The John Carter Of Mars, or Barsoom series begins with the book in the picture, A Princess of Mars
It’s about a civil war vet who gets mysteriously transported to mars, where due to the lower gravity, he finds himself with super powers. Sure, it sounds a little hokey, and in reality it is. Doesn’t matter, though. It’s great adventure fiction.
This was one of my main influences for starting Oasis.
There are constant rumors that Hollywood is going to make this into a movie. Who knows, maybe some day we’ll see it.
Oh, yeah, and it also includes what is quite possibly my favorite line from any novel, ever. John Carter has found himself paralyzed on the cave of a floor with bloodthirsty Indians searching for him and what may very well be a terrible monster behind him, where he can’t see. He doesn’t know it, but he’s about to be transported to Mars.
That’s right, this might very well be the end of good ol’ John, and this is what he thinks:
Fear is a relative term and so I can only measure my feelings at that time by what I had experienced in previous positions of danger and by those that I have passed through since; but I can say without shame that if the sensations I endured during the next few minutes were fear, then may God help the coward, for cowardice is of a surety its own punishment.
That’s right, John Carter is a man, baby.
If you’d like a copy of the book, the picture will take you there. If you’re a cheapskate, you can pick up a digital version (several formats actually) for free at Munseys. A Princess Of Mars
There’s a whole bunch of other books in the series, too.