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09:10 pm: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
This was our bookgroup book this month and most of the others liked it more than I did. It does help to know that it was originally a serial, because that explains a lot of the repetition.

In the late 1800s, John Carter, a fine Virginia gentleman whose slaves worshipped him, went into sort of a coma and woke up on Mars. Mars is full of warriors (after all, it's named after the god of war) and they're surprised by how powerful he is, since he's trained to a higher gravity. One group, green and nekkid, captures him and he works his way up in their hierarchy. The Martians have done an excellent job of capturing and distributing water, other than that they need a finer grade of distribution, and they know how to capture the sun's rays (not electricity, the rays). Then he found out about a scientist-type of Martian and the beautiful daughter of the leader, Dejah Thoris. Who was also green and nekkid, and, as all Martians, reproduced by eggs. He and Dejah work to get together and then to be safe, but it's a tough planet out there.

I don't like these books, and not just because of the silly/stupid science and florid language and style. I like books with a little more to them than wars and lust. Lots of people really like them, though, because the newest edition we had there was the 41st.

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From:coyotegoth
Date:December 21st, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
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Actually, Dejah Thoris's skin is described as being a reddish, coppery color.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 21st, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Oops. We were short of books so I read the copy I checked out immediately and then read four more books and an Asimov's before the meeting. I took notes, but not about that. I have to do the same with Red Dwarf for January, so I'll have to be more careful about notes!
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From:capemaynuts
Date:December 22nd, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
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I haven't read those books since highschool! I remember (vaguely) about the egg laying and that he returns to Earth and tries to get to back to Mars. And isn't everyone nude or close to it? They definitely fall under the catagory of pulp fiction. After all, its the same guy who wrote Tarzan.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 22nd, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
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They're nude, but on the cover, there's strategically-placed jewelry. There's a movie being made of this and I have no idea how they'll handle that.
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