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Pellucidar (Bison Frontiers of Imagination) Paperback – November 1, 2002
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Burroughs' writing is simply fabulous, and even makes the characters seem all the more realistic, though many of them are not even human, but sentient creatures who can exist only in the minds of great writers like Burroughs, and in the land known as Pellucidar.
He vows to return, and here, in the second book of this particular series, he does exactly that.
Once again, Burroughs' simple vivid prose describes one thrilling adventure after another, in full cinematic glory. There are brutal hand-to-hand combat scenes, jungle hunts, mountaineering escapades and even a sea-faring battle. All this in under 200 pages (per my Canaveral Press copy). ERB doesn't waste a lot of words.
You just have to love the lot of characters on display here. The names alone generate all sorts of mental images: King Gr-Gr-Gr, Hooja the Sly One, Ghak the Hairy One, the Mahars, the Sagoths, the massive lidi, the hyaenadons Raja and Ranee...
Over the course of two books, you'll be hard pressed NOT to cheer for the indefatigable David Innes. He's an old-fashioned, capital-H hero; plucky, smart and brave, yet human. After all, this adventure is what happens to him while he searches for his beloved Dian.
There are two high compliments I'd like to offer:
One, is that upon finishing one book I cannot wait to read the next.
Two, is that in this modern age of film, only with computer imagery could they reproduce the fabulous vistas of Pellucidar, with the overhead "horizons" and that low-lying, rotating pendant moon.
The compliment is that it would never be as "fabulous" as those ERB created inside my head.
This 1923 novel is standard ERB adventure, where the hero is separated by circumstances and bad guys from the woman he loves (in fact, it is very reminiscent of "The Gods of Mars," the second John Carter novel). But this is still before ERB was in his potboiler stage where the main game was turning out as many Tarzan novels as possible. What makes Pellucidar a bit different from the rest of the Burroughs fantasy adventures is the unique geography of the inner world and the prominence of smart guy scientist Abner as a supporting character (i.e., the brains of the outfit). There is the usual framing device of this being a true story, communicated by Innes from the Earth's Core via a telegraph box buried in the Sahara. Another difference in this series is that Innes, unlike the other Burroughs heroes, is interested in radically reforming the alien world in which he is living. Innes literally wants to create a Utopia and with Abner he has a way of brining technological marvels to the prehistoric natives of Pellucidar.Read more ›
This is relatively light weight science fiction, but as always Burroughs fast moving plot and adventurous style keep the pages turning like lightning. My father once reccomended this to me when I was in grade school and I simply fell in love with ERB, and I have recently been able to share the pleasure by passing on my small collection of Burroughs novels to my younger brother (now aged 12). . . after rereading them of course. He's become hooked as well, and now will not stop pestering me to find him a copy of book 3.
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I can think of no author who had a greater effect on me during my adolescent reading years than Edgar Rice Burroughs--though whether that was good or bad, I don’t know. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bryan Byrd
with the naivete of the author and the limitations of the science of 100 years ago. I recommend it simply for its charm.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Tarzan is beginning to fade away; despite a pretty crummy movie treatment John Carter of Mars is already almost gone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pop Bop
...It is one of the peculiarities of life within Pellucidar that man is more often the hunted than the hunter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by New Grampa on Training Wheels
Pellucidar, the sequel to At the Earth's Core, is even better than its predecessor. We were left on a cliff hanger at the end of Core, which made this an immediate must read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brent Butler
Fun Sci-Fi books to read. I'm amazed at the imagination of the author, given the era these were written.Published 6 months ago by Alyeska NC