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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Mar 05, 12

bookshelves: classics, fantasy, fiction, sci-fi, young-adult
Read in March, 2012

Knowing that I want to see the movie, John Carter, I just had to go back to the source material. How is it that I've never heard of these books? Why do I only know Edgar Rice Burroughs as the Tarzan guy? With this first book, I sought to remedy my ignorance.
And what fun it was! The little kid inside of me howled at the injustice that this wasn't introduced sooner. And the adult loved the aspect that I can always go back and fill in the gaps of what my younger self should have read. This is definitely a must read for fans of sci-fi.
While fun, and while I understand that this was originally targeted towards younger readers, it seemed that some of the climactic fights were too short and lightweight for what led up to it. Of course, the matter of fact suddenness of some of those violent fights only makes it even harsher. Meh. It's a toss up still inside of me of how I feel about it. And it didn't detract too much from how much I enjoyed it.

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