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Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom #4)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  5,329 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Thuvia, Maid of Mars, is the next generation of Barsoomains. Instead of John Carter "Warlord of Mars," it is his son, Cathoris, that gets to try to rescue the princess Thuvia that has been kidnapped by the evil prince Astok of Dusar. This is another Edgar Burroughs action packed science fiction adventure. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned ima ...more
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Published January 1st 2004 by Nuvision Publications (first published 1920)
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Highly formulaic. I begin to see a pattern in these books. Carter's (or now his son, Carthoris) loved one is kidnapped by some cruel person. He pursues, despite being outgunned, outnumbered, and hopelessly behind. Via a series of improbable coincidences, our hero catches up, faces certain death as he dukes it out with the bad guy's army, and survives just to find that the villain has slipped away with his prize. Repeat ad nauseum. Sorry, Mario, Princess Peach is not in this castle. Our hero disc ...more
Eventually every good series needs to be put to bed. Drawn to a close. Wound up. Killed. In spite of that Burroughs is soldiering on with his stories from Barsoom. The first three books focussed on John Carter and his beloved Dejah Thoris as she repeatedly got into scrapes and he repeatedly had to rescue her. The fourth book completely changes everything and instead focusses on their son, Carthoris, and the woman he has fallen for: the titular Thuvia of Ptarth. This time it's Thuvia's opportunit ...more
Burroughs is at his best when he combines the impetus of pulp adventures with the unselfconsciously far flung. When he gets too tied down to an idea or progression, it tends to hinder his imagination somewhat.

The alien setting of the Mars books then proves a great boon to Burroughs, since it is unfettered by much need for suspension of disbelief. The series has its highs, but it also has lows, like this book.

In it, he explores many of the same things he has in the previous books, casting John Ca
Burroughs must have written this one to make a few bucks (or because his contract required it). Little imagination, improbable plot and more-than-usual coincidences (both good and bad) to make it work. But at least it was short. Normally, I want a book to be as long as possible; not this time.

Like father, like son: Carthoris is as clueless as his father.

Why does everyone always choose the new slave (in almost all cases a spy or one of the Carters) to accompany them on a critical, secret mission?
“Thuvia, Maid of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the fourth book in the Barsoom series, and it is quite a bit different than the previous books. The first three books focused on John Carter, and his love of Dejah Thoris, but they are barely mentioned in this book. Instead, the focus switches to focus on John Carter’s son, Cathoris, prince of Helium, and the title character Thuvia, princess of Ptarth, both of which were introduced in the second book of the series “The Gods of Mars”, but were fai ...more
Samuel Valentino
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Kyle  Tresnan
I was talking to my dad about Edgar Rice Burroughs the other day. My dad discovered Burroughs through comic book adaptations of A Princess of Mars and Tarzan, and then he moved on to the novels.

He said that Burroughs is "One of the best authors who gets absolutely no respect."

Here's what I think: Edgar Rice Burroughs may not have written anything salient on, say, the American Dream or man's inhumanity to man, but dammit, I don't care. I've never felt unsatisfied after a Burroughs novel.

"Thuvia, Maid of Mars" is the 4th of 11 John Carter novels from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It first appeared in April 1916, as a three-part serial in the magazine "All Story Weekly." This is the first Carter novel that does not feature John Carter himself as the central character; he only makes a brief cameo appearance early on. Instead, the action mantle is taken up by Carthoris, Carter's son, but fortunately, Carter Junior turns out to be just as good a swashbuckler as the old man. In th ...more
Charles Stoltz
I agree with many people that this book is formulaic as are most of Burroughs books. The problem is most people look at this book as well as the rest of the John Carter series and compare it to modern fantasy which is a mistake. People please remember that most of Burroughs works are from the early twentieth century this book was published in 1920 which was 93 years ago. It was a different time. Also these stories started out as serials in pulp magazines they were actioney and fast paced. I enjo ...more
I can't put my finger on it, but this isn't my favorite Barsoom book. Having said that, it's still a very strong entry in the series. This is the first book written in third person, so you actually get multiple points of view. It's also the first book not to feature John Carter as a protagonist (he has a very brief walk-on in the beginning of the book). The plot is about what you'd expect: Steel-thewed, square-jawed warrior is smitten with beautiful princess, but many complications ensue to keep ...more
Thuvia Maid of Mars is an interesting if old-fashioned story. She’s a bit prissy as the princess of Ptarth and is betrothed to a character Tith, whom we do not meet until the end of the story. The story is mostly about a couple of men who have the hots for her and the length they go through to get her, even risking interplanetary war for her hand.

As with a lot of Mars books, we have interesting subplots – a lost city of Lothar that has men who can imagine so strongly that others can see their t
Another excellent addition to the Barroom series. I read this book in high school, so it was all new to me reading it again after 40+ years. Great pace on the story telling. The characters are not very believable, but who cares? It's ERB fantasy. Loved it!
There's something missing from this series without John Carter. I know that Carthoris is his son and all of that but it just wasn't the same for me. Part of the mystique about this series is/was John Carter being an outsider, an Earthman on Mars. Without that it just isn't the same for me.

The villains in this one fell a little flat, and Carthoris didn't have enough of a background or unique personality I think to set him apart from many of the other Martians and characters of the book. Not Burro
Sometimes, as someone who enjoys writing, I find it entertaining to go back and read things I wrote years ago. On one hand, it’s completely embarrassing to see my first attempts at being a novelist, but, at the same time, it’s encouraging. I can see how I’ve developed as a writer.

Reading the Barsoom series kind of feels the same way.

Edgar Rice Burroughs plunged into the world of writing pulp fiction (“rot” as he called it) because he saw that people actually got paid to write such things. Admitt
Angus Whittaker
This is a typical Edgar Rice Burroughs; romantic, action-packed, unrealistic, predictable, cliched, wordy, and trashy. It is, in short, a perfect representative of '50s pulp fiction. I predicted how this book would end before I even knew the plot (:D), and it turned out to be exactly as I had expected> I downloaded this book from "" and finished it in a few hours. It's a light read, not to be taken too seriously.
While Burrough's excessively wordy writing can be irritating
More of the same. Burroughs is a great storyteller, but this novel had more annoyances in it than the previous ones. For one, I didn't like the concept of the 'mentalists' that could conjure up an army with their minds. To follow along with that, the idea of people being killed by the power of suggestion is very far-fetched and really made the story harder to get into. This became especially true when fierce, 'green warriors' fell so easily to its power.

As far as the plot is concerned, it's very
An Odd1

Hero usually needs a heroine. Again, kidnapped maiden pursued by beloved. Here are fierce banth lions and imaginary warriors hordes. Girl is still passive, hohum, all that was expected back then. Plus 7-pg Glossary.

Carthoris chases kidnapper Astok of Dusar for Thuvia of Ptarth, promised to "Kulan Tith, Jeddak of Kaol .. most puissant ally" p 84. Recognizable by scar on face, Dusarian noble Vas Kor copies key for Carthoris' destination navigator, poses as
Thought not as good as previous books. Several terms and scenes brought forth images of Star Wars saga.
Not quite as fulfilling as the original trilogy (when are they ever?) but still a thoroughly enjoyable read. Pretty cool to see more of Carthoris, though Burroughs makes him very much like a watered-down version of John Carter. Understandable considering their relation, but nonetheless a little weak as far as character development goes.
Pretty darn essential that you read the first three books before this one.
On the whole, if you enjoyed the other John Carter novels then this should most certainl
Jeff Stockett
First, I should say that I liked this book. I need to clarify that because there are some things I really didn't like about it. So I'll cover those first and then I'll get into the things I liked.

Things I didn't like:
1. The series up to this point has been from a first person perspective. It is written in the form of letters from John Carter to his nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs. In this sense, the author is actually a character in the story. This book strayed from that, going to an omniscient vie
Chuck Engelhardt
Thuvia Maid of Mars is a typical John Carter story, but without the braggadocios first-person commentary. After that comment I should mention that this story is not about John Carter, but instead about his son, Cathoris. John Carter does get a cameo mention however. This story follows the same formula as the previous Barsoom sagas; hero falls in love with princess but cultural honor forbids the relationship, Princess is in trouble, hero follows her and her captors all over Mars, hero finds himse ...more
Stephen Brooke
‘Thuvia, Maid of Mars’ would be just another of Burroughs’s well-crafted chase-and-sword-fight adventures – a solid three-out-of-five stars – were it not for the somewhat tongue-in-cheek chapters about the lost city of Lothar. The inhabitants of this remote and hidden fortress may or may not have imagined themselves into existence.

They’re not sure themselves. Divided into rival philosophical camps of ‘etherealists’ and ‘realists,’ they’ve been debating their own reality for millenia. ERB’s treat
Erik Graff
Jun 28, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys thirteen or younger
Recommended to Erik by: Tarzan
Shelves: sf
Grandmother Lajla had a cottage on a heavily wooded hill overlooking Lake Michigan which her mother and grandmother had had built during the great war in consort with other Chicagoans of Norwegian descent who had purchased land all about. Every year until high school I spent all summer there with my mother and, while he existed, little brother. Father would come up on weekends. Lajla would usually spend one month of the summer with us.

The cabin was pretty rustic: no heat except from a fireplace,
Thom Swennes
Carthoris, Prince of Helium and son of John Carter and Dejah Thoris, embarks on a quest to rescue the beautiful Thuvia the Princess of Ptarth. Like father, like son he faces all dangers and enemies to liberate the one he loves even though she is promised to another. Extremely formulaic, this narrative takes the reader back to the violence of the dying planet of Mars. I must admit that it seems as if Burroughs was struggling with writers block or he had other things on his mind while writing this ...more
Burroughs wrote a number of books in the John Carter series, and this is one of them.

This story revolves around Princess Thuvia who gets kidnapped by an arduous suitor. This suitor believes that he can make Thuvia fall in love with him.

The hero of the story is John Carter's son Carthoris. When he hears that Thuvia has been kidnapped, he rushes to find her. When he does find her, Thuvia believes that Carthoris had something to do with her kidnapping so she doesn't want anything to do with him.

I was half expecting to utterly loathe this book after some of the reviews I heard from my friends. And most of them are quite understandable for the main reasons:
a: Thuvia is kidnapped (surprise surprise...Deja Thoris anyone? Deja Thoris? Bueller?)
b: Thuvia spurns pretty much Cathorsis after already being betrothed to someone else(surprise surprise--*cough* Deja Thoris)
c: Thuvia looses a lot of her kick butt character that she seemed to have in the Gods of Mars and Warlord of Mars. I mean seri
Robert Saunders
These were considered "planetary romances" according to one source back when this series from the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was written. This series of about 10 books started in 1912 and culminated around 1948. There's an odd mention of a book in 1964, but the other had been dead for 14 years by then. Plus there are a few shorts published in some pulp periodicals of the 1940s (where many of these stories appeared in years prior).

Today we call this stuff sci-fi, but it's quite diff
this is the 17th or 18th e.r.b./erb tale i will read...have read the previous 3 stories in this series...originally published 1920 it said in one description...although that sounds like an authentic winner, i'd beware of of the hunger games, you'd think, would be all over these reads...but alas...i'd hazard that mind games on the web are more interesting.

chapter one is sub-titled carthoris and thuvia
and it begins:

upon a massive bench of polished ersite beneath the gorgeous blooms of
So, I read the fourth Barsoom novel, Thuvia, Maid of Mars. Unlike the previous novels, this novel concentrates on Carthoris, the son of John Carter, rather than John Carter himself, and assumes familiarity with Barsoom, rather than spending a lot of time in sight-seeing, tho there is yet another "lost race of Barsoom" to be found, with amazing mind powers. Because of concentrating on Carthoris rather than Carter, and assuming knowledge of Barsoom, it's actually a stronger novel than the three th ...more
Yes, this book has many, many flaws. However, I forgive Burroughs everything...well, almost everything...for this, my favorite sentence (from memory, so it may be off):
Carthoris blessed the chance that had caused Vas Kor to choose the bowman from among all others; for had it been another Dusarian, there would have been questions to answer as to the whereabouts of the warrior who lay sleeping so peacefully behind the dwelling of Hal Vas, Dwar of the Southern Road; and Carthoris had no answer to s
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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