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Swords Of Mars Is The Eighth Book In The Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian Series It Was Featured In Six Issues Of The Blue Book Magazine In John Carter Reprises His Role Of Hero As He Vows To Bring An End To The Assassins Guild He Must Travel To One Of The Moons Of Barsoom, Carter Then Creates A Race Of Secret Super Assassins To Destroy This Powerful Guild Of Assassins He Ventures To The City Of Zedong In A Fierce Attempt To Overthrow Ur Jan The Leader Pf The Assassins There Are Many Fantastic Characters And Galaxies In This Compelling Spy Story In This Edge Of Your Seat Science Thriller

10 thoughts on “Swords of Mars

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    Arguably the last of the truly good Barsoom novels John Carter is the narrator for the first time since Warlord, but this is or less a standalone adventure, much in the template of the last few books a princess Dejah Thoris in this case is kidnapped and the hero has to rescue her in the course of a series of increasingly improbable adventures This one begins in the city of Zodanga which Carter conquered waaaaaaay back in Princess of Mars before proceeding to exotic climes, and offers a glimpse of the Barsoomian underworld In the framing story, ERB is reading a pulp story of gangsters assassinations when John Carter pops back to Earth for a visit, and seeing his nephew s reading material inspires Carter to tell him the events of the story.

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    I adore Burroughs inability to write endings, honestly It s so endearing.

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    Gotta love it

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    For its first couple chapters, SWORDS OF MARS tricks you into thinking you re getting an atypical John Carter adventure, of a spy novel than a princess in peril yarn Alas, however, the book quickly falls back on repeating all the usual John Carter cliches, with Edgar Rice Burroughs basically writing on autopilot Especially disappointing was the book s final chapter, which felt like a whirlwind summary of what would normally be an additional 100 pages of story.Here are John Carter s stats for this adventure Princesses rescued 2Successful prison escapes 2Alien worlds visited 1New cultures races discovered 3 Mad scientists bested 2Insanely gorgeous females hearts broken 2Sidekicks attained 2New languages learned 1Enemy strongholds infiltrated 4Enemy airships stolen 1Alien disguise success rate 100%Number of times John Carter is saved through sheer luck coincidence

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    After a long hiatus from having John Carter as the central character, he s back Going to the city of Zodanga in disguise to dismantle the assassins guild, Carter encounters a scientist who has built a ship for interplanetary travel that can be controlled with the mind A wonderful tale that brings us from Barsoom to it s moon, Thuria, once again in pursuit of John Carter s beloved princess, Dejah Thoris I almost feel guilty liking these pulp stories so much but they re just so damn fun

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    3.5 5

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    Swords of Mars is the 8th of 11 John Carter of Mars books that Edgar Rice Burroughs gave to the world It first appeared serially in the Blue Book Magazine in six parts, from November 1934 to April 1935, and is one of the best in the Carter series For the first time since book 3, The Warlord of Mars, Carter himself takes center stage, rather than making a brief cameo appearance, and his return as the lead character is perhaps the best single element of this book This time around, Carter goes to the Barsoomian city of Zodanga to put an end to the assassins guild that is thriving there In the first half of the novel, Carter goes undercover to infiltrate this Murder Inc type of organization, and this segment is extremely tense and exciting In the second half, Carter s wife, Dejah Thoris, in what to any reader of this series must come as an instance of Dejah vu sorrycouldn t resist , is abducted again, and Carter follows her kidnappers to one of the Martian moons, using one of that planet s first spaceships His subsequent adventures on the moon propel the reader into the realm of pure fantasy Both parts of the novel are as fun as can be, although very much different in tone.This novel features very few of the inconsistencies both internal and with other books in the series that mar every previous Carter novel There are some, however For example, the great Scarlet Tower of Greater Helium is referred to in this book, whereas in previous novels, this tower was referred to as being in Lesser Helium, and besides which, was destroyed in book 5, The Chessmen of Mars More of a problem in the current volume are the book s implausibilities For example, Carter company jump out of their spaceship on that Martian moon, without bothering to check on the moon s breathable air Fortunately, the air is just fine, thank you, although Burroughs makes nothing of thissurprising, given the pains he had taken in previous books to explain the breathable air on Mars itself The invisibility inducing hypnosis that the moon people use against Carter is a bit much to buy, but that s alright it s all in good fun But Burroughs theory that a person who lands on this 7 mile wide moon would be the same relative size that he would be on Mars in other words, that he would shrink in proportion to the planetoid s mass his so called compensatory adjustment of masses is, as Carter puts it, preposterous, though, as it turns out, such is the case in the book Like I said, it s all in good fun And this book IS as fun as they get.Ohone other nice touch As pointed out in the ERB List, a fine Burroughs Website, if you take the first letter of each first word of each chapter in this book, you will find a secret message that Burroughs incorporated for his new bride A nice touch.

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    In my mind, the best John Carter book He s the main character in the first three books, and then functions as a King Arthur figure when he shows up afterwards he wraps everything up after the main actors have already done everything Perhaps Burroughs realized this, and wrote this one to make John Carter front and center again Entirely successfully, I might add Carter really drives the action even than in the first trilogy In this book, he s taking the fight to the assassins, instead of reacting to events Really fun.As always, predictable fun this is, after all, pulp fiction literally, as that s how these were written I don t want to oversell this, but if you like this sort of thing, it s especially well done.The only drawback is the ending It s not that it s bad, it s just that it s a very quick summation Better than the ending of Thuvia, Maid of Mars, though, where the story just drops off at the brink of a world war that is never mentioned again The ending of Swords is a complete, and satisfying, ending, even if it is abrupt But otherwise, one of the best of the series.

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    John Carter returns to the series in this story of his personnal war against the Guild of Assassins, which takes him to Thuria, one of the moons of Mars, and back The cliff hanger ending leaves John Carter separated from the incomparable Deja Thoris who is still held captive on Thuria.These stories are not high art, or even good sci fi fantasy but they are terrific yarns with exotic Barsoomian locales, fantastic beasts, flamboyant princesses, dastardly villains, and cliff hanging adventures in which the hero gets the girl and the bad guy meets his or her just deserts.I ve read and re read these stories over the years, and even recorded them onto DVD for the local radio station for blind and reading impaired listeners.