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Read and Enjoy!
on 19 May 2012
I read this book and my mind was taken back six decades, when as a twelve-year-old boy I found it and others in the `Barsoom' series in a chest full of old books that belonged to my grandfather. At the time I was very much into `The Eagle' comic, featuring the intrepid `Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future'. I casually started reading it and was soon completely immersed in the adventures of John Carter. I fell in love with Dejah Thoris and was blown away by the magnificent descriptions of the fight scenes. I could not put the book down and immediately followed it by reading the rest of the series.
When I heard that a Disney film had been made based on this first book, `A Princess of Mars', I just knew I had to see it. To refresh my memory, I bought this copy in the Cosmo Classics series of books. There are many editions and reprints of the John Carter stories and looking through the reviews, it is apparent that some are flawed with missing pages and even chapters, etc. But my copy was almost perfect, just the odd spelling error. The prose is simplistic and old fashioned by modern standards, but Edgar Rice Burroughs kept it simple and kept the action moving at a good pace.
The critics are in almost universal agreement in condemning the film, making such comments as, `We have seen it all before'. The truth is that ERB invented the concept of the modern Sci-Fi story. The likes of `Flash Gordon' through to `Star Wars' were all inspired by his stories. I was suspicious that many of the modern young film critics had not actually read any of the books.
Reading some of the more recent reviews, written by ordinary film-goers it is clear that the film is being well received and attracting very positive comments. The DVD will be available in July. I can't wait.