This Annotated Omnibus Edition contains the first three novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian tales (the Barsoom series).
The first of these novels, A Princess of Mars, was Burroughs' first book, and he wrote the next two novels in quick succession. Together they tell the story of John Carter of Mars - how he came to Mars, met the love of his life, and quickly found himself occupied full-time defending her and saving his adopted planet from interplanetary evildoers.
This trilogy opened the doors of popular science fiction to an entire nation and world. It launched the original pulp science fiction storyworld and series, often imitated but never duplicated, and has inspired four generations of young sci-fi and fantasy writers, artists, moviemakers and videogame designers.
And, of course, it's a ripping great story.
This Pulp-Lit Press Annotated Omnibus Edition takes those three novels together as a coherent story. Each is gracefully and unobtrusively annotated, to help the modern reader put it in the proper literary and historical context for maximum reading enjoyment. All annotations are presented together in a single chapter, easily skipped by readers who prefer to get on with the story.
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Great Story, Well Told, Excellent Commentary
Classic Fantasy Adventure
While the story was fun, the commentary (written by the reader), was even better. Enjoyably written and made everything deeper.
Dejah Thoris. There's a delightful sincerity to the performance. It's clear that Dejah made the reader's heart flutter as a young man reading these stories for the first time just as she makes John Carter's in the novel.
If nothing else, just share the reader's initial forward with anyone interested in story. It makes for a great listen, even without the rest of the book.
Story is great, but commentary gets in the way
Yes. This one is better. But in the other one, he starts reading the book right away.
I really only have one complaint and it's not unique to this book. The commentary gets in the way. I bought this book for the story, that's what I'm interested in, I don't know about you but I don't buy old-time adventure pulp novels for literary critical analysis.
But like lots of similar books, this one makes you wade through a bunch of commentary before it gets down to the story.
If you, like me, just want to get down to the story, it's pretty easy to do. Just start listening with Chapter 5 instead of Chapter 1. Then you can listen to the end of the first book, skip the chapter of "annotations," and continue with the second book, and so on.
I like the narrator's voice and style, it's very comfortable to listen to and smooth, he doesn't call attention to himself so you can just soak up the story. And the John Carter of Mars stories are just classics, no issue there.
Anyway, once I got past the litsy-critsy chapters, I enjoyed this book a lot. I would have given it a much better rating if the publisher had (hint hint) PUT ALL THAT STUFF AT THE END OF THE BOOK!!!! Or at least told me at the very beginning how I could easily skip over it. Luckily, I'm here to do that for them.