Swords of Mars

Swords of Mars
Barsoom #8
Edgar Rice Burroughs
sf
1 star
208 pages

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.

A Fighting Man of Mars

A Fighting Man of Mars
Barsoom #7
Edgar Rice Burroughs
fantasy
1 star
200 pages

a red martian man goes to rescue a martian woman who has been kidnapped. In the process he falls in love with another, discovers yet another crazed, world domineering wannabe and yet another mad scientist. Everything works out in the end. Burroughs uses the word “indubitably”. How pretentious.

Chessmen of Mars

Chessmen of Mars
Barsoom #5
Edgar Burroughs
fantasy
1 star
222 pages

follows the adventures of John Carters daughter. A spoiled brat who should have been spanked, imo. Anyway, a Jed from another kingdom falls in love with her, rescues her and everyone is happy. Meet the kaldanes, heads without bodies and another nation that lives on slavery. Burroughs seems to be running out of people to have adventures. Needs to get back to John Carter.

The Gods of Mars

The Gods of Mars
Barsoom #2
Edgar Rice Burroughs
sf
2 stars
195 pages

John Carter returns to Mars after 10 years. He has a son who is completely grown up. Goes to rescue his wife and in the process discredits the religious beliefs and discovers the white and black men of mars. The white men were masquerading as the red men’s gods and the black men were masquerading as the white men’s gods. Overthrows the whole system. Ends with his wife being trapped in a prison that won’t open again for a year.

A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars
Barsoom #1
Edgar Rice Burroughs
SF
3stars
160 pages

follows the adventures of John Carter, a Virginian Gentleman who goes to Mars. In this adventure he rescues a Princess, who he marries, and unites the red martians [humanoid] and the green martians [not so humanoid]. Pulp fiction through and through. We’ll see how the next 10+ stories stand up.