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A Princess of Mars Paperback – 17 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466493283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466493285
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,112,246 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

"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.

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John Carter, ex-captain in the confederate army is chased by Indians to a hidden cave. Finding himself paralysed by the narcotic plants growing in the cave, he by force of will breaks free of his body and is magically transported to Mars. There he finds danger and adventure amongst the 15 feet tall, warlike, six-armed race of Green Martians, and falls in love with Dejah Thoris a Princess of the much too human-like race of Red Martians.

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.
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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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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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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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A confession - I'm an ERB fan. I started with the Tarzan series and graduated to the Mars series. I first read Princess of Mars over 50 years ago as a young teen and fell in love with the incomparable Dejah Thoris - to me a merger of the best of Gina Lollobrigita's Queen of Sheba and Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra. I love this series with it's amazing creatures and flying ships [see Star Wars Return of the Jedi for an idea of the martian flyers]. I lost my copy and bought this new one to remind me of the plot in readiness for Disney's John Carter blockbuster. This is fantasy adventure at its best and most original. Like the saturday morning serials at the cinema, this book ends on a knife edge - to be continued in the Gods of Mars. The film may combine parts of both books as some of the film's characters, notably the white Therns, do not appear until the second book.
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!
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