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John Carter of Mars (Barsoom #11)

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Menace from Space

No sooner had John Carter fought off the seemingly invincible giant warrior attacking the mighty city of Helium than he was faced with a more terrifying challenge from the gulfs of space. Skeleton creatures from Jupiter were plotting the conquest of Mars - and their first act was to kidnap the red planet's Warlord!

Cover art by Michael Whelan.
Mass Market Paperback, 167 pages
Published April 1979 by Ballantine Books (first published 1941)
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Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"John Carter of Mars" is the 11th and final volume in Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic John Carter series, and is comprised of two novellas of varying quality. The first, "John Carter and the Giant of Mars," first appeared in "Amazing Stories Magazine" in January 1941; the second, "Skeleton Men of Jupiter," first appeared in that same publication in February 1943. (For full details on the complicated publishing histories of these tales, I refer all interested parties to the ERB List, one of the bes ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was the last entry in ERB's Martian series, and is interesting primarily only to completists. It contains two longish short stories, "John Carter and the Giant of Mars," which is a young-adult story written in collaboration with his son, John Coleman Burroughs. It is very thin.

The second story doesn't even take place on Mars but on Jupiter and is called "Skeleton Men of Jupiter." It's also very weak.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, this was a bit of a shock to the system after the eminently readable, richly plotted stories with their well-imagined characters that I've been reading recently. Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars felt a lot more like a Thongor story. It is apparently the 11th novel in the Barsoom series, and is a very thin book containing two stories. It was very clunkily written, partly because it was written to be serialised, and probably also because it didn't quite end up getting pub ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The original John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a true sci-fi classic. The series of several books chronicles the adventures of American John Carter, who "dies" on Earth and finds himself inexplicably awaking on Mars. It is a combination of swashbuckling adventure, sci-fi worlds, and romance. The entire series is a good- and timeless- read. BTW: The recent movie was not particularly faithful to the novel, and completely failed to capture the flavor of the hero, John Carter. Th ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing I can say about this book that hasn't been said countless times already.
It consists of two novellas. The first one was written by Burroughs' son, and it's god-awful. Apparently, it started out as a children's book; all I know is it reads like a bad '80s cartoon. It might make an OK bedtime story for your six-year-old, but that's about it. Plus, it's largely inconsistent--not to mention totally incongruous--with the rest of the John Carter series.
The second novella is standard Joh
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
And so the series ends, not with a bang but with more of a thud or a splat. The 2-star rating is an average of the two stories that make up John Carter of Mars. The first, Giant of Mars, is frankly terrible -- if I'm remembering correctly, it was ghost-written by Burroughs' son for use in a children's chapter book or some such. I don't know if there's a single paragraph in the entire story that doesn't have some kind of colossal violation of previously-established Barsoomian canon -- they have " ...more
Dec 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-and-planet
The last gasp of the Barsoom series, constructed from snouts and entrails.

The only thing to take away from "The Giant of Mars"--other than some truly substandard writing--was the army of human-brained, four-armed white apes, bearing pew-pew rayguns and riding giant predatory birds. And if you need to have the awesomeness of that explained, then you are clearly in the wrong place. Did you take a wrong turn on your way to a Nora Roberts discussion?

"Skeleton Men of Jupiter" is the raw form of an in
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This eponymous volume in the series is actually two novelettes: "John Carter and the Giant of Mars", and "Skeleton Men of Jupiter". Both were written fairly long into his career, during World War II, and I imagine that at this point he could churn out these pulp stories in his sleep.

Just as in the Tarzan series, he tends to rehash a lot of his plot elements, and at this point, having Dejah Thoris kidnapped yet again has become pretty tiresome. Yet that is what happens in "...The Giant of Mars".
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Carter the immortal, is of again to rescue his love Deja Thoris the Red Princess of one of Mars most powerful kingdoms. John Carters ability to perform incredible feats of strength, and marshall prowess due to the lesser gravity of Mars makes him a formidable oponent. Respected by the most warlike people on a very warlike planet. John carter is good friends with Tars Tarkas. One of the green men of Mars. Green giants with six arms and two legs. Which allow them to wield a lot of weapons. A ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book turn out to be interesting. The action and adventure kept your mind wondering. I had a hard time trying to get away from the book and do other things. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in science-fiction and is an adventurous person. If you don't like reading about aliens or science-fiction you might not like it. This would be a good book for young adults and older. It was a graphic detailed novel.
Stephanie Ricker
Earlier in the week I read John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which was absolutely hilarious. Giant three-legged rats are attacking the telepathically controlled birds used as transport! Oh no, Carter has been captured by the dreaded skeleton men of Jupiter! Classic scifi is adorable. You'll be happy to know all ended happily if fairly egocentrically with Carter consistently saving the day and being pretty cocky about it.
The only real clunker in all of this latter-day stuff is the first story here--in third person and seemingly written in a bit of haste. Fortunately though in "Skeleton Men" we get back to first person and JC's slightly tongue-in-cheeky, vigorous style.
Philip Athans
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say... Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of the SF/fantasy genres undisputed masters.
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this whole series. It's pretty sexual and macho and they're all massive page-turners.

Same review for each.
Kenny Bertin
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Loved the story and the story line. I really like the movie too, just wish it had stayed the same as this book.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mais conhecido por ter criado a figura lendária de Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs ficou nos anais da literatura fantástica pela criação deste brilhante personagem John Carter que foi posteriormente transposto para a banda desenhada e para o cinema devido à imensa fama que granjeou com a série de livros escritos pelo autor.

Honestamente, e embora tenha procurado e pesquisado, não consta que por detrás destas aventuras fantásticas tivessem quaisquer metáforas ou analogias ao que quer que seja. Pelos
I am reviewing the HarperCollins Publisher Ltd First Canadian Edition omnibus of the first three Barsoom books (A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars), confusingly titled John Carter of Mars. This is not the 11th book.

This book has me torn in so many ways. First, the packaging. I get why they went with the title John Carter of Mars, as it matches the movie adaptation. And it was the reason I picked the book off the shelf. But to have the book titled as such and then for m
Joe Aguiar
Final book in the epic 11 book Martian Tales series from Edgar Rice Burroughs is actually two short stories together. The first, "John Carter And The Giant Of Mars" is a fun tale that has Carter's love, Dejah Thoris kidnaped by Pew Mogel,one of Ras Thavas' synthetic men, who has learned his master's secrets. Mogel plans to use Dejah as a hostage to force the surrender of Helium and from there, he plans to use Helium's resources to conquer all of Barsoom. With him are his horrid creations, an arm ...more
I started reading this series 15 years ago and I've only just finished the final entry (I would have got here sooner, but a 9 year gap of near illiteracy sort of slowed me down).

On this last book I have mixed feelings. The results are disappointing, and I think that's because Burroughs himself wasn't alive to genuinely translate these two stories into book form as he had with most of his serialized stories. I imagine that he could have compellingly joined the narratives of “John Carter and the G
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book consists of 2 parts "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" and "Skeleton Men of Jupiter"

John Carter and the Giant of Mars (Read from 19 to 20 July 2010) *
First of all John Carter and the Giant of Mars is a bit of a con despite what it says on the book it is not by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but by his son John Coleman Burroughs, it's very doubtful if ERB had any input at all. Unlike the rest of the series it was initially written as a children's book in the "Big little book" series it was the
B. Reese
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
The first half of this book is awful. John Carter and the Giant of Mars is of questionable authorship, and kind of the black sheep of Barsoom. And I can see why. It brings nothing new to the series and is barrely even a pot boiler. Sort of a kids books, sort of something else, you really can skip it.

The Skeleton Men of Jupiter though brings back to his top form. John Carter back in action and trapped in the usual formulaic plot of rescuing Dejah Thoris. Setting the story on Jupiter is a welcome
Stephen Brooke
We have two different works here, combined in one book. First is a novella, ‘The Giant of Mars.’ It is a pretty bad bit of writing. It was not actually written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which helps explain things — ERB at his worst could still turn out a decent bit of adventure. ‘Giant’ was ghost-written by his son, with Burroughs’s input. He tried that approach a few times near the end of his career (‘Tarzan and the Forbidden City’ is apparently another).

The other story is ‘Skeleton Men of Jupit
Robert Saunders
These were considered "planetary romances" according to one source back when this series from the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was written. This series of about 10 books started in 1912 and culminated around 1948. There's an odd mention of a book in 1964, but the other had been dead for 14 years by then. Plus there are a few shorts published in some pulp periodicals of the 1940s (where many of these stories appeared in years prior).

Today we call this stuff sci-fi, but it's quite diff
Victor Orozco
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The final adventures of John Carter and it ends with his name on the title. Fitting in that this series started with his Princess and is the reason why he is of Mars forever more. Like the last book this is not one story but a collection of several stories. It took away alot that unlike the last book this wasn't one long adventure cut up into two parts but two different adventures. The book suffered because I'm pretty sure that rather abrupt ending wasn't what E.R.B. wanted to leave off, for he ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't care if the story JOHN CARTER AND THE GIANT OF MARS was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs or not. As I understand, it was written primarily as a children's story by Edgar Rice Burroughs in collaboration with his son John Coleman Burroughs. In my opinion, and despite some discrepancies in the description of two creatures specifically the giant martian rat that is described in The Chessmen of Mars as manylegged and in this story they are three legged and the white apes that are shaggy in thi ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Easily the least impressive of the Mars books. The first story reads like a bad dream about Barsoom: absurdity on top of absurdity; poorly written; random; etc. The second story's villains are a nice addition to the universe, but they're wasted in an incomplete story that recycles pretty much every detail from earlier stories (invisible ships, Dejah Thoris in danger, yet another invasion of Helium, inhabitants of an invisible city, and so on). I did like that the intelligent plants on Jupiter ha ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it 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 fre
Scott Williams
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful collection of the first three Mars novels!

A Princess of Mars: This is the first and my favourite of the three novels in this collection. The story is wonderfully imaginative and ahead of its time with predictions about the science of the red planet. John Carter is established as a hero for the ages!

The Gods of Mars: This installment has some wonderfully forward-thinking ideas for its time. It deals with religion and race in an interesting way. The language used sometimes seem
This is a posthumously poublished collection of short-stories, one of which is an incomplete effort at concluding the cliff-hanger ending of "Swords of Mars" with John Carter confronting the 'Skeleton Men of Jupiter'. It would have been interesting to see ERB explore more of Barsoom using the short-story format, and also tie up some loose ends from the novels in the process; too bad he didn't!

These stories are not high art, or even good sci-fi/fantasy; but they are terrific yarns with exotic Bar
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A swashbuckling story about a regular guy from Earth, who happens to be immortal (or very long-lived), ending up on Mars.

Action, action and more action but little character development. John Carter's antiquated blood-lust is portrayed as a very manly thing – bof. Women are trophies to be won - oooookay. Every tight spot is easily overcome with the ever-so-conveniently-placed secret passage, sword or ‘just-the-thing-I-need’ device. He overhears exactly what he needs to in order to conquer any and
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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Other Books in the Series

Barsoom (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
  • The Gods of Mars (Barsoom, #2)
  • The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
  • The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)
  • The Master Mind of Mars (Barsoom, #6)
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