Review: A Princess of Mars

26 Sep

A Princess of MarsA Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always associated the name Edgar Rice Burroughs with Tarzan–until I read this book. For now on, Mr. Burroughs will be a sci-fi writer in my mind. While the science in this early example of science fiction seems a bit dated, given what we now know about our solar neighbor and it’s nature, it is easy to get lost in the fantasy and embrace the world of Mars and it’s inhabitants. I found myself quickly suspending my disbelief and enjoying the ride as the central character, John Carter, revealed himself to be exactly what I want my heroes to be–a hero. We live in a society that is obsessed with anti-heroes and flawed protagonists, and I found it thoroughly refreshing to see a champion who knew what direction his moral compass was pointing. This is an excellent tale of heroism, love, and humanity, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a light leap of fantastic adventure.

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Posted by on September 26, 2010 in review


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3 responses to “Review: A Princess of Mars

  1. Joachim Boaz

    September 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    This book is so much fun — and VERY influential for the genre! That’s for sure…

    And, it’s not really “science fiction” — more like, interplanetary adventure…. hehe

  2. Dale

    October 5, 2010 at 5:54 am

    ERB wrote a lot of SF but the Mars books top the list. I will warn you though that if you read all of the Mars books they are not the typical “series” books. I really don’t care for the later books in the series.

  3. Joachim Boaz

    October 5, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I’ve read the entire series already (maybe I missed one of two) — but definitely the majority of it. Thanks.


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