March 25, 2012

Next Stop: Mars! (via Overland Park)

A Princess of Mars Headlines SF&F Literati Program 
The 1917 edition featured a cover by
Frank E. Schoonover
When: March 26, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
WhereBarnes & Noble #2352, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214, 2nd Floor

As announced several weeks ago, the SF&F Literati group will celebrate the release of the John Carter movie by reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, first in the "Barsoom" series.

Carol Doms writes, "This is a repeat book. It was discussed in January 2003. But I am sure [the] release of the John Carter movie this month was the deciding factor in selecting this book again.  Beth reports that it is available as a free Kindle book."

It also is available as a Nook book and mass market paperback, from Barnes & Noble Booksellers online.

The Barnes & Noble overview says, "A Princess of Mars is the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series. It is also his first novel, predating his Tarzan series.

“John Carter, a Confederate veteran, goes prospecting in Arizona immediately after the end of the Civil War. Having struck a rich vein of gold, he runs afoul of Apaches. While attempting to evade pursuit by hiding in a sacred cave, he is mysteriously transported to Mars. 

"Carter finds that he has great strength and superhuman agility in this new environment, as a result of its lesser gravity. He soon falls in with the Tharks, a nomadic tribe of Green Martians. Thanks to his strength and combat abilities, Carter rises to a high position in the tribe and earns the respect and eventually the friendship of Tars Tarkas, one of the Thark chiefs.

“Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan, ‘Lost Worlds,’ and the heroic Mars adventurer, John Carter.”

Order next month's book now!
Steven Harper's The Doomsday Vault Featured in April!
Harper's Steampunk opus is
the April selection.
When: April 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
WhereBarnes & Noble #2352, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214, 2nd Floor

This recent release (November 2011) is the first of the new "Clockwork Empire" series from Harper, a prolific and established writer. You can buy the book from Barnes & Noble online.

The Barnes & Nobles overview says, "“In a clockwork Brittania, Alice's prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike interest in automatons have sealed her fate as an undesirable marriage prospect. But a devastating plague sends Alice off in a direction beyond the pale-towards a clandestine organization, mad inventors, life-altering secrets, and into the arms of an intrepid fiddle-playing airship pilot.”

COVER IMAGES: The vintage Schoonover cover for A Princess of Mars is courtesy of Wikipedia.  The cover shot for The Doomsday Vault is from Barnes & Nobles.

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