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A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Aug 16, 2012

it was amazing
Read from August 07 to 16, 2012

It’s easy to understand why this novel, and series that follows, is considered a classic of the science fiction genre. Though it’s a bit light on science it has all the other hallmarks that make the genre great; strange other worldly cultures, people, and animals; adventure; violence and war; and of course romance between lovers from different worlds.

Some critics will put out there that this book is racist and/or sexist, but I feel this is rather unfair. True enough the main character has some racist ideas and attitudes, but then he is a Civil War solider living in the 1800’s...who fought on the side of the South. As for sexism, I didn’t see it. Yes, most of the fighting and sorting out of things fell to the men in the story, but it’s not as though the female characters are painted in a particularly bad light.

All and all a great book with an interesting, if not completely believable, story.

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