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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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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. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    After ten years of absence John Carter finally managed to return to Mars. Unfortunately he could not choose where he ended up. Thus instead of familiar territories he arrived at the place where sentient Martians go when they grow tired of life. Very soon our hero realized the place is not exactly Tolkien's Uttermost West; far from it. On the positive side he got to meet his friend and a great warrior - the latter was very important for their survival. Survival was what John Carter was busy with After ten years of absence John Carter finally managed to return to Mars. Unfortunately he could not choose where he ended up. Thus instead of familiar territories he arrived at the place where sentient Martians go when they grow tired of life. Very soon our hero realized the place is not exactly Tolkien's Uttermost West; far from it. On the positive side he got to meet his friend and a great warrior - the latter was very important for their survival. Survival was what John Carter was busy with through the whole book. I can count the number of pages where nobody threatened his life on one hand. Other reviewers say that the second book is better than the first. I agree. I found the whole idea of inhabitants of the land where people go for the last pilgrimage having their own place of ultimate pilgrimage in turn fascinating. Action was practically non-stop. My only complaint was about John Carter's mental abilities: he was not exactly a great scientist material. It was not obvious in the first book, bu here it is hard to miss. If you manage to look past action scenes you will be able to find some criticism of religion, anti-racial and anti-slavery themes. These might seem mild, but keep in mind when the book was written: that year my older grandmother was still learning how to walk and talk. I mentioned in the review of the first book the series created its own genre: sword and planet. This book also contains most probably the first ever epic air battle between flying battleships - something countless people wrote about countless number of times since then. Is it high literature? Not at all. Is it a great character study? Nope. Is it fun read? You bet it is! 4 well-deserved stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    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 effo 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 defence. Then silence as the huge, repulsive shapes covered the bodies of their victims and scores of sucking mouths fastened themselves to the flesh of their prey. Over the top Sword and Planet fare… this is the stuff that pre-teen dreams are made of. Gods of Mars is fairly violent, even for this kind of thing, and there is a lot of “cleaving” and “crushing” filling the pages. Robert E. Howard and the other pulp writers no doubt drew a lot of inspiration from here. What was that! A faint shuffling sounded behind me, and as I cast a hasty glance over my shoulder my blood froze in my veins for the thing I saw there. The religious theme (or theme of deception through the abuse of religious belief) present here is interesting. This kind of thing is commonplace in Science Fiction today, but it doesn’t strike me as ERB’s style. Could be worth further investigation… I put the thought of death out of my mind, and fell upon my antagonists with fury that those who escaped will remember to their dying day. Burroughs did seem to rehash some plot events every now and again. There are things happening here that I could have sworn I’d also read in one of the many Tarzan novels. Typical example: door slams shut behind protagonist, plunging him in darkness… followed by maniacal laughter. The feelings of Phaidor toward John Carter, and the circumstances under which they occur, also mirror the relationship between La (of Opar) and Tarzan. To a tee. Sparks flew as steel smote steel, and then there was the dull and sickening sound of a shoulder bone parting beneath the keen edge of my Martian sword. As campy and old school as this is, I struggle to find it in myself to entirely dislike it. It is the product of an era, and it’s only fair that it be treated as such. Expect any number of coincidences that aid the “good guys” on their way. But hey, nobody said this was high literature. In the end, the baddies are all fodder and John Carter lives to fight another day, and another, and another. No, this isn’t a spoiler, unless you’ve been asleep under a Martian stone. Back and forth across the room we surged, until the floor was ankle deep in blood, and dead men lay so thickly there that half the time we stood upon their bodies as we fought. What fun! Better judgment has no place in this review. Four stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    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 bu 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 the next installment. Pulp science fiction / fantasy at its best.

  4. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    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 en 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's a man's man! he laughs at danger then runs right towards it! and yet he has no problem shedding tears at the thought of women and children in danger! awww! the White Men of Mars are cannibalistic theocrats who eat the Red and Green Men! they think they are better than everyone else and so they don't mind eating "lower life forms"! jerks! apparently their genetic heritage is so fucked that the men are all frail and can't even grow hair on their heads - so they have to wear wigs! ha, ha! ugly, wimpy cannibalistic White Men! John Carter spends some time with a princess of the White Men named Phaidor, but she turns out to be a bloodthirsty bitch! the Black Men of Mars are cannibalistic theocrats who eat the White Men and kidnap White Women to turn into slaves! they worship an old bat who calls herself the Goddess Issus! i think she is spelling that incorrectly! John Carter describes the Black Men as having features that are "handsome in the extreme" and says "their bodies are divine"! he practically swoons while gazing at the tableau of a bunch of them hanging around in nothing much except beautiful jeweled harnesses! he notes that it may seem odd for a Southerner to think that the Black Men's ebony skin "adds to rather than detracts from their marvellous beauty"! um, awkward comment! John Carter makes two new friends! Thuvia the Red Maid, who loves him so much she wants to be his slave! and Xodor the Black Pirate who is pure awesomeness and the best character! John Carter has a 10-year old son! his name is Cathoris! that name sounds like some kind of illness to me! yuck! bad name! Edgar Rice Burroughs got a little giddy while writing this one! a little over-the-top! it made me snicker a bit! purple pulp prose goes POP! POP! POP! but still, it was enjoyable! Edgar Rice Burroughs must have really hated organized religion! he makes a point of showing how the religion of the Red Men and the Green Men is an utter sham! Phaidor describes her White religion and it is totally repulsive and offensive and moronic! Xodor describes his Black religion and it is totally absurd and bizarre like out of some classic pulp scifi novel! the depiction of the complex and layered and fascinatingly intertwined faiths of Barsoom was the best part of the novel for me! Burroughs sure had an axe to grind and i loved watching him grind it! grind, Edgar, grind!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    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 t 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 newness has worn off. I still really liked it and plan on reading more of the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Werner

    Although I've reviewed Burroughs' series opener, A Princess of Mars, here on Goodreads, 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 (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ) would apply here too. And the first book should definitely be read before this one; you need the gras Although I've reviewed Burroughs' series opener, A Princess of Mars, here on Goodreads, 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 (http://www.goodreads.com/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 the first one to fully appreciate the sequel. Also, one of my Goodreads friends suggests that book 3 of the series, The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3), is virtually the second half of this book, and that you shouldn't read the one unless you can start the next one immediately. Of course, I've never read book 3; but from my general reading about the series in secondary sources before reading even this one, I already knew how the cliffhanger ending here is resolved. But if you don't, the advice to have book 3 handy is well taken; no spoilers here, but the cliffhanger is a MAJOR one! Obviously, this volume begins with John Carter returning to Mars (astral projection is utilized yet again). Plenty of the author's trademark action adventure ensues. One plot development here stretches the long arm of coincidence unbelievably drastically, even for Burroughs; and there are again details to his world building that aren't particularly credible. But his strong points are in evidence as well, and some of these are particularly notable for the period in which he wrote. For one thing (both here and elsewhere in his work) Burroughs is not a sexist writer; several of his female characters are strong, proactive personalities, and his Martian women can be fighters just as much as the males. He's also not racist (or at least not nearly as racist as many of his contemporaries, if at all). Here, we encounter a couple more of the Martian races, a white and a black one. The white race is not a collectively noble and benign apex of virtuous civilization; and the black race isn't depicted as inferior in its moral and intellectual attainments to any of the other Martian races. Xodar, one of the black leaders, is definitely a strong sympathetic character. The implications of this, in 1913, are fairly obvious, and to Burroughs' credit. Burroughs explains the origins of the Martian races in Darwinian terms; this isn't, in the context of his times, when belief in theistic evolution was more common among both Christians and non-Christians than it is now, necessarily to be regarded as an attack on Christianity. (Burroughs' own attitude to origins was probably at least compatible with that of his geologist character in the Pellucidar series, Abner Perry, who's both a Darwinist and described as a devout Christian.) Some readers might read the basic theme of this book, however, as more directly anti-Christian (since Carter discovers the pagan religion of Mars to be a sham, manipulated by a clerisy of charlatan priests and a bogus goddess for personal power and profit). But that reading, IMO, would be equally misguided; Burroughs' message doesn't come across to me as being blanket anti-religion or anti-theistic propaganda in general, nor anti-Christian in particular. The Martian cult as he depicts it has no recognizable similarities to Christianity, unless one assumes that any and all "religions" are essentially similar (and vile) just because they're religions --sort of a "Mother Teresa, Aztec human sacrifice, whatever, same thing" fallacy. There's really nothing to suggest that this is an assumption Burroughs makes, however, much less argues for. To the extent that he consciously intends to send a message for this-world application, I think he's simply warning (and validly so!) that religion CAN be used as a cloak for some people to enrich and empower themselves at other's expense, and that blind bowing to tradition and unsupported superstition aren't the smartest guides to spiritual truth. (Those are actually points the Biblical writers would have been comfortable with --and sometimes make as well.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    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 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 first.

  8. 5 out of 5

    K.M. Weiland

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    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 moreover 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 immediatel 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 moreover 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 proverbial "trouble in paradise." The action starts from the first chapter and the momentum builds chapter after chapter, never letting up. The ride is a lot of fun. Some of the action sequences epitomize the pulp genre; suspenseful, imaginative, and described with a flair for the dramatic ("my seething blade wove a net of death around me"). The same could be said for the book as a whole. Just when things are looking up for our hero John Carter, there's a twist and all seems lost. And just when all seems lost, by chance things begin to look up. It's not unpredictable, but it's fast-paced pulp-ish fun. I really enjoy Burroughs's world-building, with fleets of flying battleships floating above the alien Martian landscape ("under the glorious rays of the two moons we sped noiselessly across the dead sea," and, "Below us lay a typical Martian landscape. Rolling ochre sea bottom of long dead seas... 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"). In a few sentences Burroughs can paint an alien vista that's a feast for the imagination. Admittedly his prose is wordy, but then like other pulp authors he was being paid by the word. There may not be a lot of deep literary value here (Burroughs himself admitted as much) but the influence of the Barsoom series can't be disregarded. This book series launched an entire subgenre of fantasy/sci-fi that's popularly called "planetary romance" or "sword and planet", in which interplanetary romance, swashbuckling space-based action (lightsaber duels, anyone?), and battles between "sailing ships of the skies" became a mainstay. Barsoom inspired young readers like Bradbury, Clarke, and Heinlein, all to later become science fiction luminaries. Barsoom even has the dubious distinction of being one of the first sci-fi stories with its own alien language (i.e., "Klingonese" nearly five and a half decades before Star Trek of the late 1960's). And although the hallmarks of Barsoom -- like other pulp series -- may be action sequences and two-dimensional characters, it doesn't lack for social commentary. On Mars the races are divided into four classes: red Martians, white Martians, black Martians, and green Martians. The whites are the holy leaders that live in the Garden of Eden, the reds are the more ordinary folk (builders, scientists, craftsmen, soldiers), the greens are a four-armed "savage" tribal race, and the blacks are the pirates of the skies that "pride themselves upon their idleness" and prey on the lower orders "who live merely that [the black pirates] may enjoy long lives of luxury" and whose leader is feared throughout Mars as a vindictive goddess. Add to this bisexual, mindless, man-eating plant men and the giant white apes and you have a panoply of colorful races via which Burroughs is able to draw his analogies concerning skin color and racism. As an example, John Carter amasses a team of sidekicks of a variety of races, about whom he says, "In that little party there was not one who would desert another; yet we were of different countries, different colours, different races, different religions -- and one of us was of a different world." Furthermore, the "savage" green Martians turn out to have more heart and soul than they are originally given credit for by the other Martian races. These are some progressive ideas for 1913. Mars, as Burroughs defines it, is a dying world and its social fabric is shaped by the existence of very limited resources that rest in the hands of a very few. This of course lends itself to further socio-political commentary (although this occurs more overtly in the first book of the series, A Princess of Mars). As one example, the green Martians have set up a communal society in which everyone owns an equal share in everything, and concerning this Burroughs expresses (via the voice of his narrator) doubts about the efficacy of a Marxist system. More than anything else, however, this entire novel is a parable about the dangers of corruption within organized religion. Please do read the novel to see why, but here are a few quotes about the religion of Mars which obviously describe Burroughs's sentiments about religion in our own society. Speaking of the black Martians (the "idle elite") and white Martians (aka, the "Holy Therns"), one of John Carter's Martian companions has the realization that, "The whole fabric of our religion is based upon a superstitious belief in lies that have been foisted upon us for ages by those directly above us, to whose personal profit and aggrandizement it was to have us continue to believe as they wished us to believe." In regards to the Martians in general, John Carter observes: "I knew how strong a hold a creed, however ridiculous it may be, may gain upon an otherwise intelligent people," and, "it is very hard to accept a new religion for an old, no matter how alluring the promises of the new may be; but to reject the old as a tissue of falsehoods without being offered anything in its stead [as John Carter emplores the people of Mars to do] is indeed a most difficult thing to ask of any people." In summary, I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series for its pacing, world-building, social commentary, and cliffhanger ending. I'm looking forward to reading the third in the John Carter trilogy. Finally, I should mention that this book, as well as those immediately preceding it and following it in the series, are available for free in electronic form on Amazon thanks to a team of volunteers that have transcribed it to ebook format for all of us to enjoy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael P.

    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 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 not met before but with whom he has a deep connection. This connection is apparent from their first page together, but it occurs to neither of them until several chapters later when it is treated as a big revelation. Thus the author makes these two characters much dumber than the readers. There is also a Martian character who knows nothing of earth who compares a Martian animal to an earth animal. Let's not get started on the coincidences. These are examples of the author being dumber than the reader. His arcane style, not his typical style, feels phony too. Let’s put this another way. This is a tedious and terrible book. Cast your eyes elsewhere.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C. A. Powell

    John Carter goes on a further adventure to Barsoom. He is in the land at the end of the River Iss where Barsoom people go to die. A sort of Elephant's graveyard. A place from which no one returns. Land of the dead. A world Barsoom people believe the afterlife continues with renewed splendour. It all sounds wonderful and fine. When the people of Barsoom decide they are too old, the pilgrimage along the River Iss begins. They will never be seen again once entering the Valley Dor. Edgar Rice Burrou John Carter goes on a further adventure to Barsoom. He is in the land at the end of the River Iss where Barsoom people go to die. A sort of Elephant's graveyard. A place from which no one returns. Land of the dead. A world Barsoom people believe the afterlife continues with renewed splendour. It all sounds wonderful and fine. When the people of Barsoom decide they are too old, the pilgrimage along the River Iss begins. They will never be seen again once entering the Valley Dor. Edgar Rice Burroughs novels are pulp fantasy adventure stories. But pulp adventure done right is breathtakingly addictive and wonderful escapism. This second John Carter of Mars story is a real roller coaster adventure of damsels in distress, noble heroes and colourful villains. It is glorious to be John Carter with his black and white simplistic rules of honour. Plus his superhuman strength on Mars. This enables him to be a warrior of distinction. It is all wonderful escapism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    James

    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 Carte 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 which he found after his return to Barsoom. A third-person narrative, but one-person removed. To all intents and purposes though, the main body of the novel is third-person and the one-person removed facet doesn't distract at all. This novel delves into the Barsoomian religions, and how those religions are transposed over the planet's obvious racial tensions. The green and the red Barsoomians (who we were introduced to in the first novel) believe in a physical afterlife in another region of the planet. As they reach the end of their lives they take the pilgrimage to the Valley of Dor. Nobody returns from this place, and the few who have are killed as blasphemers upon their return. John Carter finds himself returned to Barsoom in the middle of this valley, and is immediately set upon by the two wild species that inhabit the valley. As John Carter tries to escape the valley we start to discover that the Barsoomian religion is not quite what it appears. Both white (the Holy Therns) and black (the Black Pirates) Barsoomian races are introduced to us - secretive species who control the religions of the lower colours to ensure a slave class for each of their own races. Of course, Carter reacts angrily to this injustice and determines to destroy the religious structures and ensure that the green and red Barsoomians are no longer subjugated by the 'higher' races. Interestingly, a fifth race of yellow Barsoomians is mentioned, but not introduced - I guess that's something for the next book. The novel uses lots of the same plot devices as the previous one. John Carter is always physically, intellectually and morally superior to the Barsoomians. He is again struggling to be united with the princess Dejah Thoris. The level of coincidence that operates of Barsoom is incredible - the right people always just happen to appear at the right time when John Carter needs them, or to have just departed the day before John Carter arrives to meet them. Again, John Carter repeatedly lets us know that he's not a ladies man, while multiple Barsoomian beauties repeatedly throw themselves at him. We are repeatedly witness to John Carter's reckless pursuit of freedom and fair play for the slightly backward species of the Barsoomians. He is, after all, destroying their religion 'for their own good' - there are elements which certainly seem to parallel western colonial history, as well as elements which attack religions which use their hierarchy to exploit those not in their inner circles. And, finally, he will of course bring the Barsoomians another step closer to a more civilised state and end up separated from his beloved Dejah Thoris in some way that will set up the cliff-hanger for the next novel. Phew. Ultimately though, The Gods of Mars is a riotously fun boys own adventure, told through pulp science fiction. Burroughs continues to sit at the top of that pulp category however, as the writing and characterisation is certainly better than the simplistic and repetitious plot devices might suggest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    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 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 picks up boon companions, converts enemies to stalwart allies, and is desired by all the ladies; the unswerving chivalry and black-and-white morality; a four-way airship battle with thousands of combatants; the four-armed cannibalistic white apes. Four-armed cannibalistic white apes, man! I think this is the vital difference between Burroughs and his less-successful imitators. I've suffered through many a pastiche (and will again...cough cough LIN CARTER) and very few manage this peculiar alchemy that transforms the Barsoomian-style stilted pseudo-Edwardian language, the weird digressions into nobility titles, and the wide-eyed wonder into this literary form. That said: I still don't understand how the geography of the Sea of Omean, the Valley Dor, and the Temple of Issus all hangs together.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

    John Carter returns to Mars. Rather more 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 John Carter returns to Mars. Rather more 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, the Martians of the outer lands will execute them for blasphemy. Not that they are unhindered. They are also raided by the black pirates. His adventures involve blond wigs, a woman who can tame banths (Martian lions, so to speak), John Carter's being enslaved and receiving a slave while one, being forced to look on the "radiant beauty" of a goddess, meeting a young man and a lot of contrived coincidences before he can tell John Carter who his father is, a trial, two young women who tell him they are in love with him, to be rejected as gently as he can, and their two very different reactions to that, and much more. Warning: this one ends on a cliff-hanger, and not a tacked on one. It's really one story with The Warlord of Mars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    This might be my favorite book in the series. Now that Barsoom has been established, ERB can really go to town -- the creatures are scarier, the settings more exotic, the villains more villainous and we get the single biggest engagement between aerial navies in the entire series. Again, coincidence plays rather more of a role than it probably should, but the narrative moves so quickly and so forcefully that you hardly notice the creak of the rails.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    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 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 written by Burroughs, where he implies that this is a true story and that John Carter is real. The story then picks up with John Carter returning to Barsoom, but to an area which he has not seen before. He is almost immediately forced to fight for his life defending himself and a Green Martian who turns out to be his old friend Tars Tarkas. He soon finds that he has arrived in the Valley Dor, where the River Iss empties into the Lost Sea of Korus, or in other words, heaven. But it is no heaven, it is a place where those who come are slaughtered by the plant men, eaten by the white apes, or by the Therns, who fancy themselves divine, but have their own version of "heaven" which is much the same as that of the Red and Green Martians, and as much of a lie. Once again, John Carter makes friends and enemies along the way, from Thuvia, a Red Martian prisoner that he frees from the clutches of the Therns; Phaidor, the Thern female who falls for John Carter after he rescues her from the black pirates; Xodar, the black pirate who John Carter captures and who turns the tables on Carter. And, of course, the Goddess Issus, of the first-born. There is also a young Red-Martian warrior (Cathoris) who displays superior fighting skills, and Burroughs teases the reader by hinting at who his father might be, but always interrupting before it is revealed. Other old friends and foes appear as well, such as Kantos Kan, and Zat Arras. The story is entertaining enough for the reader to forgive the amazing coincidences within. One can certainly ignore John Carter arriving where Tars Tarkas is, even though he had never been there before, because the mysterious travel between worlds is not explained. On the other hand, the escape from Shador and the underground world of the first-born leading the escapees right to where Tars Tarkas and Thuvia are would certainly qualify as an amazing coincidence. Additional coincidences would include the Helium fleet appearing in the nick of time and of course on the opposite side, the re-abduction of Thuvia under their very noses. Almost the entire book is spent in John Carter's pursuit of returning to Dejah Thoris, and time and again he is thwarted until the very end when he finds her, and then as the reader knows, foolishly leaves her to help his allies, only to find that she has been taken once again. The book ending in a much more obvious cliff-hanger than the first one, which some readers may find unfair. Overall, this book is not quite as good as the first in the series, but Burroughs does a good job of keeping it fresh and entertaining, building suspense for the next in the series, and of laying the groundwork for future stories as well. As a result, I give this book the same rating as the first in the series, as it doesn't let up very much from the quality of entertainment of the first work.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane Wetzel

    I love the way Burroughs wrote--his style and even his polite form of English. It's beautiful. This is a story more 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 more of a connection to the characters and circumstances. The names Burroughs cre I love the way Burroughs wrote--his style and even his polite form of English. It's beautiful. This is a story more 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 more of a connection to the characters and circumstances. The names Burroughs created are perfect and, one might say, "fun". You can see from where some of the Star Wars names were inspired. I have always loved reading E. R. Burroughs' writings. They are exciting and conjure great mind images. But it is again the writing style that I do so enjoy. The narrator, William Dufris, is superior. I love his interpretation of John Carter, the hero. He gave Carter an almost Texan, cowboy hero accent. What amazed me was that I could listen to Dufris's voices of the women and actually believe them to be women speaking. That is an amazing feat for a man with a manly voice. Can't wait to read another Edgar Rice Burroughs story. I haven't read the Tarzan series yet. I must experience his wording of the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    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. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    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

  21. 5 out of 5

    David B

    Ten years after his exile back to Earth, John Carter returns to Mars, finding himself in the land where Martians go to die after a long life. Instead of the heavenly land of legend, it is a world of deadly beasts and cannibalistic slavers who exploit the pilgrims for their own purposes. This sequel improves on the first novel, presenting not only terrific adventure and action but also some interesting themes. The swashbuckling is impressive even for a pro like Burroughs, culminating in a fantast Ten years after his exile back to Earth, John Carter returns to Mars, finding himself in the land where Martians go to die after a long life. Instead of the heavenly land of legend, it is a world of deadly beasts and cannibalistic slavers who exploit the pilgrims for their own purposes. This sequel improves on the first novel, presenting not only terrific adventure and action but also some interesting themes. The swashbuckling is impressive even for a pro like Burroughs, culminating in a fantastic battle among aerial navies. ERB also casts a critical eye on organized religion by revealing that the afterlife that virtually all Martians have believed in for centuries is actually a tool of manipulation by a dishonest priest class. Commentary on race relations may also be detected since the major conflict is between the white and black Martians, and it is clear that their mutual hatred may be the downfall of them all. https://thericochetreviewer.blogspot.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    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 r 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 put down, and yet, at the same time, the end of just about every paragraph could serve as a cliffhanger! The pace of the book is brisk and relentless, and really carries the reader along to another great cliffhanger at the conclusion. In this volume, our hero, John Carter, returns to Barsoom after a decade's absence, and goes to that planet's "heaven." But heaven turns out to be anything but, and our man gets caught up in battles with plant men and white apes, lost civilizations, religious taboos, the plots of an evil "goddess," duels in the arena and on and on. There are two action set pieces that Burroughs really puts over well. One is the slave revolt that takes place halfway through the tale; the other, a bravura, four-way air battle between the forces of the black, white, red and green men of Barsoom. Both of these sections are thrilling in the extreme; better than anything in the first Barsoom novel. It's also nice that Carter, an Earthman on Mars, fights alongside men and women of varied races, colors, and religious beliefs in a common cause; there's some kind of message there--one for tolerance and brotherhood--that we could all avail ourselves of today. Having said all this, however, I must admit that there are problems in this novel that prevent me from giving it a top grade. These problems mainly take the form of fuzzy writing and internal inconsistencies. Burroughs, in this novel, does not do well in describing geography; his depictions of the Valley of the Therns, for example, are almost impossible to visualize (for me, anyway). A map of this planet (such as the one provided in LeGuin's Earthsea books) would have greatly helped, given Burroughs' inability to clearly set out his world. As for the inconsistencies: Burroughs, the "editor" of the novel, says he first read Carter's manuscript (for Book #1) 12 years previously; but if he had really obeyed Carter's will (that the manuscript not be opened for 11 years), then he would have only first seen the text of "A Princess of Mars" ONE year before! Tars Tarkas is said to be grieving over his kidnapped daughter in one section of this book; then, a few scenes later, he learns of this kidnapping for the first time. Huh?!?! The scene with Carter on the black-pirate cruiser contains many inconsistencies. Carter is said to be fighting five of these men; he kills three of them, and then three are left. Huh?!?! Six pirates are killed, all told, but later in the book, the number is said to be seven. Carter is said to have killed all these men single-handed, although the Thern princess, Phaidor, had helped him. These pirates are all asleep in the cruiser when Carter comes upon them, although they had been sacking the Thern temple scant minutes before. Does this seem likely? Inconsistencies such as this can drive an alert reader crazy. And don't even get me started on the redundant expressions such as "haven of refuge" and "craven cowards" that pop up all the time. Burroughs improved with age, but these early books are rife with problems that a good copyediting should have weeded out. Still, these minor problems are easily overlooked when one is caught up in the sweep of the story, and this story is as exciting as they come. It really is a tremendous feat of imagination, and one that any lover of swashbuckling fantasy should hugely enjoy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    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 t 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 first story, it not only compares favorably, but in some ways improves upon it. My only criticism is that Burroughs' writing is sometimes just too dramatic. It doesn't quite feel natural that John Carter himself would describe the "red mist" coming over his eyes time and time again (since this is written in first-person view). The writing should be a little less flowery, but that doesn't seriously detract from enjoyment of the story. There's an interesting over-arching theme to this book, and that is that the Martian religion is not only flawed, it leads them to do horrible things in the belief that they have some divine right to do them. While it's never stated explicitly, it seems like the author was at least making some comments on the power of religion to make people behave terribly. Given the otherwise completely pulpy, substance-free nature of the John Carter series, it's quite surprising that he would make such a point about religion in this book. Just another surprise, and one reason why Burroughs can't simply be dismissed as a pulp writer. All in all, a great follow-up to A Princess of Mars. Well worth reading!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jared Millet

    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 carnivo 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 plant-men or made slaves by the white-skinned Therns who have been exploiting and encouraging the superstitions of the red and green races for their own benefit. Burroughs piles the ironies thick by adding even more layers of false belief, for the Therns themselves are as much the victims of their own superstitions as the reds and greens are of theirs. All this, plus grueling fight scenes, titanic sky (and sea) battles, and another whopper of a cliffhanger to pull you into book three. The one big flaw that Gods of Mars suffers is that while Burroughs's skill as a storyteller increases, his horrible ear for dialog begins to show. Princess was full of dry exposition, but it was mostly in the form of Carter talking to the reader. In Gods, the exposition comes from other characters giving long-winded speeches to Carter in a faux-Shakespearean dialect that's painful to read. Somehow I didn't notice when I read this book as a kid, so the 5-star rating stands.

  25. 5 out of 5

    R.G.

    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 gre 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 romance I’ve ever read about. I love that Burroughs doesn’t do what so many do, drag out whether 2 people will be together, cause endless problems in the relationship, instead they love each other without end. And John Carter admits, rather amusingly, that he isn’t a ladies man, which does lead to him missing the obvious and getting himself in a lot of trouble which only adds to the bad situations he gets himself in. Yet, he doesn’t mind talking about his undying love for Dejah Thoris, and how he would rather die than live without her. While this may sound girly in its’ way, it in no way diminishes his warrior image, and the fact he is the greatest fighter in a world of warring people. Plus it had one hell of a cliffhanger, which will definitely have you snatching up the next book wanting to know how it all turns out. My one complaint, which obviously isn’t that big, is the writing style felt altered in this one. It didn’t flow as well at times, and it almost felt like Burroughs was trying to hard with the King James kind of wording.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    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 st 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 stepping within ten foot of Carter falling madly in love and becoming all but useless. And with the added Carter Jr its (one of the worst hidden twists in the history of books) its just added crazy sword wielding action to the whole thing. The ending is quite an interesting little cliff hangar to keep the series flowing along,

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    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 Is 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 as a deity. The seemingly invincible John Carter battles his way out of the clutches of both, returning to Helium only to be charged with heresy, and the news that his beloved princess Dejah Thoris has been taken by the First Born to the Temple of Issus! Another fun romp across the landscape of the red planet with a cliffhanger ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Felt like a transitional short story more 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!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Qt

    4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this thrilling adventure! The action was just about non-stop. The ending left me hanging and anxious to read book 3.

  30. 4 out of 5

    wally

    this is the...14th or 15th e.r.b. story for me...i read the 1st in this series...that i forget the name of...this is #2, but don't quote me on that. his stories are always entertaining, always fun, always imaginative. this one begins: the plant men as i stood upon the bluff before my cottage on that clear cold night in the early part of march, 1886, the noble hudson flowing like the grey and silent spectre of a dead river below me, i felt again the strange, compelling influence of the mighty god of this is the...14th or 15th e.r.b. story for me...i read the 1st in this series...that i forget the name of...this is #2, but don't quote me on that. his stories are always entertaining, always fun, always imaginative. this one begins: the plant men as i stood upon the bluff before my cottage on that clear cold night in the early part of march, 1886, the noble hudson flowing like the grey and silent spectre of a dead river below me, i felt again the strange, compelling influence of the mighty god of war, my beloved mars, which for ten long and lonesome years i had implored with outstretched arms to carry me back to my lost love. onward & upward. oops...there is also a forward...from e.r.b. and that begins: twelve years had passed since i had laid the body of my great-uncle, captain john carter, of virginia, away from the sight of men in that strange mausoleum in the old cemetery at richmond. john carter has found the fountain of youth...something like that...and erb tells us that old ben, his body servant, handed him a telegram...from great-uncle john...meet me tomorrow, etc. john tells erb of mars...provides him w/a "great mass of notes" which john carter left for erb at the hotel in richmond where they'd met. this then is the tale of carter's second search for dejah thoris, princess of helium... 22 chapters... time place march, 1886...cottage on the hudson...(earlier, forward, richmond, virginia)...(refers back to 1866, arizona cave...from whence carter...jumped, as i recall, a kind of alfie bester jaunt)...mars, of course...the river iss...the valley dor...the lost sea of korus the temple of issus is to the therns what the valley dor is to the outer world peoples mountains of otz golden cliffs...the chamber of mystery in the golden cliffs sea of omean isle of shador valley of lost souls hastor...another heliumetic city pedestal of truth throne of righteousness aisle of hope temple of reward avenue of ancestors characters edgar rice burroughs john carter, his great-uncle, prince of the house of tardos mors, & jeddak of helium dejah thoris, princess of helium scores of figures...the plant men...arms like elephant trunks...mouths in the palms of hands...10-12 feet tall, manlike...body a ghoulish blue...a broad band of white encircles its protruding, single eye...feet are three feet long...(i'm reminded of harry crews's character, foot...in...at least one of his stories, heh!) green men of barsoom, warlike, often and eagerly fight tars tarkas, jeddak of thark, one of the green men of barsoom thuvia...red martian...prisoner in the temple of issus...along w/nine other red martians, men and women sator throg...holy thern of the tenth cycle silians...slimy and fearsome...wriggling thousands seethe the silent sea wicked-faced man, white, like john carter, with a great mass of flowing yellow hair...that turns out to be a wig...and this man is a thern...one of many...the holy therns are the gods of barsoom. many-legged banth...a kind of lion...almost hairless, only a great bristly mane about its thick neck great white apes of barsoom...like the green men, they have two sets of arms...see cover...stand fifteen feet, walk erect on hind feet...i imagine that snow-monster on the rudolph-the-red-nosed reindeer animated movie...remember him? though these great apes are fear-inspiring. ooga booga! the beast, tal hajus...history of tars tarkas old matai shang, father of therns, holy hekkador of the holy therns, master of life and death upon barsoom the black pirates of barsoom phaidor, daughter of marai shang xodar, dator (prince) of the first born of barsoom...a black pirate. issus, goddess of life eternal thurid...a honkin-big-mean thern, a noble dator a red martian boy...kaor is the red martian manner of greeting...carthoris...carter's son zithad is dator of the guards of issus torith...was on duty when carter and the red entered yersted....the name of the commander of the submarine sab than, a prince...zodanga...carter's history kantos kan...carter's history tan gama...minor character...guard kab kadja djor kantos, son of kantos kan, and a patwar of the fifth utan gur tus...the dwar (or captain) of the 10th utan parthak...a young martian/man...tends to john carter imprisoned hor vastus sola...tars tarkas's daughter...was w/dejah at one point but was thrown overboard woola...the hound...of dejah's mors kajak, son of tardos mors likes i like how easily john carter transits from earth to mars...in a sentence...for scarce had i turned ere i shot with the rapidity of thought into the awful void before me.....am reminded of alfred bester, the demolished man...and the stars my destination...one of which was the first ever...hugo? was it? winner...sci-fi from the 50s...and i'm certain bester read his burroughs. a quote the whole fabric of our religion is based on superstitious belief in lies that have been foisted upon us for ages by those directly above us, to whose personal profit and aggrandizement it was to have us continue to believe as they wished us to believe. another quote ...it is very hard to accept a new religion for an old, no matter how alluring the promises of the new may be; but to reject the old as a tissue of falsehoods without being offered anything in its stead is indeed a most difficult thing to ask of any people. update, finished, 11 oct 2012, thursday afternoon, 1:42 p.m. e.s.t. another story that ends w/a bang...of sorts...to be continued, this one...one needs to read the next in line, #3, to discover the outcome of this story. intense...at every turn, john carter is thwarted in his endeavors to be reunited w/his princess of mars. mars isn't filled w/little green men...or whatever...there's a variety of...peoples...green, red, black, white, and there's talk of a yellow...tribe that may or may not be extinct...they all seem to prey upon one another etc big big epic battle toward the end...and...like i said, the outcome is in doubt...tune in next read to learn what happens...onward upward

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