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Tarzan at the Earth's Core (Bison Frontiers of Imagination) Paperback – September 1, 2006
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"At the Earth's Core" is another highly entertaining science fiction novel from ERB. Even though his format is formulaic, you're always assured of fast paced adventure in his novels. Not as groundbreaking as Tarzan or as strong as John Carter, The Pellucidar series is still a worthy addition to Burroughs body of work, and it gets an extra star for the nostalgia of being a personal childhood favorite.
Innes is being held in the dungeons of the Korsars, and Jason Gridley (inventor of the Gridley wave that allowed ERB to "receive" the Martian stories from John Carter, which accounts for the other major ERB series) persuades Tarzan to come along fr the fun. Gridley builds a zeppelin and uses it to descend into the land of Pellucidar (do not get me started on the physics involved in a lighter than air ship descending to the Earth's core. Once in Pellucidar Tarzan and Gridley have their separate adventures, and ERB seems to go out of his way to come up with new races of people (e.g., the Horibs) and prehistoric type creatures to beleaguer both of the book's heroes. The romance, of course, happens with Gridley, who meets Jana, the Red Flower of Zoram. Even everybody gets back together and they remember why they came to Pellucidar in the first place.
"Tarzan at the Earth's Core" is a solid ERB pulp fiction yarn all things considered.Read more ›
The Tarzan stories represent some of Burroughs' best work. The Pellucidar stories do not. Burroughs stretches credulity in all his stories, but he takes it to the limit in the Pellucidar stories. In the Pellucidar seriest Burroughs employs a preposterous concept (a hollow Earth with an inner world where time stands still) and adds insult to injury with highly improbable plot twists. This makes the quality of "Tarzan at the Earth's Core" all the more surprising. It stands as the absolute best Pellucidar story and one of the best Tarzan stories. Ironically it stands near the middle of both series.
David Innes, the hero of the Pellucidar stories, is in trouble. Jason Gridley, inventor of the Gridley Wave, hears the radio distress signal from the center of the Earth, and organizes a rescue party. Many stalwart adventurers, including Tarzan of the Apes, enlist in the expedition. Where Innes got to the Earth's core in a mechanical mole, Gridley's party travels there in an airship. Read the book to find out how they fly an airship to the center of the Earth and confront the many perils of the savage world they find.
Yes, Pellucidar lies in the center of the earth. Jules Verne's take on what lies beneath differs greatly; this one less "sci-fi" and more fun...like "Jurassic Park" fun.
I think the audience most likely to be enthralled here, is the one comprised of pre-teenage boys...yet anyone who loves a a good story well told will become a fan as well.
This is a tough book to stop reading...it's one of those that you want to see "what happens next." So much so I've already ordered as many other Pellucidar books as I could find...
A synopsis is unnecessary...it's already been nicely done here at the Review site. Just know that, in a fashion that reminds me of "The Princess Bride", the "mushy" parts dovetail nicely with the "adventure" parts. The relationship between Innes and Dian is interesting, non-stereotypical, and surprisingly modern.
I was already a fan of ERB's Tarzan books.
It seems I've added another series to my "must read/own" list.
I'm afraid to read "A Princess of Mars" (the Mars series)...or perhaps I should say my bank account is.
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The Tarzan stories still hold up well today. And this one combines Tarzan in a mythical world at the center of the Earth that has Prehistoric monsters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KlondikeMatisse
Beautifully written, i love ERB and all of his books, I am never dissatisfied when I read about Tarzans adventuresPublished 4 months ago by saw
One of the all-time best Tarzan novels out there.
Been loving this author since the 70's. ALL the Tarzan novels are either good or just plain excellent. Read more
Tarzan goes to Pellucidar in a dirigible-what more could you possibly ask? David Innes appears in a cameo role.Published 12 months ago by hudd
David Innes is held prisoner by the Korsars in Pellucidar, and Jason Gridley asks Tarzan to accompany him in an attempt to recue David. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Virginia E. Johnson
I first read E.R.B.'s Pellucidar series back in 8th grade and was completely enthralled with the complete series, having already read the John Carter of Mars books, and dabbled in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert E. Behers
This is one of the most amazing pieces of Science Fiction ever written. It's astounding this book is not more well known, it was the first Burroughs book I ever picked up and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by History buff, reader, person with name, etc