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Swords of Mars

de Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Sèrie: Barsoom (8)

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John Carter reprises his role of hero as he vows to bring an end to the Assassins Guild. He ventures in disguise to the city of Zodanga in a fierce attempt to overthrow Ur Jan, the leader of the Assassins. His adventures embroil him in the rivalry of two competing scientist-inventors, and eventually leads him to the nearer Martian moon in order to rescue his kidnapped wife, Dejah Thoris.Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of the world's most popular authors. With no previous experience as an author, he wrote and sold his first novel-_A Princess of Mars_-in 1912. In the ensuing thirty-eight years until his death in 1950, Burroughs wrote ninety-one books and a host of short stories and articles. Although best known as the creator of the classic Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars, his restless imagination knew few bounds. Burroughs's prolific pen ranged from the American West to primitive Africa and on to romantic adventure on the moon, the planets, and even beyond the farthest star.No one knows how many copies of ERB books have been published throughout the world. It is conservative to say, however, that with the translations into thirty-two known languages, including Braille, the number must ran into the hundreds of millions. When one considers the additional worldwide following of the Tarzan newspaper feature, radio programs, comic magazines, motion pictures, and television, Burroughs must have been known and loved by literally a thousand million or more.… (més)
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John Carter hunts assassins, leading him to the moon (of Mars!).

2/4 (Indifferent).

It takes a long time before it gets to anything interesting. For a while it seemed like it might redeem itself, with an avalanche of wacky pulp ideas. And then the last chapter is written like a summary for an entire other book that I guess Burroughs got too bored to bother writing. ( )
  comfypants | Sep 7, 2020 |
John Carter goes to another city to break up an assassins guild. They in turn kidnap his wife. End up going to a moon of mars and back to rescue her. Ugh. I can't stand these anymore. I wish I hadn't bought them. Well, I will end up finishing the series next year. Only 3 more stories to go. But I need at least 4 months between these. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I cannot give this book (#8 from the Barsoom series) more than 3 stars. Why? Because - contrary to most of the preceding Barsoom books - this story could for 80% or more have been set on Earth (or anywhere in the Universe, if it comes to that). All the characters (with the exception of one newly 'invented' one) behave like Earth people and there are even hardly any non-earthly events or settings. The inhabitants of this book eat in eathouses, walk home through small streets, the houses have doors and windows, that are not different from the ones in my house, people even knock on them when they want to come in etc. etc.
This really is a pity! I liked the former books because of their SF aspects, especially because of the strange creatures with strange un-earthly habits.
Another disappointment is that the book stops suddenly. Confronted with the villains, John Carter is at the point of simply believing them in their obvious lies, and while he is walking away to make another journey to find his missing Princess, she suddenly appears as a 'deus ex machina'. And that is it. The book is finished. No real climax, nothing.
In fact - given my criticism above - two stars would an adequate rating, but the Barsoom series as a whole, of which his book is part after all, makes this unreasonable. ( )
  ReneH | Sep 26, 2013 |
A sorozat 8. kötetében az eredeti trilógiához hasonlóan újra John Carter a narrátor, ennek ellenére a stílus inkább a sorozat későbbi köteteire emlékeztet, meglehetősen kevés a mészárlás a könyvben.

Talán ez a sorozat első könyve ahol végre valahára nem azzal kezdődik regény, hogy egy gyönyörű nő bajba kerül ( később persze mégis ). Az alaptörténet szerint John Carter legnagyobb gondja az, hogy egy marsi városban meglehetősen sok bérgyilkos dolgozik. Elsőre egy ellen-bérgyilkos csapatot állít fel, hiszen nagyon hatékony, ha egyszemélyben rendőr, bíró, ítéletvégrehajtó az ember, de mivel még ez sem segít, John Carter ( aki éppen a bolygó ura ) személyesen megy rendet tenni.

A könyvben több nem túl részletesen kidolgozott sci-fi ötlet is található, legérdekesebb egy mechanikus agy leírása volt, ami ( nevével ellentétben ) egy modern számítógépnek felel meg, de olvashatunk gondolatvezérlésről, űrutazásról is. ( )
  asalamon | Mar 21, 2013 |
This is the eighth book in Burroughs' John Carter series of books set on Barsoom, a fictionalized and pulpy version of Mars. I've read and enjoyed the previous seven in the series before, but I was somewhat disappointed with this one.

The initial plot of the book involves John Carter having trouble with the assassin's guild in the Barsoomian city of Zodanga. He has sent agents to wage a clandestine war against them, but they have failed. Naturally, he decides to travel to Zodanga by himself and in disguise to take care of the problem personally. For those unfamiliar with the series, back in Warlord of Mars (book three in the series) John Carter became the acknowledged warlord of the entirety of Barsoom, in addition to being a prince of the city of Helium. Carter setting out would be like, say, sending Dick Cheney off to hunt down Osama bin Laden because the CIA hasn't been able to track him down.

Once he reaches Zodanga, the first person he meets is an aspiring assassin who introduces him to a obsessively paranoid mad genius scientist who is the rival of another mad scientist who happens to have the head of the Zodangan assassin's guild in his pay. He takes up employment with the mad scientist (who is building a ship capable of interplanetary flight and a mechanical "brain" to control it) and begins some rather clumsy efforts to infiltrate the assassin's guild.

The story then takes a left hand turn, as the assassins and the rival mad scientist use their own interplanetary ship to kidnap John Carter's great love Dejah Thoris (the Princess of Mars from book one in the series) and whisk her away to the Martian moon Thuria. John Carter immediately flies back to Helium to prevent the kidnapping, arrives late, and then takes a single warrior with him and sets out to use the first mad scientists' ship to follow to Thuria.

Once there (and, oddly, having shrunk so that he and his companion are the same proportionate size to Thuria as they normally are to Barsoom, which apparently happens to everyone who visits Thuria), he immediately finds the other ship, but is taken prisoner by invisible enemies. There is a lot of intrigue, other prisoners (including a very bizarre alien) join up with him in a plan to escape, yet another princess falls madly in love with Carter and offers to help him and his companions escape. The head of the Zodangan assassin's guild is so impressed with Carter's fighting skill he pledges his loyalty to him, and Carter manages to fight his way out of captivity. Dejah is kidnapped again, but manages to free herself in time for Carter to rescue her.

All of the elements of a good Barsoom story are here, but they are so disjointed that they don't add up to a great story. It reads like Burroughs just couldn't make up his mind what direction he wanted to go in, so he just threw in everything including the kitchen sink. ( )
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John Carter reprises his role of hero as he vows to bring an end to the Assassins Guild. He ventures in disguise to the city of Zodanga in a fierce attempt to overthrow Ur Jan, the leader of the Assassins. His adventures embroil him in the rivalry of two competing scientist-inventors, and eventually leads him to the nearer Martian moon in order to rescue his kidnapped wife, Dejah Thoris.Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of the world's most popular authors. With no previous experience as an author, he wrote and sold his first novel-_A Princess of Mars_-in 1912. In the ensuing thirty-eight years until his death in 1950, Burroughs wrote ninety-one books and a host of short stories and articles. Although best known as the creator of the classic Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars, his restless imagination knew few bounds. Burroughs's prolific pen ranged from the American West to primitive Africa and on to romantic adventure on the moon, the planets, and even beyond the farthest star.No one knows how many copies of ERB books have been published throughout the world. It is conservative to say, however, that with the translations into thirty-two known languages, including Braille, the number must ran into the hundreds of millions. When one considers the additional worldwide following of the Tarzan newspaper feature, radio programs, comic magazines, motion pictures, and television, Burroughs must have been known and loved by literally a thousand million or more.

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