A Princess of Mars Paperback – 17 Dec 2011
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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
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
"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
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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is one of the most influential science fiction stories of all time. Written almost 100 years ago it is still a great read and is an absolute classic piece of pulp science fiction. I have read my paperback copy of this story many times and had been looking for a good Kindle edition. This version has the potential to be great, but as it stands I can't recommend it.
The basic digitisation is fine - there are none of the bad scanning errors you often find with cheap copies of out of copyright books. Even the original artwork by Frank E. Schoonover is beautifully reproduced and looks stunning in colour on the PC and on my Android phone and not bad at all in black and white on my Kindle.
However there are several problems, some of which really are major errors.
First of all, the Foreword is counted as a chapter. In this book chapter numbering should not start until chapter 1 which comes after the Foreword. When we reach the real chapter 1 we find the first major problem. Chapters 1 and 2 are reversed in order, so the story opens with Chapter 2 which is then followed by Chapter 1.
The biggest problem though is that at the end of chapter 15 the text makes a jump from one scene at the end of the chapter to another at the beginning of chapter 16 that makes no sense.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
As you race through this book you will think that you have seen similar things in Avatar and the Star Wars films but ERB, writing in the 1920s, was the daddy. He was even PC, as in "Gods" he explains how the first born, pure race are the Black men of Mars.
I went on to read all the follow on series of books. You will become involved in rooting for all the main characters - even Carter's Calot [ a martian bull terrier but 100 times bigger and uglier], who has undying love for his master. I hope the film lives up to the hype and becomes a successful franchise, which will encourage a new generation of readers to devour all the Martian books and then the Tarzan, Tanar of Pellucidar [inside the earth] and the Venus series as well. Enjoy these books!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read it many years ago as a teenager and it is as good a read as it ever was.Published 3 months ago by Amos
Nostalgic trip to a previous life, first read as a teenager back in the 50s. By modern standards the story lacks pace and continuity. That said, it still excites the imagination.Published 9 months ago by Richard Arthur Pink
The science in this hundred year old science fiction novel by the author more famous as the creator of Tarzan is obviously ludicrous. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Hopper
Yes, still asimple enjoyable tale for sleepless summer nights!
Read without prejudice and dream of joining John Carter on Mars!
Fantastic and non stop. A true classic for lovers of science fictionPublished 13 months ago by Paul Evans