Admittedly, the plot is non-existent and the characters are two dimensional. But, Burroughs will take you on a wild ride
. From battle to battle, disaster to disaster, insurmountable odds to insurmountable odds, John Carter is a stalwart, undefeatable, unstoppable force.
It's like watching Saturday morning cartoons: I know the good guy is gonna win, but, damn, I still get worried.
If you're looking for a character in the throes of an existential crisis, or overcomplicated themes regarding man's place in the cosmos, or even female characters who do more than lust after the dude with the biggest sword; this book is not for you.
Gods of Mars is fun.