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A Princess of Mars


"And the sight which met my eyes was that of a slender, girlish figure, similar in every detail to the earthly women of my past life. She did not see me at first, but just as she was disappearing through the portal of the building which was to be her prison she turned, and her eyes met mine. Her face was oval and beautiful in the extreme, her every feature was finely chiseled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Her skin was of a light reddish copper color, against which the crimson glow of her cheeks and the ruby of her beautifully molded lips shone with a strangely enhancing effect. She was as destitute of clothes as the green Martians who accompanied her; indeed, save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely naked, nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure." Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.401
brian m

Fast, Fun, & Exciting

by brian m on Sep 25, 2012

I saw the movie John Carter and found the idea intriguing. So I picked up this book and Wow what a Great Fun read! The story is fairly simple and straight forward, but Burroughs has a Great gift for describing unique races telling you about there civilization, religion, philosophy and pets and recreation. It is a short book but has pieces of a love story an old school adventure and a sociological study of Man. I had a Great time reading it!


Rather dated

by LISA M on Sep 8, 2011

This book was written a long time ago and reads like it. The adventure in the book is slow paced. This was not a "page turner" read. I've had the book for weeks and still haven't managed to finish it. Disney had a lot of updating to do when "John Carter" the movie was put together.


read the book

by LKSSR on May 28, 2010

I was not aware Edgar Rice Burroughs had written books other than Tarzan so when I found out a movie is being made based on his "Barsoon" books I ordered the set to read before the movie comes out next year.


greatest science fantasy ever

by JayJ on Jul 6, 2008

This is where science fantasy really started with Edgar rice Burroughs' first entry into his just famous Mars (or Barsoom) series, featuring a superman hero, a beautiful princess, literal hordes of truly alien aliens, and a wonderful world. This is the stuff dreams are made of, and ERB does not stint. The series continued for ten more volumes in of the justly most famous and influential series of books ever. Impossible to recommend more highly.


Best of the Best

by bookishwench on Jun 17, 2008

One of the best examples of the genre, from one of the greatest science-fantasy writers of all time. Sure, Burroughs glosses over any difficulty he may have with plot, making parts of the book a stretch to even the most willing suspension of disbelief, but the result is a ripping-good tale of the red planet. You'll want to read the whole series! And you ought to.

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