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A princess of Mars de Edgar Rice Burroughs
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A princess of Mars (1912 original; edició 1917)

de Edgar Rice Burroughs, Frank Earle Schoonover (Il·lustrador)

Sèrie: Barsoom (1)

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Ex-Confederate Army captain John Carter finds himself suddenly and unwittingly transported to Mars while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. Captured by the savage green men of Thark, John discovers that the gravitational difference between Mars and Earth has endowed him with the strength that he will need for survival on this hostile planet. He battles ferocious Martian creatures and gains the respect and friendship of the Barsoomians. Along the way he encounters the beautiful Dejah Thoris Princess of Helium, and earns her everlasting devotion.… (més)
Membre:joesphroth
Títol:A princess of Mars
Autors:Edgar Rice Burroughs
Altres autors:Frank Earle Schoonover (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Chicago : A.C. McClurg & Co., 1917.
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:cival war, mars, scifi, pulp, action, adventure

Detalls de l'obra

A Princess of Mars de Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912)

  1. 40
    Sea-Kings of Mars de Leigh Brackett (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: Brackett was inspired by Burroughs and often does him one better.
  2. 20
    In the Courts of the Crimson Kings de S. M. Stirling (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is an homage to Burrough's Barsoom books.
  3. 10
    Els primers homes a la lluna de H. G. Wells (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Two early 20th century works of speculation on extraterrestrial life from two of the great unfettered imaginations of English-language literature.
  4. 10
    Almuric de Robert E. Howard (Michael.Rimmer)
  5. 00
    The Swordsman of Mars de Otis Adelbert Kline (Sylak)
  6. 12
    Elric of Melniboné de Michael Moorcock (artturnerjr)
  7. 01
    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath de H. P. Lovecraft (artturnerjr)
  8. 13
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope de George Lucas (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Anyone notice any similarities between the two?
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It was still good after all this time. And a good cliffhanger for an ending. Don't expect a flat boring story here. This is good story telling and fun characters on an adventure. It may seem dated but you can get past that feeling very quickly when this book gets going. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | Jun 14, 2021 |
Ugh. Glad that's over with. I suspect the only elements this book will have in common with the movie version are the character John Carter and the planet Mars. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
I read this one during NASA's heyday in the sixties. I liked it then, and despite the lack of knowledge when Mr. Burroughs wrote the book, it has aged well as a story. Barsoom is not a place for faint-hearted modern persons. There is violence and death. Men on Barsoom wear weapons, women wear jewelry and little else (in case you didn't know this from the cover). Human relationships are a bit dated, I suppose, but in my view, refreshingly so. Edgar Rice Burroughs is perhaps better known for being the creator of Tarzan, but his venture into what would eventually be called "science-fiction" was, in my view a resounding success. There are a number of sequels to this story, but if you only read one of the Barsoom stories, this should be the one. ( )
  DaleAllenRaby | Mar 8, 2021 |
3.5 stars. I read these as a boy and liked them, still like them a bit, despite their 'feels wrong' sexism and racism tenets. Burroughs is a creature and writer of his times; aren't we all. ( )
  StephenKimber | Mar 5, 2021 |
Any Edgar Rice Burroughs (ERB) book is an instant trigger for déjà vu to my adolescent self, whether it is a mention of the author as an influence to a modern author, a sighting of one of his tattered pulp fiction paperbacks in a used bookstore, or through an actual re-read of one of my favorite titles. I’m not alone, at least in generations adjacent to mine. No less of a towering figure in modern fantasy and fiction than Michael Moorcock has this to say in the forward for this edition:

I hope you enjoy this extraordinary labour of love. A Princess of Mars is over a century old and I’m quite certain it will last at least another century. It has the vitality of a true original and it is that wonderful quality we continue to celebrate.

My brothers and I had a whole bookcases lined with ERB paperbacks along with R.E. Howard, Moorcock himself, John Norman (I know…), Le Guin, Tolkien, Herbert, Wolfe, Asimov, McKillip, and McCaffrey. There was Tarzan, of course, and John Carter of Mars, some Mucker, Venus, Pellucider, and other titles. I don’t read a lot of the genre anymore; when I do it’s usually because my daughter talks me into something or when I go back to one of the authors of my younger reading life for a comfort read.

A Princess of Mars, and the followup, Gods of Mars, are two of my favorite ERB titles, along with the first few Tarzan and a couple of the dozens of subsequent Tarzan titles. I don’ t remember where our collection of the many Tarzan novels stopped but it was well into the teens or maybe twenties. I also don’t remember if I read or had all of the Mars books. Those paperbacks are sadly no longer in my possession and any reading list I kept back then has been lost. I would love to still have them for the covers if nothing else. We had the Ballantine paperbacks for most, if not all, of our ERB titles, and those covers are instantly recognizable to me.

Rereading books you loved at other times in your life is always interesting. Can they still hold your interest? Do they still hold up? What stands out that maybe you didn’t notice or can’t remember from a read forty years ago? A Princess of Mars grabbed me right away once again. Like a lot of first books in what later became series, you can really feel the author’s inspiration and joy in creating a new character and world. Even as a teen I laughed at some of the stretches ERB made in his books and some of the “mistakes” he made in understanding science or geography or zoology. In this book, however, he did a credible job of using the little we know of Mars and building technology, culture and society, and a world around it. The effects of gravity, explaining the lines as canals, the manufacture of air, population control, and the additional elements that allowed for technology not discovered on earth were credible. Some of the plot devices, like Carter forgetting that he knew the door combination for the atmosphere factory until the last minute were harder to believe than his “science” fiction devices.

Based on what seems like a natural modern human desire for the fountain of youth, I found it interesting that he made Martians basically immortal but voluntarily (with a little push from society when necessary) “ending” their lives in a pilgrimage to the land of the dead at the age of one thousand. And, of course, using warfare to keep population at a level the planet could carry seems a tad immature and problematic and maybe influenced by the hopefully never-to-be-repeated heyday of eugenics that was a thing in the U.S.A. in the early 20th century.

One of the “funnier” passages that struck me in reading the book again was this one:

"The [farm] labor was performed by convicts, prisoners of war, delinquent debtors and confirmed bachelors who were too poor to pay the high celibate tax which all red-Martian governments impose."

Not a fan of forced labor but thought it was funny that bachelors were being punished for being celibate and thrown in the mix. At least I think that was where he was going with that.

All of this rambling about pulp fiction brings me back to the main point of this review and blog, and that is how glad I am to see some of my favorites getting some form of fine press treatment. Since there are always too many private press books and too little budget, I doubt I would choose to spend thousands of dollars on a letterpress Burroughs with handmade paper, newly commissioned woodblock illustrations, and hand-bound in leather. So it’s nice to see ERB Books doing a very nice book at this price point. It compares nicely with the some of the editions I own by Subterranean Press and Centipede Press. And it blows away the quality of what I used to think of as a collector’s edition: my Easton Press edition. That book literally looks like it was done using a photocopier to enlarge a paperback edition’s pages. And the illustrations pale in comparison to this profusely illustrated edition.

The illustrations here are a combination of illustrations by Schoonover that I believe originally appeared in the McClurg first edition, and others by Frazetta, Abbett, Whelan, Manchess, and Miller that have appeared through the years. In addition, new artwork was commissioned for the edition along with copious black and white illustrations that are embedded into the text. If you have followed this blog long, you probably know that embedded illustrations and ornaments are a particular favorite of mine. The Ballantine paperbacks of my youth were illustrated by Gino D’Achille and are my favorites. Alas, they are not included here but it was a joy to see so many other artist interpretations of ERB’s work.

There are lots of other “extras” that come with this “manuscript” edition, including a preface by Jim Gerlach that guides you through the manuscript edition and an introduction by Robert B. Zeuschner that discusses the early manuscript. At the end of the book, there is a section of preliminary and proposed sketches for the book over its history and as well as biography of the various illustrators. The edition closes with a section on the edits to the 1917 manuscript. And if you are into other extras and ephemera, you get a whole portfolio of facsimile letters and correspondence, including the first check in payment for the manuscript, a medallion, and replica of the pen ERB used. Finally, the book comes in a very nicely done clam-shell box.

As a side-note for letterpress fans, they did do a letterpress edition of Back to the Stone Age in 2015 using the original plates from the 1937 edition that included one of the plates with each edition. Although that one ERB title I haven’t read, I would have been sorely tempted if I had known about it back before it sold out. I’d say if you’re an ERB fan, you’ll be hard pressed to find nicer editions that what ERB Books is putting out right now. The upcoming Tarzan of the Apes looks equally impressive and I would again gladly upgrade my Easton Press edition to the ERB Books Artist edition.

AVAILABILITY: Copies of the manuscript edition of A Princess of Mars are still available at the ERB website for $200. There are plenty of photos (I tried not to be redundant) and much more info available there as well.

This review complete with photos is available on my blog at www.thewholebookexperience.com
  jveezer | Mar 1, 2021 |
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Burroughs, Edgar Riceautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Abbett, BobAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bradbury, RayIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Brick, ScottNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
D'Achille, GinoAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hiekkala, OssiAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ilmari, SeppoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nelson, MarkNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pennington, BruceAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schoonover, Frank E.Il·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schoonover, Frank EarleAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sobez, LeniTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Whelan, MichaelAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Ex-Confederate Army captain John Carter finds himself suddenly and unwittingly transported to Mars while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. Captured by the savage green men of Thark, John discovers that the gravitational difference between Mars and Earth has endowed him with the strength that he will need for survival on this hostile planet. He battles ferocious Martian creatures and gains the respect and friendship of the Barsoomians. Along the way he encounters the beautiful Dejah Thoris Princess of Helium, and earns her everlasting devotion.

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