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review 2015-07-21 18:19
John Carter of Mars (Barsoom, #1-3) - Mike Ashley,Edgar Rice Burroughs,Tom Yeates

I read this book a chapter at time over a few months, which I think is a good way to consume this book as the writing is basically of the form "...and then this happened...and then this other thing happened..", which for me can become tiresome. It is written from the point of view of the main character and well, there is no other way to say it, he is kinda full of himself and brags a lot. Anyway I did enjoy these three books, but my favorite was the Gods of Mars, I just really liked the mythology presented in the story.

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review 2014-05-19 01:29
A Princess of Mars
Title : A Princess of Mars
Author : Edgar Rice Burroughs
Series : Barsoom #1
Publisher : A. C. McClurg
Source : Ebook
Ratings : 2.5 out of 5 stars
    1866 Arizona, Confederate officer John Carter, Gentleman of Virginia, forever aged 30, wakes naked on Mars. Low gravity increases his speed and strength exponentially, so he impresses green alien Thark captors with fighting, wins high rank. He frees Dejah Thoris, Princess of red men in Helium, only to lose her to the Prince of opposing red Zodanga.

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      Former Confederate soldier John Carter is trapped in an Arizona cave and then wakes upon Mars, known to the natives as "Barsoom". Because his body is built for Earth's gravity, he has tremendous strength on Mars and can leap great distances with little effort.

     He quickly wins the respect of Tars Tarkas, the ferocious leader of the six-limbed, green Martian Tharks. But when the Tharks capture the beautiful humanoid princess Dejah Thoris, Carter almost immediately falls in love with her and begins plotting their escape.

    With the help of Dejah Thoris, the princess of another clan on Mars, John Carter fights for their freedom and love and to save the entire planet from destruction as the oxygen providing Atmosphere Factory slowly grinds to a halt.

      A Princess Of Mars is a product of another age, an adventure written to entertain an unsophisticated readership. Scientifically impossible and often soddenly narrated, it is too old-fashioned. But the book has been hugely influential, displays a good-natured innocence and certainly doesn't lack for action.

 
  • I like the way Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote about the following things:
  • The way a writer portrayed the value of feelings and emotions in life and how love and kindness conquers all.
  • The faithfulness of animals no matter on whichever planet they are whether its Mars or Earth. I liked Woola (the loyal friend & dog of John Carter)
The ending of the book was good. Few things left me to wonder that:
  • Is Dejah Thoris still alive?
  • Will John Carter find some way back to Mars or not?
  • Is there still any sign of life left on mars after the breakdown of atmosphere plant?
  • All experience of John Carter on mars was just his imagination or real?
Maybe I'll read the next novel to find out that what happen's next? But I would really wish the next movie would come out so I don't have to read it. :P
Neither do I like it nor do I dislike it. So, it's a 50/50 thing.
Source: letmebefictional.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-princess-of-mars-by-edgar-rice.html
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review 2013-08-28 00:00
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) - Edgar Rice Burroughs Not bad but I feel that there are either holes in the plot or I've missed bits. Some of the description left me cold and there were times when the plot twist seemed obvious.
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review 2013-02-11 00:00
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) - Edgar... A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) - Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter is awesome. I know this, because John Carter told me so. Everyone is impressed by John Carter. I know this, because John Carter said so. Dejah Thoris is beautiful. I know this, because John Carter said so. Dejah Thoris is incomparable. I know this, because John Carter told me so.

And for these reasons of awesome impressive incomparableness, these two fine specimens of Earthan and Martian perfection fell in love. The fact that they wear very little clothing may also have had something to do with their fated romance.

To be fair, this is pulp fiction and I assume the “story” told here is standard for the time and genre. Maybe if I read it back then, I’d appreciate it more. Maybe if read the comic version instead, I’d appreciate Dejah Thoris’ jewel covered pretty bits and John Carter’s manly manliness more. But I guess this style just doesn’t work for me, although I am currently tempted to rewrite all my favourite fandoms in pulp fiction style. Commander Shepard really is awesome and would look lovely in tiny pieces of metal and gemstones.

My husband and I watched the movie a few weeks ago and it wasn’t bad at all. Clearly it suffered from Disney’s poor marketing decision, but otherwise, it was a passable film and thankfully it did not follow the story it originated from too closely. I don’t think it would have translated very well in our times. Instead, they opted to make the story a bit more interesting and slightly less about John Carter being awesome and Dejah Thoris served greater purpose than trophy princess.

"John Carter, that most incomparable of manly men, not leader nor fighter nor lover compared him for that moment of being smitten, t'was not her eyes nor her personality that won John 'I'm Awesome' Carter's heart, nay, but solely the sight of her lithesome nudity.

How could such a man find himself lost for words? John 'God I'm Amazing Carter approached the lovely lady, 'Boo?' He murmured, before continuing boldy, 'Bees?'"
~Gratuitously paraphrased by Simon Field

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review 2012-09-22 00:00
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) - Edgar... A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) - Edgar Rice Burroughs How awesome are the green women of Mars? Engineers, trauma surgeons, armorers, blacksmiths, teachers and more. What are the green men of Mars? Naked dudes with weapons. How does John Carter win the people's ovation and fame forever on Barsoom? Cuddles, people. He wins it with cuddles and kindness. Were he just a guy from a planet with higher gravity, he would still win the fights he fought and won, but he would not have won the affection and loyalty of Woola, his faithful toothy hound, and the thoats, and he would not have Sola and Dejah Thoris as his allies, all key at various points to his survival on Mars.Mars needs cuddles, my friends. Mars needs cuddles.I love this book. It is vibrant and silly and earnest and purportedly about manly business but every page is about the awesomeness of the ladies. Ok, sure, Dejah Thoris could do a bit more rescuing of herself and a bit less swanning about being sternly princessly and stiff upper lipped. She does save the day once, I suppose. I'd like to see more of her being awesome in subsequent books. My major complaint is being robbed of the reunion of Sola and Tars Tarkas. Books and books about Sola would be very fine indeed. In an epic display of juvenile behaviour, I found myself giggling every time I remembered that all the characters were naked but for jewellery and weapons. I find it hilarious that all the cover illustrations are over-dressing!
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