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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (12 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803262647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803262645
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,633,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is the legendary author of dozens of novels, including "Tarzan of the Apes," "The Land That Time Forgot," and "Under the Moons of Mars," the latter two available in Bison Books editions. Harry Turtledove, a winner of the Hugo Award, is the author of such novels as "How Few Remain" and "Guns of the South," provides an introduction for this Bison Books edition.

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Not the best of ERBs adventure novels. In fact, the book is split into four parts. Three have seven chapters and the fourth has twelve, so reading it I imagined it was written to be serialised by a newspaper.
In case you didn't know, the story is the last of an occasional series that began with 'At the Earth's core' which detail the adventures of inventor Abner Perry and his young friend David on the underside of the surface of a hollow planet Earth, complete with eternal sun at the centre (thus, there is only ever noon and time does not exist), and a stone age population, with lush lands filled with prehistoric reptiles, dinosaurs and mammals. Abner and David set about inventing boats, swords, guns and in this book balloons. In doing so they progress one area beyond stone age and set up an empire.
This book has no overarching story, and involves the heroes journeying across the stone age land trying to get back to their homeland or trying to find each other and meeting various foes - tribes, extreme weather, monsters. As such it could be an easy read, but for the fact that the number of parties very quickly multiplies, and each is followed for a while before another is concentrated on. Reading it in short bursts becomes a little confusing and frustrating trying to remember who is with who and where they are headed. Their paths keep crossing and they keep falling upon the same people which complicates matters. For instance in one part one character lands in a walled city in a civil war. Another party lands in the other side of the war. Both battle without knowing this, and eventually each escapes and travel to find each other whilst another party finds the walled cities, all parties travel by seas and are shipwrecked, two in the same place at different times, etc. There are interesting scenes and characters, but little development of plot.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Last Gasp of ERB 16 Aug. 2006
By Paul Camp - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A paradox, a paradox
We've heard in flocks.
But not quite like this paradox.

Edgar Rice Burroughs died in 1950. The first Hugo was awarded in 1953. Yet one year, a Burroughs story was nominated for a Hugo-- and I do not mean for a "retrospective" Hugo. It competed against a number of modern short stories. How did this come to pass?

In the early 1960s, in the midst of a "Burroughs boom" among book publishers, Burroughs's son Hulbert discovered an unpublished novella in a safe. The story was the fourth of a series of Pellucidar stories that appeared in _Amazing_ between 1941 and 1942. (The others were "The Return to Pellucidar," "Men of the Bronze Age," and "Tiger Girl.")

The new story, "Savage Pellucidar," was published for the first time in the October, 1963 issue of _Amazing_ to a certain amount of fanfare. It was nominated as one of the best pieces of short
fiction for the year. (And was beaten by Poul Anderson's "No Truce With Kings.")

The four stories were assembled into a "fixup" novel in 1963, _Savage Pellucidar_, the seventh and last Pellucidar book. I have a certain fondness for it because of its unusual publishing history. But honesty compels me to say at the outset that it is really not a very good novel. It features Abner Perry, David Innes, Dian the Beautiful, Hodon the Swift, O-aa the cave girl, and the cannibal who is _not_ named Dolly Dorcas as they bumble about from one aimless capture-and-escape episode to another. The villain, Fash, is a bit smarter. But not much. The traps he sets (and which the heroes fall into) wouldn't fool a normal nine year old child.

Sometimes Burroughs compensates for such faults by a kind of mythical, dreamlike dazzle to the setting. But myth is best done with a poker face, and _Savage Pellucidar_ is written strickly for laughs. It does not tap into the world of dreams, and it shows us little that is new about Pellucidar. There is a certain good cheer to the stories that is somewhat mitigating. (They were, after all, written just before World War II, and have the optimism of the day.) But _Savage Pellucidar_ remains the weakest book in the series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Poorly formatted 26 Feb. 2012
By Timothy DeForest--Author of Radio by the Book: Adaptations of Literature and Fiction on the Airwaves - Published on
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This would be a great price for an ERB novel that hasn't yet been available as an e-book, but it is so poorly formated as to be unreadable. If the publisher would take a little more care to format the text properly, then it would be a great product.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The final Pellucidar adventure is a standard ERB yarn 25 Nov. 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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"Savage Pellucidar" was the seventh and final volume in the Pellucidar ("At the Earth's Core") series of Edgar Rice Burroughs, which makes it the third longest ERB series behind the adventures of Tarzan and the Martian books. What we have here are three novellas that were originally published in "Amazing Stories" in 1942 ("The Return to Pellucidar," "Men of the Bronze Age," and "Tiger Girl"), along with a fourth ("Savage Pellucidar") that was published later.
"The Return to Pellucidar" has David Innes, the Emperor of Pellucidar, finally settling an old score with Fash, the King of Suvi. "Men of the Bronze Age" actually has to do with their efforts to find both Dina the Beautiful, who flew off in Abner Perry's balloon, and O-aa. This continues in "Tiger Girl," where one of the damsels in distress is rescued, with the other being saved in "Savage Pellucidar" (and Abner planning to make a submarine).
This brings the Pelluicdar adventures, which have taken place over 40 years at the Earth's Core while 150 have passed in the world above, to a close. "Savage Pellucidar" is a below average ERB adventure, following the standard pattern (the hero has to find and rescue the woman he loves), but there is nothing really new in terms of the wonders of Pellucidar. You can put this one in the ERB pot-boiler category.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
nice book 3 Mar. 2014
By johncehrmannjr - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book, as all of Edgar Rice Burroughs books, is excellent and a fun read. I am a collector, however, and even though the dust jacket is shown, the book arrived without the all important dust jacket and had to be returned.
Five Stars 29 Dec. 2014
By Daniel Goddard - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love it.
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