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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Mar 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobook, 2011, genres-i-hate, librivox, novel
Read in February, 2011

Man, if you like your sci-fi without any morals, with no greater point to make about our society today, but with lots of bug-eyed monsters and swashbuckling, this is a great one.

John Carter, Virginian and veteran of the Civil War, mysteriously finds himself on Mars (which is called "Barsoom" by the natives). Conveniently, he's there just as the right people are in place to totally change society and the planet. But not with a moral - it's essentially cowboys with white hats and black ones.

It's interesting that Burroughs seems to have done more research on Mars for this series than he did on Africa for his Tarzan stuff. Sure, there's silliness aplenty, but he bothered to find out that Mars has two moons, the length of its day is about 24 and a half hours - he even included the quick orbits of those two moons. And he speculated that the decreased Martian gravity would make an earth human seem superhuman - able to leap long distances, and without injury (By contrast, in Tarzan "apes" are a species, rather than all the big tale-less primates considered together. And lions live singly in the jungle, and there's one about every fifty yards).

Anyway, rip-roaring good time, like the first Star Wars movie (and John Carter would absolutely shoot first, no question). In fact, this is supposed to be a movie in 2012 - with Avatar technology, it could be completely great.

Also, regarding the free audio edition I listened to - this is one of Librivox' best efforts - the reader could be a professional, as far as I'm concerned.

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