The Chessmen of Mars

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English language

Published Dec. 31, 2004 by Tantor Media.

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3 stars (8 reviews)

SHEA had just beaten me at chess, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention to the nth time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based upon the assertion that phenomenal chess players are always found to be from the ranks of children under twelve, adults over seventy-two or the mentally defective - a theory that is lightly ignored upon those rare occasions that I win.

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It's nice this features John Carter's daughter, Tara, and features a female protagonist more than any other book in the series so far (Thuvia Maid of Mars was at least as much about Carthoris as about Thuvia). On the down side, Tara is a pretty shallow and uninteresting character and the plot isn't a lot better. The ending is particularly abrupt and deus ex machina.

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