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The Chessmen of Mars

Press: Echo Library (May 2, 2006)
Author Name:Burroughs, Edgar Rice


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From the Inside Flap

Held captive by grotesque bodiless heads, Princess Tara of Helium was rescued by a warrior who dared not reveal his name. 
But escape led the daughter of the Warlord of Mars into even more loathesome peril -- as the prize in a bloody game of living chess.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Edgar Rice Burroughs created one of the most iconic figures in American pop culture, Tarzan of the Apes, and it is impossible to overstate his influence on entire genres of popular literature in the decades after his enormously winning pulp novels stormed the public's imagination. 
The Chessmen of Mars, first published in 1922, is the fifth book in Burroughs' Mars series, about the adventures of Earthman John Carter on the Red Planet.
Here, Carter's daughter, Tara of Helium (aka Kansas), is caught up in a deadly game played by the bizarre creatures of the alien world...
while also finding herself under the sway of the nameless warrior sent to rescue her.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

American novelist EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS (1875-1950) wrote dozens of adventure, crime, and science fiction novels that are still beloved today, including Tarzan of the Apes (1912), At the Earth's Core (1914), A Princess of Mars (1917), The Land That Time Forgot (1924), and Pirates of Venus (1934). 
He is reputed to have been reading a comic book when he died.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From AudioFile

In this fifth installment of Burroughs' Mars series, Tara, Princess of Helium, battles strange creatures in her effort to return to Kansas, or rather, Helium, after a vicious storm blows her into a strange new country. 
John Bolen gives each character in the intricate extraterrestrial thriller an accent from some country on Earth.
But so strongly does he perform these that dialogue is often lost to human ears.
His shrill, simpering female characters, admittedly few, all sound the same.
These problems, combined with mispronounced words and oddly accented phrases, detract from the great story.
© AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  •     The Mars series from Burroughs was groundbreaking in its day. The stories are well thought out, though sometimes rather obvious and predictable. In this series Burroughs creates an elaborate world with layers of customs, ideology, social structures, and race that are described down to the minute detail.Thuvia, Maid of Mars picks up the story of Thuvia after she is returned to her father, the Jeddack. She is in love with John Carter's son, and he with her, but her father has promised her hand in marriage to another. Another prince wishes Thuvia for himself and is driven to extremes when she refuses him. He kidnaps her and frames Carthoris for the crime. Carthoris sets off to find his love, even though he knows he cannot have her hand in marriage. There are ups and downs, freedom and recapture, and in the end a desperate plan to expose the wrong doing and clear Carthoris's name.

  •     Classic

  •     Like the other stories in this series Burroughs has told a masterful story of the great Bassoon and John Carter of Mars

  •     Fabulous book - all sorts of surprises and twists, fascinating concepts. I love these books and the high spirit in which ERB writes them. A real pleasure!

  •     A great story,plenty of suspense. Also it even has a love story with great characters that followed the start of the series

  •     Mr Burroughs must have been imbibing on mushrooms or his own brew of LSD. I always enjoy his imagination. So far ahead of his time.

  •     The John Carter books are just fun to read, action, romance and always wondering what will happen next.

  •     "Thuvia, Maid of Mars" is the fourth book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' groundbreaking Barsoom series. It was originally published in 1916 in All-Story Weekly and then as a novel in 1920. Like the first three novels in the series, "Thuvia, Maid of Mars" is a swashbuckling tale of derring-do and adventure, taking place on the dying planet Mars. It differs from the first three tales in that, instead of following the adventures of John Carter, it follows the adventures of his son, Carthoris, who, like his father, spends his time attempting to rescue a princess in danger, Thuvia, who first appeared in "The Gods of Mars."This novel involves palace intrigue with nobles from three nations attempting to secure the hand of Thuvia, Princess of Ptarth. It involves not just palace intrigue, but a mighty battle where the navies of the great powers of Mars (or Barsoom as the natives call it) face each other in something like when the English faced off against the great Spanish Armada.This novel also involves some science fiction aspects (apart from taking place on another planet) in that an ancient race that somehow survived the drying up of Mars' mighty oceans can create things and people and warriors with just their thoughts. This is a theme that was explored at length in many other science fiction novels and even in Star Trek episodes. Burroughs spends much time in this novel not just writing about Carthoris' adventures, but also exploring the philosophical ends of such things as mental creation and what is real and what is fantasy. Can these ancient people survive on just imaginary food? Can imaginary arrows kill Green Martians? Are the bowmen brought into existence to defend the city any less real flesh and blood than the men who bring them into existence? Is it necessary for imaginary archers to eat and make camp?Even though the Barsoomian adventures of John Carter and his son involve flying airships and ray guns, most Barsoomians prefer to do battle hand to hand with swords. They also act with a code of honor and do not slay women. Thus, to read one of these tales is to bring an adventure of the knights of the middle ages and their chivalry to life, just on another planet where the various city-states vie against each other for honor.If you are looking for a terrific adventure story, this is your ticket.

  •     total fan, never gets old

  •     By one of my favorite authors -great story !

  •     “Chessmen of Mars” is the fifth novel in the Barsoom series and was published in its full novel form in 1922, about a decade after the first Barsoom novel. In it, Burroughs focuses, as he did in the previous novel, not on John Carter, but on his descendants. The focus of the novel is on his daughter, Tara of Helium, and her paramour, Gahan of Gathol. Other than that, the novel follows in the same basic pattern as the earlier novels of this series with a tale of romance and chivalry set not among the knights and damsels of the middle ages, but on the dying planet of Mars. It is a terrific adventure book and a fun story to read.Tara, at least in the beginning of the book, is a haughty princess with many suitors at the palace ball, sort of a Marie Antoinette or Scarlet O’Hara type of character with flowing gowns and romantic intrigue. The tale takes Tara out of her comfortable palace life to adventures in forgotten valleys and unknown lands where she encounters ancient people who know nothing of modern-day Martian civilization. First, her adventures take her to the Bantoomian Valley, where Burroughs has invented a unique people, whose heads and bodies are independent with the heads being intelligent and advanced and able to crawl about on little legs like spiders and the headless bodies are no better than the most brutish of animals. Burroughs invented such creatures nearly one hundred years ago and it is amazing how many books and creatures and inventions followed in his wake. What an imagination!The second ancient civilization Tara and Gahan encounter is the ancient city of Manator, where the game of Jetan (which is similar in many respects to the Earthly game of chess) is played in an arena on a board with living and armed human pieces. When one piece enters another’s space, they fight to the death, making this an exciting and unusual game. There are many other interesting aspects to the ancient city, but the game of Jetan is, by far, the most intriguing and inventive.Once again, as in the first four novels in this amazing series, Burroughs has invented a world in many ways like our own, but in many ways unlike it, a world peopled by unique creatures and ancient civilizations and, often, unexplored. It is a vast land, even though the planet is smaller, as the oceans have dried up and, therefore, there is more land. On this unique landscape, Burroughs plays out his stories of derring-do and chivalry as there is always a beautiful princess to rescue and a great and mighty swordsman to rescue her, often causing entire nations to rise in revolt against their despotic rulers.Many writers followed in Burroughs’ wake, but none ever wrote tales so well.

  •     Thuvia Maid of Mars is an interesting if old-fashioned story. She's a bit prissy as the princess of Ptarth and is betrothed to a character Tith, whom we do not meet until the end of the story. The story is mostly about a couple of men who have the hots for her and the length they go through to get her, even risking interplanetary war for her hand.As with a lot of Mars books, we have interesting subplots - a lost city of Lothar that has men who can imagine so strongly that others can see their thoughts come to life. They usually disappear except for one guy.... but I digress.Burroughs really gets more into the animal life on Mars - the lion-like banth the most prominent.Overall, and enjoyable story for John Carter fans, but without John Carter.Kindle edition was clear, no massive misspellings or errors as I've seen in other editions.

  •     I thought this book was entertaining and a decent read. I miss not reading about John Carter but I guess Carthoris his son does an ok job of picking up where dear old dad left...

  •     My husband loves ERB and this series. Bought him a cover that he doesn't have...and still doesn't. This is just a cheap scan of one of the covers from various printings, made...


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