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The People That Time Forgot (Caspak #2)

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I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater. The truth was that as I sat in the Tyler library ...more
ebook, 159 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1918)
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THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT is an absurd (and unintentionally funny) sequel to Burrough's marginal classic, THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT. People hoping for something along the lines of Michael Crichton's JURASSIC PARK or Arthur Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD will be severely disappointed. Yet, there is an element of fun to be had here, especially if you treat it like an old-fashioned YA novel and grant it the same kind of leeway as you would, say, a PERCY JACKSON adventure.
Interestingly, it took peop
Oct 06, 2014 k.wing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book doesn't translate to modern times very well. It's quite racist-y!

So, let's focus on the unintentionally hilarious things about this book! Burroughs has this weird way of making his male protagonists totally unappealing and self-deprecating. Which I find hilarious. Our narrator for this book, Tom Billings, admitted not only is he not a 'ladies man,' but that he doesn't 'make love to' women because he's pretty much unskilled, so he's just going to leave it to the dudes who are. I'm pret
Kat  Hooper
Dec 12, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit

The People that Time Forgot (1918) is the second novel in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ CASPAK trilogy. In the first installment, The Land that Time Forgot, Bowen Tyler gets stranded on Caspak, a lost world where prehistoric animals and subhuman people exist. The story picks up in The People that Time Forgot as Bowen’s friend Tom Billings decides to go looking for him. When Tom lands on Caspak, he doesn’t have much time to search for hi
Feb 21, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A rewarding sequel to the Land That Time Forgot. Where the first Caspak book had an abrupt, unfinished ending, the sequel runs at a good pace and tells a satisfying story. It's focus is the strange evolutionary process of the human life in Caspak. The author concentrates on the various tribes, their customs and life cycle. The dinosaurs are still an ever present threat and we get to see a bi-plane take on a pterodactyl.

The characters are a bit old fashion feeling. They have a pulp nature to them
David B
Jan 10, 2016 David B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom Billings goes on a rescue mission to the prehistoric island of Caspak to rescue his friend, but when his airplane is downed by a pterodactyl, he must rely on the aid of a beautiful cavewoman to help him negotiate his way through the increasingly advanced human societies that inhabit the land.

I’ll always be biased in favor of this book. One of my first memories of being totally lost in a story was curling up with an omnibus edition of the Caspak trilogy from the Science Fiction Book Club when
Mar 29, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Billings had come to Caspak to find his friend Bowen Tyler. Tyler's tale, sealed in a thermos and cast off the cliff into the south oceans had been found and gotten into the right hands. It took a while to find the lost island. There, the crew of the yacht had assembled the small seaplane and Tom had taken off to find a place to land and them begin transferring the search party to the interior.

Here Tom makes a mistake, allowing his natural curiosity to do a bit of exploring. Attacked by a pt
Feb 08, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fantasy
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first in this series,That book set up the landscape and habitat for the series and made for a good adventure story,this one is more concerned with the tribes that inhabit the land but I guess the titles of both books hint at that.
It was an OK read anyhow and I will read the third instalment,This one is lighter in the scale of adventure and has a human interest type love story thrown in too, there are some interesting points made on civilisation within the
John Peel
The second of the Caspak trilogy, "The People That Time Forgot" picks up where the first book ends - and basically stagnates. A new group of adventurers head for the lost land and a new hero sets off alone into the savage land. It's a retread of the first book - exciting enough, but with little extra to offer the readers.
Aug 29, 2014 Billy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hands down the worst book I have ever read. I once read a 100-page book about the health benefits of chewing your food thoroughly that was more entertaining. If you ever stumble upon a copy, do the world a favor and burn it.

Or read it and understand what slow creeping depression must feel like.
Bob Snook
Mar 15, 2017 Bob Snook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A good read, young readers will find the language prehistoric. As with all Burroughs it's an adventure in an alternate world. Well worth the time!
Luis Q
Nov 06, 2010 Luis Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The genre of my book is non-fiction, very adventurous and thrilling. It’s pretty good to read if you like the wild life because in this book it takes place in a jungle full of dinosaurs and many prehistorically creatures. The reason why I chose this book was because of the cover; it had dinosaurs! From the first glance I took at it I knew I was going to like it because ever since I was small I liked prehistoric creatures. To me this book was like a Jurassic Park theme, where you have a bunch of ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Scot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this 1918 sequel to the first Caspak novel, Tom Billings, a stalwart lifelong pal of Bowen J. Tyler, the protagonist who disappeared from the known world into Caspak in the first book of the series, puts together a rescue expedition to retrieve him, refusing to believe that his buddy might have succumbed to the many and constant life threats in that hidden, prehistoric land. Sent in to scout out options for the rest of the team, Tom is cut off from his colleagues and must deal with the wonder ...more
Quicksilver Quill
Apr 30, 2016 Quicksilver Quill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picking up where its predecessor left off but with a new cast of characters, The People That Time Forgot is a worthy sequel to The Land That Time Forgot and continues the tradition of thrilling adventure as Tom Billings—the personal secretary and assistant to Bowen Tyler’s father—sets off with an expedition to Caprona to locate and rescue his castaway friend, Bowen Tyler.

Having a new character take the lead helps to bring back some of the surprise and suspense of visiting the island of Caprona,
Jul 25, 2012 Jonathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2012
The People That Time Forgot is a short, fun story. At first, I felt that it was another typical Burroughs story: strong male protagonist, exotic and beautiful woman who is also rather capable, yet needs saving whether she knows it or not, less manly antagonists that fall fairly easily, and an underlying theme of evolution and the ties between man and animal.

I guess I still feel that way, but additional thought helped me realize that there are a lot of fun themes to be discussed here. Such as: Wh
Roddy Williams
Burroughs used the same literary devices regularly, such as an introductory prologue which explained from whence the manuscript came. In the first novel of this series, the story was found in a bottle, washed up on the shore. This was the narrative of Bowen J Tyler, who had been able to access the interior of an island completely encircled with forbidding cliffs by driving a submarine up an underground river to the interior.
A second bottled message containing a sequel would no doubt be too impla
Thom Swennes
This is the second book in the Caspek series. Caspek is an unknown island located near the pole. As is so often the case in Burroughs’ novels one is forced to accept, while completely ignoring common sense, that the island is tropical. Tom Billings, the hero of this spoof goes to the island in search of his best friend that had gone missing there. He promptly crashes his plane and is stranded with only his rifle, two pistols and a very limited amount of ammunition. The island is home to everythi ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel in a series about Caspak, a mysterious prehistoric island, accessible only via an underground river. Each of the three novels is told from the perspective of a different narrator, and this one is through the eyes of a friend of the man who was stranded there in the first novel. He heads to the island with a well-equipped search party, whom he foolishly gets separated from, and has has many hair-raising adventures as he travels through the treacherous island of dinosaurs ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Leew49 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The second book in the Caspak series made it clear to me that some of the older science fiction does not age well. Tom Billings, a close friend of Bowen J Tyler, sets out with a rescue party to find his friend in Caspak, the remote island populated with species that had been believed to be long-extinct. Unfortunately the absence of science in this science fiction story was too much of a distraction for this reader, who was put off by Burroughs's concept of individual evolution by gradual metamor ...more
Stephen Brooke
Not so much a sequel to ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ as a parallel narrative, Burroughs’s short novel starts with the attempt to mount a rescue of Bowen Tyler, the preceding book’s protagonist/narrator. This serves primarily as a pretext for Tyler’s friend, the cowboy Tom Billings, to have his own adventures in Caspak.

Billings, like many of ERB’s heroes, is quite competent in most ‘manly’ endeavors and quite clueless when it comes to women. (The one great exception to this typecasting is his most
Tigress (Warrior Elf)
The fact that the men are playing tug-of-war with Ajor (with her as the rope, I mean, not as a player) on the cover is very fitting for most of ERB's books, really, but especially this one. I'm a big fan of ERB--of his Barsoom books, anyway--so I say all this with love. Also, fury. But, you know, love.

I'm usually not one to be calling ERB particularly racist or sexist--especially for his time--but... this fucking book. I'm going to do a lot of ranting.

Said ranting was partially brought on by the
Sep 09, 2014 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to the Land the Time Forgot. I found it to be weaker than the first book, as it relates to the primitive people on Caspak more than the dinosaurs. Dinosaur attacks are just far more interesting. Without giving spoilers, the book is about how the people on the prehistoric island evolve. The story doesn't give full disclosure on this process, but hints were given about this from the beginning.

The positive side of the book is that the characters seem to be more likable and easie
Jun 09, 2014 Craig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recreation
The second of Burroughs Caspak trilogy begins with the organization of an expedition to rescue Bowen J. Tyler, Lys La Rue, and the other castaways marooned on the large Antarctic island of Caprona, whose tropical interior, known to its inhabitants as Caspak, is home to prehistoric fauna of all eras. Tyler's recovered manuscript detailing their ordeal is delivered to his family, and the relief effort is put together by Tom Billings, secretary of the Tyler shipbuilding business. The expedition's s ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Shayla added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure seekers
Recommended to Shayla by: Myself :)
Shelves: personal-reading
The People That Time Forgot, Edgar Rice Burroughs
This book is about a man named Tom, who goes close to the center of the earth, where there are prehistoric animals and people who try to attack him all the time. He saves a girl named Ajor, and he falls in love with her. They travel together protecting one another on their many adventures. There is a new danger they have to face at every turn, and how they overcome their obstacles is really inspiring.
I really love this book. Edgar Rice Burroughs
Unfortunately, Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The People That Time Forgot" is nowhere near as good as the first book in the series. Essentially, what this book boils down to is the hero doing stupid things, explaining where he came from, and the heroine saying "My Tom." Rinse and repeat every chapter as they move on to the next tribe in line. Considering that this is (and is supposed to be) pulp fiction, there's really nothing wrong with that. But, there's nothing that brings it up from the average. So, ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Geneva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Rice Burrough's novels are such lovely fluffy feel-good books. They're so much fun to read. Also my copy has a guy simultaneously kicking and clubbing a neanderthal on the front.They're all just a little bit silly. The main characters, for example, never run out of ammo even though, in this case, Mr. Billings is stranded in a prehistoric land and often fires off rounds just to impress the natives. It's a good story, though. Our hero is captured and escapes. His girlfriend is captured and e ...more
Samantha Glasser
Tom Billings has come to Caspak to rescue his friend Bowen Tyler, but he finds himself braving the elements himself when his airplane crashes. In his search, he finds a beautiful native named Ajor who helps him on his quest to "evolve" through the various races of man.

This book is quite a bit more entertaining because it has a love story, and it examines the evolution of humanity on the island.

Read this book for free through Project Gutenberg:
Glenn O'Bannon
First let me address the issue racism. Tom wonders how he could be falling for a "squaw" but realizes he is a "snob and a cad" for thinking so. That's the OPPOSITE of racism because he knows he was thinking wrongly.

The headline of this book could be: Man Invades Lost World; Nothing Happens. How Burroughs can create amazing adventures and thrilling situations in Pellucidar, the center of the Earth, and fall so flat in this book quite amazes me. It almost reads like more of an anthropological tre
Jul 11, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Book 2 of the Caspak series continues the story with the search mounted for Bowen Tyler, Jr. by his father's secretary and Bowen friend, Tom. This follows the manuscript found that had been written by Bower and thrown into the sea.
Delves more into the evolution of the island and how Tom finds his love among the Galu (almost the highest evolved human on the lost island. Still holds plenty of action as Tom fights off the various carnivorous fauna in a kill-or-be-killed world.
There is some mention
Book #2 of the Caspak trilogy and I enjoyed this one as much as the first one. Basic premise of this book is an expedition sent out to find the hero of the first book. One of the members takes a seaplane and flies over the cliffs into the interior of the island, he never returns to the ship. This is his story.

Of note is that the movie of the same name is quite a bit different from the book. As it was written back in 1918 there are some interesting terms and phrase used throughout, that helped to
David Meiklejohn
In this follow-up book to The Land that Time Forgot, the message-in-a-bottle sent out by the original protagonist is picked up and his friends set out to rescue him. After a fairly disastrous start we follow one man's attempt to stay alive in this lost land of dinosaurs and every other type of scary beast, while also searching for his friend. We progress through the author's interesting slant on evolution as we go, and our man picks up a love interest to protect. I thought it was a decent advent ...more
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“I am glad," he said, "that I do not dwell in your country among such savage peoples. Here, in Caspak, men fight with men when they meet - men of different races - but their weapons are first for the slaying of beasts in the chase and defense. We do not fashion weapons solely for the killing of man as do your peoples. Your country must indeed be a savage country, from which you are fortunate to have escaped to the peace and security of Caspak.” 5 likes
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