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A Princess of Mars

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,671 / 197 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.5
LoC Category: PS
Series: Barsoom
Downloads: 48,651 1403

Forty-three million miles from the earth--a succession of the weirdestand most astounding adventures in fiction. John Carter, American, findshimself on the planet Mars, battling for a beautiful woman, with theGreen Men of Mars, terrible creatures fifteen feet high, mounted onhorses like dragons.

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however, that this thought did not occur to me until the following day removes any possible right to a claim to heroism to which the narration of this episode might possibly otherwise entitle me.

I do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes, because, in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death, I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later. My mind is evidently so constituted that I am subconsciously forced into the path of duty without recourse to tiresome mental processes. However that may be, I have never regretted that cowardice is not optional with me.

In this instance I was, of course, positive that Powell was the center of attraction, but whether I thought or acted first I do not know, but within an instant from the moment the scene broke upon my view I had whipped out my revolvers and was charging down upon the entire army of warriors, shooting

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.4 from 23 reviews: *****

An epic eye rolling adventure.
It should be pointed out that this is not a sci-fi but a pure fantasy novel.

Carol Sutton

I read every book in the series more than 45 years ago - they have been my favourite books ever since. So imaginative for a series of books from the 1910s.


Without a doubt my favorite book from the pulp fiction era. It is impossible for the reader to find himself bored.

Captian Jack

This was an outstanding read. I have heard this book in audio format. Reading it was much better.

Ross Campbell

This is a great book despite it's age. I can highly recommend reading this before you see the film!


The Barsoom series are a very enjoyable read. I\'m on the 5th novel now (The Chessmen of Mars) and have just found out that the John Carter movie will be out 2012, can\'t wait.

Most enjoyable!


A hero from Earth, a princess, a planet full of warlike Martians and vicious life forms - what more could you ask for? Fast paced and imaginative.


Bizzar fantasy/sci-fi on planet Mars with lots of sword fight and strange creatures.


I have loved this series since I was a teenager. My mom and dad read the series and recommended it to me. I\'ve read the whole series at least 7 times. By the way, the Princess of Mars is a 3 book continuation. The Gods of Mars is the second book and Warlord of Mars is the 3rd. However, there is 11 books to the whole series. Edgar Rice Burroughs is a great author and the tarzan series is just as fun.


I always associated the name Edgar Rice Burroughs with Tarzan--until I read this book. For now on, Mr. Burroughs will be a sci-fi writer in my mind. While the science in this early example of science fiction seems a bit dated, given what we now know about our solar neighbor and it's nature, it is easy to get lost in the fantasy and embrace the world of Mars and it's inhabitants. I found myself quickly suspending my disbelief and enjoying the ride as the central character, John Carter, revealed himself to be exactly what I want my heroes to be--a hero. We live in a society that is obsessed with anti-heroes and flawed protagonists, and I found it thoroughly refreshing to see a champion who knew what direction his moral compass was pointing. This is an excellent tale of heroism, love, and humanity, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a light leap of fantastic adventure.


This is a classic which all sci-fi fans should read, both for its imaginative action and for its subsequent effect on sci-fi authors (e.g. Barsoom reappears in Heinlein's The Number of the Beast). Some will find it dated in light of what is now known about Mars, but that is a part of its charm. Its ethos harkens back to a day when honor and integrity still meant something. A fast read and highly recommended!


The Barsoom series was a favorite of Carl Sagan who, in his landmark television series, Cosmos mentioned his youthful desire to visit Mars as had John Carter. After reading the excellent adventure, A Princess of Mars, I understand the strange pull of Barsoom.

The story is in the best tradition of "swords and stars" pulp in which a fighting man of Earth finds adventure, danger, battle, honor and romance against the harsh Martian landscape. It is fast paced and well written. I was scarcely able to put this book down until I had finished it. And I felt the pull of Barsoom drawing me to The Gods Of Mars almost immediately afterwards.

There are some stereotypes and prejudices that must be taken in context of the era in which the work was written. Otherwise, one finds oneself turning pages at a ferocious rate.

A Princess of Mars is an excellent start to a series that should appeal to fans of adventure and science fiction alike. There is a reason it has remained on bookshelves for so many years.

El Gordo

I love this book. It has a special place in my heart and I will read it again.


Lots of fun and a very engaging read!


Well it was hard to get through the first two chapters, but after that I couldn't stop reading it! Very enthralling, when you start reading this book, you will actually feel that you are there in Mars watching the action and seeing the plot unfold! Download this now!! You'll never regret it!

Cad Lady

Our book club chooses 2 classics a year. We read Princess last fall and had a total blast with it. Sit back, relax, enjoy the Old Ways, you're in for a Ride.


carte destul de interesanta, dar strabatuta de acel avant initial al S-F-ului catre eroii nemaipomeniti, adaptarea eroului mult prea rapida


A surprisingly good book. ERB writes of conceptions that you'll see in everything following it that deals with Mars. Everything from Total Recall to various animes directly or indirectly borrow from the original ideas of an inhabited Mars as invisioned by ERB. The story is highly recommended and by the time you finish it, you'll be begging for the next in the series.

Fred Smooty

A grand adventure. Clearly the best of the 'Barsoom' series. It is interesting to see how much ERB viewed of a classic, sterotyped, gentile, chivalrous, gentlemen of the old southern civil war era and then transplanted him into a very different culture. While his idea of transplanting a 'human' into another alien world or culture was used by him several other times, it is more interesting to reflect how his way of doing this type adventure plot was later used by other writers. Before you read other such stories or go further in other such series, read this book first. While you should not really try to read to much high philsophy or literature into pulp tales, it makes for interesting reflection to seek out the influence of ERB in the works of later adventure writers.


Downloaded after reading this review, which found it excellent:

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This is still one of the best written scifi stories ever - although it takes a bit of effort to adjust to the old english.


A classic sci-fi/fantasy book. ERB is a great writer. Simple to read and lots of fast fun and action. Many days I dreamed of being John Carter on Mars...


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