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Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Jun 08, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 08 to 09, 2012

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 them apart. More hideous monsters (although none, I think, that we haven't seen before) and lost cities. This is also the first book to be written from the point of view of native Martians, and to give a glimpse of their day-to-day life when they're not out slaying white apes and fending off green men. I'd probably have gone closer to a 4.5 did GR allow partial ratings.
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