The first of these novels, A Princess of Mars, was Burroughs' first book, and he wrote the next two novels in quick succession. Together they tell the story of John Carter of Mars - how he came to Mars, met the love of his life, and quickly found himself occupied full-time defending her and saving his adopted planet from interplanetary evildoers.
This trilogy opened the doors of popular science fiction to an entire nation and world. It launched the original pulp science fiction storyworld and series, often imitated but never duplicated, and has inspired four generations of young sci-fi and fantasy writers, artists, moviemakers and videogame designers.
And, of course, it's a ripping great story.
This Pulp-Lit Press Annotated Omnibus Edition takes those three novels together as a coherent story. Each is gracefully and unobtrusively annotated, to help the modern reader put it in the proper literary and historical context for maximum reading enjoyment. All annotations are presented together in a single chapter, easily skipped by readers who prefer to get on with the story.
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By Robert on 01-04-15
Great Story, Well Told, Excellent Commentary
If you could sum up The John Carter Trilogy of Edgar Rice Burroughs in three words, what would they be?
Classic Fantasy Adventure
What was one of the most memorable moments of The John Carter Trilogy of Edgar Rice Burroughs?
While the story was fun, the commentary (written by the reader), was even better. Enjoyably written and made everything deeper.
Which character – as performed by Finn J.D. John – was your favorite?
Dejah Thoris. There's a delightful sincerity to the performance. It's clear that Dejah made the reader's heart flutter as a young man reading these stories for the first time just as she makes John Carter's in the novel.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
If nothing else, just share the reader's initial forward with anyone interested in story. It makes for a great listen, even without the rest of the book.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By 42 on 30-03-15
A fun, albeit campy read.
Chivalry. Helpless damsels in distress. Six limbed space monsters. Swashbuckling. Steampunk style airships. What fun!
The early 20th century ideals in the book may be a little foreign, and definitely outdated to the modern reader, but that's what we're looking for in pulp sci-fi, isn't it? That's part of the charm. The annotations are very well done, and helpful in reminding the reader of the era in which the book was written. It is also very evident, from the very beginning, that these stories have had a major impact on many of our more modern science fiction books and movies . Overall, the stories were interesting and well written. The narrator did a fine job, and was pleasing to listen to. Would recommend.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful