A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

Published in 1911, A Princess of Mars introduced a popular series of novels recounting John Carter's Martian exploits. Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the creator of Tarzan, employed a new style of writing that combined the genres of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction. His imaginative setting—an advanced but decaying civilization, where Olympian heroics play out against malevolent forces and ever-changing fortunes—endures as a timeless world, in which love, honor, and loyalty form the basis for fast-paced romantic adventures.
 

About Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Author Bio: Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1875-1950Edgar Rice Burroughs is renowed for his many novels of fantastic adventure. Unquestionably his best-known creation is that of the jungle hero, Tarzan the Ape Man, but almost as well known are his stories of other planets beginning with the very popular Mars series.  A torrent of novels followed: stories about Venus, tales of the Moon and of the middle Earth, westerns, and detective stories. In all, nearly one hundred stories bore Edgar Rice Burroughs’ name.Born in Chicago in 1875, he tried his hand at many businesses without notable success, until at the age of thirty-five, he turned to writing. With the publication of Tarzan of the Apes and A Princess of Mars, his career was assured. By the time of his death in 1950, at his home in a town bearing the name of his best known work, Tarzana, California over 40 million copies of Edgar Rice Burroughs books have appeared in 58 different languages.
 
Published March 30, 2004 by Digireads.com. 84 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Horror, Science & Math, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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“John Carter,” based on a novel, Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Princess of Mars,” comes to life on Friday.

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BC Books

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I was even more surprised to find that my son, inured by years of Harry Potter movies and video games, could be so taken with the world and a book almost 100 years old.

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BC Books

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The book is an escapist fantasy, and enjoyable tale which, if set on earth, could have been easily been classified as pulp fiction.

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BC Books

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I read a lot to my son, but we’ve been reading the YA fantasy novels featuring young protagonists that don’t usually mix too much violence into the story.

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BC Books

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Carter, a Civil War Confederate veteran, finds himself projected to Mars.

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New York Journal of Books

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that A Princess of Mars -- which has been adapted for the new Disney film, John Carter, to be released March 9, 2012 -- is an old-fashioned adventure tale, a product of a different age with no swea...

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In between multiple battles with foes and beasts (and stumbles by Carter to learn Martian customs, especially where it comes to romancing Dejah), they are recaptured in Warhoon, escape to Zodanga, have a chance encounter with the Atmosphere Factory (which makes certain that Mars has a breathable ...

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Escape Pod

The ending wraps up a little too fast, as stories from that era were wont to do, but that’s okay, because we know there’ll be more John Carter of Mars stories coming up.

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