John Carter of Mars (Barsoom): Omnibus 1: A Princess of Mars, the Gods of Mars, Warlord of Mars Paperback – 6 Feb 2012
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About the Author
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is the creator of Tarzan, one of the most popular fictional characters of all time, and John Carter, hero of the Barsoom science fiction series. Burroughs was a prolific author, writing almost 70 books before his death in 1950, and was one of the first authors to popularize a character across multiple media, as he did with Tarzan s appearance in comic strips, movies, and merchandise. Residing in Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, Burroughs was drawn into the Second World War and became one of the oldest war correspondents at the time. Edgar Rice Burroughs s popularity continues to be memorialized through the community of Tarzana, California, which is named after the ranch he owned in the area, and through the Burrough crater on Mars, which was named in his honour.
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Top Customer Reviews
Transported to Mars inadvertently, Carter encounters warlike Martians who he impresses with his military abilities; accidentally seduces a Martian princess, overthrows an empire, and breezes through every setback with the implacable nature of an Englishman (he's American, but any English man would be proud of his reserve and stiff upper lip).
ERB's writing style is that of pulp fiction; don't expect any clever plot twists. But there is a real pleasure in reading these adventures.
One thing I can't recommend though, is the Kindle version. The formatting has not been kind; chapter headings are rammed up against preceding chapter's trailing sentences, and I've seen a few occasions where footnotes suddenly appear halfway down a page - in the middle of a paragraph. So buy the paperback, rather than the kindle version, and enjoy some early 20th century sci-fi.
The prose took a little getting used to, but once you do it's a real Dan Dare boys own type read.
Lots of guts, glory, impossible escapes and nasty baddies!
The areas of the book where you are just expected to believe what happens without any explanation are a complete sea change to the modern literature I normally read, but it was a refreshing change, and I found myself staying up stupidly late at night to read more and more.
It definitely comes under the old classics title.
Don't be fooled into paying for this.
EDIT: For anyone who didn't already notice, this review refers to the Kindle ebook version ONLY.
Go on buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very good book to read (The Omnibus Edition) given the era that it was written containing great imagination, a little predictive in some areas concerning the chasing of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andy Kinch
amazing very large story totally engrossed looking forward to follow upsPublished 22 months ago by james connor
Dated but enjoyable. Good old fashioned scifi. Stories that don't rely on technology as many modern scifi do. Just a good old fashioned adventure story full of imagination.Published on 7 April 2013 by Steve W
I read this book many years ago and loved it, a great love story with lots of action, Definitely recommend.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by Stephanie
Boo!!! Rubbish! I didn't even READ it! In fact, i don't even know why i gave i 1 star! Should've been zero!!! I didn't even buy it for me!!!!Published on 24 Jan. 2013 by Lori Chappell
I bought this series because I went to see the film John Carter that was very confusing so thought I would read it. It was better than the film and also explain a lot more things.Published on 10 Oct. 2012 by Lynne Bradley