Summary

This novel was first published episodically in 1912, a year before Burroughs released Tarzan of the Apes, which would catapult him to international fame. This novel helped to define an emerging genre: science fiction.
John Carter, Confederate Civil War veteran, is mysteriously transported to Mars, where he finds that the new environment gives him seemingly supernatural powers. We are introduced to several different alien cultures, and we follow Carter as he seeks to rescue the elusive Martian Princess, with whom he has fallen in love. It's a fantastic science fiction novel, and is sure to be a great gateway into the classics for younger readers.
Public Domain (P)2010 B.J. Harrison
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3 out of 5 stars
By M4D_SC13NT1ST on 15-11-16

Classic, but lacking detail

Perdormance was excellent. Classic story, I'm sure a truly original work in its time. but, lacking in a lot of ways now. The beginning of the story is great. But then the story jumped around too much, skimmed too quickly over vital portions of the plot, and ended hastily without adequate explanation of the mysterious events that occurred. The last part of the story also seemed to come from out of nowhere, like it was added on last minute and had not been introduced properly into the story beforehand. The native creatures of Mars could have been thought-out in more detail too, and even though there were details about their appearance and culture, I would have enjoyed learning a lot more. I also disliked how the names of all the Martians sounded so similar, like the author only followed one naming theme for the entire character list. However, like I said, a classic story of a man who unexpectedly travels to Mars and encounters strange intelligent creatures there. I'm glad I read it because it gave me a deeper insight on how to describe and introduce unique creatures in a story, and how to avoid some basic plot issues.

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5 out of 5 stars
By wade on 14-09-16

just as good as I remember

it was better than I remembered the narration was perfect I highly recommend this to anyone with the love of a great story

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