186 pages

English language

Published Aug. 10, 2007 by Penguin Books.

ISBN:
978-0-14-310488-9
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OCLC Number:
69021070

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3 stars (57 reviews)

I am a very old man; how old I do not know. Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood. So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, a man of about thirty. I appear today as I did forty years and more ago, and yet I feel that I cannot go on living forever; that some day I shall die the real death from which there is no resurrection. [Adventures of John Carter in Mars -- from the author of the Tarzan series.]

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Review of 'A princess of Mars' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

After seeing the film John Carter, which is based on this book, I decided to read the book again. It’s been quite a long time and many books ago so I was curious. After the first number of chapters already I was aware that ‘based on’ in this case should be taken very lightly. Yes, there is a John Carter and yes, he goes to Mars or Barsoom. Most of the characters are there, like Dejah Thoris, Sola and Tars Tarkas. Most of the adventures and locations however were changed or entirely discarded. This is quite a lot for a 140 page book.

Again I found the book to be better than the film. So far this has never been different (only with Lord of the Rings I can say that the films equal the books in many places but still there the books are the best).

Edgar Rice Burroughs …

Review of 'A Princess of Mars' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I'm rereading this series because of the movie coming out this week, and I'm being a bit generous with a 4 star rating just because of the age of the book; published in 1912 it's among the earliest speculative fiction and is a classic I grew up with. Really there's very little plot at all; the story centers around civil war hero John Carter, mysteriously transported to Mars (aka Barsoom) where he happily finds himself in possession of near-superhuman strength due to the weaker gravity of Mars. He moves from one battle or crisis to another, winning friends with his fighting skills, and there really isn't much to the plot beyond that; just John Carter valiantly and usually single-handedly fighting various villains of Mars in various different locations with a sketchy plot to explain his presence. The men are all strong, chivalrous, and brave; the women are all beautiful, virtuous, …

Review of 'A princess of Mars' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A classic of the pulp sci-fi fantasy genre in which John Carpenter, a veteran of the civil war, is mysteriously transported to Mars and has some amazing encounters. It is the first in the Mars series, and I wanted to read it in part because it is a classic, and in part because there is a movie in production based upon it.

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Subjects

  • Carter, John (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
  • Dejah Thoris (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
  • Princesses -- Fiction
  • Mars (Planet) -- Fiction