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This first volume of the Mars (Barsoom) Stories by Burroughs, contain the first three books of the saga: A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; The Warlord of Mars. Mars (Barsoom) stories is a saga of 11 novels, picturing a dying Mars (a vision first expressed by writers like Camille Flammarion), but vastly populated by all kinds of creatures. John Carter in the late 1800sThis first volume of the Mars (Barsoom) Stories by Burroughs, contain the first three books of the saga: A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; The Warlord of Mars. Mars (Barsoom) stories is a saga of 11 novels, picturing a dying Mars (a vision first expressed by writers like Camille Flammarion), but vastly populated by all kinds of creatures. John Carter in the late 1800s is mysteriously transported from Earth to a Mars suffering from dwindling resources. The series has been cited by many well known science fiction writers as having inspired and motivated them in their youth, as well as by key scientists involved in both space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life. Many writers have adapted elements of the books in books, television and movies, as the 2012 Disney megaproduction "John Carter"....

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  • Asghar Abbas
    2019-05-16 16:06

    Where's the pulp ? Apparently, all the pulp is right here in this early going scifi pulp fiction. Early example? Burroughs's work is pretty much seminal. This has inspired countless twentieth century original works like Star Wars and Superman which borrowed heavily from this . Basically, what I did was I read A princess of Mars which was a bonus feature in this edition. While the novelization of John Carter itself? Not so much.

  • Simon
    2019-04-29 18:51

    This edition collects the first three books from the Barsoom series featuring John Carter's adventures on Mars. With an attractive cover, occasional illustrations within and an introduction by James P. Hogan, this is a fine, although somewhat bulky volume. Here follows my thoughts on each of the stories as I read them.A Princess of MarsThis is an epic, science-fantasy adventure as John Carter is introduced to Mars and the variety of strange creatures and civilizations that inhabit it. For some reason, I couldn't help comparing it to E.R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros. Here the narrator is magically transported to another world in which he finds races of warring tribes with larger than life characters, noble warriors and fiendish villans. Unlike Lessingham though, who remains an unnoticed observer to the events that unfold, John Carter becomes himself embroiled and soon finds himself at the center of world-changing events. Both these books are simply stories designed to immerse and entertain the reader. They are to be read in and off themselves, multiple layers of meaning not to be looked for.Don't think too much about the technological flights of fancy, the incredulous plot developments nor the underdeveloped characters. Just revel in the lush landscapes, the epic story and high-octane action and you will not be disappointed.Gods of MarsIn this book, John Carter finally manages to return to Mars and desperately seeks to be reunited with his beloved whom thinks him dead. Instead he uncovers secret cults that manipulate and exploit the superstitions and religious beliefs of the other races on Mars for their evil pleasures. Our illustrious protagonist once again rips through the established orders in Barsoom like a typhoon, swashbuckling and rescuing hapless maidens on the way.Once again we are bombarded with ludicrous pseudo scientific ideas, probability defying coincidences and John Carters's puffed up sense of self-worth as he regales us with tales of his prowess. All in all it is quite humorous which I can only assume was intentional but it's hard to know for sure. In any case, don't take it seriously and you should enjoy it.This was another breathtaking, relentless adventure that barely lets up for a minute. Individually they are not particularly long books but they are exhausting. There is very little time left for dilly dallying and we can only hold on to the edge of our seats as we follow John Carter with his seemingly boundless energy in the pursuit of his goals.Warlord of MarsAfter the cliff hanging conclusion to the last book, this book pretty much picks up where that left off. We follow Carter in a desperate pursuit of his beloved across the planet, once again tearing through tyrannies and tyrants on his way.For some reason, John Carter seemed particularly dense and slow on the up take in this book. I found myself screaming mentally at the page for him to wise up to the plainly obvious. Entertaining as ever though, I ripped through the story in no time, finding myself laughing at what I can only assume wasn't inadvertent humour. It definitely feels tongue in cheek although it's so old that it's difficult to tell any more.Finishing this book it feels like the story has reached a natural conclusion. Yes, one might decide to read on but it is not necessary to gain a sense of completion. As such, I think I'll leave this series here and won't seek out any of the other books that follow on. I'm sure I'll read something else by Burroughs but I think I've had my fill of John Carter!

  • Travis
    2019-05-17 20:56

    I don't see how Tarzan became more popular than any of the John Carter stories. Maybe Tarzan was more adaptable as the John Carter series are far more complex. Either way I loved all three of the books and plan on reading the rest of the Barsoom series in the future.

  • Guy Gonzalez
    2019-05-06 16:53

    I'm not quite sure how I'd never read any John Carter stories, not even the comics, nor do I remember exactly what prompted me to pick up this collection sometime last summer, but I'm glad I did.Definitely dated, Burroughs' style is crisp enough to overcome the old school sensibilities, and his pulpy characters and non-stop action make each of these novels legitimate page-turners. From the amazing world-building of Princess of Mars, to Gods of Mars' insane cliffhanger ending, to Warlord of Mars pulling off a globe-trotting, novel-length chase scene, The Martian Tales Trilogy is the most fun I've had reading in years!If the movie captures even half of its charm and frenetic energy, it's going to be awesome.

  • the gift
    2019-05-07 00:19

    this is edgar rice burroughs's first published work, the first three mars (barsoom) books. princess of-, gods of-, warlord of mars, combined in one, collecting his serials in 1912. i read one lit crit that declares it is barsoom and john carter that burroughs loved most, began with, figured out plot before it became formulaic...i am trying to read this as if the intervening century of pop culture did not exist, but this is not possible. this work, this pattern, this mythic resonance, is everywhere, and too much of our familiarity is with degraded iterations, film, copies. according to some critics, burroughs was somewhat consciously devising mythology, built out of his familiarity with greek and latin sources, combining this with particularly modern, deliberately american, myths of the early 1900s... and somehow, after less than success in many many jobs: he caught lightning in a bottle and knew how to make it pay...burroughs had no artistic pretensions, much of his concerns seem to have been monetary, much of his work was built out of worlds someone previously invented, much of his work was eventually repeating itself... on the other, other authors of his time might have done, thought, written, work that is similar: but he is the one we remember... and this is where it all began. barsoom. john carter. as a child, as a youth, i had never read burroughs, read comics, saw films, inspired by him- at least until one called 'greystoke, the legend of tarzan'- so i have only ever gone on received wisdom...this is a mistake, mostly. this is where those cliches come from, before they were cliche. i remember years ago reading 'princess of mars' and thinking- 'this would make a great movie!'. hollywood made a not-very-good-version a few years ago, but that is not the one i imagined, mostly i thought in animated terms. vibrant, colourful, extravagant, all of this in costume, production design, plots, acting... the mistake denigrating burroughs might come true later, in next volumes, in other series, if you have expectations of character growth or innovative plots. here, in 'princess of', after a somewhat realistic, western us desert setup, we get to barsoom by simple fantastic desire, and without much intro meet both the noble savages he can so impress, and the love object, the Girl, that our first person will love, fight for, rescue over and over, first in this trilogy in some great adventures, later, in further books i understand less interesting, without qualifiers, this. i wonder why john carter's amazing capabilities, his fighting skill, his honour, his way with animals- his idealized, self-declared wondrous self- does not bother me as much as those of more recent noxious super heroic characters. i can think of a few books unfinished or even just barely begun, where the narrator is insufferably conceited, too perfect for words. probably i can read this because it is fun, not rounded characters, not meaningful politics, not realistic, in any manner. this is a long collection, i did not skip, i did lose track sometimes, but the order of action, the goals to achieve, the result, does not seem to matter, and i think it is very much a waking dream, a birth (starts naked, stays naked), adventures (default mode of life), love and hate (immediate, absolute, consistent), death (but not fear of), the desire and love for the Girl (despite how many other Girls want him) ... makes me not want to break the spell cast by reading other ERB, but too late, this was not the first of his series read, this is a three, glad to read it, now have a better idea what fantastic pulps were...but not likely to ever read it again...this would make a great movie...

  • Adelaide Metzger
    2019-05-06 19:13

    (This review is for the first two books in the series)."...There is no other mortal on Barsoom who would have done what you have for me. I think I have learned that there is such thing as a friendship, my friend." (Tars Tarkas on pg 123). When you ask people who have read the John Carter series what they think of the character, you'll most likely get a response along the lines of "masculine and steamy" from women, "heroic and bada**" from men, and "brave and courageous" from everyone. What most readers see in this character is what Edgar Rice Burroughs placed upfront, and that is everything that was previously described. But Burroughs also put another element upfront that most don't remember John Carter for: Love. Sure, it does get steamy after he and Deja Thoris become twitterpated, and even though that kind of love is obvious in the series with Deja always slipping out of his hands, Burroughs does a golden job sculpting one other form of love into this character. We all become hooked after reading the first two chapters and the story is faceted with many likable characters on a dangerous, colorful scale of pragmatism. But the gracious love of loyalty and kindness stands out the most as we follow John Carter through the series. The love I'm talking about is Ahava, which is the Hebrew definition of the love of will. This love urges you to join your life with another. It's an emotion that leads to commitment. When John Carter first arrives on Barsoom, he finds that the Thark race is a violent and brutal one devoid of love, friendship, and even simple kindness. John Carter, who is a born human, slowly teaches the Tharks that kindness gains trust and dedication. But they are slow to accept any terms of real love or friendship because of their ruthless leader Tal Hajus. But Carter gains many followers including Tars Tarkas who becomes his most loyal and trusted friend on all of Barsoom. He also gains friendship with Woola, a six-legged dog alien; Kantos Kan, a general for Helium's forces; and Xodar, a black pirate of mars, along with many others. Carter expresses himself through ahava love and kindness to all he meets, becoming a king of mars because of it. It is unclear if Burroughs' cause of this was to show how kind in nature our race can really be, or if Carter is how Burroughs wanted all of humanity to act. Either way, this message of love and companionship is presented openly and was intended for us as readers to learn something from it. When John Carter of Mars was first published, I don't think anyone expected an epic masterpiece. In fact, at the time, it was probably seen as a child's fantasy. I paraphrase C.S. Lewis when he said, "Fantasy is the best art form to represent what you have to say." In this case, as in many others, he was 100% right.

  • David Maine
    2019-05-11 17:08

    Hey people! I just stumbled across this Kindle book at Amazon for 99 cents! It contains the first three books in the John Carter of Mars series, a terrifically fun bunch of books that serve as the spiritual ancestor iof any number of fantasy-adventure books, including (ahem) my own Gamble of the Godless, but also plenty of others. ERB was the creator of Tarzan, so there you go. I plan to reread these ASAP, but in the meantime you could do a lot worse than this series for some mid-winter pick-me-up reading. Check it out, I heartily recommend it.Oh and there's a movie coming soon. Which will probably be lame.

  • J.D.
    2019-05-05 21:52

    Cheesy as only early 20th century adventure fiction could be, but riveting nonetheless. Absolutely mesmerizing storytelling, set on a fantastic Mars that could never exist in real life, but one that's more vivid than reality.

  • ☠tsukino☠
    2019-05-21 16:09

    3.5Libro letto per curiosità e perchè volevo chiarire alcuni dubbi nati dopo aver visto il film; scopo parzialmente raggiunto.Tre romanzi figli del loro tempo e la loro età si vede tutta.Partiamo dai difetti: i personaggi sono piuttosto superficiali, basta, per esempio, una sola parola per convincere anche il tizio che fino a cinque minuti prima era super cattivo e spregevole a diventare un eroe santo e a rinnegare tutti i suoi (sbagliati) ideali.Le situazioni sono molto inverosimili, John Carter (guerrafondaio assettato di sangue) si butta nei conflitti senza porsi il problema di chi abbia ragione e ovviamente finisce dalla parte dei buoni (o meno cattivi); c’è un concentrato di eventi favorevoli che capitano al momento giusto per salvare il nostro eroe da situazioni più che disperate.Ci sono descrizioni (soprattutto quelle delle battaglie) lente, lunghe e noiose.E i pregi? Beh, superate le lungaggini, rimangono comunque storie appassionanti, dove il classico eroe è insuperabile, proprio perché gli eventi girano sempre a suo favore, che fa di tutto per proteggere la donna amata, super indifesa e preda di tutti i cattivi a cui capita a tiro; è pieno d’inventiva (ad un certo punto è descritto quello che potrebbe essere considerato il prototipo di un navigatore).Ti fa rivivere quella splendida ingenuità che si prova solo da bambini, rivivi i tempi di quando ancora non si sapeva nulla dell’effettivo aspetto di Marte e quindi si potevano creare scenari fantasiosamente spettacolari. Mi ha dato le sensazioni dei vecchi fumetti/film tipo Flash Gordon o Superman; questo mi ricorda che il film è stato ingiustamente criticato perché, a detta di molti, proponeva situazioni già viste, appunto, in Superman, Flash Gordon, Guerre stellari, Avatar e altri film del genere, la verità è che sono questi film che si sono ispirati a John Carter ^^Premio per il miglior personaggio (anche nel film) a Woola ♥

  • Bradford
    2019-05-03 23:15

    Interesting because it is early, EARLY sci-fi (same guy who wrote Tarzan), but the writing and story are absolutely awful. In fact, the book is fun on a so-bad-it's-good level. Written first person style, John Carter is a Civil War veteran magically plucked from Earth and dropped into the middle of warring nations on Mars. John Carter is stronger, braver, smarter, and more humble (as he tells us unironically)than any other creature on the exotic planet. Every Martian man wants to be him, will follow him into battle. Every Martian woman (naked, according to custom) wants to be his devoted slave. John Carter wins every fight, out-maneuvers every foe on the battlefield, and tames every wild Martian beast. Does he eventually save every single Martian life and unite all four Martian peoples into a thousand year era in which he is King of the world? You'll have to read the book to find out. Or you can probably guess.

  • Joann
    2019-05-04 19:55

    I always heard the name Edgar Rice Burroughs but never read anything by him until I heard this first book on Books on Radio and fell in love with the characters from the book. I am now reading the next in this series. There was a total of 11 books on the life of John Carter and I am sure I will enjoy each one and the only sad part is that there will be no more!

  • John
    2019-05-17 22:01

    Haven't read these books since - well a long time ago. Still one of the giants of early science fiction.

  • Tanabrus
    2019-05-04 21:13

    Nutrivo curiosità per questo personaggio che conoscevo vagamente di fama (e per il film) ma di cui non avevo mai letto niente.Dopo aver letto i primi tre libri delle avventure di John Carter posso dire di essere rimasto favorevolmente stupito.Certo, il secolo abbondante di vita di questi libri (pubblicati tra il 1912 e il 1914) si sente tutto, nella scarsa introspezione psicologica, nella piattezza dei personaggi, nei buchi logici, nell'ingenuità che permea bene o male tutta l'atmosfera.Ma probabilmente è proprio questa ingenuità ad aprire le porte anche al punto di forza di queste storie. L'avventura, pura e semplice.John si ritrova "sdoppiato" dal proprio corpo, lasciato come cadavere sulla Terra, e catapultato su Marte. Dove c'è vita, la vita crudele e feroce che ci si può aspettare su un pianeta in declino, morente.E se anche non ci verrà fornita una spiegazione a questo evento (almeno, non nei primi tre libri), se il personaggio risulta troppo superumano e intriso di retorica (lo straniero americano che arriva su un mondo alieno, e grazie alla sua costituzione si erge una spanna sopra gli indigeni, ammirandone la fierezza ma dominandoli, conquistando i cuori degli elementi migliori delle specie native e rivoltando il mondo intero come un calzino in pochi anni), se sopratutto andando avanti con le storie le "coincidenze" diventano numerosissime e imbarazzanti, e i colpi di scena quasi nulli... malgrado tutto questo, l'avventura sognata agli inizi del secolo scorso avvince.Ogni volta ci chiediamo con quali altri orrori l'autore avrà popolato il pianeta rosso, cosa inventerà per mettere i bastoni tra la ruote alla felicità del capitano John Carter, quali civiltà e tradizioni macabre scopriremo al fianco del Principe giunto dalla Terra.E senza perderci in lunghe spiegazioni né in chissà quali descrizioni o analisi, si segue l'azione pura di Carter, l'uragano che sconvolge Marte e distrugge ogni suo nemico, che non si arrende mai ed emerge sempre vincitore da ogni conflitto. Un'azione che procede quasi sempre con un ritmo martellante e una prosa semplice, facendo scorrere naturalmente una pagina dopo l'altra, finché non ti ritrovi a notte fonda, stupito per l'ora che si è fatta.

  • Francisco Azevedo
    2019-04-29 23:50

    John Carter was entertaining but made me scratch my head at some glaring inconsistencies and the amount of "deus ex machina" going on.I found the world of Barsoom as created by ERB, all-in-all, mildly compelling. But still incredibly flawed. Some of his science fiction ideas (like radium loaded bullets that explode on impact) can be quite believable and innovative. Others, though, (like the inexplicable 8th ray that permits levitation) are completely far-fetched. In political terms, one can tell the author made an effort to make the society of Barsoom seem like an alien society (as much as can be expected when the aliens themselves look exactly like humans). If we forgive the "humans-on-Mars" theory, ERB even presents us with a pretty interesting roster of alien creatures. Nevertheless, Barsoom could be a lot grittier, more grounded in reality. We end up with a world that feels like it belongs in the loftiest of high-fantasies.The plot is absurdly twisted in a way that sets up the hero, John Carter, against the most ridiculous of obstacles, only to have him overcome everything that gets thrown at him with ease (and an obnoxious false modesty). This fact kills the suspense of the whole book because we know that the hero will always prevail when it suits him. Some times obstacles are thrown into the plot AFTER they have been overcome, like an after-thought, which sort of broke the fourth wall for me. And occasionally the author arbitrarily determines that what should have been an easy obstacle is to all effects impossible to overcome. In one instance, the hero (who kills army-loads of veteran fighters in a single battle) gets cold-feet about going up against two sentries. Later on he has the most difficult one-on-one sword fight of his life against a frankly irrelevant secondary character whose main job has nothing to do with fighting (again, just for the sake of "suspense"). These inconsistencies were probably what made me want to give up on the book the most.The thing is, the main character simply can do no wrong. He is superior in every way to everyone else on Mars. Even his supposed flaws are really the sort of trait one would choose to make him more endearing. Things like "I am too impulsive so I act immediately" or "I am so dim-witted I can't tell all these women love me". Presented with such a superhuman, I felt it very difficult to identify with him.All the other characters are equally one-dimensional. The villains are evil and hate John Carter. The allies are boring and worship John Carter. There is no middle-ground. The few women in the book are pathetically smitten with John Carter (in the case of the humanoid women at least). And while on occasion they manage to be resourceful and useful, more often than not they are used as a plot device -- the typical lady in distress. Dejah Thoris, the princess, is in distress during the vast majority of the time in all 3 books. There are a few exceptions to the descriptions I just made, but hardly enough to make a difference.To conclude, I can understand why this book got so popular when pulp sci fi was in its golden age. But it is very outdated, now. As a genre, science fiction has evolved. Characters don't have to be bland, plots can be more compelling and worlds can be deeper.

  • Jennifer Risley
    2019-05-03 23:49

    This book is very little like the movie. I suggest if you want to see the movie watch it before reading the book. This book I thought, especial for when it was written, very well wrote and interesting. John Carter, was really a Chaotic Good man. who did what ever it took to save the people he loved, even if he didn't realize he loved them. His rushes to save his partarn even after his died try to save his body. Which nearly kills him. He states that he is not a hero. And he is and isn't. He is a hero in a since that he fought for the to nations that he loved and the people he loved with stopping to think about it. But he also is a villain. He Massicued a city, one which viewed him as a friend and honored solider Because he didn't want to lose the love of his life. HE MASSICUED it. He also killed a man that crime was that he was going to wed carters love. He planned for his death, and when finding out he could not kill him, planned on someone else to do it. The closest person to lawful good in this book was one of The future Jaddak. And that he was tied to a lawful evil people. ANd the only good character was SOLA and the frog like dog. still it is easy to fall for Carter and His princess, and in the end he did save the whole of the planet... at lease i believe he did. since there are more books. But this is a classic, and i did love it. It was written well and mostly easly to follow, well all but the time line. that got a little confusing at times. As a side note in defense of the movie. Which i own. I like the John Carter like the characters in the movie better, and the plot was more action base. The Princess in the movie was more of a warrior. Carter was a good man, who had better motives for going to war, and his back story was more engaging... One difference that i liked in the book better, Carter won the title chief from his first kill, another chief, then he kill a second chief and received a name after these to chiefs instead of just being given the title.

  • Dave Birchbauer
    2019-04-21 19:02

    Great book. Initially, I found it difficult to read because of its 100 year old writing style. Some of the first books I read were Burroughs Tarzan series which helped fuel my love of reading.The book is in constant motion, I can't recall is sitting still for more than a page or two. It is about John Carter, an old west miner/gunfighter/swordsman and all around tough guy/gentleman who is mysteriously transported to Mars where his adventures instantly begins. Early on he meets the woman who steals his heart (the Princes Dejah Thoris)and spends the rest of these 3 books saving/rescuing/ searching for her. Mars or Barsoom, is a planet populated by an extremely old race of... well Martians. They are split 4 different species, green, yellow, red and black. There is also an ancient religious sect (I think they are the whites) holding all populations under their control. All these species are at war with each other and it is John Carter through his super strength (because of Mars light gravity) and his adventures searching for his love that he unwittingly brings all these groups together.In a way, this was one of the best books I've read. Burroughs imagination is incredible (especially when you realize he wrote this nearly 100 years ago without TV or movies or computers). He has a very good sense of adventure and has the ability to keep readers interested. I've heard Burroughs wrote a ton of books and the first book in this collection of 3 books is his first. There are multiple collections out there (as ebooks) and I used the Nook version (epub I think) and the formatting was OK (I had to change font size 1 time because some pages disappeared) but it has pictures and some interesting information about the author. I highly recommend this book.

  • Ryan Long
    2019-04-20 23:53

    Fusing popular romance with the prose of late 19th-Century authors like Mary Shelley, Edgar Rice Burroughs created a whole new genre almost single-handedly.The Chronicles of Mars depict a war-torn and dying world of racial unrest, where men are scarcely more than the playthings of kings, Warlords, and self-proclaimed Gods. Burroughs' John Carter is a retired Confederate Army mercenary who dies in an attack by a band of Native Americans. While Burroughs never makes this back-story an explicit tale of redemption, it is quite telling that the former Confederate slave-owner finds himself in a world for which he soon becomes a redeemer. Carter communicates kindly with all he encounters on Mars, until they cross him; he falls in love and ultimately engages in the mother of all inter-racial marriages; he brings together the warring nations of Mars. Even his favored red men of Mars are described to be red men not because they are strange aliens, but rather because they are the byproduct of thousands of years of interracial breeding.Turn-of-the-Century pulp fiction is the last place one expects to find commentary on racism and the horrors of religious fanaticism and communism. But that's what made Burroughs different. He wrapped his love for natural science, evolution, and racial harmony up in a palatable and exciting tale of adventure in another world.It's a classic.

  • Sherry
    2019-04-24 20:06

    One day, just as I had begun to read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The Mars Trilogy, I was looking through the stamps at the Post Office, and to my delight, there was a 2012 stamp honoring Burroughs and his Tarzan. I bought some! The Mars Trilogy conveniently brings together three shorter works, which include A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars. In 1912, these writings began as true pulp fiction--Burroughs being one of the first Science Fiction writers before it was even called Science Fiction. They say Burroughs will never be recognized as a great literary writer; however, he is known for his storytelling, and these stories are a delight! I have lived in the world of Barsoom for 689 pages and it never once felt like outdated fantasy. During this time, there has been more than one moon in my life, I have met exotic creatures and fought great battles, bounding in giant leaps right alongside John Carter. John Carter is now one of my new heroes, it’s as simple as that; and whenever I hear the name Dejah Thoris or Tars Tarkas, I will smile. Astral gravity, take me away.

  • Josiah
    2019-05-11 21:07

    This was an excellent read. It was very enjoyable to follow the adventure of the unstoppable John Carter. It is not very often anymore that we get to hear stories of the hero who cannot be bested. In more recent decades we seem to look more towards the little guy who does great things, which is great in its own way. Maybe we like to be able to relate as little people who can accomplish things despite that. I prefer, however, the epic warrior hero who is more than enough to take on any challenge that arises, and in these three novels they do arise. It was like an early 20th century tale of a gallant knight fighting back innumerable foes to rescue his princess. It also reminded me of ancient Greek lore as well, with great heroes, warriors who were the greatest of their nation, working together and fighting for what is right. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and would recommend it to anyone, although my particular edition had slightly graphic illustrations by Thomas Yeates that could ruin the book for some.

  • Aaron
    2019-04-21 17:55

    First off, this edition (Barnes and Noble Essential Reading) is easily the most poorly-edited volume of literature I have ever experienced. There is probably at least one typo per page (missing periods, misspelled words, errant quotation marks) and one recurring error that wears on you after about the seven-hundredth time it happens. The error? The letters "th" incessantly replaced with the letter "m" ( as in "mat" for "that", "me" for "the", "man" for "than").Also, do not let the fact that this volume took me more than a month to read be any indicator of my enjoyment of it. My wife recently gave birth to twins, which has cut my available reading for pleasure time down by about 80%. At any rate, I loved these books when I was a kid and I was surprised to see that I love them now. Yes, they are cheesy as all get out. But they are also an enjoyable action-packed roller coaster of a read. Even if Burroughs understanding of Mars geography is a bit lackluster.

  • Thomas
    2019-05-08 21:11

    Favorite line so far:"I verily believe that a man's way with women is in inverse ratio to his prowess among men. The weakling and the saphead have often great ability to charm the fair sex, while the fighting man who can face a thousand real dangers unafraid, sits hiding in the shadows like some frightened child."This book is FUN. John Carter has got to be the least flawed hero ever, but I'm seeing the whole book as one big juicy Frazetta painting in my mind, and I'm loving that.More later.**I was really burnt out by the time I finished this collection of the first 3 Barsoom books. Lots of cool imagery and neat ideas, but the endless cycle of chase/fight/capture/escape became a chore.Inclusion of a son was NOT welcome.I can see the importance of this book, but can't see myself reading anymore Burroughs any time soon.

  • Cleverusername
    2019-04-21 21:18

    Five stars for the first three tales of Barsoom. Edgar Rice Burroughs has prose like I've never seen. These books are pulpy entertainment at its best... and the distinct worlds that Burroughs creates and populates with characters both literally and figuratively alien defies are so lush and detailed that it's easy to see why the adventures of John Carter sparked so many other imaginations that would eventually create nearly every other great adventure, science fiction, and fantasy story you could think of. Lord of the Rings. Star Wars. Flash Gordon. Dune. There's countless more. I intend to read all of these books, and not just re-read the three in this volume. Why? Because I can't get enough sword swinging, babe rescuing, swashbuckling, gentlemanly action. That's why.

  • Vivian
    2019-05-08 17:49

    "With a snarl he sprang toward me with naked sword, but whether Salensus Oll was a good swordsman or a poor I never learned; for with Dejah Thoris at my back I was no longer human--I was a superman, and no man could have withstood me then."I read these books when I was a kid and I enjoyed them. Now? Not so much. lol

  • Mark
    2019-05-14 23:00

    Talk about trite. I rolled my eyes so hard every time everything happened. Only read this if you want to glimpse back through the chasm of time into a world where women were seen but not heard, and racism wasn't a thing because it was automatic behaviour.

  • R.A.
    2019-05-21 23:18

    Great plot, characters, and worldbuilding. This deserves to be called classic sci-fi.

  • Adam
    2019-05-14 18:59


  • Jwrico
    2019-05-03 16:00

    I liked the first book, the second and third book were not as good as the first.

  • Flavio Anglani
    2019-05-09 23:58

    Edizione che comprende i primi tre libri della saga di Barsoom (che è il nome dato dagli autoctoni a Marte), ovvero Sotto le Lune di Marte, Gli Dei di Marte e Il Signore della Guerra di Marte.Parto dal voto: cinque stelle piene. La didascalia di Goodreads recita "it was amazing" per le cinque stelle, ed è proprio quello che ho pensato. Una cavalcata a briglia sciolta nell'avventura più pura, agli albori della science-fantasy, senza freni e senza regole. A proposito di regole, non so se nel 1912 era stata già formulata quella dello Show don't tell, ma nel caso, direi che Burroughs l'ha ignorata fin dalle prime pagine, per la mia gioia e per l'insofferenza degli assolutisti della suddetta regola. Non che sia sbagliata eh, ma non è così assoluta, appunto.Ma comunque: due sono le cose che mi hanno conquistato di questi libri, ovvero il ritmo e la fantasia.Per quanto riguarda il primo, credo che i libri di Burroughs siano stati, tra tutti quelli che ho letto, quelli che hanno mantenuto il ritmo più incalzante, costringendomi letteralmente ad andare avanti, a "leggere ancora un capitolo e poi bast-oh guarda, è l'alba...". E poi la fantasia, il sense of wonder che trasmette l'autore mentre descrive delle razze aliene e le loro società, seppure molto semplici negli usi e costumi, e un ambiente di un altro pianeta, con la propria flora e fauna. Non siamo ai livelli di Herbert, certo, anche perché Burroughs si concentra comunque di più sulle azioni del protagonista, che saranno pure semplicistiche nel loro sviluppo, ma sono talmente frenetiche e coinvolgenti da non dare un attimo di respiro. Sia ben chiaro, parliamo sempre di romanzi degli anni 1912-1914, e quindi vale il discorso che bisogna valutarlo in relazione al periodo in cui è stato scritto. E quindi, quando lo leggerete, sorvolate sul ruolo delle figure femminili, sulla figura dell'eroe-senza-macchia-e-senza-paura e sull'ingenuità di alcune situazioni. Fatevi trasportare dalla forza di John Carter, dalle sue motivazioni romantiche, dal suo spirito combattivo e dalla volontà di lottare sempre e comunque per la giustizia, dall'incondizionata fedeltà che ispira in amici e nemici. Meravigliatevi della tecnologia che più di un secolo fa un autore ha creato nella sua mente e ha poi visualizzato nei suoi scritti. Soffrite assieme a John Carter per le vittorie che letteralmente gli sfuggono di mano, costringendolo a inseguirle per un intero pianeta.Che poi, a ben vedere, gli argomenti trattati non sono neanche così banali, soprattutto nel secondo e nel terzo libro. La superstizione elevata a religione, la diffidenza tra le diverse razze e l'attaccamento ad antichi costumi: tutto è motivo di conflitti sanguinosi. Non voglio spoilerare nulla, ma Gli dei di Marte, letto in quest'ottica, fa davvero riflettere. No, non sono per nulla banali, e anzi sono decisamente attuali.Certo, poi arriva John Carter e risolve tutto, quando alla razza umana sono serviti secoli e ancora non abbiamo finito, ma ehi, è quello che fanno gli Eroi.E John Carter è uno dei più grandi Eroi di tutti i tempi.

  • Matthew J.
    2019-05-01 17:05

    It would be hard to even guess at the tremendous influence Edgar Rice Burroughs had on later writers and artists. Generally, of course, but specifically with his Martian stories. "Star Wars," Superman, Flash Gordon, and so many more owe their origins to these books. Burroughs paved the way. This is classic Pulp Fiction, tales of swashbuckling and daring-do. Carter doesn't fight for the love of a woman, he fights for the love of 'the most beautiful woman on all of Mars.' He doesn't just fight an enemy, he fights 'the most evil creature anyone has ever known.' Absolutely everything in here is dialed to 11, all the time. Like Nordic heroes of old, Carter is bold, brash, clever, but not a great thinker, and always, ALWAYS the badest badass in the room. A Princess of Mars starts it all. This is a book I've read probably half a dozen times. It's fast, it's fun, it's full of awesome imagery and memorable characters.The Gods of Mars follows upon the events of the first book. I have to admit, I don't love this book. There is some great stuff in it. And I especially like Burroughs's take on religion. But in a very uncharacteristic turn, it's kind of dull, and a bit of a slog.The Warlord of Mars cranks things up again, and thrills at every turn. The third book certainly lives up to what you want from Carter's adventures. This collection works as a complete trilogy. It comes to a satisfactory conclusion. Though Burroughs was not done with Mars, not by a long shot, if you stopped here, you'd have a nice, compete tale. When reading Burroughs, it is good to remember that he was writing in the early 20th century, and while he may have had some forward looking ideas, he was still very much a man of his time. His women are well rounded physically, but not in any other way. The woman who serves as Carter's main drive for almost every action, Dejah Thoris, is often referred to as being a powerful, compelling woman, but rarely if ever is she actually shown to be so in her somewhat rare 'on screen' moments. Usually, she just stands behind Carter and/or gets kidnapped. His views on race (if you can read them into this Sci-Fantasy setting) seem to be along the lines of 'separate but equal.' There are occasionally cringe-worthy turns of phrase. While nowhere near as hateful or crass as many of his contemporaries, there's no getting around some of it. So, know that going in. For Science Fiction fans, this is an absolute must, if for no other reason than to understand what came after. But it's also a rip-roaring adventure tale that's a lot of fun to read.

  • John
    2019-04-22 23:13

    A PRINCESS OF MARS:This is a hard book to rate, because, like so many ERB novels, it starts out great but gets progressively worse with each successive chapter. I like the world that ERB creates here, and it's an interesting plot conceit, but the scientific elements are knock-your-head-against-the-wall stupid and the characters are so cardboard and two-dimensional they might as well be walking, talking pizza boxes. The action is wildly implausible, as is the fact that John Carter learns an entire alien language in less than a few days and can pass himself off as a native Martian. The book is well-written to a point, but it suffers from a lack of description and I had a hard time picturing what was going on. One gets the impression that this is because the whole story wasn't thought out very well. When John Carter finds himself in difficult situations, he often relies on items or information that the reader didn't even know he possessed--as though ERB was making up the story as he went along and was too lazy to do a rewrite that set some of this stuff up in advance. On the other extreme, at the end of the book, something happens that puts all Martian life in jeopardy, leading me to wonder, "why doesn't John Carter just (spoiler deleted) and save everybody?"It isn't until ages later, after everyone is nearly dead, that John Carter hits upon this obvious solution. Some hero.But I have to give the book did a good job of piquing my interest in the early chapters. And it was good enough to make we wonder where the story might lead to next.As lackluster as THE PRINCESS OF MARS may be, it still beats watching the Disney movie version. Even more shockingly, it's better than the direct-to-video movie adaptation starring ex-porn star Traci Lords and renowned Calvin Klein underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr.THE GODS OF MARS:GODS OF MARS is a pulp sci-fi novel that feels like it was written by a college football star. The book consists of one heroic escapade after another, but, in terms of emotional impact, you'd be better off watching SPONGEBOB. The non-stop action is fast, frenetic, highly implausible, and undeniably dumb; nonetheless, it's an enjoyable enough way of killing a few brain cells. Not a single chapter goes by without the book's hero, John Carter, engaging in an epic battle, escaping from an impenetrable prison, or winning the heart of an impossibly beautiful Martian maiden. In some chapters, he manages all three.All in a day's work, I guess.THE WARLORD OF MARS:Reads like a novelization of an 80's Saturday morning cartoon. The coincidences and improbabilities are through the roof... Lots of action, though.