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The Moon Maid Reviews

  • DNF with Jack Mack
    2018-11-12 20:55

    Not sure this lived up to it's blurb. I zoned out on the audiobook, which you can start at the one hour mark--after you've learned the names of the Hero and Antagonist. After this non-spoilery (view spoiler)[Antagonist sabotages ship, it ends up on Moon, real shocker, there.(hide spoiler)] Now continue at about the fifty-eighth minute mark.This standard ERB class adventure takes a strange turn in the last two hours. Some interesting passages about the Forever Now, and some weird intergenerational struggle. Recommend the print over the audio.Not as good as: Barsoom, Venus, Pellucidar, Tarzan, or the Monster Men, maybe better than the Lad and the Lion. Read the others first.

  • Stephen Gallup
    2018-11-20 01:53

    In reading this for the first time in over four decades, I found that I didn't remember The Moon Maid as clearly as the other Burroughs fantasies I've been returning to. However, when I encountered the name Orthis I immediately knew this was the villain. The first time through, Burroughs made me hate that guy so thoroughly that the emotion is still there on tap.In terms of predicting the course of the 20th century, or even the course of space exploration, from his 1923 vantage point, Burroughs misses by a wide margin. However, I think he hits a bulls-eye in discerning a weakness in humanity, as recounted in this history of lunar society:... there developed a small coterie that commenced to find fault with everyone who had achieved greater learning or greater power than they. Finally they organized themselves into a secret society called The Thinkers, but known more accurately to the rest of Va-nah as those who thought that they thought. It is a long story, for it covers a great period of time, but the result was that, slowly at first, and later rapidly, The Thinkers, who did more talking than thinking, filled the people with dissatisfaction, until at last they arose and took over the government and commerce of the entire world. ... The arts and sciences languished and died with commerce and government, and Va-nah fell back into barbarism. ...As I've noted in other Burroughs reviews, this isn't great literature. I wish it could have been burnished further, because more could be done with this material. Still, I'm enjoying all these books, and not only for nostalgia's sake.

  • Kurt Reichenbaugh
    2018-11-14 19:57

    So I haven't gotten around to reviewing this one yet, I see. Well, it's ERB, so you pretty much know what you're going to get in a novel of his. That is, heroics, villains, and a hot love interest that needs both kissed and rescued often, and by a hero who knows how! This one takes place inside the moon, in the future 21st Century. Yes, inside the moon. It's fast paced and exciting. It's seen by some as an allegory for the threat of communism. Perhaps, but I think it's best approached as a tale of rousing adventure set in another world. The ending is a cliffhanger, setting up the sequel The Moon Men. I liked this one enough to eventually read that one as well.

  • John
    2018-11-28 04:00

    Very similar to THE PRINCESS OF MARS, although ERB's mild self-plagiarism doesn't particularly bother me in this case, in that I found THE MOON MAID to be something of an improvement. At least THE MOON MAID tries to be more scientific in terms of space travel, but of course the science is all bogus and horribly out of date. For me, though, it's the ridiculousness of it that gives the book much of its charm. At any rate, it is a fun adventure story, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about exotic alien races getting punched in the face.

  • Charles
    2018-11-27 03:51

    I don't have this particular volume, from Bison, but I have the earlier release and just love it. Sheer adventure. Excellent. And fun.

  • the gift
    2018-12-03 21:48

    this is actually all three of the moon trilogy in one volume, though previously printed serially, with some continuity, with one character reincarnated over the extensive centuries. i am trying to read at least one book of Tarzan, Mars, Moon, Venus, Lost World, Earth's Core, just to read what made burroughs so successful...so far, all known is agreeing with received wisdom: same story, same first-person narrator, same damsel to love and be loved by (and rescue is how to meet-cute), variety of obstacles to overcome, monsters, villains, loyal natives, action adventure with no complex characters, no complex worlds, all of this very easy entertainment to read. it has been some years since i read the Princess of Mars, so how it may be a pale imitation of that series i do not know. makes me think of what mundane lit, what crime pulps, what serious sf, was written at the same time (1922)...who once read this? now, maybe just kids, but then? just men? office drones or farm migrants or oil workers? men with no freedom, only poverty, only ww1 veterans in an unjust world they could not understand? just men who would consume this popular culture without seriousness, reading basically variations of the same story, in the days before tv, in the days of radio serials, movie serials when in town. no pretended literary value, no demand or aspiration that the work be eternal or even then unique- not something to read more than once. there is a conflict between what is called pop and what is called serious. but this is a dispute, a judgement, of those who do read work more than once...so, fun. i think of what pleasures it would offer to the consumer, what guarantees of exotic worlds, lovely Girl, dastardly villains, monsters to be killed, escapes from cliffs each pulp serial issue... repetitive yes, but not read when a kid, not read as comic books, seen as movies, so this is an interesting critical read. sexist, somewhat, concept of an ideal woman is that she looks great, is noble, chaste, loves our hero. racist, anti-semitic, somewhat, of its time though admired stereotypical suffering-Jewish character in second book. elitist, somewhat, but politics is basically of the sandbox sort, ie. who is strongest. violence solving everything, usually, capture and escape and bursting bonds to save the Girl... comic, yes that too: reading Venus 2 right now, Carson explaining allusions to Girl he rescues- 'golf is a mental disorder, and Prometheus a myth'...

  • Jeneé
    2018-12-04 20:05

    I love Burroughs but this book was painful to get through. It was extremely drawn out and it had an ok story but was nothing compared to John carter of mars. I'm pretty sure this book is part of a trilogy, which doesn't make much sence to me. After how complex and drawn out the moon maid was, I can't even imagine what the other books would even be about, especially since the moon maid had such a definite ending. Never the less I probably will not be reading the others.

  • K T
    2018-12-08 04:01

    Quite good and enjoyable adventure. I do prefer the Mars series though. (This takes place in the same continuity, although it isn't really related.)A strangely complicated frame to the story, but perhaps that becomes more important in later volumes?

  • Timothy Boyd
    2018-12-02 21:55

    Great pulp SiFi. The creator of John Carter and Tarzan scores another hit with this book and it's 2 sequels. Very recommended

  • Bradley
    2018-12-04 02:06

    A very creative story for a classic. I am happy to see the talent that created Tarzan can write an excellent sci-fi flavor tale. I actually enjoyed it. =)

  • Bob
    2018-11-12 20:11

    In the prologue Burroughs sets forth a history of Earth embroiled in a seemingly unending war. In this prequel to The Moon Men, we find Julian, the 5th of his name commanding a small space ship toward Mars. In flight, the mission is sabotaged by his second in command and arch rival, commander Orthis. The ship crash lands on the moon which is found to be inhabited by both biped and quadruped beings who can communicate. Julian and Orthis are captured; both are taught the native language, and while Orthis befriends the native chief promising great inventions, Julian escapes with Na-hee-lah, the Moon Made and a Lunar princess. As is typical of many Burroughs supernatural romances, Julian leads her to safety, fights battles along the way, is recaptured, escapes and gets the Princess back to her own kingdom just in time to witness an Orthis led attack featuring powerful weapons he adapted, and Na-hee-lah's city is destroyed. She and julian manage to return to the now repaired space ship and return to Earth presumably to live happily ever after, but such is not the case. The reader is asked to accept a premise that time is not linear. The story is introduced by Julian the third who knows he will be reborn as his grandson. That is a little far-fetched as is the notion that the moon is hollow. But Burroughs, true to his nature, spins an enjoyable adventure.

  • Brent
    2018-11-29 04:17

    Shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution [and well before Orwell and Ayn Rand] E.R.B. wrote a story warning of the dangers of Communism. It was called Under The Red Flag, and no one would publish it. Undaunted, Mr. Burroughs changed the Russians to the Moon dwelling race of Kalkars and the book was retitled The Moon Men. This, however left him with the necessity of explaining who the Moon Men were. Thus was The Moon Maid written.The Moon Maid is a very different and darker book than your average Edgar Rice Burroughs tale, but one of my favorites. Admittedly there are times when a Burroughs book gets an extra star or two just because it's a Burroughs book, but not here. The Moon Maid as well as the whole Moon Trilogy gets a well deserved five stars!

  • David Leemon
    2018-12-11 20:00

    Aside from having a maid on it, the Moon doesn't really seem like a very interesting place in this book. Yes, there are centaurs and guys trying to kill the hero and an uber-sexy moon maiden, but this all takes place against a backdrop of gray rocks.

  • Ralph Carlson
    2018-11-26 03:06

    This is one of the few Burroughs books that I have only read once before. The last time I read it was when it was first published in paperback by Ace back in the early sixties. I quite enjoyed reading it this time.

  • Frank
    2018-11-27 22:00

    Read in the 70s. A good Burroughs sci-fi adventure.

  • Roddy Williams
    2018-11-13 04:02

    ‘In the late twentieth century, Admiral Julian 3rd can get no rest for he knows that his future. He will be reborn as his grandson in the next century to journey through space and make an ominous discovery inside the moon: he will live again in the dark years of the twenty-second century as Julian 9th, who refuses to bow down to the victorious Moon Men: and as Julian 20th, the fierce Red hawk, he will lead humanity’s final battle against the alien invaders in the twenty-fifth century. ‘The Moon Maid’ is Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stunning epic of a world conquered by alien invaders from the moon and of the hero Julian, who champions the earth’s struggle for freedom peace and dignity.’Blurb from the 2002 Bison Books edition.‘The Moon Maid’ and its sequels ‘The Moon Men’ and ‘The Red Hawk’ were published in serial form in ‘Argosy All-Story Weekly’ between 1923 and 1925. A savagely abridged version of the full story was published in 1926.The fully restored Bison Books edition has, in addition, replaced words and sentences excised from the original magazine edition.It has a tenuous connection to Burroughs’ ‘Mars’ series since the tale begins when communication has been established between Earth and John Carter of Mars, or ‘Barsoom’ as the Martians call it.A ship, ‘The Barsoom’ is launched, captained by Julian 5th, but also on board is Julian’s rival, Orthis, a brilliant scientist but twisted by his jealousy of Julian’s superior position and skills.The prologue takes the form of an explanation from Julian 3rd, the hero’s grandfather, who somehow has access to the future memories of three of his descendants as he is to be reincarnated in their bodies. So ‘The Moon Maid’ is the first of these future memories which tells of the flight of ‘The Barsoom’.Because of sabotage on the part of Orthis, the Barsoom heads directly for the moon. The ship narrowly avoids destruction by flying into a crater. It plunges downwards and the incredible discovery is made that the moon is hollow and that another living world exists on the inside surface.Julian and Orthis are captured by the Va-gas, warlike centaurs, half-man, half horse, although Burroughs never makes it clear whether these creatures have six limbs or four. One of the original illustrations shows a traditional centaur body, while another shows a more satyr-like form.In standard Burroughs format the savages capture a beautiful humanoid princess, Nah-ee-lah, intending to ransom her, but Julian escapes with her, intending to return her to her own people.They are inevitably separated and when he finally reaches her city, having escaped the captivity of the humanoid and evil Kalkars, he is enlisted in the retinue of her fiancé Ko-tah (who also happens to be her father’s enemy).In the meantime, Orthis has been supplying Earth technology to the Kalkars, who attack the city with explosives?The evil Ko-Tah is killed, Julian and the Princess escape and are reunited with the Barsoom and its crew, who proceed to return to Earth.It’s a rather standard tale from Burroughs and lacks the exotic panache of his earlier Martian stories, but, like most Burroughs, is still very readable escapist fare.

  • Ronald
    2018-12-08 22:15

    possibly read in spring 1969

  • Jay Michaels
    2018-12-13 22:52

    ERB's "scientific" background regarding the Moon, the void of space, and all the fiddly bits in getting to Luna are sheer fantasy. The titular character has yet to appear (similar to A Princess of Mars, in which she takes *forever* to show up.) (heavy sigh) Get to the characters, already! 2 Jan 2013.The Moon Maid finally showed up, but it would have been nice to get to her and her interactions with Julian the protagonist *much* sooner. Part II of III, "The Moon Men," depicts Planet Earth 2100 A.D. under oppression by Men from the Moon. Overall the characters are sympathetic, and ERB inserts interesting commentary on patriotism and religion into the story. However, Part III is supposed to be "The Red Hawk," but this Project Gutenberg version includes "Out of Time's Abyss" instead. The apparent 200 year flashback at the beginning was so abrupt that I stopped reading right there. After tracking down (the *correct*) Part III, the narrative makes much more sense. Overall, the general philosophy of ERB's protagonists seems to be, "Shoot first, kill 'em all, it's no big deal. Talk? Why should we talk? My mind's already made up, and you can't change it." Thankfully, by the end of the story, Our (Recurring) Hero manages to Think Things Through, and change his existence positively. However, ERB's characters seem to be unable to easily tell the difference between lunar/human crossbreeds and "untainted" human stock just by looking at people. Additionally, the heavy emphasis on reincarnation in Part I (reminiscent of H. Beam Piper's Paratime) is barely touched on in the subsequent novels. I think a good scriptwriter could easily stitch together the high points of the trilogy into a single modern-day adventure film, and easily have a solid story. 29 Jan 2013.

  • Leila Anani
    2018-12-05 23:08

    Published 11 years after a Princess of Mars this is pretty much a rehash set on the moon instead of (Barsoom) Mars. The story is remarkably similar: Hero accidentally ends up on a barbarian world falls in with a hoard of cannibal warriors (here No-Vans - basically centaurs, instead of Tharns but similar situation) he meets and falls for a captured princess they escape, go back to the princess' people in the mid of civil war, he has to fight a rival intent on marrying her and claiming the throne... and ends up going back to his world. Because of the difference in gravity he can jump impossible distances, Oh and the story framed in a similar way with our hero narrating his adventures to a third party.We also have a little of At the Earth's core in here - what with the civilization living underground beneath the moon's surface... What makes this sufficiently different is the SF element - no mysterious ray transports our hero. He's on a man-made space ship heading to Barsoom (and John Carter) but its sabotaged en route by the villain who doesn't want our hero to take all the credit and he lands on the moon instead.This is a classic Burroughs adventure but for me doesn't quite have the edge of his Martian chronicles, perhaps because its so similar that I feel like we've done this all before... and better. Still its faced paced adventure and a thoroughly entertaining read.

  • Scott
    2018-11-17 03:18

    They just don't make covers like that any more... it's really a shame. It's a wonder I finished this book so quickly, or even at all, considering how many times I flipped it over to stare at the cover art again. (On a side note, why do artists keep portraying the Va-Gas as centaur-like? That's not how they are described in the story.)Anyway, this is the story of a man named Julian and his journey to make first direct contact with the civilization on Mars, with which humanity has been communicating; except they don't make it, because one of the crew sabotages the ship, and they land on the moon. Or rather, in it. Our moon is partially hollow, and a world lies within, full of vegetation, strange beasts, and human-like civilization -- primitive by our standards, but advanced enough to have politics. It is here that Julian makes the acquaintance of Nah-ee-lah, the pale princess of the title. And, well, just look at her. I know I'd fall for her at first sight.This was my first experience with Burroughs' work (not counting Marvel Comics' John Carter series, which is what spurred me to pick up some of his novels) and I enjoyed it very much. High adventure, decent enough characterization, and bite-size... I found it difficult to put down.

  • David Merrill
    2018-12-10 21:53

    All right, so Edgar Rice Burroughs is definitely a guilty pleasure. These days any science fiction of Burroughs could easily fit the sub-genre Steam Punk. But this is the real deal. I liked The Moon Maid partially because of its peripheral connection to the John Carter books. In this world John Carter went to Mars decades before. Now a new invention allows Earth to communicate with Mars and Helium. The rocket intended to fly to Mars that crash lands on the moon is called The Barsoom. Our protagonist, Julian, encounters the same type of adventure on the moon as John Carter experienced on Mars. He even meets a beautiful alien princess who falls in love with him and he, of course, falls in love with her. I guess back when the Moon Maid was written (1922) inter-species relationships weren't such a big deal. (LOL) These relationships were happening a lot in Science Fiction. I know it bothers some people that every intelligent life form encountered in these books is humanoid, but heck, these books would be dirt dull without their beautiful alien princesses. What would the heroes fight for? Yes, on one level these books are silly, but they're a lot of fun. I can't wait to start the Moon Men.

  • Norman Cook
    2018-11-28 04:08

    This is not one of Burroughs' strongest books, but it still provides some interesting action. The overall plot is very similar to A Princess of Mars in that an Earth male travels to an alien planet, falls in love with a beautiful female native, and fights an oppressive government. At least here Burroughs tries to make the journey a bit more scientific, using a space ship instead of teleportation. It also borrows the idea of a hollow world that Burroughs used in the Pelucidar series (even Burroughs knew there was no air on the surface of the moon). There is a bit of political allegory in that the oppressive government is basically a fascist regime, but this is much more thoroughly explored in the sequel, The Moon Men. One thing that is different about this book from most other Burroughs' books is that the ending is not particularly happy.

  • Tomas
    2018-12-09 22:53

    Burroughs is most famous for his Tarzan books; and most loved among science fiction fans for his Mars books. The Moon Maid I had not heard of before.It belongs with the Mars books in terms of explicitly sharing the same setting as the Mars books and in terms of aging well. While the story begins and ends on Earth, he is writing about an Earth of the future, which sweeps most of the dated material under the rug.The Moon Maid in and of itself is an adventure-romp in a very similar vein as A Princess of Mars. The protagonist has a bit of a supernatural element, much like John Carter; but that remains understated, even more than in the case of John Carter.What isn't swept under the rug are the communists. While Burroughs remains tactfully silent on the topic of Earthly communists, he places a lunar communist revolution and its disastrous consequences in the past.

  • Jim
    2018-11-17 21:51

    I like ERB's Moon stories ( they make up a trilogy ), although they are certainly not as well-known as his Tarzan or John Carter series. In The Moon Maid, Julian is the commander of a spaceship that blasts off for Mars, or Barsoom, after contact is made with the famous Virginian John Carter on the Red Planet. Unfortunately, the craft goes astray and the Earthmen make a landing, not on the moon, but inside it. In the lunar interior, they discover weird creatures and an alien civilization, and, of course, the Moon Maid.I loved Burroughs' stories as a kid and still love to return to those strange and wonderful worlds that the Chicago-born author created! I just wish we could have found a moon maiden inside the Moon, although, I guess it's better-for her!-that we didn't.

  • Michael Watson
    2018-12-10 19:57

    I found this book in an antique store and immediately wanted to read it. I like reading old science fiction, constantly amazed at the writers and their projections into the future. This book was published in 1926 and there is a definite difference in writing style compared to something written today. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it. Who in that time period (or this one) wouldn't want to read about a trip to Mars (which is about to happen) and Moon men? This story takes place after John Carter arrived on Mars.

  • Randy
    2018-12-11 20:51

    This printing was by Bottom of the Hill Publishing, and had many errors, making it hard to read. The story was OK, but not great. Having read several of the Martian Chronicles, with John Carter, I expected much better. This was the first of a trilogy, and I do not plan to read the next two. If you are just getting into Burroughs, skip this and read the Martian series.

  • Kat
    2018-12-06 20:50

    3.5So Edgar Rice Burroughs, he basically has one plot, and how much you enjoy his works depends on how much you like that one plot, and how well you think it's executed in any particular novel. The Moon Maid has a slow start, but an intriguing one, and once it gets going it's a pretty good ride.

  • Gary
    2018-11-18 19:55

    Well, when I was an early teen, I read almost all of the ERB books, the Moon series, Tarzan, Pelucidar, Venus, and more. They were great fun, taught me a lot, but I have moved on to more complex literature. I need more than these books now, to grow and learn. Not that I could ever exhaust the ERB books, but I simply need something different and, in my opinion, more.

  • Jacque Holst
    2018-12-10 22:00

    These books are old friends, they never disappoint.I have read Edgar Rice Burroughs books all my life, starting when I was in grade school. He was one of several authors that fed my love of books from the age of six. I still return to his books periodically as old friends. I have his collection in hard cover.

  • Thomas
    2018-12-01 22:57

    julian along with 4 other fellows has been selected to a mission to barsoom or mars by US gov in future.l well, they are not going to reach mars. instead they are going to land on moon becuz of one of his subordinates or simply his enemy.