Gulliver of Mars (Sci-Fi Classic)

Gulliver of Mars (Sci-Fi Classic)

Posted by jack_miller | Published 7 months ago



With 34 ratings

By: Edwin Lester Arnold

Purchased At: $5

This eBook has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Gulliver of Mars is the tale of Lieutenant Gulliver Jones of the United States Navy who magically appears on Mars. In a fortunate incident he manages to save the life of Martian Princess Heru who sticks with him, as his quick return to Earth is not possible. Gulliver learns a lot about the culture of Martian society as they get through many adventures, going down a River of Death.
The writing in the later chapters is deserving of five stars, but the ridiculously slow pacing of the first chapters knocked a star off.

Gulliver gets to Mars, and while that may seem exciting, about 30% of the book is over-describing what he sees (which, in the land of Seth, is not that much different than Earth) as well as waiting about because the people of Seth are, well, lazy.

However, shortly after Princess Heru is taken away, the book picks up. The narrative turns into a lively adventure, and Gulliver's motives and personality are often witty and hilarious (and only sometimes heroic). After that point, the landscapes change as well, and the book gets much more interesting as he ventures across the sea and rivers to lands of ice and ancient forests.

I highly recommend this book, so long as you can force yourself to slog through to the 40% mark. You'll have a hard time putting the book down after that.

- Anonymous

This is a whimsical yarn that moves along at a good pace. Varied characters, societies, and landscapes did much to add to the richness of the narrative.
Some readers will find the writing somewhat stilted. To those, I would like to recommend keeping a dictionary close to hand as this read is sure to expand your vocabulary.
I am recommending this work to everyone interested in early science fiction action adventures in the manner of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

- Anonymous

This is supposed to be the book that directed Edgar Rice Burroughs to place his hero John Carter on Mars. But in this case our hero doesn't measure up to Carter in any sense. However, Arnolds other book, Phra the Phonecian does meet Carters requirements. Legend says ERB used the location from Gulliver, and the hero from Phra to create his series. If so, well, you just have to read the genesis of ERB's world, even if it isn't all that much of a page turner.

- Anonymous

The early 20th century wording is different and takes a few pages to get used to. The story line is quaint. Gulliver is very much the navy gentleman of his time. He thinks nothing of going off on his own to rescue the damsel in distress. He faces his foes with bravery and plumb and, of course, rescues the girl. It is not a page turner, but not bad for a purely entertaining novel.

- Anonymous

Thoroughly enjoyed this little bit of nonsense. I had never heard of it until I saw it on Amazon and read the reviews and how similar it is to Burroughs works. To think that it was written in 1905, wow! The price couldn't have been any better either: free. Thank you to whomever converted it into e-book form.

- Anonymous

This was a good book in the classic sci-fi tradition. It is a good read for anyone who likes the sci-fi genre. Read and enjoy!

- Anonymous

Loved the art work.

- Anonymous

Was a pretty good story, but was somewhat difficult to read. Older language and sometimes over descriptive. Meaning a bit of rambling on to describe something.

- Anonymous

Originally titled ‘Lieutenant Gulliver Jones: His Vacation’ this edition follows the now more common revised title. First published in 1905 interest in this book was not that great, and ultimately the author stopped writing fiction. Although as with this he had written novels he was a journalist and had originally started out with non-fiction books in the travel and nature genres.

Nowadays things have shifted and this is probably the best known book by this author, and indeed we can see here the development of people being whisked from this planet off to other planets, in this case Mars, by way of an enchanted carpet. It is easy to see how this book must have inspired Edgar Rice Burroughs, who gave us ‘A Princess of Mars’ the first Barsoom novel. Indeed you do have to wonder about a touch of plagiarism, although Burroughs’ tale, with his hero John Carter is better written and has more adventure than this particular story.

Our hero here, Gulliver Jones, a lieutenant in the US Navy finds himself on the planet Mars and thus we have a lot of description here with regards to the natives of the planet, the flora and fauna and other details to make a fully realised world, albeit one that is highly fictional. Gulliver is obviously quite fickle as he conveniently forgets about his fiancée when he sees Heru, especially as he has a chance to marry this princess of Mars. We then follow him as he sets out to save her, although he seems more to plod on his adventure and gets easily side tracked, meaning that a rush has to be made in the narrative to get him back on course.

This does make for an interesting and fun read, after all it is always good to see how certain stories have played big influences on genres and sub-genres, but I would think this is more for those who are interested in such like, rather than the general reader.

- Anonymous

This is quite an old book but I found it very interesting. The story is a bit of a travelogue across the fantasy countryside of Mars by the hero in his pursuit of the Princess he becomes attracted to. The scenery and the people he meets on his quest are all well described and written. There are also a reasonable number of female characters that are pretty well rounded. All in all, a good book for one so old. My first and only read by this author.

- Anonymous

Written in 1904 and obviously influenced by H.G.Wells' The Time Machine..but without the insight. Not quite in the league of the Edgar Rice Burroughs, action packed, Barsoom stories either but it does have it's own charm

- Anonymous

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