The Chessmen of Mars

Impetuous and headstrong, Tara, Princess of Helium and daughter of John Carter, defies the elements by flying into a rare, fierce Martian storm Hurtled half a planet from her home she is threatened by grotesque, flesh eating monsters and barbarous warriors.
The Chessmen of Mars Impetuous and headstrong Tara Princess of Helium and daughter of John Carter defies the elements by flying into a rare fierce Martian storm Hurtled half a planet from her home she is threatened by

  • Title: The Chessmen of Mars
  • Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs John Bolen
  • ISBN: 9781400130214
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 1 thought on “The Chessmen of Mars”

    1. Depending on my mood, this is either my favorite or second favorite of the Barsoom books. As with my other favorite, 'A Fighting Man of Mars', the hero of the story isn't that veritable demigod Virginian, John Carter, but a native Martian - in this case Gahan the Jed (or King) of Gathol - a small but very prosperous city state. The story concerns Gahan's attempts to woo the young daughter of John Carter, Tara, who rebuffs Gahan because he does not seem to her to be modest, rugged, and martial en [...]

    2. "The Chessmen of Mars," Edgar Rice Burroughs' 5th John Carter novel out of 11, first appeared in serial form in the magazine "Argosy All Story Weekly" from February to April 1922. It is easily the best of the Carter lot to this point; the most detailed, the most imaginative, and the best written. Carter himself only appears at the beginning and end of the tale. Instead, our action heroes are his daughter, Tara, who gets lost in a rare Barsoomian storm while joyriding in her flier and blown halfw [...]

    3. With the fifth book in the Barsoom series, much like Burroughs ability to recycle his stories, I thought I could just repost my review of book four – Thuvia, Maid of Mars – as it pretty much still applies to this novel too. Burroughs again recycles his damsel in distress (of course she's gorgeous), his introduction of two new species of Barsoomians (surprisingly close to Helium to have gone unnoticed), the courageous rescue (by a spurned suitor). It could, again, so easily be the same novel [...]

    4. I give up. Burrough's Barsoom series has devolved into a Captain-Bill's-Whiz-Bang stories of the simple sensationalism, appropriate at best for adolescent boys.Even though I have several more editions in my Nook, I doubt if I'll read them soon.A waste of time and electrons--at least the trees were spared.

    5. My Grandfather owned a copy of this book & he offered it to me to read when I was @ home sick with measles over 50 years ago. It was my introduction to that mystifying & magical world of Science Fiction. Thus began my lifelong love of all things "other worlds" written, filmed, on TV Amazing author, story & grandfather!

    6. Sadly a huge pain in the arse compared to the earlier books. Tara of Helium is just a whining bunt and the throwing out of random names and places gets old really quick. Just not an interesting enough plot to carry through the flaws

    7. A pretty darn good one in the Mars series. I felt Thuvia, Maid of Mars was a little lacking, but this one makes up for that. This one, again, does not focus on John Carter, but rather his daughter Tara, which he suddenly has. She gets captured by the Kaldanes, which are spider-like creatures and can attach themselves to these headless human bodies, called rykors, and control them for their own use. She also gets captured by the Manatorians, which are the chess players; but they play using real p [...]

    8. On our trip to Mars this time, we find more lost and forgotten cities, one of which is inhabited by some of the most disturbing creatures ever to be described on paper. Along with great Burroughs style adventure, and classic characters. Well played Mr. Burroughs, well played.

    9. “The Chessmen of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the fifth book in the Barsoom series. After “Thuvia, Maid of Mars” was something of a disappointment, this installment may be the best of the series. As with the prior book, this one focuses on different characters than any of the earlier books in the series, this time the focus is John Carter’s daughter Tara, and Gahan, the Jed of Gathol. The story was originally published as a serial in “Argosy All-Story Weekly” in the February 18 [...]

    10. To categorize this narrative as science fiction (as it is often referred to as) would, in my opinion, be erroneous as no science is involved. A more fitting genre would be fantasy or maybe to be more unambiguous, action fantasy. Tara, the daughter of John Carter the Virginian visitor to Mars that has graced many of Burroughs’ stories with his action-packed presence, goes out on a joy ride in her flying machine and is caught in a terrible storm. This storm blows her craft to unknown parts of th [...]

    11. One of my two favorite Barsoom books outside of the initial trilogy. (The other being A Fighting Man of Mars.) Again it's in third person, allowing for different points of view. This time, though, we get a proper John Carter prologue/intro explaining how ERB obtained the manuscript. Very similar to Thuvia, Maid of Mars in structure (lone warrior goes off after missing princess, encounters lost cities and perils and (SPOILER!) gets the girl in the end) but there just seems to be a spark here that [...]

    12. I think this book caught me off guard. The last book from this collection was good but not as good as its predecesors. So when I started The Chessmen of Mars, I still had the bittersweet taste of Thuvia, Maid of Mars. In the beginning, it was kind of boring, giving a look of a little presumptous girl as she inherited all the Glory of the Warlord of Barsoom. I think she was a careless, selfish and a swagger. But then, as she was lost in a far away place in Barsoom, the book made me feel anxiety, [...]

    13. Burroughs wrote some very good books and I'm pleased to have read them. I think there are a couple more in the series but they are not available in audio so I likely will never get to them. John Carter's daughter Princess Tara is carried away by the wind to the land of heads that separate from their bodies and then on to a deadly chess game. The narrator Gene Engene is not bad and has a great sci-fi voice but his character voices never stay pure; they interchange a lot. It was a nice intro for h [...]

    14. And extraordinary fantasy by Edgar Rice Burroughs - a story based on the divorce of the Intellect From the Physical - two species evolve - one physically strong but devoid of any brain function except the basic functions of eating, breathing and toiletry, while the other species latches on to their spinal cord and sits like a brain on them, guiding them to do all their work while themselves getting their pleasure only from thinking!A great book for a 14 year old to read and I never forgot this b [...]

    15. “It is a strange tale and utterly Barsoomian.”The Chessmen of Mars is a nice return to form after Thuvia, although ironically the stories are somewhat similar plotwise. Kidnapped princess? Check. Although in this case it’s a checkmate that’s required as Gahan, Jed of Gathol, pursues the heart of Princess Tara of Helium, and must try his hand at the chess-like game of jetan to stand a chance of victory.There are some nice creative strokes in here, not least of which is the game of jetan i [...]

    16. Great fun; I'm not quite sure why it took me so long. Once again Burroughs' vast imagination is on display, as he creates another pair of lost civilizations on Barsoom. The first is a symbiosis where the brains have become separate creatures from their bodies. The second is a human-taxidermy obsessed culture with an entire underworld of secret passages and haunted areas in its capital. My main quibble is this: The whole premise of the series is that John Carter, who is from Earth - or at least h [...]

    17. On one hand, I'm relieved that Burroughs was willing to at least advance the story by focusing on the slightly more interesting next generation. On the other, the plot falls squarely into the well-grooved tire tracks of the previous books: the protagonists are lost far from home and fall into various perilous lost cities and civilizations.I did like that Tara of Helium was at some level the main character, which puts her in a more dynamic position than Dejah Thoris had been, and at some level sh [...]

    18. Again, John Carter himself is mercifully in the background. Again, the book concentrates on a couple. Tara is daughter of John Carter and Dejah Thoris. I’m intrigued as to where her name comes from. Given that her brother is called Carthoris, shouldn’t she be called Dejohn? Gahan, the jed (chief) of Gathol, loves her though she is engaged to another. (Sound familiar?) When she is lost while flying in a storm, Gahan sets out to rescue her.This time, we go to two places nobody ever leaves: the [...]

    19. This story relates the adventures of Princess Tara of helium, impetuous daughter of John Carter and his beloved, 'the incomparable' Deja Thoris, as she is rescued from the Crab-like Kaldanes who breed headless Rykors to serve as their interchangeable bodies and then from the Martian Chessmasters who play barsoomian chess (an unworkable variant of conventional chess) with living chesspieces. Her rescuer, a nameless Martian soldier-of-fortune, who is in reality Gahan of Gathol, whom she had previo [...]

    20. In which John Carter has only a bit part. His daughter Tara -- newly introduced for the work -- has center stage, as does the jeddak of Gathol, Gahan, who meets her af her father's house -- and doesn't impress her.Also, the man her father wants her to marry does not get her for a dance, because he had asked another woman first. Between the two of them, she goes flying to relieve her spirits, and gets caught in a windstorm.Gahan goes to help with the search, gets torn from his ship, and through a [...]

    21. In ‘Chessmen,’ Burroughs slows down the pace a bit from the fight-and-run non-stop action of some of the previous Barsoom novels. It’s a longer and more ambitious effort, though certainly still packed with the usual action and the usual plot devices.It’s all the inventive details that make those plots work and where ERB shines. And, he once again slips a bit of pointed yet painless social commentary in among the sword fights and abductions. There’s even some character growth in the fem [...]

    22. If you have ever watched the show: DOCTOR WHO, I can tell you that one of that series' most iconic villains was heavily influenced by some of the creatures in this JOHN CARTER novel. The beasts in this story are a group of small, cepholopodic/ crusteacius heads called Kaldanes, who are totally lacking in emotions of any kind, posess an unnaturally high level of intelligence and who use completely seporate bodies to move around. Of course, I'm saying that these guys are basically Daleks without a [...]

    23. Tara of Helium had a little more to do than most of Burroughs' ladies, but about halfway through the book she basically vanishes from the plot and becomes the Macguffin in constant need of rescuing. The adventure was good, and I shouldn't complain too loudly, given when the book was written, but it would have been cool to see the heroine front and center through the whole thing (especially since Gahan of Gathol was kind of a derp who just flailed around waiting for everybody else to tell him whe [...]

    24. Please note, this 5 star rating is based on my long ago memories of this book - I may have read it greater than 20 years ago. I recall reading and really liking it, and even kept the book to read again in the future (something I only do with good, or otherwise significant books). The memories of an old man are sometimes faulty so this could really only warrant 3.5 to 4.5 stars, instead of the 5 I gave it. Once I re-read the book I will update this rating/review to more accurately reflect my thou [...]

    25. Another wildly imaginative story from Edgar Rice Burroughs. I'm amazed at the fanastical ideas he comes up with each story. Although sometimes contrived the events in the story are fun to read. What impresses me most is the creativity behind each book in this series. Each story is usually about some kine of near war with another nation on Mars, it's the journey and the details of the outcome for those events that make the books entertaining and enjoyable stories.

    26. Out of all the John Carter books I think I enjoyed this one the best.Burroughs introduced a couple pretty strange Barsoom creatures in this story, the Kaldanes, and the Rykors. Two separate creatures but dependent on one another.The story was kind of halloweenish in one regard with the horrible looking Kaldanes and other events that involve superstitious fear of the Manatarians.The story also has a philosophical aspect of maintaining a healthy balance between mind and body.

    27. I have to say that The Chessmen of Mars was a delightful read. It continued the Barsoom series nicely and delivered exactly what I was expecting, albeit the main characters of the story changed from my expectations.If you liked the previous books, I would recommend you to read that one, and if you didn't I would not.

    28. If you like Burroughs' writing and the Barsoom series this one should deliver as well. The bad reviews seem to be from people who lack imagination, you have to be able to suspend disbelief in order to fully enjoy fantasy. I loved this and want to play Jetan (Mars' version of chess)

    29. In this the 5th of John Carter's continuing adventures, Tara, Princess of Helium and Carter's daughter is captured

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