Sci-Fi Month Review Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Gods of Mars (Barsoom #2)The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 is toned quite a bit down, ok it is a planet split between various barbaric war like races defined by their colour but its not as balatant and insulting here. 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.

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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2 Responses to Sci-Fi Month Review Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

  1. I did try to start A Princess of Mars finally the other day, and then decided I just wasn’t in the mood for it 😦

    • pipbookview says:

      Some of the first book can be a bit off putting. Its ultra macho and definitely of its age when it comes to racism. Some of the comments on native americans are quite bad.

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