Tuesday, December 11, 2007

No. 48 - A Princess of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Started: December 11
Finished: December 16

Notes: It's about time I got around to reading this author and discovering just what all this "Sword & Planet" stuff is about. I'm very familiar with old school Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and even Star Wars, but my understanding is that that stuff is more "Space Opera."

Mini review: Not a bad read. Not as action-oriented as I expected, reading more like a 19th-centery adventure story (which it practically is). Not boring, but has a good bit of exposition about life on Mars. I'd read more by this author, and might when I get the chance.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

Where's the review?

Ty Johnston said...

If you look at the dates at the top of the post, I just started reading this. I'll post the review once I'm finished.

Welcome to my blog! Drop back in anytime.

Andrew said...

Ahh.
This is one of my favorite books by my favorite author. Although it's really a trilogy, with Gods of Mars and Warlord of Mars.
A lot of what you read in the book may sound cliche, but remember that this was written in the 1910's and ERB probably created most of the cliches you hear about Mars.
I read the whole Mars series when I was a teenager and it's part of what's inspired me to be a writer.
He has some incredible works out there that no one's ever heard of, like "The Outlaw of Torn" and "I am a Barbarian" which are excellent. The first is set in Medieval Europe and the second in the Roman Empire.
I could go on for days, but I hope you enjoy his writing. (don't forget he was targeting a pulp-fiction teenage audience)