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Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom #4)

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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 image ...more
ebook, 190 pages
Published January 2nd 2004 by NuVision Publications (first published 1920)
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Jul 18, 2017 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th installment of the John Carter/Barsoom series. I continue to be entertained by each and every tale Burroughs tells. I think this one has been my favorite so far!

This story branches away from John Carter and Deja Thoris to focus on Carthoris and Thuvia - each played parts in the earlier stories. What was great is that it was not that hard to jump right into. The last two installments took much longer for me to get comfortable with.

I love Burroughs' imagination. His creations hop off the p
May 23, 2012 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
J.G. Keely
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
“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
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
Mar 07, 2012 Ron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Charles Stoltz
Nov 21, 2013 Charles Stoltz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kyle  Tresnan
Jul 18, 2012 Kyle Tresnan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Noel Coughlan
May 20, 2016 Noel Coughlan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After the pummeling my nerves received from John Carter’s ego in Warlord of Mars, I approached this book with trepidation. Fortunately, I enjoyed it a lot more than the previous installment. Firstly, the focus isn’t on John Carter, but on the eponymous Thuvia of Ptarth and John Carter’s son, Carthoris. They come across as more rounded, likeable individuals. The villainous Drusar, learning from the mistakes of others, try something more subtle than kidnapping Dejah Thoris and inviting John Carter ...more
In this book our focus shifts from john Carter to his son Carthoris and his quest to rescue the beauteous Barsoomian princess, Thuvia. These stories are not high art, or even good sci-fi/fantasy; but they are terrific yarns with exotic Barsoomian locales, fantastic beasts, flamboyant princesses, dastardly villains, and cliff-hanging adventures in which the hero gets the girl and the bad guy meets his (or her) just deserts.

I've read and re-read these stories over the years, and even recorded them
May 29, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The epitome of high adventure. The best I've ready by Burroughs so far. An incredible arrangement of the ways in which people might react to the passions of the love within them.
May 09, 2014 Rena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Samuel Valentino
Oct 20, 2011 Samuel Valentino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Differs from earlier Barsoom books in two respects: 1) It stars John Carter's son, and J.C. himself is reduced to a mere cameo. 2) It's written in first- rather than third-person.
The first of these differences makes virtually no impact on the story, since there is almost no difference between John Carter and his son, apart from their names. In fact, I think the primary reason Burroughs switched characters was so he could recycle plot points from the previous books without being too obvious about
Jul 03, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 08, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 12, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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!
Paul DiBara
While I'm not a big fan of gratuitous violence, warrior cultures are very much part of human history to modern times. I enjoyed the author's imaginative forays in this story. The discovery of an ancient and unknown city that used mind control to battle its enemies was especially fun.
Aug 10, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit of a change up as this does not actually pertain to John Carter at all, but actually is a story of his son. Burroughs has a way of writing that really pats the main character on the back and almost makes him the luckiest and most skilled person on the planet. The villains do not stand a chance against the Carter's and should probably just stop trying by now. Even with the pompous characters and the over inflated egos, I still find myself reading these books in moments of lull. Maybe ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 12, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  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,
Jan 05, 2015 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2008 Kirt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 01, 2015 Sailorx rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Quicksilver Quill
Ultimately, Thuvia: Maid of Mars doesn’t add much new to the Barsoom series. It was an interesting idea to take the story in a different direction and use the character leads of Carthoris and Thuvia. But unfortunately much of the charm was lost when Burroughs jettisoned John Carter and his 1st person narration of the events.

The character of Carthoris, although action-oriented and a straight shooter like his father, seems a bit flat, possessing nothing much in the way of dimensionality or charis
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
Jared Millet
Well, that was fun. Thuvia marks the point in Burrough's Mars series where you stop coming back for the further adventures of John Carter and start reading just for the love of spending time on Barsoom. Carter himself barely rates a cameo in this novel, ceding the limelight for his less-superhuman son Carthoris and the titular love of his life, the Martian "face who launched a thousand ships." Seriously, Barsoom almost falls into an apocalyptic world war because of the kidnapping of Thuvia at th ...more
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
Al Philipson
I used to own this book, but lost it sometime back during one of my many moves. I was finally able to snag a free eBook copy from Project Gutenberg.

It was nice going back to Mars via Burroughs' vivid imagination. Yes, it's a bit hokey by today's standards, but I remember being completely pulled in when I was much (much) younger. Today, I can only give it 3 stars because styles have changed since then and "hokey" is "out".

Still, it was worth my time to revisit the mind of Burroughs once again and
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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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