A Princess of Mars (Barsoom #1)
Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.
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
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 was surprised to learn that Princess of Mars...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
A Princess of Mars begins with one of the greatest introd...more
It's pretty impossible...more
Very enjoyable via my BlackBerry on my morning commute and before bed.
I was amazed at how well this novel appealed to me. For a science fiction novel published in 1912 (actually as a six-part serial in a magazine that year), it has stood the test of time quite well. Granted what we know of Mars makes much of the story ludicrous if you look at it strictly from a factual point of view. But if...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
And the book mostly delivered. At times, I was shocked how faithful the movie actually was - things I h...more
And for these reasons of awesome impressive incomparableness, these two fine specimens of Earthan and Martian perfection fell in love. The fact that they wear very little clothing may also have had something...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?
When I was about 1/3 of the way through, I saw the movie, and I enjoyed it immensely. It helped me visualize the world (which I had been struggling with) and it made me excited to finish. Of course, as soon as I started reading it again, I was insta...more
"I realized that it was fight or die--with good chances of dying in any event--and so I struck the ground with drawn sword ready to defend myself as best I could." p. 195
The whole book was very over the top with "Daring" fight scenes that, while dangerous, never seriously injure our Protagonist. It's a fun and adventurous read if you don't want to think too hard. And don't expect too much...more
Today we call this stuff sci-fi, but it's quite diff...more
In his travels, Carter lives with (and escapes from) the green men of Mars- hulking, four-armed barbarians who've lost all human affection (through evolution!)- and falls in love with the incomparable Dejah...more
It held up remar...more
First, get ready to have your mind blown: did you know the guy who wrote this INVENTED TARZAN? Who knew (probably many people). Anyway, A Princess of Mars is pretty much a must read if you like sci-fi at all. This guy was writing in 1917 and is a contemporary of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and honestly, he is a lot more accessible than either of those guys. This was one of the first books EVER to be written about adventures on Mars!
The tone is awesome and adventurous and...more
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