How is it written?


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Today, my boyfriend and I had a discussion about show not tell and Burroughs. This story is a recollection of what John Carter did on Mars. There is a good amount of telling not showing. I think Burroughs is still effective in his storytelling, but we are conditioned as fiction writers that this “wrong.” What are your thoughts on this?

Also, how do you feel about John Carter?

I am struck by the fact he is a gentleman soldier. We have lost this concept today. Soldiers, especially officers, used to be well-bred, higher class individuals. John Carter seems to fit this mold. He is intelligent, proper, and sophisticated. Again…what do you think?


Princess of Mars


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I only have one thing to ask at this point. What is your favorite part of Burroughs Mars?

I like the nakedness. Although, in a real world, this most likely wouldn’t work out. I am glad most people have to walk around covered, myself included. I like that everything is covered with that spongy moss. And most striking to me, are the colors. Burroughs mentions vivid colors in his descriptions of the Martians.

What do you not like that Burroughs has done?

I’m sure some of you don’t like that there is little based in real science here. I don’t really have a problem with that. So far, I don’t have any problems with the book. At times he tells and doesn’t show, but other than that I love his imaginative view of Mars. I’d love to be able to spring a few feet in the air with just a thrust of the legs.

Now, feel free to discuss what you’ve read so far.

The Many Sides of Maureen


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Day One

Well, here we are…day the first. Since we’ve only just begun, I have no real, in-depth questions. Some of you will have probably not even read the first word….in either book…for shame. So, I have an assignment: for next Thursday the 12th, read to Chapter 13 in A Princess of Mars

Things you need to consider:

  1. Take a hard look at the environment
  2. How do they dress?
  3. What is John Carter like?

For those of you who have read, go ahead and discuss whatever you wish freely. Ask questions. Post something you like or dislike about the book. And at any point, feel free to input whatever you wish into the discussion.

Our Schedule:

  • January 12, 2012 : A Princess of Mars — Chapters 1-13
  • January 19, 2012 : A Princess of Mars — Chapters 14-End
  • January 26, 2012 : Maureen Birnbaum — First Story
  • February 2, 2012 : Comparing the Two



Happy New Year’s!

This is the first day of the last year of our earth…celebrate! And on a lighter note, you have FOUR days until our Maureen Book Group begins. You should have your books by now. You should also have read halfway through Princess of Mars. If you haven’t, and I may be in this group, get to it. We want to have a fun, full discussion this time. I promise, you will not be disappointed with Maureen.

See you on the 5th! Until then, drink, read, and be merry!