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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library Inc; 2003 Modern Library Paperback Ed edition (26 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812968514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812968514
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Might it really be possible--in fact and not in fancy--to venture with John Carter to the Kingdom of Helium on the planet Mars?" --Carl Sagan

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Ray Bradbury is the renowned author of numerous novels, plays, and short stories, including The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and the screenplay for John Huston s 1956 film Moby Dick. He lives in Los Angeles with one wife, three cats, four daughters, and eight grandchildren

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first Burroughs book I ever read, _A Princess of Mars_ still has the same power over me now that it did fifteen years ago. John Carter is the perfect hero, Dejah Thoris the perfect princess, and Tars Tarkas is the perfect loyal friend. Edgar Rice Burroughs rightly deserves the title of grandfather of modern science fiction. This is one truly magnificent, timeless adventure.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun 1998
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I can't even begin to count the number of times I have read Burrough's Mars series, and this is the greatest of them all. It has everything: swordfights, a love story, high adventure, ancient, advanced civilizations, and a naked princess who has no qualms about revealing her love for a man she hardly knows but loves with all her heart. No one other than Burroughs could have written a novel like this, and I'm glad no one else did. If you want to have a great read, I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 8 Jan 2012
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"I have never told this story nor shall mortal man see this manuscript until I have passed over for eternity. I know that the average human mind will not believe what it can not grasp......"

Written in 1912 this book is well written for its time and has intrigued countless generations of readers. I get the feeling that this story is being told over a campfire.

Captain Carter is telling the story form memory as an old man of his adventures here on earth and on the planet of Barsoom (Mars). There are encounters with many strain creatures, situations, and yes even a "Princess of Mars."

This is a part is a series by the writer that brought us "Tarzan." The intro to the book alone will capture your imagination.

The Great Book of Tarzan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2001
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This was ERB's first novel and like the later Tarzan of the Apes, it is intensely powerful. The story follows the adventures of John Carter, a soldier in the defeated confederate army who stumbles into a mysterious cave when pursued by apaches and is transported to Mars.
Carter is the archetypal Burroughs hero, a fighting man who knows no fear battling his way across an alien world for the woman he loves. He has an added air of mystery in that he can remember no childhood and never ages, always seeming to be a man of about thirty.
Catch it at the right time and A Princess of Mars can sweep you away with its sheer power of creation, not only in Carter himself but also the vivid world through which Burroughs propels him and his princess lover, "the incomparable Dejah Thoris". Ochre dead sea bottoms, fifteen feet green warriors, giant apes, red warriors, flashing swordplay, a love that cannot be denied and a warrior who cannot be stopped. This is where it all began.
I first encountered this as a teenager and was hooked. My older eyes now find the style a little clumsy, yet the power is still undeniable. A final note of advice: the first 3 books, Princess, Gods and Warlord, should really be read as one story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 10 Jun 2007
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"I have never told this story nor shall mortal man see this manuscript until I have passed over for eternity. I know that the average human mind will not believe what it can not grasp......"

Written in 1912 this book is well written for its time and has intrigued countless generations of readers.

Captain Carter is telling the story form memory as an old man of his adventures here on earth and on the planet of Barsoom (Mars). There are encounters with many strain creatures, situations, and yes even a "Princess of Mars."

This is a part is a series by the writer that brought us "Tarzan." The intro to the book alone will capture your imagination.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2003
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Edgar Rice Burroughs will always be remembered first and foremost for his creation of Tarzan, but it was the character of John Carter, who first appeared in "A Princess of Mars" who truly served as a template for other science fiction writers. From Lin Carter's "Green Star" series to John Norman's "Gor" novels there are tales of the man from Earth traveling to a strange new world and having wondrous adventures. John Carter was a gentleman of Virginia and Civil War veteran who finds himself looking down at his dying body in an Arizona cave. Opening his arms to the planet Mars, Carter is suddenly whisked to the Red Planet, where rival tribes battle while the planet's atmosphere continues to dissipate. Captured by a band of six-limbed giants, Carter soon earns their respect for his prowess as a warrior and forges a lasting friendship with Tars Tara's of the Tharks. But then the Tharks attack a fleet of airborne vessels and capture Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, the greatest city on Barsoom (as the Martians call Mars). Of course, they get off on the wrong foot, since Carter knows nothing about the culture of the red humanoid race. But the lovely Princess of Mars has captured the Virginian's heart. Abandoning dreams of returning to Earth, he wants nothing better than to win her love. In the meanwhile, he has to protect her from the amorous attention of the depraved ruler of the Tharks, bring some semblance of civilization to the barbarian tribes, and stop all out war between the green men and red men from ending Barsoom's last chance for survival.
"A Princess of Mars" is the first of eleven novels in the Martian Series by Burroughs, most of which seemed to avoid the pitfalls of some of ERB's lesser Tarzan novels.
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