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Princess of Mars: An Imaginative Adventure into Old School Pulp Fiction

Updated on September 10, 2016

Princess of Mars Book Review

The Princess of Mars

So I have quite a collection of free classic novels on the Kindle. Because of that I now, I get a chance to read some of the novels I haven’t look into before. Within those classics are works by Edgar Rice Burroughs, an author I heard a lot about but never had a chance to read. So the first book I decided to read of his is Princess of Mars.

So what is Princess of Mars? It’s a pulp fiction scifi fantasy about a civil war veteran who ends up on Mars. On a search for gold on Earth he finds that his friends killed by Native Americans and they soon come after him. With nowhere else to go he hides in cave where he becomes paralyzed. No native dares to enter leaving him there. After hours in that paralyzed state he is transported to Mars almost magically as his things are left on Earth. There he befriends tribes of a green race of four armed aliens, stops a war between two majestic cities, and in love with a princess.

The good? This is a very imaginative. There’s a lot in this story to appreciate here. So much happens here and the story is epic. The world building is great and I just love the setting.

The bad? Detail was a little lacking. It was hard to picture some of the amazing scenes the author writes. Also there’s one really big issue that hurts the story a lot. Because the gravity is greater on Earth than Mars, John Carter is practically Superman. He can leap a building in single bound and punch through a boulder. It is expected he would have an advantage over others, but everything he does is perfect. It’s hard to enjoy a story when I know everything he does is flawless.

Overall, it’s fun and imaginative but it has some huge problems. One in particular makes me not want to read more books by this author, which is a shame. But if you like this old school pulp science fiction this is for you. For everyone else, it’s a pass.

Overall Rating: An Imaginative Adventure into Old School Pulp Fiction.

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