The writing in the later chapters is deserving of five stars, but the ridiculously slow pacing of the first chapters knocked a star off.
Gulliver gets to Mars, and while that may seem exciting, about 30% of the book is over-describing what he sees (which, in the land of Seth, is not that much different than Earth) as well as waiting about because the people of Seth are, well, lazy.
However, shortly after Princess Heru is taken away, the book picks up. The narrative turns into a lively adventure, and Gulliver's motives and personality are often witty and hilarious (and only sometimes heroic). After that point, the landscapes change as well, and the book gets much more interesting as he ventures across the sea and rivers to lands of ice and ancient forests.
I highly recommend this book, so long as you can force yourself to slog through to the 40% mark. You'll have a hard time putting the book down after that.
Gulliver of Mars is the tale of Lieutenant Gulliver Jones of the United States Navy who magically appears on Mars. In a fortunate incident he manages to save the life of Martian Princess Heru who sticks with him, as his quick return to Earth is not possible. Gulliver learns a lot about the culture of Martian society as they get through many adventures, going down a River of Death.
About the Author
Edwin Lester Arnold (1857-1935)Edwin Lester Linden Arnold was an English author born in Swanscombe, Kent. His father was Sir Edwin Arnold and most of his childhood was spent in India, but he returned to England to study agriculture and ornithology before later becoming a journalist. Arnold's first novel, The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenican, was published in 1890. His Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (later known as Gulliver of Mars) is considered important to 20th century science fiction literature in that it may have been an inspiration for Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series, which was written six years later.