More hectic adventures for John Carter on Mars Barsoom He jumps right back into the action, immediately following the crazed cliffhanger of the preceding Gods of Mars He s going to save his wife and mother of his son Dejah Thoris and her new bff Thuvia come hell or high water He s no wimpy regular sorta guy, he s the greatest warrior of two worlds He s going to hop all over Mars with his super powered leaps, wearing nothing but his skin Pity the fool that gets in his way He won t take no for an answer I should have read this third book right after the second one because they are basically one book Maybe I would have liked it better if I had But I m not going to cry over lost opportunities because John Carter would no doubt smack me upside the head He d probably tell me to stop mooning over lost opportunities because he misses opportunities all the time and he still manages to come out on top He just can t abide any sort of wimpy mooniness because that s so typical of the Earth Men he gladly left behind But I sure do wish I liked this one as much as I liked the first two books The adventures run between Mars two poles, helter and skelter, willy and nilly, and I kinda got lost in all the breathlessness Not lost like confused but lost like Uh Do I Even Care About This Any Where Is He Now Exactly Eh Whatever Just Keep On Reading It all just felt like a whole lotta running around so I didn t ever get a sense of the places that I was visiting I missed the exotic worldbuilding and sly social critiques and the riveting cast of supporting characters Well at least there was John Carter s trusty 10 legged dog companion Woola But then he gets sent off on his own mission halfway through the book and so that was that, goodbye Farewell sweet Woola I especially missed the weirdly resonant primary colored races of Barsoomians where Burroughs is at his best Lots of interesting social and political critique there All of that was kinda lacking in this book I wanted of those Red Men and Green Men and Black Men and White Men Instead we get these boring Yellow Men and all they are are black bearded yell0w skinned aristocrats, sorta like the White Men minus the religion and baldness and plus beards There s nothing all that interesting about them except they live in hothouses on the South Pole and like every other race of men on Mars, they think wearing clothes is for losers Well at least they built an interesting defensive weapon a giant tower that s like a big magnet that pulls those Red Men built airships out of the sky to fall into a junk heap where survivors get gobbled up by gross insect eyed albino ape creatures Ouch And yuck Even though I was disappointed I think I m gonna keep on keepin on with this series On to the next one The Warlord of Mars 1914 is the 3rd of ll John Carter novels from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs It is a direct continuation of the first two in the series A Princess of Mars and The Gods of Mars and a reading of those earlier titles is absolutely essential before going into this one Here, Carter tries to rescue his princess, Dejah Thoris, from the clutches of some particularly nasty villains In his relentless pursuit, one that makes Indiana Jones look like a slacker, Carter travels from the south pole of Mars to the forbidden lands of the north He encounters many varieties of monster, such as the apt and the sith, and gets into fights and cliffhanging situations than a reader would believe could be packed into a mere 160 pages The pace of the book is furious, never pausing for breath, and the final battle in the north polar city of Kadabra, in which the combined armies of Barsoomian green, red and black men attack the yellow tribes of the north, is thrilling in the extreme What amazing films these first three John Carter novels would make, if done faithfully and with the requisite 200 million thrown into each one So why the 3 star rating Well, there are numerous problems with the book that prevent me from giving it top grades, despite the fun I had reading it For one, there are countless inconsistencies and implausibilities For example, it is difficult for the reader to accept that Carter s enemies cannot recognize him, just because he has smeared some red tint over his skin Difficult to believe that Carter is able to scale the side of a tower in the pitch black of night Difficult to believe that Carter or any man could live in a pit for nine days without food and especially water Verrry hard to believe that Thurid, Carter s archenemy, could carry the struggling captive princess over a foot wide ledge without toppling into the abyss beneath Impossible to believe that Dejah Thoris couldn t recognize Carter by his voice alone, despite his yellow man disguise All these are hard to swallow in the extreme As for the inconsistencies It is stated that Carter saved Thuvia from the Warhoons in book 2, when in actuality it was Carthoris, Carter s son The city of Kaol is said to be rendered invisible by the forest that surrounds and tops it, but later it is stated that this forest is cut back from the city Huh Worst of all is the aforementioned tower scaling scene, in which dusk becomes early afternoon in a matter of minutes Here s something that Ed Wood would have appreciated This day night confusion is straight out of Plan 9, but for me is the hallmark of incredibly sloppy writing and even poorer copyediting Further, Burroughs descriptions of the Valley of the Therns, and its geographic proximity to the land of the First Born, are simply impossible to visualize Throw in a bunch of misplaced modifiers and some awkward turns of phrase and you ve got a real mess of a manuscript So why did I have a tear in my eye by the book s end, when Carter gets his rewards and the entire city of Helium turns out to greet him I guess that the power of storytelling can outweigh petty matters of consistency and grammar And Burroughs WAS a great teller of tales, and this book IS as thrilling as they come. I have enjoyed this series, and I am going to tell you what I specifically like about this series as a whole It feels like classic kinda cheesy serial sci fi I picture the main characters in outlandish costumes fighting rubbery monsters while the rocky landscape shakes when they bump it When they are flying, I can see the strings holding up the little spacecraft model while it is manipulated in a jerky fashion for long shots I picture scantily clad space Queens with too much makeup swooning as the battle hardened Earth warrior spouts overly poetic monologues.If that is your thing, read this series Cliff clinging adventure As should be, the end of the trilogy is the best of three, fulfilling the rising action The Fountainhead Prime of so much, yet ignored by so many the incomparable John Carter of Barsoom If only the people of earth were such as these. John Carter Risks Everything To Rescue His Wife, Princess Dejah Thoris, From The Clutches Of His Evil Adversaries, But He Is Always Just One Step Behind His Battles Cover The Face Of The Red Planet, As His Quest Carries Him Ultimately To The Mysterious Northern Pole Will This Civilization, Submerged In Ice, Prove Fatal To Our Hero This Is The Third Of Eleven In The Popular Martian Series By Edgar Rice Burroughs A rousing end to the first Martian trilogy featuring John Carter Burroughs does a good job of opening up new Martian territory with each tale, and this one explores the uncharted North Pole While I loved the first novel, liked the second one, this third novel is a bit of a problem in certain aspects One is the fact that Dejah Thoris, John Carter s wife, is primary in the role of the MacGuffin for books 2 3 I appreciated her strong headed sensibility in the first novel I suppose I came to this material expecting to find Dejah a bit of a warrior woman, the way she was portrayed in the Marvel Comics adaption from the 1970s The other problem is the way that John Carter disguises himself as a member of the Blacks or Yellow Martian races can t see that working too well The villainous Thurid deserves some credit in this novel, at least anytime Carter puts on makeup, he sees right through it I was a bit disappointed that the framing device of Burroughs writing as himself to introduce his uncle was not used again I would love to know if later in the Martian series, Burroughs ever explained how Carter learned to travel from Earth to Mars at will. Continuing the series with the third of Burroughs s pulp science fiction romance novels, Warlord of Mars follows on immediately from The Gods of Mars Having torn down the Martian s false religion, and rescuing several damsels in distress, he is rewarded by one of them dragging his beloved Dejah Thoris into a revolving dungeon that not only happens to be open at just that time, but also doesn t open again for a whole Martian year all because he wouldn t return her affections Talk about being a babe magnet, the women would happily lock herself in dungeon for a year in order to stop him being with anyone else.This story picks up almost immediately and Carter s not happy Luckily a series of unlikely coincidences mean that he ll be able to gain access although not in time , chase her across Mars although never quite catching her up , rescue her only to lose her again and eventually meet the fabled Yellow Martians yes, another new colour of Martians, the ones that were heavily foreshadowed in the previous book and I predicted would make an appearance here Coincidence follows coincidence but at each turn Carter is always just a little to late and Thoris slips through his fingers.The goodies are good, the baddies are bad although some of them are redeemable , the damsels are in distress mostly, and Martians love to fight Luckily John Carter likes to fight too Especially if his chosen damsel, Dejah Thoris, is singing to cheer him on Some minor variations in this book, instead of Carter being mostly chased he s mostly doing the chasing instead of being introduced to two new colours of Martians we re only introduced to one Ultimately though it s the same book as the previous two a boys own adventure in space but it is fun to read This seems to tie up the first three novels into a happy ending Let s see what bad luck and new races can befall them in the fourth novel 2012 John Carter re read, part 3 With Warlord of Mars the original John Carter trilogy concludes In this volume, Burroughs discards the complexity, intrigue, and world building that made Gods of Mars stand out in favor of a straightforward, rip roaring action novel From the beginning, John Carter is cut off from all of his friends and allies as he and his faithful Mars dog Woola set out in pursuit of Dejah Thoris, now in the clutches of the few remaining villains left over from the previous book It s a standard damsel in distress plot a Carter chases them to new exotic location, b makes new enemies and or allies, c almost catches up to his quarry but they get away again, d repeat as necessary.Along the way you get aerial dogfights, jungle battles, a lost kingdom on Mars s north pole, and a couple of dungeon crawls Burroughs also demonstrates that than any other pulp writer of his age, he knew how to write a satisfying action climax As a conclusion to a mad, three book odyssey, Warlord of Mars sticks the landing and John Carter finally gets the happy ending Burroughs denied him in the previous books Spoiler Not really However, by the end of the story John Carter has become such an invincible character that there s not much ERB can do with him, leading to the very wise choice to shift the focus of the next few books in the series to other, less superhuman protagonists. Too close a scrutiny of my mental activities might prove anything but flattering, said John Carter If any trait exceeds his partial prowess it must be his impulse to combat Time and again throughout the Barsoom chronicles Carter rushes to fight for freedom, for the love of his life, for his friends, or just for the fun of a good fight.Burroughs has, perhaps, descended to the level of Saturday afternoon matinee serials, but its good, clean fun And, this time he manages to finish his story.A fun read. This is NOT really book 3, it s the end of book 2 a fine way to wrap it up, too There aren t any surprises, but it is a lot of fun.