John Carter of Mars - Volume 1 - The Princess of Mars & the Gods of Mars: "The Princess of Mars", "The Gods of Mars" v. 1 Paperback – 1 Dec 2006
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These books are handsome and my rating is mainly based on this - the ERB fan knows best about the rest of it.
This first volume of Joh Carter of Mars contains 2/3 of the greatest science fiction/fantasy trilogy ever. What is nore remarkable is that these were published over 40 years before Tolkien's LOTR and over 50 before Tolkien became fashionable. "A Princess of Mars", "The Gods of Mars", and "The Warlord of Mars" are ERB's greatest work.
It is sad, in a way, that Tarzan obscures ERBs Mars novels for the general public. These books deserve to be beter known, and it is astonishing no movie or TV adaptation has ever been attempted (which might be a good thing, after all!). If only Steven Spielberg or Peter Jackson were interested!
Of course, genre and ERB aficionados have long know and cherised these great stories. I wonder how many others were first attracted to these by the magnificent Ballantine editions of the 1960s?
If you are a fan as am I, support Leonaur Ltd.'s efforts by buying these magnificent books.
I still remember reading the passage when John first sees Dejah for my first time. Captured by huge 15 foor six limbed monsters (later to become friends), he looks up to see her in a window looking down at him, with a longing hope of rescue. Again, very cliche' and yet at the same time, really powerful.
In order to really appreciate this book, you have to have the next volume as well, as it includes book 3. In reality, books 1-3 of this series are actually one story, and it ends with an excellent bang. The rest of the series is OK, the Chessmen of Mars in particular is decent; but the first 3 books (living in the first 2 of this set), are the pinicle of sappy, romantic, old fashioned good guy saves girl literature. IMHO of course:)