- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the earth's core;: Pellucidar; Tanar of Pellucidar; three science fiction novels Paperback – 1963
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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...
Although the title for the novel is taken from a character native to the inner world of Pellucidar, the most interesting character in Burroughs' novel is Jason Gridley, who is introduced in the prologue as a friend of the author. An orphan, Gridley has graduated from Stanford and built a lab at Tarzana (ERB's home). There he discovers the "Gridley Wave," which is the means by which Burroughs will receive his "true" stories from the Earth's core and Mars. That is the case with this story, which is sent by Abner Perry from Pellucidar, where he and David Innes have been living for fifteen years. Perry reports that Innes is being held a captive in the north of Pellucidar. Althought the Mahas and their Sagoths have been driven beyond the border of the Empire of Pellucidar, the Kingdom of Thuria in the Land of the Awful Shadow is now under attack by a savage race of men led by Goork.
Tanar, son of Ghak, is who Innes sends to deal with the situation, along with 10,000 warriors armed with the "modern" firearms created by Innes and Perry. Tanar is captured by Korsar pirates who want to learn the secret of the strange weapons that control the balance of power in Pellucidar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How can there not be ONE review of this Burroughs classic?
Burroughs was King of the science fiction/Fantasy arena for a long time, with only Robert E. Read more
45 years ago I read all ERB mars series books and the Pellucidar series. I bought Tanar of Pellucidar to read again and add to our family library. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Thomas Erickson