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At the earth's core;: Pellucidar; Tanar of Pellucidar; three science fiction novels Paperback – January 1, 1963


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  • Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1st edition (1963)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AYT74
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,653,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 12, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must admit to have cut my reading teeth on Edgar Rice Burroughs and his ilk so am inclined to be a big fan. Burroughs contines his wonderful fantasy stories with the Pellucidar series and this work is one of the best. As one reviewer has already pointed out, Burroughs' observation on the human conditon can be quite acute and down right funny. As a old man, I recently reread this one (along with several others by this author) and found they have lost none of thier charm. The are "page turners" in every way and simply fun to read. Granted, some of the author's writing can indeed be a bit predictable, but somehow that is comforting for me. Recommend this one highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on February 14, 2005
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The third book in the Pellucidar series, 'Tanar of Pellucidar' concerns the exploits of of Tanar, and his adventures within the world lying under the "outer crust", Pellucidar.

Burroughs doesn't deviate too far from his formula, nor would you want him to.

Tanar is the honorable, fallible, romantically-driven hero, Stellara his love, and a whole host of bad guys interfere with them getting together. This time, they're from a place called Korsar, and look remarkably like pirates.

Yup. Yo ho, yo ho pirates.

Like the other books, there are set pieces aplenty, written in ERB's thrilling simple style. Jungles chases and oceanic clashes...dungeons, dinosaurs...oh it's all here as usual.

This time, however, there is a bit more elegance and sophistication slipping in to his prose. First, Mr. Burroughs appears in the prologue/epilogue. The jarring anachronistic presence of the pirates is given a possible explanation, in a tantalizing fashion. He gives us enough information to put two and two together, but you still want to read more, and I think he's setting us up nicely for the subsequent novels.

Which I now absolutely MUST read.

One last humorous note: Some of the exotic locales, like Anoroc and Amiocap, I've just noticed to be cities in California spelled backwards...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Sohl on September 24, 2001
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Although Edgar Rice Burrough's style can get predictable at times, he can come up with some literary gems such as the first few Tarzan novels and (if he had just foregone the "sequals") "the Land that Time Forgot". "Tanar of Pellucidar", along with "Escape on Venus" stand out for their simple, straightforward observations (often humorous) of human nature as expressed through the practices of various societies. Even if you aren't a Burroughs fan, these two titles I recommend for any lover of good fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 3, 2008
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Two things amaze me about Burroughs's writing. The first is how he could keep telling the same story again and again, with just a few changes to names, places, and size of the monsters' teeth. The second is how he kept that repetitive sameness fresh and exciting, as he did here.

This follows the usual pattern of ERBian storytelling: the mighty warrior (Tanar in this case), on the trail of the savaeable babe (Stellara in this case), as she gets captured by seemingly every mad horde and loathsome gang on (in, in this case) the planet. Even within this subterranean world, there are sub-subterranean troglodytes, prisons riddled with secret escape routes, and monsters that appear the moment after they come up in conversation. There's the usual chivalrous bafflement about a romantic interest, alternating hot and cold because of puerile jealousies and a nearly autistic inability to figure out what is so obviously going on in others' transparent minds. And, as usual, the romantic confusion resolves itself chastely in the end.

Nearly 80 years old at this writing, this offers the same quaint charm as the Buck Rogers movies from around the same time - and the same improbable physics and manly questing to Do The Right Thing. If you want a relaxing read from before the age of irony, these Burroughs stories are sure to please, just as they have for most of a century now.

-- wiredweird
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