I've been reading from the John Carter of Mars series lately, which is what got me into the spirit. I'm currently nearing the end of The Gods of Mars -- every page is more epic than the last, which you'd think Burroughs would eventually run outta steam on but it just keeps ramping up. It's also becoming clear though where the Mario Bros. "The Princess is in another castle" storytelling-device got its inspiration. Not sure this book would've gotten quite the same traction in a modern social-climate.
Anyways -- Hope you'll enjoy watching this piece come together!