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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
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Published December 3rd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1918)
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k.wing
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
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John
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
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Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

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
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Randy
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
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Andrew
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
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Craig
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
Markus
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
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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
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Luis Q
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
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
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
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Scot
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
Jonathan
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
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Leew49
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
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Julia
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
Phil Jones
Having read the Pellucidar books as well as these recently the repetition is beginning to grate.
I don't mind the early 20th century attitude but each hero just happens to come across a beautiful woman who instantly falls in love with him.
Really !!!! Each time a new story starts a new hero finds a new girl who will immediately love him forever.
I did enjoy the book but the story did feel rushed.
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
Todd Martin
Aw … who would have guessed it, but The People That Time Forgot is a love story … albeit between a noble European hero and a savage, helpless Cro Magnon lass.

It’s typical Burroughs fare, but there’s also an odd bit of psychology at play in the book that has your typical adolescent male fantasy as its source.
David R.
Burroughs continues his "Caspak" trilogy by following a band of rescuers seeking those lost in Book #1. I think it much stronger than the predecessor (at least the pace slows to an acceptable level) and the action is plausible. The only complaint is Burroughs' truly weird concepts of evolution on Caspak.
Ali Mandala
I really enjoyed this book. It's treatment of language learning and evolution on Caspak is very interesting. The details are fantastic however there are moments when I wanted to smack the main character and his ridiculous notions of love. However, he was far more complex than he appeared by the end.
I'm looking forward to the next installment of the book!
Geneva
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
Cathy
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
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Bruce Carr
A good continuation of The Land That Time Forgot.
Sara
Wonderful books. kept me captivated.
AndrewP
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
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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: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/552/55...
Amy
I found this book on a free book download app that I purchased for $1 something. It sounded interesting and was pretty old. (I like classic books) Decided I'd try it. Well there is nothing (so far) really inspiring in it, but it was a fun little story that sucked me in. I didn't realize when I read it that it was second in a triology. I did find myself pondering his idea of evolution. That was interesting. probably won't go back and read the other two. I wasn't that sucked in.....
Deanne
After listening to the first book in the series, The Land That Time Forgot, I continued with this (from Librivox.org.) I really liked the narrator, so that probably had a large influence on my enjoyment of both books. The story was simple and fairly predictable, but it was perfect for keeping me distracted while doing yucky house chores. It had adventure, a hint of romance, and a very clever mystery regarding the evolution of people from prehistoric to civilized man.
Gregory Rothbard
The present rubbed legs with the past, it played a strange melody. Edgar Rice Burroughs leads a tour of Capak. He leads us through strange lands amidst noble savages and sub-humans. The book is a Capak tour, but lacks action to be exciting. It makes me wonder if he was forced to write this one.

(I listened to this on libri vox read by Ralph Snelson)
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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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