Free Classics: A Princess of Mars

Every Friday, Marilyn Knapp Litt, who blogs at, brings us her recommendation of a free classic book to discover (or rediscover) on Kindle. Find more of Marilyn’s recommendations at her blog,, a guide to the best free and inexpensive classic literature for the Kindle. You can also get Marilyn’s blog on Kindle and I recommend that you “Like” the Classic Kindle Facebook page as well so you don’t miss anything. Here’s Marilyn’s post:

A Princess of Mars” is a 1917 novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs about John Carter. If this all sounds familiar, and you are not familiar with early pulp fiction, then perhaps you have seen an ad for the new film, “John Carter.”
It is always nice when you can get the book free and the movie has just come out! (You can’t do that with “The Hunger Games.”)

My name is John Carter; I am better known as Captain Jack Carter of Virginia. At the close of the Civil War I found myself possessed of several hundred thousand dollars (Confederate) and a captain’s commission in the cavalry arm of an army which no longer existed; the servant of a state which had vanished with the hopes of the South. Masterless, penniless, and with my only means of livelihood, fighting, gone, I determined to work my way to the southwest and attempt to retrieve my fallen fortunes in a search for gold.

But as luck would have it, he ends up on Mars . . .

I opened my eyes upon a strange and weird landscape. I knew that I was on Mars; not once did I question either my sanity or my wakefulness. I was not asleep, no need for pinching here; my inner consciousness told me as plainly that I was upon Mars as your conscious mind tells you that you are upon Earth. You do not question the fact; neither did I.

Well, novels are about suspending disbelief, aren’t they?
You may snicker, but the John Carter of Mars series has had its fans ever since the first story was published in 1912. This is the first book of the series.


Click here to get your free copy of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs >>>

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