Thursday, November 19, 2009

John Carter: Warlord of Mars

In anticipation of Disney's John Cater movies, I decided to re-read some of the books, and decided to begin at, well, the beginning. The first three books, for the uninitiated, are:
  1. A Princess of Mars
  2. Gods of Mars
  3. Warlord of Mars
These three books are the beginning trilogy.

These books are primarily a lot of fun, considering how early they come in the sci-fi genre. The first two are superior. Warlord of Mars is my least favorite so far. Burroughs gets a bit ham-handed with the mystery elements. Items that should build tension instead make the hero look stupid. Between Princess and Gods is a hard choice for me. Princess is very swashbuckling, but Gods has a lovely Atheist quality where Carter brings down a cruel and malign religion.

There are definitely better entries in the sci-fi genre, but remember that these books were written early in the twentieth century, and some of the science is ludicrous. Taken for what they are meant to be, they are very enjoyable. A cross between the King Arthur tales and Treasure Island. Also, they are short and in the public domain, so they are available on Project Gutenberg.

1 comment:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I loved the Frazetta covers for these books.

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