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John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Jun 02, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: science-fiction, fantasy
Recommended for: Masochist 'Barsoom' fans

I discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs as a 9 year old boy, and have thereafter been pretty much fated to a long love affair with his works. I've read all the other 'Barsoom' books at least three times, and some of them so many as to have lost count. But I've only read this 'Barsoom' book once, and have no desire to revisit it. 'John Carter of Mars' is a posthumous collection of some discarded ideals that Edgar Rice Burroughs never published, fully developed, or finished polishing.

This book is so freakishly bad that even an 10 year old fanatic who had barely noticed the bountiful flaws in any of the other works found the story to be unredeemably badly written and badly concieved. It's that bad.

I don't care how much you love the 'Barsoom' stories, avoid inflicting this one on yourself. Just don't.
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