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

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, ebook
Read from May 16, 2011 to March 19, 2012

It's been a long time in coming to the end of this book since I began it last year, but upon finishing I decided that I rather liked it. Burrough's imagination was breathtaking in scope, and the story clipped along at a good pace. Did all aspects of the book make sense? No. Was it sexist and shallow? Somewhat, though no more than most pulp books of its time. Was John Carter the Great White Savior? Yes, he was smarter, more clever, and more skilled than any man hatched on Barsoom. He was the Everyman that his author intended him to be, capturing the imagination of his intended audience. What man has not wished he could prove his mettle against alien hordes, outwitting them at every turn, while getting the babe in the end? What? Some guys find this book simple and sexist, too? Well, phooey on them. This book was fun and a great hallmark of its time.
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43.0% "I wonder if this is where the green Martian trope came from, though Burroughs Martians are hardly little."
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