs: A Princess of Mars, Gods Of Mars, Warlords of Mars, Thuvia, Maid of Mars, and The Chessmen of Mars. These novels will transport you to a lush Mars that never was. A Mars filled with strange and wonderful flora and fauna; giants and monsters, and most importantly maidens in dis ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Wilder Publications (first published 1912)
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I think the series lost something when the main character changed for the last two books in this five book collection. We go from a character that has a view point closer to that of the reader, in that they're both new to the setting of the story, to two different characters that have been raised in the setting. Also the fourth and fifth books just end. It's like the author hit a word count and then wrapped up the rest as quickly as possible in the last two pages. Of the five books, the fifth is ...more
Jake Leech
Feb 20, 2014 Jake Leech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ohhh, it was so good! OK, it's not highbrow literary fiction, but it was such a page turner. Even though each novel has essentially the same plot--John Carter or Heliumite hero finds forgotten society ruled by evil Jeddak, overthrows Jeddak, installs popular and good-hearted rival to throne--I never got tired of it. I never got tired of the accolades piled upon John Carter, either. Slim-hipped, broad-shouldered fighting Virginian. Prince of Helium. Jeddak of Jeddaks. Warlord of Barsoom. I never ...more
Felix Marwick
Apr 14, 2012 Felix Marwick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Whatever you do, do not read all three books one after the other without pause. I did and by the end had developed an overwhelming urge to punch a certain Virginian gentleman in the face.

Yes, the writing is from a different time when attitudes were substantially different to what they are now. Yes, these novels are an early example of the sci-fi genre so we can expect them to be a bit formulaic.

But after a while the whole "supremacy of man" schtick, (particularly white anglo-saxon man) gets a li
fantastic read especially since it has the first six books in the series in it.

lookingforward to under the moons of mars anthology, and I can't wait for the movie this weekend.
Chris Lynch
Dec 11, 2011 Chris Lynch rated it really liked it
A series of rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, red-blooded (and sometimes green-blooded) pulp adventure yarns within Burrough's vividly imagined Martian setting of Barsoom. It's astonishing to think that Burroughs wrote the first of these highly imaginative tales in 1911. The plots get a bit samey after a while - let's face it there's only so far you can stretch the 'impossibly muscular, combat-worthy rough-diamond hero chases across half the world to rescue his impossibly-beautiful-but-feisty princes ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a number of decades since I've read these and all I can say, is that they are kind of cute... They seem kind of simple and pure. You can tell they are from a different age, written in a time that's very different from ours.

You know that they kept me thinking as I read them? Why isn't there a computer game based on these stories? They really feel as if there already was a game and these are books based on the game.

You know what I mean? The one hero who against all odds, starting with
A.M.C. Robinson
Very enjoyable stories. The first three are about John Carter directly. They tell of his travel to, discovery of, and adventures on Mars. Well rounded novels and I really got into them. The fourth and fifth books ("Thuvia, Maid of Mars" and "The Chessman of Mars") are about ***SPOILER*** his children. And I have to agree with another reviewer that said the last two books just stopped dead. I found the fourth didn't simply stop before the end, but seemed to have been amputated - as if there were ...more
Anne Nikoline
Aug 02, 2015 Anne Nikoline marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of science fiction
Recommended to Anne Nikoline by: no one
“I shall have to believe even though I cannot understand.”

At the moment I have read the first book of Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom-series, and I'm currently reading the second novel. They are not perfect, but I do like them although many of the characters are one-dimensional, meaning that they are either perfectly good or perfectly evil. When I the first half of "A Princess of Mars" I felt like I was reading a non-fiction book about space and its living creatures. Nothing was left to my imag
Jul 08, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got a little repetative by the end.
Aug 31, 2013 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved all the stories of John Carter!
Dec 02, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first three books of this collection are campy, fun, melodramatic, woefully oldfashioned about women and other races, and the literary equivalent to a bucket of popcorn. In fact, I made a comic about the Gods of Mars.

There is no suspsense whatsoever - even as John Carter is continually thwarted in his quest to a.) hang out with Dejah Thoris, and b.) fight as many people as possible, it's made clear by the narrative style ("If I had known then what I know now...") and just the constant obvio
Jan 01, 2015 Edelweiss rated it liked it
While a fun series, I did occasionally have some problems with the suspension of disbelief, especially as related to John Carter's childrens' powers. While his son inexplicably inherits his powers, which only developed due to the differences between earth and Barsoom, his daughter is just gorgeous with no abnormal strength. It was a lot of fun, but I had to keep in mind that it was published together after the author's death, and that it was a serial, which explains alot of the seemingly excessi ...more
Sep 08, 2015 Qasim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
As a distraction from the largely technical material which I have been reading lately I found escapes into the John Carter of Mars series as meaningful intermissions. As a caveat to those who love literature this book will offer no eloquent prose and the lack of character development makes the characters very predictable, but Burroughs does write in a manner in which seems to be honest to himself and that, at least for me, is an appreciated quality.
I especially enjoyed the constancy of love bet
Dec 14, 2012 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Much of this will come down to personal preference, and I have only been able to get through two of the 5 books so far, so keep that in mind:

The world building is fantastic. The history, culture, flora and fauna of Barsoom (Mars) are all very well done. The technology descriptions, while quaint by our standards, are very novel for the time. The themes of using religion to control a population and putting aside the differences of various races are well implemented.

That said, these books are
Jan 05, 2012 Innie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Masterpiece Novel : John Carter of Mars is collected here in one giant book. This edition includes an active table of contents.

John Carter of Mars Complete Collection:

John Carter is a fictional character, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who appears in the Barsoom novels. Although he is actually a Virginian from Earth and only a visitor to Mars, he is sometimes known as "John Carter of Mars," in reference to the setting in which his major deeds are recorded, in the traditio
Douglas Cook
Five Book Titles
Book 1: A Princess of Mars
Book 2: The Gods of Mars
Book 3: The Warlord of Mars
Book 4: Thuvia, Maid of Mars
Book 5: The Chessmen of Mars

The first page of Chapter 3 from Book 1 will give you an idea of how the books read. I am still a great fan of the Tarzan series, so had fun reading these.

Book 1, Chapter 2 - My Advent On Mars
"I opened my eyes upon a strange and weird landscape. I knew that I was on Mars; not once did I question either my sanity or my wakefulness. I was not asl
Okay, so in this case, I saw the movie first, then came back for the books. This particular book has the first 5 books in the series, A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars, Thuvia, Maid of Mars, and The Chessmen of Mars. The first three books are about John Carter, while the 4th is about his son, and the 5th about his daughter. I enjoyed the first three, but found the other two rather pointless. And the gal was a flake in the last book. Actually, the women were rather flaky i ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great way to read John Carter of Mars. I don't know if I will read the remaining six novels, but I might. I loved the Tarzan books I read as a kid. Burroughs has a unique style, sure to be criticized by today's standards, but if you can get in the flow, it is good reading.
Richard Tolleson
The series limps to the finish line

This is actually two novellas. The first was written by ERB's son. It's unsophisticated, but very exciting. The second doesn't end so much as stop, as if ERB realized he was nearly out of paper and needed to wrap things up. For John Carter completists only.
Mar 18, 2012 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this one up, I was expecting the first three books in the series. It turned out to be five, so technically it isn't finished yet. I read the three I intended, and will follow up with the rest later on. After three novels, and the movie which I watched last week, I am John Cartered out for the moment! I won't mention the movie again in my review, other than to say I liked it, despite what the critics say. The novels were very compelling and fun to read, in the vein of Conan, Solomon ...more
Gary Powers
Nov 29, 2015 Gary Powers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally love this series volumes 1to5 are excellent full of adventure,romance between two amazing characters.quite touching in many parts of these magical stories.john Carter rocks.
Dec 06, 2012 Bryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Joe Cochran
Dec 26, 2014 Joe Cochran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firs of all this book consists of five books under one cover - 929 pages. Each story is different and it tells the adventures of John Carter and his family. I enjoyed this book even though I found myself in a reading slump and it took me quite awhile to get through it. I bought this at Barnes and Noble because it was in the bargain bin. It was a great price and with exceptional value. If you don't read this book I would suggest you find them separately and read them in order because each builds ...more
Daniella Bagdadi
I had a great time reading these. The may not be the most cerebral stories but they really are good pulp fun and the way they are written are completely engaging.
J Parker
Feb 10, 2015 J Parker rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fun, fast reading ... By book 3 all I could see was Errol Flynn in sword fighting scenes!
Feb 01, 2015 Joan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
read Chessmen of Mars and Princess of Mars. such great fun!
Alex Molina
Jul 28, 2012 Alex Molina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Working on the last book of this series, but it is no wonder this man and his works have influenced the likes of Carl Sagan, Ray Bradbury, and James Cameron, just to name a few. Each of these are fast reads, full of imagination and action-packed. They are dated (early 1900's), but I don't think it takes away from the experience of reading them, especially if you can imagine these works when they were introduced to the public for the first time, with the lack of technological advancements that we ...more
Larry Brasington
Mar 18, 2012 Larry Brasington rated it it was amazing
I have finished the first book. Burroughs has an epic, grand style of writing that pulled me in for the adventures of a Virginnia cavalryman. I was surprise at how much Juluis Verne like science he included in the book. Ships that sailed the air, transporters (long before Star Trek), radium guns with exploding warheads, and Telepathy. Anyone who is looking for a good yarn, storyline would like this series of books. Romance is there but not in modern graphic detail leaving it to the readers imagi ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Formulaic? Certainly! Full of nonsensical "Supremacy of (White) Man"? Of course! But it is also part and parcel of its time and must be read with that in mind. Easy, fun read with no moral ambiguity, no tortured anti-heroes ... John Carter will always come down squarely on the side of right (and might) and be properly rewarded in the end. Made it to the beginning of Thuvia, Maid of Mars and may not go any further. Again, great fun to read but I won't feel bad about stopping at this point.
Feb 12, 2012 Carola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible adventure story telling! I read all five of these back to back and enjoyed every minute of it. The only thing my 21st century personality bristles at a bit is the somewhat "helpless" roles of the female characters. They women do have grit and intelligence, but one would think in the environment of Barsoom, they too would be trained martial arts. Nevertheless - fantastic, relatable sci-fi action. I hope the upcoming film release of 'John Carter of Mars' lives up to Burroughs vision.
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Other Books in the Series

Barsoom (1 - 10 of 12 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)
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