A Princess of Mars (Barsoom #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A pirncess of marsBlurb: Her oval face was beautiful in the extreme, her every feature finely chisled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Similar in face and figure to women of Earth, she was nevertheless a true Martian–and prisoner of the fierce green giants who held me captive, as well!

 

 

 

 

 

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5 stars

Did you know the movie John Carter is based on this series?  I did not, which makes my reading of this book that much cooler for some reason.  So this is my second book in the Decades of Sci-Fi challenge that I have finished.  I am officially two books behind.  ::shrugs shoulders:: Whatever, I do what I want.  🙂

This book was fantastic!!  It was fast paced and explained simply.  Okay, so there was a LOT of telling but, it was done so well.  I was quite happily able to overlook it. I loved how easily he was able to incorporate himself in to each civilization he encountered.

I loved the mystery of it too. How did he come to be on Mars? It’s left up to the reader’s imagination to fill in the blanks.  This is a risky endeavor for any author to partake in but he pulls it off quite nicely.  The writing was extremely easy to follow considering the book was written almost 100 years ago.

Compared to the last book I read in this challenge, it was a cakewalk.  I’m not much for ‘”classic literature” but if the rest are like this, I will definitely have no problems finishing this challenge.

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In the Days of the Comet: By H. G. Wells

In the days of the cometBlurb: In the Days of the Comet (1906) is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells in which humanity is “exalted” when a comet causes “the nitrogen of the air, the old azote,” to “change out of itself” and become “a respirable gas, differing indeed from oxygen, but helping and sustaining its action, a bath of strength and healing for nerve and brain.” The result: “The great Change has come for evermore, happiness and beauty are our atmosphere, there is peace on earth and good will to all men.”

 

 

 

 

 

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I was thinking of revenge—revenge against the primary conditions of my being. I was thinking of Nettie and her lover. I was firmly resolved he should not have her—though I had to kill them both to prevent it. I did not care what else might happen, if only that end was ensured.

Then begins a clatter roar of machinery catching the infection, going faster and faster, and whizzing and banging,—engineers, who have never had time to wash since their birth, flying about with oil-cans, while paper runs off its rolls with a shudder of haste. The proprietor you must suppose arriving explosively on a swift motor-car, leaping out before the thing is at a standstill, with letters and documents clutched in his hand, rushing in, resolute to “hustle,” getting wonderfully in everybody’s way. At the sight of him even the messenger boys who are waiting, get up and scamper to and fro. Sprinkle your vision with collisions, curses, incoherencies. You imagine all the parts of this complex lunatic machine working hysterically toward a crescendo of haste and excitement as the night wears on. At last the only things that seem to travel slowly in all those tearing vibrating premises are the hands of the clock.

We knew before the Change, the meanest knew, by glowing moments in ourselves and others, by histories and music and beautiful things, by heroic instances and splendid stories, how fine mankind could be, how fine almost any human being could upon occasion be; but the poison in the air, its poverty in all the nobler elements which made such moments rare and remarkable—all that has changed. The air was changed, and the Spirit of Man that had drowsed and slumbered and dreamt dull and evil things, awakened, and stood with wonder-clean eyes, refreshed, looking again on life.

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3 stars

First off, I am not a classics reader in general.  But I wanted to challenge myself and since Sci-Fi is my favorite genre I chose to do Decades of Sci-Fi Challenge being hosted by Sci-Fi and Scary

This book took me over two months to read!  It’s over 100 years old so the verbage was a bit difficult to translate.  My mind just turned to mush after too long.  This author describes EVERYTHING.  Like pages and pages of one single element/scene/idea. It was enough to make me want to skim.  I didn’t, but I wanted to.  And the sentences were so long I had to stop and take a breath just to finish them!  It kept kicking me out of the story when that happened, which was a lot.

This story was incredibly slow.  About a quarter of the way through it I realized it had a love story in it!  And that was the best part of the novel TBH.  The MC was…quite frankly, crazy. Like certifiable.  I kept comparing his actions being replicated in present times and if he behaved now as he had then, he wold have been locked up.  He was incredibly proud, stubborn, entitled, egotistical, impulsive, vain and self-absorbed.

But I enjoyed the journey of his evolving character.  Once the comet changed everyone the story progressed pretty quickly.  Sidenote: The comet ‘changing’ everyone is a bit confusing because at the end there is a character who seems to not know what this guy is talking about. (Leading me to believe the MC was in fact insane)

And I LOVED the ending to the love story.  It was so unexpected you guys! It just made me think about how much more accepting this ending would be viewed in present as opposed to then.  It would have been a great scandal then, but now… not so much.

Glad I read it, don’t know if I would read his other works though.  Stylistically, it’s not my bag.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

jane eyreBlurb: Born into a poor family and raised by an oppressive aunt, young Jane Eyre becomes the governess at Thornfield Manor to escape the confines of her life. There her fiery independence clashes with the brooding and mysterious nature of her employer, Mr. Rochester. But what begins as outright loathing slowly evolves into a passionate romance. When a terrible secret from Rochester’s past threatens to tear the two apart, Jane must make an impossible choice: Should she follow her heart or walk away and lose her love forever?

Unabashedly romantic and utterly enthralling, Jane Eyre endures as one of the greatest love stories of all time.

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4.5 Stars

This is a challenge book. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 AND Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better.

Do you have any idea how hard that is!!?!?!?!?!?  There are so many words that aren’t used anymore and I had to look them all up.  I had a really hard time getting into it because of that.  I got about 15% into the book and I really needed to take a break because it just started to feel like a chore.  I had to sate my thirst for modern literature.

It sat in my queue for about 6 months till I felt my brain could handle it.  But then about 45% in, it got real interesting.  I didn’t know a whole lot about this book before I started reading it, I didn’t know it was a romance. If I had known it was a romance, I probably would have been a lot more excited to start it.  And I didn’t know that Jane was so ahead of her time. A fact that I REALLY liked. She was a modern feminist when the word didn’t even exist yet.

It was hard for me to understand her emotions because of the time it was written in, I think.  The author didn’t really go into that to much. It was like they were inferred but because of the language of the book I didn’t understand, like I didn’t really get it until halfway through.  Then I realized she did love him.  Cause it didn’t really seem like she liked him at first to me.  It felt pretend for some reason.  I totally didn’t believe Mr. Rochester was into her at all, I thought he was a bit slimy.  I thought her cousin would have been a great match for her but clearly I was wrong.

At any rate, it was a great book and I may read more of her in the future.

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