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Tanar of Pellucidar Mass Market Paperback – August, 1978


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Product Details

  • Series: Pellucidar (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (August 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441797962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441797967
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,236,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After fifteen years of war, Pellucidar's slavemasters, the dread Mahars, had been conquered. But the young Pellucidarian Empire, ruled by David Innes, was unprepared to face a new menace, the deadly Korsar pirates. Bravely the Empire's primitive warriors fought, but many were lost -- and Tanar of Sari, one of Innes's most courageous warriors, was captured.

All through the terrors of the hideous realm of the Buried People of Amiocap and the unspeakable horrors of the Korsar's dungeons, Tanar refused to break. He was determined to escape, for he had dreadful news for the Empire -- the Korsars had captured David Innes! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1875. After serving a short time in the 7th U.S. Cavalry, Burroughs was a shopkeeper, gold miner, cowboy, and policeman before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, Tarzan of the Apes, was published in 1914, and along with its 22 sequels has sold over 30 million copies in 58 languages. Author of numerous other jungle and science fiction novels and novellas, including The Land That Time Forgot, Burroughs had a writing career that spanned almost 30 years, with his last novel, The Land of Terror, being published in 1941. He died in 1950 at his ranch near Tarzana, the California town named for his legendary hero.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on February 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Sohl on September 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 Dave Wilde on November 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
"Tanar of Pellucidar" is the third of the seven Pellucidar novels by Burroughs. It was written many years (in fact decades) after the first two books and thus it is clear that Burroughs originally intended the Pellucidar series to only consist of two books. Pellucidar is Burroughs' inner-earth world, five hundred miles inside the earth's crust, where there is a perpetual noon-day sun and the land area is much greater than the outer earth's atmosphere. Men in the inner-earth are at the cavemen level except for those who David Innes and Perry enlightened with information they brought back in the prospector. The empire they constructed having rid themselves of the Mahars has progressed in relative peace for many years, but for the advent of someone else who has come from the outer crust and its no one you would suspect. Apparently, hundreds of years earlier, mighty pirates by accident sailed into the inner earth through a polar opening and never found their way out again. They set up a pirate or Korsair kingdom on a distant continent and loot and riot wherever they go.

In a raid upon the shoreline of the Empire, Ghak's son, Tanar, is seized among with many others and taken to Korsair City, where Tanar falls for the daughter of the Cid, the king of the pirates and must escape or rot in prison for life, knowing that the Korsairs are bent on taking on the Empire. It is yet another fabulous Burroughs adventure and written and plotted quite brilliantly. The advent of the Korsairs - a power to rival the Empire set up by Innes and Perry - is totally unexpected and simply brilliant on Burroughs' part. Who would have thought a pirate ship would be sailing upon the oceans of Pellucidar?

Highly recommended. Terrific adventure story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 27, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Tanar of Pellucidar" was the third pulp fiction novel Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote in his Pellucidar series, which was his third longest after the Tarzan and Barsoom series. Burorughs wrote the story as a six-part serial in late 1928 and it was first published in "The Blue Book Magazine" from March to August of 1929. "Tanar" was written after "Tarzan and the Lost Empire," and after completing it Burroughs wrote a sequel to both works when his next novel presented his only book to be in two different series, "Tarzan at the Earth's Core."

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.
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