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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,629 Ratings  ·  703 Reviews
1886. John Carter, forever 30, returns to Mars and again fights enemies with green Tars Tarka and red Kantos Kan. In 'Heaven', Golden Cliffs, 'Goddess' Issus, cannibal, claims immortal divinity and supremacy of black Omeans and white Therns, to enslave and eat pilgrims - green or red. John is trapped, as is wife Dejah Thoris, son Carthoris. To stay or leave means death.
Paperback, From Jan-May 1913 10-part serial <i>All-Story Magazine</i>, 190 pages
Published January 1963 by Random House Ballantine Del Rey (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
Jun 23, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
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 liked it  ·  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
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
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
Mike Jensen
Apr 03, 2013 Mike Jensen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 14, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it
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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Aug 06, 2014 poopdoggy ballsdotcom rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2011 Anthony rated it it was ok
Overall, I really enjoy the heck out of these old pulp adventure characters, and John Carter has always been one of my favorites (owing, in part, to the Roy Thomas-scripted, Gil Kane-drawn adaptation that Marvel Comics published in the 70s). All of Burroughs' trademarks are present in the first two books -- the introductory note that implies the events are real, given to Burroughs himself by an intermediary source; the larger-than-life titular character; the lush exotic setting in which the Hero ...more
Jane Wetzel
Sep 18, 2013 Jane Wetzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Jul 30, 2012 Jared Millet rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2012 Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
[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'
Nov 22, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit brainless and manic in parts but still a fun and interesting story. Not only does the story build up the mythology of Mars it then proceeds to tear it back down again in over the top masculine ways.
Carter is as arrogant and alpha male as the previous book and is all about killing thousands to save one or two. Its all gung ho with the action turned up to eleven.
The one big difference to A Princess of Mars is that the racism u=is toned right down. Its still highly sexist with any female st
K.M. Weiland
Aug 25, 2012 K.M. Weiland rated it liked it
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.
Feb 17, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
After a 10 year absence, John Carter is once again miraculously transported to Mars. Arriving in what is believed to be "heaven" according to Barsoomian religion, Carter instead finds a land inhabited by hellish beasts and a race of white Martians calling themselves "Therns", who fancy themselves gods and promote said religion for their own greedy interests.

To complicate matters further, the therns are in turn deceived by a race of black Martians called the "First Born", who hallow the wicked Is
Mar 11, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
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.
Oct 09, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
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!
Mar 23, 2015 Kurt rated it did not like it
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
Jul 26, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 25, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
To me these are as awesome as the Tarzan books. Another great series by an early adventure and SiFi master. Here is a man of our earth transported to another world. Highly recommended
Sep 17, 2015 Finrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le avventure di John Carter all'inizio lette nel 2015 sono un'incredibile guazzabuglio descritto nel modo più politicamente scorretto e fuori moda che si possa immaginare, a partire dal protagonista che fa sembrare gli eroi salgariani dei tranquilli pantofolai, oppure la più baldanzosa mancanza di ogni considerazione ad una coerenza (fanta)scientifica del romanzo.
Eppure nonostante, oppure forse proprio a cause di questi “difetti”, “Gli dei di Marte” è un romanzo eccezionale, godibilissimo e che
Jul 06, 2012 Qt rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 18, 2015 John rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp, sci-fi
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
Jan 30, 2009 Cleanfun rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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Barsoom (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
  • The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
  • The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)
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