After the pummeling my nerves received from John Carter s ego in Warlord of Mars, I approached this book with trepidation Fortunately, I enjoyed it a lotthan the previous installment Firstly, the focus isn t on John Carter, but on the eponymous Thuvia of Ptarth and John Carter s son, Carthoris They come across asrounded, likeable individuals The villainous Drusar, learning from the mistakes of others, try somethingsubtle than kidnapping Dejah Thoris and inviting John Carter to slaughter them Thuvia, destined to be married to one of her father s allies, is kidnapped and, in trying to help find her, Carthoris becomes the number one suspect for her disappearance.
Of course, yet again, there s another region that nobody ever leaves the ghostly city of Lothar The inhabitants are an archetype I ve come across in later no Eventually every good series needs to be put to bed Drawn to a close Wound up Killed In spite of that Burroughs is soldiering on with his stories from Barsoom The first three books focussed on John Carter and his beloved Dejah Thoris as she repeatedly got into scrapes and he repeatedly had to rescue her The fourth book completely changes everything and instead focusses on their son, Carthoris, and the woman he has fallen for the titular Thuvia of Ptarth This time it s Thuvia s opportunity to get kidnapped and Carthoris s opportunity to run around Mars to rescue her and clear his name as the assumed kidnapper Only the names have been changed to make it seem like a brand new book.
It does feel very derivative of the previous three novels Thuvia is an unobtainable bea I can t put my finger on the reason for it, but this isn t my favorite Barsoom book Having said which, it s still a very strong entry in the series This is the first book written in third person, so you actually get multiple points of view It s also the first book not to feature John Carter as a protagonist he has a very brief walk on in the beginning of the book The plot is about what you d expect Steel thewed, square jawed warrior is smitten with beautiful princess, but many complications ensue to keep them apart More hideous monsters although none, I think, that we haven t seen before and lost cities This is also the first book to be written from the point of view of native Martians, and to give a glimpse of their day to day life when they re not out slaying white apes and fending off green men I d probably have gone closer to a 4.
5 Burroughs is at his best when he combines the impetus of pulp adventures with the unselfconsciously far flung When he gets too tied down to an idea or progression, it tends to hinder his imagination somewhat.
The alien setting of the Mars books then proves a great boon to Burroughs, since it is unfettered by much need for suspension of disbelief The series has its highs, but it also has lows, like this book.
In it, he explores many of the same things he has in the previous books, casting John Carter s son in his father s image, and giving him the same class of adventure He fights an endless succession of monsters and soldiers, rescuing a standoffish princess, navigating war and politics, facing a sex starved sadist, befriending a noble local warrior, and uncovering an ancient, mysterious culture.
Unfortunately, the story doesn t have quite the s ✓ Thuvia, Maid of Mars ✓ Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the fourth book in the Barsoom series, and it is quite a bit different than the previous books The first three books focused on John Carter, and his love of Dejah Thoris, but they are barely mentioned in this book Instead, the focus switches to focus on John Carter s son, Cathoris, prince of Helium, and the title character Thuvia, princess of Ptarth, both of which were introduced in the second book of the series The Gods of Mars , but were fairly minor characters in both that and the third book of the series This book was originally published in three parts in All Story Weekly on April 8, 15, and 22 of 1916 It was later published in book form in October of 1920.
Most of the book deals with things with which the readers of the series are already familiar, such as the different kingdoms of Red
I agree with many people that this book is formulaic as are most of Burroughs books The problem is most people look at this book as well as the rest of the John Carter series and compare it to modern fantasy which is a mistake People please remember that most of Burroughs works are from the early twentieth century this book was published in 1920 which was 93 years ago It was a different time Also these stories started out as serials in pulp magazines they were actioney and fast paced I enjoy the novelty and simplicity of these types of books from time to time They tell a very simple and direct story I enjoyed this one because it s about the son assuming his role in life and defining himself So before being too critical of Burro Burroughs must have written this one to make a few bucks or because his contract required it Little imagination, improbable plot andthan usual coincidences both good and bad to make it work But at least it was short Normally, I want a book to be as long as possible not this time.
Like father, like son Carthoris is as clueless as his father.
Why does everyone always choose the new slave in almost all cases a spy or one of the Carters to accompany them on a critical, secret mission How can so much of Barsoom Mars be unexplored when their aviation was better than earth s at that time Not the huge guns of the green men too many miles of wasteland And where how ddi the primitive green men get all this fancy hardware Poor naming the heroine is Thuvia and an airship used by the bad guys is Th I was talking to my dad about Edgar Rice Burroughs the other day My dad discovered Burroughs through comic book adaptations of A Princess of Mars and Tarzan, and then he moved on to the novels He said that Burroughs is One of the best authors who gets absolutely no respect Here s what I think Edgar Rice Burroughs may not have written anything salient on, say, the American Dream or man s inhumanity to man, but dammit, I don t care I ve never felt unsatisfied after a Burroughs novel Thuvia isn t quite as good as the first three books in the series It starts kind of slow, but once it picks up, you ll find all of the good ol stuff you expect in your Barsoomian stories I missed John Carter a little bit he shows u
They r Has Become Divided By Love Not One, But Two Princes And A Jeddak Are Vying For The Love Of Thuvia Of Ptarth When She Is Mysteriously Kidnapped, Treachery Threatens To Throw Barsoom Into Bloody War Now Cathoris Must Follow In The Footsteps Of His Father, John Carter, And Overcome Phantom Armies, Dangerous Spies And Savage Beasts As He Attempts To Save His True Love And Reunite Mars The Fourth Martian Novel From BurroughsExcerpt Upon A Massive ✓ Thuvia, Maid of Mars î Download by ã Edgar Rice Burroughs Bench Of Polished Ersite Beneath The Gorgeous Blooms Of A Giant Pimalia A Woman Sat Her Shapely, Sandalled Foot Tapped Impatiently Upon The Jewel Strewn Walk That Wound Beneath The Stately Sorapus Trees Across The Scarlet Sward Of The Royal Gardens Of Thuvan Dihn, Jeddak Of Ptarth, As A Dark Haired, Red Skinned Warrior Bent Low Toward Her, Whispering Heated Words Close To Her Ear Ah, Thuvia Of Ptarth, He Cried, You Are Cold Even Before The Fiery Blasts Of My Consuming Love No Harder Than Your Heart, Nor Colder Is The Hard, Cold Ersite Of This Thrice Happy Bench Which Supports Your Divine And Fadeless Form Tell Me, O Thuvia Of Ptarth, That I May Still Hope That Though You Do Not Love Me Now, Yet Some Day, Some Day, My Princess, I The Girl Sprang To Her Feet With An Exclamation Of Surprise And Displeasure Her Queenly Head Was Poised Haughtily Upon Her Smooth Red Shoulders Her Dark Eyes Looked Angrily Into Those Of The Man