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The Gods of Mars By Edgar Rice Burroughs The Gods of Mars After the long exile on Earth John Carter finally returned to his beloved Mars But beautiful Dejah Thoris the woman he loved had vanished Now he was trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars an Eden fr

  • Title: The Gods of Mars
  • Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9780345324399
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gods of Mars By Edgar Rice Burroughs After the long exile on Earth, John Carter finally returned to his beloved Mars But beautiful Dejah Thoris, the woman he loved, had vanished Now he was trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars an Eden from which none ever escaped alive.
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    1. Lyn on said:

      Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a fun book Taking up where A Princess of Mars left off, it is the story of John Carter s second visit to Barsoom and chronicles his encounter with an ancient religion that has deceived Martian culture Entertaining, imaginative and even a little allegorical it also displays Burroughs knack for weaving a cliffhanger, as every other chapter finds the characters in some trouble they cannot get out of Even the ending is designed to make the reader want to buy t [...]

    2. Dirk Grobbelaar on said:

      Rolling ochre sea bottom of long dead seas, low surrounding hills, with here and there the grim and silent cities of the dead past great piles of mighty architecture tenanted only by age old memories of a once powerful race, and by the great white apes of Barsoom.If anything, Edgar Rice Burroughs is the founding father of the guilty pleasure No, these books aren t literary masterpieces No, these books are not politically correct But damn they re fun to read There was a brief and futile effort of [...]

    3. mark monday on said:

      the further adventures of John Carter on Barsoom John Carter returns to Mars after a mysterious 10 year absence he appears in the vale of the Plant Men and the White Apes you better run, John Carter, run uh oh, John you are running right into the clifftop lair of the dreaded White Men of Mars and then into the subterranean lair of the dreaded Black Men of Mars think fast and carry a big sword, John Carter John Carter wears an excited yet contemptuous expression while slaughtering his enemies he [...]

    4. Adam on said:

      Fun, a whole lot of heroic, cheesy fun That is the best way I can think of to describe the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs This is not great literature and there are some attitudes towards women and minorities that need to be overlooked as a sign of the times But there is also adventure and thrills on almost every page and John Carter is a larger than life good guy I didn t like this quite as much as the first one, in part because they are structured almost the same and so a bit of the ne [...]

    5. Werner on said:

      Although I ve reviewed Burroughs series opener, A Princess of Mars, here on , I ve never reviewed this sequel and the recent John Carter movie and resulting uptick of interest in the series suggested to me that I ought to IMO, it has many of the same strengths and weaknesses of the first book, so much of what I wrote in the earlier review review show would apply here too And the first book should definitely be read before this one you need the grasp of the characters and setting that comes from [...]

    6. Jim on said:

      This is only half of the 2d book in the Barsoom series Yes, I know the next one is called book 3, but he cliff hanger that this book leaves us on should be a shooting offense Before starting this book, make certain you have The Warlord of Mars Barsoom, 3 you carry it with you when you get close to the end of this book If not, you will almost certainly die of massive frustration It s another quick, fun read by one of the masters of the action pulp era You really should read A Princess of Mars fir [...]

    7. Mark on said:

      The Gods of Mars is another exciting installment in the John Carter Barsoom series This one picks up from the cliffhanger that ended the first book of the series John Carter returns to Mars after being on Earth for 10 years Eager to be reunited with his Martian princess assuming she still lives and over hasn t moved on romantically , he unexpectedly finds himself transported to the Martian version of the Garden of Eden a place from which there is no return And there Carter immediately faces the [...]

    8. Mike Jensen on said:

      Most of the first three quarters of this book are one exhausting battle scene after another or the capture of the protagonist and his friends and their escaping Repeatedly They battle, they are captured, and escape several times That is the basic plot In the last quarter, they really do escape and there is a tiny amount of plot development that results in, yes, their captivity again The ending is another big battle There is some relief when protagonist John Carter meets a character who he has no [...]

    9. James on said:

      Ten years have passed since the events of A Princess of Mars John Carter has finally found a way to return to Barsoom, and hopefully to his wife, Princess Dejah Thoris As with the previous novel the exact method of this transportation is completely ignored presumably because Burroughs couldn t think of a convincing way to achieve it Again, the style of narration is unusual there is an introduction from Carter s nephew that explains that the book is his presentation as a novel of Carter s memoirs [...]

    10. Mary Catelli on said:

      John Carter returns to Mars Rather briskly and with less introduction.He lands in a waste and soon finds himself in a fight and in a fight next to his old friend Tars Tarkas, who reveals him that this is the end of the hallowed pilgrimage Martians take at the end of their lives, this horror of a land Pressing on through forces of white apes and plant men, they find themselves in the city of therns who habitually enslave and maltreat and eat the pilgrims And if anyone escapes to bring back news, [...]

    11. Derek on said:

      You look at the enthusiasm of the writing and the completely uncynical, unironic characters and setting, and you wonder if Burroughs is perhaps channeling his inner hyperactive eight year old, who recites over the dinner table the long, rambling day s adventure that took place mostly inside the imagination.I mean, think about it The breathless, relentless pace of the action that is one long adrenalin rush the unmatched superhero plucked from obscurity and who literally cannot be beaten and who p [...]

    12. K.M. Weiland on said:

      Burroughs, to our modern eyes, is a mixed bag On the one hand, his stuff is blatant sensationalism, complete with purple prose, laughable melodrama, and cliched plots and characters On the other, his work offers an astoundingly fresh creativity even after all these years His worldbuilding is beautiful and detailed and just plain fun This may be pulp, but it s good pulp.

    13. Dave on said:

      Edgar Rice Burroughs September 1st, 1875 March 19, 1950 continues the adventure started in A Princess of Mars in the sequel, The Gods of Mars This novel was published from January to May of 1913 in All Story as a serial, and then published in book form in September of 1918 John Carter returns to Barsoom, finding if he were in time to save Barsoom at the end of the previous book, and searching for Princess Dejah Thoris who he left behind As with the first book, this one opens with a foreword writ [...]

    14. Timothy Boyd on said:

      To me these are as awesome as the Tarzan books Another great series by an early adventure and SiFi master Here is a man of our earth transported to another world Highly recommended

    15. Sandy on said:

      This book, 2 of 11 in Burroughs John Carter series, is a direct sequel to the classic A Princess of Mars, and a reading of that earlier volume is fairly essential before going into this one Gods was first published in serial form in All Story Magazine in 1913, and comprises one of Burroughs earliest works It is amazing how much action the author manages to cram into the book s 190 pages on just about EVERY page there is some kind of incredible happening or colorful bit The book really is hard to [...]

    16. Cleanfun on said:

      If you don t like Soap Operas or don t seek bragging rights, just stop now and find something else.I tore through this book looking for some closure and satisfaction that never came.It s really not that bad and if you have absolutely nothing else to do or read, why not Burroughs writes well and his characters are interesting.As for those that already read it Carter will kill you with his bare hands for calling him a coward, a liar, or handling him a bit too roughly, but if you deceive and kidnap [...]

    17. Anthony on said:

      Overall, I really enjoy the heck out of these old pulp adventure characters, and John Carter has always been one of my favorites owing, in part, to the Roy Thomas scripted, Gil Kane drawn adaptation that Marvel Comics published in the 70s All of Burroughs trademarks are present in the first two books the introductory note that implies the events are real, given to Burroughs himself by an intermediary source the larger than life titular character the lush exotic setting in which the Hero first me [...]

    18. Christopher on said:

      Re read If the first book s plot might strike you as too dependent on coincidence, this one might beat you with a tire iron of coincidence that happens by chance to be the planet s most beautiful and amazing tire iron, which you lost ten years ago on a different continent But it s energetically written and packed with fun imagery There are a bunch of nice scenes where you can empathize with the heroism and cheer for the good guys, and you can always lol at the absurd twists Incidentally, I ve oc [...]

    19. Nathan on said:

      Man, what an adventure This book resumes the story of John Carter ten years later, as he is once again magically not really transported to Mars After that, this book is one of the fastest paced reads I ve ever had Carter returns only to discover the terrible secret that has lain at the heart of Martian religion for thousands of years, and that his wife, Dejah Thoris, has disappeared He is reunited with his friend, the Jeddak Tars Tarkas This is an exciting story and for anyone who likes the firs [...]

    20. Jared Millet on said:

      2012 John Carter re read, part II Unlike A Princess of Mars, I d pretty much forgotten the entire plot of the sequel, which is odd since it actually has a plot, whereas Princess didn t It s a daring one too, with some pretty nasty things to say about the nature of religion Carter gets zapped back to Mars after a 10 year absence, only to find himself trapped in Barsoom s version of paradise a blissful garden of Eden from which no Martian ever returns, because they re torn to shreds by carnivorous [...]

    21. R.G. on said:

      Definitely an interesting follow up from the first book John Carter makes it back to Mars, but not the Mars he remembers Entering Heaven he discovers the cruel lie both the green and red martians have been fed, leading them forever to their doom It was nonstop adventure, one bad event after the next that leads John Carter to places no man had ever seen before and lived to tell others All because nothing on 2 planets will stop John Carter from finding his Dejah Thoris, and it s just the greatest [...]

    22. Jane Wetzel on said:

      I love the way Burroughs wrote his style and even his polite form of English It s beautiful This is a story suited for men since it is mostly about wars, battles and bloodshed Certainly not my type of story But the hero is good, brave, clever and a man of great integrity A great role model for men The Martian Series themes have that little bit of Earth with its ordinary daily life which gives the reader of a connection to the characters and circumstances The names Burroughs created are perfect [...]

    23. daphny drucilla delight david on said:

      john carter is by far the most loathsome arrogant predictable hero I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIFElike i dont know why people are whining OH DISNEY IS GOING TO RUIN IT because these books are fucking HAM HANDED PERFECT DISNEY MATERIALlike the book spends TWO CHAPTERS with a character who is OBVIOUSLY john carters son, he talks like him, he fights like him, he JUMPS WAYYYY HIGH like him etc etc, but carter is too busy talking about if i knew what fear is like im sure i would be feeling it now and how [...]

    24. Paul on said:

      A bit brainless and manic in parts but still a fun and interesting story Not only does the story build up the mythology of Mars it then proceeds to tear it back down again in over the top masculine ways Carter is as arrogant and alpha male as the previous book and is all about killing thousands to save one or two Its all gung ho with the action turned up to eleven The one big difference to A Princess of Mars is that the racism u is toned right down Its still highly sexist with any female steppin [...]

    25. Mark on said:

      After a 10 year absence, John Carter is once again miraculously transported to Mars Arriving in what is believed to be heaven according to Barsoomian religion, Carter instead finds a land inhabited by hellish beasts and a race of white Martians calling themselves Therns , who fancy themselves gods and promote said religion for their own greedy interests.To complicate matters further, the therns are in turn deceived by a race of black Martians called the First Born , who hallow the wicked Issus a [...]

    26. Anna Anthropy on said:

      edgar rice burroughs, you have such a good imagination but you re such a bad writer the first of mars book, princess of mars, floats on the fact that a genuinely interesting world is being sketched around john carter s ridiculous acts of derring do plus, after the reader s worked out that one character is another s child, she only has to wait a single chapter before the book tells her what she already knows.gods of mars opens with a ridiculous battle in an interesting setting, but as the book go [...]

    27. Matthew on said:

      Felt like a transitional short story than a stand alone novel I noticed that frequently all the Barsoom novels are packaged together, so maybe others felt the same Lots of new characters and action, but not as smooth of a narrative as The Princess of Mars.Heck of a cliffhanger at the end, though

    28. Ron on said:

      Something of a cheat Ends not just on a cliff hanger but basically mid story I hate that.Burroughs does correct errors fromA Princess of Mars.

    29. Jessica on said:

      John Carter returns to Mars, and discovers a TERRIBLE SECRET A terrible secret that will keep you up late reading, and that s on top of the big question of whether or not he and Dejah Thoris will be reunited Fun stuff

    30. Charles on said:

      The second book in the Mars series The first three books make a trilogy, and this one is very strong, perhaps even better than the first, but not quite as good as Warlord of Mars, which came next.

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