Ah, the power of advertising.
TV has been hammering me with trailers for the new John Carter movie for over a month now, and it worked. Heck, I couldn’t even wait for the movie. I had to bust out my old Science Fiction Book Club volumes and dive back into the world of Barsoom.
And it didn’t disappoint. 100 years after it’s first publication, this novel is still a wild ride. Sure, it’s a little creaky in places, especially around the romance, but it’s still a great story and a great concept. Burroughs' world-building was complex and varied enough to carry him through nine more novels. And in the process, he created a sub-genre of science fiction that’s been expanded by a long line of other authors, right down to a guy named Charles Gramlich.
Not surprisingly, A Princess of Mars left me wanting more, so I powered right through the sequel, The Gods of Mars, and have the rest of the books lined up like dominoes.
Will the movie live up to the book? Maybe, maybe not. The important thing is - the book still lives.
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