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At the Earth s Core With first paperback edition Ace finally began to systematically reprint the novels of Burroughs in mass market form With the fabulous Krenkel cover art it is a classic among classics The author rel

  • Title: At the Earth's Core
  • Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9780441061563
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • With first paperback edition, Ace finally began to systematically reprint the novels of Burroughs in mass market form With the fabulous Krenkel cover art, it is a classic among classics The author relates how he has encountered in the Sahara a remarkable vehicle its pilot, David Innes, a man with a remarkable story to tell David is a mining heir who finances the eWith first paperback edition, Ace finally began to systematically reprint the novels of Burroughs in mass market form With the fabulous Krenkel cover art, it is a classic among classics The author relates how he has encountered in the Sahara a remarkable vehicle its pilot, David Innes, a man with a remarkable story to tell David is a mining heir who finances the experimental iron mole, an excavating vehicle designed by his elderly inventor friend Abner Perry In a test run, they discover the vehicle cannot be turned It burrows 500 miles into the earth s crust, emerging into the unknown interior world of Pellucidar In Burroughs concept, the Earth is a hollow shell with Pellucidar as the internal surface of that shell Pellucidar is inhabited by prehistoric creatures of all geological eras, dominated by the Mahars, a species of flying reptile both intelligent civilized which enslaves preys on the local stone age humans Innes Perry are captured by the Mahars ape like Sagoth servants taken with other human captives to the chief Mahar city of Phutra Among their fellow captives are the brave Ghak, the Hairy One, from the country of Sari, the shifty Hooja the Sly One the lovely Dian the Beautiful of Amoz David, attracted to Dian, defends her against the unwanted attentions of Hooja, but due to his ignorance of local customs she assumes he wants her as a slave, not a friend or lover, subsequently snubs him Only later, after Hooja slips their captors in a dark tunnel forces Dian to leave with him, does David learn from Ghak the cause of the misunderstanding In Phutra the captives become slaves, the two surface worlders learn of Pellucidar Mahar society The Mahars are all female, reproducing parthogenetically by means of a closely guarded Great Secret contained in a Mahar book David learns that they also feast on selected human captives in a secret ritual In a disturbance, David manages to escape Phutra, becomes lost, has a number of adventures before sneaking back into the city Rejoining Abner, he finds the latter did not even realize he was gone, the two discover that time in Pellucidar, in the absence of objective means to measure it, is a subjective thing, experienced by different people at different rates Obsessed with righting the wrong he has unwittingly done Dian, David escapes again eventually finds wins her by defeating the malevolent Jubal the Ugly One, another unwanted suitor David makes amends He Dian wed Later, along with Ghak other allies, David Abner lead a revolt of humankind against the Mahars Their foes are hampered by the loss of the Great Secret, which David has stolen hidden To further the struggle David returns to the Iron Mole, in which he Dian propose to travel back to the surface world to procure outer world technology Only after it is underway does he discover that Hooja has substituted a drugged Mahar for Dian The creature attacks David but is overcome The return to the surface world proceeds successfully Surfaced, David meets the author, who after hearing his tale seeing his prehistoric captive, helps him resupply prepare the mole for the return to Pellucidar.

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    1. Owlseyes on said:

      Maybe I’ve been reading and listening too much from Bob Fletcher; about (secret) underground facilities* by the hundreds in the US and in other nations, meant for the wealthy, when catastrophe strikes; one like Nibiru planet (called Planet X?, that’s OK)… incoming…ybe this August or a few months later, into 2016, passing by, "close" to our planet.Maybe it was the memories of Jules Verne Journey to the center of the Earth that has drawn me to this book of Burroughs. The fact is, that I st [...]

    2. Stephen on said:

      2.5 stars. Solidly between 2 stars (it's okay) and 3 stars (I like it), this classic pulp science fiction adventure is the first of the Pellucidar series about a hidden world (complete with a sun and a moon) located in the center of the Earth. I am a fan of Pulp SF and liked the idea behind the series and the general pace of the adventure. The only reason I didn't rate this higher was that I was not as fond of the main character as I have been of other pulp heroes (e.g Eric John Stark by Leigh B [...]

    3. Dfordoom on said:

      At the Earth's Core, published in 1922, was the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar novels. I’ve always found his books to be highly entertaining and ingenious in their imagining of strange worlds and that’s certainly the case with this one.The book opens with a framing story, as the narrator encounters a solitary and rather disheveled European somewhere in the wastes of the Sahara Desert. The man is named David Innes and he has a strange story to tell. Professor Perry has invented a [...]

    4. Chris on said:

      A dreamy yet sometimes nightmarish excursion into the world beneath our world: Pelucidar! With ugly cavemen, beautiful cavewomen, armies of ape-men, a wide variety of dinosaurs, man eating reptile birds that rule the underworld, and giant mechanical mole machines, Burroughs packs a lot of oomph and pizzazz into this science romance. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series which also includes a Tarzan story!

    5. Marvin on said:

      Edgar Rice Burroughs could be called The God-father of cheesy fantasy adventure. He can boast of influencing many later fantasy writers from Robert E. Howard to even John Norman, but that is not exactly something you would want on your resume. I had a brief obsession with Tarzan when I was nine but, asides from that series, I've found Burroughs' pulp adventures to be trite and silly. At The Earth's Core is no exception. Except for a rather exciting beginning, in which our intrepid but boring her [...]

    6. Holmlock on said:

      Pure pulp adventure. An eccentric old inventor, Abner Perry, builds a giant “iron mole” vehicle which takes him and his friend David Innes on an unexpected expedition to the earth's unexplored core. They end up in an upside down world where time doesn't exist and the human inhabitants are the slaves and lab rats of a prehistoric race of pterosaurs (yes, you read that right). Humans are mercilessly stalked, captured, and herded by armies of ape-men. Dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts are [...]

    7. Rafael on said:

      Fue un sentimiento absoluto de nostalgia el que me hizo comprar el libro. Cuando vi el título me sorprendí por un momento y luego recordé los días en que mi papá nos llevaba a comer al restaurante “La Opera “en las calles de Serapio Rendón, hace cincuenta años. Atravesando la calle, en una esquina, había una librería; en sus vitrinas se exhibían los libros. Creo recordar haber visto en esos aparadores una edición de las mil y una noches, que mi papá compró y nos leía. Alguna ta [...]

    8. Patrick Gibson on said:

      Catching up on a book I should have read when I was a teen. Damn entertaining -- you know it is so.

    9. T.I.M. James on said:

      Although a good part of my to read pile is there to be reread, there are a run of older books that I have never read before, and some of these are the Pellucidar series by Edgar Rice Burroughs.Burroughs is, of course better known for his preeminent creation, Tarzan but he had great success with some of his other creations including John Carter of Mars and this series.Pellucidar is another world, hidden beneath the surface of our own, miles and miles beneath our crust it exists, more primitive th [...]

    10. Dave on said:

      “At The Earth’s Core,” first published in 1914, is one of Edgar Rice Burrough’s most imaginative works. It is the first of seven books in the Pellucidar series and imagines a world inside the earth (five hundred miles beneath the surface) where the most advanced species is reptilian and the humans are still living in the stone age. As ludicrous as it sounds now, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there were many who believed in the possibility of a hollow earth world with e [...]

    11. John on said:

      A supremely enjoyable adventure novel marred by a few major flaws, AT THE EARTH'S CORE rehashes all the usual Edgar Rice Burroughs cliches but does so in superior fashion. For one thing, the mythology of Pellucidar is more clever and interesting than what we got from his BARSOOM or CASPAK novels. The "hollow world" plot device is, of course, patently absurd, but Burroughs does a surprisingly good job of selling it by providing enough pseudoscience to enable readers to suspend their disbelief to [...]

    12. Yibbie on said:

      Now that was fun, mind-bending, but fun. I had no expectations of anything beyond a kill-‘m caveman, giant purple monster story, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not in the characters, they were highly predictable, but the world was wonderfully imaginative. I really can’t wrap my mind around it yet, but it was fun trying. Maybe that was aggravated by the way he messed with time. I don’t want to give anything away so I really can’t say any more than, it gets more mind-bending the farther y [...]

    13. Leila P on said:

      Olipas sujuva ja vauhdikas seikkailukirja, tämän luki nopeasti. Päähenkilö David oli tosin aika ärsyttävän täydellinen sankari joka jaksaa kehua itseään vähän väliä. Onton maapallon teoria oli myös aika huvittava, sekä se että sankarimme kadottaa ajantajunsa täysin koska Pellucidarissa vallitsee ikuinen keskipäivä. Minusta kyllä ihmisen pitäisi erottaa edes suurinpiirtein onko kulunut pari tuntia vai pari viikkoaJoistain asioista huomasi kyllä että tämä on kirjoitettu [...]

    14. Rex Libris on said:

      This is the first volume in Edgar Rice Burrough's Pellucidar series. Pellucidar is a "hollow earth" realm, existing on an inner portion of the earth. The earth is hollow, with a miniature sun at the core, and the concave surface of the inner globe is Pellucidar. Thus one can look up and see the other side of the world. in this aspect, it is a precursor to Ringworld and Rama. In this establishing story the protagonist and an inventor friend have created an automatic mining machine. It malfunction [...]

    15. Dylan McIntosh on said:

      It’s amazing how ERB could create such a creative and fascinating world in a time that there was much to canabalize from for his world building. It was a bit outdated from a perspective of the treatment of woman, but overall an good read. Looking forward to the follow on stories.

    16. Williwaw on said:

      A swashbuckling breeze of a book! Imagine a hollow earth, inhabited by strange beasts and stone-age humanoids. The hollow space is lit by a perpetual sun which floats at its center. A small moon rotates synchronously with the earth, so that it casts a permanent shadow over one region of the land called Pellucidar. Into this strange world crashes David Innes, with the help of Professor Perry and his mole-like vessel, the "Prospector." With their superior know-how, Innes and Perry are destined to [...]

    17. Dave on said:

      After starting his Barsoom and Tarzan series of adventures, Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st, 1875 – March 19, 1950), wrote “At the Earth’s Core” which was published in 1914. This kicked off his Pellucidar series, which is based on the idea that the Earth is hollow and there are creatures from our prehistoric times still alive and active, as well as more than a few horrific creatures, both intelligent and non-intelligent. As with many of Burrough’s ideas, that of a hollow Earth woul [...]

    18. Liz on said:

      Young David Innes' scientist friend, Abner Perry, has invented a wonderful new machine that he expects will revolutionize mining techniques. Dubbed "The Mole", it is capable of digging through the ground with incredible power. However, on the test run, something goes awry, and the digger carries Perry and David deep beneath the Earth's crust, where they expect to be vaporized by the intense heat of the molten core. Instead, when the machine finally stops, they find themselves in a strange world [...]

    19. Robert on said:

      I will admit, I saw the 1976 film version with Doug McClure and Peter Cushing,along with the alluring Carolyn Munroe, well before I read the book. Unlike modern or should I say postmodern cynics, I was not turned off by the cheesy acting and rubber dinosaurs, as I knew that the book was always better then the movie. That said, this was the first Edgar Rice Burroughs novel I ever read. Just like "The land that time forgot", the story opens with an unnamed narrator who just so happens to come acro [...]

    20. Stephen Gallup on said:

      As I return in my dotage to reread some of the Burroughs tales that so captivated me many years ago, I continue to find them enjoyable. I do feel the need to acknowledge that this is pure escapism. There are points, at least in this book, where the prose is almost laughable, and generally speaking much of it could have been burnished to provide a more enjoyable reading experience. But none of that negates the sheer delight of Burroughs' imagination, and the impressive whole societies and worlds [...]

    21. R.G. on said:

      I love how Burroughs tends to turn all the rules and knowledge of this world on it’s head… of course we know at the center of the earth is nothing but the molten core… then again maybe there is a Pellucidar… a world a few million years behind ours… because as it took longer for the core to cool, it took longer for life to emerge down there… and as in an essentially different world, being evolved differently… so even though the humans are intelligent here and have their culture and [...]

    22. Thom Swennes on said:

      The young well-to-do David Innes is impressed with a prototype earth drill invented by the air-brain genius inventor Abner Perry (as I read, images of Dr. Emmett Lanthrop “Doc” Brown of Back to the Future notoriety came to mind). He invests in the project and the drill becomes uncontrollable during its first trials, plunging them down and through the Earth’s crust. Beneath the crust the Earth is hollow and another world thrives where the vastly reduced core serves as the only light. Becaus [...]

    23. Cristina Caladia on said:

      En el centro de la tierra, la primera de Pelúcidar, es una novela de aventuras entretenida e imaginativa que te deja con ganas de más.Con un lenguaje sencillo y sin recrearse, o distraerse, en nada que no sea importante, Burroughs nos conduce por la acción y los problemas que se va encontrando el protagonista. Los personajes rezuman el marco de la época. Son los creadores de los estereotipos actuales, hay que tener en cuenta que esta novela, publicada en serial, es de 1914, ahí es nada. Dav [...]

    24. An Odd1 on said:

      David Innes, 30 finds "white man" pg prologue Burroughs in Arab desert, narrates last ten years, passed in blink of an eye. He funded drill invented by Abner Perry, whose "relaxation" is "paleontology" p 3. Despite his youthful strength exercised by sports "boxing, football, and baseball" p 5, they cannot turn around, and go through the crust. Chases and fights are the fun parts. David battles dinosaurs, invented beasts, ape-men Sagoths, even humans, Hooja the Sly. He makes allies, takes Dian fo [...]

    25. David B on said:

      Another stalwart ERB hero travels to a lost world where he encounters dangerous men and even more dangerous beasts, this time at the center of the earth.It seems that Burroughs had a little more discipline in his world-building here than usual. Instead of setting his story on an alien planet inhabited by whatever crazy melange of monsters and superscience his fruitful imagination could produce, he created a pretty consistent Stone Age world that exists under the thumb of some telepathic holdover [...]

    26. Garrett Calcaterra on said:

      Overall, this was a fun re-read. As I mentioned in my previous update, there are definitely some problematic aspects from a modern perspective. Beyond the obvious sexism, there's a recurring theme that all it takes to create a "great nation" is superior martial technology and a willingness to annihilate your enemies into extinction. Or perhaps that still is modern perspective. Either way, I found it a little bothersome, even if the antagonists were more reptilian than human.From a story standpoi [...]

    27. Thomas on said:

      After reading some John Carter and a couple Venus books, I found this pretty much more of the same from ERB. I always find his scientific inventions to be more interesting in concept (ie, on the back of the book) than when they're actually on the page, whereupon they start to sound kind of boneheaded. But then, pretty much all the science fiction from this era and before had that problem. And his action sequences would be thrilling, if there weren't so damn MANY of them. If you have not read a B [...]

    28. Marts(Thinker) on said:

      I enjoyed this Burrourghs title. At the Earth's Core is all about an inventor Abner Perry and a young wealthy gentleman David Innis. Perry invents a vehicle referred to as the 'iron mole' which has drilling properties so powerful it can drill into the earth's core. Innis goes with Perry on a test run and ends up reaching earth's core which amazingly, is hollow. At the hollow core is a world called Pellucidar with stange beings like Mahars and Sagoths. They make aquaintances with Ghak, Hooja and [...]

    29. Tamahome on said:

      Doing a podcast on this Sunday. Free online audio version of the book (the narrator will be on the show) marsbooksbsyn/webpaSame author as Princess of Mars, and very similar, with perhaps a greater variety of creatures, including an evil all female flying lizard race that (view spoiler)[reproduces though parthenogenesis (hide spoiler)]. Feminist novel? Not really. So it has fun action if you like that sort of thing (some suprisingly gruesome), with a little bit of romance as usual. Although I wi [...]

    30. Reed on said:

      This was the first book I ever read by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It started me on a love affair with the Fantasy book genre and captured my imagination as a young boy. While I have read many of his books, I will only review this one since it was my first. It's probably been over 30 years since I've read a Burroughs book but I can still recall the excitement I felt when reading these adventures. I loved everything about them. The creatures, warriors and women on the covers were fascinating for a youn [...]

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