I am also going to spoil the end of the book because its not a spoiler. Its so that you know something I wish I'd known - the book ends on an amazing cliffhanger. DO NOT EXPECT NARRATIVE CLOSURE. The last forty pages of the book, I just kept thinking "wow, this is really not seeming like its wrapping up here. The first book had that whole epilogue sort of ending. Not this one." Nope. It ends with a very Two Towers sort of insistence that you will read/buy book 3, and you will like it.
And I will. Well, I have a collection with the first three books in it, so...
|its pretty much this for over 200 pages|
Nobody is going to accuse Edgar Rice Burroughs of writing deep literature with the Barsoom novels. His character, John Carter, is not here to give lit majors reasons to write papers. Sure, you could spend a lot of time exploring ideas of religion, class, race, masculinity and femininity in his work, and it might not be wrong to do so as you grapple with 20th Century genre-fiction's long and shaky history with all of these issues. But these are books for crazy, escapist high adventure and if you find something else in there, well, there you are.