Read in September 2008
I read this as an ebook from the Project Gutenberg edition of this novel.
I found this a very enjoyable read via my BlackBerry on my morning commute and before bed.
I was amazed at how well this novel appealed to me. For a science fiction novel published in 1912 (actually as a six-part serial in a magazine that year), it has stood the test of time quite well. Granted what we know of Mars makes much of the story ludicrous if you look at it strictly from a factual point of view. But if you suspend belief and imagine that Mars is actually not the Mars we know, but an imaginary world or planet of Burroughs devising, then it’s a fine story in an interesting setting.
I should have read this years ago. It was entertaining and a good all-around yarn. The only disappointment, for me, and for the main character, John Carter, was the abrupt cliff-hanger like ending. I will eventually read more of the Barsoom series so hopefully that plot hole will be resolved in a later novel.
Follow this link for my review of the movie John Carter, released in March 2012.