First Published - 1912-1913. In 1886 John Carter figured out how to send himself back to Barsoom (Mars). Once back he learns that Dejah Thoris and Tars Tarkas have undertaken the final pilgrimage down Iss. He is himself trapped in the valley of ...
e valley of Dor, where hideous green plant creatures and white apes attack and eat all the pilgrims who succeed in finishing the arduous journey. Carter learns that the Therns have been preying upon the pilgrims, and in turn the First Born have been preying on the Therns. After discovering (and meeting) his son Carthoris in the pits of the First Born, John Carter overthrows their corrupt religion and Issus is killed by her own people as the forces of Helium and the Green Hordes devastate the Therns and First Born. Dejah Thoris and Thuvia, a princess befriended by John Carter, are trapped in an underground dungeon with Phaidor, daughter of Matai Shang, for one year.
The second chapter of Burroughs "John Carter" saga is definitely an improvement of what I've read in the first novel: while keeping the strong point-of-merit of the american author's narrative (Manly charachters, lot-and-lots of action, exotic andThe second chapter of Burroughs "John Carter" saga is definitely an improvement of what I've read in the first novel: while keeping the strong point-of-merit of the american author's narrative (Manly charachters, lot-and-lots of action, exotic and spectacular locations) and expressing them fully, the narration is linear without significant twists (the revelation of Carthoris' nature is pretty predictable) but more fluid than the previous novel, action never leaves the stage causing fast pacing reading and glueing the reader's eye to the page, dialogues are short and secondary charachter development is almost absent but this is still a great Fantasy-SciFi novel, I'm eager to read the next chapter
Il secondo capitolo della saga di John Carter è, secondo me, in crescendo rispetto al primo: i punti forti della narrativa di E.R.Burroughs (azione, ambientazione esotica, personaggi granitici e virili) qui sono presenti ed espressi al massimo, un filo narrativo lineare senza particolari colpi di scena (la "sorpresa" Carthoris era facile da intuire) ma trascinante grazie al ritmo sostenuto ed alle scene d'azione mai assenti, dialoghi essenziali senza approfondimento e sviluppo dei personaggi secondari non inficiano l'importanza di un romanzo di genere notevole che fa ben sperare per i capitoli successivi dell'avventura di Carter su Barsoom...Continua Nascondi
The Gods of Mars I must admit I loved a little less. Here there was much less world building and character building it was much more action based with John and his various companions almost always on the run. That said Burroughs did manage to buildThe Gods of Mars I must admit I loved a little less. Here there was much less world building and character building it was much more action based with John and his various companions almost always on the run. That said Burroughs did manage to build some suitably creepy aliens and some disturbing situations into this one, I love the idea that heaven is actually full of monsters who will devour you but if you escape and try to tell people you'll be killed for blasphamey. I think I was disappointed that Dejah Thoris and Sola were in the book so little. Thuvia when she was introduced was great. I liked that she was able to control the beasts, but was disappointed to see her replaced so quickly by Phaidor. I also liked that there was so much anti-racism in this book. The people who thought they were better because of their race were repeatedly proven wrong and misguided and those who were believed to have been hideous were shown to be courageous and noble. There was even one point where John talked about how beautiful the black skin of the Martians was and how it enhanced their beauty, which he admited sounded odd coming from a Confedorate solider. Actually the more I write about this the more I am liking the book. I really do enjoy Burroughs Mars series and definitely need to re-read them all. ...Continua Nascondi