I have been a long time fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs. ERB wrote many of his books first as serials in magazines. Only later would they be published as individual books and then later in book series form. So the writing style lends itself towards leading the reader to the next serial magazine instead of creating final closure. There are 11 books in the John Carter series, and yes, the plots begin to strain a bit of credulity, however the all out swashbuckling adventure is still there and still fun!Interestingly enough, for those of us who have read ERB, many science fiction books and movies have something familiar in them because we have heard them first in ERB! Wonder where George Lucas came up with the Jedi in "Star Wars"? Well, read "A Princess of Mars" and you'll find the mighty nobles called Jeds. And what about banthas? Well, on Barsoom (Mars), a banth is kind of like a lion. Sounds like George Lucas just stuck vowels on the ends of words he liked, and adopted them into his "Star Wars" universe!I found a great review of the movie that is out just now at the National Review, see http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/291834/ronald-reagan-s-action-hero-john-hood?pg=1 . This author finds the many men who read and loved and were inspired by ERB books. Read it yourself to find out who they were!