Thuvia, Maid of Mars/ The Chessmen of Mars/ The Master Mind of Mars
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The next three books of the Barsoom series offer tales of love and hate, a planet divided by treachery, phantom armies, flesh-eating beasts and more: Thuvia, Maid of Mars; The Chessmen of Mars; The Master Mind of Mars.
Hardcover Book : 496 pages
Publisher: Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. ( December 31, 1927 )
Item #: 11-729590
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.25inches
Product Weight: 18.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Young or old, past, present or future these are highly entertaining. Thuvia, Maid of Mars is one of my favorites, along with Princess of Mars. Oh well, I love them all actually, but some more than others. Chivalry, great warriors, intelligent and strong females, fascinating settings and some of the most twisted and evil villains around. They are all here, Burroughs was ahead of his time as well as a major plus talent for the times he lived in. If you've never read this series you are really missing out. I just wish the club would do up ALL of his Pellucidar books as well as Carson of Venus. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Samantha H
I had the great fortune of being exposed to Burrough's works during the 1970's and have never tired of them. There are many great writers in the genre of sword and planet fantasy but Burrough's remains the best. I hope the science fiction book club reprints the venus series in hardcover in the near future, because I would love to read those wonderful novels again.
Reviewer: christina k
These Barsoom novels are a bit like jelly beans-eat too many at once and you'll get sick.
These are great young teen books. But to a more mature, well read reader, Burroughs formulaic stories get old real fast. I read the first 3 novels [in Moons of Mars] one after the other. The next 3 [in Return to Mars] I could only stomach 1 story per month. Too much repetition for words, actions, etc. Burroughs runs through the whole Carter family and has to resort to using another Earthling in his last story.
That all being said, I think these are great books in the same way that the Hardy Boys were great books. They are meant for a specific age/gender but outside of that target, they will not do well. I hope someday to get my children to read these books, but I can't really recommend them to anyone over 18.
Reviewer: Derrick J
I read these as a teenager and reading it now it's still so fresh with adventure. I must disagree with the person who said the women in ERB's books are "weak" on the contrary they are strong and pretty much devoid of issues which burden most "post-feminist" female characters. Sometimes to the point of being ridiculous.
Reviewer: Y G
Burroughs is a wonderful adventure writer. His characters, though not truly grounded in the science aspect of science fiction, are interesting and unique. I especially like the Chessmen of Mars with their spider like heads which move independently of their workhorse bodies (called Rykers, a fact I found interesting because I discovered Burroughs and Star Trek at roughly the same time). The only qualm I have about Burroughs' work is his women. Burroughs comes from a different time, and his women, while strong in his eyes, are weak in the post-feminist era. However this is a modern sensibilty looking back upon something written generations ago. Overall, I love Burroughs' work, and this is a fabulous series, that I'm glad is back in print for others to enjoy.
Reviewer: Steve F