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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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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Leonaur Ltd (1 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846771153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846771156
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,635,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having read the John Carter of Mars series in my youth (quite a while ago now) I read and kept the whole series. Due to moving house over the years, children, spring cleaning, accidents and the like the majority of books disapeared. In recent years I have tried very hard to get this series again but with very limited luck, but guess what? The whole series now printed in ecxellent format, superbly presented volumes, of great advertures from a classic wrtiter. Almost all the series now available with the last volume released next month (May 2007) Great escapism stories to while away the hours. The Carson of Venus and The Pellucidar adventures by the same author also printed in brilliant quality by this publisher (Leonaur) Happy Days, and well worth collecting. No more moving house or kids or wife's spring cleaning will part me from these books this time.
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HASH(0x89c216cc) out of 5 stars Leonaur Ltd. is publishing the definitive Edgar Rice Burroughs 21st century editions. 12 April 2007
By Enrique F. Bird - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Leonaur Ltd. is publishing the definitive Edgar Rice Burroughs 21st century editions. These usually contain 2 books of the different ERB major series in order - thus far John Carter, Pellucidar, and Carson of Venus. In the future, possibly Tarzan!

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.
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HASH(0x8a8895b8) out of 5 stars Old but still great, and don't forget the Incomperable Dejah! 12 April 2008
By K. Lobb - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read the John Carter series for the first time when I was around 12. I have since gone back to the first three books at least a dozen times. I find their simplistic view of good and evil refreshing. There are few things as cool as John Carter and Tars Tarkus standing back to back at the foot of the Valley Dor fighting off thousands of white apes in the quest to save the Incomperable Dejah Thoras.

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:)
HASH(0x8a1fda08) out of 5 stars A Must for Science Fiction Fans - Get the Whole Series 2 Feb. 2014
By D. T. Harker - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read all the Martian Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs when I was in Jr. High. Wonderful stories. I ordered this set when I was 60 years old because I wanted t relive the wonderful adventures in these books. In case you don't know, this is the same author who wrote all the Tarzan books, too. His writing is classic - he's recognized as a great American author. These Mars books will keep you so entertained!
HASH(0x8a1dae58) out of 5 stars Writing that makes motion pictures in your brain 24 May 2014
By Carl R D'Agostino( DAG) - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read all the books in the series over 50 years ago while in junior high school. Sci-fi at its best from an author far ahead of his own time as a writer of alternative universes and the types of tech that would be employed. Also sci-fi with a real plot and story line featuring John Carter is true epic hero form. This is the most recent review I have seen and written after the movie JOHN CARTER was released. The movie got low reviews but for me it was absolutely thrilling to see my mind's pictures actually portrayed in film. It was remarkable how my imagination was pictured so similarly in the film which attests to the ability of Burroughs to transport one into the story an to visualize matters so clearly based on his writing. Contemporary readers will find the books fit in perfectly with contemporary novels and film of the sci-fi genre.
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HASH(0x89c21cb4) out of 5 stars Coming to a movie screen soon? 20 Jan. 2008
By Konrad Haskins - Published on
Format: Paperback
Many studios have optioned the rights but the projects never went anywhere. Pixar now has the rights and I'd be suprised if they don't make a trilogy. It is reported to be a mix of live action and animation.
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